Sarah Marrs

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Sarah is a film critic and entertainment writer. She is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and can also be found writing at Cinesnark.com and @Cinesnark. She didn't choose the skux life, the skux life chose her.


A Guide to Netflix’s Bad Holiday Rom-Coms: Fantasy Jobs

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 18, 2018 18:45:50 December 18, 2018 18:45:50

In the final installment in our series of Netflix’s terrible holiday rom-coms, we’re featuring those movies that have completely unrealistic expectations of creative jobs. You know the type—she’s a baker who never has to go to work at four AM, or a writer who never has deadlines, or some other creative industry job portrayed with infuriating fantasy. Full Story

A Guide to Netflix’s Bad Holiday Rom-Coms: Small Towns

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 17, 2018 18:30:53 December 17, 2018 18:30:53

It’s a tradition every December, to watch holiday romantic comedies, some of the most objectively awful movies ever produced, with cheesy stories, painful dialogue, and a formula so well-trod you can guess plot points so easily you might as well make a drinking game out of it. Netflix, in a race to fill their content coffers, have an entire category of sh-tty holiday rom-coms, which we have divided into three categories: Small Towns, Surprise Royalty, and Fantasy Jobs. Full Story

Best of 2018: Hannah Gadsby

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 14, 2018 19:58:21 December 14, 2018 19:58:21
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Hannah Gadsby burst onto the international stage this year with her blistering not-comedy special Nanette. It feels like Nanette came out nine years ago because we live in a nightmare time warp where everything is happening all of the time, but it’s just been six months since Gadsby gave us a new lexicon for talking about trauma and comedy and processing trauma with comedy. Full Story

Top 10 Movies of 2018

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 14, 2018 19:37:08 December 14, 2018 19:37:08
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2018 was a good year for film—a REALLY good year. Narrowing down a Top 10 was difficult and came down to which films left the biggest mark, whether it be creating a cultural phenomenon or lingering in my mind for the better part of a year. I looked for films I found myself recommending over and over, and the ones I couldn’t wait to revisit. Full Story

Jason Momoa in the totally bonkers Aquaman

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 13, 2018 19:56:21 December 13, 2018 19:56:21
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Aquaman is so incredibly dumb I don’t know how to review it other than to just tell you what it is and emphasize how extremely likeable it is in the face of its own sheer stupidity. So there will be some spoilers, but also realize that mere words cannot capture the magnificent dumbness of this movie, so in a way, it is impossible to spoil. Full Story

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 13, 2018 15:19:36 December 13, 2018 15:19:36
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Mary Queen of Scots is a slightly anachronistic and completely ahistorical telling of the feud between Mary, Queen of Scots—the lack of proper punctuation in the title drives me nuts—and Queen Elizabeth I. Take this as even less of a history lesson than The Favourite Full Story

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Luther and Alice together again

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 12, 2018 15:36:37 December 12, 2018 15:36:37
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Raise your hand if you knew Idris Elba as DCI Luther before you knew him as Stringer Bell. I can’t be the only one. Elba was Stringer Bell first, but Luther was his breakout role, the thing that made him everyone’s favorite leading man and the once and future Bond. On January 1 he’s back with a fifth series of Luther, and this time Ruth Wilson is also returning as Alice Morgan. Full Story

It is impossible to dislike Dumplin’ 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 12, 2018 15:08:26 December 12, 2018 15:08:26
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Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald) is a Dolly Parton-loving girl who struggles with body image, an emotionally remote mother, and the recent death of the aunt who raised her. She has one friend, Ellen (Odeya Rush Full Story

Monsters in the dark

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 11, 2018 18:15:19 December 11, 2018 18:15:19
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The second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters is here to rattle our skulls with Godzilla’s roar—I really love the new roar sound effect created for these new movies—and also strain our eyeballs with darkness. After the Comic-Con trailer, I specifically wished Full Story