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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.

‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ – Pure Spiritual Balm
3 weeks ago

‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ – Pure Spiritual Balm

Do we really need another Mr. Rogers movie?

The 2018 documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” reminded us what’s missing in our culture today, or at least the social media …
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‘Frozen II’ Has Everything Save That Original Magic
3 weeks ago

‘Frozen II’ Has Everything Save That Original Magic

It’s hard to critique a sequel like “Frozen II” with much vigor.

It’s gorgeous from start to finish, with huge laughs from the usual suspect – Josh Gad’s Olaf the …
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Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Refuses to Meet Our Expectations
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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 weeks 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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