Frank Ochieng

Frank Ochieng
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Online film critic Frank Ochieng has been devoted to writing and discussing film over the last several years. An avid observer of pop culture whose passion lies in the medium of film and television, Ochieng has been involved in the aspects of media in the Boston-area for quite some time. Ochieng has also contributed film reviews and other miscellaneous movie material to other Internet outlets such as The Internet Movie Database (www.IMDB.com) via newsgroup participation, TheWorldJournal.com, MovieEye.com, Stephen Hunt's SF Crownsnest.com, World Voice News, Associated Content and filmcritic.com...just to name a few venues. Ochieng belongs to online critic circles such as The Online Film Critics Society, The Internet Film Critic Society, and The Internet Entertainment Writers Association. Aside from his online film credentials, Ochieng functioned as a co-editor/contributing writer/film critic for his fanzine publication The Voicemakers (1997-2003). He had made occasional appearances as a media critic/commentator for WMWM 91.7 FM college radio's "The Juke Joint" based out of Salem, Massachusetts as well as frequently guesting on Boston's WBZ Radio 1030 AM's "The Jordan Rich Show" in the "Movie/TV Night" segments (October 2003-present). Also, he previously co-produced and co-hosted his movie review access cable TV show called The Evaluators. Past endeavors include co-hosting cable TV shows such as Trivia Live! (Warner Cable, 1988) and Time To Review (1988-89). He has also previously contributed film reviews to print fanzines Raccoon Times (1996-98) and VGT Online Magazine (1998). From January 2005 to March 2007, Ochieng had written film reviews for the independent urban newspaper "The Boston Banner". Interestingly, he has been featured in such book publications as "Spike Lee: Film 14 (Bertz + Fischer, November 2006) and quoted in "Independent Film Distribution: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys" (Michael Wiese Productions, November 2006). Ochieng continues to write film reviews and is an ardent media junkie. He is a proud 1989 graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Favorites:
Frank's all-time favorite films: To Kill A Mockingbird, In the Heat Of The Night, M*A*S*H, Shaft, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, A Soldier's Story, The Color Purple, Pulp Fiction, Midnight CowboyFrank's favorite underappreciated films: Best Seller, Antonia's Line, At Close Range, Get On The Bus, The Cable Guy, Election, Time BanditsFrank's favorite disturbing performances by actors that should have copped the Academy Award: Ralph Fiennes in
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Based in Minnesota (USA)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 41% The Addams Family (2019) ...with the Halloween season right around the corner. the tired novelty of serving up these frightening funny faces in a packaged kiddie comedy is moreso a tepid trick than it is a treasured treat. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) Unfortunately, the advanced computer-generated tactics involved cannot save this wooden wonderment of a science fiction/fantasy caper from its sluggish presentation. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) ...[a] numbing escapist action thriller. Indeed, this pump and pain-driven spectacle meant to draw some shock value blood is in serious need of a toxic transfusion. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Closure (2019) Gently absurd, thoroughly engaging and distinctively offbeat, the rhythmic flow perpetuated in Closure is infectiously received with off-the-cuff exuberance. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 86% Low Low (2019) ...[a] vastly affecting and perceptive coming-of-age youthful feminine fable. One will sure catch a natural high when screening the understated grittiness of the triumphant yet telling Low Low. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4.5/5 85% Luz (2019) Singer is at the helm of a hell-raising and hypnotic horror showcase in a feature debut that sizzles, rattles, and bewilders. Luz is perhaps one of the most compelling and complicated creepfests that one will encounter this year - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In the roving eyes of Tarantino, the conception of old-time Hollywood (and its contemporary standing of gloss and gumption) is much like his branding of cinema-a high-wire act without the comfort of a convenient safety net. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) Creepily engaging and fixating. The bouncy bloodshed in Crawl should inspire those to run rather than walk to a helping of old-fashioned horror-induced hedonism at its celebrated naughtiness. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 61% Trespassers (2019) ...is competent enough to embrace its thrill-seeking mediocrity to the point of stimulating, corrosive curiosity. Trespassers is inspired by its high-wire handy-work of invasion horror - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Happy Cleaners (2019) ...an indelible and intimate film that captures the wavering spirit of a particular family's nucleus. Fittingly, Happy Cleaners rinses and dries its revealing American immigrant messaging with candid absorption. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4.5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) ...a spry, absurdist tease below the Mason-Dixon Line that fabulously registers its outlandish lampooning of southern pride and promise in a deadpan ditty that stings with sharpened wit. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Profoundly witty and oddly reflective, The Art of Self-Defense is one of the year's best uniquely dark comedies to give a karate chop to the inactive funnybone. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
