Robert Horton

Beneath the Love-Story Gauze of ‘A United Kingdom’ Is a Dense African History Lesson

Beneath the Love-Story Gauze of ‘A United Kingdom’ Is a Dense African History Lesson

When the heir to the Bechuanaland throne marries an Englishwoman, romantic geopolitical chess follows.

Beneath the Love-Story Gauze of ‘A United Kingdom’ Is a Dense African History Lesson
Son of Joseph Is Biblical Without Pretension

Son of Joseph Is Biblical Without Pretension

Even with Joseph, Marie, and a donkey, this film is allegory free and upends expectation.

Son of Joseph Is Biblical Without Pretension
German Comedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ Achieves Legitimate Filmic Madness

German Comedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ Achieves Legitimate Filmic Madness

A goofy father saves his daughter from corporate drudgery by dressing up as a jet-setting life coach.

German Comedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ Achieves Legitimate Filmic Madness
Courtesy Magnolia Pictures
Courtesy Magnolia Pictures
Each Shot of Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta Is a Compositionally Rich Work of Art

Each Shot of Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta Is a Compositionally Rich Work of Art

The Spanish filmmaker lends his masterly touch to this novella-like film.

Each Shot of Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta Is a Compositionally Rich Work of Art
Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying

Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying

Rather than paint a grand picture of the ’70s, the film suffocates under the weight of its sentiment.

Despite a Strong Cast, “20th Century Women” Comes Off Cloying
In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems

In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems

It may appear ‘quirky,’ but fear not—the film is an authentic joy.

In ‘Paterson,’ Jim Jarmusch’s Latest, Adam Driver Drives and Writes Poems
‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done

‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done

The satisfying film follows three pioneering black women mathematicians at NASA.

‘Hidden Figures,’ Is a Heroic Look at Jobs Well Done
The Year’s Finest Films

The Year’s Finest Films

Amid the ceaseless Hollywood sequels and superhero flicks, unlikely gems rose to the top.

The Year’s Finest Films
‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day

‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day

The film’s throwback Hollywood charm is well-executed, but ultimately contrived.

‘La La Land’ Grafts the Golden Era of Film Onto Modern Day
A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’

A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’

Jessica Chastain dominates as few actresses get to dominate their films these days.

A Ruthless Lobbyist Takes on Gun Control in the Farfetched But Satisfying ‘Miss Sloane’
‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir

‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir

After a collision with a motorcyclist, a taxi driver’s lifesaving decision begins a dark descent.

‘Old Stone’ Turns a Controversial Chinese Medical Policy Into Neo-Noir
Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd

Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ shines by not settling for mere nostalgia.

Warren Beatty’s New Film About Howard Hughes Is, Like Its Subject, Daffy and Odd
Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat

Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat

The film’s approach to 1967’s court ruling on interracial marriage suffers from reluctant direction.

Beset by Overly Minimalist Direction, ‘Loving’ Loses Its Emotional Heartbeat
‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With

‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With

The Brazilian film finds a mid-60s writer battling for her historic building against developers.

‘Aquarius’ Builds a Stunning Story Out of a Subject Seattleites Are Familiar With
A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It

A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It

There are plenty of hit-and-miss moments, but it all adds up to an inspired end.

A Coming-of-Age Film, ‘Moonlight,’ Offers More the Longer You Give It
In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point

In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point

This series of vignettes, set around wintry Livingston, Montana, is more about the tone than the tale.

In ‘Certain Women,’ the Story’s Not the Point
In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court

In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court

While the film isn’t top-notch, the true story it tells couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

In ‘Denial,’ a Woman Must Prove the Holocaust Happened … In Court
Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

Like D.W. Griffith’s landmark film, this will be remembered for unintended reasons.

Sundance hit ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Dramatizes the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle

Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle

The film is a fleet crowd-pleaser, but the thrills of the explosions should raise questions.

Disaster Biopic ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Turns Tragedy into Unholy Spectacle