Simone Becque

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  She is currently working on a dissertation about architectural space and the American television sitcom.  She is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi drama Arrival.  The movie is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Arrival is available at a movie store near you.  Simone Becque is a special contributor to SIU Reviews.  You can hear more reviews here.

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Disney Studios

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first installment of the so-called Star Wars Anthology series.   It fills in the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie that began the epic saga in 1977.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in wide release at a theater near you.   Simone Becque is a regular contributor to SIU Reveiws.

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Illumination Entertainment

From the creators of  Despicable Me  and  Minions comes the current animated comedy  The Secret Life  of Pets.  Film Critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  You can hear more of her reviews, and others, on our website under SIU Reviews.

 

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Walt Disney Studios

In 2003 we followed the adventures of a clown fish named Marlin as he and his friend Dory searched the sea to find his son Nemo.  Now, 13-years later Disney and Pixar are back with the sequel – Finding Dory. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Simone Becque has a slightly different take on the animated comedy adventure movie.

Finding Dory is currently playing a theater near you.  Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

The 2016 romantic comedy  How to Be Single is new on DVD Tuesday.  It's based on the novel of the same name and stars Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann. Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.  

movie poster for Captain America:Civil War
Marvel Studios

The latest installment of the Marvel Comics franchise, Captain America: Civil Wars looks to defend its top spot at the box office for the third consecutive week.  If you have yet to take in the latest adventure featuring the Avengers,  film critic Simone Becque takes a closer in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
Captain America: Civil War is currently playing at a theater near you.   Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. 

New on DVD this week (May 17) is the 2015 horror movie The Witch.  The film, set in 17th Century New England, tells the story of a Puritan farmer and his family and the despair that envelops them when their youngest child vanishes amidst the presence of evil forces.   Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

On this Mother's Day weekend, Garry Marshall's latest film Mother's Day is currently playing at a theater near you.  It features a star studded cast including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

movie poster for The Jungle Book
Disney

The Jungle Book is Disney's new live-action/CGI take on its 1967 animated film classic of the same name. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the film that blends elements of the original Disney classic with the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

The Jungle Book is currently playing at a theater near you.  Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. 
 

SIU Reviews: Deadpool

Mar 26, 2016
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20th Century Fox

The latest installment of the X-Men franchise tells the story of Wade Wilson a former Special Forces operative also known as  Deadpool.    Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the movie based on the Marvel Comics character for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
Deadpool  is currently playing at most theaters. Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC. 

SIU Reviews: Zootopia

Mar 18, 2016

Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at Disney's latest animated adventure Zootopia for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

The 2016 sports biopic  Race tells the story of Jesse Owens and his historic performance in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.   Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Race is currently playing at a theater near you. Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University

Sunday marks the 88th presentation of the Academy Awards.   In honor of this year's Oscars, SIU Reviews takes a closer look at some of the nominated films.

The Oscar nominated drama  Room stars actress Brie Larson in the title role as a woman who has been held captive for seven years in a small space along with her 5-year old son.

Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the film that's based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name.  Room is nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress.

movie poster for Steve Jobs
Sony Pictures

New on DVD this week is the 2015 bio-pic Steve Jobs.   The movie written by Aaron Sorkin is based on Walter Iaacson's biography of the same name.  Film Critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Steve Jobs has an Oscar nomination for Kate Winslet for Actress in a Supporting Role.    The movie is currently available online and at a movie store near you.    Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The 2015 American Gothic Film Crimson Peak by director Guillermo del Toro comes out on D-V-D February 9th.   Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

film poster for Spotlight
Open Road Films

The 2015 biographical film Spotlight is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.  It has also picked up a Best Picture Award award from the National Society of Film Critics and named Best Acting Ensemble by the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.   Film critic Simone Becque has more in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: The Hateful Eight

Jan 14, 2016

Quentin Tarantino visits the American west in his latest big-screen production The Hateful Eight.  The movie, set shortly after the Civil War,  tells the story of eight strangers brought together by happenstance during a blizzard.

In this special edition of SIU Reviews, film critics Simone Becque and Jason Hedrick take different perspectives on Tarantino's eight film. 

The 2014 biographical drama Pawn Sacrifice is newly released on DVD.  It tells the story of Bobby Fischer's iconic 1972 World Chess Championship match.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  You can hear more of her reviews here.

SIU Reviews: Creed

Dec 21, 2015

The latest installment in the Rocky franchise held its own at the box office this past weekend.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at Creed for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

The 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis chronicled the political campaign in Bolivia and the influence of American style political operatives.  The 2015 silver screen adaptation of the same name is loosely based on the original documentary.    Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the major motion picture in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Simone Becque explores the 2015 Ridley Scott Sci-Fi blockbuster The Martian.

Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   SIU Reviews is a series of original critiques and essays on film, television and art.

SIU Reviews: Grandma

Sep 24, 2015

The 2015 comedy–drama  Grandma  marks the return of Lily Tomlin in a leading role on the big screen.  Film Critic Simone Becque has more in this edition of  SIU Reviews.

Twenty-two years after the release of the original Jurassic Park, this summer's blockbuster Jurassic World set box office records.   Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look at the fourth installment of the Jurassic franchise for this edition of SIU Reviews.

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www.pixarpost.com

Disney's latest animated release  Inside Out  from Pixar is the story of a girl named Riley whose emotions come to life in a unique way. Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of  SIU Reviews.