Reel Reviews

Reel Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Frank Wilkins
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Voyagers (2021) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 Happily (2021) Frank Wilkins Though you may come out scratching your head, the ride is totally worth it. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 Nobody (2021) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 The Courier (2020) Frank Wilkins Important considerations are brought to the forefront that highlight the struggle over duty to country and the importance of family EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
5/5 Our Friend (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
5/5 Cowboys (2020) Frank Wilkins Altogether Western, yet thoroughly modern. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 Baby Done (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/5 The Dig (2021) Frank Wilkins a superbly crafted slice of British life with a heaping helping of history thrown in for good measure EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Frank Wilkins A dark and dismal morality tale of needless strife and wasted ambition EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 News of the World (2020) Frank Wilkins There's always Hanks to guide us through the peril with his trademarked brand of restrained dignity EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Frank Wilkins You'll be hard-pressed to find a smarter film this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
2/5 Ammonite (2020) Frank Wilkins Like the dirty, encrusted prehistoric marvels that give the film its title, Ammonite, the film, could have used some polishing up of its own. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
5/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Frank Wilkins the big star of the show here is Marder's startling and innovative sound techniques EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 Crip Camp (2020) Frank Wilkins A fascinating and inspirational history lesson about something we didn't even know had such an interesting story to tell. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Frank Wilkins 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 EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/5 Freaky (2020) Frank Wilkins 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 EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 Yellow Rose (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
5/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 The Last Shift (2020) Frank Wilkins Tells a story that feels real and lived in - something Hollywood often gets wrong. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 Infidel (2020) Frank Wilkins The schizophrenic nature of its DNA is both intriguing and confounding. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 #Alive (2020) Frank Wilkins Take that mask off, settle in with your quarantine companions, and discover how bad a shelter-in-place order could really get. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Frank Wilkins 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 EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Unhinged (2020) Frank Wilkins A nasty enough little revenge thriller powered by eight cylinders of pure malice and hatred. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 An American Pickle (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 The Rental (2020) Frank Wilkins The Rental is a smartly realized screw-turning ride that never lets up. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
5/5 First Cow (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Greyhound (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
4/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Frank Wilkins Let's just call this the funniest and most meaningful film Judd Apatow has done in a decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5 Arkansas (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 Becky (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2/5 Black Christmas (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 The Hunt (2020) Frank Wilkins The Hunt finally gets its chance to poke fun at the absurdity of identity politics. And boy does it deliver the goods! EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Frank Wilkins 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 EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
5/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Frank Wilkins Even more proof that large budgets and a stable of A-listers aren't needed to frighten an audience out of its wits. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 Downhill (2020) Frank Wilkins You may be forced to ask some serious questions about your own relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 Gretel & Hansel (2020) Frank Wilkins Perkins' unique arthouse sensibilities and stylistic verve are so strong and commanding, that his visuals themselves carry most of the storytelling weight. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Frank Wilkins It's good to have you back, Mr. Ritchie. The Gentlemen is a total blast. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Frank Wilkins 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! EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1/5 Like a Boss (2020) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Frank Wilkins 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? EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
1/5 Cats (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/5 1917 (2019) Frank Wilkins 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019