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Ben Sachs

Ben Sachs

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Palio (2015) "The interview subjects aren't particularly eloquent, though; they tend to stop the movie dead in its tracks. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet In The Game "Inspires warm admiration for the subjects while stirring up rousing anger at our city's social inequality-Kartemquin at its best. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 14, 2016
71% Embers "CarrĂ© succeeds in creating a haunted mood. The mood is so strong, in fact, that it overwhelms any sense of narrative development -- the movie feels a bit like a video-art installation expanded to feature length. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 11, 2016
24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "McAvoy's performance is good for a few laughs, but the doctor never seems capable of sustaining a serious thought, let alone creating life. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 25, 2015
77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The intricately designed settings convey a Miyazaki-like reverence for the natural world, and the hero's longing for his family is affecting, never saccharine. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 25, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "This fourth and final installment of the Hunger Games franchise is by far the most dour, consisting mainly of dim, uninspired battle sequences. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) "This ecologically themed horror movie scores points for atmosphere and imagination, though it isn't particularly scary. The characters are little more than ciphers, so I wasn't inclined to root for them when they got into trouble. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 83% In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015) "In the Basement is a brisk, bracing, and often very funny film about the seeds of fascism in contemporary Austrian society. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
67% The Great Man (2015) "The characters are nicely written and performed and writer-director Sarah Leonor demonstrates an assured, literary sense of time passing. Yet the film is constricted by its narrow tonal range; everything unfolds in the same blandly naturalistic register. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
100% Madam Phung's Last Journey "This is a lively film but also a sad one. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is not just a movie but a guided meditation, drawing viewers into a state of peaceful contemplation from which they can consider such subjects as death, loss, and unconditional love. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
19% Love the Coopers (2015) "The dialogue consists of sitcom-ready cliches and the characterizations are all one-dimensional, but the cast do what they can to eke some charm out of the material. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
84% Victoria (2015) "Beneath the pulpy plotting and breathtaking camerawork lies a subtle character study. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) "This James Bond outing begins with a stunning set piece in which the hero, played by Daniel Craig, takes down a terrorist cell amid Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 95% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Panahi looks for new perspectives everywhere he goes, and this search reflects his unwavering devotion to cinema, which has the power to transmit those perspectives to the world. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Yona "The recitations of Wallach's poems fail to convey their power, coming across as illustrations of her psychological states rather than expressions of creative feeling. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) "This period drama shows how awful it was to be a working-class woman at that time... [but] scenes dramatizing the political organizing and protests are less effective, bogged down by pedantic dialogue and historical generalizations. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 92% Dukhtar (2015) "With its stark imagery and characterizations, the film often feels like a folktale, even though it takes place in the present and addresses ongoing social concerns. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "The special effects are pretty neat, and the filmmakers utilize them smartly, delivering imaginative set pieces that are more visually compelling than the usual series of digital explosions. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
18% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "Jon M. Chu, who directed the concert doc Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, maintains a lively pace, and there's some cute business involving a robot that communicates through music. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Idris Elba gives an intense performance as the boy's commanding officer and eventual father figure; his character comes across as monstrous at first but seems increasingly vulnerable as the story develops. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2015
81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "It's a worthwhile history lesson, dramatizing Germany's efforts to reconcile with its monstrous past. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
No Score Yet Spring Night, Summer Night (1970) "The documentary-style portraits of the characters' impoverished neighbors display the influence of Italian neorealism, and the shadow-heavy photography at times evokes German expressionism. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "Directed by the inimitable Takashi Miike... Apocalypse finds the 55-year-old filmmaker at his silliest, which is saying a lot, as he's responsible for some of the silliest movies ever made. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
27% Pan (2015) "Loud, chaotic action dominates this unnecessary prequel to Peter Pan. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
35% Big Stone Gap (2015) "Director Adriana Trigiani, adapting her best-selling novel, delivers the hackneyed material with good cheer, eliciting bright performances from an [excellent] ensemble cast. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
58% Partisan (2015) "Maddeningly vague. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 1, 2015
97% Welcome To Leith (2015) "Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker achieve a remarkable degree of intimacy with their subjects -- particularly Cobb, who comes to seem as pathetic as he does monstrous. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 1, 2015
No Score Yet On Broadway (2008) "The let's-put-on-a-show narrative is familiar but agreeable; the characters are likable, and there are some funny one-liners. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 24, 2015
73% Everest (2015) "For all the natural spectacle, the characters are what hold one's attention. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 24, 2015
100% Wildlike (2015) "Frank Hall Green, directing his own script, maintains a poker-faced perspective, offering no hints as to where the story might lead and allowing scenes to unfold casually. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "The characters are so accustomed to keeping up appearances that they can't bring themselves to say what's bugging them. Their interactions may be mild, but the claustrophobic imagery creates the sense of being trapped in a powder keg. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 17, 2015
19% The Perfect Guy (2015) "A reasonably engaging thriller with some topical overtones. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 17, 2015
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "The young leads lack charisma, and the veteran supporting players seem to be phoning it in. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 17, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) "[Shyamalan's] manipulation of tone is impressive -- he gets you to laugh at the grandparents' strange behavior, only to shift gears into horror when you least expect it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 10, 2015
85% Meet The Patels (2015) "This contains some insightful (and sometimes funny) discussions about being a first-generation American torn between tradition and assimilation; less interesting are the scenes of Patel courting his prospective brides, which play like reality TV. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/4 92% Queen of Earth (2015) "Writer-director Alex Ross Perry conjures such a strong atmosphere around his characters -- and Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston are so powerful in the leads --that one gets sucked into their emotional conflict. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) "Muscular pretty boy Ed Skrein takes over for Jason Statham in this fourth installment of the popular action franchise, though the real stars are the stunt performers. The elaborate, violent set pieces are impressively orchestrated. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
65% Learning To Drive (2015) "The film also provides an interesting view into Sikh culture, illustrating in colorful detail the various rituals that inform the devout driving instructor's personal life. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2015
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "The action always feels as if it's unfolding in present tense, the avant-garde score and disorienting extreme close-ups conveying a sense of nervous, spontaneous energy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
45% No Escape (2015) "Dowdle sticks closely to the family's perspective, for better and for worse; though fairly effective at conveying their terror, he fails to establish any sort of social or political context for the story. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
No Score Yet Christmas Wedding Baby "[The film] never establishes a consistent tone, and the pacing is relaxed to the point of sluggishness. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 40% We Are Your Friends (2015) "Like its protagonist -- a 23-year-old DJ from the San Fernando Valley -- the coming-of-age story We Are Your Friends is sentimental, eager to please, and full of energy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
No Score Yet Takin' Place "Everyone has sad stories to share (most of the grandmother's family members have served time in jail), but Dowlatshahi counters the pervasive despair by showing his subjects at times of celebration. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 24, 2015
2/4 66% Digging For Fire (2015) "[Digging for Fire] isn't devoid of observations; it's just that those observations are banal. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2015
86% The Iron Ministry (2015) "The overheard conversations touch on social issues (e.g., China's rapid industrialization and rampant unemployment) addressed more thoroughly in numerous recent Chinese films. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2015
70% Prince (2015) "De Jong indulges in some shocking, violent imagery in these passages, and this detracts from the film's effective social portrait; so too does the aggressively loud synth-pop soundtrack. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
No Score Yet White Water (2015) "Adults will likely find this sentimental and overplayed, but it feels well suited for grade schoolers, delivering straightforward lessons about the history of American race relations and making them palatable to young viewers. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "The prosecution and defense unfold with the suspense of a Hollywood courtroom drama. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
52% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "I'm sure the [LEGO] board of directors loved this. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
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