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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Katherine Monk Aladdin is everything it had to be, and yet, like our conflicted hero, we'll no doubt wish it could have been more. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Katherine Monk There's a lot to process. Yet, Wilde's ride wouldn't be complete without the full roller coaster of emotions, and to her credit, she doesn't pander. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Katherine Monk The vocal talents are so good, the only things you really wish for through The Secret Life of Pets 2 are better lines, a few more sight gags featuring cats and laser pointers - and maybe a little less Hart. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Katherine Monk It's an uncomfortable place to be, because we crave easy judgments fuelled by emotional certainty. Yet, if there's one thing living in the Jean Grey zone for two hours accomplishes, it's holding up the looking glass to our splintered moment in time... EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Katherine Monk Jim Jarmusch's latest film doesn't end well at all. In fact, the white-haired hipster has created something close to a painfully self-aware groaner that stumbles in a semi-conscious daze from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Shaft (2019) Katherine Monk For those of us weaned on 1970s and '80s television, Shaft feels like dozing off on a shag rug - an unconscious nod into a long, open loop of nostalgia that conjures an entire, and unique, set of sounds and textures. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Katherine Monk Pavarotti was the Babe Ruth of tenors, and with Opie behind the wheel, there's an element of fandom that creeps into the mix - by keeping things out of the mix. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Katherine Monk ...Because Late Night featured such a complex character in Katherine, and such a capable actor in Emma Thompson, the movie probably could have gone a few floors deeper into the dungeons of our dated ideas. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Katherine Monk Stearns's broad-strokes spreadsheet bares all in time, but it's only when you start to audit the details that you fully appreciate the film, and its well-disguised emotional embezzlement. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Katherine Monk It's clever, but like all things branded Tarantino, it's also purely exploitative. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Katherine Monk The Kitchen has so many male constructs sewn into its inseam, Berloff doesn't have a lot of room to move. It's a man's cut, yet she makes it comfortable by wearing it all a size too large, boyfriend style. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Katherine Monk When the running joke all about "the Peter tingle" - and whether Peter feels his "Peter tingle" - you know you're scraping the great barrier reef of frat-boy lazy, where many a good idea has been grounded by an urge to go low for an easy laugh. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Katherine Monk Rocketman isn't just another biopic about a rock star whose music formed the soundtrack of a generation, it's an affirmation of the human endeavour - for all its good, and all its bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Katherine Monk JT Leroy unveils all the lies to show us a shared sense of desperation, as well as a deep need to invest in any fiction if it appeals to, and heroically reaffirms, our personal version of truth. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Katherine Monk Sure, there's a howling gale of action sequences and an acrobatic collage of mind-bending stunt work.. but really John Wick is about Keanu's chemistry with canines. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
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