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.


Why does Kristen Stewart have to share Seberg? 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 12, 2019 16:17:14 September 12, 2019 16:17:14
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The Jean Seberg biopic, Seberg, avoids a common biopic mistake: it doesn’t try to cover whole decades, instead focusing on a roughly four-year period when Seberg, an actress discovered by Otto Preminger but most famous for starring in films of the French new wave, got involved with civil rights activism and became a target of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO investigation. Full Story

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Men Doing Men Things in Ford v Ferrari 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 11, 2019 20:41:22 September 11, 2019 20:41:22
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Ford v Ferrari, an old-school get-er-done drama in which Men do important Men Things and somehow Change The World with their Men Things, is your dad’s favorite film of the year. It’s a period drama soft-lobbed right down the middle, well-crafted and loaded with good actors. Can’t really say it’s a bad movie, because it’s too well made for that, but it’s very much what you expect. Full Story

Knives Out: a great ensemble film and a great murder mystery

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 11, 2019 19:20:57 September 11, 2019 19:20:57
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There are few entertainments as satisfying as a good murder mystery, which is why Knives Out is one of the best films I’ve seen this year—it’s a GREAT murder mystery. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out is a twisty-turny mystery that nods to everything from Christie, Hammett, and Jessica Fletcher, to modern day internet troll culture (the latter definitely informed by Johnson’s own experience with toxic fandom—STAR WARS DOESN’T DESERVE HIM). Full Story

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Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 10, 2019 21:01:32 September 10, 2019 21:01:32
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After playing in the Marvel sandbox, Taika Waititi returns to his natural state, making films with a precise blend of comedy, drama, and pathos. His latest is Jojo Rabbit, in which he becomes the latest filmmaker to satirize Hitler since Charlie Chaplin first did it in 1940s in The Great Dictator. (In that film, Chaplin plays both a Hitler analog and a persecuted Jewish barber, so I don’t know why some people are acting shocked that a filmmaker would dare portray a fictionalized version of Hitler, this is a long cinematic tradition. Full Story

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood…to cry

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 10, 2019 17:36:31 September 10, 2019 17:36:31
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More like A Beautiful Day to CRY. Based on Tom Junod’s 1998 profile of Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not really a traditional biopic. We don’t walk through the years of Fred Rogers’ life, we meet him at a very specific moment, and experience him through a very specific lens. Full Story

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Just Mercy should be shared 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 10, 2019 15:41:58 September 10, 2019 15:41:58
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Even as at-home streaming platforms offer a film viewing experience that is more convenient, more affordable, and more comfortable than cinemas, there are those films that remind us of the power of watching something in a darkened room full of strangers, sharing a singular experience. Just Mercy is one of those films. Full Story

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The Report: Adam Driver needs a scene partner 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 9, 2019 20:38:39 September 9, 2019 20:38:39
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Longtime Steven Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns writes and directs The Report, an extremely thorough and incredibly dry movie about the controversial Senate report on the US’s use of torture in the post-9/11 era. This film relies heavily on Adam Driver, particularly his ability to emote repressed passion and his unexpectedly soulful eyes every time someone is on the brink of Letting Down Democracy. Full Story

The Personal History of David Copperfield or Dev Patel can play any role

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 9, 2019 16:46:23 September 9, 2019 16:46:23
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Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield is a breezy, fun, surprisingly straightforward take on the classic. Iannucci co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, but if you’re expecting a Veep or Death of Stalin-style satire—as I was—don’t hold your breath. Full Story

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Between Two Ferns is a movie now

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 4, 2019 19:21:32 September 4, 2019 19:21:32
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Today in Sure, Why Not? news, we have learned that, thanks to Netflix’s insatiable need for original content, there is now a Between Two Ferns movie. That’s right, Zach Galifianakis’s awkward interview show has been turned into a film. How will that work? Honestly, who cares? It looks hilarious. Full Story

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It’s not a good time to be a Nazi

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 3, 2019 18:52:40 September 3, 2019 18:52:40
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Ahead of its TIFF premiere, a new trailer for Jojo Rabbit has been released, which doubles down on the satirical tone of the teaser. There are lots of “bumbling idiots” hijinks, and Taika Waititi is in bright blue contacts as Imaginary Friend Hitler which is a GREAT touch, a subtle reminder that the real Hitler looked nothing like his Aryan ideal. Full Story

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Do you know about Alice Guy-Blaché?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 30, 2019 17:40:03 August 30, 2019 17:40:03

This is the question posed to dozens of filmmakers at the beginning of the documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. The vast majority of them say no, but a few do know her name, including Ava DuVernay. Pamela B. Green’s documentary then unspools like a mystery story, as she traces Alice Guy- Blaché’s path from a secretary at an early photographic company in France to being one of the first film moguls with her own movie studio in 1910s New Jersey (the original home of cinema, until Thomas Edison bullied everyone off the east coast and into the warm embrace of Edison-free California). Full Story