Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs

Ben Sachs

I started writing film criticism for the Reader in September 2010 with a capsule review of the wrestling movie Legendary; since December 2011 I've written daily posts for the Bleader. Before that, I had been a regular contributor to the local website CINE-FILE, for which I'd been writing since its conception in 2007. I also cowrote a series of essays on Takashi Miike for Mubi.com in 2010. In other movie-related business, I've introduced screenings at Doc Films, taught classes at Facets Multimedia, and continue to volunteer regularly at Bucktown’s Odd Obsession Movies. Major influences: What is Cinema? by Andre Bazin, Films and Feelings by Raymond Durgnat, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan by Robin Wood, and every film critic who’s written for the Reader.

Ben Sachs writes about moviegoing every Monday.

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We have met the enemy and they are <i>Us</i> We have met the enemy and they are Us Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is less funny and more unsettling. March 26, 2019
Ike Barinholtz’s political satire <i>The Oath</i> is, above all, a provocation Ike Barinholtz’s political satire The Oath is, above all, a provocation A family is divided when the American president demands every citizen pledge their loyalty to him. October 18, 2018
<i>Vox Lux</i> and <i>The Mule</i> present two very different responses to our nation’s ills Vox Lux and The Mule present two very different responses to our nation’s ills While one finds only despair, the other argues that we’re still capable of kindness, despite the terrible things we do. December 21, 2018

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