Katherine Monk

Katherine Monk

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% 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:
177

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " For a movie looking to raise a clenched fist against technology, Transcendence feels more like a limp handshake with the devil." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 89% Bears (2014) " John C. Reilly's friendly, Midwestern tone seems well-suited to the subject matter, as well as the whole genre, but it's the incredible pictures that make this movie stand so tall, and with so much power." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The movie never sets. It feels completely gelatinous and formless, but that doesn't mean Law isn't fun to watch." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 —— That Burning Feeling " The dilemma and the denouement are stock, but James has a light touch, and the movie has the safe, familiar look of a sitcom." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The colour and sounds of Brazil ensure Rio 2 keeps its exotic plumage, but the plot and pastiche characters come straight out of Southern California's big fat fanny pack." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Reitman can't score on a single attempt because he telegraphs his plays before the snap. Everything in this movie is predictable, pat and entirely too dependent on split-screen cellphone calls." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " There is no great payoff or grand reveal. There's just the cold, icy sensation of being in the presence of a known man who appears to be unknowable." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The performers ensure all the apocalyptic sparkle feels human. Thanks to their sense of committed purpose in making it personal, Captain America transcends patriotism and hits the universal." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/5 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Jodorowsky's Dune isn't just a movie about an aborted adaptation of a cult science-fiction novel, it's a documentary that offers the missing link between modern sci-fi spectacle and the drug-induced psychedelia of the 1960s." — Canada.com
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " If only he'd been able to pull it all together as something other than an awkward, rectangular box, Noah might have had some real style and actually gone somewhere interesting." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " If Lars von Trier loves women, he's got a weird way of showing it." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Ty Burrell turns out to be the secret ingredient that makes this movie as much fun as it is, even if it borders on Peter Sellers redux, because he isn't just looking for laughs." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 40% Divergent (2014) " With Woodley as our outsider touchstone, this action movie from Neil Burger has all the palpable humanity it needed to be a futuristic Mean Girls because she is empathetic, but she's no milquetoast." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 74% Enemy (2014) " Gyllenhaal masters the Jekyll and Hyde side of the job by finding the right dynamic with his foil." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " It's clever, and thanks to Fiennes and the inspired production design, it's a whole lot of fun. But it's also flat -- apparently by design." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 —— Down River " At the heart of this emotional success is Shaver, who takes Ratner's solid script and eats it whole." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Husband " McCabe-Lokos wrote the script for this stripped-down piece of psychological suspense that gets to the bony heart of love. And to his credit, he doesn't mind looking unsympathetic and cruel, even completely irresponsible." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/5 21% Stay (2014) " Neither one of these characters elicits much sympathy from the audience from the very get-go, and this presents von Carolsfeld with a challenge that proves insurmountable by the final frames." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 13, 2014
68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Though it never arrives at the desired destination, The Darjeeling Limited offers a rewarding journey -- but one that's hard to recommend without a few disclaimers." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 12, 2014
4/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " No matter how thin the narrative clay gets in this stop-motion animated piece, there's more than enough faux fur to make you purr from plush-toy flashbacks." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3.5/5 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Fukuyama succeeds at being unlikable but highly believable as an entitled jerk, but it's really the kids who give the movie its emotional edge because they could care less about genetics." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Levinson's film seems to capture the instability of just about everything, from a large hadron collider, to a helium pipe, to the Higgs boson, to people in general." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 83% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd) (2014) " The director does a good job finding the shallow notes of youth and fleshing some humour from these old bones, but the burning love nut never gets roasted to perfection." — Canada.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/5 —— Rescue (2011) " Straddling an uncomfortable fence between military propaganda and an epic ad for altruism, Rescue 3D is a large-format film that wants to put us on the front lines alongside first responders." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 —— Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2014) " For all its flaws, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (a reference to Public Enemy's Miuzi Weighs a Ton) is a rare tour of the other side of the tracks." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " Biblical metaphor gets nailed to the boards of literal translation." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Miyazaki successfully immerses us in an analog world where the human hand -- not a machine -- bridges the gap between the imagination and the mechanical reality." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 25% Pompeii (2014) " Anderson makes us wait, and wait, for the big visual effects payoff. When it finally lands like a burning fireball in our lap, it's not only underwhelming, it doesn't come near to capturing the horror we were waiting for." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 89% Omar (2014) " Watching someone learn to loathe is heartbreaking because it damns us all with a collective desire for revenge." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Costner has no problem delivering the goods." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " This feels like a ride-along for a moment in history more than any formal analysis, which is the right way to approach a story that continues to evolve, and shows no signs of drawing to any satisfying close." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Garcia wears every wrinkle like a war medal, allowing us to sink into her matronly bosom with a warm embrace, and infusing us with enough strength to keep laughing." — Canada.com
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " A placental mess of romantic schmaltz, 1970s period nostalgia and dubious bondage fantasy, Labor Day does not work the soft, hazy magic its director so earnestly intended." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/5 94% The Past (2013) " Yes, the past can haunt us, which is why Farhadi's design is so clever because he phrases it like a ghost story, where the audience is forced to walk alongside a group of highly stressed characters as they grope through the shady corridors of their lives." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 68% One Chance (2014) " There's really no suspense in this bright red bucket of sap. We know what happens to our unlikely hero on a professional level: He gets famous." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Using deceptively simple setups that tend to place his character centre-frame, Fiennes as actor and director pulls us close enough to hear his thoughts in every facial gesture. And more than anything, what we hear is "help me."" — Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " This movie kept me on the edge of my seat, but I can't be sure if it was the result of some buffed and beautiful performances from the brawny cast, or a latent sense of sympathetic jock itch." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " The Hurt Locker transcends the political slop surrounding Iraq and cuts straight to the bone, letting us touch the hard, bloody reality of war without casualties of cliche or naive acts of emotional heroism." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/5 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " An extremely predictable trip down deja-vu lane." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Mingling the peaty scent of Scottish street life with a distilled take on unemployed, at-risk youth, director Ken Loach serves up a surprisingly upbeat cocktail thanks to a subplot involving rare whisky." — Canada.com
Posted Jan 1, 2014
5/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Sarah Polley doesn't just understand this slippery sense of personal truth, she opens a throbbing vein of her own history in the stunning new documentary Stories We Tell." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3.5/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Focused on the nitty-gritty reality of the creative life, as well as the people it holds captive and tortures, Cutie and the Boxer offers unprecedented insight into what makes an artist an artist." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/5 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Long brewing in the aluminum urn of Hollywood's caffeine truck, comes a great -- but over-steeped -- idea poured into a cardboard cup of story." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " It's the chemistry between these two inner children that makes Saving Mr. Banks so special because Hanks and Thompson understand this is where the drama lies, in the hidden folds of adult fear, and they turn it into a cuddle toy of content." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " If the opening scene of a film marks the first move of a grand seduction, David O. Russell scores a home run in the first five minutes of American Hustle." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/5 42% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) " If we feel the sandman tugging at our eyelids, chances are there's a significant script or direction problem - and in the case of Night Train to Lisbon, it's a bit of both." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " The real victory is the mere fact that it exists, because like Wadjda riding a bike, Al Mansour directing a film is considered entirely non-traditional." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " It never works any realistic magic -- despite the rusty cars and Willem Dafoe's polyester suits -- but Out of the Furnace is still hugely entertaining thanks to the cast." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 94% After Tiller (2013) " We can see how they wrestle and it's immeasurably moving because they've given it endless consideration and still put themselves in harm's way." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " This documentary about one of the best deceivers in modern history feels like a heavyweight match of wits before it even begins." — Canada.com
Posted Dec 5, 2013
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