Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Brent Hankins has been blogging and writing film reviews online since 2011. He joined the Phoenix Film Critics Society in 2013, and was a founding member of the Phoenix Critics Circle the following year, where he currently serves as President. Brent also hosted the weekly Drinks and Discourse podcast for nearly 5 years, and is currently the chief film critic at The Lamplight Review and Spoiler TV. He resides in Tempe, AZ with his wife and son.
Critics' Group: Phoenix Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/10 58% Stuck (2019) As for the music, it's mostly fine, but catchy tunes can't distract from Stuck's narrative failures, nor its inability to craft a single moment that doesn't feel contrived. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/10 41% The Chaperone (2019) Norma's journey of self-fulfillment might have been more enjoyable as its own tale, but when married to the early days of Louise's career we can't escape the feeling that something more interesting is happening offscreen while we're stuck with Norma. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
6/10 98% Little Woods (2019) Thompson has been a fascinating actress to watch over the past few years as her filmography has become more and more diverse, and she once again proves herself adept at disappearing almost completely into a role. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 75% All Is True (2019) Whether thundering at his family in a grief-fueled outburst or conversing quietly with the Earl of Southampton in a fireside chat, Branagh's performance carries exactly the sort of weight you would expect when a lifelong devotee embodies his idol. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
9/10 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post asks a lot from its star, and Moretz is more than up to the task, showcasing a heartbreaking amount of vulnerability in a performance that is not only her best work in years, but possibly her best work, period. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
10/10 94% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting explores and articulates numerous issues which feel particularly relevant in today's sociopolitical climate, while also serving as a love letter to Diggs and Casal's native Oakland. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Rudd is no stranger to dramatic material, but he comes across as a bit too charming to be truly believable in this sort of role. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The young adult audience at which the film is squarely aimed will surely spark to Meg, the awkward outcast who becomes a hero not because of a magic spell or a mystical artifact, but rather because she learns to believe in herself. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 52% Tomb Raider (2018) The core elements - Lara using a combination of intelligence and athleticism to solve puzzles, outwit adversaries and navigate thrilling action beats - are superbly entertaining. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is the kind of film that comic book fans have spent their entire lives dreaming about, one that breathes life into events that heretofore could only have existed on the page, or in the imagination. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 should be exactly what fans expect from a sequel, an ambitious upgrade that offers more jokes, more violence, more action and more vulgarity. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Fans hoping to experience some of the most important parts of Han's legacy will have plenty to look forward to here, including the genesis of his lifelong friendship with Chewbacca, and an infamous game of sabacc against Lando. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 88% American Animals (2018) That the crime is ultimately unsuccessful isn't a shocker - the film acknowledges this within the first few moments - but this detail hardly matters, because what's so intriguing is why the boys chose to attempt this crime in the first place. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Returning director Brad Bird continues to showcase an eye for exciting and unique action while further endearing us to the Parr family by ensuring that each character is multi-layered and fully realized. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) An offensively stupid film packed with too many undeveloped ideas, too many genetically-enhanced dinosaurs (seriously, didn't we get enough of this in the last film?), and too many characters that behave in ways that defy logic or reason. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Quiet and somber, with long stretches of little to no dialogue, Leave No Trace isn't likely to appeal to everyone, especially with its purposefully vague approach to storytelling and deliberate obfuscation of details. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) Wiluan fully embraces the genre's numerous tropes and uses them to his advantage, subverting expectations when appropriate while still delivering the type of shoot-em-up action that audiences will expect. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If there's one criticism to levy, it's that the inevitable confrontation between Calvin and his mythical quarry is not only underwhelming, but also marred by clumsy fight choreography and subpar special effects. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 88% Champion (2018) Champion's biggest strengths are its comedic sensibilities, as director Kim Yong-Wan recognizes the inherent absurdity of arm-wrestling and plays it up for big laughs. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 79% Believer (2018) Believer not only offers the requisite firearms and fisticuffs demanded by the genre, but also arrives with some major surprises and numerous top-notch performances, all packed into a consistently exciting and thrilling package. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 75% Mega Time Squad (2019) Clever, goofy and incredibly fun, this is one of the hidden gems of this year's Fantasia Festival, and while it may be a bit too weird to find mainstream success, it's a perfect offering for genre fans. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 94% CAM (2018) There's more than a little David Lynch influence at play here, but Goldhaber handles the material expertly, as evidenced by his award for Best First Feature at Fantasia 2018 (not to be outdone, Isa Mazzei's screenplay also received honors). - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 89% Bodied (2018) Bodied is a fearless firecracker of a film, dishing out a steady stream of laugh-out-loud sequences and "did they really just go there?" moments while challenging perceptions every step of the way. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 61% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale's climax, while offering a fair amount of excitement and anxiety, feels as though it borrows a bit too heavily from Argo, a better film whose final moments are more engaging and more nerve-wracking. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 29% Venom (2018) It often feels like the bad ideas are methodically consuming the good ones - not unlike the symbiotes themselves - but if you can stay awake through the dreadful first hour, there's definitely some fun to be had. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 80% Halloween (2018) With its tough-as-nails leading lady, clever setpieces (a sequence involving motion-activated lights is superb), and significantly higher body count, Green's Halloween will appeal to longtime fans and franchise novices alike. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Already a visionary director, Coogler has outdone himself with a film that fits into the larger Marvel universe while retaining a sense of confidence and identity all its own. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
