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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.

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Barely Scratches Rom-Com Target
2 months ago

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ Barely Scratches Rom-Com Target

It’s hard to parody a genre already given its last rites.

Hollywood unofficially gave up on rom-coms a while ago, having failed to find a formula to satisfy our cravings. …
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‘Boy Called Sailboat’ Hints at a Greater Truth
2 months ago

‘Boy Called Sailboat’ Hints at a Greater Truth

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Once at a family gathering several relatives tried their best to convince me that Orson Welles had directed “The Third Man.”

I knew it wasn’t true but couldn’t for the …
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‘Possum’ Burrows Under Your Skin, Won’t Leave
2 months ago

‘Possum’ Burrows Under Your Skin, Won’t Leave

The indie thriller “Possum” won’t spark a new horror franchise.

Nor will the movie, on home video Feb. 12, be embraced by the masses. It’s too quirky, slow moving and …
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‘Lego Movie 2’ Revels in Meta Gags (Between Woke Nods)
2 months ago

‘Lego Movie 2’ Revels in Meta Gags (Between Woke Nods)

No film franchise epitomizes our ADHD film culture better than the “Lego” series.

Rapid fire jokes. Blazingly fast pop culture references. Blink and you miss a half dozen winks and/or …
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‘America the Beautiful’ Drowns in Trump Hatred
2 months ago

‘America the Beautiful’ Drowns in Trump Hatred

“America the Beautiful” combines the most annoying tics from found footage films with full on Trump Derangement Syndrome.

And it’s even worse than it sounds.

The film, which debuted last …
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DVD Autopsy: ‘Speed Kills’
2 months ago

DVD Autopsy: ‘Speed Kills’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

John Travolta as a speed boat racer mixed up in the drug trade? You have my attention.

Make it based on the life of South Florida boating titan Don Aronow, …
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Why Ambitious ‘Miss Bala’ Comes Up So Short
3 months ago

Why Ambitious ‘Miss Bala’ Comes Up So Short

“Miss Bala” is an action movie without much action, and a character study with a blank slate at its core.

What’s left? A lead actress who deserves better and, should …
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‘Kid Who Would Be King’ Packs Conservative Punch
3 months ago

‘Kid Who Would Be King’ Packs Conservative Punch

Today’s filmmakers routinely inject progressive messages into their product.

Sometimes it’s as overt as “Vice,” a movie dedicated to destroying the GOP.

It also can be infinitely more subtle. Look …
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‘Serenity’ Kicks of Worst of 2019 Race
3 months ago

‘Serenity’ Kicks of Worst of 2019 Race

If you’ve seen the trailer for “Serenity” you might think you know what to expect.

Not even close.

The term “bait and switch” rushes to mind. Then again, put yourself …
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Caine’s Sparkle Ignites Generic ‘King of Thieves’
3 months ago

Caine’s Sparkle Ignites Generic ‘King of Thieves’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

What can be said about Michael Caine that hasn’t been said before?

The man is a treasure. One of the last true personality or je ne sais quoi actors. These …
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