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Andrew Kendall

Andrew Kendall
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
20% Cats (2019) This is inconsistent stuff, surely, but "Cats" is also rewarding enough in bursts of passion that make it a genuinely intriguing experience. ‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) It is blunt, it is unambitious, it is repetitive and it harbours not a shred of trust for the intelligence of its audience.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Little Women never goes for the easy thing, but instead keeps complicating our ideas of these characters, becoming an impossibly untidy, sprawling mess of a film - in the very best of ways.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell dresses its clumsy ideological flatness in a film that's as narratively and formally imprecise as its politics.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story, through its overwhelming specificity, feels profound and focused in a way that resists any external flattening of its value.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson's plot is well designed, but nothing in the lensing or craft elevates the material. The film can't, or won't, commit to saying anything beyond the purely superficial...‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Even when the script struggles to marry real-world issues to humane drama, Matsouka's direction (aided by some excellent photography, costuming and sound design) invites us in privileging clarity and empathy above obfuscation.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The film's overarching emotional aesthetic is its own awareness of the emptiness that feels inherent in its protagonist - we are moved by the profundity of absence and the unrewarding emptiness of his silence. ‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) It's part of the end-of-year cynicism to tack on something marginally seasonal to a bland piece drama and call it a movie for the holidays - and Last Christmas is unoriginal in that way. A piece of forced Christmas cheer with no real purpose.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari never delivers any real incisive look at its characters' motivations, nor does it deliver the excitement of adrenaline-intensifying racing sequences. We're left with something fairly mechanical instead.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This is Linda Hamilton's show - the film is at its best when she's on-screen, as she manages to make the movements from action to tragedy to off-kilter work.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) Harris earns our empathy while playing both action hero and emotional centre, her performance deepening the context of the film, turning it into something more vibrant than you would expect.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
53% The Informer (2020) On its surface, The Informer is familiar but the plot heavy film establishes its value in the way that it unpredictably resists classification with an unpredictable plot turn at every corner and an excellent central performance from Kinnaman.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) What we're left with is a sort of action-lark with Smith in good form, and a general thematic warmth and hopefulness that seems a bit naïve but is charming despite itself.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) It's a less rewarding idea than the idea of a space adventure that the premise may promise, but the formal rigour of the tale feels thoughtful enough to offset any narrative lack of ambition.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) Abominable" ends its journey with a shrug more than a sharp rallying cry. It's fine, but it's not a journey you'd necessarily want to repeat.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
68% Joker (2019) The film owes a great deal to Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Arthur. Phoenix uses his body as a weapon, even before the transformation into the Joker.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Double Tap is familiar and treads well-worn ground, but it's real and earnest fun.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is all very pleasant stuff. It's warm and well-intended and sometimes even sweet. But, it's rarely very good and often very thoughtless. ‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
80% Martin Eden (2019) Stepping into Martin Eden is stepping back to a time gone by but for its anger, which feels elegiac and historical but also present.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Within the odd missteps, I find myself moved by the full-mouth, open-hearted yearning for hope and forgiveness that The Goldfinch espouses. ‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão feels like a memory, mysterious and ambiguous, cloudy and potent and florid. It envelopes you completely and at the end, it's hard to shake it from your memory.‐ Stabroek News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
41% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
91% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
47% Hope Gap (2020) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
96% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
23% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
92% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
71% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
91% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
65% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
55% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
42% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
69% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019