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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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. 

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.

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: Trumbo

Feb 21, 2016
movie poster for Trumbo
Bleecker Street

Now available on DVD is the 2015 biographical drama Trumbo.  The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.  Bryan Cranston plays the title role and is nominated for an Oscar in the Actor in a Leading Role category.     Film critic Jason Hedrick takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Jason Hedrick is a doctoral student specializing in Performance Studies in the Department of Communications at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   He is also Technical Director for SIU's Marion Kleinau Theatre.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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: 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.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD - Ted 2

Dec 15, 2015

The 2015 comedy Ted 2 continues the adventures of Ted, the talking teddy bear,  from Seth Macfarlane's original franchise.   In this edition of SIU Reviews Danyelle Greene takes a closer look at the sequel and its commentary on race and society.

Ted 2 is in new release on DVD this week. Danyelle Green is a graduate student in Media, Theory and Research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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.

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.

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