Kevin A. Ranson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 45% 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 91% 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 63% 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 74% 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 26% 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 74% 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 62% 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 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) World's Finest Mess.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.0/4.0 93% 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 95% Carol (2015) A timeless, forbidden, and music-cued affair of the heart.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3.0/4.0 71% Crimson Peak (2015) of slow-burn ghostly fare like Nicole Kidman's The Others and del Toro's own Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will enjoy the feel of their skin both crawling and tingling.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
1.5/4.0 46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) ...did they run out of money and/or hoped no one would notice? In the meantime, can we please get Dylan O'Brien a better movie?‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4.0 65% The Maze Runner (2014) ...neither as good as The Hunger Games nor as dull as the Divergent series, The Maze Runner has the same secret weapon utilized by MTV's Teen Wolf show: Dylan O'Brien.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/4.0 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Essentially, if you enjoyed the original, you'll enjoy the sequel, but it's more of the same. Can't we try a little harder than a gag-filled outline?‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.0/4.0 65% The Visit (2015) exemplary cast, the script is keenly aware of not only our horror expectations but our Shyamalan expectations, too, using it against us in the best possible way.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
1.0/4.0 67% Lucy (2014) Is it fair to assume someone may have been USING a massive amount of highly experimental, illegal designer drugs when they came up with this?‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.5/4.0 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Like Galaxy Quest for bloodsuckers, this is a film that can be enjoyed by both fans of the genre and those who wish they'd just stake it all and be done with it.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.0/4.0 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Is too much self-awareness creeping into the franchise? Stunts, intrigue, spy stuff, all here...just a matter of whether or not you enjoy watching Tom Cruise do what he does.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
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. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2015
3.5/4.0 86% 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.‐
Read More | 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?‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.0/4.0 82% 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.‐
Read More | 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.'‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
3.0/4.0 26% 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.‐
Read More | 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...‐
Read More | 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!‐
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4.0 50% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2015
2.5/4.0 63% 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? ‐
Read More | 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 ...‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
3.0/4.0 80% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2015
4.0/4.0 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ...exactly the kick-ass, intellectual, science-fiction story everyone says they wish was made more often...‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2015
2.5/4.0 36% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2015