Chatham News + Record (NC)

Chatham News + Record (NC) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Neil Morris
Rating Title/Year Author
B ? Nomadland (2020) Neil Morris Like the nomads it spotlights, where the film thematically starts is not where it ends up. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
A - One Night in Miami (2020) Neil Morris Although based around a contrivance, the screenplay's depth of truth-telling and honesty is even-handed and bold. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
C + Promising Young Woman (2020) Neil Morris "A moderately engaging potboiler buttressed by a superlative performance from Mulligan, whose every scene unearths emotional depth not found in the screenplay." EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
D Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Neil Morris It's the anti-"Incredibles." EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2021
B + Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Neil Morris "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'' is less a biopic than a biopsy. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
B - News of the World (2020) Neil Morris It is a generally satisfying film that ultimately feels unfulfilling, never realizing the potential of its pedigree. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
C + Mank (2020) Neil Morris The result is handsome but hollow pastiche. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
C Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Neil Morris "Hillbilly Elegy" feels extraneous, less a poetic lament and more just lamentable. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
B - The Croods: A New Age (2020) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
B The King of Staten Island (2020) Neil Morris Apatow offers Davidson a platform to exorcise demons and amplify his pain to friends, family, and the general public. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
C + Onward (2020) Neil Morris Onward would merit high marks if it was meant as a meta Pixar self-critique. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
B The Way Back (2020) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
B The Invisible Man (2020) Neil Morris The audience finds itself questioning the veracity of a woman claiming terror at the hands of her domestic partner. #MeToo? Y tú. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
C Downhill (2020) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B The Gentlemen (2020) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 1917 (2019) Neil Morris 1917 would have been a great silent film, and that's a purposely backhanded compliment. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
B - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Neil Morris Rey and Kylo's love-hate tête-à-tête remains front and center in "Rise of Skywalker," even amid some mind-numbing periphery. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
C - Cats (2019) Neil Morris Seemingly scooped out of the litter box, it's best viewed under the influence of catnip or some other hallucinogenic substance. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
C + Bombshell (2019) Neil Morris Bombshell restricts itself to plucking low-hanging fruit EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
B - Richard Jewell (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
B Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Neil Morris Its charm resides in both the evolving rapport between its main characters and the comedic adroitness of Johnson, Hart, Gillan, Black, and now Awkwafina. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
B + Marriage Story (2019) Neil Morris It isn't about the joys of nuptial bliss, but rather the throes of matrimonial disunion. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
C - Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Neil Morris The bickering bromance between Johnson and Statham is the only reason to endure this illogical, temporally-challenged, cartoonish CGI fest. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + The Lion King (2019) Neil Morris It's Disney's version of the circle of life, but here it feels more like cannibalization. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + Them That Follow (2019) Neil Morris "Them That Follow" needed more bite, but instead its screenplay feels defanged. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - Angel Has Fallen (2019) Neil Morris Over the final half of the film ... I spent more time trying to decide whether Nolte or Freeman is now showing his age more. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Neil Morris [The] pitch-perfect casting and rustic setting lend its familiar tale an edginess that somehow both offsets and enhances its inherent sweetness. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + The Nightingale (2018) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + Hustlers (2019) Neil Morris Whereas Scafaria's script is sometimes slipshod, her pacing, framing, and visual aplomb are spectacular. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B + Judy (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
C - Abominable (2019) Neil Morris "Abominable" doesn't live down to its title, but it doesn't scale any summits, either. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B Joker (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
C + Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Neil Morris Jolie is the macabre somnolent beauty, practically sleepwalking through a fable with excessively hard-hitting aims and regrettably banal execution. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Neil Morris It's darn difficult to steal scenes from Eddie Murphy, but Wesley Snipes does just that ... EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - Midway (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B The Good Liar (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B - Frozen II (2019) Neil Morris 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019