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Kids these days need to stay off my lawn and out of my movie theater. Back in my day, we had respectable young adult novels. Sure, most of them were never adapted into movies, but we didn’t care. We had imaginations. And we had to walk up hill to school or something. Look, I’m really […]

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There are a lot of bloggers and editors Writing Importantly about HBO’s terrific mind-bending, decades-spanning crime anthology True Detective, which concludes its first season Sunday night. The finale is one of the most hotly anticipated TV events in recent memory, perhaps topped in fan fervor only by Breaking Bad‘s series finale last September. With the […]

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Let’s call the 86th Academy Awards ceremony “forgettable.” Host Ellen DeGeneres gave a few pretty good quips, 12 Years a Slave won best picture, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor, and Gravity won basically everything else in the least-surprising Oscar ceremony imaginable. The gripping space drama took home seven awards, all but one in technical categories […]

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Battle for the Oscars: 2014

On February 27, 2014 By

Awards season is here, dummies! The 86th Academy Awards are on Sunday, and your office pool prediction sheets are due freakin’ tomorrow! Since you don’t want to lose your $2 entry fee like you do every freaking year, you might as well try to go into the weekend with a decided schematic advantage. Luckily, our […]

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The Best Films of 2013

On January 27, 2014 By

True to January’s mythological namesake, we find ourselves each year looking forward to all that’s to come, and also lingering on all that has passed: the good and the bad. If ever there was a hodgepodge of a year, 2013 was it. Take a moment to think back. This year was absolutely all over the […]

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The 10 Worst Films of 2013

On January 23, 2014 By

Good God, Hollywood, we need to talk. We at Stars & Popcorn know better than most that not all movies are created equally. We understand that there are going to be good and bad films each year. We even realize that sometimes bad films are necessary in order for film studios to get their profits […]

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Director of the Year: 2013

On January 22, 2014 By

Winner David O. Russell Within the past half-decade, David O. Russell has catapulted himself from the strata of critical appreciation to critical acclaim. Once a well-regarded but little-noticed creative force, he has gone three for three since 2010, earning Best Director nominations for The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and this year’s American Hustle, each of […]

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Winner Leonardo DiCaprio There were quite a few actors with strong bodies of work in 2013, but with excellent, memorable performances as insanely rich men in two separate leading roles, Leonardo DiCaprio wins the 2013 honor for Stars & Popcorn Actor of the Year. He announced his candidacy in The Great Gatsby, the much-maligned and […]

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Winner Amy Adams Over the years Amy Adams has proven herself to be an incredible actress by taking on roles in films like The Fighter and The Master. However, by the time the end of the year roles around she somehow always manages to slip our minds when we sit down to put together our […]

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The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced, and boy, do we at Stars & Popcorn have some extremely hot takes on the action! By which I mean we are mostly unsurprised by most of what the Academy has wrought. As expected, American Hustle and Gravity lead the way, with 10 nominations apiece, […]

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While filmmakers spend the next two months patting each other on the back for a job well done and a ticket well sold, those of us accustomed to the solemn pitch of the theater and the sweet, sweet odor of artificial butter have already shrugged off the spectacles of yesterday. Eyes always on the next […]

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Hey everyone! It’s 2014, and that means a fresh new year with lots of great movies coming out. Unfortunately, it also means there are going to be a lot of terrible movies right around the corner. As always, you can count of Stars & Popcorn to march boldly into that dark theater no matter the […]

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