Deirdre Crimmins

Deirdre Crimmins
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 35% Glass (2019) Glass is his most ambitious project to date, an attempt to create an original Shyamalan Cinematic Universe, and it's a big failure.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
0.5/5 10% Replicas (2019) Replicas is unequivocally a terrible film, filled with terrible writing and terrible performances.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 40% The Upside (2019) There may be an audience of people who are satisfied with The Upside, and find the story of a paralyzed man discovering beauty in the small things in life both original and inspirational, but I'm not one of them. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 86% Rust Creek (2019) Fighting off a bunch of backwoods yokels is nothing new to horror movies, but somehow Rust Creek makes this old tale feel fresh and tense.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/5 53% Escape Room (2019) Its complete and utter lack of ever taking itself or its characters seriously is the film's major saving grace. While this all makes it quite fun, it still doesn't make it any good.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 62% Bird Box (2018) Overall, Bird Box is a solid new entry into sensory deprivation horror, and perhaps a greater sign that Netflix just might know what it's doing.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/5 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) This glossy, non-threatening version of history makes what should be inspiring into a dull, unengaging tale.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Though a technical marvel, the tonally irresponsible film tries to turn a real-life tragedy into an uplifting tale, and manages to miss all of the right emotions in the process.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
.5/5 40% Second Act (2018) Whatever you do, don't waste a second on this Second Act.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/5 84% Dumplin' (2018) Dumplin' does what it sets out to do, with little thematic flourish but a lot of sequins.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 79% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back is not your typical, weepy addiction drama. But addiction is not a monolith and if adding a little intrigue to this story gives us another version of this story, then it's fine by me.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's unkind toward humanity as a whole, and offers no reprieve... For those who accept that darkness, and need a good belly laugh at its expense, The House That Jack Built is one of the best films of 2018.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The heavy lifting in these performances come from motion-capture CGI animals and largely skillful voice acting from an exemplary cast.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 52% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) I'm not sure how necessary Once Upon a Deadpool is for this world, and it certainly has nothing to do with the holiday season, but it isn't doing any harm either.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines creates a beautiful, dangerous, and escapist world, but it suffers from trying to do too much with characters we barely care about.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is a singular experience, for better and occasionally worse, and it heartily stands apart from the crowd of other stories about ingénues.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
100% Newly Single (2018) Clark seems to have enough of a critical eye to look at the various shortcomings of Astor, and unapologetically portray the character as the jerk that he really is. Perhaps one day Astor will be as good of a director as Clark has shown himself to be.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 80% Ruin Me (2018) Despite some clumsy acting and a little forced dialogue, Ruin Me is a magnetic take on a new realm of horror entertainment.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 72% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) A low-stakes and light kids' holiday film. The bad guys are bad. The elves are unsettling. The Christmas spirit is unsquashable. And when it steps aside and lets Kurt Russell take over, it's a fun addition to the world of cinematic Saint Nick.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Had Robin Hood focused solely on being a dumb, fun action film, it would be a great time at the movies. However, its insistence on being clever and exhaustive distract from any potential frivolity and mindlessness.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 83% Creed II (2018) Just as Adonis Creed is a worthy of the Apollo Creed legacy, Creed II is another deserving addition to the Rocky canon.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 82% Instant Family (2018) Neither families nor films behave like instant soup. One cannot simply combine the ingredients, stir, and expect a delicious outcome. Instant Family provides the evidence for this on both fronts.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) While we know who will ultimately survive, it still feels like a placeholder. It's very possible in these filler films to craft a sense of urgency and wonder, but The Crimes of Grindelwald just falls flat.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The character's trauma and her survival defined her in the book series and previous movies, but are here turned into snippets of character development rather than incendiary force.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Without a truly grumpy Grinch, and without the Seussical aesthetic, The Grinch is just a standard and serviceable Christmas movie.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 37% Viper Club (2018) Rather than construct an emotional tether to a faraway war, Viper Club instead focuses on a poorly conceived character and her martyrdom. How dull.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) While The Other Side of the Wind is not the easiest or most pleasant filmgoing experience, it's so chock full of delicious rhetoric and visual artistry that it can't be ignored. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The plot of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is quite weak. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 65% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) When I'm asked to spend too much time with young, vapid men, I expect far more in return than some jokes and the already planned loss of a family dog. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/5 88% What They Had (2018) The unrelatable characters and erratic story stop it just short of being universally approachable.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 38% Silencio (2018) Part mystery, part thriller, Silencio takes a long, hard look at loss and grief, all while maintaining that there's still a little bit of mystery in them hills.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
0.5/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Hunter Killer insults the intelligence of its audience, plays into decades-old politics, and wastes the talents of some solid actors. It's wholly without value.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
35% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny English Strikes Again is perfectly fine in its own right, but its naiveté feels dated and unnecessary. For a spy film with car chases and explosions, it falls flat and fails to fully engage.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) The opening of Thunder Road is one of the most cringingly hilarious scenes of 2018. The rest of the movie never quite reaches the level of awkward humor in that opening number, but it comes close.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 100% The Book of Birdie (2017) It's actually quite refreshing to see a film regard period blood as a vehicle for some fantastic realism, rather than a sign that a character is possessed by a demon.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 90% The Price of Everything (2018) This tension between the various players in the art game makes The Price of Everything intriguing. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 61% The Oath (2018) Thanksgiving is brutal enough without adding fictionalized political devices. The Oath fails to recognize this and fails to deliver any notable laughs or insights into our nation's politics.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) The 2018 Halloween is a worthy entry into the often wavering franchise. It enhances the characters of both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, and adds to the mythology of The Shape, rather than detracting from them. ‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give is powerful and should be compulsory viewing. Its simple approach to these complex issues is appreciated, and makes its clear point accessible to the young audience for whom it was created.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween actively avoids all of the charm and literary homage of the original film without adding anything new to the already established formula.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
100% Starfish (2018) STARFISH is much more successful on the emotional side than the horror side, but still compelling.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 28% Venom (2018) Venom isn't funny. Venom doesn't have a hero or antihero or villain to root for. Were it not for a pretty good car chase, some decent visual effects, and Hardy's performance, it would be a complete waste of time.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
36% Feral (2018) FERAL uses its mockumentary format to its advantage, and keeps us guessing right up to the very end.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) After the clunker that was Hotel Artemis, it's not unreasonable to feel that we're owed a better hotel-themed movie in 2018. Bad Times at the El Royale is slightly more successful, but still comes a little short of greatness.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/5 54% The Wind (2019) The Wind could have been much better if editing and creative timelines took a step back, and allowed the harrowing story and stellar performances to be the focus of the terror. As it is, the film tries far too hard to tell a tale that needs no frills.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
95% In Fabric (2018) Horror seems to have a preoccupation with haunted houses and possessed dolls. With IN FABRIC, we have the rare entry into a haunted garment subgenre, and it is a treasure.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 53% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Somehow, all of this works. It's not perfect, and it certainly isn't for everyone, but oddballs who love weirdo cinema will probably get a kick out of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
5/5 64% Suspiria (2018) This Suspiria is wholly its own film and offers frantic energy and lush visuals to make for a nearly perfect cinematic experience.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
0.5/5 33% Between Worlds (2018) Crossing between the worlds of the living and dead is a concept that could populate any number of captivating and nuanced movies, but Between Worlds is not one of them.‐ HighDef Digest
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) The film's investment into mythology and character depth will satisfy genre fans who are looking to watch a drama and romance with a marked twist.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018