Frank Ochieng

Frank Ochieng
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Online film critic Frank Ochieng has been devoted to writing and discussing film over the last several years. An avid observer of pop culture whose passion lies in the medium of film and television, Ochieng has been involved in the aspects of media in the Boston-area for quite some time. Ochieng has also contributed film reviews and other miscellaneous movie material to other Internet outlets such as The Internet Movie Database (www.IMDB.com) via newsgroup participation, TheWorldJournal.com, MovieEye.com, Stephen Hunt's SF Crownsnest.com, World Voice News, Associated Content and filmcritic.com...just to name a few venues. Ochieng belongs to online critic circles such as The Online Film Critics Society, The Internet Film Critic Society, and The Internet Entertainment Writers Association. Aside from his online film credentials, Ochieng functioned as a co-editor/contributing writer/film critic for his fanzine publication The Voicemakers (1997-2003). He had made occasional appearances as a media critic/commentator for WMWM 91.7 FM college radio's "The Juke Joint" based out of Salem, Massachusetts as well as frequently guesting on Boston's WBZ Radio 1030 AM's "The Jordan Rich Show" in the "Movie/TV Night" segments (October 2003-present). Also, he previously co-produced and co-hosted his movie review access cable TV show called The Evaluators. Past endeavors include co-hosting cable TV shows such as Trivia Live! (Warner Cable, 1988) and Time To Review (1988-89). He has also previously contributed film reviews to print fanzines Raccoon Times (1996-98) and VGT Online Magazine (1998). From January 2005 to March 2007, Ochieng had written film reviews for the independent urban newspaper "The Boston Banner". Interestingly, he has been featured in such book publications as "Spike Lee: Film 14 (Bertz + Fischer, November 2006) and quoted in "Independent Film Distribution: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys" (Michael Wiese Productions, November 2006). Ochieng continues to write film reviews and is an ardent media junkie. He is a proud 1989 graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Favorites:
Frank's all-time favorite films: To Kill A Mockingbird, In the Heat Of The Night, M*A*S*H, Shaft, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, A Soldier's Story, The Color Purple, Pulp Fiction, Midnight CowboyFrank's favorite underappreciated films: Best Seller, Antonia's Line, At Close Range, Get On The Bus, The Cable Guy, Election, Time BanditsFrank's favorite disturbing performances by actors that should have copped the Academy Award: Ralph Fiennes in
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Based in Minnesota (USA)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 77% Buffaloed (2020) Wexler's bubbly blue-collar comedy Buffaloed is a wacky Valentine ode to the chilly upstate New York-based enclave. An unconventional character study that wants to reach for every nuanced nugget it sends out. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
1.5/5 9% Fantasy Island (2020) What's next? Perhaps Love Boat with sea-sick passengers? How about Hotel with extra pushy guests? Or maybe Finders of Lost Loves with alarming divorce rates? [A] whimsical waste of a pointless reboot. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 39% Downhill (2020) The aptly entitled Downhill is a lackluster effort that dilutes the organic impishness of gifted comic performers in both Louis Dreyfus and Ferrell...an uninspired piece of snowbound sludge. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 88% Come to Daddy (2020) Thoroughly cringy and calculating, the calling card for Come to Daddy will make gagging to the peculiar whims of this welcoming warped B-movie blister a fine goosebump gem to consider with passing cynicism. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 89% The Assistant (2020) Solidly telling in its methodical truth, Green's film is unassumingly dazzling in its low-key observations. The Assistant is impressively potent without the overstated exclamation of acrimony. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2.5/5 27% The Rhythm Section (2020) ...[a] drawn-out action drama in search of its staged contemplative mojo. Sadly, The Rhythm Section sings an all-too-familiar tune in terms of its labored "harried heroine seeking revenge mode". - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
2/5 62% Gretel & Hansel (2020) ...a visually arresting but tepid tailspin. Evidently, Gretel and Hansel are not the only ones that are led astray among the whispery woods in this uninvolving fractured fairy tale. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet John Henry (2020) [a] half-baked, hedonistic inner city revenge thriller...registers with all the generic luster of a rusty sledgehammer. John Henry is hammered but not the preferred way you would expect - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
1.5/5 15% Dolittle (2020) [A] cinematic animal trap. The high-paid human element of Hollywood's who's who of participants signed on the dotted line to appear in this forgettable pest control sideshow. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
