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 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
4/4 83% Freaky (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet Noise in the Middle (2020) ... 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...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/4 50% The Witches (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/4 40% Honest Thief (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
1/4 51% Hubie Halloween (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 40% Alien Addiction (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/4 71% Tenet (2020) ... 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...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) ... 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/4 65% The Owners (2020) The real crime committed herein is any British citizen ignoring the single rule all sci-fi fans know: never underestimate The Doctor.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
4/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 57% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/4 81% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
1/4 72% Vivarium (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/4 47% Unhinged (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 100% Uncle Peckerhead (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/4 80% The Old Guard (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/4 86% 1BR (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3/4 81% The Beach House (2020) ... lingers in the psyche longer than one might expect... like the opening chapter of a new streaming series or part of a Creepshow anthology.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/4 98% Hamilton (2020) 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?‐
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
1/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
3/4 56% The Hunt (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
4/4 88% Onward (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
1/4 91% Mandy (2018) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
4/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) 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...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
3/4 9% Brahms: The Boy II (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
1/4 7% Fantasy Island (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/4 74% The Lodge (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/4 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/4 98% The Farewell (2019) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/4 13% Dolittle (2020) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/4 47% Underwater (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) ... playful until it becomes diabolical... only then does (writer/director) Bong Joon Ho show exactly the cards he's holding.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 68% Bombshell (2019) ... 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
2/4 20% Cats (2019) 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...‐
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 74% Harriet (2019) Whether you believe the Man Upstairs guided Harriet or not, you'll believe in the woman who believed it herself and found the courage to do the impossible, sometimes with as little as a song.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) ... giving Carrie Fisher top billing, the big Skywalker finale isn't the best film of the series but does manage closure of every current character arc, topping it off with a perfect coda...‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 97% Knives Out (2019) In spite of such a complex story with so many great characters, Johnson makes it look too easy as it effortlessly unfolds.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
0/4 38% Black Christmas (2019) ... one of the worst films of the year... again... trying to pass off an after-school special as a slasher film.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
2/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) ... refusal to commit to any revealing detail undoes the goodwill, leaving a thick atmosphere without tangible meaning while blaming "madness" for lacking cohesion.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) ... using satire to set up a series of gut punches, Waititi succeeds in the impossible: a positive journey toward understanding -- and a stark reminder of what's at stake if the world ever forgets...‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) ... pushed front and center is corporate disconnection and plausible deniability, confronting the people who profit from lives being lost... happy as long as they don't have to see the damage done.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
2/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) With antics too violent for empowering 'tweens and too pedestrian for adult audiences, trying to please both satisfies neither.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
2/4 96% The Irishman (2019) ... like Scorsese trying to out-runtime Quentin Tarantino... the retreaded framework of 1995's Casino... plus two hours of indulgent padding.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019