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.


Double-nominee Black Widow

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 14, 2020 17:31:26 January 14, 2020 17:31:26
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Marvel

Last night during the college football championship game, Marvel dropped a “special look” at Black Widow. The “special look” is mostly stuff from the teaser trailer, but we learn that part of Natasha’s challenge in her solo movie is squaring off with a “new generation” of Black Widows, and also facing Taskmaster, a villain who absorbs the fighting style of anyone he—she?—confronts. Full Story

We’ll always have Parasite

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 13, 2020 19:08:31 January 13, 2020 19:08:31
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Jeff Kravitz/ Emma McIntyre/ Steve Granitz/ Axelle/ Bauer-Griffin/ Getty Images

Amid the Oscar nominations sturm und drang—mainly because the Academy as a whole refuses to reckon with their own biases and do the work of overcoming them—there are a few bright spots in the nominations. Shout out to Matthew Cherry’s animated short film, Hair Love, which is one of the best family films of the year (you can watch it here Full Story

Joker is now 2019’s safest movie

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 13, 2020 17:06:06 January 13, 2020 17:06:06
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Kevin Winter/ Kevin Mazur/ Frazer Harrison/ Michael Kovac/ Amy Sussman/ Getty Images

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and somehow, in a year with a wealth of solid options that could provide a controversy-free Oscar month, the Academy still managed to irk and irritate. Lainey and Duana will have more on specific snubs and #OscarsSoMale on the next episode of Show Your Work, but for now let's talk about Joker and its ELEVEN nominations. Full Story

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Toss a coin to The Witcher

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 10, 2020 17:43:47 January 10, 2020 17:43:47
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Andreas Rentz/ Getty Images

Spoilers Like Game of Thrones, Netflix’s big-budget fantasy adaptation The Witcher is based on a series of fantasy books, in this case by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski (there is also a series of very popular video games). The Witcher is a fantasy world full of monsters, sorcery, tits, ass, incest, and yes, even a dragon, so you can see the appeal for those still reeling from their Thrones hangover. Full Story

Where does Star Wars go next?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 9, 2020 21:42:11 January 9, 2020 21:42:11
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YouTube/ DarthTV

The Mandalorian, Star Wars’ first live-action television show of the Disney era, got off to a strong start. The final episode aired during the last week of the year and amazingly for Star Wars, the show actually lived up to its hype. Full Story

#RoseTicoDeservedBetter  

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 8, 2020 17:35:32 January 8, 2020 17:35:32
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Karwai Tang/ Getty Images

The last week of the year is a liminal space. It is the abandoned shopping mall of time: It once was, it is not yet. Nothing happens in the last week of the year, when post-holiday blues and pre-New Year’s Eve nerves set in. And everything happens in the last week of the year, when we try to cram in all the year-end bullsh-t we can before time resumes counting. Full Story

Is Dolittle Cats 2.0?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 7, 2020 21:09:30 January 7, 2020 21:09:30
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YouTube/ Universal Pictures

Robert Downey Jr.’s inexplicable passion project, Dolittle, comes out in two weeks. A new trailer arrived on New Year’s day to celebrate(?) this fact, and this time, it actually shows us RDJ as the man who talks to animals. The first trailer Full Story

Return to A Quiet Place

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 7, 2020 20:25:42 January 7, 2020 20:25:42
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YouTube/ Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place was one of the biggest hits of 2018, so it was not a surprise when John Krasinski decided to make a sequel. It was a little disheartening, because A Quiet Place is such a perfect, self-contained story, but in the blockbuster era of Hollywood, nothing is allowed to stand alone, so here we are with A Quiet Place Part II. Full Story

X-Men’s death rattle

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 7, 2020 18:36:43 January 7, 2020 18:36:43
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YouTube/ 20th Century Fox

Over two years ago, we saw a trailer for The New Mutants, a would-be spin-off in the X-Men universe, about a group of “troubled” teen mutants trapped in a creepy institution. That trailer looked ridiculous Full Story

Rian Johnson’s Revenge

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 7, 2020 14:59:01 January 7, 2020 14:59:01
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Steve Granitz/ Michael Kovac/ Daniele Venturelli/ Handout/ George Pimentel/ Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

Amidst all the caterwauling about Star Wars’ box office—which is fine by any and every measure—the real success story of the holiday season is Knives Out. It opened back in November, during the US Thanksgiving holiday, and it has trucked along steadily ever since, raking in over $247 million Full Story

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