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.

Jason Mantzoukas gets his due

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 16, 2018 19:23:43 November 16, 2018 19:23:43
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Almost two years ago I wrote,  “[Jason Mantzoukas] is WAY overdue for his own starring vehicle.” The everywhere That Guy of comedy, Mantzoukas has popped up on sitcoms like The League, Parks & Rec, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place,Transparent, and Big Mouth, and in movies like The Night Before and How to Be Single. Full Story

Sad Clown Dumbo

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 16, 2018 14:50:56 November 16, 2018 14:50:56

Disney’s quest to remake all their classic animated films into live action money grabs continues with Dumbo, Tim Burton’s reimagining of the timeless tale of animal cruelty in the circus. Want to see a baby elephant ripped from its mother? Go see Dumbo! Want to see large animals confined in small cages and enclosures for the thrill of some dumb humans? Go see Dumbo! Want to see an animal tortured into obedience and forced to perform for the relentless mob? Go see Dumbo!  Seriously, though, Dumbo is going to make a billion dollars. Full Story

Florence Pugh is everywhere

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 15, 2018 20:42:29 November 15, 2018 20:42:29
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Florence Pugh broke out with Lady Macbeth in 2016, and now, as is wont to happen, she is everywhere. She is currently on Netflix, being underutilized in Outlaw King. She will next be seen in The Little Drummer Girl with Alexander Skarsgard, and she is filming Greta Gerwig’s new take on Little Women. Full Story

The Favourite begins campaigning

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 15, 2018 18:10:16 November 15, 2018 18:10:16

The Favourite is one of my favorite films of the year—yes, I see that, too—and it will be rolling out starting next week, beginning a hopeful Oscar charge. Leading the way on that is a cover feature in The Hollywood Reporter with its trio of stars, Olivia Colman Full Story

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 14, 2018 19:08:15 November 14, 2018 19:08:15
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The Girl in the Spider’s Web is an attempt to reboot the potential franchise started by the English-language reboot of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it did not open well, with less than $10 million on opening weekend. And with a B CinemaScore, it didn’t really impress audiences, either. Full Story

Detective Pikachu ??????????

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 13, 2018 14:24:36 November 13, 2018 14:24:36

Monday’s pop culture moment was supposed to belong to Toy Story 4. Disney dropped that trailer early, undoubtedly expecting to dominate the full news cycle. But then, at noon, our lives were permanently derailed as a trailer for Detective Pikachu(?) was released and it actually looks…good(??). Full Story

Toy Story 4 expands the nightmare

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 13, 2018 13:49:12 November 13, 2018 13:49:12

Toy Story is one of the most beloved film franchises of all time, spanning generations and ever-improving visual effects to tell a story of toys and friendship and sentience and love and the nightmarish confines of utilitarian purpose and the magic of childhood. I love these movies—DON’T LIE, YOU TEARED UP AT THE END OF TOY STORY 3, TOO—but they are screaming nightmares if you stop and think about them for a second. Full Story

Another Jungle Book

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 9, 2018 19:50:09 November 9, 2018 19:50:09

Jon Favreau made a hybrid live-action/animated Jungle Book that was really quite good, so much so it bagged him the job of directing the new Lion King, and also good enough that it threw Andy Serkis’s competing project into considerable shade. Back then Serkis’s project was called Jungle Book: Origins—and yes, it’s supposed to be a dark and gritty Jungle Book, as indicated by “Origins”—and it was supposed to be Serkis’s directorial debut (that honor ultimately went to Breathe). Full Story

Chris Pine in Outlaw King

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 9, 2018 19:35:44 November 9, 2018 19:35:44
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Outlaw King, aka the movie with the Pine nuts, is a spiritual sequel to Braveheart, overlapping with the end of that movie to tell the story of Robert the Bruce, the man who finished the job and defeated the English, creating a sovereign kingdom of Scotland. Chris Pine Full Story

Creed Time

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 8, 2018 20:38:18 November 8, 2018 20:38:18
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Creed II comes out in two weeks, which seems impossible. The trailer just came out the other day! Except, no, the trailer came out in June. FIVE MONTHS AGO. Even on a good day, I don’t have a great sense of chronography, and I always feel like things just happened only to be reminded when something happened years and years ago. Full Story

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