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Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.0/4.0 9% Fantastic Four (2015) 'There's nothing at the end,' said the cleaning crew as the credits rolled; how right they were. ‐
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3.5/4.0 85% Trainwreck (2015) How to REALLY Lose a Guy in Ten Weeks or Whatever... if this kind of thing keeps up, it could start giving rom-coms a GOOD name. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/4.0 56% Minions (2015) Maybe the Minions have simply worn out their welcome, but perhaps they're just more effective as proper henchmen...can we have more Gru and the girls? ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.0/4.0 81% Ant-Man (2015) Marvel delivers once'd be nice to see more (story) innovation before it becomes too obvious the same plot structure keeps getting beautiful new coats of paint. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2015
1.0/4.0 16% The Gallows (2015) ...are teens so narcissistic today that they film themselves crying into their phones waiting to be killed off? Maybe they should have called this 'The Shallows.' ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2015
4.0/4.0 98% Inside Out (2015)'s great to see Pixar still has their story telling machine fully operational...this is all about feelings, and Disney/Pixar has no qualms about manipulating yours. ‐
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3.0/4.0 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) Critics seem to hate it while audiences mostly's clear that John Connor's mission isn't the one (they) care about: they prefer Mother Sarah. ‐
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2.0/4.0 71% Interstellar (2014) ...after building up the drama of personal sacrifice, it feels too much like a cheat no matter how many endings are tacked on before the credits... ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3.5/4.0 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Feminist? Absolutely. Detrimental to the film? Not in the's a movie of heavy metal imagination and bone-grinding engineering. Motorheads rejoice! ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4.0 48% San Andreas (2015) ...dispenses with ridiculous complications like those employed in 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. This is a pure popcorn flick sanitized for family viewing: enjoy and forget. ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2015
3.0/4.0 71% Jurassic World (2015) Underdeveloped characters and a meandering middle act culminates into the ending we want to see...and that doesn't disappoint. ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2015
2.5/4.0 62% Unfriended (2015) While it looks done on the cheap, it's effective; who knew the classic 'cabin in the woods' could be reworked as the chatroom online? ‐
Posted May 20, 2015
3.5/3.0 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ... tops the original ... yet, somehow it felt like less ... it may be time to take a cue from Captain America II to keep the stock plot outline from showing through ... ‐
Posted May 3, 2015
3.0/4.0 79% Furious 7 (2015) ...while the effects shots and stunt work keep you on the edge of your seat, you can't shake that feeling that it's all one Wile E. Coyote gag from a Looney Tunes cartoon. ‐
Posted May 3, 2015
2.5/4.0 97% It Follows (2015) ...both memorable and controversial, inspiring the kind of water cooler horror-fan talk that the 'The Ring' managed to generate before it was diluted with all the sequels. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2015
4.0/4.0 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ...exactly the kick-ass, intellectual, science-fiction story everyone says they wish was made more often... ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2015
2.0/4.0 41% Divergent (2014) ... a journey that puts (Tris), her family, and the entire 23rd century in danger before Buck Rogers can get back to save it. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2015
2.5/4.0 35% Project Almanac (2015) ...for a self-aware time travel flick, it does hit all the right pop-culture tropes and has fun with the idea. ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.0/4.0 32% Chappie (2015) R-rated fairy tale as magic. While 'Chappie' is easy to love, his film fails to elicit the same emotion. ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3.0/4.0 91% Birdman (2014) ...if you'd prefer to re-watch Tim Burton's 'Batman' than anything that wins an Academy Award, 'Birdman' is NOT the movie you're looking for. ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2015
1.5/4.0 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Ms. Wilde could hold our attention needlepointing the Periodic Table, but having our dream fulfilled to see her go all 'Carrie' couldn't breathe life into this misfire. ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
1.5/4.0 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Remember how bad you thought the original movie was going to be? That. ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4.0/4.0 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) It's hard to imagine a pair of actors more perfect for these parts...monsters formerly part of humanity critiquing it from the outside...a fascinating piece of cinema. ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.0/4.0 63% Byzantium (2013) evenly split between a character piece and a mystery thriller...if you're looking for an interesting and different take on vampire legend, check into the Byzantium... ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.5/4.0 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) ... about loneliness, whether your life is on hold taking care of an ill parent or you're a centuries-old vampire...proof that the vampire film genre is anything but dead. ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.0/4.0 23% Dracula Untold (2014) For those Dracula fans who've yearned for a bad-ass vampire laying waste to his enemies rather than talk them to death, this one's for you. ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4.0 29% Annabelle (2014) ...(just) enough atmosphere and original scares to satisfy your Halloween craving...let's have a REAL case file from the Warrens for the next film installment, shall we? ‐
Posted Oct 5, 2014
4.0/4.0 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984) Thirty years later, there are still rumblings of making another sequel, but no one would dare suggest a reboot or re-imagining; Ghostbusters is perfect exactly as it is. ‐
Posted Aug 30, 2014
3.0/4.0 36% If I Stay (2014) The best tissue-ready feel-good family film about dying you'll see all August. Is there anything Ms. Moretz can't do on-screen? ‐
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3.0/4.0 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) ...banks heavily on Megan Fox...(surprise!) she does okay... it's nice to see a decently made revival of four teenage mutant ninja turtles and one kick-ass rat. ‐
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.0/4.0 21% Into The Storm (2014) ...delivering the goods without turning into a kill-by-kill horror's entertaining, it works, and it doesn't pull any punches. ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.0/4.0 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) ...Groot easily steals the show...equal parts 'Farscape,' 'Firefly,' and the few family-friendly parts of 'Pitch Black' while putting an original spin on it. ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4.0 95% Her (2013) While intimacy and exclusivity are the core ideas being explored, very little is taboo...'Eliza,' you've come a long way, baby. ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4.0 50% 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
3.0/4.0 91% 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
2.0/4.0 52% 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
3.0/4.0 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
3.0/4.0 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
3.0/4.0 78% 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
3.0/4.0 76% 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
4.0/4.0 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
3.0/4.0 58% 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
0.5/4.0 12% 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
3.0/4.0 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
3.0/4.0 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
4.0/4.0 48% 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
3.0/4.0 93% 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
3.5/4.0 81% 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
4.0/4.0 96% 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
3.0/4.0 14% 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