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 and @Cinesnark. She didn't choose the skux life, the skux life chose her.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in The Aeronauts

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 6, 2019 20:10:39 December 6, 2019 20:10:39
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The Aeronauts is one-half survival tale and one-half historical drama, based loosely on the story of James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and Henry Coxwell’s ascent to a then-record height of 37,000, accomplished in a hot air balloon. Except for The Aeronauts, Coxwell has been replaced by the fictional Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), an amalgamation of real women pilots with a healthy dose of inspiration from Sophie Blanchard, who was as much show-woman as pioneering aeronaut. Full Story

Watchmen: Angela’s next move

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 6, 2019 19:36:11 December 6, 2019 19:36:11
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There are only two episodes left of Watchmen, and everything is coming together, the puzzle is almost complete. The last dangling thread is what Adrian Veidt has to do with all this, and everything is else is pretty much down to who lives and who dies. As much as Watchmen is deconstructing the superhero genre, it’s still coming down to good guys versus bad guys, though with this particular tale, the bad guys winning would not be shocking—the bad guys won in the graphic novel. Full Story

Queen & Slim sits between two forms 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 6, 2019 15:11:30 December 6, 2019 15:11:30
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With Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas jumps from music videos to feature films, and her background in visual media shows in the style and rhythm of her long-form work. Queen & Slim is strikingly visual and operates almost like a series of vignettes connected by musical interludes. Matsoukas’s staging of Queen & Slim is so good, it makes you wish Lena Waithe’s script held up a little better. Full Story

The Irishman is Scorsese’s least glamourous gangster film 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 6, 2019 14:17:15 December 6, 2019 14:17:15
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Based on either a true story or an entertaining lie, depending on how hot your conspiracy thermometer runs, The Irishman is the story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a union worker and alleged mob hitman who claimed at the end of his life to have assassinated Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). A three-and-a-half-hour opus from Martin Scorsese, The Irishman is a gangster movie that is equally interested in the mechanics of the mob life, and the heavy price paid by those who live it, especially if they have the misfortune to survive to old age. Full Story

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Woody Harrleson and Justin Theroux revisit Watergate

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 5, 2019 20:32:54 December 5, 2019 20:32:54
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Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux both starred in beloved HBO dramas, True Detective season one for Harrelson, and The Leftovers for Theroux. Now, they are both returning to HBO, to star together in a limited series called The White House Plumbers, about the two men who planned the Watergate break-in, E. Full Story

Welcome to the Florence Pugh party, Vogue

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 5, 2019 17:56:25 December 5, 2019 17:56:25
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Vogue would like you to know that Florence Pugh is cool, but not like TOO COOL, she’s just the right amount of cool. She’s an It Girl, but she’s not an It Girl because she doesn’t trip or do cheesy late night talk show bits. Vogue will tell you all about newcomer Florence Pugh, who has been on the international cinema scene for three entire years, but they won’t mention her breakout role is Lady Macbeth, that’s just some “corset drama” she did in jolly old England. Full Story

We are failing Mena Massoud

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 4, 2019 18:10:38 December 4, 2019 18:10:38
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Earlier this year, I spent much of my Aladdin review raving about Mena Massoud, saying, “Let this be the takeaway of live-action Aladdin—the movie is completely mediocre, but Mena Massoud is A Star. Full Story

James Bond has another bad day

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 4, 2019 16:29:09 December 4, 2019 16:29:09
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Poor James Bond, always having such bad days at work. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Bond just, like, chill out for a while? But no, the man can’t even retire without getting dragged back into the spy game. The first trailer for No Time to Die, the beleaguered Bond movie Full Story

Black Widow on her own

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 3, 2019 16:15:41 December 3, 2019 16:15:41

At long last, and more than five years overdue, Black Widow has her own movie. The teaser for Black Widow was released this morning, and it looks…fine. If this was coming out sometime between 2012 and 2015, when fans were most loudly clamoring for a Black Widow standalone movie, it would probably play better. Full Story

Watchmen: Big Blue Surprise

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 2, 2019 20:07:29 December 2, 2019 20:07:29

Spoilers As we approach the end of Watchmen, we’re getting into serious spoiler territory, so tap out now if you’re not caught up. Okay? If you don’t want to be spoiled, now is the time to get gone. Throughout Watchmen’s run, I’ve been wondering what the linchpin is, what is the piece that connects Angela Abar’s story and the conspiracy in Tulsa with Adrian Veidt trying to escape from outer space, and now we know—it’s not a “what”, it’s a “who”. Full Story