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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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Can you ever forgive your past?

Call it coincidence or divine providence, but I find it very ironic reviewing this film after last week’s Nebraska. The similarities are hard to ignore. Both movies are really about fathers. While Nebraska chose to focus on the father-son relationship, Saving Mr. Banks chooses to show the importance of a father to his daughter.

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Everything’s gonna be O.K. Even if you can’t immediately place it, chances are you remember the true-to-life story of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maerst Alabama, who was taken hostage after his ship was attacked by four Somali pirates in 2009. The ordeal lasted only a night, but thanks to social media and the 24-hour […]

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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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Guys love gangster movies. Gals do, too, but we’re sticking with stereotypes like a good gangster would want. That’s why cable always plays watered-down versions of classic gangster movies at night to prevent men from going out and being useful members of society. Why do we love them so much? Well, most of us spend […]

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It’s February, which means that most of us have abandoned our hopes of a svelte figure for the new year, and with good reason: Exercising is hard work. It’s a lot easier just sitting on the couch a sobbing into a carton of ice cream about how I’ll never be as beautiful as the people […]

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Writers, who needs them? They’re nothing but a bunch of nerds sitting in Starbucks with their MacBooks, sipping on skinny chai lattes, waiting for “inspiration to strike.” Yeah, sure, you haven’t had a paying job in weeks, but your new script is really coming along. You finally found the driving thematic element behind your protagonist […]

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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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It’s November, that time of year when men apparently stop shaving to raise awareness. “Awareness of what?” you might ask. Well, we’re not exactly sure and apparently neither is the official site. Cancer, we think. Still, it’s a time of year when the world can celebrate the peach fuzz that has become so popular over […]

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Flight

On November 2, 2012 By

Makes me want to sniff a few lines then go fly a jet. It’s been more than a decade since director Robert Zemeckis made a live-action film – 2000’s Cast Away – and in an odd way, Flight tells a similar story. Both are character studies starring celebrated A-list actors who stretch their abilities to […]

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You ever get the feeling you’ve done this before? Only after seeing Cloud Atlas can one appreciate how intricately its six independent plots – and, indeed, genres – are woven. It’s a maze of a film, but a powerful and worthwhile one touching on themes and ideas that bind everyone together. Based on the book […]

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