Walter Metz

SIU Reviews

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He teaches film, television, theater and photography history, theory and criticism.
His movie critiques are a featured segment of SIU Reviews on WSIU Public Radio.  As a researcher, Walter is interested in the relationship between popular media forms, such as the television sitcom and the Hollywood blockbuster film, and high, canonical literature. His book on Gilligan's Island was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2012. He is currently writing a manuscript about Dr. Seuss and the animated films made at Pixar Studios.

SIU Reviews: Gold

Feb 3, 2017

The 2016 crime drama  Gold is loosely based on the true story of a mid-1990's mining scandal in Indonesia.
In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Matthew McConaughey as a modern day version of Willy Loman.
 
Gold is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD

Jan 24, 2017

New this week on DVD is the 2016 period drama The Light Between Oceans.   It tells the story of a World War I veteran and his wife who together, run a lighthouse off the shore of Australia.   Her dream of having a family is seemingly fulfilled when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat.

In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film based on the novel by M.L. Stedman.

Hidden Figures is a 2016 biographical drama that tells the story of an African-American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for NASA.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that is based on the book of the same name.
 
Hidden Figures is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: La La Land

Jan 12, 2017
movie poster for La La Land
Summitt Entertainment

The 2016 romantic musical comedy  La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress; and Sebastian, a jazz musician as they navigate life in the City of Angels.  Film critic Walter Mets takes a closer look at the 7-time Golden Globe winning film in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
La La Land is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The 2016 horror film Blair Witch and the historical drama Denial are new on DVD this week.   SIU Reviews takes a closer look at both movies.

Blair Witch

In the latest installment of Director Adam Wingard’s horror franchise The Blair Witch Project.  A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Khara Lukancic takes a closer look at the third installment of the film series.

movie poster for Nocturnal Animals
Focus Features

Fashion designer Tom Ford's latest foray into film is the 2016 psychological thriller  Nocturnal Animals. For this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that is based on the 1993 novel  "Tony and Susan."   Nocturnal Animals is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  You can hear more SIU Reviews here.
 

The 2016 dramas Sully and  Goat are new on DVD this week.  SIU Reviews takes a closer look at both movies.

SULLY

Sully is the biographical picture directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks as Captain Sully Sullenberger.  The story chronicles the crash landing of a passenger airliner in the Hudson River.  Film critic Walter Metz reviews.

GOAT

SIU Reviews: Loving

Dec 3, 2016

The new Jeff Nichols film, Loving, is a bio-pic that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving.  The Loving's were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.   Loving is currently in limited release.  It is showing in the St. Louis area.

movie poster for Doctor Strange
Marvel Studios

The newest installment in the Marvel franchise is currently playing at a theater near you.   In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz offers some insights into Doctor Strange.
 
Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

You can hear more SIU Reviews here.
 

 Set in the 1930’s, the romantic comedy Café Society is the latest film written and directed by Woody Allen.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Café Society is currently playing in Paducah. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: Nerve

Aug 11, 2016

The dark side of on-line gaming comes to life in the 2016 techno-thriller  Nerve. It's based on the 2012 novel of the same name. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that puts a social media spin on the party game of Truth or Dare.

The 2016 comedy-drama  A Hologram for the King releases on DVD Tuesday.  It stars Tom Hanks as a washed-up corporate business man who finds a new lease on life in Saudi Arabia while trying to sell a high-tech teleconferencing system to an Arab King.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
A Hologram for the King is available at a movie store near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

movie poster for Lights Out
Warner Bros.

If you like your movies a little creepy and even scary... you might want to take in the 2016 supernatural horror film  Lights Out . Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews

Lights Out is currently playing at a theater near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

You can hear more of his reviews and others here.

The 2016 comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates chronicles the misguided escapades of two fun loving brothers who need dates for their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews. 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is currently playing at a theater near you. 

Walter Metz  is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

movie poster for Star Trek Beyond
Paramount Pictures

The latest voyage of the Starship Enterprise has arrived in theaters.  Star Trek Beyond marks the 13th installment of the Star Trek movie franchise. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that is based on the original work of Gene Roddenberry.

Star Trek Beyond is currently playing at a theater near you.   Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

movie poser for Ghostbusters
Columbia Pictures

The wait is finally over for the reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy classic Ghostbusters.  Much has been written, said, and blogged about the film that features an all female cast as the specter chasing crew.Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the 2016 remake for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Ghostbusters is playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor for Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. 

SIU Reviews: Keanu

May 5, 2016
movie poster for Keanu
Warner Bros.

The 2016 action-comedy movie Keanu features the Comedy Central duo of Key and Peele.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie and its rather absurd premise for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
Keanu is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz teaches film studies 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.

SIU Reviews: Ex Machina

Feb 26, 2016

The 2015 independent British sci-fi thriller Ex Machina tells the story of a programmer who administers the Turing Test - a test to see if a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior is equivalent to that of a human – to an android invented by his eccentric employer.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.  Ex Machina is nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar.   Walter Metz teaches film studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews: Chi-Raq

Jan 26, 2016

Spike Lee's 2015 satirical drama Chi-Raq is new on DVD this week.  The movie is based on the Greek comedy Lysistrata and uses gang violence in Chicago as a backdrop for the film's storyline.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

If you have yet to see the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is a professor of film studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

If you're looking for a movie to entertain the kids or grandkids this week,  you might want to consider Pixar's latest release The Good Dinosaur.     Film critic Walter Metz has more in this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Good Dinosaur is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews: Krampus

Dec 11, 2015

The 2015 horror film Krampus puts a different twist on the traditional Christmas story.  Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Krampus is currently playing at a move theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews: Aloha

Nov 25, 2015

If you're looking for some non-football, post turkey entertainment you might want to consider a trip to your local movie store.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, Film critic Walter Metz suggests checking out Cameron Crowe's 2015 romantic-comedy,  Aloha.
 
Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. More of his reviews are available on our webpage - wsiunews.org
 

SIU Reviews: Spectre

Nov 19, 2015

Bond, James Bond and the latest installment of the 007 franchise sits atop this week's box office rankings.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Spectre for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Film critic Walter Metz reviews the 2015 historical drama Bridge of Spies for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

New on DVD this week is the summer remake of National Lampoon's Vacation.  It picks up the story of Rusty Griswold as his family makes a cross country  journey to Wally World.   SIU Reviews' Walter Metz casts a critical eye on this 2015 remake of the classic 1983 comedy.

The Green Inferno is an American version of the Italian cannibal movies of the late 1970's and early 1980's.    Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz examines the so called "Blaxploitation" film genre that got its start in the early 1970's with a closer look at Spike Lee's recent film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

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