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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.

‘Polka King’s Twisted Morality Can’t Dent American Dream
23 hours ago

‘Polka King’s Twisted Morality Can’t Dent American Dream

Every so often Hollywood cranks out a cautionary tale about the American Dream.

Sure, that dream looks good on paper. In reality, It’s a tease that traps unfortunate souls. Take …
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HiT Movie Reviews: ’12 Strong,’ ‘Forever My Girl’
4 days ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ’12 Strong,’ ‘Forever My Girl’

You may want to Google the story behind “12 Strong” before lining up to see it.

How could a small group of Green Berets strike a blow against the Taliban …
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HiT Reviews: ‘The Post, ‘Paddington 2’
2 weeks ago

HiT Reviews: ‘The Post, ‘Paddington 2’

Steven Spielberg can do almost anything on screen … except duck the zeitgeist.

The Oscar winner began making “The Post” just as liberals pleaded with reporters to hold President-Elect Donald …
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Decorated Soldier Picks the Best, and Worst, War Movies
2 weeks ago

Decorated Soldier Picks the Best, and Worst, War Movies

I was attending a Christmas party over the holidays and, in the course of conversation, made the following statement:

“I can’t watch very many war movies anymore.”

My sister in-law, …
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HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Hostiles, ‘I, Tonya’
3 weeks ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Hostiles, ‘I, Tonya’

Clint Eastwood transformed the western with “Unforgiven,” a film questioning the genre’s moral compass.

“Hostiles” goes one step further for our PC age. Cowboys aren’t necessarily the heroes. And those …
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Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’
3 weeks ago

Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Tom DeSimone’s 1981 horror cult classic “Hell Night” begins, appropriately enough, with a scream.

From there, we’re provided a long tracking shot (back when these things were done without digital …
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Critic vs. Critic: ‘The Last Jedi’
3 weeks ago

Critic vs. Critic: ‘The Last Jedi’

“The Last Jedi” may be printing money at the box office, but not everyone adores the eighth chapter in the “Star Wars” saga.

The audience rating at RottenTomatoes.com stands at …
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How ‘Downsizing’ Makes Damon, Climate Change Dull
1 month ago

How ‘Downsizing’ Makes Damon, Climate Change Dull

Matt Damon is having a lousy year, and that has nothing to do with his awkward comments regarding the “MeToo” movement.

Damon’s performance in “Suburbicon” appeared to be a career …
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‘Greatest Showman’ Caters to Red and Blue State Whims
1 month ago

‘Greatest Showman’ Caters to Red and Blue State Whims

Hugh Jackman makes a living playing a rage mutant with nasty claws. At heart, he’s a showman from the Mickey Rooney school of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

He couldn’t find a …
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The 10 Best Movies of 2017 (No. 1 Got Totally Ignored)
1 month ago

The 10 Best Movies of 2017 (No. 1 Got Totally Ignored)

I left the theater after watching “Thank You for Your Service” both drained and elated.

The film’s depiction of soldiers adjusting to civilian life proved brutal. We all need to …
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