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
3/4 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
3/4 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) James Kendrick Efron uses his flinty blue eyes primarily to turn on the charm, but there are a few moments, especially near the end, when they go dark and glowering, indicating not the monster inside, but the utter emptiness-the void into which his victims fell prey. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 Police Story (1985) James Kendrick a goofy action comedy that redefined the boundaries of the martial arts film by incorporating kung-fu theatrics into a modern police procedural EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 Jackie Chan's Police Story 2 (1988) James Kendrick the dexterity of not just Chan's physicality, but his balancing of comedy and suspense and violence and intrigue is what makes his films so consistently enjoyable EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 The Highwaymen (2019) James Kendrick Hamer and Gault make for a duo almost as intriguing as Bonnie and Clyde, which is what makes the film work as more than just gimmicky cinematic revisionism. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/4 Diamonds of the Night (1964) James Kendrick largely eschews a traditional cinematic approach to the subject and instead dramatizes the action through a fractured subjectivity that renders the entire experience dreamlike and fleeting EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) James Kendrick I have to admit that I admire any superhero movie in which the hero spends at least half of her screen time wearing a faded Nine Inch Nails T-shirt EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/4 A Face in the Crowd (1957) James Kendrick a masterful, enthralling work of both disturbing prescience and in-the-moment acuity EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 A Dark Place (2018) James Kendrick its strong sense of time and place feeds the underlying mystery and turns it into something more than a simple whodunit EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (2019) James Kendrick a mediocre horror film made decidedly worse by the way it completely dismisses the novel's dense emotional terrain, namely the horrific ways in which the void of abject grief can consume us to the point that we lose all rationality EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 Bumblebee (2018) James Kendrick We've become so inured to the idea of just being run over by a Transformers movie that it feels downright revelatory to see one that works as something other than overkill. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 Detour (1945) James Kendrick one of the darkest and most fatalistic of the postwar film noir-to the point that, if it didn't work so well, it could be mistaken for a postmodern parody of the genre EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 Sobibor (2018) James Kendrick a fine and moving film, but one can't help but wish that Khabenskiy had better trusted the inherent impact of the story and not tried to escalate it quite so much EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) James Kendrick the characters are all standard types who never cut much beneath the surface, which renders the suspense superficial, rather than emotional EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) James Kendrick proves that Peele is hardly a flash in the pan; his talent is undeniable, as is his dedication to crafting superior horror movies that work beyond the general expectations of the genre EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 The Kid Brother (1927) James Kendrick even if some of it feels a bit familiar, it is still immensely enjoyable-the kind of the film that puts a smile on your face from the very start and keeps it there until the end EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 Greta (2018) James Kendrick Jordan's clear investment in the underlying culture clash that makes the genre material feel, if not exactly new, at least freshly invigorating EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 To Sleep With Anger (1990) James Kendrick an exemplary drama that reveals more and more narrative, emotional, and thematic layers each time you see it EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) James Kendrick a highly entertaining and at times emotionally gripping excursion into dystopic science fiction EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) James Kendrick Some of it works, while other parts feel desperate and strained. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/4 Death in Venice (1971) James Kendrick visually beautiful and emotionally and thematically hollow EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 Shame (1968) James Kendrick exists in a strange netherworld between political reality and vague allegory EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/4 Barry Lyndon (1975) James Kendrick Barry Lyndon is a deeply felt, sometimes brutally ironic, and always visually gorgeous summation of the wide breadth of human experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) James Kendrick the cultural satire is too broad and the horror is not only not particularly horrific, but is oftentimes silly and almost always derivative EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 Roma (2018) James Kendrick despite being gorgeously shot and genuinely earnest in its drama, it is too much in Cuarón's head EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 Destroyer (2018) James Kendrick Kusama is a first-rate stylist who knows how to both generate tension and delve into psychological depths, but too much of Destroyer is simply too obvious. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 Glass (2019) James Kendrick a largely entertaining action thriller that doesn't go exactly where you expect it go and indulges in quite a bit of meta-commentary on the nature of comic book narratives. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) James Kendrick brings the past into the present in a truly unique way EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Panique (1946) James Kendrick a scathing postwar assessment of human nature EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Green Book (2018) James Kendrick a warm-hearted, old-fashioned cinematic appeal to our better sensibilities, something that is roundly lacking in the Trump Era of vitriol and division EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 Vice (2018) James Kendrick presents a consistently fascinating and highly entertaining portrait of the mechanics of power and how the worst human impulses all too often function as the grease that keeps them churning EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 A Dry White Season (1989) James Kendrick One of the most unique and intriguing of the 1980s historical-political films EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) James Kendrick an absorbing and moving drama because it eventually reveals that it has no villains, just people struggling to understand and live in the world EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 The Front Runner (2018) James Kendrick stiff political theater that plays into disingenuous cries of "fake news" EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 A Star Is Born (2018) James Kendrick offers proof that remakes are not always evidence of artistic bankruptcy and a dearth of new ideas, but can be invigorating updates to time-honored stories that approach the edge of myth EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 Sorry to Bother You (2018) James Kendrick a deliriously entertaining and viciously bizarre satire of the logical ends of capitalism, corporate culture, race relations, and ethics-free technological and biological advancement EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018