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Today’s consumers have more entertainment options than ever before thanks to technology and the explosion of new media outlets. That’s why Hollywood in Toto will help readers suss out the very best content across media. We all lead busy lives. Let’s consume only the highest quality movies, television shows and music with our limited leisure time.

Why ‘Wildlife’ Is Half a Breakthrough for Dano
4 weeks ago

Why ‘Wildlife’ Is Half a Breakthrough for Dano

By  •  Reviews, Movies

When we meet the Brinson family in “Wildlife,” Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) are sharing a tender moment.

Their only son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould) watches his parents, visibly …
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HiT Reviews: ‘Widows,’ ‘Instant Family’
4 weeks ago

HiT Reviews: ‘Widows,’ ‘Instant Family’

“Widows” offers a few sit-up-straight moments long before the film’s plot kicks in.

You look at the cast (Viola Davis! Robert Duvall! Daniel Kaluuya!) and you wonder how they got …
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‘Front Runner’ Savages Media, Hart’s Hefty Ego
4 weeks ago

‘Front Runner’ Savages Media, Hart’s Hefty Ego

“The Front Runner” makes its closing argument early and spends the rest of the movie embellishing it.

Journalists shouldn’t dig through a politician’s trash to uncover the worst elements of …
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How ‘Tricky Dick’ Embraces Retro Fake News
4 weeks ago

How ‘Tricky Dick’ Embraces Retro Fake News

By  •  Reviews, TV

Netflix’s new documentary, “ReMastered: Tricky Dick & the Man in Black,” refers to President Richard M. Nixon and Johnny Cash, respectively.

The relatively short film (about 60 minutes) recounts the …
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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Flop: Woman, Thou Art Lost
4 weeks ago

Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Flop: Woman, Thou Art Lost

“The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” is one of Disney’s bigger misfires.

While the movie itself is a beautiful work of art with its special effects, colorful costumes and magical …
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‘Overlord’ Bores Before the Dead Awake
1 month ago

‘Overlord’ Bores Before the Dead Awake

There’s nothing wrong with making genre fans wait for the good stuff.

“The Descent” told a cave exploring yarn long before the sightless monsters entered the frame. It was more …
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Who Needs a Kinder, Gentler ‘Grinch?’
1 month ago

Who Needs a Kinder, Gentler ‘Grinch?’

You’re a somewhat surly but ultimately misunderstood one, Mr. Grinch.

Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

The new, hardly improved “Grinch” sure looks pretty, but that’s not …
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‘Romanoffs’ Defies Hollywood’s Kavanaugh Rage
1 month ago

‘Romanoffs’ Defies Hollywood’s Kavanaugh Rage

By  •  Reviews, TV

We’re entered a golden age for the anthology format after a very long dry spell.

The genre got fresh blood from streaming channels, especially Netflix’s sci-fi friendly series “Black Mirror.” …
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‘Bodied’ Knocks Identity Politics Out Cold
1 month ago

‘Bodied’ Knocks Identity Politics Out Cold

No film has captured the insanity of identity politics better than “Bodied.”

Sure, “How Jack Became Black” shreds the trend from a sober, and very personal, perspective. “Bodied” does it …
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Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent
1 month ago

Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Writing about Orson Welles is like being the last cop to show up at a crime scene.

Coming up with fresh insights is nearly impossible when there are film scholar …
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