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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
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Katherine Monk When this two-hour sci-fi art film was all over, the only thing it addressed on an emotional level - at least, in my eyes - was the abstract idea of masculinity... and frankly, it feels like a very lonely place. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Katherine Monk The writing reflects a larger, social whole because as much as we get lost in individual storylines, we feel the immoveable anchor of place. The sprawling elegance of the house keeps its inhabitants contained -- together but dramatically apart... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Jay Stone A parable of both simple messages and complex characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Katherine Monk Scafaria's long lens stands in awe of these women as they twist around the pole, shake their booty and manipulate the male ego like so much silly putty. The movie looks like a coke-fuelled night out, but Hustlers is more than a formula quickie. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Katherine Monk Crowley's yellow-cast frames soaked in incandescent light capture the hue of the painting, the glow of an ancient veneer, and the warmth of a love-filled memory. Things degrade when we hit the harsh sun of the Las Vegas suburbs... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jay Stone If it wasn't quite as astonishing as it was trying to be, it was at least audacious EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Jay Stone The hordes who loved the novel may be transported by the movie's dogged adherence to its forced march through the edges of American society. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Jay Stone The movie doesn't have the ironic intelligence of similar films about louche capitalism, such as Wolf of Wall Street, but Lopez gives it a feminist angle of its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Jay Stone Alive with the rich greens, blues, oranges and yellows of Almodovar's incomparable colour palette EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) Jay Stone There's not much plot, but Garland's life was such a train wreck that the drama is built in. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Jay Stone Hanks' performance, which goes past impersonation and finds deeper wells of decency, gives it an irresistible heart EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5 () Jay Stone It's a bleakly comic picture of what awaits all of us, I guess. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Katherine Monk There's a dark sense of humour that fuses with astute human observation, which means the actors have to find the magic friction point between camp and the last act of a Tennessee Williams play. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
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