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Katherine Monk

Katherine Monk
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) Some formulas shouldn't be tinkered with, and packing piss and vinegar into brownie mix is bound to leave a bad taste. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) ... stiff in all the wrong ways.... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) It's an ad for Captain Morgan, on acid... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) With so many intriguing story elements presented in the first ten minutes, the viewer can rest assured the voyage is going to be interesting... but halfway through, you get the feeling this is going to be one of those movies that has no idea how to end. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 29, 2016
2.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) They're like two celebrities having a Twitter fight, and while some of it is written with humour, most of it feels leaden - not just because the writing is monotonously earnest, but neither lead is capable of pulling it off the page and making it bounce. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 25, 2016
2.5/5 33% The Bronze (2016) As uncomfortable and awkward as a spread-eagled fall onto a balance beam, The Bronze keeps you watching out of sheer curiosity. It's the same tingle that travels up a rubbery neck when passing a car crash, a crushing sense of gratitude and gory caution. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 21, 2016
2/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) ...It's high school on sci-fi steroids-all the action revolves around the best-looking, most charismatic people in the population. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 20, 2016
3.5/5 93% The Little Prince (2016) It won't destroy your precious memories of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic, but you may feel a frisson of betrayal in the final moments that forces you to scan the bookcase back home for the original. Just to recapture that alien feeling. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 13, 2016
4/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) The movie knows where it lives: as a precious piece of nostalgia in the minds of grown-ups who cuddled up to Snoopy as kids. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 8, 2016
1/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) The drama has all the nuance of machinegun fire and the plot has all the poetry of a tank. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 5, 2016
3/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The whole thing feels booby-trapped. Almost every single expectation is greeted with a smile and a squeeze of gunfire as a rim shot. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Loved The Danish Girl. I hated Lili... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Mar 2, 2016
2/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Gods. Superheroes. It's all popcorn in our eyes - which isn't just a sad tribute to poor Osiris, who gave us corn, it's a tragic statement on how we consume belief systems as entertainment. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) Harrelson hurls the large pile of characters, meaningless dialogue and narrative debris aside, and keeps you waiting for his next scene... Sadly, he's not around nearly enough. Nor is Winslet. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 28, 2016
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) The only real problem with Micheal Moore movies is Michael Moore. You know what I mean. His presence defines every single movie he makes and squashes any argument like a pillow beneath his big American cheeks. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 27, 2016
3.5/5 61% Race (2016) There's an invisible wink, a little nudge that acknowledges our 21st century gaze on 20th century events.... Everyone here wants to handle historical detail without being offensive. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 24, 2016
3/5 44% True Story (2015) Both characters are so deeply immersed in their own fabrications, any bid at genuine truth is doomed from the beginning. The best part is: We don't care, because we're not expected to like either one. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) It's all so tediously presented as a shallow comedy cocktail, with a rim of salty humor and a twist of subversive edge, that midway through the film I wanted a martini glass to hurl at the screen. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 17, 2016
4/5 84% Deadpool (2016) The plot is tragically tedious and predictable... But the denouement is a complete delight thanks to Reynolds, who acrobatically defies the gravitas of Superman while letting his natural charm ooze through the suit. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) ...we are essentially watching Alan Bennett's own metamorphosis from book-bound dramatist to soulful playwright... From a place of fear and an obsession with appearances, we watch him find a whole new view of the world through her broken windows. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) The Finest Hours feels a lot like The Perfect Storm, In the Heart of the Sea, The Poseidon Adventure and just a hint of Gilligan's Island all rolled into one sticky piece of salt water toffee. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 29, 2016
1/5 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) ...feels like something you'd find next to a used condom and a discarded can of Red Bull. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) It doesn't really matter if half the act is already familiar. Amy Schumer is the kind of woman capable of multiples, allowing the same joke to ripple through the body of her routine several times over. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 18, 2016
3.5/5 60% Concussion (2015) If you think about it, Concussion has a killer comic cast, and it's probably why this manly melodrama narrowly escapes Landesman's heavy hand. The cast curls the edge of tragedy just enough to let us feel the human condition in all its screwed up wonder. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 16, 2016
4/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) They show us bad hotel sex after too much drinking. It's the most classic of pedestrian sins, but the duo captures it so realistically, that we can only stare and wonder: Do we all look this pathetic in god's eyes? ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 16, 2016
