Katherine Monk 349 results

Katherine Monk is a former movie critic with The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia News, as well as co-founder of The Ex-Press. She still watches a lot of movies. She can be heard talking about them on CBC Radio, and you can read what she thinks about them here, exclusively in The Ex-Press.

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Dolittle could have done a lot more

Movie review: Dolittle Robert Downey Jr. dons Victorian garb and a Welsh accent for his turn as a dotty vet with a particular gift in this grim take on a kid-lit classic that lacks authenticity, despite the realistic creatures.
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Bad Boys for Life suffers from ED – excitement deficiency

Movie Review: Bad Boys for Life Bad Boys proved movie formula could transcend all demographic boundaries while establishing the career of Michael Bay, but a quarter century hence, not even the combined charisma of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence can salvage the bore and gore of a tired reboot.  
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Little Women bleeds period drama without cramping

Movie Review: Little Women Greta Gerwig brings her own drum to the March family saga, and miraculously, she finds new beats in Louisa May Alcott's 150-year-old American bestseller.  
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Knives Out hides a pointed satire beneath cloak of mystery

Movie review: Knives Out The director behind Brick, Looper and the Last Jedi plays a clever trick on Agatha Christie cliché by framing a murder mystery as morality play that examines the corpse of the patriarchy, and the idea of inherited privilege.

Chris Buck was on the verge of quitting, then he won an Oscar

Interview with Chris Buck, co-diretor of Frozen The Kansas-born director was finishing Frozen when tragedy struck in 2013. "I was ready to kind of say: Cartoons are a joke. Why am I doing this?” Yet, in persevering he found purpose, and a deep belief he was put on this planet for a reason: “to bring hope and inspiration.”
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Review: Ford v Ferrari restores Le Mans lore

Movie review: Ford v Ferrari Director James Mangold creates a powerful dramatic engine with Christian Bale and Matt Damon as twin pistons in a turbo-diesel, bringing a dependable, constant chug of power that just keeps combusting in the analog-inspired Ford v Ferrari.  
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Review: Midway torpedoes MAGA hat hate

Movie review: Midway Roland Emmerich shows uncharacteristic restraint in his ode to the Battle of Midway, an against-all-odds story of courage and bravery that truly made America “great."
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Terminator: Dark Fate rebirths a franchise in molten feminist form

Movie review: Terminator: Dark Fate The saga of Sarah Connor picks up in the present day, where the robot apocalypse remains a looming threat, but the unbridled power of fearless women proves too potent to crush.
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Western Stars finds the Boss in the middle of the road

Movie Review: Western Stars Bruce Springsteen decided not to tour for his latest album that pays homage to the American frontier, so he made a live performance documentary featuring archival footage, personal vignettes, and an entire string section that bows a new appreciation for easy listening.
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Review: Before You Know It finds new edge to family dysfunction

Movie Review: Before You Know It Soap opera star Judith Light plays to her strengths as an actress who gave up her two daughters to pursue her career, only to be reunited as an awkward family in later life. Director, actor and co-writer Hannah Pearl Utt finds a female way of communicating -- wrapped in apology and accusation -- that gives the unconvincing plot a jolt of novelty that serves the larger purpose.