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: 1630 / 1630

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Two chapters in and Fear Street is one of the big disappointments of 2021. You can't piss down horror fans' backs and tell us it's raining. We've seen this sort of thing down before, and done well, and crucially done by filmmakers who seem genuinely interested in the genre rather than just in mining cheap nostalgia. Review

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10 july

10 jul

Anyone expecting a gripping thriller might want to be put out of their own misery while watching the dreary West 11, but those who can appreciate it as a document of a forgotten period of London history while find value in Winner's film. Review

7.0

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2 july

2 jul

The horror-comedy sub-genre has given us some of the dumbest, most cynical movies imaginable, but Landon appears to have nailed what makes these two flavours go together – an appreciation and respect for both forms. Review

8.0

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1 july

1 jul

Let Us In is objectively trash with all the aesthetic appeal of a Hallmark Original, but with its homey smalltown atmosphere and likeable young protagonists it just might function as a way to introduce younger viewers to the joys of the horror genre. Review

6.0

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30 june

30 jun

If 1994 set out to evoke '90s slashers…well, I guess it does a good job. Those movies were generally awful to mediocre, and unlike the golden age slashers of the '70s and early '80s, spent more time spelling out the plot than building suspenseful sequences. Review

5.0

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29 june

29 jun

Visually, Murder by Decree presents one of the more atmospheric takes on Victorian London, fog floating above cobbled streets as the sound of foghorns and clomping horse hooves echo in the background. Review

6.0

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26 june

26 jun

Like a modern update of one of the BBC's classic MR James Ghost Story at Christmas adaptations, An Unquiet Grave makes economic use of a relatively brief runtime and a lack of special effects. Review

7.0

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23 june

23 jun

Von Horn seems to suggest that social media has returned us to a less civilised state, where alphas look down on the weak and pathetic. Review

7.0

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22 june

22 jun

Had Lee and Glazer filled us in on just what their heroine is being subjected to here, it would have made for a far more suspenseful experience. Review

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18 june

18 jun

After the muted response to his bland Rebecca remake, Wheatley wanted to get back to his low-budget roots, but with each new movie he makes, it seems the British auteur is moving further away from the talent teased in Down Terrace and Kill List. Review

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17 june

17 jun

Di Yorio certainly looks the part, but he's not exactly the most engaging screen presence, unlike Colombo, who has something of Joan Crawford about her and enlivens the film every time she pops up for a bit of suspect fondling of her boy's biceps. Review

6.0

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16 june

16 jun

I found it thoroughly intoxicating, one of those all too rare films that keep you entranced, blissfully ignorant of what might happen next. I certainly couldn't have predicted the final scene, which springs a magical surprise that feels like a nod to Tarkovsky. Review

8.0

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15 june

15 jun

Any cynicism we might have had early on in this music melodrama has been entirely eroded by the time we leave the studio and bid farewell to its muso protagonists. Review

7.0

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14 june

14 jun

Italian Studies never quite coalesces into a satisfying narrative. If it initially teases a gender reversal of Lost in Translation with a teenage boy acting as a tour guide for an older visitor to an unfamiliar city, that plotline ultimately never quite materialises. Review

6.0

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13 june

13 jun

Perhaps what's most refreshing about See for Me is how it gives us a disabled protagonist and refuses to portray them in a patronisingly angelic light. From the off, Sophie is difficult to warm to, even if her attitude is perhaps understandable. Review

6.0

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12 june

12 jun

Aside from Ohm, who gives a performance worthy of a far better movie, everyone seems utterly disinterested here. Review

3.0

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11 june

11 jun

This is what makes Nobody so much fun, watching this average Joe transform into a ruthless killing machine. Review

7.0

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10 june

10 jun

Cuartas gets us into the conflicting psyches of Dwight and Jessie, but it's somewhat frustrating that the film treats Thomas in a similar fashion to his older siblings – he may be the centre of the story but he's largely sidelined. Review

7.0

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9 june

9 jun

It's a warts-and-all glimpse of a future we're all set to face, and that's if we're lucky enough to make it that far. But watching Hopkins face his own mortality through a role that must have given him pause for thought is enough to get you through the darkness, like a senile parent suddenly remembering a long forgotten childhood detail. Review

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8 june

8 jun

At a brisk 77 minutes, we're left wanting a little more, which is a compliment to Seligman's ability to create characters we warm to. But ultimately it's that very specific Jewish humour that makes Shiva Baby so much fun, that ability to find a silver lining, or sometimes a cloud, in every scenario. Review

8.0

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7 june

7 jun

If at times the dialogue is a little creaky, Strates' arresting performance goes a long way to giving it life. Like Jeremiasz, we're held in her thrall as we try to figure out just what role she really plays in his life. Review

7.0

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6 june

6 jun

The Amusement Park is as angry and upsetting as any of the American horror movies of the Vietnam/Watergate era. Review

7.0

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5 june

5 jun

With its knockout twist, Safe Inside probably sounded like a winner in a pitch meeting, but the resulting feature film fails to capitalise on its potential, and like its young protagonists, you'll probably want to leave its environs early. Review

4.0

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4 june

4 jun

Holler may not fully satisfy in terms of offering an original story but it offers a cast of characters with refreshingly calloused hands, led by a performance from Barden that suggests that much like the young lady she plays here, she has a bright future. Review

7.0

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3 june

3 jun

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