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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 Reviews: ‘Widows,’ ‘Instant Family’
4 weeks ago

HiT Reviews: ‘Widows,’ ‘Instant Family’

“Widows” offers a few sit-up-straight moments long before the film’s plot kicks in.

You look at the cast (Viola Davis! Robert Duvall! Daniel Kaluuya!) and you wonder how they got …
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‘Front Runner’ Savages Media, Hart’s Hefty Ego
4 weeks ago

‘Front Runner’ Savages Media, Hart’s Hefty Ego

“The Front Runner” makes its closing argument early and spends the rest of the movie embellishing it.

Journalists shouldn’t dig through a politician’s trash to uncover the worst elements of …
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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Flop: Woman, Thou Art Lost
4 weeks ago

Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Flop: Woman, Thou Art Lost

“The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” is one of Disney’s bigger misfires.

While the movie itself is a beautiful work of art with its special effects, colorful costumes and magical …
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‘Overlord’ Bores Before the Dead Awake
1 month ago

‘Overlord’ Bores Before the Dead Awake

There’s nothing wrong with making genre fans wait for the good stuff.

“The Descent” told a cave exploring yarn long before the sightless monsters entered the frame. It was more …
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Who Needs a Kinder, Gentler ‘Grinch?’
1 month ago

Who Needs a Kinder, Gentler ‘Grinch?’

You’re a somewhat surly but ultimately misunderstood one, Mr. Grinch.

Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

The new, hardly improved “Grinch” sure looks pretty, but that’s not …
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‘Bodied’ Knocks Identity Politics Out Cold
1 month ago

‘Bodied’ Knocks Identity Politics Out Cold

No film has captured the insanity of identity politics better than “Bodied.”

Sure, “How Jack Became Black” shreds the trend from a sober, and very personal, perspective. “Bodied” does it …
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Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent
1 month ago

Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Writing about Orson Welles is like being the last cop to show up at a crime scene.

Coming up with fresh insights is nearly impossible when there are film scholar …
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‘Alone We Fight’ Gets Pinned Down by Dialogue
1 month ago

‘Alone We Fight’ Gets Pinned Down by Dialogue

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Filmmaker Justin Lee has written and directed four films released this year. None of the four are great, but collectively they show a great deal of potential.

His latest work, …
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Saves Best for Last
1 month ago

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Saves Best for Last

Queen might be the most unlikely group in music history.

Its sound veered from opera to gospel, rockabilly to flat out rock. Queen’s signature hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” defies description.

Try …
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The Hanks-Aykroyd ‘Dragnet’ Deserved Better
1 month ago

The Hanks-Aykroyd ‘Dragnet’ Deserved Better

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“Dragnet” may not be the ultimate ’80s comedy, but it screams 1987 in ways that were unintended and quite intriguing.

Here are the facts.

Dan Aykroyd stars as Joe Friday, …
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