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)
Official Websites: theworldjournal.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 32% Poms (2019) [A] silly-minded chuckler that needs to be rejected from the try-out squad. Of all the cheerleading routines that Keaton and her calisthenics cougars could have done in Poms is the split...as in splitting from this fruitless, rheumatoid romp. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 29% The Intruder (2019) Beyond Quaid's devilish antagonist, The Intruder exists as a demonstrative dud that regurgitates commonplace clichés found so readily in practically every other home invasion thriller. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth is both playful and piercing in its spotlight shining on a strong, achieving giggly feminine force that conquered lingering personalized adversity with sexual advisory potency. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 35% El Chicano (2019) ...the humorless and dark tendencies feel utterly labored. Dripping in brutish violence as a police procedural, El Chicano is a sunken saga riddled in strained grade-B crime drama cliches. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
2/4 45% Little (2019) ...a formulaic fantasy teaser that predictably treads on the same broad waters of its overwrought theme. Little yearns to be the ethnically bouncy counterpart to Big but the ready-made synthetic frolic in this cheeky yarn feels small-minded. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) ...only accomplishes its misguided mission as being a boorish misfire. The I.D. crisis in J.T. LeRoy is just not riveting enough to be unmasked at the expense of alienating feminine fragility. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
2.5/4 82% Marilyn (2019) ... reflective and probing...the film's gripping essence in conveying the pressures of a gay teen tormented by directional signs of angst-ridden burden does have its affecting, dramatic impact. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
2.5/4 61% Breakthrough (2019) ...divine and soul-searching. Breakthrough is warmly inviting for its ability to be honest, moving, melancholy, and deliver its truthfulness in profound revelation. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ...yearns to piggyback on The Conjuring's previous installments. Nevertheless, The Curse of La Llorona peters out as a pronounced offering of supernatural sludge without any particular sense of unfamiliar dire, distinction or definition. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/4 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) So yes...birds of a feather certainly flock together in this nature-oriented gem. Thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming, Disneynature Penguins has embracing animal magnetism for all the right kind of festive reasons. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1.5/4 16% Hellboy (2019) When all is said and done this cockeyed, combustible comic book caper is a manic mess. Here's looking to finding a suitable firehose that can cool down the shoddy firestorm that is the baseless and bludgeoning 'Hellboy'. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 15% After (2019) Gage's tepid teen romancer After plays it safe and never elevates this youth-oriented, pseudo-steamy sudser beyond its pedestrian pauses of passion. One has seen this slushy session of teen sexual angst numerous times before, folks. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) [An] engagingly cheeky and robust popcorn pleaser. In any event, 'Shazam!' is a heroic hoot for the ages. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) [An] affecting but flatly received desegregation drama. The Best of Enemies feels unevenly pat and plays it rather safe without exploring the racially charged obstacles with a more pronounced grittiness. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/4 83% High Life (2019) [A] probing arthouse SF space adventure. 'High Life' is one of the more daring and distinctive SF space-dwelling showcases one will view enthusiastically with strange appreciation and curiosity. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) [A] treacly teen romancer... has all the compelling poignancy of a broken charm bracelet...wrapped around in the sweetness and sacrificial sorrow of its corny convictions - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/4 100% Where's Daddy? (2018) [A] highly reflective and absorbingly insightful documentary. Where's Daddy? is gripping and thought-provoking in its serious look at deprived families paying an ultimate price - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5/4 54% The Beach Bum (2019) ...a generic stoner comedy flick that has all the natural high of an unfiltered, soggy joint. The Beach Bum is nothing but pointless piffle simply overdosing on its own brand of "rude-dude" drudgery. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) Diane is thoroughly engaging in its spotlighted numbness. Meticulously intimate and bracing, Diane is an embodiment of ailing womanhood hinging on unclear fears, regrets, loss, and empathy. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) The structured anxieties and tampering of normality, gives 'Us' its distinctive realm of descriptive cynicism and shock. Fittingly, Peele's pet project brings a whole new definition to courting face-to-face double trouble. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
