Rane has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2016.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★★

    First impression: in the same vein as the Coens' comedic masterpiece BURN AFTER READING, though perhaps a less controlled effort than usual (which may well be intentional). Definitely needs a second viewing.

  • Sleeping with Other People

    Sleeping with Other People

    ★★★★

    A spiritual successor to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Alison Brie has never been better, and that's saying something.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★★

    To be fair to Geoff, ukulele players are the absolute worst.

  • The Martian

    The Martian

    ★★★★

    How is it that a 2+ hour blockbuster on interstellar survival is also one of the simplest movies of the year? While I think most of the film's goodwill stems from what it isn't (a philosophy-waxing meditation on human existence and its meaning to an uncaring universe, à la Gravity or Interstellar) than what it is (a straightforward, optimistic survivalist narrative on the indomitable nature of the human spirit), that never diminishes the satisfactions gained by watching a simple, likable astronaut use ingenuity and tenacity to find the means to inhabit an inhabitable foreign planet.

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★

    The rare fetish film that refuses to fetishize. Most beautiful in its unromantic depictions of romance, but there's a notion of dread prevalent throughout the film, captured in abstract imagery and sounds but seemingly at odds with its narrative universe. What's there to be afraid of?