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 89% A Star Is Born (2018) ... the distraction-free bubble focuses the story on the key players and their emotional motivations to achieve maximum impact... (but) the real villain of this story is human fragility.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) ... a neat idea with some interesting visuals that flounders in execution.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 31% Venom (2018) What sets (it) apart and keeps it on the rails is Hardy's commitment to the relatable streetwise reporter wielding a weapon that thinks for itself, that and keeping the story simple enough to enjoy it for what it is.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 43% Hell Fest (2018) ... with the coolest Halloween mazes you've never seen, characters are kept on their toes as much as the target audience wishes they were in there with them.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/4 33% The Predator (2018) ... delivers what it sets out to do even if the marketing failed to make that clear... works as long as you keep one idea in mind: humans make wild assumptions when it comes to their actual importance in anything.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Ouija House (2018) There's no rhyme nor reason for the characters to speak and/or act other than to further the plot... the conclusion makes even less sense than the uninspired setup, satisfying no one and making viewers question their life choices.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) A nice budget, cool location, and a decent cast in a story about selflessness in the face of the supernatural are tossed aside for the worst kind of horror movie sin: an unoriginal retread.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) In spite of the exemplary casting of Kingsley as Eichmann, the end result has all the impact of falling onto a feather bed, and that feels very wrong.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/4 30% Kin (2018) ...a fun little modernized throwback that appreciates sci-fi action flicks the way "Stranger Things" idolizes 1980s horrors films.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
0/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) ... the dark side of puppetdom didn't only feel wrong; it fell flat and felt pointless. Believe it or not, 'Happytime' fails to live up to its concept by not going far enough.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Even the spelling of the film's title highlights the taboo subject and drags its ugliness into the light, calling attention to past and current racism while marginalizing the racists... and nothing scares them more than that.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/4 65% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) When the end comes, it feels too soon... a classic set-em-up, knock-em-down overkill horror as fans like it.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 45% The Meg (2018) It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been... maybe summer success and brand recognition here will lead to a bloodier badass sequel later.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
1/4 7% Slender Man (2018) Our heroic would-be victims take too long to like, too long to catch on, and are ultimately forgettable... This monster arrives in theaters promising too little, too late.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) By combining a complex plot for thinkers, an action-adventure for thrill-seekers, and a buddy-comedy dynamic for those still on the fence, (it's) prebuilt to accomplish what few can: appeal to just about everyone and sacrifice nothing for it.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
4/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It's what sets great science fiction apart from another Michael Bay Transformers movie: decisions having real benefits and consequences that may not be readily apparent.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
0/4 19% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) You know how people say Stephen King really shouldn't direct his own stuff for the big screen? ... kids are smarter than adults give them credit for - smart enough to avoid and/or ignore this foolishness.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Ouija House (2018) There's no rhyme nor reason for the characters to speak and/or act other than to further the plot... the conclusion makes even less sense than the uninspired setup, satisfying no one and making viewers question their life choices.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) It's the balance the original reached for and couldn't quite hit... the best of the series. Maybe Universal's now-defunct Dark Universe should have just acquired Sony Pictures Animation and called it a night.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) ... a fascinating look inside the war room of a former empire considering actual surrender in the face of insurmountable odds... and what it takes to overcome them.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) ... a fact-based disaster movie that, even if it didn't happen exactly this way, you can't help but feel for whomever endured it.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Big things again come in small packages, and this year's summer blockbuster message regarding the importance of family and trusting your circle of friends continues here in the most entertaining of ways.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
4/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) With just enough thinking to be thoughtful and just enough danger to feel dangerous, it's a rare balancing act that any film works as well as this does.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/4 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) By the time we get to the big reveal and climax, it all just sort of happens without much reason or effort - a fitting metaphor for the entire film. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) With world-building a priority and more ethics questions introduced regarding the use of technology, Fallen Kingdom will satisfy the diehard dinosaur lovers but is far more interesting in suggesting what future sequels might hold.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
