Kenneth R. Morefield

Kenneth R. Morefield
Tomatometer-approved critic
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.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 No Score Yet A Call to Spy (2019) It's impossible during these politically divided times not to be struck by how often and frequently in our history those who have been marginalized by their culture have striven and sacrificed for the betterment of all. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
2.5/4 71% Driven to Abstraction (2020) Why is the contemporary art scene susceptible to such flimsy, easily exposed frauds? And why did it take so long for such obvious lies to be challenged? - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 50% Made in Italy (2020) There is plenty of Tuscan countryside to look at while the characters are figuring out what we already know. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
2.5/4 94% Boys State (2020) What is discouraging here is [...] how painfully self-aware and unapologetic they are about going against their own convictions simply to win. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 88% Nakom (2017) Nakom is understated but implacable at illustrating the impossibility of negotiating any middle ground between independence and enmeshment - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 80% Flannery (2020) While I do wish that O'Connor studies were further along in the pendulum swing away from personal testimonials and more toward historical analysis, I think this biography takes some small steps in the right direction. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 79% Greyhound (2020) Commander Ernest Krause is a hero in the classic Hanks mode. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3.5 97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) What makes Corpus Christi disturbing, in a good way, is that the deviant struggles harder against circumstance than the conventionally pious. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 63% Skyman (2020) In a scripted movie, even one without special effects, we know in the back of our head that anything could happen with equal plausibility. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Selfie Dad (2020) Christians have never done comedy particularly well... - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
3/5 94% Michael (1924) Perhaps our understanding and appreciation of great auteurs would be enhanced if we would stop dismissing and explaining away their marginal and marginalized films. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
2/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) Dad's death is a giant Maguffin, which is a tad offensive. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
2/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) At no point does the film trust anyone - audience or onlooker - except Johanna to get the point unless Johanna verbalizes it for us. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 100% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) One needn't have a B.F.A. to see the striking resemblances between Klint's works, painted years earlier, and those of vastly more lauded male artists who came later - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 93% Desert One (2020) What I'm not conflicted about are the comments from the military operators themselves and their families, few if any of whom have been given the same degree of attention as the hostages over the years. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/5 100% Streetlight Harmonies (2020) The film opens by telling us that there have been only twelve vocal harmony groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It goes on to introduce us to some of them... - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
2/5 30% Hooking Up (2020) It's a road trip, sex farce, interracial romcom, cancer movie. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2020
2/5 87% Emma. (2020) Emma is, admittedly, a singularly tough novel to adapt for the screen. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
1/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) So it falls to me to be that guy. The woke critic who points out that the film sadistically brutalizes women for 120 minutes of entertainment in order, ostensibly, to tell us that brutalizing women is bad. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 51% Burden (2020) One of the things I appreciated about Burden is that it allowed for some space within the African-American community to disagree with Reverend Kennedy's approach and actions. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
2.5/4 89% Top End Wedding (2019) The clash of cultures was an integral part of the story without it being a cheap shortcut for generic laughs - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
2/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Of the many things I hate about this origin story, perhaps the thing I hate the most is the way it uses mental illness as a cheap plot device to make Harley's underlying character entirely malleable. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 100% The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) The 'bitter tea' of the title is, of course, a not so veiled allusion to the cup of suffering that Christ asks to be taken from him but to which he says "not my will, but yours be done." - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 20% Cats (2019) Structurally, thematically, rhythmically, the show is built around 'Memory.' If that song brings the house down, nothing else matters. If it doesn't... - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) There is a certain amount of chutzpah in suggesting that the key to understanding this story is that it is less about prejudice against conservatives or liberals than it is about prejudice against fat people. Sometimes chutzpah pays off, though - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 98% 63 Up (2019) So, yes, I have reservations, but they are "film critic" reservations. Will most people care whether it's a film or a mini-series? Not really. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) More or less indistinguishable from the newer Mission: Impossible films that always seem to garner raves, excepting the fact Kristen Stewart is consistently funnier than Simon Pegg. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) I will probably get a few digs from my friends for insisting that Ford v. Ferrari is not only entertaining but also smart. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 82% The Report (2019) The Report is at its best when it insists that the torture isn't the real scandal so much as the politicizing of oversight. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 50% Miss Arizona (2019) The lack of nuance with which patriarchy and heteronormativity are cast as the source of all that is wrong with the world don't disqualify the film so much as render it uninteresting. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 62% Edie (2019) This is an actor's showcase for Hancock. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet You Are Here: A Come From Away Story (2019) With one huge caveat, it is both inspiring and entertaining. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
2.5/4 100% Chameleon (2019) It's a character-driven crime film that looks surprisingly polished for a movie with a total budget that was was less than I paid for my last used car. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2.5/5 60% Ophelia (2019) Can we start by all agreeing that Ophelia is the least interesting female character in the entire Shakespearean canon? - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home refuses to succumb to the studio's snowballing weight of gravitas. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Liyana (2018) A worthwhile and inspiring crowd pleaser. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 94% Before Stonewall (2019) I do recommend the film, especially for straight viewers. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 72% All Is True (2019) Much as with Anne Rice's The Young Messiah, the film's use of an historical frame adds nothing vital to its story and creates an expectation of truth adjacency that it lacks the skill or imagination to meet. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 93% You Can't Take It With You (1938) There is something undeniably endearing about the film's assertions that happiness is a choice and that self-acceptance is the foundation of contentment. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 80% Late Night (2019) Its characters tell us (and each other) that workplaces would be healthier and better if they had more diversity only to retreat to ellipsis when it comes time to exemplify what healthier and better (or funnier) actually look like. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 86% Persuasion (1995) For a film as esteemed as it is, it has always felt overshadowed by its proximity to BBC's beloved production of Pride and Prejudice. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
2.5/4 10% Basmati Blues (2018) Basmati Blues isn't going to win any Oscars, but I finished the movie happier than when I started. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Are there causal connections between hardships and subsequent joys, and if so, are the latter compensations for the former or simply inevitable turns of the wheel of fortune? - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 96% Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971) Claire's Knee is about desire, which is a timeless theme, and about how we justify acting on our desires, which is a very timely one. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
3/5 100% The Sower (Le semeur) (2019) While the film's set-up evokes The Beguiled, its execution is more reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale or Breaking the Waves. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) It celebrates the love of art, not just the love of a particular piece of art. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5.0 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) One of the greatest things that the film relates about Ivins is that she made many outsiders feel less alone, less singular. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Telson says that the film shows how one Christian woman's acts of love had ripples that 'went down generations.' - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 80% Faith, Hope & Love (2019) Even if you go in expecting to cringe and roll your eyes, you end up smiling at and rooting for its endearing characters. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Aren't these movies supposed to be interchangeable? Isn't that the point? - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019