Robert Horton

‘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

‘My Cousin Rachel’ tantilizes with every mysterious smile

Is she or isn’t she? This is the question, and the tantalizing draw, of “My Cousin Rachel,” a new adaptation of a Daphne du Maurier… Continue reading

‘The Mummy’ reboot first in a new monster universe series

Universal has a movie studio and theme parks. What it lacks is a mega-franchise of superheroes. But Universal has monsters. Boy, do they have monsters:… Continue reading

‘Wonder Woman’ gets a chance to shine, and does she ever

There was a bright spot in the sludge of “Batman v. Superman,” and its name was Wonder Woman. DC Comics, trying to get its superhero… Continue reading

5th ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ watches like a Disneyland ride

Almost everything worth anything in the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is geared toward spectacle. You want to see ghost sharks? We have great… Continue reading

‘Baywatch’ a self-parody with tepid jokes of lifeguard TV show

In the first 10 minutes of the “Baywatch” movie there’s a scene where swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach does the Heimlich maneuver on a beach nerd… Continue reading

‘Alien: Covenant’ adds to the series’ toll of astronaut deaths

Michael Fassbender plays two roles in “Alien: Covenant,” so he’s onscreen for at least half the film. Whenever he is, the movie cruises along in… Continue reading

Debra Winger a welcome presence in offbeat film ‘The Lovers’

Could anyone match Debra Winger back in the day? From 1980’s “Urban Cowboy” to 1990’s “The Sheltering Sky,” was there another actress as vivid on… Continue reading

Rule of thumb for this year’s SIFF: The crazier the better

At some point the numbers are overwhelming. This is the 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival, a marathon that lasts 25 days across 15 venues… Continue reading

‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ doesn’t cut it

It’s easy to pick on something like a celebrity cameo to measure a movie’s hollowness. So if I tell you that soccer-god-turned-style-icon David Beckham pops… Continue reading

Black comedy ‘Snatched’ a waste of Goldie Hawn’s talents

‘You are a very gifted murderer,” says mother to daughter, with sincerity. Mom has been searching for something nice to say about her child, so… Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ fun sequel for faithful fans

There’s a sequence in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in which Baby Groot is told to perform a simple task. No matter how explicit… Continue reading

Emily Dickinson biopic ‘A Quiet Passion’ peculiar yet powerful

A biopic of Emily Dickinson sounds like a terrible idea, and it probably would be if it unfolded along conventional lines. But what if it… Continue reading