Robert Horton

Four big stars for comic, poignant and wonderful ‘Toy Story 4’

The animated franchise that can do no wrong returns with another thoroughly lovable adventure.

‘Last Black Man’ mourns for the lost soul of San Francisco

The film is a moody, surreal elegy to a city that’s been conquered by gentrification and wealth.

‘Dead Don’t Die’ puts a Jim Jarmuschian spin on the zombie genre

In-jokes and deadpan drollery by the likes of Bill Murray abound in this enjoyably shaggy outing.

‘International’ hits a low-key point in the ‘MIB’ franchise

It’s agreeable enough, with nice rapport between stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth.

After a smart start, ‘Late Night’ peters out in the late going

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are fun to watch, but the plot takes an unwelcome conventional turn.

‘Phoenix’ one of the darkest moments in the ‘X-Men’ franchise

Clunky dialogue and phoned-in performances make this feeble outing unworthy of any timeline.

Mild-mannered approach makes ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ refreshing

This good-natured sequel’s a welcome change from the hyperactivity of most kids’ movies.

Taron Egerton, in full Elton John regalia, in a scene from “Rocketman.” (Paramount Pictures)

‘Rocketman’: Silly and over the top — just like Elton John

Elton’s songs are as catchy as ever and Taron Egerton’s performance is spot-on.

Taron Egerton, in full Elton John regalia, in a scene from “Rocketman.” (Paramount Pictures)

Godzilla proves no match for tedium in latest monster flick

His fights with monsters such as Mothra are pretty cool. But then the humans start talking.

Small details add up to a compelling story in ‘The Souvenir’

The film, about a young woman dallying with a sketchy older man, is challenging and hard to shake.

‘Booksmart’ is a new classic of the high-school movie genre

With two engaging lead performances, this joins films like “Dazed and Confused” in the pantheon.

Long-delayed ‘Don Quixote’ collapses after funny first hour

Still, we should be glad that Terry Gilliam’s shambolic picture finally made it past the gatekeepers.

Keanu Reeves wisely still letting his fists do the talking

The words-challenged star and a lively supporting cast make mayhem galore in “John Wick: Chapter 3.”

Robert Horton previews the Seattle International Film Festival

Our movie critic’s rundown on films worth seeing — and a few that should be avoided.

Low-energy, soft ‘The Hustle’ is neither dirty nor rotten

This remake of the 1988 Steve Martin-Michael Caine wastes stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.

‘Tolkien’ paints appealing portrait of ‘Lord of the Rings’ author

The film sketches J.R.R. Tolkien’s early life, and how his experiences gave birth to the novels.

Reynolds makes ‘Pikachu’ moderately bearable for nonfans

People interested in the Pokemon “universe” will probably enjoy this; others will find it tedious.

Robert Horton previews the most anticipated movies of summer

Now that “Avengers: Endgame” is out, we can look forward to stuff like a new Quentin Tarantino film.

‘Long Shot’ works as rom-com, less so as political satire

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen have chemistry, but the lame satire and gross-out gags are clumsy.

Stupidity propels the story line in hamfisted ‘The Intruder’

A stylish but dopey young couple is menaced by a scenery-chewing Dennis Quaid in this silly flick.