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      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.

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      2/5
      The Little Mermaid (2023) The Little Mermaid may have a modernised take on the 1989 feature with a charming lead performance from Halle Bailey, but there is not enough to lift this live-action adaptation, resulting in a soulless and pointless remake. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2023
      The Blue Caftan (2022) Through her characters and her cast’s sensitive performances, Touzani explores different kinds of affection in this love triangle. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2023
      4/5
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) It hits the emotional note that has often been underplayed in the previous Guardian instalments but soars in this triumphant swan song. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted May 03, 2023
      4/5
      Return to Seoul (2022) Chou’s sensitivity to the narrative interlaces melancholia with Park’s engaging performance. The result is a complex, tender yet heart-wrenching tale of someone who keeps losing herself while looking for somewhere to belong. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted May 01, 2023
      2/5
      Renfield (2023) Renfield promises to offer a fresh perspective on a narrative that people have seen before, but the film ultimately fails to highlight the cast and deliver something new. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2023
      4/5
      The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) The Super Mario Bros Movie is an absolute joy. While kids lose themselves in a fun-filled adventure to save the Mushroom Kingdom, adults can revel in the nostalgia where every nod to Nintendo is delivered to perfection. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Apr 05, 2023
      2/5
      Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) Shazam! Fury of the Gods feels like another safe step to develop the DCEU, so it fails to spark genuine excitement. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2023
      4/5
      Creed III (2023) While Majors reminds audiences that 2023 is definitely his year, Michael B. Jordan not only delivers a solid, poignant and entertaining directorial debut but establishes himself as a promising filmmaker. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Mar 02, 2023
      4/5
      Cocaine Bear (2023) Cocaine Bear is destined to be a cult film where audiences can just indulge in its guilt-free farce and gore. Yes, it mostly involves a bear on cocaine, and the chaos that ensues is bat-crap crazy, but it is 93 minutes of pure entertainment. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2023
      2/5
      Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) After the mixed reviews of the last few Marvel films, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania looks set to continue the trend with the cast, especially Majors, stopping this from being a complete bore. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2023
      2/5
      Magic Mike's Last Dance (2023) There is an anticipation behind Magic Mike’s The Last Dance that promises audiences a show to remember. Unfortunately, its looks aren’t enough to thrill audiences, let alone make a lasting impression. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2023
      4/5
      Victim/Suspect (2023) A heartbreaking but eye-opening piece of filmmaking. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2023
      4/5
      Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) A brilliantly entertaining instalment of the Shrek franchise - with dazzling colours, great characters and jokes galore, it is unadulterated family entertainment. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2023
      3/5
      A Little Prayer (2023) A Little Prayer may feel a little conventional but highlights great performances from its cast, with [Jane] Levy being a standout. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2023
      3/5
      Young. Wild. Free. (2023) Smith and Capri’s absorbing performances create a seductive energy that makes this thrilling drama incredibly captivating. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2023
      2/5
      Sorcery (2023) Murray takes his time to explore Indigenous peoples and their traditions that, unfortunately, cause Sorcery’s narrative to struggle...its supernatural horror and revenge film elements, not to mention Véliz Caileo’s performance, fail to keep it afloat. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      3/5
      Scrapper (2023) A sweet and tender debut from Reagan, enabling Dickinson to deliver another solid performance while providing a star-making vehicle for Lola Campbell. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      4/5
      Shortcomings (2023) Park has chosen a great project to make into his first feature film by bringing simple, refined direction and enabling his cast to naturally convey awkwardness, anger and affection in front of the camera. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      2/5
      AUM: The Cult at the End of the World (2023) Fascinating at times but its sense of nihilism and lack of compulsion fails to lift its past its overly conventional structure, as well as retains its informative direction. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2023
      3/5
      The Wandering Earth II (2023) There is so much to visually enjoy when these [actio] scenes come to life that it reminds audiences why The Wandering Earth was a genre-defining sci-fi blockbuster – a trend that Gwo looks set to continue with this prequel. - Digital Spy
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2023
      3/5
      Judy Blume Forever (2023) A charming insight into an enigmatic author who is unafraid to speak her mind while daring to be honest with those who need it most. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2023
      3/5
      Magazine Dreams (2023) Bynum's intense drama doesn't shy away from the toxic influence of physical perfection...its brutality and psychological turmoil linger to devastating effect, thanks to Majors' staggering performance. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2023
      4/5
      Polite Society (2023) Combines entertainment, thrills and charm to create a modern cult classic, as well as a hilarious yet endearing debut for Manzoor. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2023
      4/5
      When It Melts (2023) Offering bold performances from its cast and a slow-burning narrative, When It Melts is a quietly disturbing yet hypnotic debut from Baetens. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2023
      3/5
      Babylon (2022) An overwhelming yet dazzling rollercoaster through its grandiose production, bold direction and endearing characters. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2023
      4/5
