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.

Chris Rock is rebooting Saw

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 17, 2019 20:14:41 May 17, 2019 20:14:41
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This is the second weirdest headline of the week. It turns out that Chris Rock—yes, comedian and filmmaker Chris Rock—is a fan of the Saw horror franchise, you know, the torture porn movies with the serial killer who sets elaborate Rube Goldberg traps for his victims. Rock is such a big fan, in fact, that he pitched Lionsgate on a reimagining/spin-off of Saw, which is now being turned into a new movie due in 2020. Full Story

Budget John Wick

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 17, 2019 19:29:19 May 17, 2019 19:29:19

Keanu Reeves is hailed for launching an original action franchise, and rightly so, because in the age of Big IP, that is nearly impossible. But he is not the only actor to front an original action franchise—Gerard Butler has his own original action franchise in the “Fallen” series. You know the ones, where he is the super double extra special very best Secret Service agent that has ever lived. Full Story

Robert Pattinson is our new Batman

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 17, 2019 13:45:51 May 17, 2019 13:45:51
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We knew that Ben Affleck was done, and Batfleck was no more. Now, we know that the next actor in line for Batman is none other than Robert Pattinson. It was a real record-scratch moment when the news broke, but frankly, it’s no stranger than when Heath Ledger was announced as the new Joker. Full Story

This is not a romantic movie

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 15, 2019 17:22:44 May 15, 2019 17:22:44
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Lainey emailed me yesterday after she clicked on something that said, “Florence Pugh breakup movie”, only it turned out to be the new trailer for Midsommar, Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary. Lainey does not handle horror well, so I think she might be scarred for life now. The first trailer gave us a better look at Aster’s new tale, which revolves around some kind of cult camp Full Story

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Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 - the Best John Wick of them all

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 14, 2019 19:18:58 May 14, 2019 19:18:58
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In the midst of superhero dominance at the cinema, Keanu Reeves and his stunt pals Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, along with screenwriter Derek Kolstad, launched an original action franchise based on a simple premise: Watching Keanu Reeves fight people is cool, we’ll do that for two hours. John Wick: Chapter 3 (still not acknowledging the subtitle, yes, I know what it means, no, I don’t care, it’s still dumb) is the latest entry into the series, and it is, objectively, DOPE AS F-CK. Full Story

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Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 13, 2019 18:11:21 May 13, 2019 18:11:21
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In the last few years, we have seen several gender-swapped remakes of movies, and the latest is The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. It’s a gender-swapped version of Bedtime Story (the 1964 original starring David Niven and Marlon Brando), and the more famous Michael Caine-Steve Martin comedy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Full Story

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Game of Thrones: Burn them all

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 13, 2019 12:52:31 May 13, 2019 12:52:31
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SPOILERS At this point, I think we’ve accepted that no one is really going to be happy with how this ends. I don’t think this is what ANYONE wanted out of the final season of Game of Thrones. Have there been some great moments? Yes. The first two whole episodes, especially “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, are among the series’ best. Full Story

Start the awards clock on Renee Zellweger

Sarah Posted by Sarah at May 10, 2019 15:52:09 May 10, 2019 15:52:09
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I was hoping to get at least halfway through Cannes before we started talking about this year’s Oscar race, but Cannes doesn’t start for a week and here we are, talking about this year’s Oscar race. The subject: Renee Zellweger. A teaser for Judy, her biopic of Judy Garland has been released, and yes, it look incredible. Full Story