Kevin A. Ranson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 57% Blade II (2002) Between action, gunplay, fights, chases, special effects, and offensive one-liners, Blade II pleases on all levels.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2002
4/4 86% Lilo & Stitch (2002) ... nobody is really a villain, nobody has to die, and everything works out in spite of all the chaos... the only thing "Lilo & Stitch" leaves you wanting is more.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2002
4/4 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) ... these characters are feeling as people, not just enduring as tragedy finds them. This is the very thing that sets "The Lord of the Rings" apart from nearly all modern fantasy films since "Excalibur"... "Two Towers" down, one "King" to go.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2003
4/4 62% Identity (2003) From setup to finish, this clever little thriller pulls you in, plants you firmly on the edge of your set, and strands you there gripping the armrests.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2003
4/4 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) ... a superior concept that incorporated all the key elements that made the attraction successful... a new franchise for Disney for sequels that won't have to be direct-to-video.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2003
4/4 93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ... fans shouldn't mind seeing [multiple endings] since there will be no sequels for this timeless trilogy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2003
4.0/4.0 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) Sam Raimi has once again raised the bar for superhero films and summer blockbusters, this time to the top of a skyscraper where only spider-men dare to crawl.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2004
4.0/4.0 86% Collateral (2004) While Cruise was clearly the draw, it is an unexpected Foxx that carries the film; Denzel Washington now has a reason to watch his Oscar-winning back.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2004
4.0/4.0 97% The Incredibles (2004) ... the greatest superhero film ever.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2004
4.0/4.0 86% The Aviator (2004) ...the microscope is turned on Hughes himself to reveal a man who's shortcomings may have been his biggest asset and certainly were his private hell.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2004
4.0/4.0 77% Sin City (2005) Not only lives up to its namesake but exceeds... shot-for-shot, frame-for-frame, and depravity-for-depravity. Enjoy!‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2005
4.0/4.0 84% Batman Begins (2005) ... never before has the costume worn the actor; Bale is Batman with or without it.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2005
4.0/4.0 31% Silent Hill (2006) Lessons learned: Never underestimate the creativity of a wronged West Virginian with access to barbed wire.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2006
4.0/4.0 53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Shorter title, more supernatural and swashbuckling fun.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2006
4.0/4.0 76% The Prestige (2006) Don't move, don't blink, and don't breathe... make The Prestige your new dark obsession.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2006
4.0/4.0 86% Thank You for Smoking (2006) ... a real-life comedic drama that doesn't preach so much as it encourages you to think for yourself lest you be bamboozled like the rest of the flock.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2007
4.0/4.0 44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) ... even with the film clocking in at just under three hours, too much still doesn't seem like enough.‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
4.0/4.0 96% Ratatouille (2007) Brad Bird is still on top of his game... if you think you can't make your dreams come true, try being a rat who wants to cook in a five-star restaurant.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2007
4.0/4.0 94% Juno (2007) ... definitely one of the better films this year thanks to Page and Reitman, and it'll be hard to wait and see what this actress and this director pull out of their hats next.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2007
4.0/4.0 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Good fortune found is always promising before bad fortune comes looking for it.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2008
4.0/4.0 71% Wanted (2008) ... exudes danger and desire, from the forbidden beauty of Angelina Jolie to a plot with more twists than M. Night Shyamalan's entire career (and that's not an exaggeration).‐
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2008
4.0/4.0 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Heath Ledger's performance was a strong contributor, but Christopher Nolan's writing and direction is the real star.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2008
4.0/4.0 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ... lives up to its premise even at its most far-fetched, creating a beautifully realized and edited film.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
4.0/4.0 65% Watchmen (2009) ...influenced by other recent superhero films, the world of Watchmen may not be as fouled as its source, but the raw emotion promised in the trailers resonates just as loudly.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2009
4.0/4.0 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) A film geek's revisionist history of the Third Reich's death knell as portrayed by the Quentin Tarantino players.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2009
4.0/4.0 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) ... creates a prison without bars that lets the audience experience the walls closing in along with the victims.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2009
4.0/4.0 82% Avatar (2009) ... like the Jurassic Park (dinosaurs)... (believe) the world of Pandora does indeed exist. Then there's the better news: the characters and story are just as believable.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2009
4.0/4.0 23% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) For fans of the original underground hit, the sequel we were all wishing for has arrived.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2009
4.0/4.0 98% The Godfather (1972) With all due respect to this 1972 classic, Vizzini was right: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2010
4.0/4.0 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) By focusing on the monster instead of teen iniquities and daring to move past innuendo into fact, this Nightmare surpasses its predecessors to out-menace them all.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
4.0/4.0 98% Toy Story 3 (2010) To call this film critic-proof is an understatement, but here's a fact: there really isn't any way to improve upon Pixar's pitch perfect ending to their Toy Story saga.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2010
4.0/4.0 77% Fast Five (2011) Fifth time's the charm.‐
Read More | Posted May 13, 2011
4.0/4.0 39% Cars 2 (2011) After the serviceable first film... this sequel puts the accelerator to the floor and never looks in the rear-view mirror.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
4.0/4.0 72% Fright Night (2011) If the remakers of Conan the Barbarian wonder how the remake of Fright Night got it right, here's a hint: it's the writing, you fools.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2011
4.0/4.0 86% Puss in Boots (2011) Family fun adventure with an occasional wink to the adults. Who doesn't love Puss in Boots? Even Guillermo del Toro got in on this!‐
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2011
4.0/4.0 81% Trollhunter (2011) ... this one is well worth the troll hunt to find.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2012
4.0/4.0 89% Titanic (1997) Forget that we know how it all ends; it's the drama of dealing with eventuality that tells the real story here.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) What do you do when a genre has completely played itself out? You reinvent it one last time and let all hell break loose.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2012
4.0/4.0 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) If you only see one movie this year over and over again, it'll probably be this one.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2012
4.0/4.0 93% Looper (2012) ... re-establishes the (time travel) genre in a new and fresh way. And seriously, how cool is it to have an actual blunderbus for an assassin's weapon?‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2012
4.0/4.0 96% Gravity (2013) ... the most spectacular and most accurate portrayal of how and why things work and fail in space... on IMAX and in 3D is finally and absolutely worth the price of admission.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2013
4.0/4.0 50% Carrie (2013) ... hones its dramatic elements to emotional effect rather than fall back on a slasher film template... Moretz brings her A-game...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2013
4.0/4.0 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Black Widow is the scene stealer this time out... There's just very little than can be said against a film this well-rounded and complete... Trust no one - except Marvel.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 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
4.0/4.0 85% 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
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
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
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
4/4 95% 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
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