Robert Horton

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)

First-rate cast proves ‘Little Women’ is worth revisiting

In this version of the 1868 novel, writer-director Greta Gerwig emphasizes Jo and her development as a writer.

‘Bombshell’ doesn’t shed much new light on Fox News sex scandal

The actors portraying Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson all do fine work; the director, not so much.

‘Star Wars’ finale plays it safe to please franchise’s picky fans

After the giddy Episode VIII displeased obsessive devotees, Disney reverts to the tried-and-true formula.

Frantic pace, not digital weirdness, is what dooms ‘Cats’

The people in catsuits aren’t really that creepy, but the director’s hyper style wrecks this film version of the hit play.

Master actors, literate dialog make ‘Two Popes’ interesting

Jonathan Pryce plays Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins is Pope Benedict XVI in this study of Benedict’s decision to step down.

‘Richard Jewell’: Eastwood’s ax-grinding dulls a sharp story

The story of the smeared security guard works well at first, but sniping about government and media leaves a sour taste.

Next level of ‘Jumanji’ reaches a listless plateau

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and the gang are good company as always, but this sequel lacks new ideas.

Robert Horton previews the promising films for the holidays

The holiday season is when Hollywood shelves the superheroes and cartoons in favor of the Oscar contenders.

‘The Aeronauts’: Heavy on digital effects, light on reality

The best way to enjoy this movie, about intrepid balloonists in 1862, is as a kiddie pop-up book.

‘Marriage Story’ tracks a divorce with humor, precision

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are terrific, which helps compensate for a bias toward the male side of the story.

‘Honey Boy’: Shia LaBeouf confronts his child-stardom demons

The actor of “Transformers” fame wrote the autobiographical film and plays the overbearing father of a child star.

‘Frozen II’: Still fun, but it races off in too many directions

The follow-up to the 2013 Disney smash looks spectacular, but it’s also more redundant than most sequels.