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 Man Push Cart (2005) James Kendrick a film in the neorealist vein, one of close observation and conviction that brings us into a world that many of those who live in larger cities see every day-right under their eyes-but probably rarely if ever stop to consider. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/4 Fists of Fury (1971) James Kendrick clear tension between Lo's desire for more comical violence (at one point Cheng throws a character through a wall, leaving a Looney Tunes-esque person-shaped hole) and Lee's desire for more realistic fighting EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3/4 The Chinese Connection (1972) James Kendrick the violence is a mix of the realistic and the fantastical, with Lee's intense physicality giving the film an undeniable presence that also leaves room for Wei's preference for hyper-stylized action that defies the laws of physics EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/4 Return of the Dragon (1972) James Kendrick hampered by a rather pedestrian plot and, more problematically, some awkward direction and an inconsistent tone that renders some parts of the film absurd while other parts work quite well EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3/4 Enter the Dragon (1973) James Kendrick Lee wanted to ensure that Enter the Dragon was not just a banal Hollywood production that exploited kung fu for action thrills, but was rather a vehicle for both himself as a performer and his philosophical worldview EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
1.5/4 Game of Death (1979) James Kendrick appropriates Lee's completed fight footage and awkwardly weds it to a hackneyed plot in order to squeeze whatever profits could still be wrung from his legacy EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 Test Pattern (2021) James Kendrick shifts between present and past to punctuate the emotional and relational impact of the assault and to highlight how such an event forever alters our perception, even of those we love. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 The Parallax View (1974) James Kendrick the quintessential paranoid conspiracy thriller of the Watergate era EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/4 Love Story (1970) James Kendrick It wears its heart on its sleeve and makes no apologies (remember what love means ...), and more than anything that is what audiences responded to then and continue to respond to today. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2/4 Bliss (2021) James Kendrick While there are moments of engagement and some memorable images, Bliss simply doesn't hold together enough to make its ideas-however fascinating-stick. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 The Money Order (1968) James Kendrick the surface simplicity of the plot reveals a wealth of detail about the difficulties imposed by Western norms on African life EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3/4 Son of the South (2021) James Kendrick There is nothing particularly new about its narrative or flashy in its production, but it tells its story well and conveys its importance without being moralistic. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 The Ascent (1994) James Kendrick uses the nearly abstract depiction of the snow-choked landscape to strike us with bone-chilling intensity, but also transforming Sotnikov's experience into something that approaches the divine EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 The Lost Weekend (1945) James Kendrick retains much of its dramatic power, largely due to Milland's uncompromising portrayal of a man in the thralls of sodden debasement EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3/4 The Night (2020) James Kendrick a film that doesn't just make us tense up and jump, but rather feel for the protagonists as they must face down all the demons they have tried to hide within EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
4/4 Nomadland (2020) James Kendrick an astonishing piece a work-a film that is both simple and profound, a genuine heir to the principled spirit of Italian neorealism EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/4 Rio Grande (1950) James Kendrick despite all that talent behind the camera, Rio Grande still strikes one primarily as a film that Ford just wanted to get done EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) James Kendrick elevated from a sturdy genre exercise into something much more philosophically weighty and emotionally rewarding EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 The Nest (2020) James Kendrick the dramatic tension is so finely wrought and expertly sustained that it's hard to begrudge Durkin's choice to undermine expectations while also delivering a film with a clear moral about the tragedy of never being satisfied EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
2.5/4 Mank (2020) James Kendrick For a film that wants to rescue a forgotten screenwriter from the ashbin of history and celebrate the creative process of screenwriting, it is woefully simplistic in its view of the writing process itself EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 Coming to America (1988) James Kendrick Murphy shows genuine range in Coming to America and a willingness to sacrifice some raunch for some sweetness EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) James Kendrick although not in the league with its predecessors, it is still an invigorating, deeply felt piece of work EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
