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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 ‘Gnaw’ Is a Cut Above Most Modern Horror Films
2 weeks ago

Why ‘Gnaw’ Is a Cut Above Most Modern Horror Films

What draws me to the horror genre isn’t the combination of blood, guts and nudity that attracts other fans. 

I’m interested in horror’s ability to serve as a raw allegory …
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Why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Is the Year’s Funniest Comedy
2 weeks ago

Why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Is the Year’s Funniest Comedy

Resistance remains futile in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What else can you say about the Marvel juggernaut after witnessing “Thor: Ragnarok?” The MCU is simply too good at what they do by now. …
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Here’s How ‘Let There Be Light’ Shames Studio Dramas
3 weeks ago

Here’s How ‘Let There Be Light’ Shames Studio Dramas

Faith based indie films may have noble intentions, but they can be stiff in places where it matters most.

A clunky laugh line here. An ill-advised supporting turn there.

Not …
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Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Rages Against ’50s America
3 weeks ago

Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Rages Against ’50s America

The Coen brothers love dumb criminals. George Clooney apparently loathes the suburbs.

Those two philosophies collide in “Suburbicon,” the second oddest movie of the year. (Top prize goes to “Goodbye …
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Here’s How ‘Crash Pad’ Squanders Its Killer Cast
3 weeks ago

Here’s How ‘Crash Pad’ Squanders Its Killer Cast

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The first thing you’ll notice about “Crash Pad” is the talent involved.

Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Domhnall Gleeson and Nina Bobrev.

Applegate is such a spectacularly underutilized actress that …
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Why ‘Geostorm’ Is So Bad You Simply Must See It
3 weeks ago

Why ‘Geostorm’ Is So Bad You Simply Must See It

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Before we go anywhere, let’s untruck a harsh reality:

This is not a standard film review. The advance word on “Geostorm” has been negative for some time. For months bad …
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Why McLean’s ‘Jungle’ Would Scare Mick Taylor Silly
4 weeks 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 weeks 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
1 month 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.
1 month 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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