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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.

HiT DVD Autopsy – ‘Bulletproof 2’
2 days ago

HiT DVD Autopsy – ‘Bulletproof 2’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Every so often a title crops up that makes you pause.

Looking over the release schedule you frequently find curiosities, but this one — this caused the brakes to lock …
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‘Troop Zero’ Makes the Most of Its Merry Misfits
5 days ago

‘Troop Zero’ Makes the Most of Its Merry Misfits

Misfits make for great kiddie fare.

Take a child, any child, who doesn’t “belong” and suddenly you’ve got a character to care about.

The family-friendly “Troop Zero” follows a gaggle …
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ – Pro Family, Faith and Just Plain Fun
6 days ago

‘Bad Boys for Life’ – Pro Family, Faith and Just Plain Fun

Sequels rarely, if ever, lap the originals.

Worst case scenarios include “Zoolander 2,” “Caddyshack II” and, gasp, “Jaws 3D.”  Even well-intentioned sequels (“Godfather III”) come up embarrassingly short.

So it’s …
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Why ‘Buck Run’ Will Frustrate Even Indie Film Fans
1 week ago

Why ‘Buck Run’ Will Frustrate Even Indie Film Fans

The best indie films don’t treat audiences like children.

Major plot points aren’t spelled out in crayon or Voice of God-style narration. The audience is trusted to tease out the …
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‘1917’ – A Bracing War Drama Marred by Contrivance
2 weeks ago

‘1917’ – A Bracing War Drama Marred by Contrivance

There’s too much blood, sweat and cinematic tears spilled in “1917” to be crushed by a gimmick.

It still comes too close for comfort.

Director Sam Mendes’ film, a brilliantly …
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‘Underwater’ Is a Fifth (Maybe Sixth) Rate ‘Alien’ Ripoff
2 weeks ago

‘Underwater’ Is a Fifth (Maybe Sixth) Rate ‘Alien’ Ripoff

In “Underwater,” no one can hear you muttering, “what the bleep is going on?”

This “Alien” clone features indecipherable jump scares, dialogue and kills. What did she say? Where is he …
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How ‘Little Women’ Soft Pedals Modern Feminism
2 weeks ago

How ‘Little Women’ Soft Pedals Modern Feminism

It’s worth remembering that modern art is made to address modern issues.

Rarely is art made specifically just to reflect on a specific time in history for the sake of …
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‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ Is Crazy Like a Fox
2 weeks ago

‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ Is Crazy Like a Fox

There’s something seriously off about “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.”

Sure, the film spills so much blood and entrails it’s like a “Saw” highlight reel. It’s not that, though. It …
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Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Nothing Less than a Masterpiece
2 weeks ago

Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Nothing Less than a Masterpiece

By  •  Reviews, Movies

At the beginning of Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” Franz Yagerstatter (August Diehl) is returning home to his family.

Living in Austria during the early days of Nazi recruitment and the …
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‘Radioland Murders’ – Will Disney Revive This Lucas Dud?
3 weeks ago

‘Radioland Murders’ – Will Disney Revive This Lucas Dud?

By  •  Reviews, Movies

No one blames George Lucas for the creative (but not monetary) failure of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

At this point, since Disney acquired the rights to The Force, …
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