Frank Wilkins

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

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 96% In the Heights (2021) An inspirational and moving tribute to the things that many Americans think make our country great. A place where dreams should be nourished, heritage respected, and the diversity of its citizenry celebrated. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
5/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) What better film to encourage we sequestered humans to peer outside and venture cautiously into a post-pandemic cinema era than one which features characters burrowing from beneath their hidey-holes and into a post-alien invasion world? - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
2/5 56% Finding You (2021) With a tighter script and at least one of the subplots trimmed, this romantic drama about finding the courage to be true to oneself could have hit many more high notes - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 68% Monster (2019) With an over-abundance of courtroom dramas and social justice pieces in today's cinematic landscape, we really didn't need another. Then again, with a message that continues to be so chronically relevant some three years after its debut, perhaps we did - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 94% West Michigan (2021) Heartbreak, shock, relief, hope, and joy are all on tap as this lazy little tale meanders through the side roads and trail heads of all the things that make each us who we are. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 76% Stowaway (2021) What could have been another hokey deep space thriller, instead turns out to be a well-acted, brilliantly-executed exercise in human survival. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
3/5 26% Voyagers (2021) There's enough good stuff going on - including an intriguing premise, a stellar cast, and phenomenally well-crafted set pieces - to make it a fun watch. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 69% Happily (2021) Though you may come out scratching your head, the ride is totally worth it. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 84% Nobody (2021) There's plenty here to love with numerous action set pieces, shocking moments of gore and violence, and even a bit of heart and emotion on a few occasions that elevate the film above your standard revenge thriller fare. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 86% The Courier (2020) Important considerations are brought to the forefront that highlight the struggle over duty to country and the importance of family - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
5/5 85% Our Friend (2020) While it's easy to make cancer the bad guy in any film, the more difficult task is upstaging the disease with kindheartedness. Our Friend does just that. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
5/5 91% Cowboys (2021) Altogether Western, yet thoroughly modern. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 92% Baby, Done (2021) Most of the jokes are more corny than clever, and Zoe's shift from clueless future mother to hateful jerk grows thin by the halfway point. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/5 87% The Dig (2021) a superbly crafted slice of British life with a heaping helping of history thrown in for good measure - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) A dark and dismal morality tale of needless strife and wasted ambition - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 88% News of the World (2020) There's always Hanks to guide us through the peril with his trademarked brand of restrained dignity - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) You'll be hard-pressed to find a smarter film this year. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
2/5 69% Ammonite (2020) Like the dirty, encrusted prehistoric marvels that give the film its title, Ammonite, the film, could have used some polishing up of its own. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) the big star of the show here is Marder's startling and innovative sound techniques - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) A fascinating and inspirational history lesson about something we didn't even know had such an interesting story to tell. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) For a film so hell-bent on portraying the importance of strong women, they sure do feel like a bunch of screw ups who make one poor decision after another - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/5 84% Freaky (2020) Despite its high body count, this twisted take on the body-swap sub-genre fails to satisfy the bloodthirsty appetite of horror hounds looking for something new and refreshing - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 50% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Well-acted, well-executed, and bathed in the moody atmosphere of Tokyo's underworld, Lost Girls & Love Hotels is unquestionably a beauty to look at ... but the film never finds firm footing in its pointless storytelling and lethargic pacing. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 87% Yellow Rose (2020) With admirable themes of inclusivity, hope, perseverance, emotion, and insight lovingly wrapped within a story involving the struggles of undocumented families, Yellow Rose deserves every bit of recognition it garners. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
5/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Some may knock it as a pretentious exercise in form over function, and yes, sometimes the message gets a bit lost in the weirdness of it all, but I enjoyed every single second of it. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 64% The Last Shift (2020) Tells a story that feels real and lived in - something Hollywood often gets wrong. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 58% 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 70% 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 92% 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 48% 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 72% 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 74% 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 75% 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 71% 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 79% 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 57% 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 64% 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