1.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Quite frankly, Dowse's transparent twitchy vehicle has all the cheeky charm of a roadblock during rush hour traffic. Needlessly frantic and foolish... - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison: The Piece I Am is piercingly effective for its cherished salute to a woman warrior that used her words of wisdom as a wondrous weapon to revolutionize the landmark in contemporary literature. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/5 33% Silent Panic (2019) Silent Panic meanders all over the place with its dependency on outlandish coincidences, sophomoric dialogue, situational sluggishness, and the watered-down tension that makes the dramatic overtones feel synthetic. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2.5/5 21% Phil (2019) The film wants to aimlessly pander to the opposing sides of levity and heartbreak but fails to instill any genuine ingredients of grief, sorrow or reflection to go along with its weakened naughty streak of wit. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 94% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) ...unconventionally poetic, piercingly observant, and thought-provoking...a beautifully shot meditation on a heralded hometown turned into a pricey Fantasyland for those that can no longer afford to be part of its marvelous mosaic. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Unfortunately, this astrology-themed showcase of challenged love between a female cynic and male poetic spirit loses its mushy translation in the cosmos. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 57% Brightburn (2019) This is an ambitious attempt to merge the underbelly of the superhero craze with the ubiquitous broadness of horror but the whole misfire is as futile as Superman licking a Kryptonite postal stamp. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/4 54% Ma (2019) ...this schmaltzy showcase of surrogate Mommy Meanest never materializes beyond its cheapened B-movie transparent terror...feels mechanical and familiar and never really taps effectively into its inherent cynical silliness. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Thoroughly eye-popping, sprawling with vibrancy and vision, and spryly contemplative, ROCKETMAN is a virtual blast into the effervescent orbit of the meaningful musical biopic. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) ...one cannot help but see this recycling of a beloved festive fable as nothing but an opportunistic money grab. Today's Aladdin should have rubbed its own lamp and wished for the flavored footnotes of its legendary animated counterpart from yesteryear. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1.5/4 14% The Hustle (2019) However, the nonsensical antics that transpire throughout the movie feels lackluster and limp - ironically the biggest con that the tepid tandem of Hathaway/Wilson pulls off in this quirky, yet deceptive dud. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Raucous, revealing, riotous and keenly cynical, Wilde's refreshing take on the growing pressures of liberating femininity and over-achieving high school academia for the suppressed female voice is a smart, observational mixture. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
1.5/4 34% Poms (2019) [A] silly-minded chuckler that needs to be rejected from the try-out squad. Of all the cheerleading routines that Keaton and her calisthenics cougars could have done in Poms is the split...as in splitting from this fruitless, rheumatoid romp. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 32% The Intruder (2019) Beyond Quaid's devilish antagonist, The Intruder exists as a demonstrative dud that regurgitates commonplace clichés found so readily in practically every other home invasion thriller. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth is both playful and piercing in its spotlight shining on a strong, achieving giggly feminine force that conquered lingering personalized adversity with sexual advisory potency. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/4 38% El Chicano (2019) ...the humorless and dark tendencies feel utterly labored. Dripping in brutish violence as a police procedural, El Chicano is a sunken saga riddled in strained grade-B crime drama cliches. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
2/4 47% Little (2019) ...a formulaic fantasy teaser that predictably treads on the same broad waters of its overwrought theme. Little yearns to be the ethnically bouncy counterpart to Big but the ready-made synthetic frolic in this cheeky yarn feels small-minded. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) ...only accomplishes its misguided mission as being a boorish misfire. The I.D. crisis in J.T. LeRoy is just not riveting enough to be unmasked at the expense of alienating feminine fragility. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
