Kevin A. Ranson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 66% 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 90% 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 77% 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 47% 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 71% 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 89% 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 41% 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 83% 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 50% 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 52% 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
3/4 83% Game Night (2018) If your game night sometimes turns into movie night, this one should fill the bill nicely - the less you know, the better.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) ... feels like there's a more complete, less-edited version out there, a director's cut that fills in all the hints of deeper story; that's the version that needs to be seen and hopefully exists somewhere.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
2/4 48% Tomb Raider (2018) An interesting back story here with a clever resolution worthy of a Lara Croft adventure exists, but the lack of a decent adversary undermines everything that happens... the letdown never lets up.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) More high nostalgia than high art, it is what it wants to be: an on-screen feel-good easily digestible celebration of beloved fandoms.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
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 15% 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 66% 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 44% 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