Rane has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2016.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Probably isn't the most important or necessary film of 2016, but it's clearly the best I've seen. Can't remember the last time I saw a movie in which every directorial decision is made correctly. Chazelle proves himself to be the best new Hollywood director in a long while, and one of my favorite working filmmakers. Most surprising and effective is hidden beneath the layers of romanticism, nostalgia and instant-classic score (all with the meta-text you'd expect from a self-aware musical)…

  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★½

    For anyone else feeling drained after this particularly abysmal batch of summer blockbusters, I guarantee this lovely gem of a film will renew your faith in cinema and warm you down to the deepest part of your soul (and leave you craving a big bowl of fried mackerel and rice for good measure.)

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    Consider this a tentative reaction, as I'm still wrestling with a single image/symbol that, if it means what I think it means, would reduce a great character to a gross stereotype. If a rewatch proves said interpretation false, then this is easily the best film of the year so far. A perfect balancing act of pitch-black humor and a soulful, even-keeled investigation into the motivations and desires (both societal and personal) to forge relationships with one another.

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Lanthimos hits the child-rearing-as-dog-training metaphor a bit too hard at times, but the rest of DOGTOOTH is unsettling, uncompromising and wholly arresting cinema. In a film where at least 90% of the shots are static, movement becomes liberation.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★½

    If FURY ROAD or THE BIG SHORT has to lose Best Picture to any other movie this year, it had damn better well be SPOTLIGHT.

  • American Splendor

    American Splendor

    ★★★★½

    Pro-tip: watch as a double feature with DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. You won't be disappointed.

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★½

    First impression: banality and beauty in (stop) motion.