Musings of Guitargalchina

Musings of Guitargalchina is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Katie Smith-Wong
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Awakening (1995) Katie Smith-Wong It is beautifully shot and the scenery and the ambience of a large haunted house is wonderfully captured, but can this film be the upstart for the modern British horror? EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Puss in Boots (2011) Katie Smith-Wong It was fun, action packed and the animation was well-put together - a charming flick. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
1.5/5 In Time (2011) Katie Smith-Wong All in all, In Time lacked time to get the key ingredients - as well as practically everything else that could have made it great. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Altogether, Tintin is a well-made adaptation but there is room for improvement. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 The Help (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Abruptly ending and slightly overlong it may be, the performances from the three female leads and the authenticity of the setting covers the cracks in an otherwise charming film. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Katie Smith-Wong So bypass the small inaccuracies and just get lost in this action and bromance-filled caper. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011) Katie Smith-Wong As far as decent popcorn movies go, M:I-GP is a nice entry for 2012 - entertaining and thrilling. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 J. Edgar (2011) Katie Smith-Wong J. Edgar is overlong yet provocatively challenging. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 The Artist (2011) Katie Smith-Wong [Director Michel Hazanavicius'] extensive research and efforts to ensure that The Artist is a respectable homage to silent cinema is admirable... it was a labour of love that was well worth the time. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 Shame (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Shame is one of this year's boldest dramas. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
5/5 The Muppets (2011) Katie Smith-Wong The Muppets is a sugar-coated treat that you can enjoy again and again. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Woman in Black (2012) Katie Smith-Wong [H]aunting and chilling. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 Chronicle (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Chronicle is like a geeky kid's wet dream. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 The Descendants (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, The Descendants is a lovely film with great performances from [George] Clooney and [Shailene] Woodley. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 A Separation (2011) Katie Smith-Wong [T]he X Factor in A Separation lies with its cast, bringing the extraordinary out of the seemingly ordinary. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, Marvel's Avengers Assemble is fun, funny and downright entertaining. Joss Whedon did good. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 Lockout (2012) Katie Smith-Wong There's not a lot that can save Lockout from being what it is: 94 minutes of mindless fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 American Reunion (2012) Katie Smith-Wong [T]he real charm of the film is seeing all of the original cast together - it really does make you smile. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 Dark Shadows (2012) Katie Smith-Wong [Tim] Burton could have done so much more with this film. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 The Cabin in the Woods (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Disgusting at times and fun in others, The Cabin in the Woods is like a breath of fresh air to an exhausted genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 2 Days in New York (2012) Katie Smith-Wong 2 Days in New York is a medium effort and even though there are genuine laughs and touching moments, they are too scattered and far-between. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
5/5 The Raid: Redemption (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Thrilling, fast-paced and never a dull moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 Men in Black 3 (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Director Barry Sonnenfeld has made MiB3 a colourful film, but with Danny Elfman's mismatched trademark gothic soundtrack, it seems to stay in the past and fail to bring in that much-needed vibrancy this film needed. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 Prometheus (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, Prometheus is enjoyable as a summer blockbuster but it does not offer enough to compliment the Alien franchise. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 Rock of Ages (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Rock of Ages is fun. Sing to the songs. Laugh at the haircuts. Just don't expect rocket science. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Katie Smith-Wong [Nicholas] Stoller has created a refreshing film, which offers a realistic edge in an otherwise clichéd genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 Killer Joe (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Killer Joe is tense, character-driven and McConaughey gives the performance of his career. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Katie Smith-Wong The Amazing Spider-Man is enjoyable filled with great moments and wonderful performances from [Andrew] Garfield and [Emma] Stone. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 Magic Mike (2012) Katie Smith-Wong [T]rust an established director like Steven Soderbergh to put substance into stripping. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 Your Sister's Sister (2011) Katie Smith-Wong A little too quiet and slow in places, Your Sister's Sister is warm and touching with three great lead performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 Ted (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Ted is funny, silly and very rude...so unless you're easily offended, watch it and revel in the laughter. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 The Bourne Legacy (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, The Bourne Legacy is mostly disappointing, poorly edited and it seems have buckled underneath with the expectations from the original films, which weighed heavily on its shoulders. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Dredd (2012) Katie Smith-Wong The result is quite trippy. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Take This Waltz (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Take the Waltz is wonderfully played out, with a great performance from [Michelle] Williams, bringing a refreshing change on the typical out-of-love relationship. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 The Imposter (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Intermingling with archive home videos from Nicholas to reenactments on key events, Layton weaves an intriguing tale of emotional turmoil and deceit. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Brave (2012) Katie Smith-Wong However, what the film lacks in originality, it makes up for in technical and animated excellence. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Skyfall (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Thrilling, smart yet slightly overlong, Skyfall is more than a film - it is a statement. Welcome back, Mr Bond. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 End of Watch (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Fast-paced, entertaining with great performances from Gyllenhaal and Peña, End of Watch is more than your usual cop-partner/buddy flick. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Sightseers (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Initially sweet and good natured, only to become disturbing yet laugh-out-loud funny, Sightseers is a dark treat. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Russell has adapted the script to highlight the difficulties of the characters - whether it is mental illness, friendship problems or just plain closure - to a bittersweet effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 Django Unchained (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Django is another gem in Tarantino's crown. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Pitch Perfect (2012) Katie Smith-Wong Silly, predictable but funny as hell with an infectiously catchy soundtrack, Pitch Perfect is a ray of cinematic sunshine. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 The Ides of March (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Altogether, Ides of March is a very neat package. Eye candy aside, smart yourself up in this feature. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 Gangster Squad (2013) Katie Smith-Wong Messy, lacklustre and disappointing, the only saving grace of Gangster Squad is the quality of its cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/5 Hugo (2011) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, Hugo is like a Christmas present - the wrapping is beautiful but the present itself is a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Beautiful Creatures (2013) Katie Smith-Wong Overall, Beautiful Creatures is a welcome change to Twilight and a film that is actually enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 John Carter (2012) Katie Smith-Wong All together, John Carter is fun to watch and pretty to look at - just don't expect too much besides that. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Katie Smith-Wong In its slightly hammy script, predictable plot lines and cliché characters, it is very much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get film - wasting an opportunity to be... more than your average fairytale adaptation. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 The Hunger Games (2012) Katie Smith-Wong 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Katie Smith-Wong The result is a hurrah for the return of Aardman's finest. Easily their most enjoyable film since Wallace & Gromit. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019