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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 Movie Reviews: ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Hereditary’
1 month ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Hereditary’

Heist movies demand a very specific list of ingredients.

Attractive stars. A complicated plan. A big ol’ twist (the more, the better, though). And antiheroes so good at their gig …
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‘Filmworker’ Shows Why Perfection Was Kubrick’s Only Goal
1 month ago

‘Filmworker’ Shows Why Perfection Was Kubrick’s Only Goal

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The first thing you hear in Tony Zierra’s documentary “Filmworker” is Leon Vitali’s voice.

It’s striking how familiar, gravelly but soothing, friendly yet authoritative his voice is. For fans of …
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How ‘Adrift’ Delicately Balances Love, Tension and Mother Nature
2 months ago

How ‘Adrift’ Delicately Balances Love, Tension and Mother Nature

Love is rarely in the air at your local cineplex.

The rom-com is all but dead, buried by Kate Hudson and Tinsel Town’s increasingly tin ear. Tear jerker romances come …
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Why ‘Solo’ Is Paint-By-Numbers ‘Star Wars’ Fan Fiction
2 months ago

Why ‘Solo’ Is Paint-By-Numbers ‘Star Wars’ Fan Fiction

The cogs behind Disney’s massive “Star Wars” investment have never been so … obvious.

It’s foolish to ignore the marketing might behind the space saga. Every step of the franchise …
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Why ‘Wild at Heart’ Is a Love Letter to America, Warts and All
2 months ago

Why ‘Wild at Heart’ Is a Love Letter to America, Warts and All

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David Lynch’s “Wild At Heart” is about two lovers, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lulu Fortune (Laura Dern).

Their tender, youthful and sex-crazed romance is constantly hindered by the presence …
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‘Cold November’ Shatters Hollywood Hunting Stereotypes
2 months ago

‘Cold November’ Shatters Hollywood Hunting Stereotypes

Some dramas centered on multi-generational women might focus on traditionally female roles like gardening, cooking or sewing.

“Cold November” zeroes in on the tradition of hunting.

The film introduces a …
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‘Deadpool 2’ Scorches X-Men, Reynolds Himself and the GOP
2 months ago

‘Deadpool 2’ Scorches X-Men, Reynolds Himself and the GOP

The sequel to 2016’s “Deadpool” has a very tough act to follow but not in the way you might think.

The franchise’s marketing, spearheaded by star Ryan Reynolds, has turned …
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Why McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ Gets Schooled by Rodney
2 months ago

Why McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ Gets Schooled by Rodney

Come back, Rodney!

Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 comedy “Back to School” wasn’t perfect, but it perfectly captured the comedian’s off-kilter sensibilities.

“Life of the Party,” which swipes core elements from that …
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HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Deep Blue Sea 2’
2 months ago

HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Deep Blue Sea 2’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

In 1999 a bloated action piece of shark frenzy was released on our shores.

Despite a number of factors stacked against it (high-concept premise, tired genre, Renny Harlin directing) “Deep …
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Robbie’s ‘Terminal’ Is Sexist, Self Defeating and Quite Absurd
2 months ago

Robbie’s ‘Terminal’ Is Sexist, Self Defeating and Quite Absurd

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The establishing scenes of writer/director Vaughn Stein’s debut feature film, “Terminal” are stunningly shot but purposely made vague.

We meet Annie, a femme fatale (there’s no better way to describe …
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