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Entries by Scott Mendelson from 02/2010

The Most Satisfying Oscar Nominations in Recent Memory?

| Posted 02.02.2010 | Entertainment

I had been rooting for The Blind Side and predicting its inclusion since Thanksgiving weekend. First of all, it's a damn good movie and second of all, it's just the kind of old-school big-studio drama that we don't get nearly enough of.

If you don't quit while you're ahead... Why we don't need an Avatar sequel.

| Posted 02.04.2010 | Entertainment
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We never got a sequel to ET: The Extra Terrestrial. We never had to sit through a strained next chapter to Titanic. We never suffered through a film...

HuffPost Review -- District 13: Ultimatum (2010)

| Posted 02.05.2010 | Entertainment

It's tough to recommend a film built upon the promise of world-class stunt work and eye-popping action scenes if it fails to deliver on both counts.

Dear John Scores $32 Million for First Place, and Why Its Defeat of Avatar Isn't a Gender Politics Story

| Posted 02.07.2010 | Entertainment

Dear John dethroned Avatar at the top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend. Wow... a film's opening weekend managed to exceed another film's eighth weekend.

Does the World Need a Superman (Movie)?

| Posted 02.10.2010 | Entertainment

The world doesn't really need a new Superman movie, but that doesn't meant we wouldn't want one. And a good Superman picture will be welcome with open arms.

A Director's Sandbox: In Praise of the Mission: Impossible Franchise

| Posted 02.12.2010 | Entertainment

As was announced a few days ago, Paramount is fast-tracking a new Mission: Impossible picture for a May 27th, 2011 release date. And I thought summer 2011 couldn't get any more crowded.

HuffPost Review: The Wolfman (2010)

| Posted 02.14.2010 | Entertainment

An emphasis on character and plot over special effects usually results in a superior film. But with a horror picture, you occasionally do have to deliver the horror goods. Joe Johnston's The Wolfman fails on both grounds.

Valentine's Day (the Movie) Sets Record Over Valentine's Day (the Long Weekend) -- Weekend Box Office Review for 02/15/10

| Posted 02.16.2010 | Entertainment

Pulling in $56 million over three days and $66 million over four, the film scored the biggest Presidents Day weekend in history.

HuffPost Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

| Posted 02.18.2010 | Entertainment
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a checklist of everything that could have gone wrong with the Harry Potter series but didn't.

HuffPost Weekend Box Office Review: Shutter Island Scores Massive $40 Million

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Entertainment

The infamously delayed Shutter Island debuted to smashing business over its initial weekend, as the Martin Scorsese thriller debuted to $40.2 million.

Huff Post Review: Justice League Crisis on Two Earths (2010)

| Posted 02.23.2010 | Entertainment
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If you get off on seeing Superman pound away at an alternate-universe version of himself, then you'll get quite a kick (and a punch) out of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

A Former Tim Burton Obsessive Accepts That He Is Now Merely a Casual Fan

| Posted 02.24.2010 | Entertainment
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The visual style of Tim Burton's filmography has become so consistently aped as to render his own work borderline cliche. He's gone from Hollywood's darkest mainstream maverick to the guy who parents trust to gently scare their kids.

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: Regarding Kick-Ass Red-Band Trailers...

| Posted 02.26.2010 | Entertainment
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Lionsgate is taking heat for making R-rated trailers and not doing enough to restrict access to young eyeballs. But at least this way, they can be theoretically more responsible and drum up some free publicity.

Shutter Island Retains the Top Spot at the Box Office This Weekend

| Posted 02.28.2010 | Entertainment
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While I didn't care for Shutter Island one bit, I am heartened that a moody, complicated, 2.25-hour, non-sequel, R-rated thriller from Martin Scorsese is a genuine smash hit.