Kenneth R. Morefield

Kenneth R. Morefield

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Biography:
Kenneth is an Associate Professor of English at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. He is the editor of and a contributor to Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema (2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Other works of note include contributions to the anthologies Perceptions of Religious Faith in the Work of Graham Greene (2001, Peter Lang) and The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on Television?s Shocking Cartoon Series (2009, McFarland). Morefield also maintains a collection of other film related writing at 1More Film Blog, and is married to the artist, Cynthia L. Morefield.
Publications:
1 More Film blog , Christianity Today
Total Reviews:
53
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 69% No God, No Master (2014) " Nobody in No God, No Master actually utters the phrase "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," but that sentiment is the subtext of nearly every line of dialogue in this historical drama about the Palmer Raids." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/5 69% No God, No Master (2014) " Nobody in No God, No Master actually utters the phrase "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," but that sentiment is the subtext of nearly line of dialogue in this historical drama about the Palmer Raids." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jun 3, 2014
1.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " But comparing Wicked and Maleficent points out the problem: Maleficent is really just an inversion of a fairy tale, not a deconstruction." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/4 59% Running From Crazy (2013) " Kopple is one of my favorite directors because she believes in her audience's intelligence." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 26, 2014
3/5 100% Cement Suitcase " The nicest thing about Cement Suitcase is that it allows Franklin some measure of self-knowledge and agency in choosing how to be influenced" — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 83% Private Violence " As with most complicated questions, "Why don't they just leave?" has more than one answer." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/4 100% Our Man in Tehran " Taylor, Sheardown, Clark, and MacDonald all speak of their actions as though they were neither particularly heroic nor exceptional. They simply asked, "What's the right thing to do?"" — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " This film looks inward, using Colton's story to ask Christians to think through what they really believe, rather than focusing all their energy on how to get non-Christians to believe it too." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 100% Cement Suitcase " The nicest thing about Cement Suitcase is that it allows Franklin some measure of self-knowledge and agency in choosing how to be influenced." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Apr 8, 2014
1/4 17% God's Not Dead (2014) " I do believe God's not dead. I just have a hard time swallowing that saying so is the act of profound spiritual courage that the film makes it out to be." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3.5/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " The plot is about clearing Logan. But the movie itself is about Veronica coming to terms with her identity." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " So to review Son of God requires as much commentary on the experience theatergoers are buying as the film itself." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 1, 2014
4/4 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " With each new look come new questions, and harder answers." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 5, 2014
97% Wings (1927) " Wings is nearly two and-a-half hours long, and both its length and its emphasis on spectacle feel archetypal, the first triumph (of many) of scale over story in awards history." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Feb 4, 2014
2.5/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Although the film has a strong pro-life message, it doesn't reduce Christian faith or social justice to just that one issue." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Let us now praise average men." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 26, 2013
4/4 92% Philomena (2013) " There's probably not an adjective in the thesaurus that hasn't been deservedly laid at Dench's feet, and Coogan is right there with her." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 24, 2013
2.5/4 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " In both plot and theology, it is on the side of tradition, but Richmond's antagonism is not treated as a character defect." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 23, 2013
2/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " If only the whole movie had been about Catherine and from her point of view, it might have been a story worth telling." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Absent a fuller exploration of the desperation prompting war and the horrors experienced in it, the small moments of life and love don't really stand out." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Nov 8, 2013
4/4 65% Great Expectations (2013) " But Newell's version stands out: its emotional core is not so much in the romance between Pip and Estella as in Pip's moral development and how the love story informs and complicates it." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 8, 2013
50% Standing Up (2013) " There's a lot to recommend here." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/4 50% Grace Unplugged (2013) " Grace Unplugged may be a film that only a Christian could love, but there seemed to be plenty of Christians loving on it in the audience." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 5, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " In many ways, Northrup, an educated free man, is the ideal avatar for the modern audience. He, like us, does not come to slavery naturally or easily." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2.5/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " We're probably not inspired by these characters to be better people, but we are reminded through them of how much harder it is to stand by our principles in life's biggest moments when we haven't had much practice doing so day to day." — Christianity Today
