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Entries by Scott Mendelson from 06/2012

Weekend Box Office (06/03/12): Snow White and the Huntsman Opens Strong While Prometheus Excels Overseas

| Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment

Powered by Kristen Stewart fans, the film's debut points to the fact that Ms. Stewart may be a genuine movie star (Charlize Theron adds class and prestige, but she's never been 'box office').

Review: Prometheus (2012)

| Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment

With Prometheus, those expecting a game-changing science-fiction masterwork will be painfully disappointed. Those expecting merely a top-notch variation on the sci-fi "And Then There Were None" template will be only slightly disappointed.

Weekend Box Office: Madagascar 3 and Prometheus Both Open Huge

| Posted 06.10.2012 | Moviefone

Both wide releases opened rather well this weekend, and in this case the weekend gross of the second place film is arguably a more impressive achievement.

Review: Superman Vs. the Elite (2012)

| Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment

Rather than take multi-issue story arcs and try to whittle them down to 65-75 minutes, this time we have a single 'important' comic book brought to life in a perfectly appropriate 74 minutes.

'Tomb Raider' Reboot: Lara Croft's Origin Story Reveals a Double Standard

| Posted 06.15.2012 | Entertainment

Let's be honest, not only would an origin story for a male hero not have them getting their ass kicked, it usually has them dealing with the murder of their respective female friends and lovers. Male heroes are avengers while female heroes are victims.

Review: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment

The Beasts of the Southern Wild is easily one of the best films of 2012. It is the kind of intimate experience that ennobles independent film-making and it is a genuine piece of must-see cinema.

Good Is Not the Enemy of Perfect: In Defense of Dreamworks Animation

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Moviefone

As the initial reviews for Pixar's Brave roll in, it's clear that the film is both pretty solid and somewhat disappointing. One of the running themes of said reviews is that the film is merely 'Dreamworks good'. If you think that's supposed to be an insult, it is.

Review: Brave (2012) Is Pixar's Most Impersonal and Least Consequential Film and a More Troubling Failure Than Cars 2

| Posted 06.23.2012 | Entertainment

Brave is rarely boring but rarely engrossing, a trifling piffle that fails as art and nearly fails at entertainment as well. It may not supplement Cars 2 as the worst film Pixar has yet made, but it clearly qualifies as the most disappointing.

Movie Review: Ted

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment

Seth MacFarlane's Ted joins the ranks of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Observe and Report among razor-sharp cultural satires cleverly disguised as dumb comedies.

Patient Zero: Why Health Care for All, Via a Nationalized Single-payer System, Is a National Security Issue

| Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

So now that the Affordable Care Act is set in stone, the next step is the provision contained which allows individual states to choose how best to implement the law.

Good Film News in 2012: The Return of the Old-Fashioned 'Movie'

| Posted 06.30.2012 | Entertainment

This weekend is surely as shining an example as anything that the mainstream film landscape has somewhat self-corrected. We may like to say 'they don't make 'em like they used to.' That may have been true for a time, but it's not true anymore.