Aaron Hillis

Latest Stories

  • Desperately needing more idiosyncratic delight, narrative substance, or at least jokes per minute, writer-director Kenny Riches's wannabe cult comedy is a quasi-naturalistic but too-slack-by-half imitation of Jared Hess's studied stoner-quirk...

  • The beauty of watching a soapy period piece as escapist "corset porn" is that its shortcomings can be ignored as long as the costumes and production design are sumptuous enough — or, as a trump card, the immortal Kate Winslet is the...

  • That chewy title doesn't have the same ring as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, though coincidentally, both are self-satisfied films that confuse aesthetic calculation for artistry. In multihyphenate Ty Hodges' glib bro-down of a...

  • It may be true that Argentinian filmmaker Hernán Guerschuny was formerly a critic, but his innocuously agreeable meta rom-com does nothing to dispel the myth that it's a job only for self-important, cine-hating blowhards keen to sharpen...

  • Defining comedy can be as subjective as enjoying it, particularly when it comes to the cinematic meta-absurdities of French electro musician turned filmmaker Quentin Dupieux -- whose instant-cult career rolled out with a telekinetic,...

  • Much like his 2009 social-realist psychodrama Tony — starring a chilling Peter Ferdinando as a council-estate loner on a Dahmer-esque murder bender — writer-director Gerard Johnson's equally ruthless and arrestingly gritty...