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " While I can't quite convince myself that it is the equivalent of a four-star meal that some of its geeking fan boys want it so desperately to be, I concede that it is, at the very least, edible." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 14, 2013
0.5/4 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Clearly this is the film to see if you have a long standing grievance about the way deer have been mistreated by humans and long to see them take their revenge." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 14, 2013
1/4 50% White House Down (2013) " Unable to do the conventional things better, White House Down, like many modern action films, tries to do the same thing louder and longer." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 30, 2013
0.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " Writing jokes is hard. Writing potentially funny situations is marginally easier, but only because the potential doesn't have to be realized before the paycheck is cashed." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3.5/4 50% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2013) " ...Rightly intuits that visually summarizing Abu-Jamal's Wikipedia page could well be emotionally satisfying but would ultimately be less persuasive than simply allowing viewers to see the man and hear his words..." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3.5/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " ...We are not likely to get a more thoughtful or thought-provoking film than Before Midnight." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 14, 2013
1.5/4 38% Admission (2013) " [T]he cards are stacked so heavily for the eventual winning side that Portia doesn't have to grow or change to switch sides; she just has to open her eyes. " — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 28, 2013
1/4 43% The Call (2013) " "It all looks the same," Casey laments-which might, unfortunately, be taken as meta-commentary on the boilerplate movie she finds herself in." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/4 —— Mr. Cao Goes to Washington " Does Cao represent personal integrity-as he defines it-or does he represent the citizens of the second district of Louisiana?" — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jan 2, 2013
1.5/4 58% U.N. Me (2012) " U.N. Me describes scandal after scandal with a relentless dullness and surprisingly glib attitude." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jan 2, 2013
4/4 —— Something's Gonna Live (2010) " These men care(d) about film, care(d) not just that they be technically proficient but that they say something truthful about the human condition." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jan 2, 2013
4/4 65% Great Expectations (2013) " A surprisingly emotionally engaging film." — 1 More Film blog
Posted Jan 2, 2013
2/4 53% Safe House (2012) " Everybody fights and everybody lies in a thriller that tries to glamorize spies while demonizing their profession." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 30, 2012
1.5/4 51% Contraband (2012) " We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 30, 2012
3/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " As hellish as its moral universe may be, those whose stomachs can handle the descent will find that even in Tarantino's world-perhaps especially in his world-those moral questions still matter." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 25, 2012
2/4 29% The Vow (2012) " Ultimately the vision of love and marriage that is being presented here is a fairly routine, secular one, that it is love that binds us to a vow and not the other way around." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 7, 2012
1/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " It is hard to think of another film in recent memory in which the accumulation of so much talent has rendered so little." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/4 82% The Way (2011) " It's not just a good film because of its subject matter or in comparison to some other, more overtly self-conscious (and self-proclaiming) Christian films. It is a great film, period." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3.5/4 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " I don't think too many people are going to wander into the theater expecting The Tree of Life. The film delivers exactly what it promises." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/4 56% Jumping the Broom (2011) " Comedy is about execution, not originality, and Jumping the Broom is pretty darn funny most of the time and kind of sweet the rest of the time. " — Christianity Today
Posted May 6, 2011
3/4 17% Miral (2011) " An ambitious film, and it may be that Schnabel's reputation has led to unrealistic expectations about what any film can accomplish. Still, it has many admirable qualities." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 25, 2011
4/4 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Like similar films with populist appeal, it both embraces its feel-good intentions and wears them on its sleeve. And it executes its model to near perfection." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
1/4 33% I Am Number Four (2011) " The script has zero curiosity about any of these characters and their motivations. Why are they here? What are their powers, exactly? If kids just past puberty are such lethal fighters, how did the whole race of them get wiped out? " — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
1.5/4 20% The Tourist (2010) " Tepid romance and sluggish action can't match the beauty of Venice. " — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 17, 2010
1.5/4 51% Stone (2010) " Stone seems to care more about keeping us guessing about what the characters are going to do than it does about making us care what is going to happen to them." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
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