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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.

14 (More) Killer Pop Songs You’ve Never Heard Before
3 days ago

14 (More) Killer Pop Songs You’ve Never Heard Before

Because we can’t have nice things, my list of “14 Killer Pop Songs You’ve Never Heard Before” drew both compliments (Yeah! Del Amitri!) and derision (Come on! Nobody likes Camper …
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Ford Rescues ‘Call of the Wild’ from CGI Gone Amok
6 days ago

Ford Rescues ‘Call of the Wild’ from CGI Gone Amok

Few things connect with audiences like a devoted dog and his owner.

Even the silly “Beethoven” franchise scores points on that front. What happens when that dog is comprised of …
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‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ Lets Billy Crystal Shine (Again)
1 week ago

‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ Lets Billy Crystal Shine (Again)

We missed you, Billy.

Comic actor Billy Crystal isn’t doing many movies these days, his string of smashes (“City Slickers”) and misfires (“Mr. Saturday Night”) in the rear view mirror.


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‘Night Clerk’ – Long on Sympathy, Short on Thrills
1 week ago

‘Night Clerk’ – Long on Sympathy, Short on Thrills

Hollywood is making progress, finally, on how it treats mentally challenged characters.

Wacky comedies like “The Dream Team,” about a group of mentally unstable patients, were once the norm. Now, …
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Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ an Inglorious, Tarantino-Style Train Wreck
1 week ago

Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ an Inglorious, Tarantino-Style Train Wreck

By  •  Reviews, TV

Peak TV is a glorious thing, but it’s far from perfect.

Example A: “Hunters,” the new Amazon Prime series starring the legendary Al Pacino. The ‘70s set thriller reveals a …
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‘The Assistant’ Puts Us in Weinstein’s Cross Hairs
2 weeks ago

‘The Assistant’ Puts Us in Weinstein’s Cross Hairs

By  •  Reviews, Movies

When I used to cover Miramax’s legacy in my film classes, I’d speak of Harvey Weinstein with genuine awe and admiration.

Lecturing on a section dealing with the 1990s independent …
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‘Freedom to Laugh’ Tour Takes on AOC, Hillary and More
2 weeks ago

‘Freedom to Laugh’ Tour Takes on AOC, Hillary and More

By  •  Reviews

Audiences who line up to see the “Freedom to Laugh” tour must do a double or triple take. 

It’s one thing to expect right-leaning laughs from the event, billed as …
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How ‘Downhill’ Leaves Will Ferrell Out in the Cold
2 weeks ago

How ‘Downhill’ Leaves Will Ferrell Out in the Cold

“Downhill” is like Methadone for your “Marriage Story” addiction.

The latter showed a relationship in its death throes. “Downhill,” the American remake of 2014’s “Force Majeure,” X-rays a middle-aged couple …
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How ‘VFW’ Honors Veterans and Horror Junkies Alike
2 weeks ago

How ‘VFW’ Honors Veterans and Horror Junkies Alike

Horror movies can take two very different path.

The first? Make the deaths so clever, so over the top that you don’t give a dang about the folks biting the …
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Why Weinstein-Inspired ‘Assistant’ Is a Me Too Misfire
2 weeks ago

Why Weinstein-Inspired ‘Assistant’ Is a Me Too Misfire

The first narrative film to capture the Weinstein era removes everything salacious about the subject.

“The Assistant” does more than that, though.

It bleaches out the characters, motivations, drama and …
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