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Kenneth R. Morefield

Kenneth R. Morefield
Kenneth R. Morefield's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Christianity Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 93% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
2.5/4 50% The Promise (2017) Admittedly generic, but it covers an important topic respectfully. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story (2016) We desperately need substantive, theologically informed debate about the goals of public policy and the likelihood of achieving them through various political systems. A renewed interest in Niebuhr is a small but welcome step in that direction. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
3/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) A delicious thriller with broader spiritual themes about the modern world that aren't entirely developed. Stewart continues to shine. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
2/4 43% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) Not an Atheist hagiography by any means, but not a refutation either. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet Disgraced (2017) Director Pat Kondelis miraculously got both Rouse and Bliss to sit for interviews, and the contrast in demeanor and credibility between the two is impossible to overstate. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
100% The Work (2017) The interactions between the civilians and the convicts, however, show us in startling detail that despite how different our circumstances are, the demons we battle as fallen human beings are remarkably similar.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
No Score Yet Served Like a Girl (2017) Neither Served Like a Girl nor The Work generated much enthusiasm for me based on their catalog descriptions alone. They turned out, however, to be the two most engaging and inspiring films at March's SXSW Film Festival.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
97% Hell or High Water (2016) Nothing that Chris Pine has done to date prepared me for how good he is here.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Come on! Look at the title, for heaven's sake! Were you expecting it to be good? What were you expecting?‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
1.5/4 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The film's visuals aren't its only problem -- just the most noticeable. The screenplay is a messy hodge-podge that can't decide what kind of story it wants to tell or where its dramatic weight rests.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
3.5/4 95% Creed (2015) One of the joys of Creed is seeing Rocky at peace. It's been a long time since Stallone was allowed to play a character who could listen rather than fight, who could be rather than do.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
2.5/4 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) I wouldn't exert much energy trying to steer potential viewers away from The Good Dinosaur, but to friends who asked, I would say it is one of the rare Pixar entries for which I would wait for the DVD.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/4 45% The 33 (2015) As the crew drives into the mouth of the mine we are filled with a visceral sense of dread. The detail of having the men driven down into the earth reinforces how deep they are going and how unnatural the whole experience seems.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 77% Woodlawn (2015) The Erwins' latest film leans heavily on a genre formula, but it is better than most "Christian" films. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
3.5/4 96% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight is a serious film, both artistically and morally, and it wrestles with explosive content while never feeling exploitative or self-aggrandizing.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 73% Everest (2015) The film marches steadfastly past the comforts of melodrama and stakes its flag somewhere on the peaks of tragedy.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
1.5/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) While this film keeps the bare outlines of Bryson's story, it both misunderstands his comic voice and conveys it wrongly.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
1.5/4 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Unfortunately the result, Ricki and the Flash, is an unfunny, unsentimental, erratic, listless, run through the paces.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) It's surprisingly pleasurable, a romp through a series a snazzy set pieces that are linked by familiar themes. What's fun about it comes from how it's executed, rather than any innovation.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/4 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Effective, but not satisfying.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) If Trainwreck frosts its cake with a you-have-to-laugh-or-you-would-be-crying-all-the-time icing, you can still taste that sadness in nearly every bite.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
0.5/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) It relies on time travel and computer technology to explain how people (or machines) could know things they don't know how they know, but not know other things that the movie doesn't want to bother explaining.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) It is better [than Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. Not by much, though, and not where it counts the most. It's better on the level of spectacle, but the storytelling remains shaky at best.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) I both enjoyed and esteemed the latest Pixar installment. But I'm not ready to give away the farm, quiet yet.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 25% Beyond The Mask (2015) It's just a good, fun movie.‐ Patheos
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/4 33% Entourage (2015) My own complicated, conflicted, and guiltily pleasurable relationship with Entourage wrapped up this week. There might be other movies, but I've moved on. Send me a postcard from the 20th anniversary, maybe.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 82% Hot Girls Wanted (2015) Oddly, Hot Girls Wanted made me less mad at the porn sites and purveyors themselves than at films like Taken, Don Jon, and Pretty Woman.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
70% Marie's Story (2015) Marie and Marguerite's relationship is interesting, but it's the film's religious setting that elevates it beyond melodrama.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted May 6, 2015
2.5/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) There comes a point where, if we have been paying attention, we know what will happen once a character walks out a door.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/4 100% The Widowmaker (2015) Over six hundred thousand Americans die of heart attacks each year, more than from all forms of cancer combined.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
2.5/4 88% Traitors (2013) Takes some unexpected turns in its last act. ‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Sev Beni (Love Me) (2013) If Love Me's premise is utterly conventional, its execution is surprisingly complex.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/4 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) If voters are already tired of the red-state/blue-state reductionism in the dialogue surrounding American Sniper and Selma, Last Day's conventionality may turn out to be an asset.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/4 100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) Where the film really scores, though, is in Baumane's ability to communicate depression metaphorically to those of us on the outside looking in.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/4 34% Blackhat (2015) Blackhat may be so lovingly and artistically crafted that it fools some viewers into judging it as an art film.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) The documentary really takes off in its second half, when Pleasures chronicles Hentoff's transition from "Mr. Liberal" (as one journalist calls him after his defense of the Nazi marches in Skokie) to an unapologetic pro-life advocate.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Sublime And Beautiful (2014) The film address psychological and spiritual themes with sensitivity and shows compassion towards those who struggle through one of life's most intensely painful losses.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
2.5/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) These days "everything" has also come to serve as a lazy synonym for "no one thing in particular." And while that usage may not describe Steven Hawking's theory of everything, it certainly does fit the movie about his life.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) It's harder to bear how the film fuses its sci-fi premise with an action movie's sensibility: one in which the characters become living, breathing video-game avatars, rather than human beings.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) What I'm not on the fence about is Elizabeth Banks. She's riveting. Make no mistake, Brian Wilson is the famous figure, but this is Melinda's movie.‐ 1 More Film blog
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) As one would expect with of a film made by a photographer, 1,000 Times Good Night is always visually interesting. ‐ 1 More Film blog
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 77% Fury (2014) My emotions were deeply touched, particularly as a reminder that those we ask to go to war deserve our gratitude and respect.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
91% The Great Invisible (2014) Deepwater Horizon is not distant enough in the past for me to be fully satisfied with summary.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Cinephiles, do we have any idea how blessed we truly are?‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2014
1.5/4 50% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2014
3/5 100% Cement Suitcase (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014