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‘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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rogers biopic is as calm and reassuring as the man himself
Tom Hanks plays the beloved children’s TV host, who befriends a troubled, cynical journalist.
‘The Report’ dives into Bush-era torture, with mixed results
The subject is compelling, and Adam Driver’s performance is committed.