Robert Horton

‘Hermia & Helena’: Playful game of storytelling that resembles life

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person left who still sends postcards, so it is reassuring to periodically encounter a fellow scribbler. Such a… Continue reading

Latest ‘Planet of the Apes’ movie will make your spine tingle

Back when I could afford to attend big outdoor sporting events, I invariably got gooseflesh during the pregame al fresco performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”… Continue reading

Music box horror flick borrows tune from ‘Final Destination’ series

There are many reasons teenager Clare Shannon (played by Joey King) doesn’t want her dad to rummage around in garbage cans. A couple are obvious:… Continue reading

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ spins an entertaining tale for summer

Funny without being tongue-in-cheek and epic without being ponderous, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is what a summer movie should be. This latest installment in the Marvel Comics… Continue reading

‘The Big Sick’ a hilarious and unusual boy-meets-girl story

There’s so much going on in “The Big Sick,” it’s a wonder the movie ever gets around to comedy. We’ve got a new romance, a… Continue reading

‘Baby Driver’ as cool as the shades its title character wears

The hero of “Baby Driver” must wear sunglasses, to such a degree that he keeps two or three spare sets in his pockets at all… Continue reading

‘The Beguiled’ remake falls short of its 1971 predecessor

The opening of “The Beguiled” is lush on every level: Mist hangs in the moss-draped trees as a young girl goes out mushroom-picking, her singing… Continue reading

An uninspired sequel, ‘Despicable Me 3’ sidelines the Minions

The villain is often the best thing about a story, and the cute idea of the original “Despicable Me” was that the villain would be… Continue reading

‘After the Storm’: Gentle character study with a big typhoon

Sometimes a storm is just a storm. But this is rarely true in movies. If clouds gather on the horizon, it’s usually an omen about… Continue reading

Fifth ‘Transformers’ movie takes series to new lows of idiocy

If you were a film director with dreams of being a military general, the “Transformers” movies would be your best job ever. That’s certainly the… Continue reading

Sam Elliott perfect for ‘Hero,’ where he practically plays himself

Can you be a movie star on the sly? Sam Elliott is an instantly recognizable and much-liked actor, with a collection of leading roles behind… Continue reading

‘47 Meters Down’ a dumb movie with some shocking moments

After seeing “47 Meters Down,” I have a checklist of things to remember for my next Mexican underwater adventure. First, do not accept a submersion… Continue reading

Salma Hayek has never been better in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

In “Beatriz at Dinner” Salma Hayek’s face is cleansed of glamour, but even more noticeable is the expression she wears: empathetic yet often empty, as… Continue reading

‘Megan Leavey’ heartwarming true story of soldier-K9 bond

The heartwarming true story of a soldier and a military dog is a sure-fire bet for a movie adaptation. It’s even more promising when the… Continue reading

‘My Cousin Rachel’ tantilizes with every mysterious smile

Is she or isn’t she? This is the question, and the tantalizing draw, of “My Cousin Rachel,” a new adaptation of a Daphne du Maurier… Continue reading

‘The Mummy’ reboot first in a new monster universe series

Universal has a movie studio and theme parks. What it lacks is a mega-franchise of superheroes. But Universal has monsters. Boy, do they have monsters:… Continue reading

‘Wonder Woman’ gets a chance to shine, and does she ever

There was a bright spot in the sludge of “Batman v. Superman,” and its name was Wonder Woman. DC Comics, trying to get its superhero… Continue reading

5th ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ watches like a Disneyland ride

Almost everything worth anything in the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is geared toward spectacle. You want to see ghost sharks? We have great… Continue reading

‘Baywatch’ a self-parody with tepid jokes of lifeguard TV show

In the first 10 minutes of the “Baywatch” movie there’s a scene where swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach does the Heimlich maneuver on a beach nerd… Continue reading

‘Alien: Covenant’ adds to the series’ toll of astronaut deaths

Michael Fassbender plays two roles in “Alien: Covenant,” so he’s onscreen for at least half the film. Whenever he is, the movie cruises along in… Continue reading