• Piper Laurie, as the title character’s wacky mom, in Carrie (1976)

This week Ben Sachs joins the Chicago Reader as a contributing film writer. If you aren’t familiar with his work, check out his new reviews of Shame, the new drama from Steve McQueen (Hunger), and Letters From the Big Man, which ends a long hiatus for writer-director Christopher Munch (The Hours and Times, The Sleepy Time Gal). Also this week, we have a Reader Recommends box by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky for Bela Tarr’s swan song, The Turin Horse, which screens Saturday afternoon at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art.