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Katherine Monk

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 82% Julieta (2016) Tragedy has transformed Julieta, and because she is a woman, and because beauty informs so much of the female experience...and because Almodovar is obsessed with beauty... Julieta ranks right up there with Almodovar's best. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Imagine The Help meets The Right Stuff and you get a very good sense of which buttons and emotional thrusters director Melfi is using to guide his plastic model of a moon rocket. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 88% Lion (2016) ...This story of a small boy lost in a sprawling land finds truly epic proportions, not because it's trying to go big, but exactly the opposite: it's determined to find meaning in the beings, things and feelings we often deem too small to matter. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 25, 2016
2/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Every illustrated chapter of fantastical bestial behaviour interrupts the other half of the movie, resulting in a milk run of a narrative - stopping every few minutes to take on new creatures and offer cute bits of visual. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 18, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) So bang a gong. This one goes deep, and the ambient whale-like pulses of bass on the soundtrack provide the perfect score for a journey that not only satisfies any latent science-fiction craving, it may well reboot your subconscious with a jolt of love. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5 75% Trolls (2016) It's like someone dropped a tab and walked through Toys R Us, started an existential conversation with a Troll doll, then totally tripped out at Michaels in the middle of the scrapbooking department. Fun. Right? But also weird... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) You can't argue with war, but there's a sense of Gibson's Braveheart-styled bloodlust that frames every scene, holding a primal - stifled - yell. Throw Andrew Garfield's spongemop of a screen presence in there, and the whole thing borders on absurd... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) As in all the Dan Brown books, the larger story arc isn't really the attraction. It's the little history lessons along the way that create the engagement. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) An actor who doesn't seem to act as much as produce sexy moments for himself to inhabit on-screen, Cruise's performance value is a function of the larger brand - sort of like Donald Trump, only with better hair, makeup and writers ... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Moronic set-ups sap the fun factor... yet, Keeping Up with the Joneses still functions because it delivers something we continue to crave on the carousel, where the Kardashians and Joneses of the world will always be on the horse ahead of ours. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Violent (2014) There's no doubt Violent is a deep dive of a drama that leaves a chill, but it's also a profoundly beautiful story that teeters on the edge of genius without even trying because it bypasses language and speaks straight to the soul. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck as an autistic savant plagued by homicidal tendencies not only works a wicked magic, it feels like the franchise character the lumbering Beantowner was born to play - if only because he's emotionally inaccessible. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is not a great movie. Ironically, this story about a rebel slave... is a collection of every Hollywood cliché roped and gagged in the service of a subversive story. In fact, it suffers from the very same syndrome as its central hero. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton.. is at home in the mustiness that makes up Miss Peregrine's charm. He sinks his teeth into the Second World War period design and unleashes Eva Green, typically cast on the sinister side, into a world of sexy subversive heroines. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Oct 3, 2016
3.5/5 43% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Dolan stares into the eyes of each character long enough to make us conscious of something they are trying to hide, whether it's unspoken love or simmering hate... that's why his films are often as annoying as they are enlightening and inspirational. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Sep 30, 2016
1.5/5 63% Storks (2016) It's all so colourful and action-packed, it's easy to lose yourself in the empty distraction of it all. But that's just Storkholm Syndrome: when you regain your wits on your way out of the theatre, you'll realize Storks didn't fly at all. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Tom Hanks has enough emotional charisma to keep Clint Eastwood's hero conventions in the air, but this cinematic salute to Chesley Sullenberger's heroism loses thrust. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Part of the successful detour around the plot potholes is the moody location. Shot in Vancouver, the film is steeped in gray tones that play well to the film's moral ambiguity...dark, heavy and basted in autumnal palettes that scream "Fall!" ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The movie falls off the cliff of melodrama by the midway point, and unless you decide to walk out, you're going to follow this scenic heap of sunsets and moody ocean shots as it wails on its laborious descent. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) War doesn't really give people choices. Free will feels like a bourgeois concept when you're trying to survive, and Ellis gets all that, pushing his two leads into corners that don't always lead to flattering, inspirational actions. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Fear of abandonment, a yearning for praise, a budding sense of self and a burning desire for love are all neatly folded into this stylish piece of cinematic origami. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 81% Equity (2016) There's something square and flat about the frames, keeping everyone inside the invisible grid, locked down to the same set of reduced human values. It's an ugly world, and Menon captures it on an emotional and visual level. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Our desire to believe in the magical burns bright in childhood, but it's a fire that experience in a frequently cruel world eventually snuffs out. Pete's Dragon has enough charm to rekindle that flame. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) Lerman and Letts create a dramatic dance full of theatrical flourishes and comic beats, igniting the fireworks for a grand finale. But for all the sweaty moments and resentful glares, Schamus never cooks up a crockpot of stewing outrage. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Robbie steals the show as the unsheathed force of sex and violence because her character experiences all the horror as entertainment - which is where we are right now... searching for giddy escapism at the end of a gun barrel, rooting for the bad guys ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Aug 5, 2016
