Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"...remains surprisingly faithful to the original while recreating the title character... You only think you know the story (but this one - in many ways - is so much better)."

Posted Jun 22, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

2 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"If you just think of each franchise X-Men film installment as a stand-alone alternative history, it will go easier for your brain."

Posted Jun 22, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

3 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"It's like they took one good and one bad script and mashed them together... proof that the box office has become all about the franchise..."

Posted May 25, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

4 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"It's a running theme, looking awesome over what-the-hell-were-the-writers-thinking... this is the creature comfort you've been looking for."

Posted May 25, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

5 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"While The Muppets felt like an event, Muppets Most Wanted feels like exactly what it is: a follow-up. Maybe that's not the worst thing..."

Posted May 18, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

6 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"... would have been better suited as a Disney special or an extra on a Blu-ray release of Mary Poppins rather than a vehicle for awards season."

Posted May 18, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

7 77%

Noah (2014)

"Pro-vegan and anti-industrial messages aside... as (a) non-Biblical, alternative history version of the Great Flood, there's some interesting stuff going on here."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

8 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Black Widow is the scene stealer this time out... There's just very little than can be said against a film this well-rounded and complete... Trust no one - except Marvel."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

9 55%

Knights of Badassdom (2014)

"... the story lends itself to low-cost dragonslaying... Don't look for award-winning performances here, just actors having fun with a brilliant premise. Huzzah!"

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

10 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"When the dream sequence killing off the cast is better than everything afterward, you MIGHT have a script problem... This is why we can't have good vampire movies."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

11 53%

Haunter (2013)

"A tightly wound slow-burn ghost story that blends the best elements of the genre... could have certainly held its own in theaters with a little positive word of mouth."

Posted Feb 8, 2014

Kevin A. Ranson

12 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Although people who loved the book will find much to love here - it really is a good movie - the potential impact is too soft for the epic it aspires to be."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

13 49%

Carrie (2013)

"... hones its dramatic elements to emotional effect rather than fall back on a slasher film template... Moretz brings her A-game..."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

14 92%

Carrie (1976)

"... a cautionary tale that suggests that fear of the unusual justifies any action to displace the potential danger... My, how times have changed."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

15 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"The film's pace is an endurance test... (but) everyone gets to share in the dread of the final revelations. Does the end justify the means?"

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

16 97%

Gravity (2013)

"... the most spectacular and most accurate portrayal of how and why things work and fail in space... on IMAX and in 3D is finally and absolutely worth the price of admission."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

17 11%

Argento's Dracula 3D (2013)

"... perfect for a living room full of inebriated hecklers to have their way with it... you'll never look at a praying mantis the same way ever again."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

18 67%

World War Z (2013)

"... the definitive zombie film for people who don't like zombie films yet want to say they liked one."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

19 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"... a holdover to distract us from what we've been craving all along... it's still better than the last Wolverine sorta-solo outing, so there's that."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

20 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"The only thing that really holds this sequel back... it just doesn't seem epic enough to be a "summer blockbuster"... then again, maybe that's a good thing..."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

21 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Full of atmosphere and ghostly goodness, the only thing that doesn't seem to make any sense is the title."

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

22 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"... follows the ID4 formula to the letter; swap fighters vs. flying saucer action for mechs vs. monsters and enjoy."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

23 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"... seems content to coast on exactly what's expected of it until the very end... Pixar (seems to be) phoning in every other movie to work on the ones they really want to do."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

24 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Forget all of the Supermen of the past. Like it or not, purists, Man of Steel is the kind of theatrical reboot Superman has needed for a while."

Posted Jun 16, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

25 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"... a summer film that dimly reminds viewers of what it used to be - and could be again - while still being little more than a rollercoaster ride."

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

26 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"... honesty, loyalty, and comedy will be tested as the world comes to a horrifying and dangling end... and you'll never look at Michael Cera the same way again."

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

27 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"If this film franchise isn't one of your guilty pleasures, why not? Hot guys, cool gals, fast cars, fights, guns, explosions, and none of it taken too seriously."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

28 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Enjoy but be warned: you might need a tetanus shot and stitches just watching it."

Posted Apr 7, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

29 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?"

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

30 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."

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

31 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."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

32 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."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

33 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."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

34 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..."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

35 78%

Flight (2012)

"Denzel Washington's one-note character is a prisoner of a one-thought plot."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

Kevin A. Ranson

36 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."

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

37 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."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

38 45%

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?"

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

39 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?"

Posted Sep 29, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

40 78%

Dredd (2012)

"A straight-forward dystopian police actioneer with violent tendencies (but without Sylvester Stallone). In two words, it's good."

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

41 68%

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."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

42 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"A smart, contemporary monster movie that doesn't talk down to its young or adult audience."

Posted Aug 18, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

43 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?"

Posted Aug 5, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

44 88%

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."

Posted Jul 29, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

45 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?"

Posted Jun 10, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

46 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"An effective retelling of Snow White that puts the Grimm all back in."

Posted Jun 2, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

47 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Third time's the charm; director Barry Sonnenfeld finally nails a story cool enough for the Men in Black."

Posted May 29, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

48 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."

Posted May 22, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

49 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..."

Posted May 21, 2012

Kevin A. Ranson

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