Katherine Monk 320 results

Katherine Monk is a former movie critic with The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia News. She still watches a lot of movies… and writes stuff about them.

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The Art of Self-Defense kicks with fists while crunching numbers

Movie Review: The Art of Self-Defense Director Riley Stearns bares some surprising truths in a predictable revenge story that evolves into a forensic audit of the masculine identity as Jesse Eisenberg plays a meek accountant who helps a karate instructor reconcile the books.
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Spider-Man Far From Home — with excess baggage

Movie Review: Spider-Man Far From Home The web-slinger gets sticky in a whole new set of places in a so-so sequel that finds a sweet spot in the unspoken codes of masculinity, and what it means to be Spider-Man and awkward teen, Peter Parker, simultaneously.
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Late Night digests systemic sexism, spews it out in Technicolor yawn

Movie Review: Late Night Mindy Kaling creates a scrapbook of comic experience about what it’s like to be a feminist pioneer in a male-dominated environment and miraculously finds humour where a tough nugget of tragedy persists.
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Pavarotti, the Babe Ruth of opera, gets posthumous spotlight

Movie Review: Pavarotti Director Ron Howard gives Luciano Pavarotti a round of polite applause in his new documentary that explores the early life and loves of a small town kid who sang big.
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Shaft proves even manufactured icons can find soul

Movie Review: Shaft Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex magnet to all the chicks? You’re damn right. It’s Shaft, a manufactured icon that’s organically adapting to the times, and reflecting an African-American identity in the midst of transition.

Shaft changes generational gears as millennial meets classic MOFO

Movie Review: Shaft Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex magnet to all the chicks? You’re damn right. It’s Shaft, a manufactured icon that’s organically adapting to the times, and reflecting an African-American identity in the midst of transition.

The Dead Don’t Die Doesn’t End Well

Movie review: The Dead Don’t Die Jim Jarmusch’s send-up of horror tropes feels like a basic lesson in what zombie movies symbolize — a cultural descent into empty consumerism and brain-devouring distractions -- but little more.
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Dark Phoenix destined to split audiences as much as it splits character

Movie Review: Dark Phoenix Simon Kinberg reignites Dark Phoenix with an emotional match that strikes gritty issues, and challenges superhero stereotypes by featuring a morally conflicted, and ultra-powerful, woman in the lead. No wonder the fan boys hate it so much.
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Secret Life of Pets 2 regurgitates comic hairballs

Movie review: The Secret Life of Pets 2 Like its predecessor, The Secret Life of Pets 2 proves the people at Illumination Animation pay attention to animal behaviour. So if this collection feels more like a random string of events pulled from strange places, we can find a way to forgive the mess, and love it anyway.
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Rocketman showers glitter on Elton John’s glorious whole

Movie Review: Rocketman Director Dexter Fletcher swallows some of the uglier truths about the arena rock sensation that defined the 1970s in an entertaining spectacle that brings real feeling to what many considered a pop music sausage factory.