2.5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Beyond questions nothing, which is another big reason why it's such a colossal disappointment as it cruises through one franchise trope after another without a good reason to leave space port in the first place. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3.5/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) At its deepest level, it's the stuff of Joseph Campbell with a flea collar. But on the surface, it's one long bit of observational comedy about pets... as good as comedy gets, given how much pleasure we derive from watching them do just about anything ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/5 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) As the title suggests, this is Zappa in his own words. And because he was so articulate, and so witty, Eat That Question is a highly entertaining voyage that also reframes Zappa as a pop culture figure. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) ...he's got a body rippling with defined muscle fiber, and director David Yates puts his bare chest front and centre - sans Spandex - in this latest intersection of Hollywood and vine. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) We're watching the story. We aren't necessarily feeling it, and for a kids' movie to really work magic - in a Frozen or Wall-E kind of way - we have to be standing on that suspension bridge of dread. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 96% De Palma (2016) By all measures, he's made it. Yet De Palma's rosy round face carries a hint of garden-troll darkness, an itch of bitterness that never quite blisters into a boil, but seethes beneath the skin all the same. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) It's all metaphor: A dark musing on Western culture's worship of all things pretty, white, homogenized and.. Refn treats it the way a creative chef uses processed sugar, reducing it, dying it, and spinning it into twisted and colourful hard candy. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 51% Genius (2016) Using his trademark ability to blend dour disdain with puppy-eyed sympathy, Colin Firth forms an evenly weighted narrative footing as Perkins, while Jude Law indulges every thespian fibre in his body to push out pain and inspiration as Wolfe. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Look what the tide brought in: The fish version of Memento. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) It's just what happens when Americans make movies about the Civil War: They fall over themselves to make it feel holy, definitive, important, something akin to religion. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) We can indulge the fantasy and spurt of creativity for five minutes. But ninety minutes of stroking the same joke is putting your dick in a box, dragging it across a car window, and digging it six feet under. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Just who does Johnny Depp think he is? ... Madonna, Lucille Ball or Ronald McDonald. Depp is supposed to be the draw... but as this second feature makes abundantly clear, he's the biggest liability because he feels so artificial. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 27, 2016
4/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Even though the movie is top-heavy as a result of all the set pieces, action spectacles, character arcs and back story infill, it still functions as a film unto itself because Singer never loses sight of the emotional stakes. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 27, 2016
4/5 61% High-Rise (2016) Human nature has never looked so real and so rancid, but Wheatley handles it all without gloves and traps us inside this aggregate concrete nightmare until we surrender to the vertiginous chaos, and accept the unflattering reflection. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 21, 2016
3/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) It feels like something Dali would have dreamed up after imbibing a bottle of absinthe and choking on a ham sandwich. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 21, 2016
3.5/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Irons and Patel create a bit of magic with their mathematical dance, so even when Brown's script bogs down in cliché and the female characters are swept into the corner of every scene, the viewer has something meaty to process. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 21, 2016
3/5 84% The Meddler (2016) You can feel Scafaria's finger on the scale as she tries to tip the balance of sympathy in favour of Lori, her obvious alter ego, but Lori is such a self-indulgent sourpuss there's no contest. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 21, 2016
2.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Captain America: Civil War is the movie equivalent of the all-dressed potato chip: A junk food classic that can't be denied, but can never truly satisfy our desire for something original. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 7, 2016
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) It's a zombie movie - without zombies. Instead, Jeremy Saulnier's follow-up to Blue Ruin, his breakout piece of hillbilly genius, features a different brand of walking dead: neo-Nazi skinheads. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted May 2, 2016
2/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) It's one sit-com gag after another, and it's so tiresome, the only thing that holds your interest is the packaging: the perfectly ironed plaid shirts that Sudeikis sports in every scene and the high-end spandex supporting Aniston's cleavage... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 30, 2016
3/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) It's an easy metaphor with formulaic similarities to something sweet, like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen or Local Hero, only this Tom Tykwer movie misses the sweet spot and hits something tinny. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 23, 2016
4/5 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) ... thanks to Sally Field's sweet mix of drama and comedy, Hello, My Name is Doris is more than Pretty Woman on hormone replacement therapy, it strikes a universal note by exploring fear. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The movie has so much clutter and gratuitous sparkle that it feels like something from Elvis's closet: a grand cape outfitted with gold, silver and femme fatales - but serves no purpose whatsoever. It just hangs there. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) It's entertaining, but also suitably surreal: A fever dream from childhood where dark forces lurk in the blurred edges of the frame, but don't always manifest in the way you imagine. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3.5/5 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Glib is the word. Glib is the word that you heard. It's got groove, it's got meaning. And it perfectly describes The Clan. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 13, 2016