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Huff Post Review: Faster (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Faster 2010 95 minutesrated R by Scott Mendelson The most surprising thing about Faster is that it's not. It's not a thrill-a-minute action romp, nor...

HuffPost Review: Four Lions (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Chris Morris's Four Lions works surprisingly well, because it dares to not obsess over the inherently daunting idea of laughing at those who wish to kill us.

Jackass 3-D Opens With $50m, Setting October/Documentary records, While Red Scores $21m: Weekend Box Office (10/17/10)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

2010-10-18-jackass.jpg Jackass 3-D grossed a whopping $50 million in its debut weekend, setting several records and setting punditry tongues wagging in the process.

Quality Over Commerce: Warner Bros. Declines to Release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I in 3D. Will Release Part 7 on Nov 19th in 2D Only

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The decision is a promising sign that Warner Bros. believes that the seventh Harry Potter is darn-well good enough not to need a 3D presentation to ensure massive box office success.

Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, and Miley Cyrus Are Genuine Movie Stars

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Opening an appealing mainstream comedy like 17 Again to $23 million is impressive. Opening a poorly-marketed and not-terribly appealing drama like Charlie St. Cloud to $12.5 million all by yourself: You, Zac Efron, are a genuine movie star.

HuffPost Review: The Last Airbender (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The Last Airbender is a tragedy, pure and simple. The film is a structural disaster, the writing is putrid; perhaps the once-great M. Night Shyamalan is truly broken.

Forest for the Trees: How Some Critics Missed the Complexity of Hit Girl

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

We all say we want empowering female characters who can play in the action sandbox. Yet we collectively cringe when said female heroes receive the same kind of brutal violence that is visited upon male action heroes.

"Always Be Closing": Glee Again Makes up for Flawed Middle With Grand Finale

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

In a day when Lost can't wrap up their six-year run without negating everything that came before it, and even 24 can't end with a bang, it's nice to see a final episode, even just a season finale, go out with a little style.

Review: Kick-Ass (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass is a film constantly at war with itself. It pertains to be a realistic story about what would happen if people decided to become masked avengers in a real big city, but it quickly gives way to implausibility.

Sex and the City and the Misunderstandings Concerning Female Escapist Fantasy

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

This is not about whether the films are good or not, but whether critics properly understand the genre that said franchise represents.

The Unfortunate NIH Report on Alzheimer's Disease

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

The difficulty is that the risks factors for Alzheimer's Disease are multiple, interactive and complicated. No one factor is responsible for this illness, and no one simple measure will stop it.

Alzheimer's Drug: Dimebon Is Down The Drain

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced today that its investigational Alzheimer's medication, Dimebon, has failed an important test of its effectiveness in the treatment of Alzheimer's Dementia.

HuffPost Review: The Wolfman (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

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.

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

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

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.

Huff Post Review: Saw VI (2009)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Saw VI still has many of the problems that have plagued the series from the get-go. But, despite this, it's a breath of fresh air for those who have followed the series since the beginning.

HuffPost Review - Trick 'R Treat (2009)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Trick 'R Treat is a stunningly lifeless and seemingly aimless would-be horror comedy. It is a muted and rushed affair, seemingly edited without discipline and constructed without purpose.

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

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

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.

The Super-Awesome, Astoundingly Mathematical Weekend Box Office Prediction for Twilight Saga: New Moon!

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Based on my top-secret, patented box office estimation formula, I hereby state that Twilight Saga: New Moon will gross $81 million over its first three days. No... wait, it will actually gross $91 million!

HuffPost Review: Where the Wild Things Are: The IMAX Experience

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The idea of high-quality entertainment that is specifically directed at children seems to be an oxymoron in the critical community. However, Where the Wild Things Are, is very much a high-quality children's movie.

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

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

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.

Increase In Diabetes Will Fuel Explosion Of Alzheimer's Dementia

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Diabetes adversely affects the functions of virtually every organ in the body. Consequently, it is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other illness, like various forms of dementia.

Just in Time for Halloween: The 10 Best Modern 'Direct-to-DVD' Horror Films

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The Children isn't the most violent film, nor the goriest or showiest. It haunts because it boils itself down to an unanswerable question: would you kill your own sick children to prevent them from killing you?

HuffPost Weekend Box Office in Review: Avatar Crosses $400 Million U.S.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

With $1.33 billion in the worldwide bank, Avatar is just over $500 million away from breaking Titanic's seemingly unsinkable $1.8 billion record.

Huff Post Review: Avatar: The 3D IMAX Experience

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

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.

I'll Analyze It... With Science!

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Mendelson

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