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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.

Critic v Critic: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’
2 months ago

Critic v Critic: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’

Few films hit Oscar season with the buzz and high expectations “Roma” enjoys.

Director Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal film follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a wealthy, …
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‘Basket Case’ – Gritty ’80s Horror Sans Apology
2 months ago

‘Basket Case’ – Gritty ’80s Horror Sans Apology

If you have a soft spot for ’80s horror movies that are so bad, they’re good, you should add 1982’s “Basket Case” to your watch list.

Not only does it …
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‘Into the Spider-Verse’ – Diversity Done Right
2 months ago

‘Into the Spider-Verse’ – Diversity Done Right

With the progressive championing of diversity in Hollywood, there’s always the risk of pandering and needlessly pushing the racial divide.

I remember when Disney brought out Moana as a “diverse” …
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Condescending ‘Vice’ Trips on Its Own Propaganda
2 months ago

Condescending ‘Vice’ Trips on Its Own Propaganda

Don’t be fooled. “Vice” isn’t really about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sure, Adam McKay’s film chronicles Cheney’s rise from what it calls a “dirtbag” to the second most powerful …
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‘True Romance’ Is Fiendishly unPC (Then and Now)
2 months ago

‘True Romance’ Is Fiendishly unPC (Then and Now)

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Imagine being a young film buff, working in a video store and writing a screenplay that tapped into your every cinephile fantasy.

The script provided a celluloid alternate life in …
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Christmas DVD Autopsy: ‘Jingle All The Way’
2 months ago

Christmas DVD Autopsy: ‘Jingle All The Way’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The commercialization of the holidays is a common theme in movies.

A less common theme? Inadvertently celebrating that commercialization. “Jingle All the Way,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, tried to …
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‘Aquaman’ Proves DC (Still) No Match for Marvel
2 months ago

‘Aquaman’ Proves DC (Still) No Match for Marvel

Boy, movies like “Aquaman” make you appreciate the MCU all the more.

No, the latest DC Comics saga isn’t “Suicide Squad” terrible. Not even close.

Still, watching “Aquaman’s” clanky attempts …
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Bullock Saves Gritty ‘Bird Box’ From Itself
2 months ago

Bullock Saves Gritty ‘Bird Box’ From Itself

What’s Sandra Bullock doing in a Netflix genre film?

The Netflix part is easy. Everyone is lining up to work for the streaming giant. Even Martin Scorsese joined the Netflix …
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‘Bumblebee’ Makes Transformers Great Again
2 months ago

‘Bumblebee’ Makes Transformers Great Again

The sixth time turned out to be the charm.

The worst part of enduring “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth film in the series, was knowing “Bumblebee” would hit theaters …
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Pulls Off the Impossible
2 months ago

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Pulls Off the Impossible

Let’s tally up all the reasons “Mary Poppins Returns” should be one catastrophic dud.

The 1964 original doesn’t fit in modern times, what with its overly strict father, gooey sentiments …
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