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 92% 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 90% 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 85% 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 90% 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 16% 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 32% 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 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?‐
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 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
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 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."‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 87% 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 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. ‐
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 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.‐
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 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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?‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 47% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 52% 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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?‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
4/4 96% Moana (2016) While Moana is the title character, it's Dwayne Johnson's Maui who steals the show - because he can. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
3.0/4.0 25% 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.‐
Read More | 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... ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2016
2.0/4.0 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) ...when 'Battleship' makes more sense, you have a serious problem.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
2.0/4.0 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) World's Finest Mess.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.0/4.0 94% Carol (2015) A timeless, forbidden, and music-cued affair of the heart.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015