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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Vigil (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... a truly Jewish horror film in every sense... Fans of horror and genre detail will find much of interest here... (and) how much research went into getting it all perfectly correct. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
1/4 Tom & Jerry (2021) Kevin A. Ranson ... searching for ways to shoehorn a cat and mouse back into a mediocre plot which has no need of them... the only boon this film offers anyone else is a hint of nostalgia for the better (if politically incorrect) original shorts it borrows from. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3/4 The Little Things (2021) Kevin A. Ranson ... doesn't trust the audience to make a firm commitment on any particular conclusion... Leto pitted against Washington and Malek still provides a relatable enough scenario... to cross the finish line. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/4 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Kevin A. Ranson Needlessly gory and imaginatively graphic, the just-under ninety-minute feature burns on all cylinders, not just using common horror tropes but gleefully abusing them; no sin goes unpunished as The Janitor cleans Willy's house. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
4/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... a dark chocolate-coated pill designed to churn one's stomach after swallowing, the only relief being that intended audiences won't realize what they've learned until it's far too late. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
2/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Not to undermine the gorgeous photography or intense acting, this Christmas release echoes the revelation of Ebenezer Scrooge clutching his headstone: "Why show me this, if I am past all hope?" EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
4/4 Soul (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Amazingly animated, perfectly voice-cast, and managing to surprise without losing focus, the more one thinks about Soul, the better it becomes. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
1/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Clocking in with a two-and-half hour runtime, WW84 feels as bloated as it is, with senseless combat sequences, random occurrences, and a new McGuffin for every act. There shouldn't be four Fantastic Four movies better than this. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/4 Mank (2020) Kevin A. Ranson While the average film-goer may lack the requisite attention... those willing to spend a little time in the monochromatic Tinseltown of olde... will be rewarded with transporting performances and attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/4 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Kevin A. Ranson For a story about a small town cop buckling under the pressures of being everything to everyone all the time, (it) could have been great instead of good if the filmmaker had learned the very lesson his main character also suffered through. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2020
4/4 Freaky (2020) Kevin A. Ranson More intent on entertaining than making a statement... gleefully hits all the high-note screams in a semi-grounded story that earns its winks at the audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/4 Noise in the Middle (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... honors its inspirations with wild abandon. A bit of The Shining, a dash of Paranormal Activity, and a captivating performance by Faye Hostetter in a gorgeous location contribute to a nail-biting thriller... EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/4 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... never rises to meet Anne's energy in her too-few scenes, coasting on casting that fails to push the envelope further than good enough... but adequate for Halloween. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/4 Honest Thief (2020) Kevin A. Ranson What should have been a simple throwaway matinee combines a chick flick, a buddy flick, and a revenge flick into a slick little waste of time, easy to swallow yet tastier than it ought to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
1/4 Hubie Halloween (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... suffers from all the earmarks of an under-baked series of SNL skits that each run too long with no hope of catching anyone cracking up trying to stay in character. Bleh, bleh, bleh. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 Alien Addiction (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... all the wonderful alien antics and innovative filmmaking can't make up for a disjointed script and final cut that actively resists any sense of cohesion. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... appears aimless due to the lack of whys. Good visuals, well-acted, and a few decent moments of horror, but like so many, this curse asks to be avoided. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/4 Tenet (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... asks viewers to trust what's going on will make sense once it reveals its secret... one of those rare instances where seeing the film more than once actually reaps a reward... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/4 On the Rocks (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... showcases a mature relationship fraught with Shakespearean miscommunication while successfully sugarcoating it with a needy parent taking advantage of a dire situation... and alcohol, of course. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/4 The Owners (2020) Kevin A. Ranson The real crime committed herein is any British citizen ignoring the single rule all sci-fi fans know: never underestimate The Doctor. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
4/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... squeezing every drop of entertainment out of each ridiculously escalating moment. With superior effects, cool cameos, and a renewed emphasis on the music itself... this band's reunion is resplendently non-non-non-heinous. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Kevin A. Ranson Having an actual bad guy changes the dynamic to something less fun and more serious... but the inclusion of Death as a wild card provides a new too-serious foil for Bill and Ted to happily torment. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/4 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Kevin A. Ranson It's hard not to love unaccomplished would-be heroes who prove to be amazingly resourceful when under the gun, and their timeless little movie is defiantly fun and precious as a result. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
