Frank Ochieng

Frank Ochieng
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 40% The Upside (2019) Nevertheless, The Upside has a downside...its woefully pat look at an unconventional salt-and-pepper friendship in manipulative mode. Predictably cliched, mechanical, and transparently amiable. Thoroughly tedious and tripe...‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 95% In Fabric (2018) ...takes on a whole new meaning to making a startling fashion statement. [Strickland's] sense of warped imagination - meshed with an indescribable styling for extravagant color schemes and sinister tampering - makes for a flashy, flamboyant frightener‐ The Critical Movie Critics
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Then Came You (2019) [A] quirky-minded yet solidly conceived dramedy. A cheeky story that resonates soundly in its sprinkled charm and contemplation. Indeed, Then Came You is thoroughly affecting...the first official Valentine of 2019 and it throbs convincingly. ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) A reverential and resourceful dramedy biopic. Stan & Ollie's flashiness exists in its low-key premise of two gifted men bound at the Hollywood hip in mutual admiration and quieted strife. We are elated to see Stan & Ollie get us all in another fine mess ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer's selling point is its leading lady Kidman whose fraught physicality and penetrating performance as an undesirable, conflicted cop in this stagy street-wise fable of corruptible consciousness propels this urban drama's bloodshot resonance‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
1.5/4 9% Holmes and Watson (2018) One would gain more chuckles watching the short-lived '70s sitcom "Holmes and Yoyo" than withstanding the big screen strained silliness of Holmes & Watson. Indeed, Holmes & Watson need to definitely get a comical clue. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) [A] solemn and soul-searching period piece family drama. Wildlife is an affecting, low-key gem of an absorbing story that packs an unassuming punch regarding a portrait of a dysfunctional family unit lost in heartbreak and indecision... thought-provoking‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
1.5/4 38% Second Act (2018) Didn't fluffy-minded workplace rom-coms lose their luster in the late 1980's? Another Jennifer Lopez marshmallow vehicle...Contrived, patchy and meandering, Second Act cannot solve the lingering mystery behind J Lo's penchant for queasy comedy romances‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) Undoubtedly energetic, infectiously witty, and resourcefully feisty...frenzied family fun entertainment with a notable message about belonging and feeling connected. The film's pounce-and-pathos mantra is refreshingly poignant and invigorating ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) ...well-meaning but disjointed. It is too bad that Corbet's mediocre musical drama could not have hit a better sounding note to illustrate its probing point.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Second Time Around (2018) [A] gently exuberant and inspiring mature romancer. Nevertheless, the main ingredients that allow The Second Time Around to effectively resonate are its two veteran leads in the always radiant Linda Thorson and spunky Stuart Margolin.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 90% Widows (2018) [A] cerebral popcorn flick with an inherent cunning messaging about shifty womanhood pushed to the legal limit, Widows is dashing entertainment. The incomparable Viola Davis is its strong, shining centerpiece ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/4 24% Nobody's Fool (2018) Unfocused and a total mess in narrative sensibilities. Perry and Haddish again show audiences that we're the fool for lining up at the box office for this trippin' tripe.‐ The Critical Movie Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool rules! Absolutely riotous in its blood-splattered insanity, "Deadpool 2" does its intended job in delivering the overstuffed antics rooted in the free-wheeling nonsense of Reynolds's brand of bouncy badassness. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 84% Disobedience (2018) [A] lush, steamy, and transfixing romancer...an exquisite drama that piercingly tests the boundaries of religious faith and forbidden romance. Daringly provocative and hypnotic, Disobedience is undoubtedly spell-binding in its secretive shell of seduction‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/4 98% Free Solo (2018) Convincingly scary, mind-blowing and beyond amazement...wondrous and imaginative in its breath-taking depths to profile the intrigue and insanity of one seemingly indestructible man willing to reach the impossible human limits of life-and-death glory. ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
2.5/4 67% Great Great Great (2018) Overall, Jones's two-timing tale of a romantically detached woman stuck in a malaise of lust and life may not necessarily be considered great, great, great but there is certainly no shame for the tandem of Jones/Kolasky settling for good, good, good. ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
3.5/4 95% Amazing Grace (2018) [A] soulfully dynamic documentary. Amazing Grace is a resonating reminder of what a legendary entertainer Aretha Franklin was in conviction and consciousness. Purely uplifting in its astounding skin, Amazing Grace does Aretha Franklin's legacy proud. ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 78% The King (2018) A bouncy and reflective sentiment about Presley's ever-lasting staple on the American psyche...dutifully seduces us with the Elvis mystique and his brand of antiquated celebrity applied to the current-day mindset of American consciousness. ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) [A] soulful and artfully penetrating drama...a refreshingly stark and candid observation about the compelling anatomy of strong black love, commitment, sacrifice, and impenetrable faith. Poetically affecting and eerily as relevant today as the 70s... ‐ The Critical Movie Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Ian (2018) Moving and inspirational. Ian is a sweet-minded message of inclusion--the need to belong and overcome differences that are perceived as glaring obstacles. A winning fable about the determination to seek out personal friendships and experience acceptance ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
