Q Network Film Desk

Q Network Film Desk is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): James Kendrick
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) James Kendrick not just frequently hilarious, but genuinely moving and thoughtful at the same time EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) James Kendrick a highly entertaining battle between the office executives for whom image and marketing is everything and the grease-under-their-fingernails designers, engineers, and drivers for whom the thrill of the drive is everything EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) James Kendrick because Flanagan so successfully stakes his own territory and makes the characters memorable and meaningful outside of the accomplishments of the previous film, he isn't consumed by Kubrick's ghosts EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) James Kendrick fascinating and perverse and never boring, but it's not really compelling either because it remains abstract and theoretical and too obviously staged. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 Two Evil Eyes (1990) James Kendrick a grim, uneven affair that highlights its respective directors' strengths and weaknesses in relatively equal measure EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) James Kendrick a profoundly female-centric action film, one that is committed to flipping the script on action-movie gender politics in almost every way possible, but without doing so in a way that feels forced or didactic EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 A Bucket of Blood (1959) James Kendrick What better way to undercut the worst of artistic pretensions than to do it with a slapdash movie produced in five days called A Bucket of Blood? EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) James Kendrick a fascinating, engrossing, and deeply informative experience EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 The Circus (1928) James Kendrick while it is hardly Chaplin's best film, The Circus is packed with enough memorable moments, a few of which rank among Chaplin's greatest comic achievements, to stand firmly on its own EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Joker (2019) James Kendrick it is over before it begins because there is no other possible outcome than what we eventually arrive at, and Phillips and Silver don't give us an interesting enough trajectory to make up for that loss EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 The Addams Family (1991) James Kendrick captures the family's droll humor with just the right mixture of morbidity and genuine care EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 Addams Family Values (1993) James Kendrick lives up to and even surpasses its predecessor in conveying the titular family's wonderful weirdness EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) James Kendrick Rambo did such a fine job of rescuing the character from simplistic jingoism that it is almost painful to watch Stallone going back to the well one more time, especially when the narrative justification is simultaneously so weak and so exploitative. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/4 Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) James Kendrick like the neorealist works from which it descends, deceptively simple and utterly profound EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 And Life Goes On... (1992) James Kendrick a self-conscious deconstruction of the cinema itself, uncovering in ways both subtle and overt how movies are fictions that nevertheless help us recognize fundamental truths EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Through the Olive Trees (1994) James Kendrick On a purely intellectual level, it is fascinating film in relation to the others in the trilogy, but viewed on its own, it doesn't have much to offer. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) James Kendrick It is that most intriguing of science fiction epics, the kind that uses the vast reaches of space to turn us inward and remind us that what really matters is often what is right in front of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) James Kendrick has enough going for it that it doesn't quite feel like a disappointment, but neither does it fully recreate the first film's gripping action and rich emotional texture EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Ready or Not (2019) James Kendrick Much blood is spilt and many quips are made as the absurdities pile up, although it never really adds up to all that much. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) James Kendrick a drama about coming to terms with and accepting difference in the ones you love, and the manner in which it ends makes it one of the most hopeful of Ozu's late dramas EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Seven Chances (1925) James Kendrick despite the problems with the film's earlier sequences, as a whole it is completely and utterly redeemed in the last 15 minutes, where Keaton stages a fantastically hilarious trajectory gag EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Battling Butler (1926) James Kendrick The fight sequence is a curious anomaly in Keaton's career, which typically found him escaping violence through pluck and creativity and sheer luck, rather than aggression and violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Honeyland (2019) James Kendrick As Honeyland makes clear in a gentle, subtle way, the relationship between humanity and the world in which we live must be handled with care. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 Do the Right Thing (1989) James Kendrick Lee is using violence to provoke discussion in his viewers, to drive at controversial issues that don't have simple, neat, or clean answers EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 Sherlock, Jr. (1924) James Kendrick Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the greatest silent-era comedies-a clockwork marvel of visual invention and meta-cinematic reflection EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 The Navigator (1924) James Kendrick an amusing Buster Keaton comedy-hardly one of his best, but one that certainly has more than its share of pleasures EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) James Kendrick any movie called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark lives and dies by its goosey thrills, of which there are plenty here EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Klute (1971) James Kendrick While the plot mechanics work along the well-worn gears of any number of mystery-thrillers, the film catches and holds us because Bree is such a fascinating, enigmatic character. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) James Kendrick not just a biographical documentary, but a compelling drama about how history is written and how easily its major players can be erased when they don't fit into the convenient, dominant narrative EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 The Silence (1963) James Kendrick an important and compelling film in its own right, but what is arguably most fascinating about it is the way it points to a new and even more challenging era of Bergman's career EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 Winter Light (1962) James Kendrick feels too much like it is wallowing in its despair, rather than grappling with it, which is what Bergman's best films do EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 Through a Glass Darkly (1961) James Kendrick a spare, intense, introspective look at the interpersonal dynamics of a quartet of family members struggling with their own identities and their understanding of each other EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 1984 (1984) James Kendrick Radford's visualization of Orwell's vision in 1984 is all the more powerful and disconcerting today for how frighteningly prescient it was EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) James Kendrick Tarantino builds the suspense and tension of looming violence, but regularly punctuates it with bits of pitch-perfect black comedy EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 Crawl (2019) James Kendrick not quite a masterpiece of B-movie thrills, but it is a very good one-simple, direct, and efficient in what it's doing EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) James Kendrick It doesn't so much turn the tables on a traditional male-centric genre as it simply appropriates its characteristics and gives them a modern female spin. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) James Kendrick stretched pretty thin in justifying its existence EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 The General (1927) James Kendrick features gags that are as much artful exercises in stuntwork and timing as they are orchestrated attempts at humor, and the fact that they work so well as both is testament to Keaton's brilliance as a filmmaker and performer EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) James Kendrick the story is just a set-up for the comedy, which Keaton executes with his trademark combination of perfectly timed derring-do and taciturn nonchalance EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) James Kendrick All biopics are fantasies of one kind or another; Rocketman has the daring to wear it on its cinematic sleeve. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) James Kendrick it works on its own terms and deserves neither the critical scorn nor audience apathy it has received EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 Swing Time (1936) James Kendrick features some of the most transcendent, memorable choreography in all of Astaire and Rogers' films EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Kendrick Jarmusch lands some good jokes and the film as a whole is laced with an absurd sense of detached humor, but there is literally nothing about the film that someone else hasn't already done better. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) James Kendrick has an almost effortless buoyancy that is fueled by humor, action, and romanticism, often all at the same time EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 War and Peace (1966) James Kendrick filled from end to end with stunning set-pieces and painterly images, exquisite camera movements and elaborate set design EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 The Believers (1987) James Kendrick a solid piece of genre work that manipulates its familiar material in interesting ways EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) James Kendrick Aster's ability to get under the viewer's skin is testament to his grasp of the genre and how it can work in so many different ways EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/4 Funny Games (1997) James Kendrick a viciously effective polemic against the placid acceptance of film violence, a perverse experiment in audience manipulation that lures us into watching what should be unwatchable and then draws our attention to our unexamined desires EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/4 The Heiress (1949) James Kendrick The film works so well because those surging emotional currents, although often pushed just below the surface, give it a constant tension that draws you in like a thriller. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) James Kendrick what I found most impressive about Endgame is how is just as often strikes notes of grace as it does moments of hectic violence EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019