1/4 Vivarium (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... full of quirkiness and nihilism, yet it can't seem to settle on any particular point; in fact, it tries to embrace them all... misses the mark of anything coherent and settles upon weird for the sake of being weird. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/4 Unhinged (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... required viewing for all drivers education and personal safety courses, it plays like an after-school special, too - where the celebrity villain looms larger than life because the generic would-be victim is actually the viewer. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 Uncle Peckerhead (2020) Kevin A. Ranson While by no means perfect and focused upon an 1980s slasher vibe, this tale of zero-level punk heroes and villains vying for scraps with a box of homemade mix tapes strikes the right power chords blending fun and gore. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/4 The Old Guard (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... the camaraderie between characters and backstory details are organic enough to carry the weight of Theron's brooding until she can start kicking ass... and that's when it gels together. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/4 1BR (2019) Kevin A. Ranson As a character trying to hold onto her morality and humanity while surviving in an unfathomable situation, Bloom plays Sarah with surprising strength in a believable arc that elevates the source material beyond its modest concept and financing. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
3/4 The Beach House (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... lingers in the psyche longer than one might expect... like the opening chapter of a new streaming series or part of a Creepshow anthology. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/4 Hamilton (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Compared to over-cinematic reinterpretations from 1978's Grease to 2019's ill-fated Cats, how can this not be the preferred template for bringing any post-theatrical Broadway experience to the masses? EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
1/4 Artemis Fowl (2020) Kevin A. Ranson At one point (in the film), the fairies express dismay that humans no longer took them seriously; wait until they find out the Artemis Fowl movie hasn't done them any favors... and Hellboy will accept your apologies now. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
3/4 The Hunt (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... this explosive bloodfest is equal parts education and entertainment... an ultra-violent allegory within an allegory where everyone is a target, both literally and literarily. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
4/4 Onward (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... for all the gags and gimmicks, the film isn't only solidly scripted but also heartfelt and honest, trusting the audience with a sophisticated story and an emotional punch imbued with maximum fun while exploring their concept. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/4 Color Out of Space (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... this eldritch tale seems ready-made for a Nic Cage vehicle... a beautiful picture of a descent into madness, an acceptance of inevitability, and a family truly brought together as none have before. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
1/4 Mandy (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... there is a sense of raw filmmaking and imagery herein coupled with throwbacks to 1980s post-apocalypse sci-fi and fantasy, but the underfunded and under-edited final cut drags like a battleship anchor holding back a rowboat. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
4/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Kevin A. Ranson With tricks of misdirection, creative camera angles, and spot-on editing to tighten an already above-average script, this thriller is far better than the trailers suggest and earns every moment of attention... EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2020
3/4 Brahms: The Boy II (2020) Kevin A. Ranson While dropping the occasional plot point, the sequel successfully builds to a more satisfying conclusion than the original but leans heavily upon established tropes for execution - figuratively and literally. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
1/4 Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Like two mashed-up scripts hijacked by a worse third, the setting and mystical trappings of the classic show exist herein, but those can't overcome a lack of cohesion and the loftiest sin of remakes: disregarding the source material. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Kevin A. Ranson With Schwartz's pitch-perfect vocals coupled with Carrey's familiar but wallowing-in-evil antics... a tight script and attention to detail... yields a predictable but satisfying adventure. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/4 The Lodge (2019) Kevin A. Ranson Full of wintry imagery, religious iconography, and a heartbreaking performance by Riley Keough, this bait-and-switch slow-burn thriller delivers the dread while failing at logic. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/4 Gretel & Hansel (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... a tedious watch for those expecting a running-screaming slasher-horror, this atmospheric slow-burn thriller suggests more than it shows, feigning complexity but doing it very well. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/4 The Farewell (2019) Kevin A. Ranson Playing a character who allows endless opportunities to speak her heart pass her by, Awkwafina displays her full heartbreaking range dealing with the worst situation imaginable. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/4 Dolittle (2020) Kevin A. Ranson Between manic and/or silly scenes with too much happening and a story with not enough, this mess of a movie has a very narrow audience in mind while still having its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/4 Underwater (2020) Kevin A. Ranson ... edited to the bone for a trim running time, this fun time-waster is good enough for a matinee if only by using what it steals better than the films it stole from. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/4 Parasite (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... playful until it becomes diabolical... only then does (writer/director) Bong Joon Ho show exactly the cards he's holding. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... an endurance test foreshadowing the final five minutes of the film; while observant viewers won't be too surprised by the plot, they might be by the performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 Little Women (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... celebrating young women dealing with life, circumstance, and personal decisions from their own point of view, Gerwig's new adaptation may be the best version of Alcott's novels as the most relatable take. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 1917 (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... the theater was how this was meant to be seen: no stopping, no respite, and no escape... a two-hour no-cutaway immersion into war. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... keeping silent to keep your spoils rather than sound the alarm to protect others as a central theme... the ripped-from-the-headlines motif is timely but not as compelling as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
2/4 Cats (2019) Kevin A. Ranson More is less, but sure - let's go all in... looking like a remake of The Wizard of Oz as a 1980s interpretive-dance video on MTV where all the characters have been replaced by human-feline hybrids... EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019