Katie Smith-Wong

Katie Smith-Wong
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a British-born Chinese female film writer based in London. I currently write for VODzilla, Film Stories Magazine, Den of Geek and Flickfeast, for which I am also the Festivals editor. I want to raise awareness about Asian representation in not only mainstream media, but also film criticism, showing that diversity is the way forward in the entertainment industry.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Bold, shameless and gratuitous, QT8 is a celebration of the filmmaker's creativity. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) Jennifer Lawrence is engaging as Katniss; indifferent to the circumstances and determined to survive, you end up admiring her spunk and defiance to The Man. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) The result is a hurrah for the return of Aardman's finest. Easily their most enjoyable film since Wallace & Gromit. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 79% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) Great performances, interesting narrative although unevenly structured, The Place Beyond the Pines is very much a character drama. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/5 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Star Trek Into Darkness is an enjoyable and occasionally thrilling film. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 34% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) [The] script ironically lacks imagination and wit. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 66% Byzantium (2013) Overall, Byzantium is an average film - the performances, story and direction are all watchable, but anti-Twihards may not embrace its unconventional approach to vampirism. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
1/5 65% Cosmopolis (2012) In short, Cosmopolis is pretentious, confusing and altogether difficult to consider enjoyable. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 92% American Hustle (2013) The story stumbles ever so slight but it is ultimately fun, brilliantly acted and incredibly stylish. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 97% Before Midnight (2013) Painfully honest, refreshing with wonderful lead performances, Before Midnight is an intimate and charming comedy drama. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
5/5 93% Looper (2012) Complex, entertaining yet brimming with intelligence, Looper needs to be watched - easily one of the smartest films this year. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Overall, 12 Years a Slave is a brave piece of filmmaking and one to last through the ages in terms of acting and storytelling. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
5/5 96% Argo (2012) You cannot call it a comedy, you cannot even call it a straight book-to-film adaptation - but you can call Argo so many other things: a satirical political thriller, gripping, tense...and fantastic. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
5/5 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) [Bigelow's] direction... delivers an intensity rarely seen in today's cinema and as the dramatisation plays out to its emotional and thrilling climax, you cannot help but feel a sense of true accomplishment in front and behind the camera. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Birdman is essentially a simple story that is made extraordinary by its direction, cast and concept. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 is sweet and stunning and in Baymax, Disney has its new Totoro. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Given that this is her second film, [Sam] Taylor-Johnson directs the film with taste and care by focusing on the interactions between Ana and Christian rather than the sexual side of the story and the film looks stunning. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) What with the modernised soundtrack and the beautiful costumes, it is easy to get sucked into this carefree world. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Blue Ruin is not a truly organic story in terms of originality, but its brutal take on revenge and [Macon] Blair's mesmerising performance makes it one of the year's best films that no-one will have heard of. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 95% Creed (2015) [Ryan] Coogler proves to be a great action director with his close, seamless fight shots, while capturing uncheesy sports montages and intimate interactions. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) First things first, it's a mess. Ranging from the unconvincing script to the plot with more holes than a sieve, there's very little to form a solid foundation for a strong super/antihero team. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange holds up pretty well as an origins film. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 93% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) In visual terms, the film is mesmerising. The actual horror scenes are not overly gory, and the chase scenes are excellently choreographed and filled with pure adrenaline, leaving you waiting for the next twist and turn with bated breath. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) [I]ts slow and safe tone makes it one of the dullest entries in the genre so far. You will probably like it if you read the New Yorker. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) The Wind Rises is gorgeous filmmaking from one of the greatest animators of all time. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 86% Circumstance (2011) Circumstance is a fascinating and perceptive drama with a refreshing take on modern-day culture clashes in the Middle East. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 66% The Campaign (2012) There are enough gems in this political satire to raise more than a hearty chuckle. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 41% Casa de mi padre (2012) Ultimately, this is not enough comedic merit to fulfil the 85 minutes running time. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Colourful, funny and understatedly lovely, Moonrise Kingdom marks the return to form for Wes Anderson. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) [Rise of the Guardians] invokes a charm and sweetness that is different to other animated films out there. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) With uneven laughs, sensitivity and bittersweetness in one tidy package, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is a credible directorial debut for Scafaria but it only becomes watchable after the first 45 mins. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Witty, quirky and different in the best sense. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Searching for Sugar Man is a sensitive yet creative documentary. Great for music and film fans alike. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) Epic in every sense of the word though occasionally unpolished as an uncut diamond, Les Misérables stirs the heart and soul of every musical fan. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Sessions (2012) Sweet, witty and on the right edge of serious, The Sessions looks like an early 2013 audience favourite. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
1.5/5 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) [It] fall[s] flat on its feet due to a lack of plot structure and quality dialogue. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Fun, sweet and joyous, Wreck-It Ralph is brilliant and not one to be missed. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
1.5/5 51% I Give It a Year (2013) Only occasionally funny but mainly awkward with its quick and easy humour, I Give It A Year doesn't deliver the new style of British romantic comedy that we were waiting for. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 60% Hitchcock (2012) Hitchcock may have right intentions in mind but not the best execution. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is delightful and features an array of great performances. Funny yet inoffensive, sweet but not overly sentimental, it is one of the best rom-coms in recent years. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/5 65% Unfinished Song (2013) The film is, however, saved by the strong performances from Redgrave and Stamp. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/5 28% Broken City (2013) Overall, Broken City is an average thriller with equally indifferent performances. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) Slightly lacklustre in drama but sassy and lighthearted, The Sapphires is an enjoyable film and is a pretty good platform to show the power of Motown. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) Robot & Frank is a sensitive and heart-warming story thanks to the strong lead performance from [Frank] Langella. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 80% Monsters University (2013) The excellent storytelling and pathos Pixar is so celebrated for is missing - and the film suffers as a result. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 59% The Bling Ring (2013) Through her creative eye, Coppola is able to emphasise the 'fakeness' of the characters whose vapidness disappears when they commit their crimes, while capturing their unpolished refinement. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 70% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Action-packed and ridiculously fun, it is hard not to cheer during Fast & Furious 6. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 49% I'm So Excited! (2013) It may not be artistically stylish to accommodate fans of Almodóvar's more acclaimed films, but the amoral characters and the quick-witted dialogue are enough to shock and entertain. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Iron Man 3 is action-packed, funny and entertaining. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 78% Frozen II (2019) Although Frozen 2 is enjoyable enough to watch, it lacks the catchiness of its predecessor so it is sure to both appease and frustrate fans. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019