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Aaron Hillis

Aaron Hillis
Aaron Hillis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Premiere Magazine, Village Voice, GreenCine, Time Out, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio (2016) The footage relies more on idealistic testimonies than a cinematic experience showcasing DBA's vitality; why not let those blistering, immersive concert performances play longer than a chorus? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Herzog smartly takes a broad, bird's-eye perspective of our early techno-evolution. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016
93% Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (1958) The film's alchemic blend of Bressonian rigor, Hitchcockian suspense, and overall proto-Nouvelle Vague cool more than compensates for its straightforward plotting ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016
100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) Dizzily entertaining when the knives, bullets, and feet are flying, and sometimes painfully melodramatic during the interim exposition. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016
21% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) [A] feeble soap opera that's as stilted and unsexy as an adolescent dry hump. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016
82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) I literally cried tears of joy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2016
71% Remember (2016) Atom Egoyan's atypically linear revenge fantasy disingenuously evokes the ghastly legacy of Auschwitz as an artsploitation thriller. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016
89% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) The performances are undeniably authentic, the cinematography could make Terrence Malick stand to give a slow clap, and sometimes a sensitive mood and evocative milieu are enough to sustain when there's barely a plot. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016
25% Backtrack (2016) Glossily shot yet soullessly schematic ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016
55% Jack of the Red Hearts (2015) It's rare that a drama shows such specificity with respect to the experience of coping with autism, and that sensitivity goes a long way. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016
91% The Girl in the Book (2015) So unpretentious that it could be accused of lacking style or vigor, writer-director Marya Cohn's maturely conceived, Kickstarter-budgeted debut swaps genders on the more traditionally male-driven story of a stunted coming-of-age. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015
33% American Hero (2015) The filmmakers blend tones like a child mixing fountain drinks into one unidentifiable flavor. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015
97% Johnny Guitar (1954) A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
No Score Yet Coming Home (2015) The cinematography is far too slick, and Diddy's title song is overplayed, but most of the revelations and one climactic confrontation cut to the bone. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2015
98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) The best superhero vigilante movie of the year. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2015
90% (T)ERROR (2015) Watching a spy sit on the couch waiting for text messages from higher-ups may not sound as compelling as a le Carré novel, but it's a necessary build to a pulse-pounding third act that reveals how lives are destroyed by half-truths and hearsay. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2015
100% Youth (2015) Elegantly shot to emphasize the suffocating atmosphere of its believably frightening scenario, the film speaks clearly about generational expectations and the disintegration of the middle class, even when the brothers communicate without using words. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015
14% Jenny's Wedding (2015) Harps on the retrograde ideas that women should all aspire to be married, and happiness is a permanent state of being that the virtuous can achieve. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
11% Frank The Bastard (2015) A basic-cable-caliber drama in which tragic outsiders harbor obscured small-town secrets and the overconfident belief they're characters in a Eugene O'Neill play. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2015
47% Dark Was The Night (2015) Let this be a case study for filmmakers everywhere: Scenes centered on search-engine discoveries will never, ever be cinematic. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015
45% A Little Chaos (2015) Schoenaerts and his lack of bodice-busting tension with Winslet mirrors the film's transparent, often anachronistic inauthenticity: He's a modern Belgian using a regal British accent to play seventeenth-century French. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
48% The Film Critic (2015) The persistent references to cinema and film writing are self-awarely mimicking clichés but not subverting them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
78% Hyena (2015) As stylish, scorched-earth entertainment, it'll get you in its teeth. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015
71% Kung Fu Killer (2015) An undeniably bland film in style and story, despite a few elaborately staged fight sequences. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
69% The Dead Lands (2015) Essentially a single, overlong, wearyingly violent chase sequence with shout-outs to honor and maintaining traditions, the story isn't much more than an excuse to keep the artery-spraying war of attrition going. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
No Score Yet Below Dreams (2015) As the waves of this cinematic dream break, the profundities left behind come not from character arcs, but observed states of being that feel subjectively experienced. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2015
27% Marfa Girl (2015) Even at its most compulsively watchable ... the film is as shallow as its characters' oversexed conversations. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015
81% Urok (The Lesson) (2015) A precisely paced, nightmarish thriller. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2015
20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) Glossy, lifelessly paced ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
64% Drunktown's Finest (2015) Freeland's conventional yet credible portrait of identity crises on the reservation covers familiar ground (alcoholism, poverty) while warmly exploring contemporary issues rarely filmed within the diverse community. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 20, 2015
31% The Devil's Violinist (2015) [Garrett's] handsome and fiddles something fierce, but his acting aptitude is more "Chopsticks" than Caprice no. 24 in A minor. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
54% Spare Parts (2015) This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 17, 2015
53% Little Accidents (2015) All the secrets, lies, and consequences feel as authentic as the Appalachian milieu, but the film lacks the memorable idiosyncrasy of a River's Edge, or more fittingly, the myth-making lyricism of Matewan. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
20% Swearnet: The Movie (2014) Canadian comedy hits rock bottom in this abhorrent meta-infomercial for a Funny or Die-like network boasting uncensored online content ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
76% Canopy (2014) Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2014
60% Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014) The film uses its phantasmagoric conceit, a sickly-hued poetry, and eerie sound design to build metaphors for closeted homoeroticism and melancholic unfulfillment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2014
0% The Word (2014) Attempts to offer the white-knuckle gratifications of a studio procedural with a conspicuous lack of production values, screen talent, plausibility, originality, or a lick of aesthetic flair. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
No Score Yet Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story (2014) Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean your speculations are sound, your writing and filmmaking skills are passable, or that you're preaching to anyone but the fearfully converted. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2014
No Score Yet What About Me (1993) Come for the cult of personality, stay for the nostalgia of a dirtier, dodgier, far cooler scene. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Where is Where? (2009) Finnish visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila's experimental narrative truly pushes forward the possibilities of split-screen cinema. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 6, 2014
No Score Yet Chapman (2014) Both strands of the narrative intersect with one last reveal of unresolved melodrama that feels coldly calculated in its cause and effect. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
27% Farmland (2014) Perhaps if Moll offered less of the static sit-down interviews and more fly-on-the-grain vérité, viewers might feel some new, intimate connection between the farmers and the nourishment that unites us. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
13% A Promise (2014) The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
67% Cesar's Last Fast (2014) This occasionally stirring doc portrait of the late Latino labor organizer and civil rights icon frames his legacy around a single act of protest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
No Score Yet From Both Sides Of The Aegean: Expulsion And Exchange Of Populations, Tukey-greece 1922-1924 (2014) More social-studies lesson than cinema ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
21% Shirin In Love (2014) There's very little to distinguish this from every other characterless rom-com with a demographically marketable hook. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
85% Two Lives (Zwei Leben) (2014) Seven decades later, the creative well has somehow not yet run dry on the ripple effects of Nazi Germany's offenses, though writer-director Georg Maas's slick and sulky second feature is not another dime-a-dozen Holocaust tragedy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
50% Chaplin of the Mountains (2014) Deadened by milquetoast characters, uninspired landscape photography, and no perceptible stakes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
47% The Pretty One (2014) Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
50% Somewhere Slow (2014) Reiterates a famous Talking Heads question of midlife existentialism ("You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?") but doesn't offer enough in the way of subtext or mise-en-scène to fashion an answer. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014