Kevin A. Ranson

""They're coming to get you Barbara...!" (Although my alter ego is fond of saying "I'M coming to get you, Barbara!")"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Biography:
What his grammar school teachers called “underachieving,” Kevin A. Ranson called “being bored to tears” and spent every possible second making up projects to fuel his unattended creativity. After discovering nothing interesting at college other than movies and role-playing games, Kevin escaped from West “By God” Virginia to travel the world for six years on the US Navy’s dime while compiling ideas for books, games, and screenplays. Now from his home page at ThinkingSkull.com, he owns/manages MovieCrypt.com as a certified (or certifiable) film critic endorsed by the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS.org). He also works as a freelance game writer/designer when not working on his indie role-playing game at KindlingMoon.com. Kevin currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Favorites:
Of all time, thus far, and in no particular order: "Contact," "The 13th Warrior," "Ghostbusters," "Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Exorcist," "The Fellowship of the Ring," Disney's "Aladdin," "The Iron Giant," "Gattaca," "Back to the Future," "Shaun of the Dead," and my personal guilty pleasure, "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." (I do admit to a favorable predisposition to films with normal people catalyzed by slightly-supernatural circumstance!)
Publications:
MovieCrypt.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
642
Total QuickRatings:
86
Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 642
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4.0 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " ... it shouldn't surprise anyone that all the funny bits are in the trailers and what's left is a beautiful production design in need of a worthy plot." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 12, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " If you only see one movie this year over and over again, it'll probably be this one." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 12, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " What do you do when a genre has completely played itself out? You reinvent it one last time and let all hell break loose." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 15, 2012
4.0/4.0 88% Titanic (1997) " Forget that we know how it all ends; it's the drama of dealing with eventuality that tells the real story here." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 8, 2012
3.5/4.0 51% John Carter (2012) " John Carter is an instant classic... Disney should be ashamed of themselves for treating Mars like a red-headed step planet." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3.0/4.0 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " While the ending is a bit of a mess, the rest isn't terrible (and nobody sparkles in the sunlight)." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 25, 2012
3.0/4.0 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " ... continues not only the tale of (the Sparrow and Barbossa) rivalry but also why (and how well) they ever worked together to begin with." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3.5/4.0 84% Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011) " ... a far-fetched but bloody fun film that doesn't talk down to its target audience so much as it celebrates fans of the genre." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 22, 2012
4.0/4.0 82% Trollhunter (2011) " ... this one is well worth the troll hunt to find." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 22, 2012
3.5/4.0 98% The Artist (2011) " A story that's so sweet and innocent, it's practically forgivable for being the awards bait it's being offered up as." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 9, 2012
3.0/4.0 72% Hanna (2011) " Sometimes a gritty, unpolished, and decidedly European-style thriller is exactly what you're looking for." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 9, 2012
2.0/4.0 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " You know those television shows where... it says 'three days earlier' with an explanation of how they got there? It's like that (but in no way satisfying here)." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 2, 2012
0.0/4.0 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " If I can prevent just one person from watching this, it'll have been worth suffering through it." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Dec 31, 2011
3.5/4.0 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " ...everything that worked in the third film amped up to eleven. It's about the team, it's about the mission, and it's about time." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Dec 16, 2011
1.5/4.0 58% Red State (2011) " Full of controversial subjects and interesting characters, it's the story that ultimately fails." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Nov 27, 2011
3.5/4.0 78% Melancholia (2011) " Beautiful doom, gloom, and the peaceful certainty of the end of the world. What's not to love?" — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Nov 25, 2011
3.0/4.0 26% Green Lantern (2011) " In an attempt by the script to be both epic and snarky, director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds did the best they could with what they were given to work with." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Nov 13, 2011
3.0/4.0 36% In Time (2011) " When time really is money, it's hard not to keep looking at your watch. Fortunately, viewing this film won't have you looking at yours." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Nov 9, 2011
3.0/4.0 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) " Although still not as fun as the original, fans should enjoy this one better than the preachy second installment (more so if they're slightly blitzed)." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Nov 6, 2011
4.0/4.0 84% Puss in Boots (2011) " Family fun adventure with an occasional wink to the adults. Who doesn't love Puss in Boots? Even Guillermo del Toro got in on this!" — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Oct 29, 2011
1.0/4.0 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " Bored now. 'Teddy Ruxpin is evil' would have been a more plausible explanation." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Oct 22, 2011
