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:
261

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 96% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " One of the wonderful things about 20,000 Days on Earth is how it explores that lengthy creative process without apologizing for a single moment of expression. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 92% Pride (2014) " Director Warchus and screenwriter Stephen Beresford create a series of heartfelt moments that work like a well-timed fireworks display. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet David Bowie Is Happening Now (2014) " Intermittently fascinating. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " The movie seems to teeter on the brink of tragedy with its earnest tone, and somewhat fragile characters, but there is lightness in every breath of dialogue, an inner sense of forgiveness. " ‐ National Post
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/5 60% The Equalizer (2014) " Smart, creative protagonists who are both handyman and commando are impossible to resist, so couple that with a desire to do real good in the world and Robert is a saint even before he's embodied in the flesh of Denzel Washington. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/5 72% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi create a colourful world that plays with this larger box metaphor in small ways, preferring to leave all the broad strokes of the storytelling to the claylike clumps of character. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
4/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " How could something so dark be so funny? It's a question one can't fully answer with any certainty, but we know Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader have a lot to do with the weird and wonderful black magic that is The Skeleton Twins. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Neeson has found his niche as latter-day action hero, which infuses a genre outing such as A Walk Among the Tombstones with all the necessary Neeson grit. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/5 44% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Meet the self-absorbed and unattractively self-pitying Altmans: Just about every member of this dysfunctional family borders on caricature. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 62% The Maze Runner (2014) " Anyone looking for an escapist ride through a post-apocalyptic landscape might have fun mapping this latest experiment in mass marketing and source -material-to-potential-audience ratios. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " The movie seems to teeter on the brink of tragedy with its earnest tone and somewhat fragile characters, but there is lightness in every breath of dialogue. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 42% Life After Beth (2014) " What makes it work is Plaza's performance. She brings both the physical and the intellectual parts together with grunting elegance. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1/5 20% Swearnet: The Movie (2014) " There's dumb. There's dumber. There's dumbest. But Swearnet: The Movie left me dumbfounded. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " It's creepy, unsettling and depressing, but that's what makes it so insightful on so many levels because this is a story about moral responsibility. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 65% Life Of Crime (2014) " The A-list cast is adept at capturing the constant ambiguity, and they successfully keep us guessing about the outcome. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 36% The November Man (2014) " The former James Bond and one-time Remington Steele is so comfortable playing the suave operative saving the world that even when this thriller falls off the bar stool of believability, it still proves entertaining. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 52% The Calling (2014) " The Calling never does find its own number in this lottery of thriller cliché, but the combination it pulls from the plastic barrel feels as fun, as familiar and just as campy as a game of small-stakes bingo played in a church basement. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
90% District 9 (2009) " One of the sharpest pieces of sci-fi since Star Trek kicked off the season. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 25, 2014
96% Ratatouille (2007) " No restaurant has ever benefited from placing rats in a recipe, but the digital wizards in Pixar's kitchen have cooked up a winning peasant dish in Ratatouille. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 24, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " This movie could leave you with the kind of indigestion that comes from formula. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 36% If I Stay (2014) " This girlfriend-in-a-coma story won't just leave you feeling softer in the heart. It will leave you softer in the head, too. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Needlessly confusing and narratively fractured, the only real sin in this movie is the lost potential. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 81% The One I Love (2014) " Like the couple at the heart of the film, it touches on some meaningful moments but offers no satisfactory answers or even excuses, leaving us to muddle through and assign blame instead of take a long hard look in the mirror. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 95% The Dog (2014) " Wojtowicz is a publicity slut, plain and simple, but that's clearly the darker side of this relatively even-tempered and rather unobjectionable documentary because it highlights the beginning of a modern phenomenon. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/5 36% The Giver (2014) " The Giver doesn't deliver more than a feeble anti-fascist fable and a forgettable appearance from Taylor Swift -- which doesn't seem like much of a gift at all. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " It's all fun and brotherly love. Even the cheesy parts with Gibson, who finds one demonic note and runs with it, feel like a fraternity reunion with the brothers at Alpha Delta Viagra. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 92% Frank (2014) " There's a giddy pleasure in seeing so much conceit and treacle-eyed greed ritually sacrificed at the butt end of genius. It's a welcome whiff of frankness in a largely Frank-less world. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 14, 2014
96% WALL-E (2008) " We've come to expect brilliance from the digital wizards at Pixar, but WALL*E is pure genius. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2/5 47% About Alex (2014) " The whole movie feels like sitting through a monologue read by over-privileged millennials reading pages from their pubescent diary, sharing shallow revelations about crushes and car envy. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.5/5 89% Calvary (2014) " We must forgive the movie for its sins of formality because it's trying to work out the mother of moral dilemmas before our very eyes. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " All the non-storming moments in this movie feel painfully slow and formless: cheap filler between the pricey monster funnels. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 3% The Apparition (2012) " In so many ways a missed opportunity, The Apparition looked like it could conjure a few scares in telling the story of a couple haunted by an entity they helped release, but this Ashley Greene vehicle fades into the void with a yawn. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/5 91% 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 53% 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 95% 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 45% 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 68% 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 90% 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 82% 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 42% 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 86% Borgman (2014) " Horror is far more unsettling when it's surrounded by teak furniture. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 27% 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 48% 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 66% 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 92% 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
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