Starnes was introduced to film criticism by his father while a high school student in Houston, Texas and began writing regularly for ComingSoon.net, a subsidiary of Crave Online, in 2004 where he shares reviewing duties with Edward Douglas and Scott Chitwood. In 2009 he became Vice President of the Houston Film Critics Society and in 2012 he became President.
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