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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 80% Split (2017) 'Split' is thrilling in the moment but bungles the final stretch in a way that invalidates its arcs and subtexts. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 11, 2017
6/10 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) By default, this is the best 'Underworld' yet. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.0/10 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's the Anakin Skywalker of video game movies, a promising project meant to redeem a bedeviled sub-genre that merely leaves it covered in more darkness. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 19, 2016
6/10 31% Passengers (2016) A flashy, star-driven sci-fi melodrama that gets undercut by a generic (and convenient) finale. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 15, 2016
6/10 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) It's a true original, it's well-acted by a deep bench of terrific actors, and it works more often than it doesn't. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 14, 2016
6/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Still too reliant on nostalgic fan-service, but a clear step in the right direction for these newfangled 'Star Wars' movies. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 13, 2016
5.0/10 70% Sing (2016) There are plenty of almost random music cues, but all too little soul and too little time spent fleshing out the leads. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 12, 2016
2/10 40% Why Him? (2016) It's sadly just as bad as the trailers have suggested... ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 12, 2016
8.0/10 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) A great comedic cast playing enjoyable characters in funny situations. What more do you want from a movie called 'Office Christmas Party'? ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 7, 2016
8.0/10 79% Patriots Day (2017) This fine adult thriller casts the successful pursuit of those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing as a cathartic victory for a nation still scarred by the 9/11 attacks. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 6, 2016
8.0/10 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) It features a gloriously nuanced movie star performance from Hailee Steinfeld and a host of strong supporting turns in service of Kelly Fremon Craig's thoughtful and often hilarious comedic drama. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 16, 2016
5/10 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It looks great and has a firm moral backbone, but thin characters, pacing issues, and a main narrative that is less interesting than the worldbuilding bring this well-intentioned blockbuster down. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 15, 2016
9.0/10 69% Miss Sloane (2016) 'Miss Sloane' is superb adult entertainment for adults as well as a grim treatise on feminism and power-friendly media narratives. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 14, 2016
7.0/10 94% Arrival (2016) It has big ideas and an unconventional structure, and it is rather engaging when it dives deep into the trade of language translation. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 7, 2016
7.0/10 95% Moana (2016) Disney delivers another potent and primal piece of girl-powered mythmaking... ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 7, 2016
7/10 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Another uber-violent Mel Gibson directorial project about a man who does his darnedest to avoid violence in a violent environment. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 31, 2016
6/10 55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) 'Trumpland' becomes a passionate case not for voting against Donald Trump but for Hillary Clinton. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 28, 2016
5/10 51% The Accountant (2016) A strong first 2/3 devolves into a final third which is almost entirely retroactive exposition. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 28, 2016
6.0/10 19% Inferno (2016) It's not as gonzo crazy as 'Angels & Demons,' but it's more spirited than 'The Da Vinci Code'. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 28, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) I like what the film eventually becomes about and that it's not trying to be anything more than it is. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 24, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) La La Land works as a musical, as a romance, as a love letter to old-school Hollywood, and as a thoughtful meditation on the sacrifices that creative people must make in order to share that creativity with us. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 24, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) It is a taut, mostly engaging, and just slightly melodramatic (in a good way) "you are there" retelling of the events that took place on April 20, 2010. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 24, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a middle-of-the-road Tim Burton movie, with enough "good" regarding visuals and subtext to counteract the overly complicated narrative, thinly developed supporting characters and often arbitrary plot beats. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 24, 2016
5.5/10 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The visuals are worth the price of admission, but this is as generic and by-the-numbers an origin story as the MCU has ever made. It's better than 'Green Lantern,' but it will remind you of 'Green Lantern'. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 24, 2016
6/10 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) I liked the last fifty minutes enough to forgive the first fifty minutes. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 19, 2016
6.0/10 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) It's a simpler, more conventional genre offering than the first film, but it gets the job done. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 19, 2016
7.0/10 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) A huge improvement over the middling original... ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 18, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) Desierto is a lean and brutally efficient piece of horror filmmaking. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) A sprawling, meditative, and visually beautiful magical history tour filled with inspiring sights and profound observations. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 10, 2016
8.0/10 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) It's about as good as you hoped it would be... ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 20, 2016
7.0/10 63% Storks (2016) A mostly enjoyable animated romp with some a few winning digressions along the way. ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 20, 2016
7.0/10 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Oh wait, so you decided to wait until September to give us a halfway decent summer action movie? Thanks, I think. ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 16, 2016
7.0/10 85% Sully (2016) The second act is worth the price of even the most expensive IMAX ticket. ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 7, 2016
7.0/10 40% Morgan (2016) This is a fresh inversion on the usual "is the artificial lifeform an actual human being?" story. ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 30, 2016
6.0/10 60% War Dogs (2016) Its relative amorality is almost counts as an act of audience trust. ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 18, 2016
6.0/10 25% Ben-Hur (2016) By today's standards, it's an example of restraint. ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 18, 2016
9.0/10 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) One of the best movies of the year... ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 16, 2016
9.0/10 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) 'Pete's Dragon' is the best "big" movie of the summer. ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 8, 2016
4.0/10 11% Nine Lives (2016) Well, it's better than 'Suicide Squad,' for what that's worth... ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.0/10 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It is (perhaps by default) probably the worst "big" DC Comics live-action movie since 'Catwoman'. ‐ Forbes
Posted Aug 5, 2016
4.0/10 59% Bad Moms (2016) It tackles "mommy guilt" while letting men and dads off the moral hook. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jul 28, 2016
5.0/10 56% Jason Bourne (2016) It's entertaining enough, but it's another round of BOURNE Mad Libs... ‐ Forbes
Posted Jul 26, 2016
5.0/10 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It starts and ends exceptionally well, but it gets bogged down in the middle. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jul 15, 2016
6.0/10 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Okay" is not the enemy of perfect. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jul 10, 2016
6.0/10 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) It's not as good as the last film, and it probably won't change any hearts-and-minds, but this third 'Purge' film remains a potent work of cultural criticism. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.0/10 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) A disagreeable effort, made more so by turning Margot Robbie into a full-time hostage. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.0/10 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) It's an extinction level event... ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 24, 2016
7.0/10 78% The Shallows (2016) Blake Lively gives a terrific "solitary" performance in this effective little horror drama. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 23, 2016
7.0/10 75% The BFG (2016) This might shock you, but that Steven Spielberg guy made another good movie. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 21, 2016
7.0/10 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are terrific together, and the well-written potboiler doesn't let them down. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jun 16, 2016