Deirdre Crimmins

Deirdre Crimmins
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T-Meter Title | Year
96% Villains (2019) Villains gives us not one, but a pair of bumbling thieves, along with a touch of bloody mayhem, and the result is a largely charming but slightly forced dark comedy. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Verotika (2019) Even with ignoring the aggressive sexism, unintentional humor, and watered down stories, Verotika's gross incompetence in the basic mechanics of film creation makes it an utter failure. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 24% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International doesn't do anything flagrantly wrong, but it doesn't do a lot right either. This is precisely the type of movie you'll forget you saw, even if you don't dislike watching it. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 43% The Outsider (2019) The caricatures of characters, abysmal treatment of women, and nearly inscrutable plot make the movie an experience to be tolerated rather than celebrated. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
90% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real takes a look at mental illness and its relationship to crafting reality, with a surprising dose of empathy, a healthy dose of world creation, and a little slice of sexiness. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
83% The Lodge (2019) It is difficult to watch, and offers little satisfaction, and is wholly unconcerned with dispensing comfort. However, horror fans know that this is all intended as a glowing compliment. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Though it has a kiss of social irresponsibility and it bites off more than it can chew, for the most part, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is an awfully cute way to watch a menagerie of animals being adorable on screen. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 56% Ma (2019) Ma is a rare gem of a horror film. Its cast is award-winning and its premise is promising, but despite this pedigree it never takes itself too seriously. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 71% Pink Wall (2019) Though the characters are multi-dimensional and their energy is raw, the whole thing feels more like an actors' workshop than a cinematic exercise. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) A tad too serious and a bit too disorganized, Brightburn squanders a potentially interesting dark origin story and a whole lot of blood. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
78% The Nightingale (2019) Kent's attention to historical detail is astounding. Each word, accent, gesture, and smirk sinks the audience deeper into time and place. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
1.5/5 74% The Wandering Earth (2019) If anything, it veers into the "so bad it's good" territory of cinema's terrain. It also offers also plenty of opportunities to examine Chinese projections of armageddon and bureaucracy... However, none of these elements make it a good film. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
1.5/5 15% The Hustle (2019) Pity that Wilson and Hathaway are so aggressively wasted. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) The complete lack of nostalgia and romanticism, along with the measured drama, make the emotional beats feel honest. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Somehow, this all comes together into a confoundingly competent detective story. The Pokémon within Pokémon: Detective Pikachu are not the focus of the film, and the film is better for it. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) The score, cinematography, and general premise are all good reasons to seek this out and enjoy it when you can. However, couch your expectations with the understanding that this is not a spear-sharp thriller. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2/5 29% UglyDolls (2019) The characters are nice enough and the songs catchy enough, but the lackluster animation, ambiguous messaging, and forced humor make UglyDolls something to be tolerated rather than celebrated. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The doc neither glamorizes nor mythologizes her life. She's shown as a strong woman, doing what she can to get through the only life she knows. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019) Tense and unnerving, unpredictable and mean spirited, Antrum... adds layers to the terrifying power of cinema. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet Straight Edge Kegger (2019) Just like seeing a band at a house party, you forgive the technical issues and you just let yourself have fun. Straight Edge Kegger certainly has fun with the music and the mayhem. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
87% Freaks (2019) Visually stunning and emotionally honest, FREAKS is a fascinating take on paranoia and what makes people special, but its bloat makes it start to veer into being too much of a good thing. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 79% Fast Color (2019) I can honestly say that Fast Color made me believe in magic again. The magic of strong female bonds. The magic of the wonder of world. And best of all, the magic of movies. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 76% Family (2019) All of this would make for a clichéd exercise in rehashing well-worn movie plots, if not for the juggalos. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 80% Harpoon (2019) Dark, disgusting comedies can easily fail if they're tonally off, even by a smidge. Harpoon doesn't miss a note. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If you like horror films that offer no real scares other than quick shock effects and unconnected imagery, The Curse of La Llorona might just be your new favorite movie. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) It may sound like I Trapped the Devil is an absurdist dark comedy or a boring thought exercise, but the experience of watching it makes for a tense, slow-burn horror film. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1.5/5 43% Thriller (2018) The acting throughout Thriller is distractingly bad. The actors each say their descriptive lines, wait a beat, and then their scene partner says the next descriptive line. There's no flow and no chemistry. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) This stifled Hellboy isn't even the worst part of the movie. The bloated plot is. Or it could be the distractingly bad CGI... No, actually, I think the worst part of Hellboy is the non-stop exposition. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 100% Feral (2019) Sriram is extraordinary in her role as Yazmine and carries the film on her own. The cinematography and score do a good job of lifting the heavy material, but without the anchoring central performance, Feral could have failed under its own weight. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Visually, Missing Link rises to expectations set forth by previous Laika films. The stop-motion animation is smooth and beautiful, with rich textures that never fail to capture our attention. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) By the time the film ramps up into its insane climax, it fully embraces the absurdity of the premise and exploits that to the fullest. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 40% Mercy Black (2019) With the exception of a few scares that fall a little flat, Mercy Black serves some exceptionally solid B-movie fun. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 82% The Brink (2019) Just like Bannon himself, there's far more going on beneath the surface. The documentary is actually a sly, biting critique of a man who thinks he has the world fooled. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 100% Princess of the Row (2019) Princess of the Row is a loving look at a small family that just want to get through life with whatever comforts they can find. If that isn't universal, I don't know what is. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 93% Diane (2019) Diane is not here to change the world, or even your view of the world, but it's an excellent look at one woman trying to do her best with what she can. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Sadly, The Highwaymen somehow turns this true and exciting story into a drawn-out, sleepy road movie that fails to add anything to their world. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) While a little artistic dramatization is always expected in any movie claiming to be based on a true story, at least this one uses its adjustments to make the film tense and swift. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/5 39% The Dirt (2019) It would be easy enough to embrace the trashy, shallow elements of The Dirt, but the truth is we deserve better. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
27% Tone Deaf (2018) A tight little horror film about the current culture wars being waged between the red and blue ends of the political spectrum. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
100% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) We are distracted from the lackluster plot and flat characters by some amazing and gross effects... These bits save Girl on the Third Floor from being a miss. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Nyong'o defies comparison to other horror heroines since she pulls double duty as both victim and monster. I cannot recall the last time an actor made my skin crawl for the entire length of her introduction, and every single moment on screen thereafter. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 95% Transit (2019) Transit impeccably highlights the experiences of refugees by creating a world that is, sadly, timeless. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Million Hits (2018) With the inclusion of the internet and various social media sites, Ashley's bullying is far more involved and multidimensional that just being a brute. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Best of all, it shows that teens are not a monolith. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 80% 30 Miles from Nowhere (2018) 30 Miles from Nowhere tends to suffer from issues common in tiny-budgeted horror films. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is by no means the next best superhero movie. But it is a lot of fun, and a solid foundation for a character with plenty of potential in the MCU. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The third film in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a strong example of not knowing when to call it quits. The movie isn't a total waste of time or animation, but it never gives these beloved characters very much to do. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Parody is reserved for only the most dearly celebrated cultural touchstones. No rom-com cliché is left un-mocked in the peculiarly charming Isn't It Romantic. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's disappointing that the film isn't straight horror, or even a horror comedy, because that was what drew me to the first one. However, on its own, it's a fun little science-experiment-gone-wrong movie and is mostly entertaining. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 44% The Prodigy (2019) The Prodigy might seem like just another creepy kid movie, but its new take on possession and its willingness to dive into the deep end of darkness makes it stand a little higher than the rest. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019