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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.

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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‘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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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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‘Birds of Prey’ Keeps Its Feisty Feminism on a Leash
3 weeks ago

‘Birds of Prey’ Keeps Its Feisty Feminism on a Leash

Let’s address the pink elephant in the room right away.

“Birds of Prey” isn’t the umpteenth woke-fest from La La Land. The superhero film doesn’t stop cold to lecture us …
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‘Mon Mon Mon Monsters!’ – These Kids Aren’t Alright
4 weeks ago

‘Mon Mon Mon Monsters!’ – These Kids Aren’t Alright

There’s more grisly goodness in “Mon Mon Mon Monsters!” than most horror films today.

The Taiwanese horror comedy is bold, original and bloody enough to satisfy most gore hounds. It’s …
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Why ‘Groundhog Day’ Endures: It’s Not What You Think
4 weeks ago

Why ‘Groundhog Day’ Endures: It’s Not What You Think

It’s strange that Harold Ramis’s “Groundhog Day” feels more like a ritual than a movie this time of year.

The 1993 comedy has built up such a huge fan-base …
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