1More Film Blog

1More Film Blog is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kenneth R. Morefield
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Top End Wedding (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The clash of cultures was an integral part of the story without it being a cheap shortcut for generic laughs EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Kenneth R. Morefield 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." EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Structurally, thematically, rhythmically, the show is built around 'Memory.' If that song brings the house down, nothing else matters. If it doesn't... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield 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 EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 63 Up (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield I will probably get a few digs from my friends for insisting that Ford v. Ferrari is not only entertaining but also smart. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Report (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The Report is at its best when it insists that the torture isn't the real scandal so much as the politicizing of oversight. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield All she did was walk around and sing better than just about anyone else of her generation. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 Miss Arizona (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Edie (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield This is an actor's showcase for Hancock. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/4 You Are Here: A Come From Away Story (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield With one huge caveat, it is both inspiring and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
2.5/4 Chameleon (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2.5/5 Ophelia (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield Can we start by all agreeing that Ophelia is the least interesting female character in the entire Shakespearean canon? EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Far From Home refuses to succumb to the studio's snowballing weight of gravitas. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Liyana (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield A worthwhile and inspiring crowd pleaser. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 Before Stonewall (1984) Kenneth R. Morefield I do recommend the film, especially for straight viewers. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 All Is True (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 You Can't Take It With You (1938) Kenneth R. Morefield There is something undeniably endearing about the film's assertions that happiness is a choice and that self-acceptance is the foundation of contentment. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 Late Night (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Persuasion (1995) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
2.5/4 Basmati Blues (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Basmati Blues isn't going to win any Oscars, but I finished the movie happier than when I started. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Kenneth R. Morefield 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? EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 Claire's Knee (1970) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
3/5 Le semeur (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield While the film's set-up evokes The Beguiled, its execution is more reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale or Breaking the Waves. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield It celebrates the love of art, not just the love of a particular piece of art. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Sandome No Satsujin (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Koreeda's sadly neglected predecessor to Shoplifters is now thankfully available on DVD from Film Movement. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3.5/5.0 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield One of the greatest things that the film relates about Ivins is that she made many outsiders feel less alone, less singular. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Faith, Hope & Love (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Even if you go in expecting to cringe and roll your eyes, you end up smiling at and rooting for its endearing characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Aren't these movies supposed to be interchangeable? Isn't that the point? EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Cradle of Champions (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield More of a look at what boxing means to the participants than mere profiles of those boxers themselves. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Time for Ilhan (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield One way the film is effective is by portraying the politics or primaries and how they differ from that of national elections. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Transit (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield The film will get plenty of exposure on DVD and streaming, but its meditative qualities and slower pace lend themselves better to the contemplative space of a darkened and distraction-free cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 The Sunday Sessions (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 La fille inconnue (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 Akron (2015) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield Perhaps my affinity for the character blinds me to the film's greater flaws, but maybe it also mediates against reflexive film critic cynicism. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 New Life (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals (Pornocratie, les nouvelles multinationales du sexe) (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5.0 Vision Quest (1985) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Purple Dreams (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield The best part of Purple Dreams was the way it underscored the connections between passion and excellence. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are like a Star Trek universe composed of nothing but red shirts. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 In Cold Blood (1967) Kenneth R. Morefield Like another great crime story rooted in truth, Dead Man Walking, it refuses to depersonalize the victims or elide their suffering EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 A Man for All Seasons (1966) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Army in the Shadows (1969) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 WALL-E (2008) Kenneth R. Morefield Wall-E is near the top of the list of films I call "friendship killers." EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 Nelly (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield It is hard to present a person (Arcan) or a subject (prostitution) as both inscrutable and meaningful EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019