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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.

Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Refuses to Meet Our Expectations
2 days ago

Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Refuses to Meet Our Expectations

By  •  Reviews, Movies

In the introductory moments of “The Irishman,” the camera enters the film through a box-like entrance, possibly a camera-like peep hole but more than likely a coffin shaped viewpoint that …
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‘Parasite’ Is Shocking, Unconventional and Impossible to Forget
3 days ago

‘Parasite’ Is Shocking, Unconventional and Impossible to Forget

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The less you know about the plot of “Parasite” going in, the better.

Here is a spare and spoiler-free plot description:

A young man named Kim Ki-woo (an engaging Choi …
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‘Waves’ Offers Hope, Healing and Superlative Drama
4 days ago

‘Waves’ Offers Hope, Healing and Superlative Drama

Trey Edward Shults pulls a Babe Ruth with “Waves.”

The writer/director metaphorically points to the fences, asking us to buy into his ripe tale of love, loss, hope and redemption.


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Scorsese’s De-Aged ‘Irishman’ Caps Epic Gangster Canon
5 days ago

Scorsese’s De-Aged ‘Irishman’ Caps Epic Gangster Canon

“The Irishman” spends a good 20 minutes making you pine for better gangster movies from living legend Martin Scorsese.

Been there, whacked that.

Where’s the black humor of “Goodfellas?” The …
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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Delivers Two Very Different Award-Worthy Turns
5 days ago

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Delivers Two Very Different Award-Worthy Turns

Watching Oscar-bait films shouldn’t feel like doing your homework.

Too often expertly crafted tales have the whiff of a history lesson or worse, a lecture. The intentions are noble, but …
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‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ – Small Town USA’s Overdue Closeup
5 days ago

‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ – Small Town USA’s Overdue Closeup

I started dating my first girlfriend shortly after moving to Minneapolis to attend university.

Extremely nervous about meeting her parents for the first time, and still getting used to a …
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‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ Must Be Seen Again Today
6 days ago

‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ Must Be Seen Again Today

One of my least favorite movie review cliches is to say something is “more relevant now.”

Was it not relevant at all when it was first released? Usually it indicates …
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Why ‘The Shed’ Asks Too Much of Hardcore Horror Fans
6 days ago

Why ‘The Shed’ Asks Too Much of Hardcore Horror Fans

Dumb and horror go together like peas and carrots, to paraphrase a Gumpian prophet.

Half the fun of watching horror movies is mentally screaming for the heroes to do anything …
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ – Kicks, Punches and Feminist Lectures
6 days ago

‘Charlie’s Angels’ – Kicks, Punches and Feminist Lectures

“Charlie’s Angels” 3.0 basks in feminist groupthink before finding its true north.

It’s “Fast & Furious” lite. Very, very lite.

The unnecessary reboot for a marginal TV series exists for …
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‘Honeyland’ Perfectly Captures Struggle Between Past, Present
1 week ago

‘Honeyland’ Perfectly Captures Struggle Between Past, Present

Can I persuade you to watch a movie about beekeeping in Macedonia?

I know, it sounds more like an SCTV parody of PBS programming than an actual movie, but “Honeyland” …
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