1.5/5 20% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) ...transparent and turgid. A Fall From Grace is so much of a mockery that this cinematic cyst may have the moviemaker returning back to wearing Madea's saggy panties. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 20% Like a Boss (2020) [A] flat and flimsy premise deserving of an immediate pink slip. The monotonous Like a Boss drags out its cockeyed comedic conflict with all the originality and imagination of cherry-colored lip gloss. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 83% Waves (2019) Heart-wrenching and beautifully executed in its vibrant schemes of color and complexity, Shults has constructed a storytelling method that is uniquely solid in its consciousness and conviction. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 98% Midnight Family (2019) ...a compelling composite of the fragility and durability of the working wonders that strive to take one step forward in the name of progress only to step three steps backwards as the trying times dictate the rhythm of progression. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
1.5/5 17% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) ...[a] synthetic and strained kiddie clunker...hoping to mix sentimentality with the trappings of a kid-friendly slapdash. Otherwise, the comical cliches and fuzzy forethought make for plastic-coated pap. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Bold, offbeat and borderline blasphemous in its sardonic wit, Jojo Rabbit is at times uneven in its edgy humor, but still manages to pull off its fair share of mixing the absurdity with observational amusement. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Powerfully stimulating and contemplative, Matsoukas helms a thrilling on-the-run romancer engineered by its potency of affection, anger, affliction, and alienation. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Refreshingly digested in its stark observations about feminine displacement, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is openly candid and courageous in its intimacy that range from jeopardized motherhood to the perils of an inevitable chaotic legacy. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 88% Hala (2019) Sensitive and unsparing, Hala is a solid character study rooted in its perceptive skin. Thought-provoking and lyrical, Hala defines a certain type of referential glow that more teen girl-based dramas should follow with unshakable conviction. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 98% Working Woman (2019) Indeed, Working Woman is a timely film that echoes the chaotic contemporary times in which the perverse nature of the corruptible work-related politics/subculture has gone immorally awry. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Wake. (2019) Ambitiously witty and oddly poetic, Mirakhor's offbeat "traumedy" exhibits a display of unusual warmth and wackiness that allows this observational vehicle its soul-searching charm - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 88% American Woman (2019) ...a powerful observation about troubled femininity and the growth process. All together - with startling revelation - American Woman is affirmation that perceived weakness can morph, through trial and tribulation, into resiliency. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) In the toothless cop caper 21 Bridges, the usually charismatic Boseman dons a tarnished badge in a cliched police procedural handcuffed by its rudimentary rhythms. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 100% To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) Gently witty, perceptive and convincingly introspective, Kid stands in its truth about a different kind of mantle for perceived womanhood. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) ...[a] rousing and chippy documentary. Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer is inspired in its zany madness dedicated to appetizing trashy tidbits that adorn its preposterous pages. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) However, the so-called new and improved take feels like it is trying to flesh out its synthetic soul in an erratic, female empowerment blender of rambunctiousness that is all too familiar. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) It is a rare treat to see this seasoned tandem share the screen so compellingly. Smooth, calculating and involving, Mirren and McKellen seek the absolute truth of twists and trickery in The Good Liar. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) However, it is too bad that such hostile societal observations in Black and Blue are contained in a generic, clunky action-pack spectacle that undermines its profound presentation about police corruption and minority alienation. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) ...with the Halloween season right around the corner. the tired novelty of serving up these frightening funny faces in a packaged kiddie comedy is moreso a tepid trick than it is a treasured treat. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Unfortunately, the advanced computer-generated tactics involved cannot save this wooden wonderment of a science fiction/fantasy caper from its sluggish presentation. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) ...[a] numbing escapist action thriller. Indeed, this pump and pain-driven spectacle meant to draw some shock value blood is in serious need of a toxic transfusion. