Kevin A. Ranson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther feels like the right movie we need... right now. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
4/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Events fans dreamed of happening unfold differently than imagined, and that bit of reality highlights what's really going on here: Star Wars is pushing out of its comfort zone.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
3/4 40% Justice League (2017) It's third out of five (films)... a bit of semi-forgettable popcorn-flick fun escapism and the promise of better things to come. You've got a good thing going here, DC... keep smiling - don't blow it.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... fun and a good time... just ignore all the nameless characters dying horribly in the background and everything will be fine.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) ... a clever psychological horror mystery that dares to ask, "Why aren't you living every day as if it were your last?" ... a horror film with heart.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet Trouble Is My Business (2017) ... Trouble is to film noir what Once Upon a Time in the West was to the western: the final word.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ... fans of the original should not be disappointed. With questions of human worth, value, choice, and sacrifice, it's what big sci-fi should be: holding onto humanity in the shadow of technology.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/4 85% It (2017) If The Dark Tower was the underwhelming studio-trimmed Cliff's Notes YA version of that Stephen King story, (this) is the R-rated unabridged directors-cut vision of this one.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) ... not unwatchable - just underwhelming... rushing past "the old stuff" just to get to telling new stories, and that's what this feels like... and all the Easter eggs in the world can't fix that. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A family friendly procedural space opera fantasy adventure... Nicholas Hoult (would) have been a better choice for lead actor... (the film's) not great - questionably good but definitely okay.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
4/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Can the MCU breathe new life into an beaten-down and bloated spider? ... yes, true believers! Tom Holland is Spider-Man... Keaton does for the Vulture what Molina did for Doc Ock - 'nuff said.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/4 89% Anti Matter (2017) This is what losing one's mind and self feels like, when a lack of empathy from trusted confidants can turn madness into violence... art-house psychological horror at its finest.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) There is no perfect plan for growing old, but giving up is still up to you. Good movie; great message.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
0/4 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) An exhaustive sensory assault held together by sugarless gum. Let it be known: Transformers: The Last Straw is this summer's Independence Day: Resurgence.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
2/4 16% The Mummy (2017) In the end, the 2017 version mostly makes one yearn for the 1999 reboot... It isn't all bad, though... Tom makes getting beat down look believably good.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
4/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) At long last: we can rank a DCEU superhero movie over some of the best the MCU has to offer... and actually mean it. Here's all you need to know: Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman.‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/4 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) A film for fans who don't want the ride to end. Folks, this is what beating a dead pirate looks like.‐
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3/4 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) If you liked Prometheus, you'll likely enjoy this... (if not) skip this altogether - some things are better left unknown. At least it's better than Passengers, right?‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (2014) Horror, humor, and hubris make this wing-eating, cigar-chomping, whiskey-swigging werewolf the hero we all deserve... The Devil is literally in the details.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) ... feel sorry for whatever comes out in the next weekend or two hoping to make money. We all knew this was critic-proof... You already watched it, didn't you?‐
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
3/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) While the themes aren't new - Hollywood had two decades to mine ideas from it - it is a slow-burn psychological thriller... pure cyberpunk with all the trappings.‐
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
1/4 67% Life (2017) Remember how you felt at the end of that 2001 Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg? Who thought this was a great way to waste these actors and an entire budget? ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The only believable reason this classic was remade was for love of money, but it does look fantastic doing it... the original animated film is still your best bet.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/4 93% Logan (2017) Come for the adamantium claws but bring a box of tissues; you knew this was going to happen sooner than later.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
3.0/4.0 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) ... (a few) fight sequences go on a bit too long... expanded to feature how far the guild's reach actually goes... it's a treat of production design - can we call this Noir-Punk?‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4.0/4.0 86% John Wick (2014) It's a rare screenplay that can introduce a compelling action character, create an entire world just beneath our own, and entertainingly destroy it from the inside out all in a hundred minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3.0/4.0 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) ... destroys Batman, superheroes, super-villains, and pop culture in the most hilarious ways imaginable. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4.0/4.0 99% Get Out (2017) Well cast and slickly edited... situations are horrific in their banality... who knew teacups could be sinister?‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
0/4 15% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Not funny enough to laugh at, not pretty enough to look at, and not serious enough to care. Like, "what the devil were they thinking?" bad.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4/4 75% Split (2017) If you remember M. Night's work prior to The Happening and wished for a return to the kind of cerebral thrillers that the world was introduced to through his efforts, you're in for a treat.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
3/4 31% Monster Trucks (2017) ... a truck-driving fantasy with a sci-fi slant and a warm sense of humor... a cure-all for the too-serious cinematic blues.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 23% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) An interesting narrative -- strained by Titanic problems... because even in the future nothing works.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 20% 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?‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
4/4 93% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/4 90% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/4 27% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/4 73% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
3/4 92% 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."‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 73% 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.'‐
Read More | 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?‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
3/4 29% 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 28% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/4 91% The Witch (2016) Whatever your world views, simply watching the film should leave your soul intact... mostly.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/4 82% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 86% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016