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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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Spielberg’s scariest film yet.

Recently, Steven Spielberg made some news with some claims about the current and future state of the movie industry. In an address to USC students last month, Spielberg claimed that the “implosion of the movie industry is imminent.” I don’t know about you, but that’s a bit unsettling. Let’s try to break this down.

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Video games and movies seem to have a hard time mixing. However, as huge nerds, we still hold out hope that Hollywood will get it right, and with Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell on their way to production, the video game movie might just be the next comic book movie (in other words, a big deal).

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Originality. Some have it. Some don’t. This week, we’ve put together a very special Versus Mode! pitting 10 shockingly similar movies against each other. To be honest, though, we can’t claim to be completely original in our thinking. The inspiration actually came from this year’s White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen, two movies about […]

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Humans have long been fascinated with the phenomenon of death. What happens to us after we die? What happens to our souls, if souls exist? Can a dead person be resurrected? Can we talk to the dead? All these and many more questions have bewitched us for centuries past. And the motion picture industry wasn’t […]

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As you all know (yes, all of you), once a week we put together a ridiculous list of the top 10 movies sharing a common theme or motif. This week, we’re mixing it up because we couldn’t find 10 live-action fairy tale movies that we could in good conscience call “good.” Instead, in preparation for […]

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So you just printed out your ballot for your office’s 85th Academy Awards prediction pool, and Yowzah! Look at all those movies! Can that many movies even come out in a single year? What’s going on here? Who the heck are the Miserables? Well relax, man! Or woman! Or neither! We’re not presuming anything here […]

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As we have noted, 2012 brought a particularly strong crop of films to theaters around the country. The top rungs on the cinematic ladder were stocked full with some uniquely enjoyable or cerebral films, as well as the gigantic productions and larger-than-life names moviegoers have come to know and love. Now is the time to […]

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In early January of 2012, the Stars & Popcorn brain trust got together for a little old-fashioned prognosticatin’. Three of us – Joseph Hunter, Patrick Sessoms and James M. – peered into the company crystal ball to take a look at the following 12 months’ worth of moving pictures, and we attempted to predict the […]

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The Best Films of 2012

On December 31, 2012 By

As insufferable and disappointing as the worst movies have been this year, the last few months have brought a bank account–decimating onslaught of cinematic brilliance (and misguided attempts at cinematic brilliance) for moviegoers to feast upon, some hilarious, some heartbreaking, some simply fantastical. Sure, there were a few gems scattered about the muck during the […]

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With contributions from Patrick Sessoms and James M. It’s the holiday season, and that’s a magical time indeed, one full of cheer and the spirit of giving. Even though global recession has ravaged the worldwide economy, and even though climate change has melted the ice caps and made puddles of our once-proud snowmen, and even […]

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An effective tagline can be the most important part of a marketing campaign, a concise abstract of the film’s plot and tone, the “I Like Ike” of a moviegoers’ most anticipated short list. Most are not. Most movie taglines fall somewhere between mediocre and passable. Far too many read like an afterthought to a trailer, […]

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