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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Kevin A. Ranson Imagine The Long Kiss Goodnight being retold around a campfire by The Guardians of the Galaxy... (a) heartfelt action-oriented bundle of Marvel joy... the best version of Captain Marvel for the screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Kevin A. Ranson Tiffany Haddish's Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi is definitely a stand-out... (but) a reliance on either repeating the same bits or failing to impress beyond them doesn't set the sequel significantly apart. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... Rothe proves her performance as Tree was no fluke, elevating a clever concept into not only a better sequel but that rare follow-up that improves the original film instead of sinking it. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
4/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kevin A. Ranson Stylized, vibrant, and impactful, the first great escape 2019 has arrived... the world-building high adventure fortified with underdog-championing hopefulness in a bright manga wrapper you've been yearning for. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (2019) Kevin A. Ranson LaMarche does a fair job with (Vincent) Price's cadence and penchant for making all things into ghoulish puns... a possible fascination with this incarnation of Daphne... a fun return to yesteryear by pretending it was only yesterday. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 The Prodigy (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... suggests more than it shows, and the possibilities are fascinating... this "who's-doing-it" thriller pokes at the brains of viewers while stabbing at their eyeballs. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Kevin A. Ranson As a modern take on Arthurian legend for the 'tween set, (Kid) happily pulls very few punches. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 Serenity (2019) Kevin A. Ranson ... an existential thriller built around a significant M. Night-worthy twist that presents an interesting dilemma. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/4 Glass (2019) Kevin A. Ranson None of this is a happy accident; it's a confident creator's act of will and a worthy conclusion... the unironically self-aware meta comic book film... those who want to believe will be well rewarded. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... nothing less than fun, adventurous, and enchanting... feels like a Mary Poppins story should... dismiss her at your own peril. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/4 The Favourite (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... a triple-threat of Baroque fatales flirting with the highest stakes imaginable. For those with the squirm-worthy stomach for decadent aristocracy and boundless ambition, its deliciously wicked. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 Bumblebee (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... works best when the story sticks to the buddy-film trappings... makes you wish this is where they had actually started instead. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Kevin A. Ranson A fish-folk tale making a spectacle of itself... mindless and muddled with glimmers of grandeur. In truth, Aquaman's appeal is strictly tied to Momoa's enthusiasm: it's infectiously sexy. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
1/4 First Reformed (2017) Kevin A. Ranson ... making viewers feel as numb inside as the main character... feels like its missing a necessary point-of-view, leaving all else as an exercise in futility... plus a somewhat-cool one-sheet poster. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kevin A. Ranson It's ambitious, it's incredible, and it works damnably well: a true living on-screen comic book. Even a complete ending here still didn't feel like enough -- more, please. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/4 Mortal Engines (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... the tepid main character of Hester (is) played underwhelmingly by newcomer Hera Hilmar, a far cry from the Katniss Everdeens or Tris Priors in this genre... as meaningful as your average Michael Bay Transformers sequel: big, loud, pretty, and hollow. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Kevin A. Ranson What sets this genre tale apart from its peers is a penchant for not going in obvious directions; even the ending hints more at possibility than simply giving away the farm. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Kevin A. Ranson Over-plotted and under-edited, even die-hard Harry Potter fans may find themselves left behind as the story lumbers forward like a Whomping Willow... and an overwhelming desire to cast "Riddikulus" at the theater screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Kevin A. Ranson In spite of a near-desperate need to entertain viewers no matter what corner or crevice they peer into, Disney's savvy enough to apply the Pixar formula to ensure tugging a heart-string or two. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
4/4 Green Book (2018) Kevin A. Ranson If a positive guarantee seems a bit of a cheat for a dramatic film tackling a tough subject, it's a welcome bit of fluff in today's political climate: humanity has done and can continue to do better. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 Mid90s (2018) Kevin A. Ranson For all their faults and myriad opportunities for adults to judge them, viewers also glimpse their history, potential, and worth... especially when no one else bothers. A dissection of unsupervised impending masculinity. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/4 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... a very tight drama, similar to lock-box horror films where no one escapes until the movie ends and the survivors are tallied... It needs no prequel, no sequel, and is near-perfect as is. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
