Katherine Monk Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 30% Kin (2018) The idea of superior firepower and how it changes one's place in the world is what this movie seems to be about, yet it never actually addresses it... It's as if we're just supposed to think the ray-gun is cool, and wait for Eli to use it.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 81% Juliet, Naked (2018) Both O'Dowd and Hawke are given license to man-spread through every scene. They suck up all the air in the room, and that's the point. Men are always performing... The fact that Annie just seems weary and somewhat invisible is the movie's biggest victory.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 82% Alpha (2018) ...When you're starting from scratch, claw and bite, there's a lot of trust-building that has to happen. Not just between the animal and the human, but between film and the audience. For recreating the boy and his dog story... Alpha gets a cookie.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) In short, all of us are in familiar territory as we walk down the road of Mile 22. And it's a good thing, too, because this movie has no map.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The central irony in Crazy Rich Asians isn't that it's so much about Asians, it's more about crazy rich people - at which point ethnicity is really just a sub-category, an identifying accessory, a marketing niche.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) Things look darker, the palette is muted and the horrors become an ambient track in this trance dance of death. The drama, however, feels a lot lighter. Not in terms of tone, but in substance.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The plot... a wire hanger for the imagery, really isn't the point of this movie. Feeling the wheel freedom of skating, and the ability to redefine the architectural reality around you with a purposefully warped plywood board, is what this movie is about.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) If anything captures the very essence of the human comedy, it's a jigsaw puzzle in a box - a seemingly random collection of abstract shapes and designs that fit together, providing you have the patience... and the delusion that somehow it means something.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) There's an early mention of Babel, and endless social implications in the idea of a vertical city (for more on that see High Rise), but Skyscraper doesn't beg for a deep analysis. It doesn't even give you time to really think.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) We become the mute voice of society, quietly judging, urging for conformity so that all feels right in the world. Yet, that's the very thing this movie refuses to reconcile. Nothing is "right in the world." ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) It's a watery circus floating on Hollywood's rubber carcass, and various other bits of plastic plot debris that keep washing up. We've built an industry from fun trash. The Meg is our legacy - and our reckoning: a meh outing that will still make millions.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) ...This movie is a turd - a cute little girl poop that makes a squeak before it appears and falls silently into criss-crossed kitten-soft tissue. Predictably offensive but innately apologetic, it's almost funny, until you realize it stinks.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [The movie] makes us feel small and gives us the thrill of what it would feel like to be that tiny. It's a cartoon take on Gulliver's Travels - which is the delicious gimmick at the heart of the Ant-Man franchise... and impossible to resist.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/5 51% Boundaries (2018) ...As much as you may spar with every moment of cliche in this oddly familiar family yarn, the struggle is futile. The movie simply has too much humanity, and too much charm, to pass it off as a Little Miss Sunshine with shelter animals.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/5 62% Uncle Drew (2018) Selling personality can be an honest endeavour, and there's no doubt Kyrie Irving has plenty. He's got enough charisma to penetrate several layers of prosthetics ... but not PepsiCo's marketing mission.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) What makes Neville's film so successful is how he shows us the very things we mocked Fred Rogers for were the very things that made him such a hero.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/5 95% Beast (2018) Definitely a dangerous bone for a date movie, but a good gnaw for those who seek a dark theatre and a cloudy sky in summer.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) For some reason, we can't crawl through the cartoon door and into this universe the same way we used to. We've grown, either too jaded by experience or too overwhelmed by the images, to fit into this reduction.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
3.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) It's a very heady movie. There isn't much to speak of in terms of action. It's Taxi Driver without the taxi: A long ride inside the mind of a man beginning to see the world around him in a whole new and increasingly hostile way.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Combine the moral edge of the guests with the soft skin of the Nurse, and you've got plenty of suspense from all sides, but Pearce never seems to have a narrative destination in mind. As a result, the denouement begins to feel a little random.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
4/5 72% Adrift (2018) Woodley's hazel gaze is unique. There are flecks of stubborn determination that blur into adolescent doubt, but it always comes across as honest and quietly inquisitive. She's processing, and to play Tami ... that's the most important part of the role.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 53% Book Club (2018) It's a little surreal, but that's just the beginning of this scenic tour of classic monuments that takes us from the Grand Canyon of aging vagina cliches to the Mount Rushmore of plastic facial re-sculpting.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ehrenreich never seems to linger in a moment, find the right timing, or scratch a sniff of sincerity. For the most part, he's trapped somewhere between frat boy and fake soldier - which really isn't all that attractive. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) We feel the dreamy border, because the movie - and the story - plays like one of those chronic loops of regret: A defining moment in a relationship played out over and over again, as clear as the day it happened, and entirely unchangeable.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) ...Just about every single scene includes an aside, a wink, a direct address to the vested audience. It's like going to a party where everyone is taking selfies. It starts to feel like narcissism. It's also a significant distraction.