Katherine Monk

Katherine Monk

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Canada.com , Canwest News Service , CBC Infoculture , Edmonton Journal , Montreal Gazette , National Post , Ottawa Citizen , Vancouver Sun
Critics' Group:
Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
229

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " In Corbijn's hands the material finds a true ally because the former music-mag photographer's gritty esthetic lines up with le Carré's seemingly random -- but highly structured -- tone." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 50% I Origins (2014) " Cahill clearly feels the mystery of the life experience, and he wants to explore the spiritual implications of consciousness. But he's too analytical to surrender entirely to abstracts and human fable." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood is the closest we've ever come to narrative cinéma-vérité -- and the results are just a little mind-altering." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 56% Made in America (2014) " It's kind of interesting to watch Opie hang with Jay-Z and Eddie Vedder, but it doesn't really add value to anyone's image. It just feels like we've been given backstage access to a big show and we're being chaperoned every second." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " One of the biggest problems is the train setting. We're supposed to be in constant motion, but half the shots are entirely still." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/5 39% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Walter Mitty meet Aidan Bloom. Or, to be more precise, Ben Stiller meet Zach Braff -- your undiscovered soulmate who suffers from the same brand of narcissism-tinged neurosis." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " He led a five-star life and it's a three-star film, but we can split the difference to four stars for a film about a film critic -- a man a lot of us in the soft-seated film community knew as a human being." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 67% Me and You (2014) " Me and You sits on a very sharp edge for the duration as we watch this pasty and pimply-faced kid descend into self-pity." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " It's the dynamic between Diaz and Segel that sells the movie." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Perhaps the strongest effort in a long line of Planet of the Apes efforts, the arrival of this new Dawn suggests taking an evolutionary step backward may be the best way to secure the future." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 81% Begin Again (2014) " At times, the scenes are so canned they feel like soap opera. But the movie does have its fair share of decent moments thanks to Ruffalo and co-star Catherine Keener." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/5 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " It still works for two big reasons. First, it suggests that you don't have to make great art to appreciate it, and second, we're watching Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche seduce each other." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 85% Borgman (2014) " Horror is far more unsettling when it's surrounded by teak furniture." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 30% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Derrickson does nothing interesting or new, but he does put all the pieces together in a workable fashion." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2.5/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " Earth to Echo isn't just a remake of Steven Spielberg's "phone home" story, but a complete tour of memory lane -- and a rather sad one at that." — Canada.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/5 65% The Rover (2014) " There's no denying Guy Pearce's talent, but The Rover is still a dog." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 91% The Case Against 8 (2014) " The Case Against 8 is just as much a courtroom drama, a soap opera and a family channel special feature as much as it's an LGBTQ anthem because it's about people first, politics second and the fear and loathing that lasts without reason." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Obvious Child is such an anomaly, such a shaggy and brave black sheep, that it's hard not to embrace -- especially when it's got puffy red eyes and mucous all over its face chanting "love sucks."" — Canada.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/5 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Turns out Transformers: Age of Extinction actually lives up to its title and chronicles not just the death of our bond with the Autobots, but the death of cinema, and that once-fearsome T. rex called American culture." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/5 68% They Came Together (2014) " The rom-com is ripe fruit for spoofing, but They Came Together barely finds a drop of humour despite a cast that gets the juices flowing." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3.5/5 91% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " The Internet's Own Boy speaks volumes to our current reality, with Swartz emerging as the new face of Liberty leading the people." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Double (2014) " A cheeky take on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 story of a milquetoast clerk who comes face to face with a cocky, manipulative jackass who looks just like him, The Double proves great ideas never go stale if they access universal truth." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " An inspired and inspiring piece of escapism, this one will get the kids cheering on their feet and the grown-ups blubbering in their seats." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Tatum and Hill are able to sell the revision because they're playing it straight up. Moreover, they actually have chemistry together -- and using their thespian skills, they turn every bonding moment into a romantic soap opera climax." