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Ex-Press.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jay Stone, Katherine Monk
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Katherine Monk The directing team of Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kolsch are so fluent in their chosen genre, the movie feels slick and seamless even when the story stops making sense. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Katherine Monk Hotel Mumbai is not documentary, yet it feels like we've borne witness to something undeniably real by the time it's over. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Katherine Monk ...Think of Shazam! as D.C. comics' DUPLO - a simplified and safe take on what could be seen as the Marvel Comic Universe's LEGO, a well-designed, scalable and interlocked structure of franchise success. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Katherine Monk Kim Nguyen's ambitious attempt at an artsy thriller headlined by Hollywood talent drills itself into the ground by betting on big equipment, instead of empathetic characters, to do the heavy lifting. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Katherine Monk The contrast between human love and the hospital environment is what seduced me most of all. For those people who know what it's like- as a patient or visitor -Five Feet Apart does a tender job of articulating the unique experience of long term ward life. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 Wonders of the Sea (2017) Katherine Monk The Cousteau family returns to the big screen for a three-dimensional dive that goes deep to reveal the ocean's mind-bending beauty in minute detail, yet comes up a little shallow when it comes to addressing the human flaws that now define the landscape. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Miss Bala (2011) Katherine Monk Hardwicke loads the barrel with everything any feminist action fan could hope for, but Miss Bala splatters shotgun-style, with fragments of narrative shrapnel piercing every scene, without hitting any specific dramatic targets. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Katherine Monk ...We're scratching at aortal scabs. And like all itches, there's something super-satisfying about nailing the right spot with a good dose of digital friction - even if the results leave a mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Katherine Monk The absurd, existential, creative edge that really defined the first film has been replaced by something a little more ordinary, and far more predictable. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Katherine Monk Cameron's noble edge defines the mood of the film.. And most notably, erases the cold technological edge that generally suggests machines are evil and humans are good. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 Never Look Away (2018) Katherine Monk A cold sense of recognition coiled around a constant hope for redemption, Never Look Away sketches the essence of the human spirit in its own blood. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 Greta (2018) Katherine Monk Because Jordan's style brings emotional and psychological depth to every scene, there's a creepy joy in just watching it all unfold - especially because Huppert is so gleefully eerie, and pushes the whole cinematic wheelchair to the edge of the stairs. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Katherine Monk Though steeped in a deep knowledge of art history, and brimming with visual references to the so-called masters, Milorad Krstic's animated heist movie is undeniably 'arty,' but it doesn't feel like 'art.' EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Katherine Monk Brie Larson has such a command over our empathy, she redeems the awkwardly written moments of emotional poignancy, as well as the comic-book, time-space mumbo-jumbo that tends to make my eyes glaze over and my ears shut down. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Jay Stone Stan & Ollie is unlikely to bring new fans to Laurel and Hardy; it's aimed at those who already cherish them and want to be reminded of the sweetness and light of their glorious art. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Katherine Monk This is where the fun stuff usually resides in noir: In lapel-grabbing close-ups punctuated by dark aphorism delivered with a Bogart accent. Destroyer gives us the scenes... Yet, has no fun with the added contrast of an altered, gendered landscape. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 Glass (2019) Katherine Monk The faux-intellectual clutter contaminates the whole experience. It's where you feel Shymalan's gnawing presence. His need to feel smart. His utter conceit in every overly written scene. It would all be forgivable if it weren't so condescending... EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 The Upside (2018) Katherine Monk The Upside goes light and hopeful, in the way Hollywood usually chooses to go, but it doesn't feel entirely real, despite the brilliant performances from the entire cast. Including Kevin Hart. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 Widows (2018) Katherine Monk Somersaulting over crowd-pleasing heist bits to explore character is a dicey move, but McQueen and Flynn manage to accommodate our desire for a good yarn as well as manage genre expectations... EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 Outlaw King (2018) Katherine Monk There's a perverse pleasure in seeing our ancient tribal history reanimated and re-imagined, especially for a cable audience. The insinuation of moral purity can be cast aside, replaced by a House of Cards understanding of political strategy... and sex... EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Katherine Monk Mercury was making love to the audience with every bone in his body. Malek never seems like he's in his body at all. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Katherine Monk Lee would do just about anything to help her cat. So if you're hooked by this one single thread of connection, you're committed to processing the fur ball that follows. Is it tragedy or comedy? ... both thanks to McCarthy and Grant's grinning demons... EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
4.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Katherine Monk It's not an argument about Biblical interpretation. This is a movie about how we choose to treat each other, and how we choose to solve problems. Edgerton and the talented cast create a brilliant rainbow of emotion through a single source of light: Love. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
3.5/5 The Front Runner (2018) Katherine Monk ...If you're wondering where the sober Republic turned into all-American spectacle, check out Jason Reitman's The Front Runner, a somewhat surgical dissection of Gary Hart's downfall, and a gentle probe into the modern media's frontal lobe. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
5/5 Free Solo (2018) Katherine Monk Honnold's whole being is an existential equation. His only means of survival is to remain completely dedicated to each single nanosecond, and his exact place in the universe. He must Be. Or not Be. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 Hunter Killer (2018) Katherine Monk The title fits what Butler serves up on a silver platter... Hunter Killer still isn't a great movie, but it puts the world order back in place for the better part of two hours as it re-establishes the Russian threat to the American Way. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 The Happy Prince (2018) Jay Stone A passion project that is also, in a sense, an attempt to reclaim Everett himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2018
3/5 Halloween (2018) Katherine Monk Jamie Lee Curtis is the one who brings it all back into focus with her stark portrayal of Laurie, a woman chiselled to the sinews by stress. Laurie rises the from the ashes of the ingenue and finds power in a post-sexual state, becoming the ultimate foil. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 22 July (2018) Katherine Monk Greengrass captures it all with very little. Like the wool sweaters on the members of Viljar's family, he hand knits a story that shows us how small, human connections...can change the fabric of society and keep the chill of fear at bay. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 First Man (2018) Katherine Monk With so much to process, First Man fragments into a loose stream of dramatic particles that orbit around the central star, Ryan Gosling. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 Venom (2018) Katherine Monk The movie doesn't really capitalize on the inherent novelty of a villain in the title role. It's where you can feel the conflict in the movie itself. Like Eddie, our hero-villain, the film resists a new shape, a new manifestation of a changing inner core. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Katherine Monk Everything feels comfortably familiar, yet halfway through this plate of pleasing nostalgia and orchestrated pathos, you realize there's not much substance between the focaccia. We may love our two leads but their characters never feel entirely developed. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 Kin (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 Juliet, Naked (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 Alpha (2018) Katherine Monk ...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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 Mile 22 (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 Papillon (2017) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 Skate Kitchen (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 Puzzle (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Jay Stone It feels heavy-handed at times, but there's no denying its power. Spike Lee is telling us something we need to hear. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2018
3.5/5 Skyscraper (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/5 Leave No Trace (2018) Katherine Monk 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." EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 The Meg (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Katherine Monk ...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. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Katherine Monk [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. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/5 Boundaries (2018) Katherine Monk ...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. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/5 () Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Katherine Monk 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
3/5 Disobedience (2017) Jay Stone The unresolved shambles of their story is appropriate. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018