4/10 19% Mute (2018) Skarsgård is a fine actor, but between his lack of spoken dialogue and a character written with as much personality as the bedpost he wields in combat, he's seldom engaging. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/10 12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) Directed by Shawn Christensen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Dolan, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall meanders its way through an excruciating two hours, and seeing the film through to completion is like an exercise in self-flaggelation. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) For anyone that's ever played in a garage band and remembers things like pre-show jitters, schlepping equipment to and from the venue, and the importance of a good promotional photo, Heavy Trip should resonate particularly well. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2/10 78% Wobble Palace (2018) Wobble Palace is billed as a satire of millennial romance, but nothing about it feels particularly satirical - it just feels like we're spinning our wheels, watching two awful people do awful things in an effort to out-asshole each other. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 64% The New Romantic (2018) Written and directed by Carly Stone, The New Romantic is both hilarious and heartbreaking in its authenticity, with Barden showcasing tremendous vulnerability and painting a genuinely convincing portrait of an ambitious girl with a story to tell. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) Flawed though it may be, Ready Player One still has quite a bit to offer, especially for those with even the most rudimentary knowledge of pop culture. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 84% Blockers (2018) Cannon also revels in putting the trio of adults through a series of increasingly cartoonish trials, such as a scene where Kayla's dad (John Cena) agrees to a butt-chugging contest in order to prove that he's not a cop trying to bust up the party. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 51% Rampage (2018) Make no mistake: Rampage is an incredibly stupid film, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Comedy sequels are often a risky proposition - particularly ones that arrive a decade or more after the first installment - but Super Troopers 2 bucks the trend by dishing out just enough of the same formula to satisfy fans. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 92% Sicario (2015) Here's hoping the inevitable third installment brings Emily Blunt back into the fold, so we can at least look forward to a character whose moral compass is still in working order. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
4/10 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) If you're a fan of Washington as a general rule, you shouldn't be dissatisfied with his portrayal - instead, you can reserve your disappointment for the film's slow pacing and uninspired action beats. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The sheer number of twists and turns in the narrative - especially during the third act - is mind-boggling, and some viewers may find themselves jumping off this speeding train long before it crashes into the station. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 65% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie is heavily influenced by old-school horror flicks, with the soundtrack emphasizing the creaks and groans of the ancient house and the soft glow of a candle turning a hallway into a mass of imposing shadows. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 73% Assassination Nation (2018) There's an undeniable satisfaction that comes from watching our heroines fight back, marching down the street in glossy red PVC jackets and armed to the teeth will swords, knives, and automatic weapons. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 87% First Man (2018) From the opening moments of First Man, it's clear that director Damien Chazelle has set out to depict space travel in a way heretofore unseen on the big screen. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 79% Mid90s (2018) Mid-90s seems more interested in providing a slice of life, fly on the wall perspective of the culture, rather than forcing the audience to truly examine the effects - both negative and positive - these experiences might have on an impressionable youth. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) While the overall allegory, about a father figure coming to grips with the idea of his child heading out into the world on their own, is a powerful and resonant message, the uneven storytelling muddies the waters a bit. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Nearly everything that occurs here is just to lay the groundwork for events yet to come, leaving this reviewer to ponder how a film with so much talking can actually say so very little. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
8/10 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Drawing more from the novels on which the original film was based, Blunt's version of Poppins is perhaps a bit more stern, certainly more acerbic, and arguably a bit more bizarre than Andrews' portrayal - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
8/10 86% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire is particularly unnerving due to its timeliness, as there are clear parallels between the events portrayed here and our current political climate in the United States. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
7/10 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family hews closely to the tried-and-true "underdog sports drama" blueprint, but director Stephen Merchant (working from his own screenplay) elevates the material by infusing it with plenty of wit and humor. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
7/10 66% Suspiria (2018) If Guadagnino had set out to craft a horror film that adhered to genre tropes, then it would be easy to peg Suspiria as a misfire, as there's almost nothing conventional on display here. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It's clear that Alvarez really wanted to make a spy thriller, and that sort of template is a very poor fit for this girl and her dragon tattoo, misfiring in spite of a spirited performance by Foy. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019