Neil Morris

Neil Morris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Neil is an attorney and has worked as a freelance film writer since 2002, his work appearing in various publications in North Carolina and beyond. He has been honored for his film criticism seven times by the N.C. Press Association. He has also maintained a collection of film reviews at the blog MarqueeMarquis.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C - 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The bickering bromance between Johnson and Statham is the only reason to endure this illogical, temporally-challenged, cartoonish CGI fest. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 53% The Lion King (2019) It's Disney's version of the circle of life, but here it feels more like cannibalization. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) But as the film's title portends, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is also a fairy tale where the party never ends, the pretend heroes become actual ones, and everyone lives happily ever after. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + No Score Yet "Them That Follow" needed more bite, but instead its screenplay feels defanged. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Over the final half of the film ... I spent more time trying to decide whether Nolte or Freeman is now showing his age more. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) [The] pitch-perfect casting and rustic setting lend its familiar tale an edginess that somehow both offsets and enhances its inherent sweetness. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 86% The Nightingale (2019) There's no easy or honest way to sugar-coat the savagery of this feral setting, and Kent deserves plaudits for not shirking from a stark, earnest examination. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 88% Hustlers (2019) Whereas Scafaria's script is sometimes slipshod, her pacing, framing, and visual aplomb are spectacular. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 83% Judy (2019) Like Garland's career, "Judy" is blessed with a talented star and starts out with much promise, only to become more uneven and unfulfilling towards its end. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C - 80% Abominable (2019) "Abominable" doesn't live down to its title, but it doesn't scale any summits, either. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 69% Joker (2019) Fleck is a literal amalgam of both Thalia and Melpomene, an intriguing interpretation that positions his internal tension as the source of Joker's madness. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jolie is the macabre somnolent beauty, practically sleepwalking through a fable with excessively hard-hitting aims and regrettably banal execution. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's darn difficult to steal scenes from Eddie Murphy, but Wesley Snipes does just that ... - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - 43% Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich's "Midway" exceeds any reasonable expectations. It doesn't break any molds, but it's an earnest attempt at memorializing this historically significant event and its key contributors. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
1.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) When the cast isn't aimlessly drifting from port to port, they're swimming in a soup of phantasmagoria that's both intoxicating and exhausting. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 66% The Good Liar (2019) Mirren and McKellen may be the only reasons to watch this adaptation of a Nicholas Searle novel, which doesn't effectively make the transition from page to screen. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) The big reveal isn't something that was hidden, but that there wasn't really anything of substance to reveal all along. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The R-rated choreographed chaos remains the star of the series ... That said, the sumptuous, inventive Wick-verse is starting to show its stitching. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - 78% Frozen II (2019) It gives us more of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the "Frozen" favs. But beyond nostalgia, it's ultimately a series of pretty portraits hung around a rather rudderless story. - Chatham News + Record (North Carolina) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 59% The Front Runner (2018) If you thought The Front Runner was going to tell you something more about Gary Hart, then think again. - Marquee Marquis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/5 stars 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) What might be the finale of this seminal series misses a chance to break new ground, but it ultimately lands on the truth about its central character. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/5 stars 97% Knives Out (2019) With shrewd plotting and razor-sharp repartee, Knives Out is one of the wittiest films of the year. It might also be one of the most hopeful. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019