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Author Archive: FrankOchieng

Frank Ochieng has contributed film reviews to SF Crowsnest off and on since 2003. He has been published in other various movie site venues throughout the years. Ochieng has been part of The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and had written film reviews for The Boston Banner newspaper (USA) and frequently is a media/entertainment panelist on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM on "The Jordan Rich Show" in Boston, Massachusetts/USA.

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Captive State (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

March 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Captive State (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

If one is going to call its edgy alien invasion SF flick as compelling and intriguing as ‘Captive State’ , then it better live up to the promising hype of its chest-pounding titular label. Co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt (“Rise  Of The Planet Of The Apes’) serves up the fundamental concept of a shadowy SF/fantasy thriller that boasts […]

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Training an animated dragon after two successful previous films while appeasing the appreciative audience is the easy part. However, reaching the trilogy status while maintaining the whimsical allure of those same predecessor films is another entire story. Hence, writer-director Dean DeBlois does somewhat accomplish this feat for some more warm-hearted breeziness in the third instalment […]

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The Changeover [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Changeover [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

The Young Adult (YA) film genre has had its ups and downs throughout the years in all kinds of categories that range from robust youthful romance to high-minded SF themes. More often than not the YA film phenomenon strains to pander to its targeted demographics. Some are effortless in creating such a massive draw, witness […]

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Alita: Battle Angel [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 20, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Alita: Battle Angel [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

It should not be such a novelty act to witness resilient feminine empowerment at the helm of an adventurous SF-oriented manga film. It also should not be a curiosity as to why such an adventurous SF-oriented manga film be considered merely serviceable especially coming from the notable creative likes of heralded and profiled filmmakers James […]

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Happy Death Day 2U [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

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Happy Death Day 2U [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Due to the unexpected success of the original 2017’s ‘Happy Death Day’ outing the cheekily fun and frolicking fright farce was tasty frosting on the cutthroat cake. Crafty, creepy and oddly clever director Christopher Landon’s menacing romp was refreshingly twisted in its off-kilter skin. In fast forwarding to 2019’s sequel ‘Happy Death Day 2U’, Landon is back at […]

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The Prodigy [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Prodigy [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

So it appears that ‘The Prodigy’ is the latest evil kid creepfest to re-emerge and offer its familiar spin on the bizarre brat from hell formula. One thing for sure…this kiddie creeper will certainly make you consider any hankering for Hungarian jingles or cravings for pakrika on your favourite dish. Or perhaps not.  Whatever the case, […]

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Well, ‘The Lego Movie’ film franchise can at least say that it had its playful run throughout the years since the original blueprint became a sensation back in 2014. This is not bad for a popular toy-turned-desired movie series that incorporated its winning charm, imagination, and wit to adoring audiences. ‘The Lego Movie’ pretty much raised the bar as […]

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Painkillers [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

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Painkillers [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Director Roxy Shih’s (‘The Tribe’) psychological thriller ‘Painkillers’ is a horror showcase of a different kind. The decorated demons and lingering despair do not emerge from behind a shady-minded wall or appear in the freakish form of an apparition looking for spooky-minded payback. Shih’s fright fable is effectively embedded in the tortured psyche. The sickness and […]

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Mary Poppins Returns [2018] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Mary Poppins Returns [2018] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

One is not sure whether it is foolish or challenging to revisit the vintage magic, festivity and wonderment of the 60s classic musical ‘Mary Poppins’ to serve up for the millennium-age masses. It is only human nature for Poppins purists to compare and contrast the beloved Julie Andrews-starring vehicle with whatever modern-day remake that dares to invoke the bouncy […]

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Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

February 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Miss Bala [2019] (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Clearly, enlisting the vivacious actress Gina Rodriguez as an exotic, harried heroine out to kick some Mexican baddie tail in the action and adventure cross-border crime caper ‘Miss Bala‘ was a no-brainer. Gorgeous, gung-ho and gamey, Rodriguez seems like the perfect choice to entice both genders to the box office as they witness her badass beauty self […]

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