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War. Huh. What is it good for? The nature of war has changed over the years, and thus so has the nature of the war movie genre. War as an institution has gone from being glamorized in film to being used as an explicit reminder of just how brutal and violent the experiences the men […]

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Brotherly Love.

Out of the Furnace was one of the worst marketed films I’ve heard of recently. It’s barely able to keep distinct from Christian Bale’s upcoming American Hustle. But even more so, the marketing just got the entire movie wrong. I went into the theater expecting a gritty revenge thriller in the tone of Kill Bill (but obviously not so Tarantino-ish). What I got instead was a tenacious look at the state of America. Despite my feeling a bit tricked, I was pleasantly surprised.

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A week ago, we saw the release of Baltasar Kormákur’s latest action flick, 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. We here at Stars & Popcorn enjoyed the film a lot. It’s a great action movie with humor and explosions. What more do you want?

Will we remember this film years from now as one of the greatest of a generation? Of course not. It’s a fairly shallow action movie. But this movie has been getting a lot of press due to its misogynistic portrayal of women. So let’s try to break this down. Is 2 Guns an innocent ‘guy’ movie, or a terrible statement on the state of women in society?

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Action done right. So I’m normally not a fan of the whole buddy-cop action flick. They’re not bad, I just never feel fulfilled at the end of the movie. But every once in a while, I find one of those movies that just blows me away. It is the definition of a great popcorn flick. […]

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I didn’t think Hollywood would be able to top 2012 when it came to comic book movies. Lo and behold, though, I was wrong. With Iron Man 3 kicking off the summer movie season in just over a week, I decided to take a look all the films coming out this year, and I was […]

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Broken City

On January 20, 2013 By

This movie’s broke; fix it. With the prospect of originality out the window, a film critic has to find something else in the confines of a trailer to cling onto. Perhaps the score entices, maybe the visuals astound, but above all else— sometimes we’re just looking for a familiar face. And after his virtuosic performance in Les Misérables, Russell Crowe’s presence provided reason enough to fork over the ten dollars. Plus, Mark Wahlberg can be endearing… at times.

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The internet is aflutter with the news that Mark Wahlberg has been cast as the lead in the upcoming Transformers 4 film. Director Michael Bay spilled the news yesterday on his site where he says, “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on ‘Pain and Gain’ and I’m so fired up to be back […]

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You would think Hollywood and the world of video games would be a match made in heaven. Well, if history is any indication, that’s certainly not true. For some reason, the translation just doesn’t work out well (we went over all this in a previous top 10 list). So, we sat down to come up […]

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Fighting. From the dawn of time, man has punched man in the face. And for millennia, that was enough. Then came the face-punch tournament, a test of the greatest warriors ever to punch face. This week, Kevin James has his own cute little movie in which he participates in the masculine art of fighting. This […]

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We’ve written this article before. In fact, we’ve written 38 variations of this article, with five leading to a third World War, three resulting in alien invasions and one resulting in the enlightenment of mankind and world peace. That one wasn’t that funny, though, so we decided to stick with this version, the one that […]

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Ted

On July 2, 2012 By

Cursing in a Buostononian accent is wicked comical. Family Guy fans, gather round for the comedic spectacle of the year. Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut combines anti-Semitism, child abuse, an overabundance of illicit drugs, bouts of drunkenness, and of course prostitutes to generate a film that (against seemingly insurmountable odds) successfully conveys nostalgic notions of youth and induces legitimate warmth in your chest cavity (yes, that’s where your hearts are supposed to be).

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Coinciding with the return of Kate Beckinsale to the franchise, Underworld Awakening marked a minor uptick from Rise of the Lycans, enough at least to score an easy win over Fox’s Red Tails. Producers may expect this latest vampire brawl to fetch a fair penny, to come near to, but not quite surpass, Underworld Evolution. […]

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