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Mary F. Pols

Mary F. Pols
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) The most inventive and entertaining family movie I've seen this year, packed with wickedly smart humor and joyful animation. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2012
31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) A sweet ride worth catching. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2012
11% Alex Cross (2012) The movie is ugly in spirit and looks. All Alex Cross spiked was my appreciation for Morgan Freeman, the original cinematic Alex Cross. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2012
63% Sinister (2012) The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
96% Sister (2012) A penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2012
34% The Oranges (2012) Light as a feather, the movie is at times a modest pleasure, but inconsequential. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2012
33% Won't Back Down (2012) Teachers unions are by no means perfect, but Won't Back Down turns them into public school enemy number one. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2012
45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) A family movie that includes almost entirely lewd jokes for adults. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2012
80% Pitch Perfect (2012) You leave it wanting to sing and dance. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2012
94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) Demonstrates that an almost hypnotic fabulousness can still emanate from the late great fashion editor, even via fuzzy old videotape viewed 23 years after her death. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2012
86% Arbitrage (2012) The main reason to see Arbitrage is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2012
70% Liberal Arts (2012) Liberal Arts calls to mind more the spirit of an alumni magazine, so bathed in nostalgia for academia that you expect autumn leaves to flutter down to the theater floor. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2012
24% The Words (2012) As good looking but shallow as its multiple leading men. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2012
57% Bachelorette (2012) The best reason to see Bachelorette is Dunst, once a child star with an uncanny ability to project maturity, now an actress with an ever-increasing range. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2012
57% Sparkle (2012) Sparkle, while occasionally silly in a way that made a preview audience titter, is decent entertainment. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2012
73% Chicken with Plums (2012) Chicken with Plums is well-acted across the board, but it is Amalric's movie. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2012
34% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) It made me want to go on a sugar cleanse. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2012
65% 2 Days in New York (2012) At least we'll always have 2 Days in Paris. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2012
64% The Campaign (2012) Mostly but not entirely on. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2012
75% Hope Springs (2012) Hope Springs isn't an exciting movie, not remotely -- its narrative arc revolves around getting a couple on the far side of middle age to resume conjugal relations -- but I couldn't look away. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2012
70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) I'd rather watch five divorce movies like this than one more featuring Katherine Heigl getting married. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2012
94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) I feel contempt for my contempt for these people. Whether that's my problem or the film's, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm leaning toward blaming Greenfield. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2012
37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) The frenetic pace masks an emptiness; this Ice Age is just a collection of slapstick moments and fisticuffs, with pauses for Sid to regurgitate food into his paw and show it to everyone. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2012
29% Red Lights (2012) Red Lights reaches for a The Sixth Sense-style twist and whiffs it completely. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2012
74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) Do-Deca is a stripped-down examination of male relationships and identity crisis. It's as if someone picked up a bromance and shook the dumb bits out. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2012
54% People Like Us (2012) It's hideously compelling, like being in the room when one woman asks a woman who isn't pregnant when she's due, except that exchange is typically over in 30 spectacularly awful seconds and this one lasts two hours. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2012
67% Ted (2012) MacFarlane has definitely made the best leap from animated television to movies since 1999′s South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) When Seeking took hold of me, completely and without warning, I was digging for tissues. It's a lovely surprise for the official start of summer. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2012
44% To Rome with Love (2012) It's lazy, frivolous filmmaking -- To Rome With Love has about as much intent as a vacation -- but in spurts, gives real pleasure. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2012
20% That's My Boy (2012) A thousand times better and funnier than Jack and Jill, Sandler's last movie, yet still falls short of actually being good... ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012
83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) What sets Shelton apart is her interest in the way people can absorb acute discomfort and move on from it, even improving their lives because of it. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012
90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2012
28% Bel Ami (2012) Pattinson portrays a man who has no moral code and gets to have tons of sex, with various women of smart Parisian society, played by the likes of Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas. Yet mysteriously, the tedium continues. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2012
35% Lola Versus (2012) A movie that aspires to be deep but never gets out of the shallows even with a wonderful actress in the lead... ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2012
49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from Mirror Mirror to the dreadful Red Riding Hood) the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 31, 2012
68% Men in Black III (2012) Its opening sequences are a near marvel of confusion, mayhem and embarrassments for its actors. If it was a person, you'd worry it had dementia. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 24, 2012
30% Girl In Progress (2012) The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 10, 2012
51% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Director and co-writer Nadine Labaki has a careful, delicate hand when it comes to balancing the precious and the poignant. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 10, 2012
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 4, 2012
93% First Position (2012) At least half of these young dynamos and their families, all vying for coveted scholarships and spots in ballet companies, could brighten the most forlorn perspective on the state of the American dream. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 3, 2012
75% Sound of My Voice (2012) The movie explores the basic debate over faith, the idea that we can feel a sense of relief in cynicism realized and turn around and face the horror of our lack of faith in the next moment. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2012
63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) By the 90-minute mark, I was ready for a divorce, but based on the steady squeals of laughter around me at a preview screening, may have been in the minority. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2012
89% Bernie (2012) You would be hard pressed to find a film that feels more true to a reporter's experience of an event. This isn't necessarily a good thing, at least not cinematically. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2012
20% The Lucky One (2012) Efron acquits himself reasonably well. Is he sexy enough to make credible a scene where Beth seems to have an orgasm while washing dishes and watching him lift bags of dog food? Maybe not, but, honestly, who could? ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2012
22% Darling Companion (2012) As bland and soft as a nice bowl of oatmeal. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2012
74% Chimpanzee (2012) It has plenty of charm and is filled with astonishingly intimate footage worth seeing on the big screen but is sketchy on details and dumbed down by cutsy, anthropomorphizing narration. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2012
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Cabin goes beyond the parody of the Scream franchise into darker, richer territory. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2012
76% Damsels in Distress (2012) Gerwig is the heart of the movie. She gives a beautifully contained performance as Violet. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2012
57% Detachment (2012) Everywhere you turn in Detachment, someone is trying to make you feel like hell. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2012