Katherine Monk 248 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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Adrift Pulls You Into the Deeps and Doesn’t Let Go

Movie Review: Adrift Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin hold on for a wild ride into the existential abyss in this unfathomable survival tale based on the true story of Tami Oldham.  
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Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan Find Broken Shell of Love On Chesil Beach

Movie Review: On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of another mysterious female force in this latest McEwan adaptation, which tells the story of two newlyweds who embark on their maiden voyage together, but an iceberg awaits.  
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Going Solo Has Its Downsides

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story The backstory for the biggest risk-taker in the Star Wars franchise plays it perfectly safe, meaning Solo gets home in one piece -- riding on decades’ worth of character collateral.

Eisha Marjara Finally Finds a Sense of Belonging in Outsider Stance

Interview: Eisha Marjara Venus is a new transgender comedy that finds new curves thanks to the veteran director’s elusive quest for belonging, and an internalized sense of misogyny that helped her understand the negative effects of gender dysphoria.  
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Fifty Shades of Chardonnay: Book Club Movie Review

Movie Review: Book Club A bound volume of vintage tomes gives a flimsy script some awards-hardware heft, and a few stray surprises, in a surreal celebration of sex, wine and stereotype.  
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Deadpool 2 Goes Mega Meta

Movie review: Deadpool 2 Ryan Reynolds still has the magical combination of charm and smarm that makes Deadpool unique in the superhero universe, but this highly self-aware sophomore effort feels like being at a party where everyone is taking selfies.
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Breaking In Casts Union as Bad-Ass Momma Bear

Capsule Movie Review: Breaking In Gabrielle Union plays a mother embracing her grizzly side as she makes a desperate bid to free her two children from armed kidnappers in James McTiegue’s latest round of high velocity action.  
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Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph May Be the Best Boobs in the Business

Movie Review: Life of the Party Taking on the part of a middle-aged mom who goes back to school, McCarthy revisits college comedy tropes with a seductive brand of physical comedy and an empathetic edge. Not all the comic concoctions work, but the female perspective makes room for affirmation amid humiliation.
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Bad Samaritan Owes a Big Debt to Antonioni

Capsule Review: Bad Samaritan Dean Devlin, the producer behind Independence Day, steals a page from the indie playbook with a hackneyed story about a young photographer who accidentally captures a sex crime through his lens in this baby Blow Up.  
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Tully Captures the Waking Dreams and Broken Sleeps of Motherhood

Capsule Movie Review: Tully Charlize Theron reunites with Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody for a beautifully rendered tribute to maternal sacrifice, and the unique mental space of a middle-aged mom who wonders if she did life right.