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Articles by Christian Toto

'Batman' released after assault claim

Warner Bros., the studio that gave us "The Dark Knight," thought it had survived the worst marketing crisis a movie could have - the tragic death of one of the movie's young cast members, Heath Ledger. Published July 23, 2008

Right way to movie theaters

Something rare will happen in movie theaters across the country tonight. Audiences will see, or rather hear, unapologetically conservative messages at their local multiplex. Published July 17, 2008

Glenn Beck on silver screen for one night only

Something rare will happen in movie theaters across the country Thursday night. Audiences will see, or rather hear, unapologetically conservative messages at their local multiplex. Published July 16, 2008

TOTO: 'Hellboy' chaos

Director Guillermo del Toro clearly misses the creatures who populated his 2006 triumph, "Pan's Labyrinth." So, when it came time to revisit his "Hellboy" franchise, Mr. del Toro decided his freaky hero needed a new set of enemies, monsters that make Hellboy look like Brad Pitt by comparison. Published July 11, 2008

TOTO: Right medium for a 'message'?

Two of this summer's blockbuster hopefuls, "The Happening" and "Wall•E," bring more than just entertainment to the table. We're being generous to "The Happening," but stay with us. Published July 4, 2008

MOVIES: Smith's 'Hancock' may crash

Had the subversive superhero film "Hancock" stuck to its own story line — washed-up hero finds redemption via a PR guru — the film might have been yet another Will Smith slam-dunk. Published July 2, 2008

TOTO: Courting fame and fortune

Think playing at the Fleet or Staples center is the pinnacle of a young basketball player's dream? For many NBA hopefuls, the real promised land is Rucker Park, the Harlem court where everyone from Wilt Chamberlain to Dr. J. once proved his mettle. Published June 27, 2008

TOTO: Myers' 'Love' comes cheap

Mike Myers had little to laugh about over the weekend. The man who gave us the "Shrek" and "Austin Powers" franchises sought approval for his latest comic creation, a deluded self-help master, in "The Love Guru." Instead, audiences gave the "Saturday Night Live" alum some tough love. Published June 25, 2008

TOTO: Not quite as 'Smart'

The new comedy "Get Smart" takes great pains to remind us of the 1960s sitcom that inspired it. But as TV-to-film translations go, "Get Smart" misses the mark "by that much." We get a standard action-comedy with "The Office's" Steve Carell flailing to find our funny bone. Published June 20, 2008

Media Room

Radio talk-show host Adam Carolla understands if some people forever associate him with "The Man Show." Still, he hopes people - especially film critics - will watch his new-to-DVD film "The Hammer" without considering his comedic baggage. Published June 20, 2008

'Hulk' wins his first combat

"The Incredible Hulk" and "The Happening" battled for box-office bragging rights over the weekend, with Round 1 clearly going to "Hulk." Published June 18, 2008

Twain Prize to Carlin

The comic who gave us the seven dirty words you can't say over public airwaves has a few new words to add to his resume - Mark Twain Prize. Published June 18, 2008

'Animation' eclectic, imaginative

"The Animation Show" remains a virtual stick in the eye to the folks behind "Kung Fu Panda," "Toy Story" and every other glossy animated feature churned out by Hollywood. Published June 13, 2008

Writers mess with 'the Zohan'

Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" promises to be something different from his usual lowbrow romp. It's got a zinger of a hook - an Israeli superagent trading in his guns for a pair of styling scissors. Also, comedy king Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up") co-wrote the script. Published June 6, 2008