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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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I miss Breaking Bad. I’ve been a fan of Ridley Scott for a long time, and there’s a part of me that loves every one of his movies. But lately it feels as though he’s losing his touch a little. I first noticed it last year with Prometheus, which wasn’t a disappointment, but it also […]

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You know the moment. You’re mindlessly enjoying a romantic moment in a movie when suddenly there’s this buzzing in the back of your head. Something is very wrong here. Why are they kissing? What’s the matter with them? Oh, God… They’re not? They did! I’m going to vomit. Cinema is filled with odd relationships. Some […]

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Oct. 4 Gravity Director: Alfonso Cuarón Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris Our Take: The first time I saw the trailer for this movie, it was 30 feet tall and in 3D. I’ve never felt so anxious in my entire life. For me, Gravity looks like a panic attack just waiting to happen, […]

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We know what it’s like. You spend the whole fall, winter and spring hotly anticipating Smurfs 2, consuming every trailer and screen cap you can find, poring over the theatrical poster for clues about important plot twists, spending scores of sleepless nights discussing theories and predictions on message boards with your well-adjusted adult friends. You […]

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Hollywood has sold out. Not that I have a problem with that, but this is an argument that has no rebuttal. Thought-provoking cinema has been replaced with one-size-fits-all fairy tales. You’ve got the hero, the distressed damsel (no matter how tough she initially seems), and the happy ending. Nothing less, but rarely anything more.

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World War Z

On June 21, 2013 By

World War Z is not like most zombie movies.

Let’s start this review off by acknowledging the fact that World War Z is based on the eponymous book by Max Brooks. For most zombie fans, Brooks’ book is a seminal work in the genre. Does the movie live up to the book? No. But then again, what movie does? It is an adaptation that changes enough of the plot to serve the film’s format. We here aren’t reviewing the book, but rather the film. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s continue.

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The Internship

Director: Shawn Levy

Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Rose Byrne

Our Take: So Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are reuniting to make a zany, R-rated comedy. Not a bad formula. Sadly Vaughn’s career has been on the decline over the last few years. I would say that that wary excitement is the best way to describe this film. It looks good, but I’ve been hurt before by Mr. Vaughn. I’m just not sure if the lighting that was Wedding Crashers can be captured again.

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Look, I’ve got nothing against people with kids. The actual kids, on the other hand? Well, kids make me nervous, and I don’t like it. Don’t think that I’m just being crotchety. I mean, I don’t even think it’s possible for a 26-year-old to be crotchety. To be honest, I was creeped out by myself […]

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Movies, right? There sure are a lot of them! Why, just last year alone there were at least 20! And with all the stresses of everyday life getting you down, who has time to sift through them all to decide which ones are worth marking on your calendar and which ones you can skip? Well […]

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Or overkilling them softly. Did you know both a U.S. presidential election and a global recession hit in 2008? Because if you had any doubt, boy, does director Andrew Dominic have a message for you. That’s all you’ll take away from sitting through Killing Them Softly. It’s a shame, because this crime drama could have […]

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