Aaron Hillis

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  • 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 headliner....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Playing upon the universality of being anxiously broke, Bulgarian filmmaking duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's stark, stealthy, and dispassionately shot social-realist drama traps viewers in what turns out to be a precisely paced,...

  • In 2004, four ambitious Hispanic high schoolers in Phoenix -- three of them undocumented immigrants, all of them underdogs with limited resources and prospects -- defeated MIT's brightest (and better-bankrolled) in an underwater-robotics...

  • Shot down over Singaporean rainforest during WWII, an Australian fighter pilot (Khan Chittenden) wakes up in a tree, swinging from his parachute in writer-director Aaron Wilson's ambitiously immersive, thinly plotted debut -- a minimalist...

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