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " There are no detractors in the mix, and because Myers's tone is so sincere and friendly, it's not a huge problem because it fits the jolly, backslapping, anecdote-oriented spirit of the piece." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 65% Watchmen (2009) " Undeniably, skilfully and wholeheartedly realized by Zack Snyder, the impossible now exists: Watchmen isn't just a movie, it's a great movie." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " If you're able to stand back from the bleak content and just look at the performances and the production design, The Immigrant is a complete and artistically inspired piece of filmmaking that pays homage to every new citizen forced to make a fresh start." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 83% Tracks (2014) " Tracks has all the drama of a female coming-of-age movie -- without all the drama of a female coming-of-age movie. It's a refreshing change, and one that feels even sweeter after a long walk through the dunes." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 71% Palo Alto (2014) " The movie brings back all the emotional flotsam of youth, and lets the viewer scavenge the debris for lost treasure." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Liman is a true master of the genre, and with Cruise and Blunt standing in the crosshairs of the viewfinder, Edge of Tomorrow not only works as pure escapism, it feels like a first-class ticket." — Canada.com
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Coco Moodysson's script captures the banal flow of events with just the right mix of humour and pathos, while director Lukas Moodysson's straightforward, un-garnished direction gives this period '80s movie the right overall tone." — Canada.com
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " A revisionist fairy tale with a wonderfully sharp feminist edge." — Canada.com
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 63% Filth (2014) " Much like other rides through haunted character houses, such as Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant and Lars von Trier's The Element of Crime, Baird's Filth proves a decent cleansing agent because there's just so much grit, and so much of it is true." — Canada.com
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 —— Stress Position (2014) " These intellectual angles are never fully fleshed out." — Canada.com
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Singer's clever uses of period style and sound... [provides] an extra dimension, beyond 3D visuals, capable of delivering a larger, deeper, emotional experience because it offers context to the endless, chaotic action." — Canada.com
Posted May 23, 2014
2.5/5 —— Cruel & Unusual " The only thing missing is a deeper sense of esthetic to give this solid but difficult exercise an inner sense of purpose, even beauty." — Canada.com
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 26% The Love Punch (2014) " Despite Brosnan and Thompson's inherent likability and natural chemistry, the two actors end up feeling more like old friends than a sizzling romantic item." — Canada.com
Posted May 22, 2014
61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Everything that needs to be there is there. But the emotional side proves the weakest because this movie never stops throwing pitches." — Canada.com
Posted May 16, 2014
2.5/5 71% Foxfire " It builds a rather convoluted bridge to nowhere." — Canada.com
Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " The result is a movie that feels more like a lab report than any cogent exploration of the human condition, but again, it's this clinical approach that best approximates the female psyche as girls come of age." — Canada.com
Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards still has style to spare and at times we can't help but be seduced by the film's overall look that combines a '50s-era Technicolor palette with 3D Viewmaster framing for something that visually evokes Godzilla's origins." — Canada.com
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 57% The Perfect Game (2010) " It's all stencil work without a single touch of novelty, inspiration or originality." — Canada.com
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " You can feel the cold. That's the simplest way to explain Jonathan Glazer's success with Under the Skin." — Canada.com
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/5 82% Fed Up (2014) " As the new documentary Fed Up proves a few times over, the blame for all the blubber spreads wider than a pair of Mr. Big and Tall pants." — Canada.com
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 33% Stage Fright (2014) " No matter how hard it's trying to be a satirical high-school production of Phantom of the Opera, it's trying to accommodate too much horror cliché in its execution, and too many winking musical allusions in the script, to really succeed as anything." — Canada.com
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " Hardy makes us care about the mystery of his character, which in turn, clicks the ignition of suspense." — Canada.com
Posted May 8, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " Wilkinson gives shape to the sausage of history by letting is sizzle in a cast-iron skillet of feelings." — Canada.com
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/5 85% Joe (2014) " A Nicolas Cage movie that turns out to be more than just another Nicolas Cage movie." — Canada.com
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " It's a milk run of emotions and historical landscapes, but The Railway Man still chugs along the tracks of time to reach a decent narrative destination, thanks in large part to Colin Firth." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " It's a dark trip that only grows darker with each stomach-turning twist, but Saulnier brings an elegant touch to the frame that makes the whole movie feel different from your average violence-laden revenge film." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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