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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.

Cage, Grammer Team for Underwhelming ‘Grand Isle’
17 hours ago

Cage, Grammer Team for Underwhelming ‘Grand Isle’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Grand Isle” is the kind of film that, had it been made in the ’70s or ’80s, might have garnered a cult following.

Instead, it arrives on the doorstep of …
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‘Little Joe’ Offers Slick Thrills, Snore-Worthy Twists
23 hours ago

‘Little Joe’ Offers Slick Thrills, Snore-Worthy Twists

It’s rare to see a thriller that takes immense care beyond the pulp elements.

Director Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” is such a film. The scrupulously told tale gives us big, …
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‘Richard Jewell’ Crucifies Fake News, Honors the Heartland
4 days ago

‘Richard Jewell’ Crucifies Fake News, Honors the Heartland

“You ready to start fighting back?”

Sam Rockwell asks the title character that question deep into “Richard Jewell.”

The Clint Eastwood film recalls how the FBI and media aligned to …
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‘Luce’ Shows Ugly Side of the Intersectional Left
1 week ago

‘Luce’ Shows Ugly Side of the Intersectional Left

Modern day America gets a thorough workout in “Luce,” the year’s second showcase for a remarkable young actor.

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. of “Waves” fame is front and center, again, playing …
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‘Marriage Story’ Is Bold, Brilliant But a Tad Too Familiar
1 week ago

‘Marriage Story’ Is Bold, Brilliant But a Tad Too Familiar

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When we meet Charlie and Nicole in “Marriage Story” they seem like a perfect couple.

Adam Driver’s Charlie is a celebrated theater director, and Scarlett Johansson’s Nicole is his favorite …
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Ambitious ‘Vivarium’ Creates Both Mystery, Frustration
1 week ago

Ambitious ‘Vivarium’ Creates Both Mystery, Frustration

Science fiction and mystery have a lot in common, but a hybrid between the two needs to do three things to work properly.

First, it needs to put forth a …
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Sultry, Soulful and Scary, 1979’s ‘Dracula’ Had It All
2 weeks ago

Sultry, Soulful and Scary, 1979’s ‘Dracula’ Had It All

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The Universal Studios logo has just barely faded when we hear wolves howling, telling us the makers of the 1979 “Dracula” knew what they were doing.

As directed by John …
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‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ – Pure Spiritual Balm
2 weeks ago

‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ – Pure Spiritual Balm

Do we really need another Mr. Rogers movie?

The 2018 documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” reminded us what’s missing in our culture today, or at least the social media …
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‘Frozen II’ Has Everything Save That Original Magic
2 weeks ago

‘Frozen II’ Has Everything Save That Original Magic

It’s hard to critique a sequel like “Frozen II” with much vigor.

It’s gorgeous from start to finish, with huge laughs from the usual suspect – Josh Gad’s Olaf the …
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Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Refuses to Meet Our Expectations
3 weeks ago

Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Refuses to Meet Our Expectations

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In the introductory moments of “The Irishman,” the camera enters the film through a box-like entrance, possibly a camera-like peep hole but more than likely a coffin shaped viewpoint that …
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