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Entries by Scott Mendelson from 12/2009

The Mask of Zorro (one of the best superhero movies ever made) finally arrives on Blu Ray.

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Entertainment

Nearly two years after the Blu Ray release of the less-successful (but still pretty darn good) sequel, The Legend of Zorro, Sony finally feels fit to...

HuffPost Review: Up in the Air

| Posted 12.02.2009 | Entertainment

Up in the Air is not revolutionary and its thesis, however insightful, is not one-of-a-kind. But it is the kind of thing we used to take for granted in Hollywood. It is well-written and sharply observational.

HuffPost Weekend Box Office in Review: Blind Side Finally Takes the Top Spot

| Posted 12.06.2009 | Entertainment

Ninja Assassin dropped on account of being terrible and shockingly boring for the first half of the picture. It's a bunch of ninjas trying to kill each other and James McTeigue found a way to make that unexciting and tedious.

Dumpster Diving: Deleted Scenes That Should Have Stayed in the Final Film

| Posted 12.08.2009 | Entertainment

If you had a scene that explained away a massive plot hole, wouldn't you keep it in the final film? Stephen Norrington felt otherwise, leaving this breakthrough Marvel-adaptation Blade with a major storytelling gap.

Huff Post Review: The Lovely Bones (2009)

| Posted 12.09.2009 | Entertainment

The Lovely Bones 2009 130 minutes Rated PG-13 by Scott Mendelson The Lovely Bones is a film constantly afraid of its own subject matter. It is, at...

Avatar screens to critical raves (but why I chose not to see it first...)

| Posted 12.11.2009 | Entertainment
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The good news is that Avatar screened in America and London today, and the critics are confirming everybody's best hopes. The bad news... we were her...

HuffPost Weekend Box Office Review: Princess and the Frog Puts Disney 2D Animation on Top

| Posted 12.13.2009 | Entertainment

When you consider the publicity that this film received for its 'groundbreaking' African American characters, I'm pretty sure Disney was hoping for a bigger opening for The Princess and the Frog.

Huff Post Review: Avatar: The 3D IMAX Experience

| Posted 12.18.2009 | Entertainment

The 3D work is truly immersive, creating the kind of 'you are there' effect that was before only achieved in cartoons like Coraline and The Polar Express.

Weekend Box Office Review: Avatar Defies Skeptics and Snowstorms, Earns $77 Million in Debut Weekend

| Posted 12.20.2009 | Entertainment

The much anticipated and debated (amongst film nerds at least) Avatar debuted this weekend with $73 million. One thing we learned this weekend: never, ever bet against James Cameron.

2009 in Review: Worst Movies of the Year

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Entertainment

2009 contained a number of surprise stinkers. This year I saw enough genuinely unfortunate misses to make a plausible list.

HuffPost Weekend Box Office in Review: Avatar Dominates Record-Breaking Weekend

| Posted 12.27.2009 | Entertainment

James Cameron's Avatar easily took the box office crown for the second weekend in a row. Dropping an almost insignificant 2.6%, the sci-fi epic has now amassed $212 million in ten days.

2009 in Review: The Guilty Pleasures, the Surprisingly Good, and the Runners-up

| Posted 12.30.2009 | Entertainment

Before I get to my obligatory 'best films of 2009' list, I'd like to take a moment to run down a list of films that are worthy of mention, even if they aren't the year's very best.

Avatar's Best Moment (Hint - It Has Nothing to Do With 3D Special Effects)

| Posted 12.31.2009 | Entertainment

The movies that do more than flame out after their opening weekends are the ones that do more than show us the biggest and best in special effects technology.