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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Kung Fu Panda (2008) Frank Ochieng Willingly raucous and revved up for your escapist consideration do welcome this plump yet profoundly prancing panda into your thrill-seeking heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
2/4 Jumper (2008) Frank Ochieng Pared-down with flat-footed characterizations, tacked on scenic shots of worldly venues and a choppy script that isn't disciplined enough to tap into our escapist imaginations, Jumper is a toothless travelogue that treks up the wrong charted route. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2008
2/4 The Eye (2008) Frank Ochieng The cornea-deprived caper The Eye definitely sports a blurry vision in the meager horror B-movie sweepstakes...never sees clearly in its search for doomsday enlightenment. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2008
3.5/4 Once (2006) Frank Ochieng Carney's Once is definitely not enough...thoroughly inspirational, lyrical, charming and cheeky...a winning spark that ignites the lovelorn imagination. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2007
3/4 Talk to Me (2007) Frank Ochieng Hysterically potent, thought-provoking and deliciously nostalgic. Overall, the proposed chatter is warranted in the movingly impish Talk to Me. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2007
2/4 Martian Child (2007) Frank Ochieng Unfortunately for Martian Child this has more maple sap pouring out of it than a neglected Vermont tree looking for a good tapping. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2007
3.5/4 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Frank Ochieng Sprawling, intriguing and handsomely shot, Yuma builds its gruff tension while being reminiscent of the frothy frontier flicks from yesteryear. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2/4 Halloween (2007) Frank Ochieng ...blood-spilling banality...the sensationalism behind Zombie's directorial demeanor is merely a follow-the-dots frightfest with an exaggerated twitching disorder. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2007
3.5/4 Hairspray (2007) Frank Ochieng ...[a] refreshingly jubilant spin on filmmaker Waters' classic tongue-in-cheek tune-maker Hairspray...spirited pizzazz and a peppy ode to retro-artistic sentimentality EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2.5/4 Fracture (2007) Frank Ochieng The slick ambience behind Fracture could be penetrating yet misleading. Hopkins's "Lecter-lite" persona adds some pathos to this old-fashioned yet stylistic whodunit. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
1.5/4 Perfect Stranger (2007) Frank Ochieng Relentlessly cheesy, exhaustive and about as stimulating as a cold medicine tablet...In short, take this lofty advice and try not to talk to this particular Stranger. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
3/4 Grindhouse (2007) Frank Ochieng Enthralling and exhilarating in its explosive camp-driven excess, Grindhouse is a combustible concoction that shamelessly stimulates the senses. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2007
1.5/4 The Reaping (2007) Frank Ochieng Let's face it, folks...The Reaping is one eerie cinematic Easter ham that will be tough to swallow. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2007
3/4 The Lookout (2007) Frank Ochieng The Lookout has its share of dramatic trickery and often strays into the gimmick boundaries. Nevertheless, Frank's nifty narrative is keenly smart, perceptive and edgy. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2007
3/4 Adam's Apples (2005) Frank Ochieng Deliciously profane, dark and somber, Denmark's Adam's Apples is fiendishly ripe for the picking. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2007
2/4 The Last Mimzy (2007) Frank Ochieng The Last Mimzy falls short of its expectations to grasp the aura of an escapist kiddie flick that distinctively startles and probes. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2007
3/4 Reign Over Me (2007) Frank Ochieng Resourcefully edgy and profound in its moody heartstrings, Reign hovers over us like a bad hangover that can never be shaken. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2007
3/4 Shooting Dogs (2005) Frank Ochieng With other African-oriented dramas making the noted rounds it's definitely warranted for "Beyond the Gates" to tell it like it is...in all shades of dimming black and white. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2007
3.5/4 The Host (2006) Frank Ochieng Wickedly sardonic and fiercely fiendish in its perky presentation...a smart and simmering creature feature that crackles with percolating weirdness and wonderment. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2007
3/4 300 (2006) Frank Ochieng Artistically triumphant in its arresting visual spectacle. Undoubtedly, the hyperactive male psyche for violent-induced petulance is proudly on display in the extravagant 300 EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3.5/4 Zodiac (2007) Frank Ochieng [An] absorbingly sadistic psychological whodunnit. Fixating in its gripping hold, Zodiac is convincingly haunting in its head-scratching mode. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2007
2.5/4 Amazing Grace (2006) Frank Ochieng ...ponderous and relentlessly padded in its moral morass... Grace manages to work effectively as a crusading costume drama drenched in consciousness and conviction. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2007
3/4 Glastonbury (2006) Frank Ochieng Temple is able to convey a perceptive and substantive mood pertaining to the staying power of this weirdly nuanced outdoor finger-snapping function. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2007
2/4 The Astronaut Farmer (2007) Frank Ochieng It's too bad that it takes a mess of rocket fuel to spark The Astronaut Farmer beyond its sugary surrealism...the sky's limit is applied to this heart-filled hokum. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2007
