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.


Margot Robbie’s test

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 20, 2020 20:07:39 January 20, 2020 20:07:39
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Margot Robbie is having a busy winter. She’s in the middle of award season as an Oscar nominee, and she has Birds of Prey opening on February 7, which is Oscar weekend. Over the next few weeks she’ll be splitting her time between nominee appearances and Birds of Prey press, which, as a person who doesn’t like going places or doing things, sounds like a nightmare. Full Story

1917 vs. Parasite

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 20, 2020 18:41:08 January 20, 2020 18:41:08
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Over the weekend, the two biggest industry guilds, the Producers’ Guild of America and the Screen Actors’ Guild, held their awards. On the film side, the PGA went for 1917 as their best picture, and SAG gave Parasite the Best Ensemble Cast award, their equivalent of best picture. Parasite is now the first foreign-language film to win Best Ensemble at SAG. Full Story

Robert Downey, Jr. in Dolittle

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 17, 2020 17:38:54 January 17, 2020 17:38:54
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Cats broke me. I can no longer tell what is “good” and what is “bad”. There is only “Cats” and “not Cats”. In that sense, Robert Downey, Jr. Full Story

The Unofficial Uncut Gems Spin-Off

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 17, 2020 14:59:49 January 17, 2020 14:59:49
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In the end, the Academy was not cool enough to nominate Uncut Gems for any Oscars. But don’t worry, Adam Sandler got a gold man of his own, sort of. Yesterday the Safdie Brothers, the directors of Uncut Gems, released a short film online titled Goldman vs. Silverman. It was shot in Times Square while they were making Uncut Gems, making it a kind of unofficial spin-off, and is about a couple of street performers fighting for turf and tourist dollars. Full Story

Issa Rae + Kumail Nanjiani = Couple of the Year

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 16, 2020 17:20:22 January 16, 2020 17:20:22
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Here’s something I didn’t know I wanted that I am now obsessed with: the trailer for The Lovebirds, a comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. I have watched this four times already, and will undoubtedly watch it four more times before the day is over. The Lovebirds is about a couple in love who get framed for murder and then try to solve said murder to clear their names. Full Story

James Bond must move on

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 16, 2020 15:00:58 January 16, 2020 15:00:58
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No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007, comes out in April. In advance of that, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson gave an interview to Variety that comes across as half reckoning with the end of Craig’s tenure and half reckoning with the constant public pressure to do something different with the character after 50 years of white dudes in the role. Full Story

Kristen Stewart’s slump continues with Underwater

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 14, 2020 21:01:49 January 14, 2020 21:01:49
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Kristen Stewart is having a rough time at the box office. Her latest effort in her return to the mainstream, Underwater, tanked over the weekend (no pun intended). It’s not like anyone expected box office fireworks in January, but Stewart, even spending the better part of the 2010s out of mainstream American cinema, is a big-name movie star, and she cannot catch a break with audiences. Full Story

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Jared Leto, post-Joker

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 14, 2020 20:09:14 January 14, 2020 20:09:14
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In 2018, Sony fell backwards into a hit with Venom, a messy movie with an even messier production, but one that, almost in spite of itself, ended up making over $800 million. Now, Sony is expanding their Spider-Man universe of spin-offs with Morbius, starring Jared Leto in his post-Joker comic book role. Full Story

Double-nominee Black Widow

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 14, 2020 17:31:26 January 14, 2020 17:31:26
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Last night during the college football championship game, Marvel dropped a “special look” at Black Widow. The “special look” is mostly stuff from the teaser trailer, but we learn that part of Natasha’s challenge in her solo movie is squaring off with a “new generation” of Black Widows, and also facing Taskmaster, a villain who absorbs the fighting style of anyone he—she?—confronts. Full Story

We’ll always have Parasite

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 13, 2020 19:08:31 January 13, 2020 19:08:31
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Amid the Oscar nominations sturm und drang—mainly because the Academy as a whole refuses to reckon with their own biases and do the work of overcoming them—there are a few bright spots in the nominations. Shout out to Matthew Cherry’s animated short film, Hair Love, which is one of the best family films of the year (you can watch it here Full Story

Joker is now 2019’s safest movie

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 13, 2020 17:06:06 January 13, 2020 17:06:06
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The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and somehow, in a year with a wealth of solid options that could provide a controversy-free Oscar month, the Academy still managed to irk and irritate. Lainey and Duana will have more on specific snubs and #OscarsSoMale on the next episode of Show Your Work, but for now let's talk about Joker and its ELEVEN nominations. Full Story

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