Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Brent Hankins has been blogging and writing film reviews online since 2011. He joined the Phoenix Film Critics Society in 2013, and was a founding member of the Phoenix Critics Circle the following year, where he currently serves as President. Brent also hosted the weekly Drinks and Discourse podcast for nearly 5 years, and is currently the chief film critic at The Lamplight Review and Spoiler TV. He resides in Tempe, AZ with his wife and son.
Critics' Group: Phoenix Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 64% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The brisk 99-minute runtime is a welcome respite from comedies that overstay their welcome, and offers more than enough laughs to delight fans of the original. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/10 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil may have the dubious honor of becoming the Disney film with the highest body count, but that's about the only distinction worth bestowing upon it. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/10 25% Gemini Man (2019) Ultimately, the film makes for an impressive coming-out party for an exciting piece of tech, one that could have fascinating applications in the coming years, but offers precious little else. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Here's hoping the inevitable third installment brings Emily Blunt back into the fold, so we can at least look forward to a character whose moral compass is still in working order. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/10 68% Joker (2019) It's as if Phillips had a burning desire to create his own version of Taxi Driver, but wasn't sure audiences would show up, so he slapped a coat of green hair dye and greasepaint onto the screenplay to guarantee plenty of asses in seats. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 84% Villains (2019) Directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen have crafted a ferociously funny comedy-thriller, thumbing their nose at convention and frequently pulling the rug out from under the characters and the audience in equal measure. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers may be a sexy crime thriller, but it's also a film about women banding together to take on a system that frequently treats them as "less than," turning the tables on those who hold all the cards, and having a damn good time doing it. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Less engaging and less scary than its predecessor, with a daunting runtime that nevertheless remains a must-see for any horror fan. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
6/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A goofy, light-hearted riff on the Indiana Jones films that never shies away from poking fun at cinematic cliches -- or itself. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
8/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs and Shaw is so irrational and illogical that it's basically a cartoon, a machismo-laden thrill ride that borders on parody and is, at times, unspeakably dumb, but in the best possible way. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Despite being inspired by and connected to a particular event, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is less about telling a specific story of the era, and more about capturing its emotion and spirit. In that regard, Tarantino knocks it out of the park. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
8/10 86% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) In many respects, the film serves as a cautionary tale -- not of a dark future, but of a time that's already upon us, which makes Salim's debut feature all the more terrifying and affecting. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) There's no denying that Favreau and his team have crafted a brilliant technological achievement, but whether The Lion King is a great film on its own merits is a subject that will likely inspire a fair amount of debate. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
6/10 42% Stuber (2019) It's a bit slow out of the gate, but once Bautista and Nanjiani finally connect, it makes up for lost time with an overload of laughs and a healthy dose of bloody, cartoonish violence. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) For decades, horror films have conditioned us to believe that bad things only happen in the shadows, but that's not the case here, and the knowledge that daylight is no longer a safe space makes Midsommar even more disturbing. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
8/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) While the action in Spider-Man: Far From Home is much larger in scope than its predecessor, the film nevertheless feels considerably smaller and more self-contained than most MCU entries, especially in the wake of Endgame's enormous finale. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 100% 5B (2019) Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss deserve commendations of their own for ensuring this tale of unprecedented kindness in the face of unspeakable tragedy doesn't fade away into history. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 understands the significance of the bond between a child and their favorite toy, and more importantly, the undeniable magic of childhood. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Overlong and mostly unfunny, Men in Black International offers precious little of the recipe which made the previous films -- particularly the original -- so endearing. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
7/10 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night is at its best when Thompson leans into Katherine's caustic and abrasive personality, which plays well against Kaling's earnestness, and the film's best moments arrive whenever these two comedic powerhouses share the screen. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix sends the X-Men out not with a bang, but with a roll of the eyes and a somewhat exasperated sigh. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
8/10 89% Rocketman (2019) Thanks to imaginative musical numbers that aren't always bound by the limits of reality and the irrefutable charisma of its leading man, Rocketman manages to break the mold just enough to stand tall above many of the genre's other offerings. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) On the rare occasion the camera pans out enough to showcase its creatures, they're truly awe-inspiring. But these moments of gratification are unable to counterbalance the film's laundry list of defects and misfires. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
9/10 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) While it may not be a perfect substitute for the fourth season that Milch had originally envisioned, Deadwood: The Movie nevertheless feels like a natural evolution for the characters that we fell in love with more than a decade ago. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