3.0/4.0 71% Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) " 'Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me.' Not just pretty words, thanks to the Chiodo brothers." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3.0/4.0 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) " An intimate ankle biter vs. ankle biters battle of flashbulbs, sharp things, and suspense." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 18, 2011
4.0/4.0 72% Fright Night (2011) " If the remakers of Conan the Barbarian wonder how the remake of Fright Night got it right, here's a hint: it's the writing, you fools." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 4, 2011
3.0/4.0 61% Final Destination 5 (2011) " The best all-around installment of the series (since the original) with an opening sequence that just misses rivaling the intro to the #2 freeway pileup." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 31, 2011
2.0/4.0 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " Alternate titles may include Conan and the Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Conan, or Conan the Scorpion King." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 20, 2011
3.0/4.0 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " The best attempt thus far at bringing Cap off the page and onto screens. Too bad it was hamstrung by 'setupforsequelitis.'" — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 8, 2011
3.0/4.0 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " Hey, wouldn't a prequel to Independence Day about an advance alien scout ship landing in the Old West be cool? Surprise! It is." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/4.0 82% Super 8 (2011) " While it's not perfect, it's honestly one of the most interesting films that's been out all year and certainly this summer." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3.5/4.0 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " With nothing left to tell, the grand finale to the Harry Potter saga holds nothing back." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jul 17, 2011
2.5/4.0 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " Once the film stops trying to endear you to Shia's employment and girlfriend problems, the meaningless destruction and mayhem does have a measure of entertainment value." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jul 12, 2011
4.0/4.0 39% Cars 2 (2011) " After the serviceable first film... this sequel puts the accelerator to the floor and never looks in the rear-view mirror." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3.0/4.0 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " Xavier's mutants go all prequel on John F. Kennedy's presidency." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jun 13, 2011
2.5/4.0 16% Priest (2011) " That's what churches are for... get in a man's way (especially when he needs to kill a horde of vampires)." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jun 13, 2011
0.5/4.0 14% Hard Breakers (2011) " Remember those teen sex comedies like Losin' It that started the careers of people like Tom Cruise? This isn't one of them." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 19, 2011
3.5/4.0 77% Thor (2011) " The Marvel movie machine puts another second-string superhero on the A-list." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 16, 2011
4.0/4.0 77% Fast Five (2011) " Fifth time's the charm." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 13, 2011
3.5/4.0 66% Insidious (2011) " A high-concept horror that oozes atmosphere and unease without relying on computer-generated effects or buckets of gore." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 24, 2011
3.0/4.0 11% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) " ... succeeds in creating heroes of the main characters, making the mystery of John Galt... compelling, and setting up the remaining two parts of the trilogy." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 16, 2011
3.0/4.0 58% Scream 4 (2011) " ... does what Scream 3 failed to do: further the franchise while keeping it fresh... certainly a better conclusion than where the previous installment left off." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 16, 2011
3.0/4.0 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " Best trip to Grandma's House ever." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 12, 2011
2.5/4.0 27% Your Highness (2011) " Like someone bringing pot brownies to a Dungeons and Dragons game..." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 9, 2011
3.5/4.0 92% Source Code (2011) " 'Quantum Leap' meets Groundhog's Day by way of The Matrix... aside from a few predictabilities, Source Code succeeds." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2.0/4.0 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " ... Snyder's effort to be creative works against his narrative and distracts from his female empowerment storyline to become the very thing the story claims that it isn't..." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 29, 2011
2.5/4.0 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " A pro-war movie masquerading as a disaster film? This is the anti Hurt Locker." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 13, 2011
3.5/4.0 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Your preconception of this existential romantic thriller's entertainment value is about to be adjusted." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 9, 2011
3.0/4.0 88% Rango (2011) " The Western isn't dead. It's just become more animated... literally." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 9, 2011
1.5/4.0 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) " A well-acted but forgettable 'Hot Tub Time Machine' clone for the post-college set (and without the time travel.)" — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 6, 2011
2.0/4.0 45% Drive Angry (2011) " William Fichtner steals his scenes, Nic Cage goes nuts, and Amber Heard remains hot. Okay, at least it's better than Ghost Rider, right?" — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Feb 27, 2011
3.0/4.0 33% I Am Number Four (2011) " 'Roswell' meets Critters (and a dozen other ideas)... decidedly more 'Aliens' ass kicking than 'Twilight' tweening." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Feb 27, 2011
2.5/4.0 39% The Eagle (2011) " The combination of battle tactics, subterfuge, and mystery solving while master and slave become friends and equals makes for an enjoyable story." — MovieCrypt.com
Posted Feb 16, 2011
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