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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.0/4.0 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Folks, we'd all love to see a hard-line G.I. Joe film where everything is realistic, but when was the show ever realistic? " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 31, 2013
3.5/4.0 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Sam Raimi has managed to recapture the feel and charm of the original 'Wizard of Oz'... and that may be the greatest compliment of all. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 31, 2013
2.0/4.0 43% The Call (2013) " ... the only thing worse than pulling the final punch... would have been showing the script cover to 'The Call 2: Aftercall' after the credits. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 27, 2013
1.5/4.0 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " ... a padded short story that didn't require embellishment... looks very weak directly compared to the sheer brilliance of the similarly themed ParaNorman. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 23, 2013
2.0/4.0 90% Lincoln (2012) " Pushing this film as merely 'Lincoln' is something of an injustice to the man himself, as if audiences wouldn't have any interest in the actual story of the film. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Mar 23, 2013
2.5/4.0 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " ... a guilty pleasure film... pokes (fun) at pop culture and other similar fantasy action films. Purists and "flim buffs" will want to steer clear... to avoid its taint... " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Feb 3, 2013
0.5/4.0 78% Flight (2012) " Denzel Washington's one-note character is a prisoner of a one-thought plot. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4.0 88% Django Unchained (2012) " ... it's a Tarantino Western... people will be screaming, the blood will flow freely and be splattered about, and the explosions are unnecessarily bigger than they have to be. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3.5/4.0 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " ... there's nothing to hate or fear here (unless you buy the super-chubby size soda). Welcome back, Middle Earth. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
3.0/4.0 44% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " ... feels more like a good Cartoon Network series pilot than a great feature film... no one thought to do a parody of The Eagle's 'Hotel California' for this? " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 30, 2012
4.0/4.0 93% Looper (2012) " ... re-establishes the (time travel) genre in a new and fresh way. And seriously, how cool is it to have an actual blunderbus for an assassin's weapon? " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3.0/4.0 78% Dredd (2012) " A straight-forward dystopian police actioneer with violent tendencies (but without Sylvester Stallone). In two words, it's good. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Sep 23, 2012
3.0/4.0 67% Ted (2012) " If you've ever put a Twisted Sister cassette into a Teddy Ruxpin or wished you could have, this movie is for you. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 18, 2012
3.5/4.0 87% ParaNorman (2012) " A smart, contemporary monster movie that doesn't talk down to its young or adult audience. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 18, 2012
2.0/4.0 30% Total Recall (2012) " ... the machines from I, Robot hitch a ride on the magma train from The Core to invade the world of Blade Runner for the benefit of the citizens living in The Fifth Element? " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Aug 5, 2012
3.5/4.0 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " ... Nolan thinks small in a big way... providing an imperfect yet satisfying conclusion, and that in itself is quite an accomplishment. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jul 29, 2012
3.0/4.0 73% Prometheus (2012) " (The) parent/child and creator/creation themes (are) pretty deep for a film this pretty. What else did you expect from Ridley Scott? " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jun 10, 2012
3.0/4.0 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " An effective retelling of Snow White that puts the Grimm all back in. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted Jun 2, 2012
3.0/4.0 69% Men in Black III (2012) " Third time's the charm; director Barry Sonnenfeld finally nails a story cool enough for the Men in Black. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 29, 2012
2.0/4.0 34% Battleship (2012) " ... finally exercises its self-awareness bone and has a little fun before the credits roll... worth sneaking into the ending after you see The Avengers again. " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 22, 2012
1.5/4.0 57% The Dictator (2012) " Where most of Cohen's films exploit non-actors falling for his ruse, this dictator has been banished to one of those (regrettable and forgettable) SNL movies... " ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Posted May 21, 2012
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 91% 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 97% 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 71% 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 79% 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
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