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
D + 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) A misguided, shambolic sequel of sorts that's really an algorithm-assembled branding exercise. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2021
C 49% Old (2021) "Old" is a heady concept, but like most of Shyamalan's oeuvre, its ambitions outstrip its execution. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2021
C + 81% Black Widow (2021) Combining "The Americans" with "Salt," the otherwise erratic plot boils down to if Paige Jennings grew up to become Evelyn Salt. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
C + 90% Luca (2021) The film treads water amid a sea of animated tropes. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
C ? 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The sort of lamebrained film in which the main character yells (without an ounce of irony), "If we don't stop the drill, they'll upload the virus and destroy Europe!" - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
B ? 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) While it may sound like a hoot - and it occasionally is - the audience never quite shakes the origin story that wasn't and the wanting character development that might have lent the story more resonance. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
C + 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Perhaps it is no coincidence that Allison is the only character who gets to ride a horse. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
C 66% Wrath of Man (2021) If Ritchie spent as much screen time on character development as the minutiae of heist planning, "Wrath of Man" might have been a durable genre entry. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
C 84% Nobody (2021) "Nobody" is the "RED" of "John Wicks." - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B + 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The four-hour behemoth is a cinematic singularity. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
C + 66% Crisis (2021) 'Crisis' is not a great film even absent Hammer's pall, but it is also a worthwhile one despite it. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
B - 75% The Mauritanian (2021) A generally engrossing true story about a national stain that forgets, or glosses over, the things that make good movies great. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
B? 94% Nomadland (2021) Like the nomads it spotlights, where the film thematically starts is not where it ends up. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
A - 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Although based around a contrivance, the screenplay's depth of truth-telling and honesty is even-handed and bold. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2021
C + 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) "A moderately engaging potboiler buttressed by a superlative performance from Mulligan, whose every scene unearths emotional depth not found in the screenplay." - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
D 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's the anti-"Incredibles." - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2021
B + 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'' is less a biopic than a biopsy. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
B - 88% News of the World (2020) It is a generally satisfying film that ultimately feels unfulfilling, never realizing the potential of its pedigree. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
C + 82% Mank (2020) The result is handsome but hollow pastiche. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
C 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) "Hillbilly Elegy" feels extraneous, less a poetic lament and more just lamentable. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
B - 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) A late-2020 story about a family's sojourn out of the dark wilderness and into a bright new day feels as on-the-nose as the Bettermans's surname. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
B 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Apatow offers Davidson a platform to exorcise demons and amplify his pain to friends, family, and the general public. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
C + 88% Onward (2020) Onward would merit high marks if it was meant as a meta Pixar self-critique. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B 83% The Way Back (2020) This well-made redemption tale appeared heading for a tidy, familiar finale until O'Connor inverts that trope, reminding us that winning the big game isn't a cure-all. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The audience finds itself questioning the veracity of a woman claiming terror at the hands of her domestic partner. #MeToo? Y tú. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
C 37% Downhill (2020) Set and filmed in the Alps, it's the rough equivalent of being stuck in a ski lodge with a gaggle of unlikeable one-percenters. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B 75% The Gentlemen (2020) There's a flair and sure-handedness here that will please Ritchie's fans, even if it feels like he's preaching to the converted. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 would have been a great silent film, and that's a purposely backhanded compliment. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
B - 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rey and Kylo's love-hate tête-à-tête remains front and center in "Rise of Skywalker," even amid some mind-numbing periphery. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
C - 19% Cats (2019) Seemingly scooped out of the litter box, it's best viewed under the influence of catnip or some other hallucinogenic substance. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
C + 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell restricts itself to plucking low-hanging fruit - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
3/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Like a rickety roller coaster, it's a heady ride while it lasts, but you're kinda glad when it's over. - INDY Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
B - 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's unadorned, if not outright languid filmmaking approach turns this real-life Kafkaesque story ... into a by-the-numbers recitation reminiscent of a History Channel dramatization. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
B 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Its charm resides in both the evolving rapport between its main characters and the comedic adroitness of Johnson, Hart, Gillan, Black, and now Awkwafina. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
B + 94% Marriage Story (2019) It isn't about the joys of nuptial bliss, but rather the throes of matrimonial disunion. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 52% The Lion King (2019) It's Disney's version of the circle of life, but here it feels more like cannibalization. - Chatham News + Record (NC) 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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 59% Them That Follow (2019) "Them That Follow" needed more bite, but instead its screenplay feels defanged. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - 38% 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 (NC) 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 (NC) 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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 87% Hustlers (2019) Whereas Scafaria's script is sometimes slipshod, her pacing, framing, and visual aplomb are spectacular. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + 82% 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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C - 82% Abominable (2019) "Abominable" doesn't live down to its title, but it doesn't scale any summits, either. - Chatham News + Record (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 68% 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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + 39% 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 (NC) 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 (NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - 41% 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 (NC) 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