Frank Wilkins

Frank Wilkins
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Film Critic, ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 56% Infidel (2020) The schizophrenic nature of its DNA is both intriguing and confounding. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 88% #Alive (2020) Take that mask off, settle in with your quarantine companions, and discover how bad a shelter-in-place order could really get. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 72% Tenet (2020) a loud, boisterous, eye-popping spectacle that will absolutely blow your socks off with dazzling visuals and immersive exhibition, even if solving puzzles isn't your thing - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Manages to make the 1840s genuinely funny in 2020. Now if we can just get Iannucci to punch up a new adaptation A Tale of Two Cities. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 47% Unhinged (2020) A nasty enough little revenge thriller powered by eight cylinders of pure malice and hatred. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) What begins as a fun - and funny - little fish-out-of-water story fails to keep its momentum going once the initial setup has been established. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 75% The Rental (2020) The Rental is a smartly realized screw-turning ride that never lets up. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) A24 and Reichardt are powerful filmmaking forces to be reckoned with. Particularly considering that each has, arguably, never made a bad film. It was just a matter of time before the gravitational pull of the two forces was too great to keep them apart. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 79% Greyhound (2020) The only constant in this salty thriller is Hanks, whose presence - despite the lingering dread and worry on his face - lends a much-welcomed gravity and strength as the film's moral compass. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
4/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) Let's just call this the funniest and most meaningful film Judd Apatow has done in a decade. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5 47% Arkansas (2020) Finds its stride in its offbeat quirkiness featuring a five-act structure that juggles its goofy characters and mixes up criss-crossing timelines in a meandering road trip soup right out of the Joel and Ethan Coen playbook. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) In all its grab bag meandering, and on-the-nose cornball goofiness, it totally works and is as poignant and meaningful a film as anything Lee has made to date. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 70% Becky (2020) Featuring strong performances, whip-smart dialogue, competent execution, and some of the most gruesome horror to ever come from north of the border, Becky is a pleasant little surprise. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/5 70% The High Note (2020) Pushing play on this VOD release is like dropping the needle onto the grooves of your favorite feel-good slab of vinyl. Its sweet jams and inspirational message are always on key and sure to set you in the right mood. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) May be the rare case in which the angry fans were right. Looks great with no significant visual flaws ... is a sweet little film that is always fun and lively and never takes itself too seriously. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A wild and wacky, candy-coated, glitter-filled grimy ride through the streets of Gotham with the motliest crew of characters as we explore themes of camaraderie, partnership, and female empowerment. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2/5 39% Black Christmas (2019) There's nothing clever about Black Christmas, and with an anemic PG-13 rating, even the horror parts do nothing to make anyone's dreams of a black Christmas come true. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 56% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt finally gets its chance to poke fun at the absurdity of identity politics. And boy does it deliver the goods! - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Dark, scary, overly-complex, and about 15 minutes too long, Onward will likely fly right over the heads of younger audience members... or else scare their pants off - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Even more proof that large budgets and a stable of A-listers aren't needed to frighten an audience out of its wits. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) There's a lot to recommend in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and, not surprisingly, it all involves Ejiofor's handiwork, in one way or another. He's that good here and as a result, his film soars. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 37% Downhill (2020) You may be forced to ask some serious questions about your own relationship. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Perkins' unique arthouse sensibilities and stylistic verve are so strong and commanding, that his visuals themselves carry most of the storytelling weight. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) It's good to have you back, Mr. Ritchie. The Gentlemen is a total blast. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) This odd-couple pairing reminds us of what we loved so much about the original. It is just a whole lot of fun to watch! - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Anyone hoping to see Haddish's return to comedic form should stay far away from this one. May very well be her worst to date. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) Is a film that needs to be seen. It is the celebration of the true heroes who want to change our criminal justice system that treats those who are rich and guilty better than those who are poor and innocent. How's that for just mercy? - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) a superbly-crafted and inspirational retelling of the classic novel as well as a bold crashing of social barriers that makes as much noise today as it did some 150 years ago. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
1/5 20% Cats (2019) Hooper and company have - yes, I'm going to say it - spit up a huge hairball with their Cats. Forgoing substance in favor of the cheap buzz of spectacle rarely ever works in film, and in this case, the spectacle doesn't even work. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Everything Scorsese has done with The Irishman makes the film a true masterpiece. Believe the hype, buy into the buildup. It is that good. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) 1917, holds rank alongside the likes of Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, and Dunkirk. Let's hope 1917 marks the moment at which Hollywood recognizes its neglect of an underserved genre. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Is just so darn sweet and engaging it is nearly impossible to not be enraptured by its corny approachability. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Everything Scorcese has done with his The Irishman makes the film a true masterpiece. Believe the hype, buy into the buildup. It is that good. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
1/5 41% Midway (2019) Feels like a cheaply-made video presentation for the kiosk at the Pearl Harbor visitor center - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) One of the most beautiful slogfests you'll ever sleep though. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) A pleasantly enjoyable little comedy/action/drama/romance film that occasionally rises above its lowbrow zombie tropes to remind us that family, home, and reliable friends are often all we need to get by in this messed up world. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) A well-acted, poorly written action movie that never takes its unique premise anywhere interesting - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) For fans of the TV series, Downton Abbey is as comfortable and welcoming as a well-worn tweed cardigan. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
5/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) A truly enjoyable experience that is inspirational, heartwarming, and gut-bustlingly funny yet never comes off as overly preachy - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) Proof that a diverse workforce leads to better innovation and better products and services. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This is exactly the kind of movie we need right now. Sadly, those who need to see it most, likely won't. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 80% Good Boys (2019) None of this would work were it not for the three young actors playing Max, Thor, and Lucas. Tremblay, Noon, and Williams lend such an endearing innocence, we can't help but fall in love with their characters. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Crashes and burns into a heap of crumpled intentions and unmet expectations. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Isn't meant to be sipped or tasted. Turn off your morality meter and gulp its poor taste and cheap bawdiness in heaping helpings. This is pure style over substance and it's a better movie because of it. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Overpowering the strength of the story and the splendor of the visuals in The Lion King, is the nagging question of why. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) It is a nasty little adventure film that drags us through the mud of heartbreak, broken family, and mother nature's fury - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) The more time you spend thinking about Midsommar, the more power you give it to continue its dig into your already damaged psyche. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Everyone and everything - from Boyle to Patel to James to McKinnon, and even the music - is so darn perfect, there's nothing here to dislike. You just have to remember to let it into your heart. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Bad news: Toy Story 4 is Pixar's biggest money grab to date. Good news: This is Pixar, so it never feels like one. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 33% Shaft (2019) Who can't have a fond affection for a character who believes it is his duty to please the booty? - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019