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.

What did James Marsden do to deserve Sonic?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 14, 2020 18:19:17 February 14, 2020 18:19:17

I emerge from the theater with but one question: What did James Marsden do to deserve starring in Sonic the Hedgehog? I have no other questions about Sonic the Hedgehog, it’s a movie made for children and their unformed brains. It is, at least, acceptable entertainment for children and their unformed brains. Full Story

Thank you, Twilight, for RBattz’s jawline

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 14, 2020 14:40:33 February 14, 2020 14:40:33

Matt Reeves’ The Batman started filming last month, and now Reeves has dropped a tease on the internet for the world to gawk at: the first look of Robert Pattinson in the new Batsuit. Pattinson has never been my preferred flavor of tea, but, um, he looks HOT in this suit. It’s the jawline, it is 100% his jawline in relation to the cowl. Full Story

Dev Patel can get it in every era

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2020 20:09:04 February 13, 2020 20:09:04
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Dev Patel can get it. It is known. What we have just learned, however, is that Dev Patel can get it in every era. This knowledge comes to us from the trailer for The Green Knight, a medieval fantasy epic by David Lowery, the director of A Ghost Story and Pete’s Dragon. The Green Knight is based on the Arthurian myth of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which tells the story of Gawain the Good, King Arthur’s most loyal, chivalrous, courtly knight. Full Story

Taika, the Winner

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2020 18:11:54 February 13, 2020 18:11:54
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There were three joyous things about this awards season: 1) it was short. I know this was hard on the nominees/participants, but for everyone else the brevity was a bonus; 2) Bong Joon-ho and Parasite are the feel-good entertainment story of the year. It’s so fun and wonderful when the Best Picture actually is the best picture, and when someone as kind and thoughtful as Bong is rewarded; and 3) there was lots and lots Taika Waititi. Full Story

Pete Davidson’s million-dollar, antique joke

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2020 14:58:28 February 13, 2020 14:58:28

Pete Davidson makes audiences at his stand-up shows sign an NDA with a one million dollar penalty if they reveal his jokes to the public. Pete Davidson’s jokes are among the best protected jokes in the world, precious, rare joke-gems that can only be viewed at select times and places and then never spoken of again. Full Story

Return to Wes Anderson’s Land of Impossible Twee

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 12, 2020 19:17:51 February 12, 2020 19:17:51
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Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, is set for a summer release and is expected to premiere at Cannes. If it does, it will bring a collection of stars to the Croisette unlike any other ensemble that could be assembled. Few directors can attract such high-wattage stars to play even the small parts, so that their films are stuffed to the gills with recognizable talent (Tarantino is one of Anderson’s few peers on this level). Full Story

Taika shares

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 11, 2020 18:30:40 February 11, 2020 18:30:40
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Taika Waititi is an Oscar winning screenwriter now, and his first official move as an Oscar winning screenwriter is to hire another writer to collaborate on Thor: Love and Thunder. Full Story

Taika is a disappointing winner!

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 10, 2020 16:52:03 February 10, 2020 16:52:03
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I’m not apologizing for the exclamation points because Parasite won Best Picture and my heart is still light with joy this is the energy I am taking into 2020! But I have to tell you I am more than a little disappointed that Taika Waititi wore a plain tuxedo to the Oscars! I was really hoping for some color or a cool pattern Full Story

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Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 7, 2020 19:20:58 February 7, 2020 19:20:58
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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is juggling a lot. It’s a sequel/spin-off hybrid of Suicide Squad, a movie it does not drop-kick out an open window but one it does have to push off stage and make the audience forget. It’s a reimagining of Harley Quinn and an introduction to the Birds of Prey, and it has to work as part of a larger whole but also stand on its own. Full Story

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Celebrate Parasite now

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 7, 2020 16:53:58 February 7, 2020 16:53:58
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Parasite is breaking ground as the first South Korean film nominated for Best International Feature, Best Director, and Best Picture Oscars—and it will be the first South Korean film to win an Oscar, for Best International Feature, if nothing else—but it’s also remarkable for another reason: Parasite is a contemporary film nominated for its production design. Full Story