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Oscar 2011

Review: War Horse Is Pure, Unapologetic Old-School Melodrama

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

More than any other movie since Peter Jackson's King Kong, Steven Spielberg's War Horse operates as a textbook example of what "going to the movies" is supposed to mean.

Angelina Jolie's Ambitious In The Land Of Blood And Honey Is The Very Definition Of A Noble Failure

Scott Mendelson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Despite the film's fine intentions and adult treatment of adult subject matter, In the Land of Blood and Honey doesn't quite work as a compelling piece of drama.

Movie Review: Young Adult

Scott Mendelson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Young Adult is a surprisingly potent and insightful dramedy, all the more effective for its understated nature and its off-the-cuff black comedy construction.

Weekend Box Office: Breaking Dawn, Part I Tops Thanksgiving Weekend, Muppets Shines in Family Film Pile-up

Scott Mendelson | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The utter lack of any wide releases next weekend plus the likely downward plunge for Breaking Dawn part I means that The Muppets will likely top the box office next weekend. There clearly is an audience for this 35-year-old franchise.

Review: The Muppets Is a Touching and Hilarious Tribute to the Iconic Characters

Scott Mendelson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Come what may, The Muppets, if need be, exists as a triumphant last hurrah and/or fitting finale to a entertainment property that never really got its 'one last show'.

Review: Moneyball

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Moneyball is undoubtedly a success. It's a darn good movie about an interesting subject that honors its subject matter without inflating its importance. It's not a grand-slam home-run hitter, but it does reliably get on base.

Oscar 2011: Don't Blame James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Blame the Writers

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The whole show reeked of older writers attempting to appeal to younger viewers. No, awkward references to smart-phone apps, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and "the Internet" are not going to appear cool to the young kids.

Melissa Leo's F-Bomb Victory In The Face Of Embarrassing Ads

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Despite widespread criticism for her self-promotional Oscar campaign, Melissa Leo took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'The...

Weekend Box Office: Hall Passes barely edges out Gnomeo and Juliet, while Drive Angry crashes over Oscar weekend.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

In kinda shocking news, the patently mediocre Gnomeo and Juliet is still benefiting from the utter lack of real kid-flick competition for one more weekend and actually reached number one.

Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson's Unknown Fends Off I Am Number Four While Gnomeo and Juliet Holds Strong

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

It was a crowded weekend at the box office for the second weekend in a row, as three major openers squared off against a surprisingly resilient animated feature from the week before.

Weekend Box Office: The Rite Tops Charts, The Mechanic Opens Solid, Oscar Nominees Get Big Boost

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

While there were two major openers over the weekend, the real news was the performance of the various Oscar nominees that were in a position to capitalize on last week's nominations.