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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.

‘Life’ Packs Chills Between Those Eye Rolls
54 mins ago

‘Life’ Packs Chills Between Those Eye Rolls

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In space, no one can hear you say, “C’mon, you can’t be that stupid!”

“Life,” the cinematic methadone until Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters, delivers scares that rival that …
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‘Bokeh’ Makes Society’s Collapse a Chore
2 days ago

‘Bokeh’ Makes Society’s Collapse a Chore

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Imagine that disaster porn auteur Roland Emmerich took a few philosophy classes before his next project and was given a limited budget.

That movie might look and feel very much …
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Why ‘Blue Jay’ Isn’t Like Most Outdoor Thrillers
4 days ago

Why ‘Blue Jay’ Isn’t Like Most Outdoor Thrillers

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Very little happens in the first half of the indie thriller “Blue Jay.” And boy, is that a beautiful thing.

The tale of two hikers who meet some unsavory types …
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Why ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is Too Big to Fail
1 week ago

Why ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is Too Big to Fail

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Disney understands the value of a brand better than any other film studio. And, by extension, the resources required to do one justice.

So we have a note-perfect live version of …
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How ‘Red Dawn’ Perfectly Captures ’80s-Era Fear
1 week ago

How ‘Red Dawn’ Perfectly Captures ’80s-Era Fear

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When young people ask me what I remember about the ’80s, my stock answer is that it was a lot fun but kind of scary.

The latter part comes from …
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HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Officer Downe’
1 week ago

HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Officer Downe’

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It’s not always a Hollywood blockbuster worthy of going under the celluloid medical examiner’s knife.

Occasionally an obscure title comes through that just begs for a forensic examination.

Case in …
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How ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Revives a Franchise Fave
2 weeks ago

How ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Revives a Franchise Fave

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King Kong hasn’t changed all that much since we first met him way back in 1933.

He’s still fiercely territorial, quick to anger and has a weakness for blondes.

And, …
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Meet the Lost Souls Who Make ‘Uncertain’ Soar
2 weeks ago

Meet the Lost Souls Who Make ‘Uncertain’ Soar

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Between 1806 and 1819, the United States and Spain were embroiled in a controversy over the boundary of Texas and Louisiana.

The U.S. claimed the boundary was the Sabine …
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How ‘Colors’ Connects to Today’s Racial Rage
3 weeks ago

How ‘Colors’ Connects to Today’s Racial Rage

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In 1988, a trio of works appeared that were met with enormous debate.

In the literary world, Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses: A Novel,” his satirical, whimsical fantasy, was denounced …
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HiT Reviews: ‘Logan,’ ‘Before I Fall’
3 weeks ago

HiT Reviews: ‘Logan,’ ‘Before I Fall’

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For years Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine had an A-Team problem.

Remember that ’80s TV “classic?” Our antiheroes would fire a dozen rounds at the bad guys but few actually got hurt. …
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