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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.

That Shocking ‘Glass’ Reveal Is a Big, Fat Nothing
4 days ago

That Shocking ‘Glass’ Reveal Is a Big, Fat Nothing

M. Night Shyamalan hit a pop culture nerve with “Unbreakable.”

Few filmmakers took comic book movies seriously back in 2000. An even smaller group dropped these figures into the real …
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Is ‘Acceptable Loss’ More Cheney Obsessed than ‘Vice?’
6 days ago

Is ‘Acceptable Loss’ More Cheney Obsessed than ‘Vice?’

Hollywood raged against both President George W. Bush and the Iraq War for years until studios realized no one wanted to see more movies on the subject.

Think commercial duds …
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Why ‘The Shrine’ Rises Above Cult Film Cliches
7 days ago

Why ‘The Shrine’ Rises Above Cult Film Cliches

There are a lot of horror films about cults, and with good reason.

We’re afraid of what we don’t understand, and it’s hard to understand why a group of otherwise …
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Why ‘Upside’ May Change Kevin Hart’s Career
2 weeks ago

Why ‘Upside’ May Change Kevin Hart’s Career

American remakes of foreign films get a bad rap, often for good reason.

Some Hollywood versions strip away what made the source material sparkle. “The Upside” does something similar to the …
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‘Struggle’ Netflix Doc Reveals Forgotten Genius
2 weeks ago

‘Struggle’ Netflix Doc Reveals Forgotten Genius

Could the modern age ever become so dark, so medieval, that mankind might forget say Copernicus, the Renaissance-era Pole who bravely put the Sun and not the Earth at the …
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‘Intensive Care’ Has One Not-So-Secret Weapon
3 weeks ago

‘Intensive Care’ Has One Not-So-Secret Weapon

Low-budget movies can cut plenty of corners and still entertain. 

“Intensive Care” falls awkwardly into that camp, with some blockbuster-sized reservations.

It’s shrewd enough not to overstay its welcome, clocking …
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‘Rust Creek’ – Sly Feminism Sans Preaching
3 weeks ago

‘Rust Creek’ – Sly Feminism Sans Preaching

The protagonist in director Jen McGowan’s “Rust Creek” is an empowered, resourceful young woman.

We see that in the way she deals with adversity and constantly improvises to save her …
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Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’
3 weeks ago

Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’

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In Brian De Palma’s “Carlito’s Way,” Al Pacino plays the “JP Morgan of the smack business.”

Carlito Brigante has been a criminal for 25 years and has spent five years …
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Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque
3 weeks ago

Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque

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When Robert Altman died on November 20, 2006, I was a few hours away from teaching a class on his life and works.

A number of students called me that …
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Critic v Critic: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’
4 weeks ago

Critic v Critic: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’

Few films hit Oscar season with the buzz and high expectations “Roma” enjoys.

Director Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal film follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a wealthy, …
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