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.


Parasite: First Place, Third Place… and Oscar place? 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 16, 2019 19:38:00 September 16, 2019 19:38:00
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Parasite, the latest film from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes back in May and was just named the second runner-up for the TIFF People’s Choice Award. Between Jojo Rabbit and Parasite, the TIFF crowd broke weird this year, because Parasite is F-CKING BONKERS in the best way possible. Full Story

Radioactive closes TIFF

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 16, 2019 19:14:02 September 16, 2019 19:14:02
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Marie Curie is one of those figures who, it seems, should have a million projects ongoing at any moment, but does not. Like how can we have nine Robin Hood movies in development, and NOTHING about Marie Curie? She’s only one of the most important scientists of the modern age, and one of the most groundbreaking, influential women of the suffrage era. Full Story

THE Suicide Squad

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 16, 2019 16:21:12 September 16, 2019 16:21:12
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The cast for James Gunn’s THE Suicide Squad mulligan has been taking shape for the last several months, including additions of Taika Waititi and Idris Elba (now playing an unknown role Full Story

Michael Fassbender joins Taika’s team

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 16, 2019 14:33:01 September 16, 2019 14:33:01
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Coming off the deeply unsuccessful and unpleasant finale of his X-Men run, Michael Fassbender is joining Taika Waititi’s next movie, Next Goal Wins. Based on a documentary of the same name, the movie is about a Dutch coach, Thomas Rongen (presumably to be played by Fassbender), who tries to turn the American Samoa soccer team into winners. Full Story

Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy: the child actor who became a movie star

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 13, 2019 21:12:10 September 13, 2019 21:12:10
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Shia LaBeouf wrote Honey Boy based on his own childhood as a young star, and plays his own father, here renamed “James”. The film is directed by Alma Har’el, making her feature film debut. Two things about Honey Boy are true: Shia LaBeouf is probably being too hard on himself, and Alma Har’el could be less up his ass about it. Full Story

TIFF Review: Dolemite Is My Name

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 13, 2019 19:36:11 September 13, 2019 19:36:11
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Eddie Murphy returns to acting after a three year hiatus with Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic of Dolemite creator Rudy Ray Moore. Like every other biopic I’ve seen at TIFF this year, Dolemite is standard, run-of-the-mill biographical stuff, taking no real risks and doing nothing particularly inventive with the material. Full Story

Harriet the Superhero 

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 12, 2019 20:28:18 September 12, 2019 20:28:18
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Kasi Lemmons’ first feature film since 2013’s Black Nativity is Harriet, a long overdue biopic of abolitionist, underground railroad conductor, and Union spy Harriet Tubman. It is amazing to me that it is twenty-goddamn-nineteen and we are only just now getting the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Full Story

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