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Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, film critic and founder of HollywoodInToto.com. His movie reviews can be heard on multiple radio stations each week. He previously contributed to The Denver Post, The Washington Times, People magazine and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and co-director of the Denver Film Critics Society.


Is Common Sense (Finally) Making a Comeback?

You know American culture is on the decline when we look back on the old Baywatch television show and mourn its “innocence.” At a time when conservative speakers on campus are regularly shouted down and physically attacked, and when even reliably staid news outlets sound like The National Enquirer, it’s difficult to be optimistic about … Continued

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Why ‘Baywatch’ Bombed at the Box Office: It’s Vulgar

The original “Baywatch” TV series was dumb, hokey and arguably sexist. It was also one of television’s more enjoyable guilty pleasures. The same cannot be said of the recently-released Baywatch movie, whose uber-fit stars (and cameos from original Baywatch cast members David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson) couldn’t save it from a poor showing at the … Continued

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Why Those ‘Woke’ Feminist Movies and TV Shows Are So Bad

When does a television show cross the line from entertainment into propaganda? Consider the upcoming Netflix show, GLOW. The setup is promising. The series is a fictionalized look at the female wrestling franchise (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) from the 1980s. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin play dueling wrestlers fighting more than just each other. Spoiler … Continued

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Director Joss Whedon is a Jerk on Twitter. Should We Care?

Twitter often lets us share more than we should about ourselves. Or, in the case of Hollywood director Joss Whedon, it reveals private thoughts he’d be better off keeping private. Whedon, who successfully brought Marvel’s “The Avengers” to the big screen, can’t quit Twitter despite threatening to do so every few weeks. And boy, should … Continued

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Miley Cyrus Stops Twerking, Starts Acting Like a Musician Again

Lady Gaga didn’t just resurrect her career after hitting the skids in 2013. She crafted a blueprint for other shock artists to emulate. And, amazingly enough, the Queen of Twerk appears to be taking notes. Several years ago, Miley Cyrus began shedding her squeaky-clean Disney image, a process that reached warp speed with her Twerk … Continued

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Donald Trump and the Rise of Hate Comedy

Did you hear the one about the President of the United States having oral sex with Russian leader Vladimir Putin? It’s a knee slapper. And there’s much more like it heading our way. The only question remaining, perhaps, is a simple one: How low can modern comedians go when it comes to our current Commander … Continued

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson is What a Real Role Model Looks Like

It’s hard to believe you can be a role model today without a massive Twitter following or reality TV show to your credit. After all, that’s the measuring stick most often used in pop culture. And it doesn’t matter how flippantly you use that social media soapbox (see: Kardashians, all of them). No one told … Continued

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Thank God ‘Girls’ is Finally Over

How can we go on without Girls? The HBO dramedy did more than chronicle the lives of four twenty-something women living in Brooklyn. It spoke to us. The travails of these remarkable Millennials showcased the fears and joys we all face today, no matter our demographic. Their pain was our pain. Or so breathless media … Continued

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