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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 ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Just About Everyone
16 hours ago

Why ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Just About Everyone

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Up in Smoke’ remains, to this day, a comedy classic. I can tell because I have received a big check every year for 30 years.”

– Cheech Marin, …
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HiT Reviews: ‘I Feel Pretty,’ ‘Little Pink House’
17 hours ago

HiT Reviews: ‘I Feel Pretty,’ ‘Little Pink House’

There’s a fine line between identity politics and legit empowerment.

The happy surprise in “I Feel Pretty?” is how deftly this amusing rom-com walks it.

It’s not a strut, mind …
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HiT Reviews: ‘Rampage,’ ‘Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare’
1 week ago

HiT Reviews: ‘Rampage,’ ‘Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare’

We all have a certain pain tolerance, but what’s our threshold for cinematic stupidity?

Consider “Rampage” as the ultimate test for the latter. Pass it, and you’ll enjoy Dwayne Johnson’s …
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HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Blockers,’ ‘The Miracle Season’
2 weeks ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Blockers,’ ‘The Miracle Season’

“Blockers” stops mid-film for a lecture on the double standard regarding boys, girls and sex.

We often cheer on teen boys eager to do the deed while demanding  young women …
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Why Sticking to the Truth Makes ‘Chappaquiddick’ So Chilling
2 weeks ago

Why Sticking to the Truth Makes ‘Chappaquiddick’ So Chilling

There’s a good chance the upcoming biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney won’t be fair or balanced.

The film’s writer/director, Adam McKay, is an ardent leftist who injects his …
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‘Ready Player One’ Is Pure, Unadulterated Nostalgia Porn
3 weeks ago

‘Ready Player One’ Is Pure, Unadulterated Nostalgia Porn

Do you live and breath the Reagan decade in ways that would make those “Stranger Things” cast mates blush?

Have we got a movie for you.

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player …
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Reynolds Reclaims His Throne in ‘The Last Movie Star’
4 weeks ago

Reynolds Reclaims His Throne in ‘The Last Movie Star’

In the special features for the Blu-ray edition of Adam Rifkin’s “The Last Movie Star,” Rifkin says he sent the script to Burt Reynolds, explaining that if he didn’t want …
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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Has Just One Good Reason to Exist
4 weeks ago

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Has Just One Good Reason to Exist

The team behind “Pacific Rim Uprising” should send a cookie bouquet to Michael Bay.

The director’s “Transformers” franchise delivered a robot sequel so embarrassingly bad last year any robot adventure …
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Why ‘Flower’ Will Make You Cringe … and Cheer Its Star
4 weeks ago

Why ‘Flower’ Will Make You Cringe … and Cheer Its Star

By  •  Reviews, Movies

In the opening scene of Max Winkler’s “Flower,” the premise is firmly and shockingly established.

Erica (Zoey Deutch) and her friends are young teens with a successful moneymaking scheme. While …
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‘Death of Stalin’ Is the Satirical Skewering Communism Deserves
4 weeks ago

‘Death of Stalin’ Is the Satirical Skewering Communism Deserves

Walter Duranty wouldn’t know what to make of Armando Iannucci’s latest satire.

“The Death of Stalin” showcases a Soviet Union where killing is the norm and citizens cower before the …
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