Andrew Kendall

Andrew Kendall
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Andrew Kendall is a university lecturer in literature and film who writes a weekly film column for leading local newspaper Stabroek News.
Publications: Stabroek News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire recognises that within its love story the women at the centre (and the women around them) are nuanced people who contain multitudes. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
42% Wasp Network (2019) Wasp Network may frustrate by not offering clear codes for allegiances, but it gains value in explicating the uncomfortable dichotomies of hero/villain in compelling ways becoming a vital representation of a moment lost in history. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
97% Clemency (2019) Faces are, at its root, what the cinema has always been about. Woodard's expressive face, and teary eyes at the films end surpass any special effect. You dare not look away. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
89% Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) This is a stunning fiction-debut for González, whose work here feels emotionally charged and relevant dancing between playful and serious and between hard and angry and soft and compelling. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) By the end, The Laundromat feels so removed from the real-world economic inequalities that it seems to want to discuss, that it feels pointless. All this technical proficiency in the service of what? - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
43% Hope Gap (2019) Bening is the film's shining beacon but "Hope Gap" is good beyond her. Nicholson offers a tender perspective of something that feels true to life, tender and solid. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% 1982 (2019) In 1982 Mouaness is thoughtfully considering the ways that, even in times of macro-sized conflicts and crisis, life goes on, unbent and broken, and petty and silly. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics argues, gently but clearly, for a more thoughtful representation of Africa on screen. It's a tender film but its ethos packs a punch. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite inveigles its way into our consciousness. We laugh, at first, at its skewing of reality and the sheer temerity of its main characters. But laughter soon gives way to fright and then to despair. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood cinematographer Robert Richardson and Quentin Tarantino are writing a love letter to the past: golden and beatific and unreal and completely charming. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is a game. Fleeting and silly, but fun and even exciting at times. Not a bad way to spend 100 minutes. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) How does one even learn to blend disparate cultures? Blinded by the Light does not have a definitive answer about this but it does offer a thoughtful, hopeful suggestion that it could be possible. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen may not be receiving any plaudits for incisiveness but it's clear-eyed in its value, offering an intriguing kind of fantasy of blood and female alliances. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is a charmer, but it doesn't charm at the expense of intelligence or depth. It marries its populist appeal to thoughtful social commentary becoming one of the high-points of 2019 cinema. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs and Shaw is built on the flimsiest of conceits, a film where every plot point seems lifted from other better films and whose entire ethos might best be summed up in a shrug. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Asked to justify its existence, The Lion King only offers a photorealistic image of a dour-looking lion. And there's not much one can eke out from that. Doesn't this look like a real lion? Sure. But to what end? - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
73% Teen Spirit (2019) The charm of Teen Spirit is how unabashedly itself it is. There's nothing coy or disingenuous about it, and it's well tuned to reflect the sensibilities of its prickly heroine. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Like the sound cue that opens it Far frmom Home meets every chance for sincere examination of emotion with a dismissive shrug or an irreverent joke, becoming a bland, exhausting product moonlighting as a movie. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) How can an audience feel anything close to the catharsis of tragedy when Aster observes the characters within his story with such thinly veiled contempt? - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It works best when it accepts that it is most interesting when it turns this occasional horror film into a story about Judy Warren's coming-of-age. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
54% Ma (2019) It's hard to root for the psychotic Ma but it's even harder to root for the teens she terrorises. So, you might find yourself rooting against them all - cast, director and production team. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage feels as essential and vital as the best of cultural critiques as it delivers a searing rumination on indigenous lives and the postcolonial malaise of the region. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The series is less effective when examining myths and stories so each glimpse into the machinations of the fearsome high table in Parbaellum/i> feels more leaden and tedious than exciting or provocative. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman should thrill with its blast off, searing itself in our memory for hours or days after. But when the credits roll it's too much like another song from Sir Elton: "It's easier to walk away." - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix may have smaller ambitions than its contemporaries, but it feels thoughtful and meditative in a way that left me moved when the credits rolled. