Katherine Monk Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 87% 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 52% 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 66% 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 94% 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 94% 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 60% 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 69% 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 24% 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 87% 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 52% 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 32% 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 78% 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 73% 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 93% 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 40% 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 40% 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 18% 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 83% 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 80% 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 41% 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
4/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) The medicinal whiff of police procedural helps us swallow the emotional bolus of loss and put it into context. Without it, we'd be stuck at the very bottom, subject to the rip tides of grief, rolling over the coral reef of trauma alongside Katja.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/5 87% The Post (2018) If only there were an Oscar for inanimate objects. The Post would be loading a wheelbarrow full of hardware home on awards night for Meryl Streep's spectacles and an old Xerox machine... Sadly, the emphasis is on the artifacts, not the emotional drama.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) What makes it bearable, and maybe even too pleasurable given its cruel content, is Margot Robbie's unrelenting, unpredictable, and entirely uncompromising performance, summarized in three words that capture Harding's truth: IN YOUR FACE!‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Like so many of Allen's latter-day pieces, it feels like a dotty redo of Tennessee Williams's signature work or a nostalgic, aspirational nod to Eugene O'Neill and F. Scott Fitzgerald. We watch a desperate, emotionally parasitic woman seek redemption....‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
3.5/5 85% Big Time (2017) Ingels doesn't fit in a regular box. Yet, Big Time is a regular box of a movie: a highly competent and thoroughly engaging portrait of a young architect. What's missing is an American Ayn Rand sensibility to give Ingels's celebrity some cultural contrast.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) No matter how many times you scour afterward, the filmy scum left by Hot Tub Time Machine 2 lingers like greasy dark ring around the brain.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Plummer's macabre presence makes every scene darker, yet his professional polish sparkles - reflecting lightness in every moment. It's a beautiful balance, and it makes the movie feel a little more special than your average feel-good fruit cake.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
1.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Reality is something we readily put aside when watching a Marvel outing, but ...Thor: Ragnarok is little more than a grocery store genre cake: industrial formula and A-list talent enveloped in an unnatural green screen icing.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh wastes the riches that surround him on every score and turns the performances of his cast mates into something of a museum tour - cursory glances at masterpieces hung beautifully, but in isolation.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The small town of Ebbing has been ebbing - losing jobs, hope, citizens and a semblance of small town safety. Yet, beneath the scabs of resentment and violent loss, McDonagh and co. reveal the fresh pink skin of survival and healing: A billboard of hope...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Beyond the thrill of seeing Scott's whole world resurrected in deep focus, there's a palpable absence of real feelings. Outside of K, we never seem to get close enough to any of the characters to really care about their outcome.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
4/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Dean resurrects Lamarr's whole person without false moments or awkward fawning. The honesty makes the tragedy of her story linger. She was damned by something she had no control over: The way she looked. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017