Rane has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • The Dark Tower

    The Dark Tower

    ★★

    "You both have forgotten the eyes of your fathers."

    Oh boy, slutshaming! That's exactly what this derivative piece of mediocre YA nothingness needed.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Surely the irony of the Major's revised backstory (a powerful man kidnapping a Japanese woman and forcefully turning her white) isn't lost on Sanders...right?

  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    ★★

    What does it say about the source material when my favorite part of the film was the taped-on Batgirl prologue, pointless sex scene and all? And even that would've made for a subpar BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES episode at best. It was fun to hear Mark Hamill's Joker again, and maybe Brian Bolland's artwork adds something that the adaptation can't capture, but frankly I just don't understand the appeal of this story. Joker's depraved theories on the concept and causes…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★

    I wanted to like it. I really, really did. This is a fantastic cast, with a talented director and a property ripe for reinvention. But a film cannot be this beholden to its predecessors nor this preoccupied with its trolls and still stand on its own. Instead of a fresh, funny take on what's always been a fun idea never fully realized, we receive yet another sloppy, intermittently funny entry in a mediocre franchise that's 0 for 3 in producing a quality film. Women in film deserve better than GHOSTBUSTERS. After three decades of disappointment, it's time to let the Ghostbusters go.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    It's so frustrating to see the potentially good movie hiding beneath Snyder's garish digital veneer of bad decisions and inept storytelling. Whatever others have said of the titular clash, there's clear motivation for these two heroes to clash, even going so far as to somewhat justify MAN OF STEEL's terrible climactic finale. Moreso, new interpretations of these classic characters are somewhat interesting, despite proving to be complete failures. But BvS never takes advantage of this setup, trading character-driven conflict for…

  • Hello, My Name Is Doris

    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    ★★

    Squanders every potential interesting thing it has to say (about women, aging, generational divides, arrested development, etc.) for a non-stop barrage of tired Millennial hipster jokes and Sally Field mugging.

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    ★★

    First impression: less Me and Earl, more Dying Girl and Cat Stevens.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★

    Even less enjoyable the second time. At least the dinosaur fight are fun.

  • Krisha

    Krisha

    ★★

    Seen at LRFF 2015 - Behind some admittedly intruiging cinematography and sound design lies an overacted, melodramatic mess of a film.