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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.

HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Christmas with the Kranks’
2 months ago

HiT DVD Autopsy: ‘Christmas with the Kranks’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

If I had a bad-film choice on my Christmas wish list  it’s a major effort with big names leading to a disaster.

Enter “Christmas with the Kranks.”

This yuletide lump …
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The Best Films of 2019: And a Joker Shall Lead Them
2 months ago

The Best Films of 2019: And a Joker Shall Lead Them

Martin Scorsese picked a terrible time to trash comic book movies.

The Oscar winner mocked Marvel films earlier this year, proclaiming they weren’t “cinema.” The comments sparked a weeks-long outcry. …
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Why Rude, Crude ‘Bad Santa’ Nails That Christmas Spirit
2 months ago

Why Rude, Crude ‘Bad Santa’ Nails That Christmas Spirit

Confession: I’m a devout Christian and my favorite Christmas movie is “Bad Santa.”

This profane, wickedly and wincingly funny dark comedy captures the essence of the Christmas message better than …
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‘Bombshell’ Shreds Ailes, Trump and Storytelling 101
2 months ago

‘Bombshell’ Shreds Ailes, Trump and Storytelling 101

It take a full hour for “Bombshell” to resemble an actual movie.

Until that point, it’s a screeching op-ed against all things Fox News, real and imagined.

The “real” part …
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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Shrewdly Stays the Course
2 months ago

‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Shrewdly Stays the Course

More of the same can be the best compliment to pay a sequel.

“Jumanji: The Next Level delivers just that, along with a double blast from the past.

The addition …
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Cage, Grammer Team for Underwhelming ‘Grand Isle’
3 months ago

Cage, Grammer Team for Underwhelming ‘Grand Isle’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Grand Isle” is the kind of film that, had it been made in the ’70s or ’80s, might have garnered a cult following.

Instead, it arrives on the doorstep of …
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‘Little Joe’ Offers Slick Thrills, Snore-Worthy Twists
3 months ago

‘Little Joe’ Offers Slick Thrills, Snore-Worthy Twists

It’s rare to see a thriller that takes immense care beyond the pulp elements.

Director Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” is such a film. The scrupulously told tale gives us big, …
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‘Richard Jewell’ Crucifies Fake News, Honors the Heartland
3 months ago

‘Richard Jewell’ Crucifies Fake News, Honors the Heartland

“You ready to start fighting back?”

Sam Rockwell asks the title character that question deep into “Richard Jewell.”

The Clint Eastwood film recalls how the FBI and media aligned to …
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‘Luce’ Shows Ugly Side of the Intersectional Left
3 months ago

‘Luce’ Shows Ugly Side of the Intersectional Left

Modern day America gets a thorough workout in “Luce,” the year’s second showcase for a remarkable young actor.

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. of “Waves” fame is front and center, again, playing …
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‘Marriage Story’ Is Bold, Brilliant But a Tad Too Familiar
3 months ago

‘Marriage Story’ Is Bold, Brilliant But a Tad Too Familiar

By  •  Reviews, Movies

When we meet Charlie and Nicole in “Marriage Story” they seem like a perfect couple.

Adam Driver’s Charlie is a celebrated theater director, and Scarlett Johansson’s Nicole is his favorite …
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