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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.

‘Hunter Killer’ – Pro Military, Anti Brain Cells
1 month ago

‘Hunter Killer’ – Pro Military, Anti Brain Cells

When Gerard Butler sets his jaw it stays set, Mister.

It happens the first time he addresses his crew in “Hunter Killer,” a submarine adventure with more testosterone than a …
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‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Will Leave You Raw
2 months ago

‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Will Leave You Raw

Call it Cop Privilege. 

Arrest enough thugs, and society owes you much more than your cop salary. It’s what Mel Gibson’s character swears by in “Dragged Across Concrete.”

Yes, we’re back in …
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‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle
2 months ago

‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle

By  •  Reviews, Movies

I want to go easy on writer/director Scott Martin’s “Big Kill.”

It’s an earnest western that is clearly in love with the genre and its cinematic lineage. Unfortunately, evoking the …
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Trump Derangement Crushes Fun from Comic ‘Oath’
2 months ago

Trump Derangement Crushes Fun from Comic ‘Oath’

Here’s one of the Trump era’s lamest bromides:

[Insert Movie or TV Title] is what we need now more than ever.

In the case of “The Oath,” there’s a kernel …
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This ‘Halloween’ Makes Michael Myers Mortal
2 months ago

This ‘Halloween’ Makes Michael Myers Mortal

For five glorious minutes, the thinking behind a new “Halloween” saga makes perfect sense.

That elation fades the moment Michael Myers puts his signature mask back on. The newest chapter …
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Why ‘Beverly Luff Linn’ Just Isn’t Insane Enough
2 months ago

Why ‘Beverly Luff Linn’ Just Isn’t Insane Enough

Confession time. This critic loathed “The Greasy Strangler” before he loved it.

Director Jim Hosking’s 2016 oddity threw every awkward moment possible at audiences. You either hit “stop” on your …
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How ‘City Slickers’ Did Right By American Males
2 months ago

How ‘City Slickers’ Did Right By American Males

Quick, name the last great comedy that made you laugh and cry.

Not easy, is it?

Billy Crystal’s 1991 comedy “City Slickers [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]” did just that. The film, …
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HiT Review: ‘First Man,’ ‘Goosebumps 2’
2 months ago

HiT Review: ‘First Man,’ ‘Goosebumps 2’

Damien Chazelle is three for three.

That can be fuzzy in baseball terms, since it can mean three bunt singles or three home runs.

The director of “Whiplash” and “La …
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‘Stella’s Last Weekend’ Captures Family at Its Finest
2 months ago

‘Stella’s Last Weekend’ Captures Family at Its Finest

By  •  Reviews, Movies

We love movies about pets, be it “Old Yeller” or “Marley & Me.”

Honestly, this is pretty weird.

The pet story is one of the few new kind of tales told …
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Why ‘Gosnell’ Could Rock Hollywood, Abortion Debate
2 months ago

Why ‘Gosnell’ Could Rock Hollywood, Abortion Debate

“Gosnell” works on so many levels it’s hard to count them all.

The film tackles one of the most emotional subjects in our culture – abortion – with grace and …
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