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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 94% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) 'The Last Jedi' is not a great movie because it's a 'Star Wars' film. It reasserts 'Star Wars' as a top-tier blockbuster franchise by being a great movie.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
6/10 90% Phantom Thread (2017) Not a great time to be releasing a "He's an abusive jerk, but it's okay because he's a genius!" movie, but 'The Phantom Thread' does have a little fun with the genre. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
6.0/10 86% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It works on its terms and succeeds as a clever and witty kid-friendly adventure without relying on nostalgia or IP awareness. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
8/10 86% The Post (2017) 'The Post' is another great Steven Spielberg movie, but is it fighting a battle that America has already forfeited?‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) It didn't belong in theaters, but it's amusing and enjoyable.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
8/10 94% The Shape of Water (2017) 'Shape of Water' is Del Toro's best American movie yet.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
8/10 97% Coco (2017) One of Pixar's best movies. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
9/10 90% I, Tonya (2017) One of the best movies of the Oscar season... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
7/10 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Israel, Esq. is an acting treat and a thoughtful bit of old-school character study. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
6.0/10 40% Justice League (2017) Works best when it's just letting this surrogate family bond over their mutual guilt and fears. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
6/10 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) It works as old-school entertainment with just enough melodrama and visual splendor to earn its keep. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
8/10 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Francis McDormand anchors an excellent drama about flawed folks dealing in futile ways good and bad with understandable anger. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/10 28% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) There is something depressing about how scenes of adult women merely having fun with each other in public is seen as almost taboo and/or hilarious.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/10 34% Jigsaw (2017) It doesn't justify a seven-years-later return of a once novel/unique horror franchise. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/10 28% Suburbicon (2017) It wants to be both a cynical reimagining of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and a Coen Bros' black comedy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
6.0/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Strong visuals, gonzo action and a high comedy compensate for generic plotting, a padded midsection and a lack of drama.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
7.0/10 61% The Foreigner (2017) It's at its best when Jackie Chan's revenge thriller is mucking up Pierce Brosnan's political drama. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
7/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Live.Die.Enjoy‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It looks great and boasts solid performances from an underused cast, but (like the original) it's a triumph of style over substance. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
7.0/10 87% American Made (2017) A terrific Tom Cruise performance anchors a dark, cynical dive into Reagan's America that serves as a counterpoint to 'Top Gun'. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
5.0/10 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Spends too much time undoing the plot beats of the first film, while oddly kid-friendly in tone (if not content). ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
9.0/10 68% mother! (2017) It's a terrific horror movie and the most twisted improv game you've ever seen. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.0/10 34% American Assassin (2017) It's a bad movie, which means its toxic politics have no plausible defense. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5.0/10 85% It (2017) This is less an adaptation of the book and more a Cliff Notes version of the TV mini-series. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
6.0/10 70% Wolf Warrior II (2017) A Chinese variation on the white savior myth, but also a slam-bang action spectacular. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
6/10 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) A classic star+concept studio programmer, one that works thanks to strong chemistry and just enough clever action to justify itself. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
6.19/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The second half is better than the first half, but this isn't remotely the sprawling epic that fans arguably deserved. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
8.0/10 83% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow's latest is another demystification of genre, this time detailing an act of historical evil as a grindhouse snuff film. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
5.0/10 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) It's not the worst thing ever made, but it is seemingly afraid to commit to being a coming-out parable.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
7.0/10 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron has a new action franchise for the taking if she wants it. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
8.0/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's the most essential "see it on the big screen or else" experience since 'The Walk'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Descendants 2 (2017) 'Descendants 2' has a better villain, some fun action beats, and a willingness to dive deeper into its subtext. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
7/10 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It stumbles in the middle and runs out of narrative gas, but the first act is awesome and, my god, it is a beautiful motion picture. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
5/10 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This is a de-facto origin story, one that makes us wait for the sequel for a Spider-Man who isn't a menace to society.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
6.0/10 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's thin, but it's witty and constantly entertaining. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
6.0/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) I will not penalize a good movie for merely being good. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
7.0/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Andy Serkis may actually get that Oscar nomination this time out... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.0/10 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) It tones down the insanity and the spectacle but leaves little of value in its place. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
6.0/10 45% Rough Night (2017) It's a good time spent with good company... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
7.0/10 68% Cars 3 (2017) A self-critical subversion of the conventional comeback narrative which also operates as a metaphorical defense of the CARS franchise.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3.0/10 16% The Mummy (2017) This may be Tom Cruise's worst starring vehicle ever... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
7.0/10 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) It's funny, it's visually inventive and it's just a little bit sweet. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
7.0/10 92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's a lot closer to 'Batman Begins' than 'Green Lantern'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
3/10 18% Baywatch (2017) Less a satire or commentary on its source than a straight-faced episode of 'Baywatch' with R-rated jokes thrown in. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
6.0/10 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) It's a slight, but enjoyable epilogue to what was once a groundbreaking franchise. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
6.0/10 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's a satisfying have-your-cake and eat-it-too 'Alien' prequel that's more of a 'Prometheus' sequel and thus should satisfy both camps.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
7/10 37% Snatched (2017) One of the happiest surprises of the year...‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4.0/10 29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's every bit as formulaic and generic as you feared, with not nearly enough flights of gonzo fantasy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
5.5/10 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Like a number of Marvel "part 2" entries, it suffers from the push-pull between being a smaller, more character-driven sequel and providing the required mega-bucks action and spectacle. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
6/10 67% Free Fire (2017) The most realistic action scenes since 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017