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: 1775 / 1775

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Both the Venom movies felt like nobody bothered advancing beyond a first draft, and that's the same feeling we get here. Everything about Morbius is half-assed, from the thinly sketched characters to CG sequences that resemble Playstation 2 era cut-scenes. Review

3.0

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1 april

1 apr

I'm struggling to think of a horror comedy with such a whiplash-inducing pivot from one genre to the other. Horror fans will find much to enjoy in the film's atmospheric first half, and Robinson gives a convincing portrayal of a woman whose nerves have been frayed by unwanted attention. Review

5.0

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31 march

31 mar

A by-the-numbers haunted home thriller that descends into unintentional laughs in a climax dogged by cheap special effects. Review

4.0

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30 march

30 mar

With its tired critique of the insecurities of internet "celebs" and found footage aesthetic, Deadstream might have seemed innovative a decade ago, but in 2022 it's as stale as the various rotting corpses its leading man stumbles over. Review

3.0

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29 march

29 mar

Essentially what The Cow boils down to is an old-fashioned mad scientist b-movie that's been given a mumblecore makeover. But that structure does indeed keep us invested in an otherwise simplistic plot. Review

6.0

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27 march

27 mar

Ambulance is a mess. You can't hear half the dialogue. The tone flips from broad comedy to dark violence in the space of a single scene. Its action sequences pale in comparison to similar ones pulled off with aplomb by the likes of James Cameron and Michael Mann. And yet – and I can't believe I'm saying this about a Michael Bay movie – I was never bored. Review

6.0

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26 march

26 mar

Despite its filmmaker's cultural roots, Umma feels very much like an American take on Asian horror, and something has been lost in translation along the way. Review

4.0

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25 march

25 mar

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West has created a nostalgic tribute to a classic era of screen sleaze. It's certainly a better Texas Chainsaw movie than any of the recent entries in that long-suffering franchise. Review

7.0

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24 march

24 mar

As is usually the case with such mainstream American comedies, some of the improv numbers are stretched thin and the supporting cast are at times a little too wacky in comparison with the film's leads. Brie, Plaza and Nivola are all on fine form... Review

6.0

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23 march

23 mar

And like the smartest filmmakers, he understands that creating great cinema can often be as simple as writing a couple of good parts and having two very charismatic people make googly eyes at one another on screen. Review

9.0

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22 march

22 mar

This is Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave, but without the villains' comeuppance. It's a reminder that in real life victims don’t get to take revenge, only society can do that for them. Review

7.0

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22 march

22 mar

Reinsve is a winning presence, attractive enough to be a movie star but relatable enough to have realistic insecurities. Review

8.0

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21 march

21 mar

She flits from bubbly and enthused to scared and lonely to outright psychotic in convincing fashion. The movie doesn't condone the violent rampage she undertakes, but her victims are drawn so broadly as bitchy mean girls that it's impossible not to have fun seeing them dispatched in the sort of violent fashion we've come to expect from the no holds barred world of Ozploitation. Review

7.0

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20 march

20 mar

But rather than a horror movie that serves as an allegory, Raquel 1:1 plays like an allegory desperate to convince us it’s a horror movie. Review

6.0

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19 march

19 mar

At the point where Emergency realises it doesn't have the satirical chops to continue in a comic vein, it should have doubled down on the thriller stakes. Review

5.0

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18 march

18 mar

It's Jarvis's performance that truly keeps It Is In Us All afloat though. His physicality tells us a lot about his character's background without having to indulge in expository speeches. Review

6.0

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17 march

17 mar

This leads to a movie that lacks a satisfying narrative thrust. We're left to admire the scenery, the lush cinematography of Hélène Louvart and the quality of the performances, but there's just not enough to invest in here. Review

6.0

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16 march

16 mar

What's laudable about the film is how Ozon never asks us to take a side, and only those whose view on the matter is clouded by religious or philosophical beliefs will likely adopt one. Review

7.0

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15 march

15 mar

For a relatively low-budget Irish production it's surprisingly slick. Don’t be surprised if the likes of Blumhouse come calling for Muldowney. Review

6.0

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14 march

14 mar

Chitu is very good, but there's not a whole lot to her character. She's defined by those around her, with Grigore making it all too clear why she needs to leave, but that need to escape seems to be the only thing fuelling her character. Review

6.0

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13 march

13 mar

Eschewing any biting satire, Woszczynska struggles to fill her movie's silence with meaning. Silent Land has a very simple message, that even the most sociopathic and entitled among us may struggle with guilt, but she never explores that notion in a particularly interesting way. Review

6.0

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12 march

12 mar

Watching Olga battling the bars late at night in an empty gymnasium is as thrilling as the finale of any boxing movie, thanks to the combination of Budiashkina's physicality, Grappe's direction and Pedro's editing. All three combine to use a body in motion to express the frustration of young people growing up in an uncertain Eastern Europe. Review

7.0

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11 march

11 mar

Prior to that disappointing final act, Bass does enough to suggest that if she can hook up with a writer with a determined singular voice (as opposed to an entire football team of scripters), she could be a new talent to watch on the international horror scene. Review

6.0

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10 march

10 mar

It's all very slight and sunny, and the dramatic stakes are about as low as they get. But thanks to an effervescent performance from Demoustier, the film that bears her name is always watchable. Review

6.0

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9 march

9 mar

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