1.5/4 Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) James Kendrick easily the worst entry in the series-an almost shockingly dull police procedural set in a fictional amusement park that lacks the first film's brash fish-out-water comedy and the second's visual bombast EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/4 The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020) James Kendrick highly entertaining in the way it interweaves all of the possibilities, tantalizing us with the all-too-convincing clues that pinpoint the various suspects as Cooper EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2/4 The Golden Child (1986) James Kendrick an Eddie Murphy vehicle through and through, with little holding it together outside of the familiar cadences of his streetwise confidence and infectious laugh EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2/4 The Lie (2018) James Kendrick starts from an intriguing premise that is well sustained for most of the film before it inexplicably devolves into a preposterous and baffling conclusion that undercuts everything that was good in it EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2.5/4 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) James Kendrick odd, unstable mishmash of science fiction and adventure tropes that never really cohere EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/4 Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) James Kendrick the depths Friedkin plumbs in discussing not just why he made the artistic choices he made, but how his own personal views, philosophies, beliefs, and outlook shaped those choices, suggests why The Exorcist works with such power, even to this day. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2.5/4 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) James Kendrick the film's supernatural dread might have escalated even more had it been tied to the characters' own psyches EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) James Kendrick deeply entertaining though it may be, it is ultimately sobering in how it dramatizes not how far we might fall, but how far we have already fallen EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) James Kendrick a thoughtful, meaningful paean to outcasts, oddballs, and dreamers, hirsute and otherwise EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 Play Misty for Me (1971) James Kendrick Eastwood and Walter play off each other quite well; he is understated without being dull, while she chews just enough scenery to create a genuine sense of unhinged malice without becoming a cartoon. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/4 The Paramedic (2020) James Kendrick There is some degree of suspense in terms of what Ángel will be able to get away with and how he will manage to inflict so much pain and misery, but too much of the film feels like fait accompli from the beginning. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5/4 Crazy Pete (1965) James Kendrick a uniquely Godardian mess, which means that you can sense the order through the chaos, even if you can't always put your finger on what, exactly, Godard is after at any given moment EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5/4 Claudine (1974) James Kendrick something of a revolutionary film, one that took the basic template of the romantic comedy and used it to explore the lived experiences of a single black mother trying to make it financially, emotionally, and romantically in Harlem EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3/4 American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) James Kendrick as much a portrait of how incredibly well documented our lives are in the digital age as it is a true crime story about familial murder and failed cover-up EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/4 The Cordillera of Dreams (2019) James Kendrick something quite extraordinary-a poetic political-historical documentary that finds a sublime balance between the horrors of human atrocity, the potential for redemption and growth, and the enormity of the world in which it all takes place EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) James Kendrick at best, mediocre Woody Allen, recycling a lot of ideas, themes, and obsessions and trying to make it feel fresh with a young cast that struggles mightily to convey Allen's self-conscious dialogue in a way that sounds even remotely natural EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 The Devil All the Time (2020) James Kendrick A deep, dark dive into human depravity, corruption, and evil, the film leaves no stone unturned in dragging us through its admittedly well-photographed and paced slog of cyclical violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/4 Eboli (1979) James Kendrick testament to how, no matter how seemingly extensive the differences among us, we can always find some kind of connection EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/4 Desert One (2019) James Kendrick what makes the film really work is the humanity that Kopple draws out of the narrative EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4 Gotcha! (1985) James Kendrick a decidedly uneven movie, and not without its pleasures, even though it is difficult not to notice its various plot holes, lapses in logic, and (arguably amusing) datedness EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 Critical Thinking (2020) James Kendrick an engaging and moving reminder that externally imposed limitations are meant to be shattered EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
2/4 The Occupant (2020) James Kendrick tarts as an intriguing, and sharply observed portrait of middle-age frustration and failure in an unforgiving culture of materialism and competition before morphing into a thriller that increasingly defies credulity EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
1.5/4 The New York Ripper (1982) James Kendrick It leaves you with a sour taste, especially since Fulci and his screenwriters fail to provide us with any redeeming or even mildly interesting characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 Tesla (2020) James Kendrick Tesla's mystery is deepened by the film's outré aesthetic and narrative devices, and it all feels of a piece-not one that will appeal to everyone, especially those looking for a conventional biopic, but one that stays true to its own unique integrity. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
2.5/4 The Sign of the Cross (1932) James Kendrick an effective portrait of human sadism as entertainment, although it is hard not to feel confused as to whether we're watching Rome's sadism or DeMille's EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) James Kendrick still strikes directly at the crucial crossroads between capital-T "Truth" and the narratives spun by the press EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 Toni (1935) James Kendrick Renoir gives the film an indelible sense of humanity, but its story is simply too slight to make it much more than a curious forerunner to his future masterpieces EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 Lorenzo's Oil (1992) James Kendrick Miller imbues the film with such emotional intensity and conviction that you can't help but get caught up in their plight, cheering them on through every obstacle even as we recognize that whatever victory they may attain can only be partial. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020