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: 2111 / 2111

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Pearce and Smulders aren't a natural fit for this material and there's a lack of heat in their scenes together that makes you wonder if there's an unseen plate glass window separating them. It's difficult to care about their relationship. Review

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2015-05-17

2015

As disaster movies go, San Andreas isn't a complete disaster, but you'll have to sift through a lot of rubble to find anything worthwhile here. Review

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2015-05-16

2015

Timbuktu won't change anyone's mind on this issue - Jihad isn't something you sit on the fence over - but it adds a host of human faces to the statistics on the six o'clock news. Review

8.0

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2015-05-15

2015

If you're a fan of the crop of cheap straight to video Conan knockoffs that proliferated during the mid-80s, this might win you over with nostalgia for incompetent action; The Dead Lands is more hack than haka. Review

3.0

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2015-05-14

2015

Spring is a movie you'll fall in love with, one that leaves you with butterflies in your tummy; now adults can experience the effect Twilight has on teenage girls. Review

9.0

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2015-05-13

2015

It's long been debated whether Poltergeist was directed by its credited director Tobe Hooper or its producer Steven Spielberg, but this pathetic and pointless remake confirms that whoever was indeed responsible was certainly working at the top of their game. Review

4.0

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2015-05-12

2015

As a movie, Tomorrowland is a mess, and as a commercial for Tomorrowland the theme park, it's a complete failure. There are far more enticing rides at the multiplex this summer. Review

4.0

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2015-05-11

2015

Like a teenager spending hours on her makeup to get the 'natural' look, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night expounds an awful lot of energy in its quest for effortless cool, but it left this reviewer decidedly lukewarm. Review

4.0

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2015-05-10

2015

The Gallic setting adds a certain amount of novelty value to this sort of tale, but in narrative terms we're on all too familiar ground, with Jimenez happy to trade in the clich├ęs of the gangster epic. Review

6.0

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2015-05-09

2015

An AC/DC concert on wheels, Mad Max: Fury Road may not live up to the first part of its title (the title character barely registers and is far from mad, though was he ever really?), but it's certainly a furious road trip, one a certain other vehicular based blockbuster franchise would do well to study. Review

7.0

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2015-05-08

2015

Cynics may brand A Fuller Life little more than an extended infomercial for Fuller's autobiography A Third Face, but if this is the case, it achieves its goal in some style. Review

8.0

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2015-05-07

2015

There's something exploitative about The Tribe's use of sign language as a narrative device, but if it's a gimmick, I can't deny it's one I thoroughly appreciated. Review

8.0

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2015-05-06

2015

When the action moves to the confines of the prison, and the movie becomes for the most part a two-hander between Bahari and Javadi, the film stalls, with Stewart unable to find a cinematic way of conveying the verisimilitude of Bahari's experience. Review

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2015-05-05

2015

On the evidence of the ramshackle Top Five, I'm not entirely convinced that being taken seriously is something Rock really cares about. Like the protagonist of his film, Rock seems eager to create a movie with a message, but doesn't seem to know himself what that message is. Review

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2015-05-04

2015

Simon Blake's Still delivers all the grit you might expect from a London crime drama, and establishes Aidan Gillen as one of the most interesting and undersung actors to emerge from the British Isles in recent years. Review

7.0

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2015-05-03

2015

The Canal's best moments are its quietest; when characters begin speaking it sadly falls apart. Review

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2015-05-02

2015

British dramas are known for their grittiness, but grit is an element that's notably absent from Honeytrap, making it best suited for viewing in a school civics class. Review

5.0

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2015-05-01

2015

What's most worrying about all this is how oblivious Nakache and Toledano seem to be with regards to their ignorance. Only France seems capable of producing filmmakers this out of touch with reality. Sacre bleu indeed! Review

3.0

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2015-04-16

2015

Sci-fi fans will feel cheated here, while war movie fans will likely find the monsters an unwanted distraction, but the movie's greatest weakness is that, unlike Edwards' film, we don't care about its characters, who mostly come off as a bunch of obnoxious jerks. Review

4.0

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2015-04-15

2015

Cutting a swathe between stuffy British period drama and the crassness of Baz Luhrman and Joe Wright, Vinterberg has created that rare breed of classic literary adaptation that strikes the perfect balance between respecting the material and delivering cinematic thrills. Review

8.0

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2015-04-14

2015

Before the cash-in hacks spoil its charms, check out Unfriended; to use the vernacular of Facebook, you're bound to 'like' it! Review

7.0

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2015-04-13

2015

The spirit of '80s and '90s action cinema permeates Big Game, and it's easy to imagine Helander and his mates cracking open cans on a sofa while watching Die Hard or First Blood, but the movie it evokes most for me is The Wizard of Oz... Review

8.0

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2015-04-12

2015

There's a lot wrong with Clouds of Sils Maria, but its deficiencies, of which there are many, are overshadowed almost entirely by the enthralling performances of its two leads. Review

7.0

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2015-04-11

2015

There's a pervasiveness laziness to the whole affair, with a poorly researched script that gives us distracting anachronisms like a joke about David Thewlis' character being named Mickey Finn. Review

3.0

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2015-04-10

2015

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