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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.

Why ‘Aladdin’ Is a Paint-By-Numbers Good Time
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Why ‘Aladdin’ Is a Paint-By-Numbers Good Time

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is neither a train wreck nor a “Beauty and the Beast” level treat.

That’s not for lack of trying, though. Everyone involved, from the CGI artists to …
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Why the Uber-Woke ‘Booksmart’ Will Shock You
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Why the Uber-Woke ‘Booksmart’ Will Shock You

The teen comedy “Booksmart” is nothing short of a miracle.

It’s not “walk on water” material, mind you. Still, it could be the wokest film in modern screen history. And …
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‘Trial by Fire’ Can’t Rally Behind Dern’s Performance
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‘Trial by Fire’ Can’t Rally Behind Dern’s Performance

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“Trial By Fire” opens in Corsicana, Texas of 1991, where Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell) is viewed by neighbors to be acting suspiciously while fleeing his home as it burns …
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You’ll Wince, Laugh and Cheer at ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’
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You’ll Wince, Laugh and Cheer at ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

There are three kinds of people in the world.

Dog people. Cat people. And people who like watching dog people shoot, stab and slaughter hundreds on the big screen.

The …
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‘The Crow’ at 25: How It Paved Way for Nolan’s Bat Trilogy
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‘The Crow’ at 25: How It Paved Way for Nolan’s Bat Trilogy

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In March of 1993, while filming a scene for “The Crow,” a “blank” gun backfired and Brandon Lee, the charming son of Bruce Lee, died on set.

The film opened …
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Meet ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’s’ Not So Secret Weapon
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Meet ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’s’ Not So Secret Weapon

Few actors are as “on brand, all the time” as Ryan Reynolds.

He’s snarky in the “Deadpool” franchise, on social media and in countless commercials. So it’s not a shock …
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Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper
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Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper

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Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter – The True Story of the Manson Murders,” is one of the most horrifying, nightmare-inducing and creepily fascinating books I’ve ever encountered.

The 1974 book is …
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Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?
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Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?

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Here’s an old golf joke: What’s the best movie about golfing ever made? “Caddyshack.” And the worst? “Caddyshack II.”

The eight-years-too-late “Caddyshack II” was an instant bomb in 1988 and …
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DVD Autopsy – ‘Serenity’
3 weeks ago

DVD Autopsy – ‘Serenity’

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One of the common complaints about Hollywood is the lack of original stories.

So when bold and original ideas come along they’re usually celebrated. That didn’t happen with “Serenity” and for …
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Star Power Saves ‘Long Shot’ from Liberal Talking Points
3 weeks ago

Star Power Saves ‘Long Shot’ from Liberal Talking Points

“Long Shot” is a fantasy in more ways than one.

What if a schlubby guy, a Seth Rogen type, fell for a Charlize Theron-level beauty? Only she’s a presidential candidate …
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