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Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 22% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Come for the creepy atmosphere and stay for Doug Jones, but viewers not expecting too much more will get their matinée money's worth. ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2017
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) An interesting narrative -- strained by Titanic problems... because even in the future nothing works. ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) ... the franchise is for fans by fans of the series... guilty-pleasure satisfied... (but) can we get a stat sheet to see how many hit points these characters have left according to the player's guide? ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2017
4/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) ... in light of national pride and recent politics, it's refreshing to see a film that shows individuals not only can work together but often enough had damn well better. ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/4 89% Loving (2016) (When) the focus shifts to Mildred taking the lead, and that's when it becomes apparent what Negga brings to the role... should probably be required viewing in schools - lest we forget. ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/4 26% Underworld: Awakening (2012) ... seems both stripped down in complexity for a new audience as well as cut into a bite-sized chunk to more easily swallow... neither of which is going to draw new fans to the franchise or keep current fans interested. ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/4 70% Sing (2016) With a singing voice cast like this... a sure-thing before the animation even started... a few stereotypes and too much pig skin - that's not a football reference. ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2017
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) of 2011's big award winner 'The Artist' are in for a treat... greater than the sum of its parts. PG-13 for language and criminal use of the a-ha song "Take On Me." ‐
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) ... for a fearless fairy tale that thrives in the dark, this monster has a higher calling. ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) 'But it makes you think,' some will argue... true: it makes you think, 'The director had no clue how to end this... so they didn't.' ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) ... makes many of the other Star Wars films feel inferior - can we postpone the numbered movies and just tell these little big stories for a while? ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) ... looks like someone mashed up a Zombie 5K with a Renaissance faire. It shouldn't work, but by sheer force of will and a game cast of actors, it's wonderful. ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) With a far more complex story this time around, this sequel could give a Doctor Who episode a run for its money with all the timey-whimey stuff. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) ... okay for all ages who want something pretty to look at but no reason to use their brain except for a dopamine surge over tasty concession stand snacks. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 27% The Boy (2016) Fans of Cohan and spooky flicks will find plenty to enjoy here - enough to give a positive recommendation for - but it will always feel like a missed opportunity not getting to see what we really hoped for. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/4 91% The Witch (2016) Whatever your world views, simply watching the film should leave your soul intact... mostly. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) With so many personalities and characters, there's little time for any standout performances... or a standout film. That said: it isn't bad, either. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) If you... have nightmares about anthropomorphic food screaming as they're being consumed (or) are repulsed your groceries might be humping in the cupboard when you're not looking... this movie is not for you. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) While the newness of the original film is long gone, this third installment is not just the culmination of the series but the best of them... and the perfect place to stop. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Will Apocalypse destroy the world, or will he spend the entire second act battle-posed with his minions in the high deserts over Cairo monologuing to Professor X? ‐
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Neel Sethi made (Mowgli) feel so natural that belief was instantly suspended... even Bill Murray's Baloo couldn't upstage Mowgli - not for a lack of trying. ‐
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 50% Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) .. the animated film plays like two separate stories - because they are... knowing how far the Joker has gone this time makes Hamill's portrayal sound more chilling than ever. ‐
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) ...look closer. Even Pixar's sages seem a bit bored with their normal M.O. ...but only Sigourney Weaver knows for sure. ‐
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) ... this is exactly what we asked for since (Steve) and Tony squared off in The Avengers... but it is also not what we wanted - and that's a good thing. ‐
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) ... described in a single word: 'rushed.' ... a lot of good and creepy here, but much of it is undermined with little or no development. ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2016
4/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) ... a fluid tale full of magic, discovery, and secrets. (Studio) Laika has never failed to deliver the goods and their latest is no exception. ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 51% The Accountant (2016) One or two elements fall short and a few reveals may seem obvious, but (this) is something of a surprise in a box office overstuffed with animated family flicks and superhero hijinks. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Strange can do great things by the end of the movie, but he still has a lot to learn before he can take on the title of Sorcerer Supreme - and that should be fun to watch, too. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Maybe there's more to this story, and perhaps the keen observer is meant to understand that things are very wrong, but does it have to feel so hopeless? ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2016
4/4 95% Moana (2016) While Moana is the title character, it's Dwayne Johnson's Maui who steals the show - because he can. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3.0/4.0 No Score Yet Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (2016) Kick-Ass in a world where some people do actually have superpowers...Helbig and Hart have a new tightly plotted reason to love their off-screen friendship applied to an on-screen partnership. ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3.0/4.0 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Of the three films thus far, (this) is the most interesting: a nihilistic adventure comedy... succeeds far more than it fails, especially compared to its 2016 theatrical peers. ‐
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/4.0 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) ... the crew dynamic glosses over plenty of story shortcomings... if you enjoyed the first Abrams Star Trek and felt the sequel came up short, this is the best of the three... ‐
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3.5/4.0 73% Ghostbusters (2016) feels like a 'Ghostbusters' movie: lethal ghosts, dangerous equipment, and quirky personalities...Wonderfully reimagined escapism...for fans new and old. ‐
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3.5/4.0 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Zany, manic, and heartwarming. While younger kids might need a few explanations, the movie is generally family friendly and a good time for all. ‐
Posted Jul 10, 2016
2.5/4.0 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) ...doesn't contribute too much that seems new to the character so much as it points in a new direction...Skarsgård is a worthy successor to the actors who've portrayed the Ape Man. ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2.0/4.0 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) ...when 'Battleship' makes more sense, you have a serious problem. ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3.0/4.0 65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) Wunderbar! ...nails the classic tropes first before allowing the comedy to flow organically...and there's lots of blood and people dying...because vampires. ‐
Posted May 24, 2016
4.0/4.0 98% Zootopia (2016) ...manages an incredible balancing act having fun with their high concept while taking nothing away from the seriousness of their story. Prejudice 101 - for kids of all ages. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2016
2.0/4.0 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) World's Finest Mess. ‐
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.0/4.0 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) ...secret threads on social media are already picking their nits and debating theories; it's going to be a tough wait to see what happens next. ‐
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.0/4.0 94% Carol (2015) A timeless, forbidden, and music-cued affair of the heart. ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3.0/4.0 71% Crimson Peak (2015) of slow-burn ghostly fare like Nicole Kidman's The Others and del Toro's own Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will enjoy the feel of their skin both crawling and tingling. ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2015
1.5/4.0 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) ...did they run out of money and/or hoped no one would notice? In the meantime, can we please get Dylan O'Brien a better movie? ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4.0 65% The Maze Runner (2014) ...neither as good as The Hunger Games nor as dull as the Divergent series, The Maze Runner has the same secret weapon utilized by MTV's Teen Wolf show: Dylan O'Brien. ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4.0 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Essentially, if you enjoyed the original, you'll enjoy the sequel, but it's more of the same. Can't we try a little harder than a gag-filled outline? ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.0/4.0 64% The Visit (2015) exemplary cast, the script is keenly aware of not only our horror expectations but our Shyamalan expectations, too, using it against us in the best possible way. ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2015
1.0/4.0 67% Lucy (2014) Is it fair to assume someone may have been USING a massive amount of highly experimental, illegal designer drugs when they came up with this? ‐
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.5/4.0 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Like Galaxy Quest for bloodsuckers, this is a film that can be enjoyed by both fans of the genre and those who wish they'd just stake it all and be done with it. ‐
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.0/4.0 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Is too much self-awareness creeping into the franchise? Stunts, intrigue, spy stuff, all here...just a matter of whether or not you enjoy watching Tom Cruise do what he does. ‐
Posted Aug 15, 2015