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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 (2016) '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 54% 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 93% 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 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's thin, but it's witty and constantly entertaining. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
6.0/10 94% Baby Driver (2017) I will not penalize a good movie for merely being good. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
7.0/10 94% 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 48% Rough Night (2017) It's a good time spent with good company... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
7.0/10 67% 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 15% 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 19% 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 29% 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 71% 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 35% Snatched (2017) One of the happiest surprises of the year...‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4.0/10 28% 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 82% 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
4/10 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It's one of the weaker installments, one which finds the franchise straining for artistic reasons to continue... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
6.0/10 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It is very much about the whole "Smurfette Syndrome" thing...‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
5/10 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) To its credit, the film is closer in tone and spirit to hard sci-fi like 'Ex Machina' than an action swashbuckler like 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
7.0/10 67% Life (2017) It's just a rock-solid genre exercise with a great cast, superb production values and a strong sense of zero-gravity claustrophobia.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
7.0/10 45% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) At its best, 'Power Rangers' is a throwback to a time when getting a darker, more serious big-budget feature based on your favorite kid-friendly property, one that felt like a real film, was a rare and splendored thing.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
4.0/10 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) I'd like to think we've advanced beyond the whole "that mean/scary dude is really a sweetheart once you get to know him" trope. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
7.0/10 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's a visually striking, character-driven monster mash adventure. So yeah, it's pretty darn good. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
10/10 99% Get Out (2017) It wears its homages on its sleeve, yet it's a true original that itself will be homaged in generations to come...‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
6.0/10 93% Logan (2017) If you remove the graphic violence, it's not all that different from 'The Wolverine,' with Logan again finding someone to protect after turning his back on life. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
6/10 35% The Great Wall (2017) It's less of a white savior trope than a story of a white American who realizes that China is super awesome. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.0/10 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) As feared, this wretched story nullifies everything positive about 'Fifty Shades Of Grey.'‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
7.0/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Nitpicks aside, this is one stylish, gorgeous, well-acted, and creative action spectacular. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
6/10 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It doesn't clear the bar set by THE LEGO MOVIE, but it's an enjoyable and visually inventive comic adventure. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4.0/10 17% The Space Between Us (2017) It juggles too many interesting story threads in the air and ends up doing justice to none of them. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4.0/10 35% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) The action is chaotically edited and the supporting characters are dull, but it provides just enough finality to justify itself. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
6.0/10 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The colorful cast of eclectic (and inclusive) action stars, along with some jaw-dropping action beats, makes this return to the Xander Zone a trip worth taking. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/10 75% Split (2017) 'Split' is thrilling in the moment but bungles the final stretch in a way that invalidates its arcs and subtexts. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
6/10 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) By default, this is the best 'Underworld' yet. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2.0/10 18% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
6/10 13% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
5.0/10 73% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
2/10 40% Why Him? (2016) It's sadly just as bad as the trailers have suggested... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
8.0/10 41% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
8.0/10 81% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
9.0/10 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016