1.5/4 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) [An} utterly flimsy and formulaic goosebump thriller. The Possession of Hannah Grace elicits unintentional chuckles more so than crafty bloody knuckles. Unimaginative, lazy, and stillborn in its sinister sensibilities.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 89% A Private War (2018) Resoundingly received with dramatic urgency--hauntingly involving in its depiction of the scarred psyches of journalists. Pike gives a powerful and revealing performance as the late Colvin that embraced her high-risk occupation with abrasive enthusiasm‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Mischievous and darkly compelling. McCarthy's penetrating performance as a flawed feminine wonder corrosively stuck in her ambitious misdeeds in the name of artistic rejection is an absolute revelation. McCarthy is in redemptive mode with a knockout turn‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) ...Marvelously explored and poetically masterful. Schnabel aptly captures the contained creativity that is trapped in the weary eyes of the intuitive Dafoe's well-traveled van Gogh. Consequently, At Eternity's Gate has a quiet, spell-binding appeal.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher definitely makes the grade as a winningly uncomfortable and compelling observation of a disillusioned middle-aged woman stuck in an artistic and emotional rut ...an unnerving, slow burn...explored with haunting conflict.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/4 87% The Great Buddha+ (2018) ...an odd, philosophical smorgasbord of scathing themes that colorfully decorate this off-kilter social critique of underclass religion and repression...an ambitious, imaginative, and bitingly humorous cultural concoction of meager existences in Taiwan ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/4 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) ...[a] soothing and relaxed biopic. Christensen spins a sedate, lyrical coming-of-age tale that showcases the turbulent times of a young girl whose written creativity would ultimately shape the imagination and encourage the inspiration of children ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
1.5/4 16% Robin Hood (2018) Vastly messy and meandering in its whimsical wasteland...Robin Hood awkwardly strains for credibility in biting off more than it can chew in a toothless bombastic actioner that has all the appeal of a dull arrow penetrating a stone wall.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 77% Mid90s (2018) Coming-of-age angst and self-discovery set against the skateboarding circuit...Hill spins a heartfelt tale of growing pains balanced by skateboarding rebellion, a sense of tribal belonging, and inescapable domestic disillusionment.‐ The Critical Movie Critics
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 86% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) The Workshop is undeniably probing in its twitchy skin as Cantet finds a definitive way to shape his edgy, provocative narrative emboldened by the discomfort of sinister-minded exploration--a powerful and surging literary thriller that soundly percolates ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 88% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) This low-key, noteworthy soul-searching romancer is undoubtedly profound and passionate in its depiction. Refreshingly, Desert Bride's ultimate payoff is its willingness to grasp the consciousness of aging womanhood once resigned to its stagnant confines ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) In step with this year's earlier released ParaNorman, the lively and loony Frankenweenie will capture the upbeat heart and soul craziness of Burton's flashy and flaky playground of absurdity. Sophisticated and colorfully conceived...‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 22% Taken 2 (2012) This sequel barely uplifts itself from the predecessor blueprint as the acting is wooden, writing is pedestrian, editing is choppy and the cast looking like they would rather be attending a traveling clown rodeo in Tucson.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 57% V/H/S (2012) Relentlessly murky and meandering, V/H/S will have some wanting the urge to push the eject button on their 25 year-old VCR player.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 63% Sinister (2012) Cheapened scare sequences, an ambiguous monstrous myth, transparent characterizations and a mixed bag of a supernatural storyline barely put any Sinister thoughts in our heads worth contemplating.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) Silly-minded and riddled with telegraphed convolution, Paranormal Activity 4's only legitimate scare tactic is its inevitable fifth sluggish serving waiting in the wings for a future flaccid presentation in a selected October month of your choosing.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) For this bad-to-the-bone blunder, Perry continues to have a Cross to bear in finding his niche away from his famed bible-thumping, box office lip service granny with the itchy trigger finger.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/4 96% Argo (2012) Argo is spot on with its ode to the bombastic behind-the-scene banality of playground politics rooted in the seeds of cynicism and suspicion.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) It is a shame that the forecast for this Cloud-y dramatization could not have coherently pieced together its pocket of inherent dullness among the intermittent sci-fi splash-and-dash.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) Skyfall is the Bond flick for the ages that resurrects whatever stagnation Agent 007's previous exploits may have encountered in less-than-stellar stretches. After all folks he's Bond...James Bond!‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) ...a lifeless and limp exposition that needs a creative comb-over more than a tangled hairy back of a werewolf. Hopefully, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the finishing tale of this tepid Twilight's last gleaming.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1/4 14% Red Dawn (2012) Notably, this wretched remake sat on the shelves for about a couple of years before the movie studio salvaged it in hopes of capitalizing on the ham-fisted hedonism of John Milius's 80s hit actioner...no need to rise at Dawn for this rancid reboot. ‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/4 81% The Impossible (2012) Compelling and oozing with conflict and complexity, The Impossible is a heartfelt horror show worth its weight in reflective, ghoulish gold.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 45% The Call (2013) There is a particular twist and/or spoiler alert that cannot be revealed but let's just say that it still cannot compensate for much of The Call's stillborn material that plays like an annoying cellphone ringtone.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) ...a rather slightness to the sumptuous presentation. Although occasionally hackneyed, Raimi's spry narrative musters up enough suitable excitement to keep its carousing cheekiness intact.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) It is so baffling why Singer, a noted moviemaker with an adventurous eye for cinematic curiosity, was drawn to such an uneventful and spotty computerized kiddie caper. This swashbuckling escapist eggroll of a movie is all dismissive chatter and static ‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) However, Olympus Has Fallen is an overactive cliché-driven concoction that panders to the familiar "White House under attack" formula that we have seen countless times over. Olympus has indeed fallen...and in so many unimaginable ways possible.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1/4 29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Still, overstuffing these brutish box office egos into this pandering, disjointed disaster area was not enough to sweeten the pot for this pointless piece of percolating piffle.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
1.5/4 9% The Host (2013) Inexplicably, The Host is another convenient Meyer-induced supernatural soap dish that wants to exploit the girl power movie-going minions with schlocky cotton candy amour nestled behind an overused gothic-oriented gimmick.‐ SF Crowsnest
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018