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
3.5/5.0 100% 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 52% 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 No Score Yet 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 78% 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
3/5 93% Time For Ilhan (2018) One way the film is effective is by portraying the politics or primaries and how they differ from that of national elections. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Sunday Sessions (2018) I'll now own the fact that the most counter-cultural thing in this portrait of a conflicted gay man is his insistence that his religious identity is not some choice that can be jettisoned. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) It's a very good film, but it is challenging, with a slant toward pessimism that may make it a bit harder to warm up to than The Kid With a Bike or Two Days, One Night. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Akron (2015) The best and worst thing about the movie is that you could probably change Benny and Christopher to a heterosexual couple and not have to change a single line of the screenplay. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Perhaps my affinity for the character blinds me to the film's greater flaws, but maybe it also mediates against reflexive film critic cynicism. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 29% New Life (2016) The film's press release mentions both The Notebook and The Fault in Our Stars in its first sentence. Add the word 'Christian' and you have both an elevator pitch and a summary. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 67% Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals (Pornocratie, les nouvelles multinationales du sexe) (2017) Those who profit from porn have no incentive to [regulate it], and 'moral panic' can lead people to blame porn for a host of problems while never really looking for solutions. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) I know that for the next few years, at least, I'll see fewer and fewer interesting, engaging, stories, and more and more interchangeable shells surrounding interchangeable explosions. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5.0 57% Vision Quest (1985) I would hardly be the first critic to suggest that its rote sports-movie structure and the presence of Linda Fiorentino as an implausibly available older woman masks Vision Quest's strange homoerotic subtext. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Purple Dreams (2017) The best part of Purple Dreams was the way it underscored the connections between passion and excellence. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 65% Alien: Covenant (2017) Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are like a Star Trek universe composed of nothing but red shirts. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 86% In Cold Blood (1967) Like another great crime story rooted in truth, Dead Man Walking, it refuses to depersonalize the victims or elide their suffering - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 82% A Man for All Seasons (1966) There is something deeply, intellectually satisfying in hearing someone, even someone semi-fictional, articulate one's own ideas more eloquently and forcefully than one could oneself. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 97% Army of Shadows (L'Armée des ombres) (1969) The greatness of Army of Shadows comes from the way it is able to convey many of the cruel paradoxes of war. What is an intimate and messy affair for some ends up being a remote and tactical exercise for others. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 95% WALL-E (2008) Wall-E is near the top of the list of films I call "friendship killers." - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a bit like catnip laced cocaine sprinkled atop crack filled Girl Scout Cookies. You probably can't live on it. It may even kill you. But it will be worth it. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 73% Nelly (2018) It is hard to present a person (Arcan) or a subject (prostitution) as both inscrutable and meaningful - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) The worst violence we do, we justify in the name of love. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 88% All About Nina (2018) What is fresh about the film is that rather than be a set up for a climactic biographical confession, it so carefully paints the toxic environment women have to negotiate that her anger doesn't really feel like it needs explanation. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) No, it was not the instant classic that I suppose any studio that makes a holiday-themed movie hopes it will be, but it is a consistently entertaining fantasy with a likable heroine, delightful art design, and a decent message. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5 89% Hope Springs Eternal (2018) There is an emotionally authentic portrait of adolescence here that makes one want to forgive the movie its faults. - 1More Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
1.5/4 72% Christopher Robin (2018) The script seems to operate on the assumption that if it announces and acknowledges the stale predictability of its character moments, this makes it a postmodern wink rather than a routine bit of fan-service retrieved from a warehouse. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
70% Break Point (2015) The adult-child interactions are the best parts, and it is surprisingly sweet for the eighty percent that is not needlessly crass. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
1.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) How did we get to the point where we are shedding tears over the potential deaths of dinosaurs while cheering the grisly demise of human villains? - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) [Won't You Be My Neighbor] holds him up, deservedly, as a good example to encourage and inspire us, helping us to see both his faults and our own in better perspective. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The film understands that broken systems persist precisely because their brokenness benefits somebody. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3/5 77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) The dialogue sessions are the heart and the best part of In the Land of Pomegranates. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1955) It's fascinating to contrast these films with the darker (literally and thematically) post-war offerings of the Italian neorealists that were produced only a few years earlier. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) [Scrooge] alternately haunts and taunts the author, but when the walls of the grave cave in on him, Plummer finds just the right note of desperation to melt our own hearts. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
2/4 43% The Star (2017) It is meant as a mild endorsement to point out that this animated nativity story is every bit as good as the jungle adventures of the animated parrots, Blu and Jewel. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 90% Walking Out (2017) Exactly the sort of well-crafted small film that should make us all grateful places like the Sundance Institute exist. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Only the Brave (2017) The firefighting scenes are spectacular, but the special effects never dwarf the human relationships-and that's as it should be. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Sadness, films like Goodbye remind us, can be an appropriate response of a tender heart made for joy but confronted with a fallen and broken world. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017) it adopts a modest, understated tone while chronicling the Hollywood star's troubled childhood, spiritual seeking, and eventual self-identification as born-again Christian. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/4 93% First Reformed (2018) I have been waiting most of my adult life for Paul Schrader to direct a great film. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 24% Birth of the Dragon (2017) Whatever the criticisms, Yu Xia's portrayal of Wong Jack Man makes the film well worth seeing. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3.5/4 71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) How we think about our neighbor in the abstract can and usually is a very different thing from how we respond to that same neighbor when we have to look him or her in the face. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 98% Trophy (2017) Trophy is unlikely to persuade non-hunters to go on safari, but it may make them think twice before calling those who do monsters. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
80% The Wrong Light (2017) The film shows that we need committed, responsible, determined journalists because few of us have the resources to investigate the truth claims of those who make demands for our attention, our money, our votes, and our praise. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
No Score Yet Hot Type: 150 Years Of The Nation (The Nation) (2015) Hot Type's shadowing of editor Katrina vanden Heuvel drags a little as she tries to navigate the periodical through those challenges, but the film shines as it follows reporters on the road. . . - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
91% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) As Nobody Speak spirals outward from the Gawker case to examine the broader cultural conflicts between journalists and the powerful, it loses some of its focus but none of its righteous indignation - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3.5/4 97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Katabuchi, in what can justly be described as a labor of love, reportedly spent six years researching the history of Hiroshima... - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk is a war movie that plays particularly well for people who don't typically like war movies. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
3.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Not retelling the origin story also gives the film room to explore and develop its characters. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 52% The Boss Baby (2017) As the story transitions from being about sibling adversaries to being about sibling allies, it suggests that happiness lies more in sharing our blessings than in protecting our fair share of them. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
2.5/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) There's more quiet than passion here. But the film is beautifully rendered and paints an exquisite, if at times painful, portrait of Dickinson and the severe New England religion that both shaped and vexed her. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017