Robert Horton

Oh, the horrors! ‘mother’ an exhausting carnival of chaos

What is “mother!”? The coy publicity for this non-capitalized movie hasn’t revealed much. Well, it’s a horror movie for sure, although not much like the… Continue reading

‘Rebel in the Rye’: Ham-handed approach hampers Salinger biopic

‘Rebel in the Rye” is not as terrible as its title, so we can say that for it. Given that its subject had a razor-sharp… Continue reading

Fall film preview: The Herald’s movie critic has the lineup

The bubble gum of summer has lost its flavor, which means the fall movie season is brightly packaged, ready to be consumed. This allegedly means… Continue reading

‘Crown Heights’ tells an American nightmare from behind bars

‘Crown Heights” won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That’s a pretty good call by the audience, given… Continue reading

‘Trip to Spain’ funniest yet of the traveling comedy series

“You Light Up My Life” was the 1977 victor — and the category… Continue reading

‘Unlocked’: Noomi Rapace the draw for a standard spy movie

Safe houses, surveillance toys, a mole in the system who must be identified. “Unlocked” runs through the usual spy-movie checklist. That’s not a terrible thing.… Continue reading

Robert Pattinson is strong, but ‘Good Time’ is anything but

Future teen heartthrobs seeking to change their images would do well to consider the example of Robert Pattinson. Cast in the first “Twilight” movie in… Continue reading

We’ve got one word for this lame ‘Graduate’ wannabe: Plastic

“The Graduate” is 50 years old and deservedly a classic movie. Periodically somebody comes along and decides they really, really want to make a “Graduate”… Continue reading

R-rated action comedy ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ entertains in right ways

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has perhaps the best running gag about seat-belt use in recent memory. This may sound like a small achievement, but it does… Continue reading

Steven Soderbergh returns with clever, funny ‘Logan Lucky’

The Logan brothers list off their family’s dismal relationship to luck, ticking through some of the calamities that have befallen the clan. One piece of… Continue reading

A modern Western, ‘Wind River’ crackles with memorable dialogue

I’m not sure when the phrase “the dialogue sounds written” became a put-down when we talk about movies. It’s good that people are hip to… Continue reading

Woody Harrelson brilliantly manic in his ‘Glass Castle’ role

When you’re a kid and your father stares into a campfire, pointing out the place where flames vanish into air, and he talks about existing… Continue reading

‘The Dark Tower’ is a truncated, turgid flop

I enjoy a Stephen King book as much as the next reader, but I’ve never delved into his “Dark Tower” fantasy series. Eight novels that… Continue reading

‘Kidnap’ puts Halle Berry — a mom in sneakers — in the driver’s seat

The new Halle Berry vehicle “Kidnap” is trashy exploitation, an overcooked potboiler with many logical problems. I hereby confess I kind of enjoyed it. Berry… Continue reading

Art from tragedy: “Detroit” about racial violence in 1967

Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar (for “The Hurt Locker”), and her reputation is largely associated with the formidable… Continue reading

‘Macbeth’ like a film noir set at an English country house

The great movie villains always have their reasons. Wicked as they are, we can usually understand them just a little. This is certainly the case… Continue reading

Cliche spy movie ‘Atomic Blonde’ substitutes attitude for style

The spies in “Atomic Blonde” are in Berlin in November 1989, but they’re not concerned about how the wall is about to fall. They’re playing… Continue reading

‘Landline’: Infidelity at center of smutty comedy set in mid-90s

Jenny Slate’s opening monologue in “Obvious Child” is the kind of thing that weeds out the uptight among us. Its indecorous references to bodily emissions… Continue reading

‘Dunkirk’ a World War II film like you’ve never seen before

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is, undeniably, about the famed World War II evacuation. But it’s also very much about how Christopher Nolan makes movies, and how… Continue reading

Park your brain and just enjoy the spacey ‘Valerian’ ride

If you think too hard about the title “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” it will make your head hurt. So stop thinking.… Continue reading