7/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Massoud's carefree demeanor and world-class grin are a perfect match for the "street rat" who dreams of bigger things, and the fierce determination Scott brings to the role of Jasmine is a welcome change from the usual damsel in distress archetype. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
9/10 97% Booksmart (2019) With its razor sharp script and electric lead performances, it could very well unseat the likes of Superbad and Mean Girls as the funniest high school comedy of the 21st century. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The marriage of brutal hand-to-hand combat and impossibly precise gunplay have been franchise staples, and John Wick: Chapter 3 takes these elements to incredible heights with some of the most flat-out insane action choreography ever seen. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's family-friendly, for the most part, but there are a few cases of double entrende that will sail right over the heads of the little ones, while giving mom and dad an extra chuckle or two. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/10 51% Tolkien (2019) If you're looking for subtlety in David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford's screenplay, expect to come up short. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/10 30% Red Joan (2019) Dench is criminally underutilized here, resigned to a handful of scenes. Most of her limited screen time is spent feigning bewilderment at questions from MI5, as if the mountain of evidence piled on the table before her doesn't exist. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
10/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If Avengers Endgame -- with its carefully crafted emotional beats, thrilling action sequences and heartbreaking farewells to some of our most beloved heroes -- isn't the perfect final chapter, I can't imagine what perfection might look like. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
6/10 90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) Some stones are left unturned, and it would have made for a compelling addition to explore the conflict between the teachings of Answers in Genesis and their actions, but the existing material is certainly captivating and disquieting enough. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/10 50% Stuck (2019) As for the music, it's mostly fine, but catchy tunes can't distract from Stuck's narrative failures, nor its inability to craft a single moment that doesn't feel contrived. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/10 43% The Chaperone (2019) Norma's journey of self-fulfillment might have been more enjoyable as its own tale, but when married to the early days of Louise's career we can't escape the feeling that something more interesting is happening offscreen while we're stuck with Norma. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
6/10 96% Little Woods (2019) Thompson has been a fascinating actress to watch over the past few years as her filmography has become more and more diverse, and she once again proves herself adept at disappearing almost completely into a role. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 71% All Is True (2019) Whether thundering at his family in a grief-fueled outburst or conversing quietly with the Earl of Southampton in a fireside chat, Branagh's performance carries exactly the sort of weight you would expect when a lifelong devotee embodies his idol. - The Lamplight Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
9/10 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post asks a lot from its star, and Moretz is more than up to the task, showcasing a heartbreaking amount of vulnerability in a performance that is not only her best work in years, but possibly her best work, period. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
10/10 94% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting explores and articulates numerous issues which feel particularly relevant in today's sociopolitical climate, while also serving as a love letter to Diggs and Casal's native Oakland. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Rudd is no stranger to dramatic material, but he comes across as a bit too charming to be truly believable in this sort of role. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The young adult audience at which the film is squarely aimed will surely spark to Meg, the awkward outcast who becomes a hero not because of a magic spell or a mystical artifact, but rather because she learns to believe in herself. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 52% Tomb Raider (2018) The core elements - Lara using a combination of intelligence and athleticism to solve puzzles, outwit adversaries and navigate thrilling action beats - are superbly entertaining. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is the kind of film that comic book fans have spent their entire lives dreaming about, one that breathes life into events that heretofore could only have existed on the page, or in the imagination. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
9/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 should be exactly what fans expect from a sequel, an ambitious upgrade that offers more jokes, more violence, more action and more vulgarity. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Fans hoping to experience some of the most important parts of Han's legacy will have plenty to look forward to here, including the genesis of his lifelong friendship with Chewbacca, and an infamous game of sabacc against Lando. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 89% American Animals (2018) That the crime is ultimately unsuccessful isn't a shocker - the film acknowledges this within the first few moments - but this detail hardly matters, because what's so intriguing is why the boys chose to attempt this crime in the first place. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Returning director Brad Bird continues to showcase an eye for exciting and unique action while further endearing us to the Parr family by ensuring that each character is multi-layered and fully realized. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) An offensively stupid film packed with too many undeveloped ideas, too many genetically-enhanced dinosaurs (seriously, didn't we get enough of this in the last film?), and too many characters that behave in ways that defy logic or reason. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Quiet and somber, with long stretches of little to no dialogue, Leave No Trace isn't likely to appeal to everyone, especially with its purposefully vague approach to storytelling and deliberate obfuscation of details. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 81% Buffalo Boys (2019) Wiluan fully embraces the genre's numerous tropes and uses them to his advantage, subverting expectations when appropriate while still delivering the type of shoot-em-up action that audiences will expect. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) This film isn't so much about the hunt itself, but rather the broken man behind it, and as a more contemplative character study, it's commendable. - Spoiler TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019