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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.

Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper
2 months ago

Here’s Why Restraint Makes ‘Charlie Says’ Sharper

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Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter – The True Story of the Manson Murders,” is one of the most horrifying, nightmare-inducing and creepily fascinating books I’ve ever encountered.

The 1974 book is …
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Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?
2 months ago

Is ‘Caddyshack II’ The Worst Sequel Ever Made?

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Here’s an old golf joke: What’s the best movie about golfing ever made? “Caddyshack.” And the worst? “Caddyshack II.”

The eight-years-too-late “Caddyshack II” was an instant bomb in 1988 and …
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DVD Autopsy – ‘Serenity’
2 months ago

DVD Autopsy – ‘Serenity’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

One of the common complaints about Hollywood is the lack of original stories.

So when bold and original ideas come along they’re usually celebrated. That didn’t happen with “Serenity” and for …
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Star Power Saves ‘Long Shot’ from Liberal Talking Points
2 months ago

Star Power Saves ‘Long Shot’ from Liberal Talking Points

“Long Shot” is a fantasy in more ways than one.

What if a schlubby guy, a Seth Rogen type, fell for a Charlize Theron-level beauty? Only she’s a presidential candidate …
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‘Intruder’ Unlocks Puzzle Behind Pulp Thrillers
2 months ago

‘Intruder’ Unlocks Puzzle Behind Pulp Thrillers

You know from the trailer that the excrement is going to hit the fan – hard – in “The Intruder.”

The only real question is, how convincing will the set …
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Dern Gives Duplicitous ‘J.T. LeRoy’ a Boost
2 months ago

Dern Gives Duplicitous ‘J.T. LeRoy’ a Boost

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The recent Salisbury Review, a quarterly conservative magazine founded by Sir Roger Scruton, began this way:

“A woman who calls herself a man can have a baby, but …
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Offers Fans Service on Steroids
2 months ago

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Offers Fans Service on Steroids

It’s the end of an era, and boy does the team behind “Avengers: Endgame” know it.

The fourth film in the saga and, most certainly, the last in its current …
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‘Curse of La Llorona’ Offers Slick, Predictable Scares
2 months ago

‘Curse of La Llorona’ Offers Slick, Predictable Scares

“The Conjuring” franchise is notable for two key reasons.

It began with an instant classic, directed by Mr. Aquaman himself, James Wan. More importantly, every subsequent tale has had a …
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‘Breakthrough’ Marks New Era in Faith-Based Films
2 months ago

‘Breakthrough’ Marks New Era in Faith-Based Films

Some Christian films hit theaters with a cloying caveat.

“it’s good … for a faith-based movie.”

That halting praise isn’t an accident. It often means the performances lack the snap …
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‘The Silence’ Casts Christians as the Real Monsters
2 months ago

‘The Silence’ Casts Christians as the Real Monsters

Post-apocalyptic movies have plenty in common.

The survivors feast on dwindling food supplies. Basic necessities like clean water, medicine and electricity are suddenly in short supply.

And the force that …
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