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.


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the summer fling of 2018

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 19, 2018 14:22:30 July 19, 2018 14:22:30
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I have not seen Mamma Mia! and I don’t know enough ABBA to make a go of it at karaoke, and I hate musicals, so Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again had a lot of ground to make up with me. I sat through the whole movie, and I only wanted to puncture my eardrums once, so it did make up most of that ground. Full Story

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Boy vs. Boy

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 18, 2018 20:21:44 July 18, 2018 20:21:44

Joel Edgerton forever separated himself from being confused with Sam Worthington when it turned out he’s a good filmmaker with his debut feature film, The Gift. Now he’s following up that quasi-exploitation horror flick with Boy Erased, which he adapted from Garrard Conley’s memoir about being sent to gay conversion camp. Full Story

Dork Storm 2018: The Dorkening

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 18, 2018 17:18:35 July 18, 2018 17:18:35

After years of pop cultural dominance, we’re adjusting to a new reality: Comic-Con is no longer a major industry event. Oh, the magazines still feature glossy previews and there are parties and “activations” galore, but at this point Comic-Con is a thing because we say it’s a thing, not because it’s actually driving a cultural moment. Full Story

The Notorious RBG

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 18, 2018 15:16:30 July 18, 2018 15:16:30

One of the summer box office superstars this year isn’t a comic book movie or a dinosaur catastrophe or a cartoon. It’s a documentary, specifically, RBG, a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG has been rocking the specialty box office, one of the best arthouse performers of the summer, undoubtedly in part due to our desperate need of actual, principled leaders and leadership. Full Story

ScarJo kinda cleans up her mess

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 16, 2018 16:21:51 July 16, 2018 16:21:51
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A couple weeks ago Lainey wrote about Scarlett Johansson’s legendarily awful response to criticism after she was cast as transman Dante “Tex” Gill in the biopic Rub & Tug. Please revisit Full Story

Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 13, 2018 20:06:55 July 13, 2018 20:06:55
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Dwayne Johnson reteams with his Central Intelligence director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, for a disaster movie set in a very tall building that is equal parts Die Hard and The Towering Inferno. You would think a movie that stars The Rock and is equal parts Die Hard and The Towering Inferno would be, at the very least, dumb fun, but Skyscraper is oddly dull. Full Story

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Black Widow has a director

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 13, 2018 16:25:24 July 13, 2018 16:25:24

Earlier this year we learned Marvel (finally) greenlit a Black Widow movie, and now that movie has a director: Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland. Scarlett Johansson apparently backed Shortland because she liked Shortland’s 2012 movie, Lore. Full Story

Sorry to Bother You review

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 13, 2018 13:51:21 July 13, 2018 13:51:21
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Coming out of Sundance, Boots Riley’s debut film, Sorry to Bother You, was hailed as “the next Get Out”, and it’s not hard to understand the comparison. Like Get Out, Sorry announces the arrival of a major new filmmaker, and like Get Out, it is (partly) about how America exploits its black citizens, particularly how it exploits black excellence, and specifically how that exploitation exists to maintain a white supremacist status quo. Full Story

More Fancy Historical Treachery

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 12, 2018 17:15:35 July 12, 2018 17:15:35
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Earlier this week we saw the first trailer for The Favourite, about the gossip and drama of Queen Anne’s court at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Now we’re going even further back to another era of feminine power in England and the literally backstabby court of Elizabeth I. Full Story

One out of two Jokers happening

Sarah Posted by Sarah at July 11, 2018 19:14:31 July 11, 2018 19:14:31
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Almost a year ago, we heard that Warner Brothers and DC Films were developing a Joker origin movie with director Todd Phillips and maybe producer Martin Scorsese. No, not the Joker/Harley Quinn spin-off Full Story