1.5/4 33% Wonder Park (2019) Predictable, lazy-minded, manipulative and tediously annoying, Wonder Park is a forgettable tots' tale that tries to mean well but is as inviting as a closed carnival attraction under repair. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 67% Triple Threat (2019) ...synthetic showdown of low-rent lacerations and belabored beatings. Triple Threat is more of a single slingshot of cut-and-paste frivolity that seems more makeshift than raucously inspired. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 45% Captive State (2019) Captive State feels labored in murkiness and confusion...another derivative disaster movie basically flexing a basic bicep of puff-piece paranoia. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3.5/4 100% Babylon (2019) ...revealing and raw in its political and sociological spectrum. Unapologetically radical, intrusive and emotionally gripping...a blistering commentary... - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
1.5/4 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) ...casket-filled clownery. Predictably contrived...Perry...we beg you--stop the inane gimmick and allow Madea to retire in her flowery bloomers in peace. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Undoubtedly playful, smart, perceptive and message-driven DeBlois and all involved stack 'The Hidden World' with its share of appeal and bubbly wonderment. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/4 69% The Changeover (2019) This quaint and unassuming sleeper-of-a-creeper is magical and mystical in its curious presentation. New Zealand's 'The Changeover' is a character-driven frightfest at its small-scare creative core. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) ...tellingly spry and insightful. Slickly produced, energetic and intrinsically revealing...an intriguing documentary about online entertainment in China. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
2/4 45% What Men Want (2019) Impishly wooden and convoluted...a lazy tiptoe through tripe perceptions of what an alpha female perceives as relating to her meathead male colleagues. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [The] cyborg sass grips, grunts, grinds, and groans but all the flashy manufactured mayhem feels as rambunctious as poking a dent in a pile of mashed potatoes. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Unfortunately, 'Happy Death Day 2U' does not have the endearing and inspired mockery of its predecessor. Nevertheless, this horrific hoot still registers with tangy, naughty aplomb. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 44% The Prodigy (2019) Synthetically sadistic, 'The Prodigy' needs to be forgotten in the flimsy film factory of violent kiddie capers and it wouldn't hurt a bit if the miserable Miles was in need of a supernatural spanking as well. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The latest installment may be starting to show some wear and tear in its kooky conception. Thankfully, there is still some off-kilter playfulness and irreverence left over to convey the nutty-minded relevance of the Lego landscape. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
2.5/4 80% Painkillers (2019) 'Painkillers' certainly does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to the physicality or emotional presence of pain and suffering. [It] definitely works on the nerves and reinforces a certain kind of fixation that is more than imagined or hallucinatory. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) There is something fishy about the modern sea-bound neo-noir thriller Serenity that is not quite worth taking the bait. Serenity, for the most part, falsely boasts a turbulent tide of steaminess but only manages to sink in its woefully perfunctory puddle. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) In Marshall's spry and seasonal spectacle 'Mary Poppins Returns', this edition has its unique charm and rhythm that is undeniable...an imaginative escapist fable that believes in its sparkling whimsy. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) Bala translated may mean 'bullet' in Spanish but Rodriguez's gun-toting gumption cannot stop 'Miss Bala' from shooting hysterical blanks all over the place. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/4 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) [A] revealing and refreshingly insightful documentary. This is an inviting and noteworthy commentary on a particular aspect of film-making that gets constantly overlooked. Anyone ready for an updated version of 'Scream, Blacula, Scream'? - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
1.5/4 49% Escape Room (2019) The formulaic frightener 'Escape Room' is certainly not worth entering for its cheap, collapsed creepiness. Dismissive and exhaustingly familiar, 'Escape Room' simply goes through the telegraphed macabre motions. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 88% The Final Wish (2019) Wish is strangely contemplative in its attempt to shine an eerie light on the mysteries of death and estrangement. Woodward's gory gem is more of the psychological horror variety as it adequately taps into the realm of a messy mindset gone haywire. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) Fatherless fable Don't Come Back from the Moon is a small-sized affecting coming-of-age tale with a big scale heart and thought-provoking conviction. Thoroughly probing and perceptive, the conscious cow does not need to jump over this heart-breaking Moon. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Admittedly original for a horrific holiday hoot, McPhail's off-kilter Scottish musical plays a delightful naughty note for those looking to celebrate the end-of-the-year seasonal greetings with an (un)deadly bang. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 95% In Fabric (2019) ...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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 58% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
2.5/4 73% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
1.5/4 11% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
1.5/4 45% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018