1/4 Suspiria (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... the payoff gleefully self-flagellates itself into exhaustive pointlessness. Had it been shorter, a subplot less, or both these things, it would have again become what inspired it - a clear case of never needing to have bothered in the first place. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/4 Intensive Care (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... more like a demo reel than an actual film... look what (Tara Macken) can do! ... driven to see how many stunts they can work in first and how any of it makes any sense second... EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Kevin A. Ranson A breathtaking performance... the eerie and exemplary portrayal by Malik ... an inspiration for accepting family (biological or tribal) regardless of its flaws. Freddie is missed and was loved, but the show must go on. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 Halloween (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... elevates the Final Girl trope into a true till-it-happens-to-you art form. No science fiction, no supernatural forces, and no holds barred. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... the distraction-free bubble focuses the story on the key players and their emotional motivations to achieve maximum impact... (but) the real villain of this story is human fragility. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... a neat idea with some interesting visuals that flounders in execution. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 Venom (2018) Kevin A. Ranson What sets (it) apart and keeps it on the rails is Hardy's commitment to the relatable streetwise reporter wielding a weapon that thinks for itself, that and keeping the story simple enough to enjoy it for what it is. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 Hell Fest (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... with the coolest Halloween mazes you've never seen, characters are kept on their toes as much as the target audience wishes they were in there with them. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/4 The Predator (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... delivers what it sets out to do even if the marketing failed to make that clear... works as long as you keep one idea in mind: humans make wild assumptions when it comes to their actual importance in anything. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/4 Ouija House (2018) Kevin A. Ranson There's no rhyme nor reason for the characters to speak and/or act other than to further the plot... the conclusion makes even less sense than the uninspired setup, satisfying no one and making viewers question their life choices. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/4 The Nun (2018) Kevin A. Ranson A nice budget, cool location, and a decent cast in a story about selflessness in the face of the supernatural are tossed aside for the worst kind of horror movie sin: an unoriginal retread. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/4 Operation Finale (2018) Kevin A. Ranson In spite of the exemplary casting of Kingsley as Eichmann, the end result has all the impact of falling onto a feather bed, and that feels very wrong. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/4 Kin (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ...a fun little modernized throwback that appreciates sci-fi action flicks the way "Stranger Things" idolizes 1980s horrors films. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
0/4 The Happytime Murders (2018) Kevin A. Ranson ... the dark side of puppetdom didn't only feel wrong; it fell flat and felt pointless. Believe it or not, 'Happytime' fails to live up to its concept by not going far enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Kevin A. Ranson Even the spelling of the film's title highlights the taboo subject and drags its ugliness into the light, calling attention to past and current racism while marginalizing the racists... and nothing scares them more than that. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/4 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Kevin A. Ranson When the end comes, it feels too soon... a classic set-em-up, knock-em-down overkill horror as fans like it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 The Meg (2018) Kevin A. Ranson It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been... maybe summer success and brand recognition here will lead to a bloodier badass sequel later. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2018
1/4 Slender Man (2018) Kevin A. Ranson Our heroic would-be victims take too long to like, too long to catch on, and are ultimately forgettable... This monster arrives in theaters promising too little, too late. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Kevin A. Ranson By combining a complex plot for thinkers, an action-adventure for thrill-seekers, and a buddy-comedy dynamic for those still on the fence, (it's) prebuilt to accomplish what few can: appeal to just about everyone and sacrifice nothing for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2018
4/4 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Kevin A. Ranson It's what sets great science fiction apart from another Michael Bay Transformers movie: decisions having real benefits and consequences that may not be readily apparent. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
0/4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Kevin A. Ranson You know how people say Stephen King really shouldn't direct his own stuff for the big screen? ... kids are smarter than adults give them credit for - smart enough to avoid and/or ignore this foolishness. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
1/4 Ouija House (2018) Kevin A. Ranson There's no rhyme nor reason for the characters to speak and/or act other than to further the plot... the conclusion makes even less sense than the uninspired setup, satisfying no one and making viewers question their life choices. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Kevin A. Ranson It's the balance the original reached for and couldn't quite hit... the best of the series. Maybe Universal's now-defunct Dark Universe should have just acquired Sony Pictures Animation and called it a night. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 Darkest Hour (2017) Kevin A. Ranson ... a fascinating look inside the war room of a former empire considering actual surrender in the face of insurmountable odds... and what it takes to overcome them. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
4/4 Dunkirk (2017) Kevin A. Ranson ... a fact-based disaster movie that, even if it didn't happen exactly this way, you can't help but feel for whomever endured it. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
3/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Kevin A. Ranson Big things again come in small packages, and this year's summer blockbuster message regarding the importance of family and trusting your circle of friends continues here in the most entertaining of ways. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2018
4/4 Baby Driver (2017) Kevin A. Ranson With just enough thinking to be thoughtful and just enough danger to feel dangerous, it's a rare balancing act that any film works as well as this does. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/4 A Cure for Wellness (2016) Kevin A. Ranson By the time we get to the big reveal and climax, it all just sort of happens without much reason or effort - a fitting metaphor for the entire film. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018