4/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) ... touches on exceptionalism but detours into a clever critique on a society reliant upon rescuers... worth our wait, even it feels a bit overstuffed. After fifteen years: still incredible.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) ... it might have benefited from a Terry Benedict type of character. In spite of having little doubt as to the criminal success of the job, it more than makes up for it in the plan's devilish details...‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
0/4 89% Hereditary (2018) With supernatural elements failing to pay off as window-dressing for a potentially serious broken-family drama, an audience giggling throughout the film's ending is the least of Hereditary's problems.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) ... a thinking-person's action flick, with survival a priority at every turn while all the players are manipulating each other... believe Theron was born to play her part.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/4 48% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) ... fans old and new should be entertained as long as they're old enough to pay attention to what's happening on the screen. Seriously, how bitter are you if you're hating on this?‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 34% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) HBO's rework of Ray Bradbury's cautionary tale has incorporated much of modern society's technological marvels and fear... it isn't a far stretch to imagine how "now" could in the future become this.‐
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) (Ehrenreich) does emulate the actor and the character of Han, and it doesn't take long to accept him as a younger model... with a familiar knowing smirk that informs him as a good guy among bad guys... even if not law-abiding.‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
3/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) While not a perfect film and a bit gratuitous focusing upon Ms. Larson's filthy yet ever-tightening tank top, we get a better-than-average ensemble story thanks to a clever castaway.‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) ... a bizarre peek into the motivations and misrememberings of a speeding train about to derail... doesn't ask for forgiveness, only some understanding of what a talented person without privilege was up against from the very beginning.‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... (not) an example of what should be done but rather what not to do... and how important empathizing with the pain of others can be when it's all that's left.‐
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... has the seriousness and innocence of A Monster Calls while indulging in an R-rated adult fantasy romance, an amazing line to walk and all the better for it.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) ... the sequel is fun, wrong in the right ways, and completely over-the-top... accomplishes everything it sets out to do while inexplicably being less the sum of its parts.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/4 87% The Post (2018) If you're unfamiliar with the story of the press blowing the lid off the Vietnam War cover-up, it's worth a watch; if you are familiar, this is the dramatized reenactment with prettier people.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/4 97% Coco (2017) All you really need to know is this: Pixar knocks another one out of the graveyard and into the afterlife.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 71% Ferdinand (2017) Come for the bull and stay for the goat, but be prepared to get hit in the feels.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) ... while it's a far better showing (with a real ending, too) than what The Scorch Trials vomited up, it still feels like we've stretched the entire idea far too thin to care.‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) With a combination of practical and CGI effects and tight story that boils down to a single night of hell, this is the kind of thriller that gets under your skin and stays with you after you leave the theater.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The writing, the cast, and the story all felt less like an endorsement of the Ouija board game and more like a warning of how it shouldn't be used - a perfect advertisement that feels like anything but.‐
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
2/4 6% Ouija (2014) While the atmosphere works and the ending pulls something clever out from under a cliché horror plot, the end effect suggest something better could have been done with the source material.‐
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3/4 62% Victor Crowley (2017) If you're binging the entire franchise, this is a worthy installment and a clear indication that more is to come. ‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 58% Hatchet III (2013) With new revelations and what appears to be a final solution for Crowley's curse, could this really be the final installment in the franchise? (insert sinister laugh here)‐
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/4 38% Hatchet II (2010) While some of the kills seem more over the top, it's clear that most of the cast is there simply to become victims, and there's plenty of fake blood and gobby bits to go around.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3/4 51% Hatchet (2006) In the spirit of the "set 'em up, knock 'em down" slasher genre, Hatchet plays fast and loose with tropes while adding its own bloody stylized spin and keeping things down and dirty.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ... witnessing the selfless struggle of it all unfolding has both the necessary epic feel of a summer blockbuster infused with all the heart fans have come to expect from Marvel - 'nuff said.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
3/4 53% Rampage (2018) It's a throwaway but a fun one: think "Sharknado" with a bigger budget and superior production design fit for a popcorn matinée.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018