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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.

‘Intensive Care’ Has One Not-So-Secret Weapon
1 month ago

‘Intensive Care’ Has One Not-So-Secret Weapon

Low-budget movies can cut plenty of corners and still entertain. 

“Intensive Care” falls awkwardly into that camp, with some blockbuster-sized reservations.

It’s shrewd enough not to overstay its welcome, clocking …
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‘Rust Creek’ – Sly Feminism Sans Preaching
2 months ago

‘Rust Creek’ – Sly Feminism Sans Preaching

The protagonist in director Jen McGowan’s “Rust Creek” is an empowered, resourceful young woman.

We see that in the way she deals with adversity and constantly improvises to save her …
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Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’
2 months ago

Why ‘Carlito’s Way’ Is Superior to De Palma’s ‘Scarface’

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In Brian De Palma’s “Carlito’s Way,” Al Pacino plays the “JP Morgan of the smack business.”

Carlito Brigante has been a criminal for 25 years and has spent five years …
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Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque
2 months ago

Unsung ‘Gingerbread Man’ Remains Altman-esque

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When Robert Altman died on November 20, 2006, I was a few hours away from teaching a class on his life and works.

A number of students called me that …
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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)

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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’

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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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