2/5 10% The Forest (2016) Relying more on mood than blood, special effects and frenetic action, first-time director Jason Zada makes a wise decision to turn The Forest into a psychological thriller. He puts Dormer (Game of Thrones) front and center, then strips her character down. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Quentin Tarantino is a 52-year-old man, but his movies still feel like something birthed from the imagination of a 14-year-old boy... ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 26, 2015
1.5/5 9% Point Break (2015) It feels a bit like Tom and Jerry with parachutes and snowboards instead of sledgehammers and cheese: a one-note chase story that doesn't really progress, it just uses different props. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3/5 29% Get Hard (2015) This buddy comedy featuring the beautifully dissimilar duo of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart feels like a more "mature" version of Superbad ... because the movie is a juvenile study in both male friendship and masculine fear. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 47% Home (2015) Home does not have Disney's symphonic range of drama, nor does it boast particularly lavish 3D visuals. But from the first beat, it's clear Home isn't going for the big catharsis backed by a power ballad. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/5 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Thanks to Duplass's 'regular guy' appeal and Wilde's ability to play the girl-next-door with the same aplomb as possessed siren, The Lazarus Effect proves believable enough to be entertaining but a little too bland to leave much of a scar. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) Everyone feels like a walking prop in an elaborate financial play that reads as farce. Yet given McKay's credits, and the complete lack of regulatory oversight, farce was probably the right tone - even if it means laughing at your own funeral. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/5 80% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) Beauty is the Bolshoi's desired brand identity, but when Read and Franchetti focus their macro lens on the personalities and micro-dramas that make up the company and its cumulative psychology, everything starts to look hideous. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/5 89% Mississippi Grind (2015) Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden deal us into the dramatic hand and dare us to make an emotional bet on a total deuce. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 15, 2015
5/5 94% Carol (2015) It's all about a mood, a feeling that leaves you aching to knead the unspoken into a satisfying loaf of thought, but sits unleavened like a cold lump of dough at the bottom of your gut...Carol is a masterpiece, a shining reflection of what movies do well. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
4/5 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) Fey's combination of deadpan delivery, comic timing and deep sympathy for all things goofy keeps the narrative part of the film swinging from scene to scene in nimble fashion, but it's the monkeys who rule this kingdom. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/5 27% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) It's an archetypal Canadian story, the kind Canadians have been filming since the corpse fell out of the coffin in Mon Oncle Antoine, but told through a German lens, it looks entirely different. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/5 33% By The Sea (2015) ...in every scrap of butchered French, every egotistical glance in the mirror and every bit of bubble bath titillation, there's a fleeting shadow of satire - a raised middle finger silently screaming 'f--k you all!' ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 9, 2015
2.5/5 74% Youth (2015) It's a bit like listening to opera sung in English: as romantic as a schoolyard chant - delivered by a pretentious soprano who holds each note far too long. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 4, 2015
3.5/5 95% Creed (2015) Jordan and Stallone trade great moments through muffled feelings and half-spoken sentences, ensuring we never feel the manipulative hand of Hollywood sliding up their boxers. The movie is subtle in many of the places it could have been obvious.. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Dec 2, 2015
4/5 54% Woman in Gold (2015) Mirren makes the most of every hard edge and crisp fabric while Reynolds's normally hard body seems to soften beneath baggy beige windbreakers and khaki Dockers. There's warmth and humour, so even when the screenplay is predictable, we're still charmed. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 29, 2015
3/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Some movies only make sense if you've been a 13-year-old girl, and Victor Frankenstein is one of them. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 29, 2015
4/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) It's Greek tragedy with silicon parts and an Alex Garden edge... Coupled with one of the sharpest sword fights in recent screen history, making Ex Machina feel like the best bit of fakery that ever fell from heaven. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3.5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Mulligan infuses Bathsheba with this unwavering practicality as well as a modern female sensibility, and the result is a screen heroine who makes you smile, even when she does uncharacteristically stupid things for the sake of driving the plot forward. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) ...It's really nice to escape into the gleaming piece of chrome-ornamented optimism that is the Disney brand... but handcuffed by the happy ending edict, Tomorrowland hits a hollow note in its final frames as it beckons the big exit through gift shop. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) The best scenes feature Danner and Starr because the interaction feels awkward and unscripted. Laden with weird energy that streams everything from repressed Oedipal urges to frat-buddy bonding, these are the moments that really make the film stand out. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/5 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) The king of the "kitchen sink" drama, Loach may not make action-packed sugar candy or anything remotely resembling American genre, but he does know how to render people in their natural surroundings. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3.5/5 61% Legend (2015) It's hard to feel how much substance is running through every blood-drenched frame because the movie is so visually intoxicating... but it's there pulling on your lapel like a half-cocked barfly, howling in your ear with rancid, fermented breath. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Posted Nov 23, 2015