Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Having been brought up on the classics from Empire Strikes Back to Marx Brothers, A Night at the Opera, I have been obsessed with film since I was young. Katie started her blog, She Likes Movies, in 2011 after documenting her progress with her dissertation about the Coen Brothers genre twisting storytelling and has been writing about film since. As well as an active member of The Park Circus Film Ambassador Network she has written for various sites including regularly writing for Vulturehound, Run Riot and Zavvi.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 28% Dirt Music (2019) Despite being based on the best seller of the same name from well-renowned author Tim Winton, the cinematic adaptation doesn't really compliment the novel. It feels as if you could read the book quicker than getting through the film. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) The overall plot may be threadbare, the talent involved seem wasted but the story however is interesting enough to watch to the end. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 62% Bad Hair (2020) Dripping with satirical comments, including the title, throughout the film, Justin Simien knows exactly what he wants to say and how to say it. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/5 83% God's Waiting Room (2021) This could be a bleak watch for some, but perhaps others will find hope in it. If you can find the moments of bliss, you can find a way to enjoy the story. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/5 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) [Day] captures Holiday on and off screen and holds us with each gaze, particularly through the full performance of 'Strange Fruit'. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/5 94% Dinner in America (2020) Though it doesn't feel guaranteed from the beginning, there is also an unusually sweet romance that blossoms through the screams and punches, as well as a fantastic song that you'll have in your head long after the credits roll. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3/5 66% Crisis (2021) Thankfully with interesting character arcs, the film scrapes by being full labelled as an 'issue' film. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2/5 43% Effie Gray (2015) Despite the excellent cast, they cannot make this fascinating story interesting to watch. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/5 40% Into the Labyrinth (2020) Overall, director Donato Carrisi creates an unsettling atmospheric environment, whether it's in the labyrinth, the hospital, a farmhouse or even a plain hospital room. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 100% Sweetheart (2021) ...although family factor into the film a lot, this narrative belongs to AJ- a moody teenager and wannabe environmental activist who has a big crush on a lifeguard at a holiday park... - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 90% Tove (2021) If anyone were expecting this to be about Moomins, they would be very disappointed, but if you were expecting a painful love story and struggle of an artist finding herself, this is the story for you. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 84% The Kid Detective (2020) Casting Adam Brody as the detective who's known by his hometown when he was younger is perfect. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The first half had potential and lost its way completely by the end. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dreams on Fire (2021) Dreams on Fire is a vibrant and uplifting story about refusing to give on a dream. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet They Came from Beyond Space (1967) With a wooden script, basic characters, and very kitschy costumes towards the end, They Came from Beyond Space, is a letdown from the start. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 93% Lucky (2020) Home invasion horror films are a dime a dozen and it's difficult to keep this kind of horror film fresh but Brea Grant who stars as May and wrote the screenplay has found a way. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 96% Mogul Mowgli (2021) Although Riz Ahmed has had many great roles...this is the performance that really lets him stretch his legs. Encompassing his musical talent as well as literally giving everything he has to his character, his writing skills are also showcased. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 90% The Stylist (2020) We can revel in the character piece, the aesthetics and gore that any horror fan with appreciate and enjoy. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 95% The Capote Tapes (2020) Burnough's documentary really does make you want to seek out Capote's work and learn more about the man behind those parties. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/5 91% Rams (2021) Unexpectedly entertaining and, in some moments, rather thrilling. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 95% Lucky Grandma (2020) There is nothing quite like Lucky Grandma and hopefully, this will open the flood gates to more outside of the box storytelling. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn give great performances, in particular Mendelsohn's quiet despair in the final scenes. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 75% The Other Lamb (2020) The Other Lamb is an atmospheric tale of innocence lost and gained while under the control and gaze of one man's selfish acts. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 88% Undine (2020) Undine takes us into the depths of a heart-breaking romance. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/5 69% Ammonite (2020) There is the obvious chance that Ammonite will be viewed as 'just a romance drama' but thankfully it has more to offer an audience looking for a cinematic story. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/5 80% Cordelia (2019) Not fully knowing what is real and what is the truth adds to the tension and allure of the two characters. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/5 41% Schemers (2019) Without the added pressure of being based on a true story, the film tries its best to become a story of many genres and ultimately doesn't quite fit the general mold of a music bio, crime, or comedy-drama. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) There is a point where you sit back and try and realise what this woman is actually going through. Not only is she discovering who she is away from her parents, but what her life was like with them. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
No Score Yet Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982 (2019) The story and characters linger in the mind long after the credits have rolled which gives hope that this story will remain timeless and change the way we think. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
88% Summerland (2020) Any road or journey film goes through its similar stages and beats, with the characters growing or coming to an understanding and conclusion. But this story ends in a much more satisfactory way. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) [Director/co-writer] Kantemir Balagov has created a story that may be about what happens after the war but there is no grit, grim or absolute misery which sometimes dominates this genre but there is pain, love, and delicate bond that hopefully will last. - FILMHOUNDS Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
80% Undergods (2021) The style and design of the film is to be admired and marvelled at. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) One of the most joyous things about this film is the title, literally nailing this pure feeling of ecstasy and incorporating the oppressed religious aspect of the narrative. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Twisting the lovers on the run trope, as these two people are virutally strangers, and are on the run because they had no choice, we not only get to see their story play out through desparate moments to more tender ones... - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
87% 1BR (2020) As a production plagued by disasters, the film comes out unscathed. Resisting the trend of other films of the same genre, the story and characters really explore the fact that real horror is other people no matter where you find yourself. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 95% Come As You Are (2020) It's not only refreshing to see disabled characters front and centre but to have a story that everyone can understand that everyone just wants to be treated like everyone else, no barriers. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) Science fiction is the companion to horror, fear of the known and unknown go hand in hand creating numerous opportunities to get creative and that exactly what writer and director Jeffrey A. Brown has done. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) This batch of monsters is new, improved and one is even able to explain what they want. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 87% Emma. (2020) On the surface, this may 'look' like any other Jane Austen, costume drama but there is a sardonic humour and open awareness that is unlike other versions that came before it. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
82% To the Stars (2020) Although this is director Martha Stephens' fourth feature, it feels absurd that we haven't heard more about her previous films. - She Likes Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 46% Body Cam (2020) The script is not the most electrifying, especially its dialogue, but Mary J Blige does her best with the material given to her. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 49% Greed (2020) The comedic elements to the film are the highlights, especially when Steve Coogan gets to flex his character muscles... - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A love story that is both wildly passionate and quietly beautiful, so much so that it doesn't need to be shouted about from the cliffs, as all the character's emotions can be expressed with one look and sometimes, not even that... - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) No words are spoken towards the end, just a text followed by a seamless shot at dusk, and it's perfect. - My Film Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
84% Ava (2018) Director and writer Léa Mysius' story plays out almost as calmly as the serene beach resort it is set in. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Her (Agatha Christie) stories keep everyone guessing until the end, and no matter how the story is presented, it is always with a dramatic flare and a big reveal. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
85% The Square (2017) The reason why The Square works so brilliantly with macabre and laughter is that it mirrors what we see and do everyday. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
64% The Boy Downstairs (2018) There is a wonderfully awkward but natural chemistry between Mamet's Diana and Matthew Shear's Ben that makes the film flow easier, especially in this genre. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) A sci-fi comedy with a love story at the heart sound like a mouthful but if when you're shouting lyrics like 'EAT ME ALIVE' you just join and start screaming those words too. Entertained from start to finish. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
96% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Maggie Mulubwa is near expressionless throughout and barely speaks, but this makes all the difference, her wide eyes doing all the talking for her. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020