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
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) James Kendrick starts off with great gusto and energy, literally willing us to get onboard with its maniacal take comic book antiheroism before becoming something decidedly more conventional-and even a bit sentimental EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/4 Antonio Gaudi (1984) James Kendrick Less a documentary than a poetic rumination on the enormity of Gaudí's unique, unparalleled artistry, Teshigahara's film is deceptively simple in its approach, yet rich in its effect. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/4 Marriage Story (2019) James Kendrick Baumbach approximates it well, but never quite achieves Bergman's mastery of interior drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
2/4 () James Kendrick starts out as an effective domestic thriller, but soon devolves into illogic and canned suspense EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) James Kendrick the story's emotional highs and lows (what many often dismiss as "sentimental") emanate from a warm sense of human understanding that even the most rank of commercial interests can't dilute EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 Fail-Safe (1964) James Kendrick doesn't pull any of its punches, and it has the strength of its own convictions to see things through the logical end, horrible though it may be EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 A Hidden Life (2019) James Kendrick thoroughly committed to the powerful idea that simply standing one's moral and ethical ground, refusing to bow to pressure even if it seems, in the moment, that it won't matter, is one of the most important acts one can make as a human being EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 Holiday (1938) James Kendrick a consistently delightful and entertaining comedy of manners that takes as it primary goal the skewering of the American tendency to amass obscene amounts of wealth for its own sake EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
1.5/4 The House by the Cemetery (1981) James Kendrick the violence inflicted on the various characters throughout the film (which includes gouging, stabbing, throat ripping, dismemberment, and decapitation) is nothing compared to the violence that Fulci inflicts on storytelling and logic EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 Gemini Man (2019) James Kendrick The conflict is literally both internal and external, and Lee spends just as much time with the characters in deep conversation as he does with them battling it out. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 Clemency (2019) James Kendrick dramatizes in a uniquely compelling way the realities of our system of incarceration and punishment that moves beyond broad arguments for and against the death penalty by showing us the price paid by all those who must work within such a system EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/4 Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) James Kendrick essentially repeats everything from the first film, but louder and flashier EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 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 Feb 10, 2020
3.5/4 1917 (2019) James Kendrick a gripping, harrowing portrait of war that is made all the more compelling by its tight narrative and temporal focus EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 Old Joy (2006) James Kendrick film feels just right in the way it evokes the simple truths about human connection and disconnect and everything in between EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) James Kendrick a compelling character study as well as a parable about the importance of doing the right thing, even when it seems like everything is stacked against you EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 Bombshell (2019) James Kendrick when Bombshell gets beyond Fox-bashing and into the gritty realities of what women have to go through to be heard and believed over the imposing, powerful men who exploit them it becomes a much better, more compelling, and more meaningful film EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) James Kendrick fundamentally a nostalgia machine, drawing heavily on the iconography and narrative beats of the original trilogy but with just enough of twists that it feels relatively new EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3.5/4 Harriet (2019) James Kendrick Lemmons does not flinch in the face of physical assaults on black bodies, but she uses them primarily as a means to sets her sights on the emotional and spiritual toll of such horrors, which gives Harriet's work even more profound meaning. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/4 Frozen II (2019) James Kendrick should be applauded for taking its own route while maintaining much of what made the original so enjoyable and memorable EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
4/4 Knives Out (2019) James Kendrick a deliriously engrossing murder-mystery that wears its old-fashioned bona fides on its stylish, highly self-aware sleeve EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
2.5/4 The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) James Kendrick One can see why those who love the film love it to this day and have such warm memories of it, although those approaching it for the first time may wonder what all the fuss is about. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) James Kendrick an elaborate thriller that at first seems to pit the have's against the have-not's, but is ultimately about how the have not's are forced to turn against each other in the mad clamor for whatever dwindling social and economic crumbs they can find EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 The Story of Temple Drake (1933) James Kendrick quite a good film apart from its scandalous reputation, which tends to overshadow any of its other accomplishments EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 All About Eve (1950) James Kendrick a smart, insightful, and darkly humorous drama about the intersections of art and show business and that insatiable appetite we call ambition EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 The Report (2019) James Kendrick a particularly timely reminder about the importance of the system of inter-governmental checks and balances within a constitutional democracy during a time when that system seems more endangered than ever EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 The Irishman (2019) James Kendrick transcends mob movie clichés and stereotypes by digging into the humanity of those who often do everything in their power to be inhumane EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/4 Now, Voyager (1942) James Kendrick the emotional resonance of Charlotte and Tina's surrogate mother-daughter connection is so strong that the film's plot contrivances are easy to forgive EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
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