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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.

HiT Movie Reviews: ’12 Strong,’ ‘Forever My Girl’
1 month ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ’12 Strong,’ ‘Forever My Girl’

You may want to Google the story behind “12 Strong” before lining up to see it.

How could a small group of Green Berets strike a blow against the Taliban …
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HiT Reviews: ‘The Post, ‘Paddington 2’
1 month ago

HiT Reviews: ‘The Post, ‘Paddington 2’

Steven Spielberg can do almost anything on screen … except duck the zeitgeist.

The Oscar winner began making “The Post” just as liberals pleaded with reporters to hold President-Elect Donald …
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Decorated Soldier Picks the Best, and Worst, War Movies
2 months ago

Decorated Soldier Picks the Best, and Worst, War Movies

I was attending a Christmas party over the holidays and, in the course of conversation, made the following statement:

“I can’t watch very many war movies anymore.”

My sister in-law, …
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HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Hostiles, ‘I, Tonya’
2 months ago

HiT Movie Reviews: ‘Hostiles, ‘I, Tonya’

Clint Eastwood transformed the western with “Unforgiven,” a film questioning the genre’s moral compass.

“Hostiles” goes one step further for our PC age. Cowboys aren’t necessarily the heroes. And those …
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Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’
2 months ago

Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’

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Tom DeSimone’s 1981 horror cult classic “Hell Night” begins, appropriately enough, with a scream.

From there, we’re provided a long tracking shot (back when these things were done without digital …
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How ‘Lust Experience’ Shreds Line Between Truth, Fiction
2 months ago

How ‘Lust Experience’ Shreds Line Between Truth, Fiction

The Queen whispered in my ear, questioning my motive to save Stephanie. Was this for “love or glory?”  

Is the mind-maze of “The Lust Experience” truly immersive theater, or is …
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Critic vs. Critic: ‘The Last Jedi’
2 months ago

Critic vs. Critic: ‘The Last Jedi’

“The Last Jedi” may be printing money at the box office, but not everyone adores the eighth chapter in the “Star Wars” saga.

The audience rating at RottenTomatoes.com stands at …
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How ‘Downsizing’ Makes Damon, Climate Change Dull
2 months ago

How ‘Downsizing’ Makes Damon, Climate Change Dull

Matt Damon is having a lousy year, and that has nothing to do with his awkward comments regarding the “MeToo” movement.

Damon’s performance in “Suburbicon” appeared to be a career …
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‘Greatest Showman’ Caters to Red and Blue State Whims
2 months ago

‘Greatest Showman’ Caters to Red and Blue State Whims

Hugh Jackman makes a living playing a rage mutant with nasty claws. At heart, he’s a showman from the Mickey Rooney school of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

He couldn’t find a …
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The 10 Best Movies of 2017 (No. 1 Got Totally Ignored)
2 months ago

The 10 Best Movies of 2017 (No. 1 Got Totally Ignored)

I left the theater after watching “Thank You for Your Service” both drained and elated.

The film’s depiction of soldiers adjusting to civilian life proved brutal. We all need to …
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