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Today’s audiences don’t just watch movies at the local cineplex. They screen them on their laptops, tablets and smart phones as well. The genres may be different, but Hollywood in Toto looks at entertainment value first and foremost when helping you pick the best movie for your favorite media player.

Why McLean’s ‘Jungle’ Would Scare Mick Taylor Silly
4 days ago

Why McLean’s ‘Jungle’ Would Scare Mick Taylor Silly

Greg McLean has trained his fans to expect the worst from his films.

Think what Mick Taylor did to those poor travelers in “Wolf Creek.” Or how the beast in …
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‘Only the Brave’ Is the Movie Firefighters Deserve
4 days ago

‘Only the Brave’ Is the Movie Firefighters Deserve

Hollywood can’t get enough of cop movies. Firefighter films? That’s a different story.

Ron Howard gave us “Backdraft” in 1991, a sturdy if conventional tale honoring those who rush toward …
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‘Professor Marston’ Peddles Propaganda Over Nostalgia
2 weeks ago

‘Professor Marston’ Peddles Propaganda Over Nostalgia

Remember how “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” explained the mysteries behind Kris Kringle?

One quick example? The same magic corn that helped Santa’s reindeer bust him out of jail …
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‘Goodbye’ to Those Warm Fuzzies Over Winnie and Co.
2 weeks ago

‘Goodbye’ to Those Warm Fuzzies Over Winnie and Co.

Just try finding someone who hasn’t “met” Winnie the Pooh at some point in their lives.

Feature films. TV cartoons. Stuffed Animals. Bed sheets.

And books, of course, including the …
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Why Altman’s Scathing ‘Player’ Hasn’t Aged a Minute
2 weeks ago

Why Altman’s Scathing ‘Player’ Hasn’t Aged a Minute

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Robert Altman’s “The Player” may be 25 years old, but it’s lost none of its bite as an essential Hollywood satire.

In fact, despite being released in 1992 and depicting …
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How Hollywood Whiffed on Christopher Columbus (Twice)
2 weeks ago

How Hollywood Whiffed on Christopher Columbus (Twice)

By  •  Reviews, Movies

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus’ first voyage concluded with his arrival on the Caribbean island of Guanahani (which he dubbed “San Salvador”).

His legendary expedition, one of the four …
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How ‘Generational Sins’ Smashes Faith-Based Formula
3 weeks ago

How ‘Generational Sins’ Smashes Faith-Based Formula

Get ready for the third wave of faith-based filmmaking.

For years Christians supported micro-indie films that spread the message of God but cut some cinematic corners.

Think “Facing the Giants” …
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Caution: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Exactly What You Wanted
3 weeks ago

Caution: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Exactly What You Wanted

“Blade Runner 2049” might just be a perfect sequel. There’s a catch, of course.

By perfect we mean the film doesn’t just continue the story started in the 1982 original. …
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Why ‘Gerald’s Game’ Lacks Stephen King Worthy Scares
3 weeks ago

Why ‘Gerald’s Game’ Lacks Stephen King Worthy Scares

By  •  Reviews, Movies

One of the year’s biggest curiosity items is Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel, “Gerald’s Game.”

For horror fans, this Netflix project promised big things. Flanagan, director of …
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HiT Reviews: ‘American Made,’ ‘Battle of the Sexes’
4 weeks ago

HiT Reviews: ‘American Made,’ ‘Battle of the Sexes’

Every few years we’re reminded Tom Cruise is more than just a movie star. He’s a darn good actor, too.

Think “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Magnolia” and “Rain …
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