Rane has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2016.

  • 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.