Robert Horton

Slow-burning passions ignite in dazzling ‘Portrait of a Lady’

This French film begins as a 18th-century period piece, then becomes something else entirely.

 

‘Call of the Wild’? ‘Call of the Mild’ is much more like it

This CGI-heavy adaptation of the Jack London classic is superficial stuff, though Harrison Ford helps it pick up a bit toward the end.

 

Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell impress, but ‘Downhill’ falls flat

This completely unnecessary remake of an excellent Swedish film never finds the right tone.

 

We never see the monster, and ‘The Assistant’ is better for it

It’s an ingenious strategy for telling a story about the toxic effect of one Weinstein-like person.

Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay in 1917 (Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures/TNS)

Robert Horton predicts who will take home Oscars tonight

Will the Academy come into the 21st century and honor “Parasite” (no)? Is Brad Pitt really a lock for Best Supporting Actor (yes).

Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay in 1917 (Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures/TNS)

‘Birds of Prey’: It’s the women’s turn to be cartoon sadists

Margot Robbie returns as the Lucille Ball of mayhem in this ultra-violent comic-book flick.

‘Honeyland’ richly deserves its multiple Oscar nominations

This film about a Macedonian beekeeper is a parable of sustainability versus greed.

Four stars for ‘Atlantics,’ a spellbinding shape-shifter of a film

This Senegalese movie, which mixes genres and moods, is one of the year’s very best.

The far-fetched premise pushes ‘Rhythm Section’ out of time

Blake Lively makes for a lively, if de-glammed, heroine, but this action thriller never clicks.

Guy Ritchie’s ‘Lock, Stock’ shtick is passing its sell-by date

Rampant real-world gun violence makes the Brit director’s smirky crime-comedy formula seem desperate and tired.

A truly exceptional cast uplifts ‘The Last Full Measure’

A roster of ace actors, including the late Peter Fonda, do strong work in this Vietnam-themed drama.

An Oscar-nominated documentary takes us inside hellish Syria

“The Cave” focuses on an underground hospital tending to the victims of the country’s civil war.

These ‘Bad Boys’ are looking like they could use a nap

After 17 years, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return, but ‘Bad Boys for Life’ lacks the previous films crazed energy.

Robert Downey Jr.’s a perfect fit for this weird ‘Dolittle’

He dons steampunk garb and talks to the animals in a very strange sorta-British accent.

‘1917’ uses technical bravura to get our pulses pounding

Director Sam Mendes filmed this story, about two WWI soldiers on a perilous mission, in two unbroken shots.

‘Like a Boss’ is a laughter-free, pointless fiasco of a movie

A capable cast led by Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne is stranded in a truly terrible film.

’Just Mercy’ punches hard at racist criminal justice in Alabama

The film isn’t subtle, but it hits the right notes for a legal drama. Michael B. Jordan plays a crusading lawyer.

The departed: Robert Horton’s list of actors we lost in 2019

The Herald’s movie critic remembers some of the biggest celebrities who died last year.

Taut ‘Uncut Gems’ could snag Adam Sandler an Oscar — for real

The comic actor is exceedingly good as a manic manchild drowning in gambling debt.

BBrad Pitt plays a one-time stunt double in”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Columbia Pictures)

Robert Horton picks his 10 best and 10 worst movies of 2019

Hollywood greats Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino’s latest top The Herald movie critic’s list.

BBrad Pitt plays a one-time stunt double in”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Columbia Pictures)