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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.

Uneven ‘Day Shall Come’ Skewers Homeland Insecurity
3 weeks ago

Uneven ‘Day Shall Come’ Skewers Homeland Insecurity

We’ve come a long way since 9/11, and the last two films from Chris Morris prove it.

His 2010 comedy “Four Lions” mocked would-be terrorists bumbling their way through Suicide …
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‘Abominable’ Offers Lo-Fi Fun, Adventure for All Ages
3 weeks ago

‘Abominable’ Offers Lo-Fi Fun, Adventure for All Ages

There’s nothing wrong with simplicity, especially when it comes to kid-friendly films.

Our “more is MORE!” culture turns charming tales into aggressively animated romps. They’re too busy, too cluttered, too …
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‘Judy’ Shows the Little Girl Crushed by La La Land
3 weeks ago

‘Judy’ Shows the Little Girl Crushed by La La Land

Judy Garland didn’t arrive on “The Wizard of Oz” set and cry, “where are my pills?”

The teen got fed pharmaceuticals to keep her weight down and her energy soaring …
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‘Running With The Devil’ (Sadly) Keeps Cage in Check
4 weeks ago

‘Running With The Devil’ (Sadly) Keeps Cage in Check

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Plenty of pieces appear in place for Nicolas Cage’s “Running With the Devil.”

The plot centers on drug cartels, always a timely topic. Plus, a cast of “name” stars support Cage, …
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‘Downton Abbey’ Delivers Fan Service with Panache
4 weeks ago

‘Downton Abbey’ Delivers Fan Service with Panache

Confession time.

This critic hasn’t seen a single episode of “Downton Abbey,” the British import which captivated millions on both sides of the pond for six seasons.

Good thing Focus …
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Why ‘Ad Astra’ Is Brad Pitt at His Creative Peak
4 weeks ago

Why ‘Ad Astra’ Is Brad Pitt at His Creative Peak

Some movies ask everything of their stars.

Take “Cast Away,” which Tom Hanks had to carry all by himself for nearly the full running time, with apologies to Wilson. Or …
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‘Be Natural’ Captures a Film Pioneer You Need to Know
1 month ago

‘Be Natural’ Captures a Film Pioneer You Need to Know

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Documentary features are not only a means of exploring stories we know but also for creating awareness for under-looked subject matters.

Pamela Green’s “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice …
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‘Hustlers’ Can’t Condemn Drugging, Robbing Wall Street
1 month ago

‘Hustlers’ Can’t Condemn Drugging, Robbing Wall Street

Crime pays on the big screen, or at least it does until Johnny Law enters the frame.

That’s true of most gangster movies. Living large looks amazing until those good …
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Call ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Guillermo Del Toro Lite
1 month ago

Call ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Guillermo Del Toro Lite

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The Mexico-set “Tigers Are Not Afraid” begins with young Estrella (Paola Lara) surviving a shooting on her elementary school by a drug cartel.

Later, we learn that Estrella and many …
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‘Depraved’ Pumps Fresh Blood into Frankenstein Lore
1 month ago

‘Depraved’ Pumps Fresh Blood into Frankenstein Lore

Zombies are cool. Vampires never go out of style. Frankenstein’s monster? It’s complicated.

From flops (“I, Frankenstein”) to micro-indies (director Bernard Rose’s 2016 version), the creature could use a publicist.

Or, …
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