Kevin A. Ranson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4.0 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 35% 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 27% 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
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 47% 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 64% 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 85% 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 81% 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 25% 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 48% 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 72% 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 62% 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 79% 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 91% 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
1.5/4.0 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Ms. Wilde could hold our attention needlepointing the Periodic Table, but having our dream fulfilled to see her go all 'Carrie' couldn't breathe life into this misfire.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2015
1.5/4.0 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Remember how bad you thought the original movie was going to be? That.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
4.0/4.0 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) It's hard to imagine a pair of actors more perfect for these parts...monsters formerly part of humanity critiquing it from the outside...a fascinating piece of cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.0/4.0 63% Byzantium (2013) evenly split between a character piece and a mystery thriller...if you're looking for an interesting and different take on vampire legend, check into the Byzantium...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.5/4.0 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) ... about loneliness, whether your life is on hold taking care of an ill parent or you're a centuries-old vampire...proof that the vampire film genre is anything but dead.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
3.0/4.0 23% Dracula Untold (2014) For those Dracula fans who've yearned for a bad-ass vampire laying waste to his enemies rather than talk them to death, this one's for you.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4.0 29% Annabelle (2014) ...(just) enough atmosphere and original scares to satisfy your Halloween craving...let's have a REAL case file from the Warrens for the next film installment, shall we?‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2014
4.0/4.0 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984) Thirty years later, there are still rumblings of making another sequel, but no one would dare suggest a reboot or re-imagining; Ghostbusters is perfect exactly as it is.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2014
3.0/4.0 36% If I Stay (2014) The best tissue-ready feel-good family film about dying you'll see all August. Is there anything Ms. Moretz can't do on-screen?‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2014
3.0/4.0 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) ...banks heavily on Megan Fox...(surprise!) she does okay... it's nice to see a decently made revival of four teenage mutant ninja turtles and one kick-ass rat.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.0/4.0 21% Into The Storm (2014) ...delivering the goods without turning into a kill-by-kill horror's entertaining, it works, and it doesn't pull any punches.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.0/4.0 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) ...Groot easily steals the show...equal parts 'Farscape,' 'Firefly,' and the few family-friendly parts of 'Pitch Black' while putting an original spin on it.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4.0 95% Her (2013) While intimacy and exclusivity are the core ideas being explored, very little is taboo...'Eliza,' you've come a long way, baby.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014