Frank Wilkins

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

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 50% Captive State (2019) In a world of sequels, prequels, remakes, and mass consumed pablum, we need filmmakers who are willing to roll the dice and break the rules. Wyatt does and comes up big with Captive State - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) There is simply nowhere else to go with the Madea character, yet here we are again - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 54% Greta (2019) too bad it doesn't quite fully buy into its own B-movie trashiness - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Delivers a smackdown to our emotions - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Though better than the original, there's simply not enough here to break this franchise from its loop of mediocrity. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A quirky noir thriller that turns the genre on its head with a barrage of wry humor and enough dead bodies to fill a graveyard two deep - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 83% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) a wild and entertaining ride into the darker side of technology and the ominous ways in which we are letting our cell phones not only control us, but to also define us. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) Totally fumbles the fanboy excitement it generated when Willis's David Dunn turned and looked at the camera at the end of Split. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 41% The Upside (2019) A delightfully charming and oftentimes hilarious little film - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 48% Escape Room (2019) Robitel bucks the typical tropes of a low-budget PG-13 horror by taking focus away from trying to scare us at every turn and, instead, putting it on the elaborately staged puzzles and booby-trapped rooms - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) A precarious high-wire act that always entertains, and never fails to make us think. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) To sum it up quite, ahem, bluntly, none of this works without the supreme talents of Emily Blunt. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) a delicious and delectable love story with the kind of chemistry from its two leads that few filmmakers ever manage to capture. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) While Ben is Back isn't necessarily what most would consider enjoyable entertainment, it is something everyone needs to see. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) None of it works without the three wonderful performances from Colman, Stone and Weisz. It is difficult to overstate the strength of the trio's contribution to the success of the film. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) From this point forward, there will be few excuses for a film that doesn't manage to stimulate the brain while also entertaining the masses. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Lisbeth Salander is a very compelling character, and one the world needs right now. But sadly, as handled here, she's just another slickly-packaged vigilante superhero dumbed down for the masses - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
76% Happy Feet (2006) The visuals in Happy Feet are absolutely amazing. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 78% Mid90s (2018) In a word, it is simply brilliant. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) More violent, more bloody, and oftentimes more scary than the original, this Halloween is a wonderfully imagined addition to the franchise that updates, and in many ways, improves upon the original while maintaining its fun B-movie practicalities. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man isn't the story of man's journey to the moon. It is the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. And as such, it is less an historical dramatization than it is a biographical melodrama with plenty of sentimentality - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Despite the danger that lurks around nearly every turn, I wouldn't hesitate to return for another stay at the El Royale. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) This is a coming-of-age story with a father and son relationship at its core. And as such, it's a very solid representative of the genre and a good film on its own right -- sad, heartfelt, funny, entertaining, and as dangerous as a box of dynamite. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Sit back, fall in love, and let it wash over you. Watch a star being born - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) A well-executed but improbable father-son tale with danger, crime, betrayal, and lost innocence running through its veins. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 32% Kin (2018) Could have been so much more had it kept its focus on being really good at one or two things rather than shooting to be something for everyone. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's a shame that we grow tired of the gag before the filmmakers do. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 52% Papillon (2018) The film's tagline tells us that this is the greatest escape adventure ever told. While that may indeed be true, the movie that tells the story certainly never achieves the same heights. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 62% Dog Days (2018) Dog Days is a film by dog lovers, about dog lovers, and for dog lovers. All others need not bother. You just won't get it. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Directors have yet to find a way to utilize McKinnon's unique brand of kinetic energy and fidgety goofiness. And that goes for The Spy Who Dumped Me as well. She's way over the top here, and never gets into a groove. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A ticking time bomb of harrowing action, frazzled nerves, and edge-of-your-seat mystery. But, at the same time, it is way too long and its plot far too complex and convoluted - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) There's a uniquely satisfying sense of revenge that comes from watching Lee turn the vile words and hateful actions of racists against themselves. It's amazing that we've made it so easy for him. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A purposeful exercise in discomfort and painful soul-searching. And it works. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) What is there not to like about watching a bad guy get knocked off of his speeding motorcycle by a giant Pez dispenser bouncing down the road? - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) There are a lot of moving parts as it straddles genres and takes on many of the hot-button issues we struggle with today, yet Sollima's tone and pacing remain rock solid throughout. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
1/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Nothing but a blatant money grab propped up by its beloved legacy. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2/5 57% Tag (2018) Perhaps if Tag were a much funnier film its flaws wouldn't matter so much. Unfortunately it isn't and they do. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Pull on your favorite cardigan, slip into those comfortable sneakers and spend some time in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with Won't You Be My Neighbor. You'll be glad you did. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 86% Upgrade (2018) Plug in and get an upgrade. You won't be sorry. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 54% Book Club (2018) Makes for a delightfully tacky diversion from the lycra-tighted noise and chaos of the early summer movie season. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ehrenreich manages to make Han Solo his own while never betraying the character's legacy. Have no fear, this far, far away galaxy is still in great shape. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet House on Elm Lake (2017) ... simply too many "seen that before" moments and not enough "well, that was cool" surprises to make it a strong recommend. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I feel pretty dumb for having had such high hopes for this one. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 82% Beirut (2018) Gilroy and Anderson have managed to wring captivating mystery, adventure, and danger from a genre in bad need of resuscitation - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Fans of the genre should be delighted with Krasinski's B-movie handling of his film and the new attention he is sure to bring. A Quiet Place makes a whole lot of noise in the horror genre. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) A complex balancing act with a perfectly executed payoff that might not have had the same impact without Robinson's heartwarming breakout performance. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1/5 38% Gringo (2018) Very rarely does such a star-studded cast come together in a single film. Even more rarely does such a star-studded cast fail so miserably to breathe life into a film. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) A strangely intoxicating mind-trip of an adventure that relies more on sound, feel, and sight than it does on providing answers to the perplexing questions at its heart - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 84% Game Night (2018) Riotously funny little farce that is a certifiable blast and guaranteed to be the best time you've had at the movies this year. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 64% Desolation (2017) Take a hike into Desolation. Just be sure to bring somebody with you. Oh, and never go off trail. - Reel Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018