Kathleen Sachs

Kathleen Sachs
Kathleen Sachs's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader
Publications: Chicago Reader

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T-Meter Title | Year
85% Just Mercy (2020) It's both rage-inducing and awe-inspiring; the courage conveyed by the protagonists is a balm on the sting of injustice. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) [A] staggering portrait of institutional corruption... - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) Dower succumbs to some of the more annoying trappings of such informational documentaries, but overall this is compelling. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/4 100% City Hall (2020) Frederick Wiseman's documentary offers a hopeful look at political institutions. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
95% The Planters (2020) Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder wrote, directed, starred in, and even did most of the crew work for this intriguing dark comedy, which is better than it has any business being. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
89% And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt) (2020) Von Heinz's subtle direction employs realistic widescreen compositions that envelop both Luisa's world and her inner conflict. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Days (Rizi) (2020) Like all of Tsai's films, this communicates feelings of loneliness and alienation inherent to the human condition; but perhaps more than any other, it revels in the corporeality of Tsai's performers... - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Finding Yingying (2020) ...a doleful elegy for Yingying and the person she could have become. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
75% Memory House (Casa de antiguidades) (2020) Rife with magical realist elements, the film is a visual and auditory treasure trove... - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
81% Notturno (2021) The cinematography is sublime, but the beautiful imagery doesn't mask the terror of Rosi's subject matter. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) Rasoulof's style infuses the subject matter with a sense of poetry and moral reckoning that invokes age-old Persian literary traditions. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
85% Undine (2020) Petzold works in hyper-specific details about Berlin's postwar development that at first seem out of place in a contemporary fairy tale; however, the political insights tend to be more interesting than the narrative machinations. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo makes deceptively simple films that become more complicated upon consideration, and no less is the case with his 24th feature. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
89% Ema (2019) ...likely to be among my favorites of the year. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
82% Juanita (2019) I''m thankful that I took a chance on it. With plenty to discover, I'm already eager to continue exploring worlds to which I wouldn't otherwise be privy. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
1.5/4 70% Tenet (2020) The auteur doesn't show much growth in his most recent self-indulgent work. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Political documentaries are a dime a dozen, yet I was moved by how stridently this one's subjects are fighting for people's right to vote. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
100% Made in Bangladesh (2020) While similar, this story feels more urgent as it considers the livelihoods of women in especially precarious positions. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) There's an indescribable affection for and among the characters in Prince-Bythewood's films that never feels contrived, and here it imbues even an action-packed tale with very real sincerity. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
100% Pahokee (2020) Bresnan's elegiac shooting style...doesn't serve to gloss over the difficult subject matter, but rather brings out the beauty of the tenacious protagonists and the place they call home. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) It's the awkward editing, superfluous celebrity interviews, and an emphasis on the search for inconsequential facts that obscure what should be its focus - Guy-Blaché's formidable talent. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
95% Roma (2018) In Cuarón's films, cinema conjures up its own world, and this one provides the chance to explore it with him more intimately than ever before. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) What might have made for either a thrilling, high-stakes drama or, at the very least, an intelligent comedy, ends up wildly uneven. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/4 96% First Cow (2020) First Cow is especially accomplished in its aesthetic... - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
100% The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) There's not much that sets the film apart from other nonfiction portraits of eccentrics, but it's heartwarming nonetheless. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Real Love (C'est ça l'amour) (2018) Writer-director Claire Burger... pulls off an emotional balancing act with her first solo directorial effort. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
48% Greed (2020) [A] limp satire. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) The film oversimplifies the complexities of the original, however contrived they might have been, and generally lacks Östlund's subtlety and plaintiveness. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
46% Bel Canto (2018) This is emotionally affecting at times, but writer-director Paul Weitz... adopts a prosaic approach that abandons the source novel's lyrical persuasions. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
80% Mid90s (2018) An earnest effort that nonetheless relies too heavily on gimmicks. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/4 92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The story is compounded by Balagov's imposing visual aesthetic, which was evident in Closeness but here is on a whole new level. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The formidable Emma Thompson costars as a harpy prime minister, and Olga Kurylenko plays the unlikely love interest; mediocre white men somehow manage to hoodwink them both. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Missing Link (2019) The film is sophisticated in its revisionist take on the adventure genre, introducing social and ecological concerns into the mix, though its irreverent humor is still accessible to children. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/4 86% Zombi Child (2020) Bertrand Bonello blends his singular style with his fascination with voodoo for an exceptional film. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) While still embracing the visual facades that make his films such a pleasure to watch, Pain and Glory finds him stripping away the emotional facades, bringing us closer to him than ever before. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) As a testament to the wonders of science and space, it's extraordinary; as a testament to the triumph of cinema and mankind, it's more a small step than a giant leap. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
100% 5B (2019) Its simplicity is in service of its effectiveness. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 50% Old Boyfriends (1979) I find Tewkesbury's restraint more interesting, as it results in something hazily impenetrable and truer to the often ambiguous nature of people's thoughts and motivations. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) It's equal parts spry, improvisational comedy and salient social commentary. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Heightened by an impressive performance from Thompson, it's a fun movie that tackles a variety of issues, including sexism in the workplace, with panache. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Soufra (2017) The footage of the food is positively mouthwatering, a salient reminder of its ability to unite people within a culture as well as outside it. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Naila and the Uprising (2017) The animation is novel, but it's the interviews with Palestinian women that stand out. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% What Walaa Wants (2018) It's a nuanced look at what it means to be young in Palestine, one that reveals how certain truths (namely that of youthful rebellion) are universal. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Man Who Stole Banksy (2018) Its message is somewhat unclear, but the pairing of a seemingly trivial issue against a much more significant one-living in a place where one's citizenship is constantly scrutinized by occupying forces-illuminates both concerns. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Tower (2018) Its animation, a mix of different styles, is breathtaking, the labor an appropriate homage to the struggles it depicts. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
92% Sofia (2018) Compelling by virtue of its insight into the struggles faced by women and impoverished people in other parts of the world, the film is also a sad reminder that those same people are often the ones responsible for drawing attention to those injustices. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
70% At War (En guerre) (2019) The melding of clear-sighted and insurrectionary modes doesn't quite cohere, but the film is still an ambitious effort worthy of its title. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018