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 Review
2.5/4 67% 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 47% 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 21% 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 78% 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 24% 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 48% 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 77% 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 (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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 60% 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 93% 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 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
1.5/4 10% 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
3/4 93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/4 25% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
2.5/4 71% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/4 94% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 80% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/4 88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
1.5/4 14% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018