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/5 27% Breaking In (2018) The only thing missing is the Rube Goldberg element. We love watching the underdog outsmart the bad guys, but we need to see the engineering acumen, the MacGyver spirit hooking up with the Rambo passion.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) The scenes between Theron and Davis are so gorgeously written, they kick out new space in the studio apartment usually occupied by female character. And Theron is chewing it all, even using her physicality in a new, fascinatingly schlubby way. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Devlin trots out every device since Silence of the Lambs in an attempt to turn this moronic plot into something watchable, but the spirit of the film feels in the wrong place. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Melissa McCarthy wears vulnerability on her sleeve, then she rolls it up and gets to work. She's got a Jane Lunchbucket approach to comedy that ensures she makes the most of every scene, even the routine bits with bare studs and drywall. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) The scenes between real-life friends Brady Jandreau and Lane Scott are the most haunting in the film because every moment, every glance, every unspoken word that collapses into a sigh feels intimate. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
4/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) So much of the success of the film is in the mood, and the sense of constant restraint on the part of Haigh. He's always holding the reins, forcing us to study the scenarios he places before us through Charley's innocent eyes.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3.5/5 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) Thanks to Schumer's ability to be Debbie Reynolds and Oliver Hardy in the same breath, even the most predictable gags find a nugget of truth that pulls them out of the corn field...Now, if only we could get past the idea "pretty" is the equivalent valued.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 83% Beirut (2018) ...in this morass of perverted faith and twisted sermonizing, there's no real salvation. There is only survival, and that's why this movie is doomed on a pure emotional level. It can never deliver catharsis...only a vast palette of moral blur...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Both were somewhat haunted. But their demons are different, and in using those differences as interwoven strings of gut reactions, Metz gives leads Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason the racquet tension they need to keep the ball spinning.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) You get the sense this would have been a much stronger, and much funnier, movie had parents been relegated to the sidelines for the duration - standing up and screaming at the ref for comic relief.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Think of it as Wall-E meets A Boy and His Dog, then has a one-nighter at The Grand Budapest Hotel.... We get lost looking at the familiar from a Jonathan Swift standpoint and the ordinary begins to look odd.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Why does Steven Spielberg always make the same mistake? Every time he tries to make technology and artificial reality the guts of the story, instead of the means of telling a story, he makes a great big-budget mess.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) ... the movie has thin sinews of comedy running through that bloody thriller flesh: There's something absurd and out-of-place about the whole experience. Whether you like it or not, you're the captive of Soderbergh, and the many disordered personalities.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
3.5/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) So much of Foxtrot feels like a dangling thread - a cruel jest of fate without meaning. Yet, thanks to the restrained performance from Ashkenazi, who lets discomfort crackle across his stoic features like breaking glass, we can feel the endless conflict.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's a dreadful voyage, filled with disappointment and disgust, but the Russian psyche has a way of turning human monstrosity into art. All that baroque emotion beaten down by years of oppression has prompted a numbness of spirit: pain becomes a tickle.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The wheels never get stuck in maudlin because Mirren and Sutherland create so much dramatic momentum, they keep things rolling. More importantly, neither character shrinks from the truth. They are grown-ups playing grown-ups...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Some scenes are crafted with such care, you just fall right into them, but the overall result feels at arm's length: A Mardi Gras parade with a float shaped like Oprah Winfrey, towering over the crowd wearing silver mesh lamé and sequinned eyebrows.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) Charlize Theron brings a hard edge that is both intimidating and seductive at the same time. More importantly, she owns it. The self-possession is what makes Elaine such a blast to watch as she slithers through the mess left by the men.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The tension feels a little mechanical, but it's there. Yet it doesn't click the way we're used to because the lead is female, the main weapon is sexuality and the moral needle never points in any clear direction‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Death Wish turns out to be a clunker with a single gear and a grinding transmission, but it's still a Bruce Willis movie. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) There are so many forces beneath the surface, and the beauty of the dramatic design is the way it uses Marina as the constant swimmer, letting us see what those forces are in the way she reacts to each one.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 84% Game Night (2018) ...once you open the box and take out the pieces, it's just a matter of going from one contrived square to another. Not even the rolls of the dice add up to more than three-act narrative math.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is the percussion blast we all need right now, so tip your hat to Ryan Coogler, the director and co-writer of a modern classic that addresses the deep fault lines in American society without compromising action movie fundamentals.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
4/5 81% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) What saves Film Stars from the emotional murk is the passing sense of time. McGuigan captures the layers of sediment as they fall to the bottom... The result is something like a sand jar: a million moments miraculously sifted into an unnatural pattern. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The literal maze is gone. The metaphysical maze remains. As growing-up metaphors go, Maze Runner was a well-planned voyage from personal isolation to political engagement. Yet, despite the map, the final instalment gets lost on the way to the finish.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018