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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us here at Stars & Popcorn! As per tradition, we’re celebrating this Turkey Day with a look back at the past year and all those terrible movies we’ve sit through just so you wouldn’t have to. May I present to you… the Biggest Turkeys of 2012. […]

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I’m not categorically opposed to steampunk, but this is ridiculous: Imagine trying to condense the longwinded Alexandre Dumas’ sprawling adventure novel The Three Musketeers into an easily digestible 110-minute feature film. It would be nearly impossible to fit into such a short timeframe all the key plot elements, all the character development of the four protagonists and the villains, while maintaining the source literature’s artistic integrity. Luckily, the artistic integrity wasn’t much of a concern here. [...]

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An influx of four major releases into theaters helped to purge the nation’s auditoria of a few stagnating comedies and rusty action flicks, but still none of the challengers could best last week’s box office champion, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Of those newcomers, this summer’s feel-good comedy about racism, The Help, came […]

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In an uncertain showdown, Captain America: The First Avenger out-maneuvered Harry Potter to take the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend. But the Cap’n’s retro superheroism might be a harder sell overseas, where the marketing team will have to play down the jingo and play up the relatable underdog story. So far […]

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Let’s raise our wands one last time: A full decade has passed since movie audiences were first introduced to the spectacle-wearing boy wizard Harry Potter, and this final installment in the franchise may feel like the end of an era for a young generation of theatergoers. There’s no question that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 isn’t an appropriate last chapter in the long-running film saga (based on the insanely popular book series by J.K. Rowling), but does it stand on it’s own as a film? [...]

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For a second week, Transformers: Dark of the Moon topped the charts at home and abroad, lending ever-more credence to the filmic philosophy that art inspires, but escapism sells. Though moviegoers cut their attendance by more than half, ticket sales were still more than enough to hold the weekend’s debuts, Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper, to […]

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This Independence Day weekend was a pleasant oasis amid the dry, dry badlands of the 2011 box office. Moviegoers were so generous in fact, that Michael Bay has no choice but to make even more movies about giant robots from outer space. Can you imagine the layers upon layers of self-referential meta-fiction? A film sequel […]

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As the sun sets over an unbroken horizon, its last rays will flash ever so briefly green. This is a metaphor. So ended the momentary reign of The Green Lantern at the multiplex. Not only did the would-be blockbuster lose two thirds of its audience from last weekend’s unimpressive debut, but it now sits a […]

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Devoted geeks among us turned out en masse for the opening weekend of The Green Lantern, with Marvel/DC double agent Ryan Reynolds in the titular role. Unfortunately for the would-be franchise, few others deemed the film worthy a glance. Considering the Lantern flick’s great hype, the high expectations that superhero blockbusters generate these days, and […]

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At theaters this week Super 8 proved to be a fair and just ruler. Unlike the tyrants of weeks past, Good King Abrams deigned to redistribute the wealth, not to keep it all for himself. His investors are not nearly so jolly. Although Super 8 took the top spot this week at the box office, […]

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This weekend the younger X-Men arrived on the scene feeling much like the big men on campus, though the numbers don’t quite match the glowing reviews. Even breaking in at number one, most experts do not expect the film to have staying power enough to surpass any of its four predecessors in terms of overall […]

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Contrary to good sense, The Hangover Part II burst into theaters this weekend with the force of some big summer blockbuster; it shut out the competition, most notably its family-friendly competitor Kung Fu Panda 2. Not only did the film surpass traditional expectations for a springtime comedy, for a sequel and for a film starring […]

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