Movie reviews of Eric Hillis

These are all the movies and series that Eric has reviewed. Read more at: The Movie Waffler.

Number of movie reviews: 1686 / 1686

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The series clearly has its fans, given the healthy box office returns on each installment, but for the rest of us, this third movie plays like three back to back episodes of a TV show that knows it's been cancelled. Review

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2016-03-04

2016

A puppet performer is capable of giving an expressionless performance, which makes it perfect for a portrayal of a man suffering the sort of ennui portrayed here. They may be a foot tall and made of rubber, but Anomalisa features two of the most human characters you'll see on screen this year. Review

8.0

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2016-03-03

2016

Amazingly, its unabashed bigotry isn't actually the most offensive aspect of London Has Fallen - that lies with its half-finished CG effects. It's not a word of a fib when I say you could create more convincing explosions on an iPhone app, and a sequence involving helicopters resembles a cut scene from a '90s Nintendo game. Review

4.0

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2016-03-02

2016

Made with no apparent love or understanding of the horror genre, The Other Side of the Door may well be the worst example of its kind so far. This is mainstream studio horror at its lowest ebb - lazy, derivative, inept and xenophobic. Review

1.0

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2016-03-01

2016

Like any good punk gig, Green Room is best experienced with an audience, as Saulnier manipulates us into pogo-ing out of our seats in terror. Whether punk is dead or not is an ongoing debate, but on the evidence of Green Room, down and dirty genre cinema is alive and gobbing in our faces. Review

9.0

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2016-02-22

2016

Hitchcock/Truffaut purports to give us an examination of the series of interviews French director/critic Francois Truffaut conducted with the master of suspense in 1962, and the resulting book. Yet after a brief introduction, Kent Jones' film morphs into yet another run of the mill Hitch doc, recounting anecdotes all too familiar to even the most casual of Hitchcock fans. Review

6.0

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2016-02-21

2016

As a piece of entertainment, Hail, Caesar! performs the function a night at the movies once did, providing a little bit of song and dance, a little bit of mystery, and a little bit of sex. Review

8.0

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2016-02-20

2016

That a key sequence takes place at the stadium of the LA Dodgers - a club that infamously uprooted itself from Brooklyn in 1957 in what most fans saw as a soulless, money-making move - is particularly fitting for a remake inspired by purely financial motivations. Review

5.0

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2016-02-19

2016

At one point the girls escape their uncle's house to attend a football match where all male supporters have been banned for previously causing violence. The image of Lale crowd-surfing over waves of jubilant women, rejoicing at being free of a male influence for a couple of hours, speaks a thousand unsilenced words. Review

8.0

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2016-02-18

2016

White is a highly complicated and nuanced figure. We're torn between contempt for his narcissistic ways and sympathy for his genuine love and affection for his mother. Life has dealt him a cruel hand, and he's looking for an antagonist to strike out against, but the film never conveniently gives him one, just as life rarely does. Review

8.0

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2016-02-17

2016

Using a location synonymous with real life suffering for a horror movie is the height of bad taste. Hollywood seems to think tragedy is fine once it doesn't effect Americans. Try pitching a horror movie featuring the ghosts of those who died in the Twin Towers or Hurricane Katrina and see how far it gets you. Review

4.0

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2016-02-16

2016

If you close your eyes and think of the words 'American indie cinema', the images your imagination conjures probably won't veer too far from those found in writer-director Felix Thompson's feature debut. It's a familiar package, but peel back the wrapping and it presents a few surprises. Review

7.0

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2016-02-15

2016

In what era should a movie version of Ballard's novel be set? Is it still relevant? Ben Wheatley has answered the former question by resolutely setting his adaptation in 1975, but his film leaves the latter question unanswered. Review

5.0

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2016-02-14

2016

It may feature a very traditional presentation of its titular antagonist, but The Witch is more psychological period drama than Saturday night horror flick, more Bergman, less Blumhouse. Review

8.0

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2016-02-13

2016

Sing Street is a reminder of what a truly creative moment in pop culture the '80s was, with music and fashion trends evolving on a month to month basis. In this age of movies loaded with nostalgia for other movies, it's refreshing to indulge in a form of nostalgia grounded in an actual lived past. Review

7.0

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2016-02-12

2016

Following on from Eli Roth's Knock Knock, this is the second time in a row we've witnessed Reeves and de Armas deliver impressive performances in an otherwise awful movie. Exposed really shouldn't be. To anyone. Review

2.0

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2016-02-11

2016

This is no martial arts flick. The fights are very much of the playground variety - sweaty, out of shape men meeting their demise on a patch of suburban Dublin wasteland. It would be interesting to see what could be achieved with this intriguing premise on a more accommodating budget. Review

6.0

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2016-02-10

2016

The film has been described as 'giallo-esque', seemingly because it can't be bothered stringing together a worthwhile story, but it lacks the visual audacity and laudable insanity of the great Italian horrors. Review

3.0

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2016-02-08

2016

It's difficult to decipher which audience the film is attempting to court. Horror fans will be bored senseless by its sensibility, while Austen devotees will need more than a little persuasion to view this as anything other than blasphemy. Review

3.0

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2016-02-07

2016

If you were cryogenically frozen in the early '90s as a 12 year old boy, you'll be blown away by Deadpool. For anyone who lived through Tarantino, The Matrix and Shrek, or has enjoyed intercourse at some point in their lives, this is the low point of the seemingly never-ending superhero fad. Review

2.0

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2016-02-06

2016

This scandal is quite recent news, and Concussion was clearly rushed into production for a timely release, but had the filmmakers shown less haste, we'd likely have a more satisfactory examination of this landmark moment in US sports. Review

6.0

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2016-02-05

2016

A western is only as engrossing as its characters, while a horror movie relies on the threat of its villains. Writer-director Zahler nails both elements here to give us a rare hyphenated genre piece that succeeds in satisfying both camps. Review

9.0

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2016-02-04

2016

The Survivalist is an exemplary piece of low budget filmmaking. Experts will tell you to make the most of a tight budget by confining your action to a single, easily accessible location and a handful of characters. That's just what we get here, and writer-director Fingleton makes the most out of his limited means. Review

8.0

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2016-02-03

2016

The further it enters genre territory, the more the film begins to resemble something the notorious Spanish exploitation guru Jess Franco might have knocked out over a long weekend in a borrowed villa, albeit with an all-star cast, all dizzying camera moves and damp pubic hair. As such, it's a lot of fun, if maybe not in the way Guadagnino had intended. Review

7.0

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2016-02-02

2016

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