2.5/4 83% Marilyn (2019) ... reflective and probing...the film's gripping essence in conveying the pressures of a gay teen tormented by directional signs of angst-ridden burden does have its affecting, dramatic impact. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
2.5/4 61% Breakthrough (2019) ...divine and soul-searching. Breakthrough is warmly inviting for its ability to be honest, moving, melancholy, and deliver its truthfulness in profound revelation. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ...yearns to piggyback on The Conjuring's previous installments. Nevertheless, The Curse of La Llorona peters out as a pronounced offering of supernatural sludge without any particular sense of unfamiliar dire, distinction or definition. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) So yes...birds of a feather certainly flock together in this nature-oriented gem. Thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming, Disneynature Penguins has embracing animal magnetism for all the right kind of festive reasons. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1.5/4 17% Hellboy (2019) When all is said and done this cockeyed, combustible comic book caper is a manic mess. Here's looking to finding a suitable firehose that can cool down the shoddy firestorm that is the baseless and bludgeoning 'Hellboy'. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 17% After (2019) Gage's tepid teen romancer After plays it safe and never elevates this youth-oriented, pseudo-steamy sudser beyond its pedestrian pauses of passion. One has seen this slushy session of teen sexual angst numerous times before, folks. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) [An] engagingly cheeky and robust popcorn pleaser. In any event, 'Shazam!' is a heroic hoot for the ages. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) [An] affecting but flatly received desegregation drama. The Best of Enemies feels unevenly pat and plays it rather safe without exploring the racially charged obstacles with a more pronounced grittiness. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/4 83% High Life (2019) [A] probing arthouse SF space adventure. 'High Life' is one of the more daring and distinctive SF space-dwelling showcases one will view enthusiastically with strange appreciation and curiosity. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) [A] treacly teen romancer... has all the compelling poignancy of a broken charm bracelet...wrapped around in the sweetness and sacrificial sorrow of its corny convictions - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/4 100% Where's Daddy? (2018) [A] highly reflective and absorbingly insightful documentary. Where's Daddy? is gripping and thought-provoking in its serious look at deprived families paying an ultimate price - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5/4 58% The Beach Bum (2019) ...a generic stoner comedy flick that has all the natural high of an unfiltered, soggy joint. The Beach Bum is nothing but pointless piffle simply overdosing on its own brand of "rude-dude" drudgery. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) Diane is thoroughly engaging in its spotlighted numbness. Meticulously intimate and bracing, Diane is an embodiment of ailing womanhood hinging on unclear fears, regrets, loss, and empathy. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) The structured anxieties and tampering of normality, gives 'Us' its distinctive realm of descriptive cynicism and shock. Fittingly, Peele's pet project brings a whole new definition to courting face-to-face double trouble. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
1.5/4 33% Wonder Park (2019) Predictable, lazy-minded, manipulative and tediously annoying, Wonder Park is a forgettable tots' tale that tries to mean well but is as inviting as a closed carnival attraction under repair. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 70% Triple Threat (2019) ...synthetic showdown of low-rent lacerations and belabored beatings. Triple Threat is more of a single slingshot of cut-and-paste frivolity that seems more makeshift than raucously inspired. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 44% Captive State (2019) Captive State feels labored in murkiness and confusion...another derivative disaster movie basically flexing a basic bicep of puff-piece paranoia. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3.5/4 100% Babylon (2019) ...revealing and raw in its political and sociological spectrum. Unapologetically radical, intrusive and emotionally gripping...a blistering commentary... - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
1.5/4 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) ...casket-filled clownery. Predictably contrived...Perry...we beg you--stop the inane gimmick and allow Madea to retire in her flowery bloomers in peace. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Undoubtedly playful, smart, perceptive and message-driven DeBlois and all involved stack 'The Hidden World' with its share of appeal and bubbly wonderment. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019