Films featuring
Tracie Thoms

Rent

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Chris Columbus, the director of Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, seems like an odd choice to direct the film adaptation of an edgy, somewhat avante-garde musical like Rent. Unfortunately, the results tend to bear out the first impression created by this news. While the music and performances live up to the expectations formed by the Broadway play, Columbus’s direction fails to impress. His cinematography and staging tend toward the pedestrian, more appropriate to a beer commercial than a bohemian musical.

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