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The real titan here Vera Farmiga, who harnesses her acting prowess to superheroic heights in the role of Dr Russell trying to force some sort of emotional resonance and sense from this thing. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Justice Smith as young Tim manages to deliver a charming and winning performance that exudes a realistic warmth amidst a film that seems divorced from the real world. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) The film's rumination on grief does not always pair seamlessly with its spitfire teen comedy half but Bristol's debut film is all the more gnarly and compelling for this lack of seamlessness. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin's lucky that Chastain is so in tune with this opaque character, telegraphing intelligence, anger, loathing and sadness through her eyes. The film is good. Chastain is great. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle does not want to make a lasting impression, it just wants to divert your attention for a couple of hours. And at that, it is successful. Marginally. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ argues for the importance of the things that are familiar, lived in and regular. The actors get it, the writing gets it, and the original rap songs penned for the film get it. I believed every word. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
97% Mudbound (2017) Like the mud, it makes you feel dirty and you cannot wash it off. It's not a comfortable feeling, and it's not meant to be. Instead, Mudbound challenges you to identify with these broken people. And we do. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
97% Oslo, August 31st (2012) What resonates watching Oslo, August 31st in 2017 is the way private jubilation and despairs are completely removed from public ones. Regardless of our personal feelings, the world goes on without us... - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
91% A Ghost Story (2017) The point of this film is the isolation, the visceral mental strain of being alone and feeling alone. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats offers a searing glimpse of a life lived in desolation. Rarely fun to watch, but compelling. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) "A Quiet Passion" is not working to make us understand Emily, for Emily cannot understand herself. This Emily is no heroine, then, but simultaneously a banshee, recluse, jester, charmer and martyr. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) We cannot really say that any of the characters is unjustified in their conceits. nstead he film's ability to empathise with its characters foibles - on all sides - becomes its profundity. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 works without the original film. It cultivates mood and atmosphere well. But the original Blade Runner remains in the margins, explicit and implicit, drawing focus. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
84% Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) Phantasm succeeds as a gloomy but not claustrophobic assessment of the superhero world that does not lose any of its panache for its seriousness. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% The Big Sick (2017) The film's end leaves us with the promise of that culture clash, which seems more exciting than its altogether too sanguine resolution. The Big Sick is not that film. But the congenial one we do get will do. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
86% It (2017) The film feels complete rather than like a "Part 1", and its climax feels earned. At the end, we believe it when these children seemed changed. They pass through the crucible of fear and come out the better for it. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
91% The Harder They Come (1973) The Harder They Come for all its populist appeal, though, forces the audience to confront our idea of respectability politics and the value of art in a Caribbean society. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The focussed nature of its vision is impressive but as the film marches, the slightness of its story moves from deliberate precision to repetitiveness. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
91% Girls Trip (2017) The film, in both explicit and implicit ways, is a necessary celebration of women as partners and not competitors. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) It is relentless in the way it makes its theme seep through to the audience. Its gritty depravity is overt and well distilled. It gets its point across. And that point will haunt you with its dissoluteness. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
92% Dunkirk (2017) It leans into the things Nolan likes: frenetic editing, proficient technical aspects, and a storyline that reads like a puzzle. The result is a film that affects but never charms, a solid but brittle film. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
79% The Beguiled (2017) The beauteous homes, the gorgeous gowns, the murmuring voices are only on the surface. The rot is on the inside. And it's the charmng surface that Coppola uses to subvert our expectations That's why we are beguiled. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
93% Baby Driver (2017) The film's conclusion, when it comes, suggests the reality that one cannot ever really ride off into the sunset. That ride off will forever be tinged by the carnage which came before, despite the glossy sheen. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Somewhere inside Homecoming, there is a better movie. A tighter, more effective one. The film we do have is fine, though, occasonally sluggish with an excellent performance from Tom Holland. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
93% Wonder Woman (2017) For the film to reach its conclusion Diana must be confronted by the limits and power of humankind. She must understand the wonder of humanity. And for the film to work, we must be in wonder of her. And we are. - Stabroek News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019