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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.

Why ‘Beverly Luff Linn’ Just Isn’t Insane Enough
16 hours ago

Why ‘Beverly Luff Linn’ Just Isn’t Insane Enough

Confession time. This critic loathed “The Greasy Strangler” before he loved it.

Director Jim Hosking’s 2016 oddity threw every awkward moment possible at audiences. You either hit “stop” on your …
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How ‘City Slickers’ Did Right By American Males
1 day ago

How ‘City Slickers’ Did Right By American Males

Quick, name the last great comedy that made you laugh and cry.

Not easy, is it?

Billy Crystal’s 1991 comedy “City Slickers [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]” did just that. The film, …
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HiT Review: ‘First Man,’ ‘Goosebumps 2’
6 days ago

HiT Review: ‘First Man,’ ‘Goosebumps 2’

Damien Chazelle is three for three.

That can be fuzzy in baseball terms, since it can mean three bunt singles or three home runs.

The director of “Whiplash” and “La …
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‘Stella’s Last Weekend’ Captures Family at Its Finest
1 week ago

‘Stella’s Last Weekend’ Captures Family at Its Finest

By  •  Reviews, Movies

We love movies about pets, be it “Old Yeller” or “Marley & Me.”

Honestly, this is pretty weird.

The pet story is one of the few new kind of tales told …
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Why ‘Gosnell’ Could Rock Hollywood, Abortion Debate
1 week ago

Why ‘Gosnell’ Could Rock Hollywood, Abortion Debate

“Gosnell” works on so many levels it’s hard to count them all.

The film tackles one of the most emotional subjects in our culture – abortion – with grace and …
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Why ‘Hold the Dark’ Makes So Little Sense
1 week ago

Why ‘Hold the Dark’ Makes So Little Sense

By  •  Reviews, Movies

It usually becomes clear you’re watching an awful film well before the credits roll.

Often, it strikes you within the first few minutes. In those cases you can either embrace …
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‘Venom’ Brings Superhero Hot Streak to a Halt
2 weeks ago

‘Venom’ Brings Superhero Hot Streak to a Halt

When a Marvel movie’s Stan Lee cameo is its highlight you know you’re in trouble.

“Venom” reimagines the Topher Grace villain from “Spider-Man 3” for a new generation weaned on …
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‘Star Is Born’ Is One-Third an Instant Classic
2 weeks ago

‘Star Is Born’ Is One-Third an Instant Classic

Believe the hype over “A Star Is Born” – with a large asterisk attached.

Lady Gaga may snare a Best Actress Oscar for her first starring role. She’ll likely do …
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HiT Rewind: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ (2012)
3 weeks ago

HiT Rewind: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ (2012)

I kept passing on “Searching for Sugar Man” until late one night when I needed an hour of cardiovascular time and something to do with my mind.

I regretted my …
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Clunky ‘Night School’ Offers Conservative Balm
3 weeks ago

Clunky ‘Night School’ Offers Conservative Balm

Kevin Hart’s positive social media vibes are seeping into his feature films.

Hart’s production company is behind “Night School,” an occasionally funny comedy with a serious message to deliver.

Don’t …
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