Robert Horton

Art from tragedy: “Detroit” about racial violence in 1967

Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar (for “The Hurt Locker”), and her reputation is largely associated with the formidable… Continue reading

‘Macbeth’ like a film noir set at an English country house

The great movie villains always have their reasons. Wicked as they are, we can usually understand them just a little. This is certainly the case… Continue reading

Cliche spy movie ‘Atomic Blonde’ substitutes attitude for style

The spies in “Atomic Blonde” are in Berlin in November 1989, but they’re not concerned about how the wall is about to fall. They’re playing… Continue reading

‘Landline’: Infidelity at center of smutty comedy set in mid-90s

Jenny Slate’s opening monologue in “Obvious Child” is the kind of thing that weeds out the uptight among us. Its indecorous references to bodily emissions… Continue reading

‘Dunkirk’ a World War II film like you’ve never seen before

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is, undeniably, about the famed World War II evacuation. But it’s also very much about how Christopher Nolan makes movies, and how… Continue reading

Park your brain and just enjoy the spacey ‘Valerian’ ride

If you think too hard about the title “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” it will make your head hurt. So stop thinking.… Continue reading

‘Hermia & Helena’: Playful game of storytelling that resembles life

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person left who still sends postcards, so it is reassuring to periodically encounter a fellow scribbler. Such a… Continue reading

Latest ‘Planet of the Apes’ movie will make your spine tingle

Back when I could afford to attend big outdoor sporting events, I invariably got gooseflesh during the pregame al fresco performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”… Continue reading

Music box horror flick borrows tune from ‘Final Destination’ series

There are many reasons teenager Clare Shannon (played by Joey King) doesn’t want her dad to rummage around in garbage cans. A couple are obvious:… Continue reading

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ spins an entertaining tale for summer

Funny without being tongue-in-cheek and epic without being ponderous, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is what a summer movie should be. This latest installment in the Marvel Comics… Continue reading

‘The Big Sick’ a hilarious and unusual boy-meets-girl story

There’s so much going on in “The Big Sick,” it’s a wonder the movie ever gets around to comedy. We’ve got a new romance, a… Continue reading

‘Baby Driver’ as cool as the shades its title character wears

The hero of “Baby Driver” must wear sunglasses, to such a degree that he keeps two or three spare sets in his pockets at all… Continue reading

‘The Beguiled’ remake falls short of its 1971 predecessor

The opening of “The Beguiled” is lush on every level: Mist hangs in the moss-draped trees as a young girl goes out mushroom-picking, her singing… Continue reading

An uninspired sequel, ‘Despicable Me 3’ sidelines the Minions

The villain is often the best thing about a story, and the cute idea of the original “Despicable Me” was that the villain would be… Continue reading

‘After the Storm’: Gentle character study with a big typhoon

Sometimes a storm is just a storm. But this is rarely true in movies. If clouds gather on the horizon, it’s usually an omen about… Continue reading

Fifth ‘Transformers’ movie takes series to new lows of idiocy

If you were a film director with dreams of being a military general, the “Transformers” movies would be your best job ever. That’s certainly the… Continue reading

Sam Elliott perfect for ‘Hero,’ where he practically plays himself

Can you be a movie star on the sly? Sam Elliott is an instantly recognizable and much-liked actor, with a collection of leading roles behind… Continue reading

‘47 Meters Down’ a dumb movie with some shocking moments

After seeing “47 Meters Down,” I have a checklist of things to remember for my next Mexican underwater adventure. First, do not accept a submersion… Continue reading

Salma Hayek has never been better in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

In “Beatriz at Dinner” Salma Hayek’s face is cleansed of glamour, but even more noticeable is the expression she wears: empathetic yet often empty, as… Continue reading

‘Megan Leavey’ heartwarming true story of soldier-K9 bond

The heartwarming true story of a soldier and a military dog is a sure-fire bet for a movie adaptation. It’s even more promising when the… Continue reading