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 80% Closure (2019) Gently absurd, thoroughly engaging and distinctively offbeat, the rhythmic flow perpetuated in Closure is infectiously received with off-the-cuff exuberance. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 86% Low Low (2019) ...[a] vastly affecting and perceptive coming-of-age youthful feminine fable. One will sure catch a natural high when screening the understated grittiness of the triumphant yet telling Low Low. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4.5/5 86% Luz (2019) Singer is at the helm of a hell-raising and hypnotic horror showcase in a feature debut that sizzles, rattles, and bewilders. Luz is perhaps one of the most compelling and complicated creepfests that one will encounter this year - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In the roving eyes of Tarantino, the conception of old-time Hollywood (and its contemporary standing of gloss and gumption) is much like his branding of cinema-a high-wire act without the comfort of a convenient safety net. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Creepily engaging and fixating. The bouncy bloodshed in Crawl should inspire those to run rather than walk to a helping of old-fashioned horror-induced hedonism at its celebrated naughtiness. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 59% Trespassers (2019) ...is competent enough to embrace its thrill-seeking mediocrity to the point of stimulating, corrosive curiosity. Trespassers is inspired by its high-wire handy-work of invasion horror - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Happy Cleaners (2019) ...an indelible and intimate film that captures the wavering spirit of a particular family's nucleus. Fittingly, Happy Cleaners rinses and dries its revealing American immigrant messaging with candid absorption. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4.5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) ...a spry, absurdist tease below the Mason-Dixon Line that fabulously registers its outlandish lampooning of southern pride and promise in a deadpan ditty that stings with sharpened wit. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Profoundly witty and oddly reflective, The Art of Self-Defense is one of the year's best uniquely dark comedies to give a karate chop to the inactive funnybone. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
1.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Quite frankly, Dowse's transparent twitchy vehicle has all the cheeky charm of a roadblock during rush hour traffic. Needlessly frantic and foolish... - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison: The Piece I Am is piercingly effective for its cherished salute to a woman warrior that used her words of wisdom as a wondrous weapon to revolutionize the landmark in contemporary literature. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 33% Silent Panic (2019) Silent Panic meanders all over the place with its dependency on outlandish coincidences, sophomoric dialogue, situational sluggishness, and the watered-down tension that makes the dramatic overtones feel synthetic. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2.5/5 21% Phil (2019) The film wants to aimlessly pander to the opposing sides of levity and heartbreak but fails to instill any genuine ingredients of grief, sorrow or reflection to go along with its weakened naughty streak of wit. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) ...unconventionally poetic, piercingly observant, and thought-provoking...a beautifully shot meditation on a heralded hometown turned into a pricey Fantasyland for those that can no longer afford to be part of its marvelous mosaic. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Unfortunately, this astrology-themed showcase of challenged love between a female cynic and male poetic spirit loses its mushy translation in the cosmos. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 57% Brightburn (2019) This is an ambitious attempt to merge the underbelly of the superhero craze with the ubiquitous broadness of horror but the whole misfire is as futile as Superman licking a Kryptonite postal stamp. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/4 55% Ma (2019) ...this schmaltzy showcase of surrogate Mommy Meanest never materializes beyond its cheapened B-movie transparent terror...feels mechanical and familiar and never really taps effectively into its inherent cynical silliness. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Thoroughly eye-popping, sprawling with vibrancy and vision, and spryly contemplative, ROCKETMAN is a virtual blast into the effervescent orbit of the meaningful musical biopic. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) ...one cannot help but see this recycling of a beloved festive fable as nothing but an opportunistic money grab. Today's Aladdin should have rubbed its own lamp and wished for the flavored footnotes of its legendary animated counterpart from yesteryear. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1.5/4 14% The Hustle (2019) However, the nonsensical antics that transpire throughout the movie feels lackluster and limp - ironically the biggest con that the tepid tandem of Hathaway/Wilson pulls off in this quirky, yet deceptive dud. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019