Ben Sachs

Part-time film critic, part-time grad student. Proud Chicagoan, prouder husband to Kathleen Sachs.

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Let us now praise Alan Rudolph
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Let us now praise Alan Rudolph
August, 20 2018
Araby follows the life and jobs of an itinerant Brazilian laborer
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Araby follows the life and jobs of an itinerant Brazilian laborer
August, 16 2018
Noir City: Chicago travels back in time to the postwar golden age of noir
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Noir City: Chicago travels back in time to the postwar golden age of noir
August, 13 2018
BlacKkKlansman retells the true story of a black cop who joined his local Klan chapter
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BlacKkKlansman retells the true story of a black cop who joined his local Klan chapter
August, 8 2018
How inmates at Cook County Jail curated the WorldScene Film Festival
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How inmates at Cook County Jail curated the WorldScene Film Festival
August, 6 2018
The Third Murder deepens on a repeat screening
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The Third Murder deepens on a repeat screening
August, 1 2018
Northbrook Public Library: The best Chicago revival house not actually in Chicago
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Northbrook Public Library: The best Chicago revival house not actually in Chicago
July, 27 2018
"Afro-Futurism Short Films" dips into the cultural wellspring that fed Black Panther
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"Afro-Futurism Short Films" dips into the cultural wellspring that fed Black Panther
July, 25 2018
In the silent classic The Lighthouse Keepers, styles and emotions come crashing in like waves
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In the silent classic The Lighthouse Keepers, styles and emotions come crashing in like waves
July, 19 2018
David Wojnarowicz Daniel Berger
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David Wojnarowicz Daniel Berger
July, 18 2018
Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity
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Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity
July, 12 2018
Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists
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Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists
July, 6 2018
A government official's child rape is swept under the rug in Angels Wear White
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A government official's child rape is swept under the rug in Angels Wear White
June, 27 2018
An interview with cinematographer turned director Ernest Dickerson
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An interview with cinematographer turned director Ernest Dickerson
June, 22 2018
Upgrade is so derivative, it’s original
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Upgrade is so derivative, it’s original
June, 14 2018
Chicago Underground Film Festival: The Story of a Satellite
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Chicago Underground Film Festival: The Story of a Satellite
June, 6 2018
Chicago Underground Film Festival: Gold and copper miners tough it out in Good Luck
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Chicago Underground Film Festival: Gold and copper miners tough it out in Good Luck
May, 31 2018
The not-so-incredibly-true adventure of two Orthodox Jewish girls in love
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The not-so-incredibly-true adventure of two Orthodox Jewish girls in love
May, 4 2018
The documentary Summer in the Forest is mediocre—and a must-see
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The documentary Summer in the Forest is mediocre—and a must-see
May, 2 2018
A Scene at the Sea is an early masterpiece from Takeshi Kitano
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A Scene at the Sea is an early masterpiece from Takeshi Kitano
April, 27 2018
The film shorts program ‘I’m Not Sure What You Mean?’ spotlights queer coming-of-age experiences
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The film shorts program ‘I’m Not Sure What You Mean?’ spotlights queer coming-of-age experiences
April, 24 2018
The Music Box kicks off a season of Michael Curtiz revivals with the silent melodrama A Million Bid
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The Music Box kicks off a season of Michael Curtiz revivals with the silent melodrama A Million Bid
April, 20 2018
The low-budget mystery Gemini is an honest but failed study in upper-class malaise
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The low-budget mystery Gemini is an honest but failed study in upper-class malaise
April, 11 2018
Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson's timeliest film
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Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson's timeliest film
April, 6 2018
Tyler Perry's Acrimony is my new guilty pleasure
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Tyler Perry's Acrimony is my new guilty pleasure
April, 4 2018
Check out the masterful documentary Bitter Money for an eye-opening lesson in modern Chinese economics
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Check out the masterful documentary Bitter Money for an eye-opening lesson in modern Chinese economics
March, 30 2018
Steven Soderbergh's Unsane is a provocation disguised as genre entertainment
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Steven Soderbergh's Unsane is a provocation disguised as genre entertainment
March, 28 2018
Keep the Change provides an affectionate look at people with intellectual disabilities
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Keep the Change provides an affectionate look at people with intellectual disabilities
March, 23 2018
Thoroughbreds is a handsomely understated drama about awful people
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Thoroughbreds is a handsomely understated drama about awful people
March, 20 2018
The future is now in Duncan Jones's Mute
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The future is now in Duncan Jones's Mute
March, 16 2018
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is treading water in Happy End
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Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is treading water in Happy End
March, 13 2018
You probably missed Blade of the Immortal when it played here, but now you can catch it on DVD and BluRay
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You probably missed Blade of the Immortal when it played here, but now you can catch it on DVD and BluRay
March, 9 2018
Ava DuVernay transported us to Selma, but outer space is another matter
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Ava DuVernay transported us to Selma, but outer space is another matter
March, 8 2018
Death Wish makes a play for thematic complexity, but it's the same old revenge story
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Death Wish makes a play for thematic complexity, but it's the same old revenge story
March, 3 2018
Discover the erotic, macabre world of French director Jean Rollin
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Discover the erotic, macabre world of French director Jean Rollin
March, 1 2018
An interview with local filmmaker Kyle Henry about his latest feature, Rogers Park
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An interview with local filmmaker Kyle Henry about his latest feature, Rogers Park
February, 23 2018
Early Man is an unexpected dud from the creators of Wallace and Gromit
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Early Man is an unexpected dud from the creators of Wallace and Gromit
February, 21 2018
Pow Wow is a wry documentary about Americans' distance from their own history
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Pow Wow is a wry documentary about Americans' distance from their own history
February, 16 2018
The Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman is a person-first success
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The Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman is a person-first success
February, 13 2018
Mountains That Take Wing pays tribute to the women of radical U.S. history
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Mountains That Take Wing pays tribute to the women of radical U.S. history
February, 9 2018
Clint Eastwood finds his inner Eric Rohmer with The 15:17 to Paris.
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Clint Eastwood finds his inner Eric Rohmer with The 15:17 to Paris.
February, 9 2018
24 Frames, the final feature from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, may send you into a trance
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24 Frames, the final feature from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, may send you into a trance
February, 7 2018
The new horror film Winchester is a missed opportunity
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The new horror film Winchester is a missed opportunity
February, 6 2018
Akira Kurosawa's Dodes'ka-den is the most beautiful movie in town this week
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Akira Kurosawa's Dodes'ka-den is the most beautiful movie in town this week
February, 2 2018
In praise of the acting in Paddington 2
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In praise of the acting in Paddington 2
January, 31 2018
The Breadwinner is a moving, visually impressive lesson in modern Afghan history
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The Breadwinner is a moving, visually impressive lesson in modern Afghan history
January, 26 2018
Jack Black is a delightful singing con man in The Polka King
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Jack Black is a delightful singing con man in The Polka King
January, 23 2018
Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire
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Mom and Dad is a bracing Mad magazine-style satire
January, 19 2018
The Commuter is the first great movie of 2018
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The Commuter is the first great movie of 2018
January, 16 2018
The Other Side of Hope is a career-best achievement for Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki
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The Other Side of Hope is a career-best achievement for Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki
January, 9 2018
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