Mary Pols

Mary Pols has been reviewing film and occasionally books for TIME since 2009. She has degrees from Duke University, where she studied art history, and the University of California Berkeley’s School of Journalism. Before joining TIME, she worked as a reporter and a movie critic for several California newspapers. She wrote a memoir about parenthood that was turned into a television comedy (not Weeds).

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Jack and Jill: What An Awful Drag

More than 24 hours has passed since I watched the new Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill and I am still dead inside. It made me feel as if comedy itself were a dirty thing, mainly practiced by people eager to express ugly feelings …

Tower Heist: Occupy the Penthouse

The timely Tower Heist, which is twice as funny as I thought it would be but not half as funny as it could have been, is about a working class rebellion among the service employees in a luxury Manhattan high-rise. Their target in …

Gaga in Love With Like Crazy

Most movie romances dwell on the chase, fading to black shortly after both parties first acknowledge that, yeah, maybe they do love each other. In the first few minutes of Like Crazy, Anna (Felicity Jones), a young Englishwoman …

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