2/4 The Number 23 (2007) Frank Ochieng Schumacher's numerical nightmare is an anemic psychological thriller basking in contrivance...woefully muddled and lacking...the math doesn't quite add up. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3/4 Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Frank Ochieng Csupo ushers in an exciting and emotional action-adventure product that enchants and motivates the active imagination...Terabithia radiates with engaging enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2007
3/4 Breach (2007) Frank Ochieng ...suspenseful and calculating. As a stimulating thriller padded with cynical mind games, Breach flourishes with its vivid dosage of prestige and paranoia. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2007
2/4 Hannibal Rising (2007) Frank Ochieng ...a plodding prequel that's more detached than a separated body limb placed neatly on Lecter's dinner plate...a boorish slice of slaughterhouse cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2007
3.5/4 The Lives of Others (2006) Frank Ochieng A gripping tale of nightmarish voyeurism and the psychological abyss that elevates von Donnersmarck's European nail-biter. [A] sleek and intrusive communist caper. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2007
2/4 Puccini for Beginners (2006) Frank Ochieng Reflectively transparent, inconsequential and slightly contrived in the same-sex love entanglement sweepstakes. Sadly, Maggenti's tepid romantic comedy gets lost in the perfunctory shuffle. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2007
3.5/4 Children of Men (2006) Frank Ochieng Immensely thought-provoking and chillingly insightful...a resilient sci-fi fantasy that dares to contemplate the fate of mankind's chaotic impulsiveness. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3/4 Don't Trip ... He Ain't Through With Me Yet! (2006) Frank Ochieng Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! is the most decisive "Amen!" that the crafty and dapper Steve Harvey can get short of being baptized in the Nile River. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2006
2/4 Madea's Family Reunion (2006) Frank Ochieng Reunion plays like some dizzy-minded daytime drama that's complete with transparent pesky personalities wrapped up in a numb sermonizing of faith and fruitless frolic. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2006
3/4 On the Outs (2004) Frank Ochieng Granted that On the Outs doesn't explore any new realms of destitute city life but it still contains unspeakable moments of desolation and disillusionment. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2006
3/4 Manderlay (2005) Frank Ochieng Manderlay certainly has its fair share of sanctimony and the familiarity of old school psychological racial conflict but it effectively works on the hungry psyche. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2006
2/5 Color of Night (1994) Frank Ochieng A tawdry yet tepid sexual psychological thriller that feels very atmospheric in its proposed mystiqueness. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2006
3/5 Who's Harry Crumb? (1989) Frank Ochieng An outlandishly fluffy whodunnit farce that generates its inspired nuttiness from the likable John Candy. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2006
3/4 Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Frank Ochieng ...an enticingly dark and absorbing spectacle that should satisfy the casual Star Wars fanatic who fancies an action-packed package full of emotional promise and prose. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2005
3.5/4 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) Frank Ochieng Unforgivable Blackness will stand as an absorbing microscope in reference to resilient black manhood in all its vulnerability and vitality. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2005
3/4 The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Frank Ochieng Demme's The Manchurian Candidate is a political popcorn pleaser that's rousing in its sheer rawness. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2005
1/4 The Cookout (2004) Frank Ochieng ...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2005
2.5/4 Coach Carter (2005) Frank Ochieng ...familiar in its feel-good delivery...a solid student-athlete melodrama that creeps up on you more convincingly than a three-point shot at the buzzer EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2005
3.5/4 Kinsey (2004) Frank Ochieng Unassumingly intoxicating in its frivolity and frankness, Kinsey arouses in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2004
3/4 Hotel Rwanda (2004) Frank Ochieng ...the consensus for heartbreak and rage is always at a premium high. This certainly can be said for filmmaker Terry George and his blistering genocide saga Hotel Rwanda EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2004
2/5 Weekend at Bernie's II (1993) Frank Ochieng Why would anyone want to be caught dead with Bernie and his banal buddies a second time around? Relentlessly labored and pointless EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004
4/5 Pumping Iron (1977) Frank Ochieng An entertaining and intimate look body building and its devoted personalities. Pumping Iron has muscle and might in all the right witty places. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004
1/5 Almost Heroes (1998) Frank Ochieng A forgettable farce with no flavor...utterly flaccid and foolish. It wastes the comedic capabilities of Farley and Perry who deserve much better EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004
4/5 4 Little Girls (1997) Frank Ochieng Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004
4/5 Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) Frank Ochieng Finally, a baseball melodrama with a full count of emotional impact. Hancock's narrative delivers the right pitch of intensity EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004
2/5 Rocky Marciano (1999) Frank Ochieng Rocky Marciano was a knockout of a fighter to say the least. It's too bad Winkler's movie about him carries no particular punch EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2004