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Today’s consumers have more entertainment options than ever before thanks to technology and the explosion of new media outlets. That’s why Hollywood in Toto will help readers suss out the very best content across media. We all lead busy lives. Let’s consume only the highest quality movies, television shows and music with our limited leisure time.

‘Dunkirk’ Is Bold, Original and Muddled to the Core
7 days ago

‘Dunkirk’ Is Bold, Original and Muddled to the Core

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is nothing like the countless war movies that precede it.

Every frame feels like a masterstroke from the auteur, from the delirious sound design to storytelling angles …
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‘Killing Ground’ Wallows in Aussie Horror’s Mean Streak
7 days ago

‘Killing Ground’ Wallows in Aussie Horror’s Mean Streak

Torture and Aussie filmmakers go together like peas and cah-rots.

Director Greg McLean’s 2005 shocker “Wolf Creek” proved so irredeemably cruel it nearly chased Roger Ebert out of the theater.


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This Slick, Ambitious ‘War’ Hates Humans Too Much
2 weeks ago

This Slick, Ambitious ‘War’ Hates Humans Too Much

The “Planet of the Apes” saga has an X-Men problem.

That superhero franchise hammers home its “mutants as the ‘other’” metaphor in every installment. That’s wise but ultimately wearisome.

We’ve …
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Baldwin (Almost) Makes ‘Blind’ Worth Your Time
2 weeks ago

Baldwin (Almost) Makes ‘Blind’ Worth Your Time

Video on Demand gives titles that lack marketing muscle a fighting chance.

That’s critical at a time when mid-budget movies are on the endangered list. VOD also is where fading …
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The One Thing That Makes ‘Species’ Franchise Unique
2 weeks ago

The One Thing That Makes ‘Species’ Franchise Unique

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Science Fiction has always delved into the lure of sex, either as subtext or as a central theme.

For a genre that famously explores the human experience, pushing the boundaries …
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‘Their Finest’ Remembers Unsung Heroes of World War II
2 weeks ago

‘Their Finest’ Remembers Unsung Heroes of World War II

Not all propaganda is created equal.

“Their Finest [Blu-ray]” captures the other, more positive side of the word. The film follows British filmmakers rallying their countrymen in the early days …
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‘Suntan’ – Lolita 2.0 With an Unexpected Greek Twist
2 weeks ago

‘Suntan’ – Lolita 2.0 With an Unexpected Greek Twist

The middle-aged doctor in “Suntan” looks like he should be having the time of his life.

He just snared a gig as the main physician on an idyllic Greek island. …
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Roger Waters Praises Refugees, Bashes Trump in Concert
3 weeks ago

Roger Waters Praises Refugees, Bashes Trump in Concert

Roger Waters failed to impress with his latest attack on freedom days before the anniversary of the country he now calls home.

If you attended Waters’ July 1 concert at …
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – More Jester Than Hero
3 weeks ago

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – More Jester Than Hero

The latest Spider-Man reboot feels like “The Greatest American Hero: The Motion Picture.”

The ’80s TV caper followed a superhero who couldn’t fly straight but still saved the day. The …
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HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘CHIPS’
4 weeks ago

HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘CHIPS’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

There is a formula lately when it comes to translating a television show to the movie screens.

(Here’s a secret: Hollywood loves a formula.)This involves altering the original tone to …
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