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.

Brie Larson is getting it done

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2019 20:44:46 February 13, 2019 20:44:46
The Hollywood Reporter

Brie Larson’s press tour for Captain Marvel has been solid. It’s the most interesting she’s been, and she has spoken astutely about what these kinds of big franchise roles mean when it comes to representation, as well as the cross-section of promotion and representation. Full Story

Entertainment Self-Care: Slow TV

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 12, 2019 21:22:32 February 12, 2019 21:22:32
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Last month we kicked off a new feature we’re calling “entertainment self-care”, the things we’re watching to unwind from the nightmare dystopia we call reality. The first installment covered super-soft TV Full Story

Exploring Russian Doll’s labyrinth of trauma

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 12, 2019 18:32:52 February 12, 2019 18:32:52
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You have now had two entire weekends to watch Russian Doll, so the spoiler-gloves are off. If you still haven’t seen it, stick with the spoiler-free review, but if you have, let’s dig into the show’s serpentine coil of story and allegory. Full Story

The LEGO Movie 2: worn a little thin

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 12, 2019 16:26:17 February 12, 2019 16:26:17

The LEGO Movie was a surprise hit—no one expected an obvious and crass commercial ploy like this would ever work—which, naturally, started a franchise. 2017 saw two LEGO spin-offs, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago movie, which was an up-and-down experience. Batman did fine, but Ninjago underperformed (despite being Very Cute). Full Story

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Have you watched Russian Doll yet?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 6, 2019 17:35:00 February 6, 2019 17:35:00
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It’s only eight, half-hour episodes. Extremely bingeable. Have you watched yet? In case you haven’t the in-depth, spoiler-laden review will be coming next week, giving more people a chance to see it. For now, let’s just talk about Russian Doll as an achievement in allegorical storytelling. Full Story

Brie Larson embraces her inner Captain Marvel

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 6, 2019 15:51:37 February 6, 2019 15:51:37
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I had a lot of doubts about Brie Larson from the moment she was cast as Captain Marvel. Not doubts about her acting—she is a good actress. But she’s much younger than Carol Danvers is normally portrayed, and she didn’t seem like Carol, not the messy Carol I knew from my childhood or the revamped boss bitch introduced by Kelly Sue DeConnick in 2012. Full Story

The most misguided Sharon Tate movie?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 5, 2019 17:58:56 February 5, 2019 17:58:56

I’m already not-so-low-key worried about Quentin Tarantino’s take on Sharon Tate and the Tate murders, which will be featured in some fashion in his upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But maybe Tarantino isn’t the one we need to be worried about. Maybe we really need to be side-eyeing Daniel Farrands, a horror filmmaker responsible for The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which turns the Tate murders into a possession story. Full Story

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Liam Neeson said WHAT

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 5, 2019 15:10:42 February 5, 2019 15:10:42
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Well this is something no one could have ever seen coming. During possibly the worst interview in history while promoting his latest “middle-aged guy kicks all the ass” action movie, Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson talked about revenge, and his once-upon-a-time desire to exact it on a black man. Full Story

Scary Stories to wreck you for life

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 4, 2019 21:29:03 February 4, 2019 21:29:03
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Raise your hand if Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark completely f-cked you up for life. Thanks to the Scholastic Book Fair, I got all of those nightmare tomes long before I should have been allowed to read them—where were the adults in my life?!—and now I have a life-long fear of spiders (THEY WERE IN HER FACE), elevators (EVERYONE DIED), long dark cars (NO I DON’T WANT A RIDE), gardens (KEEP YOUR TOES TO YOURSELF), second-hand dresses (FORMALDEHYDE), hi-beam headlights (LOOK IN THE BACKSEAT), large creepy women with stringy hair (I AM FLEEING), and scarecrows (F-CK HAROLD FOR F-CKING LIFE I LITERALLY THINK ABOUT THAT STORY ALL THE GODDAMN TIME). Full Story