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 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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The Brazilian fantasy <i>Good Manners</i> confounds all expectations The Brazilian fantasy Good Manners confounds all expectations Its wild plot twists speak to the inherent potential of the movies. September 13, 2018
<i>The Shape of Water</i> is wondrous, but woefully narrow-minded The Shape of Water is wondrous, but woefully narrow-minded The visual achievement of Guillermo del Toro's new fantasy can't alleviate its reductive worldview. December 14, 2017

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