Katherine Monk Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 18% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is about good versus evil. On the beach. In bikinis and Bahama shorts ... It's core values served up like a vodka cooler, and director Seth Gordon understood his role as bartender: Keep it cold, and don't run out.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) n space, no one can hear you scream. But without a direct connection to the crew, why would you even bother? Scott tries to harpoon a leviathan of metaphysics with a toothpick of thought and a few barbed allusions to American culture.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere takes every blunt instrument of rejection... and through his face and body language alone, turns them into razor blades of self-doubt. It's a deft performance that possesses the dramatic footwork needed to dance around the awkward mise-en-scene.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 43% Song to Song (2017) Everyone wants to get inside the other, live inside the other's warm soul for a brief moment of connection and comfort. But they're all such airy characters, they breeze through the spaces like so many familiar, almost stereotypical spectres.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
4/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The depth doesn't echo through the entire denouement. At times, the movie is satisfied to simply dazzle the senses with its slick array of computer-assisted action, but even on its own, that's plenty... a candy-coloured shell with a film-noir soul.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The result is a baby pool: a colourful piece of entertainment that does its job, despite being a frustratingly shallow vessel, half-filled with something lukewarm.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2.5/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The result lands somewhere between camp and slick action... For the most part, it feels like a joyride as the director pulls donuts in the parking lot before making it onto the highway of storytelling.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/5 37% The Last Word (2017) MacLaine sinks her teeth into the limp material with the ferocity of a Jack Russell, shaking it from side to side until the stuffing litters every scene...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) Stripped of their pen and ink testosterone, we can see them as human. It's not as sexy as ripped muscles and lycra tights, but it's as real as the genre can get without sacrificing our inner child on the cold altar of hard facts and undeniable mortality.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Founder (2017) All that greasy money sliding around on the griddle of destiny. All that grain-fed optimism dusted with a hint of salt. It's undeniably delicious; manna for the masses...[that] leaves you feeling deep in your gut, something's not right.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
2/5 75% Split (2017) Watching McAvoy play his many parts with such commitment is fun to watch - like a drag artist twirling kitchen knives and live chickens instead of feather boas. There's plenty of suspense and danger, but there's even more camp.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
4/5 83% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
2/5 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 22% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/5 38% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 20% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/5 52% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/5 73% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 63% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
3.5/5 44% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 39% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/5 65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 95% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 58% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Look what the tide brought in: The fish version of Memento.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 46% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/5 78% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
4/5 60% 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
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016