Kevin A. Ranson

Kevin A. Ranson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 36% Glass (2019) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ... nothing less than fun, adventurous, and enchanting... feels like a Mary Poppins story should... dismiss her at your own peril.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) ... works best when the story sticks to the buddy-film trappings... makes you wish this is where they had actually started instead.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/4 64% Aquaman (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
1/4 93% First Reformed (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/4 26% Mortal Engines (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4/4 82% Green Book (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 77% Mid90s (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
1/4 64% Suspiria (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/4 80% Intensive Care (2018) ... 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...‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 79% Halloween (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) ... a neat idea with some interesting visuals that flounders in execution.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 29% Venom (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 39% Hell Fest (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/4 32% The Predator (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Ouija House (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/4 60% Operation Finale (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/4 30% Kin (2018) ...a fun little modernized throwback that appreciates sci-fi action flicks the way "Stranger Things" idolizes 1980s horrors films.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
0/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/4 66% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) When the end comes, it feels too soon... a classic set-em-up, knock-em-down overkill horror as fans like it.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 45% The Meg (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2018
1/4 7% Slender Man (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
4/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
0/4 19% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Ouija House (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 60% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) ... 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
4/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) 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.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/4 43% A Cure For Wellness (2017) 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. ‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) With world-building a priority and more ethics questions introduced regarding the use of technology, Fallen Kingdom will satisfy the diehard dinosaur lovers but is far more interesting in suggesting what future sequels might hold.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
4/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) ... touches on exceptionalism but detours into a clever critique on a society reliant upon rescuers... worth our wait, even it feels a bit overstuffed. After fifteen years: still incredible.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) ... it might have benefited from a Terry Benedict type of character. In spite of having little doubt as to the criminal success of the job, it more than makes up for it in the plan's devilish details...‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
0/4 89% Hereditary (2018) With supernatural elements failing to pay off as window-dressing for a potentially serious broken-family drama, an audience giggling throughout the film's ending is the least of Hereditary's problems.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) ... a thinking-person's action flick, with survival a priority at every turn while all the players are manipulating each other... believe Theron was born to play her part.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/4 48% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) ... fans old and new should be entertained as long as they're old enough to pay attention to what's happening on the screen. Seriously, how bitter are you if you're hating on this?‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) HBO's rework of Ray Bradbury's cautionary tale has incorporated much of modern society's technological marvels and fear... it isn't a far stretch to imagine how "now" could in the future become this.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) (Ehrenreich) does emulate the actor and the character of Han, and it doesn't take long to accept him as a younger model... with a familiar knowing smirk that informs him as a good guy among bad guys... even if not law-abiding.‐ MovieCrypt.com
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018