SIU Reviews

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SIU Reviews is a regular series on WSIU Radio featuring movie reviews and critiques by faculty and students in the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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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.

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.

The 2016 Iranian-French film The Salesman is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  It also makes its U.S. debut this week.  Film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look at the movie based, in part, on Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman."

Davey Peppers is a freshman studying Cinema and Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has written reviews and film-based news stories for The Cumberland Presbyterian magazine and for WhatCulture.com.

You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

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.

movie poster of Rogue One
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.

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.

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SIU Reviews: Arrival

Dec 16, 2016
movie poser for Arrival
Paramount Pictures

If you're looking something to watch this Thanksgiving - along with the parades and football - you might want to consider taking in the latest science-fiction thriller -  Arrival.    In this edition of SIU Reviews,
film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look at the movie that is based on Ted Chiang's book "Story of Your Life."
 

movie poster for Southside with You
Miramax

New on DVD this week is the 2016 bio-graphic romantic drama  Southside with You.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look at the movie that chronicles the first date of future first couple Barack and Michelle Obama.
 
Southside with You is available Tuesday at a movie store near you. Davey Peppers is a freshman studying Cinema and Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has written reviews and film-based news stories for The Cumberland Presbyterian magazine and for WhatCulture.com.

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 poster for The Secret Life of Pets
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.

 

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. 

movie poster for Finding Dory
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.

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.  
 

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
movie poster for Deadpool
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. 

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