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: 2126 / 2126

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CHiPs is an insult to fans of the original show, but more so to anyone with an ounce of humanity. If there's any justice, Shepard will receive a parking ticket from the men and women of the California Highway Patrol. Review

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2017-03-09

2017

Life is no sci-fi masterpiece, but it's classy and competent, and like those pillars of the genre, Alien and The Thing (and unlike Prometheus) it features intelligent protagonists who never behave like moronic teens in a slasher movie. Like its amorphous antagonist, it may not be quite what you're expecting, but it's worth discovering nonetheless. Review

7.0

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2017-03-08

2017

At 140 minutes, The Lost City of Z justifies its running time. It's a banquet of a movie, a visual feast that also provides plenty of food for thought. If Gray's reach has exceeded his grasp here, it's a compliment to both his ambition and his talent. Review

9.0

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2017-03-07

2017

There's nothing magical or romantic about this oppressive reboot. Whatever its motivation, it plays like little more than a lazy, uninspired cash-in on a recognisable property. In Hollywood, that's a tale as old as time. Review

4.0

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2017-03-06

2017

The Secret Scripture plays a lot like some old Hollywood melodrama that might turn up on TV on a Sunday afternoon, but those movies were immaculately crafted with taut storytelling, something Sheridan's movie can't claim. Review

5.0

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2017-03-05

2017

If the trappings of the western genre are enough to keep you happy, In a Valley of Violence does just enough to entertain. But displaying an understanding of the genre's tropes should be the starting point for a filmmaker, not the be all and end all, as is the case here. Review

6.0

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2017-03-04

2017

Oh and Heche are two actresses we don't see enough of, and both are exceptional here, as is Silverstone, whose Lisa gives us an idea of how Clueless's Cher might have ended up had she continued on her narcissistic path. Review

7.0

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2017-03-03

2017

Kong: Skull Island certainly has its moments, and if you see this on a big enough screen you'll get your share of spectacle, though seeing Kong in action on his home turf is nowhere near as visually interesting as witnessing him destroy New York. Ultimately, despite its scale, it's an often underwhelming and largely soulless experience, a movie so obsessed with delivering its giant special effect it neglects to add a human heart... Review

6.0

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2017-03-02

2017

Marmoud does just enough behind the camera to suggest he's capable of giving us a compelling Chabrol-lite thriller, but more time spent mining the skills of his leading ladies and a narrower focus from the script may have gone a long way to making Moka a more involving drama than the lifeless thriller that ultimately made it to the screen. Review

6.0

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2017-03-01

2017

Sometimes we build filmmakers up and create monsters, giving them free reign to indulge themselves in the worst possible way. Perhaps that's the case with Mungiu. Like no other movie of recent times, Graduation is clearly the work of a great talent, but one who's simply not making an effort this time. Review

5.0

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2017-02-28

2017

Ultimately however there simply isn't enough new material here to make Hounds of Love a fully engaging experience, yet practically everyone involved, on both sides of the camera, is someone to watch out for in the future. Review

6.0

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2017-02-28

2017

Taken at face value, Personal Shopper is frankly ridiculous, but Assayas commits to its nonsense in a manner that makes it impossible not to get on board. Review

7.0

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2017-02-27

2017

Whether you empathise with the loneliness and vulnerability of Fuller, Albert or Jamie, or the guilt of Laura, Gina or Beth, you'll likely find something here that strikes a chord, if perhaps an unwanted or unacknowledged one. Review

8.0

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2017-02-26

2017

Berlin Syndrome may boast a pair of top-notch performances from its leads, along with some polished cinematography, but otherwise it's the sort of mediocre thriller that clogs up the Netflix catalogue. Review

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2017-02-25

2017

This rapid escalation is jarring, yet Blair seems more comfortable with the revenge thriller aspect of his film than the comedy, which is weakly written and staged. Review

4.0

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2017-02-24

2017

Berg's never been better than he is here, constructing visceral set-pieces that immerse us in the tense drama. Review

8.0

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2017-02-23

2017

If you've ever wondered what a deadpan Nordic version of Fawlty Towers might look like, look no further. Review

7.0

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2017-02-22

2017

It's part horror movie, with a creepy discordant score accompanying many scenes, part high school comedy, part coming of age musical, with Holmer displaying a Minnelli-like understanding of how to shoot dance sequences that's far less showy but just as effective as La La Land. Review

8.0

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2017-02-21

2017

Visually, Nails is a cut above most UK and Irish horror, with cinematographer James Mather making nice use of light and shadow, and director Bartok shows promise in the film's key moments, but this badly needed rescuing in the script department to sell its intriguing premise in convincing fashion. Review

4.0

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2017-02-20

2017

It's a bloody film, but there's no blood without a heart, and Logan has one pumping beneath its tough exterior. It's a story of family, but it never feels trite and forced in its message; there simply isn't time for sentimentality in its lightning paced narrative. Review

8.0

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2017-02-19

2017

Like Crazy lacks the sort of memorable sequences required for a road movie, and the characters Beatrice and Donatello run into along the way are instantly forgettable. It's only the movie's genuinely touching climax that hints at the tender and thoughtful drama Virzi's film might have been. Review

6.0

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2017-02-18

2017

It's a uniquely singular vision (as well as writing and directing, Biller produced, scored, edited, and designed the sets, costume and general production of her film), one that leaves you in no doubt that its creator loves cinema, and is determined to leave her own mark on its history. Review

9.0

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2017-02-16

2017

Perez's film lacks the energy and narrative thrust of Clark's Turk 182 however, and crucially it's missing protagonists we can fully throw our support behind. Review

5.0

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2017-02-15

2017

It's Only the End of the World may be his biggest misfire to date, but it's far from a disaster; the performances from a mouth-watering cast alone are enough to keep fans of French language cinema engaged. Review

7.0

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2017-02-14

2017

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