      Tár (2022) Tár feels like a slow-burn at times but composes itself with tension, balance and brutal honesty while Blanchett positions herself firmly in the Oscar race for Best Actress with her most powerful performance yet. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Jan 09, 2023
      Till (2022) Chukwu doesn’t compromise the narrative for sentimentality...Till is a brutally honest portrayal of American racism and the moving portrait of a woman whose pain drove her to help others. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Jan 08, 2023
      The Lost King (2022) Hawkins saves The Lost King by proving she is a chameleon on-screen. Portraying the softly-spoken Langley, she is one of the film’s saving graces, overshadowing the humdrum supporting characters with her determination and persistence. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Jan 03, 2023
      The Fabelmans (2022) Its nostalgia invites its audiences to watch the renowned filmmaker’s personal homage to his late parents and, more specifically, his craft. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Jan 03, 2023
      4/5
      Violent Night (2022) Violent Night will definitely speak to everyone who counts Die Hard as a holiday classic. There is plenty of heart, laughs, action and even iced cookies – everything you need for a classic Christmas film. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2022
      3/5
      Strange World (2022) Enjoyable, gorgeous to watch and solid family-friendly entertainment, but its conventionality might disappoint audiences expecting something new from the animation studio. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2022
      4/5
      Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) Although Black Panther: Wakanda Forever doesn’t fully reach the lofty heights of its predecessor, it is easily one of the most watchable Marvel films of recent years...it also serves as a deeply moving ode to the late Boseman. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2022
      3/5
      Decision to Leave (2022) The alluring visuals and devastating performances drive Park’s beautiful vision. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      5/5
      She Said (2022) A formidable, female-led production...its compelling performances, sensitive dialogue and Nicholas Britell’s haunting score, it is an outstanding yet respectful feature that speaks – nay, yells – volumes. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      3/5
      The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) McDonagh’s chaotic charm reinforces the dark hilarity amid The Banshees of Inisherin, with Farrell and Gleeson delivering a constant stream of laughs. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      2/5
      My Policeman (2022) This uneven narrative and screenplay not only affects Grandage’s direction, which seems to prioritise style over substance, but also the casting. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      4/5
      Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022) The beautifully whimsical and incredibly intricate animation stands out among the best of 2022 and it is gorgeous on the big screen. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      4/5
      Women Talking (2022) Amid a muted colour palette, Hildur Guðnadóttir’s subtle score and Luc Montpellier’s lovely cinematography, Polley’s delicate, poignant and intimate direction complements the talented cast and powerful screenplay - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      4/5
      Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) While Knives Out sets the tone for the modern murder mystery, Glass Onion picks it up and continues it with aplomb...Johnson’s words and the buoyant performances raise the bar on this sequel. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      2/5
      Empire of Light (2022) Empire of Light‘s poorly developed narrative causes the film to lose focus and rely on its talented cast to support it – but there is only so much that they can do. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2022
      3/5
      The Good Nurse (2022) There is an inconsistency behind The Good Nurse that originates from its unsteady screenplay and fluctuating tone. However, Lindholm aesthetically creates an effective slow-burner that allows Chastain and Redmayne to deliver compelling performances. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2022
      King Richard (2021) Baylin and Green incorporate depth, authenticity and attention to detail, as well as a groundedness behind the film’s real heroes—the Williams sisters, of course—to create an inspirational and crowd-pleasing feature. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2022
      Don't Worry Darling (2022) Despite Pugh’s amazing performance, the film’s inability to go deeper into the narrative’s dark core causes it to flounder amid its superficiality. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2022
      The Woman King (2022) 2022 is proving to be the year of female-driven narratives...but The Woman King brings it to another level that celebrates Black women through its power, pride and poise to create one of the best films this year. - Flicks (AU, NZ, UK)
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2022
      4/5
      The Wonder (2022) Entrancing and subtly atmospheric, with stellar performances from Pugh and Cassidy. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 07, 2022
      2/5
      White Noise (2022) Baumbach’s White Noise feels a lot more complicated than it should be. At the risk of being style over substance, there is an overwhelming detachment that causes it to come across as apathetic and confusing. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 06, 2022
      3/5
      Hidden Letters (2022) A mellow yet fascinating look into a secret language that highlights the internalised patriarchal values and the related struggles faced by Chinese women throughout the years. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 05, 2022
      3/5
      Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (2022) Matilda highlights wonderful performances and brilliantly executed musical numbers, continuing the success of musical film adaptations while prepping other shows such as Wicked and Beautiful for the big screen. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 05, 2022
      3/5
      Triangle of Sadness (2022) While it is hilarious in its satire, there is an inconsistency in Triangle of Sadness that might make audiences frown in confusion. - Flick Feast
      Read More | Posted Oct 04, 2022
      2/5
      Official Competition (2021) By the time the film reaches an unexpected climax, any empathy for their endeavour becomes lost, and Official Competition becomes a flat satire, despite the actors’ best efforts. - Movie Marker
      Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2022
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