HighDef Digest

HighDef Digest is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Deirdre Crimmins, Jason Gorber
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Trespassers (2018) Deirdre Crimmins The movie has some small surprises along the way, but overall doesn't try to reach beyond the scope of a classic, and often reproduced, invasion horror. What it does bring to the screen is some enhanced style in the filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
1.5/5 Stuber (2019) Deirdre Crimmins The plot is forced, the characters single-dimensional, and the action hard to follow, but with a handful of solid jokes Stuber nearly has the same entertainment value as a 30-minute comedy special. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Anima (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Anima is a hypnotic non-narrative mixtape where choreography reigns. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Midsommar plays like a slow and inevitable train wreck. It may not surpass Aster's previous film, but it does show us that not all horrors live in the dark. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/5 Anna (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Between its sparse action scenes and non-linear structure, it keeps our attention, but fails to truly sell its own premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Rather than mucking about with too much plot or deep character development, Annabelle Comes Home embraces the fact that it's just a fun little haunting movie. It's jumpy. It's spooky. It's fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Though this version adds little to Chucky's mythology and actually removes some of the juicier bits of his legend, it also charmingly refuses to take itself too seriously. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
A- Toy Story 4 (2019) Jason Gorber We take this magic for granted these days, just as we take for granted how hard to it must be to pull off a film as well as Toy Story 4 does. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Verotika (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
A+ Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Jason Gorber Rolling Thunder Revue is an anti-documentary about an anti-tour, while crazy twists of fate and truth lie at the heart of Scorsese's lies. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1/5 The Outsider (2019) Deirdre Crimmins The caricatures of characters, abysmal treatment of women, and nearly inscrutable plot make the movie an experience to be tolerated rather than celebrated. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Jason Gorber The Lighthouse shines its sickly light in ways that are comedic, tragic, and every mode in between. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
F Mektoub, My Love (2018) Jason Gorber Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo will surely go down as a footnote as one of the worst films to ever play in competition at Cannes. The movie actually makes cinema worse by its very existence. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
F Domino (2019) Jason Gorber Domino falls down hard. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 () Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 () Deirdre Crimmins Though the characters are multi-dimensional and their energy is raw, the whole thing feels more like an actors' workshop than a cinematic exercise. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Brightburn (2019) Deirdre Crimmins A tad too serious and a bit too disorganized, Brightburn squanders a potentially interesting dark origin story and a whole lot of blood. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 One Last Deal (2018) Jason Gorber While a bit heavy-handed at times in its emotional manipulation, One Last Deal nonetheless does an effective job at drawing viewers into Olavi's circumstances. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/5 The Wandering Earth (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
1.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Pity that Wilson and Hathaway are so aggressively wasted. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Deirdre Crimmins The complete lack of nostalgia and romanticism, along with the measured drama, make the emotional beats feel honest. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 UglyDolls (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Fast Color (2018) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 Family (2018) Deirdre Crimmins All of this would make for a clichéd exercise in rehashing well-worn movie plots, if not for the juggalos. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
B+ Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jason Gorber Spectacle gives way to heroic journeys fulfilled, quests finally culminating and closure finally reached. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Harpoon (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Dark, disgusting comedies can easily fail if they're tonally off, even by a smidge. Harpoon doesn't miss a note. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
1.5/5 Thriller (2018) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
A () Jason Gorber Amazing Grace is amazing....A film that exudes love, bathes us in sounds of sanctity, and lifts up the spirit in everyone save the most hardened. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Feral (2017) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Missing Link (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 Mercy Black (2019) Deirdre Crimmins With the exception of a few scares that fall a little flat, Mercy Black serves some exceptionally solid B-movie fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 The Brink (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Princess of the Row (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Diane (2018) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/5 The Dirt (2019) Deirdre Crimmins It would be easy enough to embrace the trashy, shallow elements of The Dirt, but the truth is we deserve better. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Deirdre Crimmins Transit impeccably highlights the experiences of refugees by creating a world that is, sadly, timeless. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 () Deirdre Crimmins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Giant Little Ones (2018) Deirdre Crimmins Best of all, it shows that teens are not a monolith. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 30 Miles From Nowhere (1970) Deirdre Crimmins 30 Miles from Nowhere tends to suffer from issues common in tiny-budgeted horror films. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019