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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.

‘Being Frank’ Takes Huge Risks … and Belly Flops
2 months ago

‘Being Frank’ Takes Huge Risks … and Belly Flops

Jim Gaffigan’s “Being Frank” is a dramedy that’s hard to forget, for all the wrong reasons.

It’s impossible to convey how horribly both the writer and director fouled up the …
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Lacks Blood, Gore and Scares
2 months ago

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Lacks Blood, Gore and Scares

When did the “Annabelle” franchise morph into “Paranormal Activity?”

The former is now content to make us stare at the screen until something that isn’t supposed to move moves.

That’s …
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Yes, We Needed ‘Toy Story 4’ After All. Really
2 months ago

Yes, We Needed ‘Toy Story 4’ After All. Really

Can’t all sequels be like “Toy Story” installments?

This summer already delivered three lackluster sequels – “Dark Phoenix,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “MiB: International.” Each clearly had “franchise …
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‘Emanuel’ Stirs Gut-Wrenching Memories of Church Shooting
2 months ago

‘Emanuel’ Stirs Gut-Wrenching Memories of Church Shooting

Dylann Roof didn’t want his murderous rampage on June 17, 2015 to end the moment he stopped firing.

Roof hoped his bullets would spark a race war, pitting black against …
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Woke ‘Late Night’ Grabs Gold In Victimhood Olympics
2 months ago

Woke ‘Late Night’ Grabs Gold In Victimhood Olympics

Emma Thompson’s character in “Late Night,” Katherine Newbury, has held sway over the TV landscape for ages.

Think Johnny Carson, Jay Leno or David Letterman. She’s still a victim, though, …
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Humor, Scares Scarce in Anti-Trump ‘Dead Don’t Die’
2 months ago

Humor, Scares Scarce in Anti-Trump ‘Dead Don’t Die’

If deadpan comic Steven Wright appeared in “The Dead Don’t Die” he’d be the most energetic character on screen.

Director Jim Jarmusch’s attempt at a zombie comedy is that droll. …
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HiT Autopsy: Matthew Broderick’s ‘Godzilla’ (1998)
2 months ago

HiT Autopsy: Matthew Broderick’s ‘Godzilla’ (1998)

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With a new “Godzilla” in theaters we delve into a past iteration, the misbegotten 1998 version directed by Roland Emmerich.

Sony went through a number of prospective directors before Rollie-E …
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‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ Isn’t The Dud You Remember
2 months ago

‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ Isn’t The Dud You Remember

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Most Trekkies worth their weight in Tribbles can name off the important Stardates that define “Star Trek” history.

Take September 8, 1966: the first time “Star Trek” ever aired on …
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Offers Modest Superhero Rewards
2 months ago

‘Dark Phoenix’ Offers Modest Superhero Rewards

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is like the most expensive Netflix series ever made.

We’re not supposed to binge watch the franchise, but the films are part of a larger, surprisingly …
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Murray’s ‘Loopers’ Gives Caddies an Overdue Salute
2 months ago

Murray’s ‘Loopers’ Gives Caddies an Overdue Salute

“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” is a documentary about golf caddies.

Wait! Keep reading. I swear, this movie is a lot of fun, even if you couldn’t tell a bogie …
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