Aaron Hillis

Aaron Hillis is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • It's on record that Soviet filmmaking pioneer Sergei Eisenstein (Strike, October, and the film school staple Battleship Potemkin), after his professional endeavors in Hollywood were thwarted by anti-communist bias, ventured to...

  • 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...

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