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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.
 

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.

book cover for National Geographic Greatest Landscapes
National Geographic

National Geographic is out with its 2016 edition of Greatest Landscapes.   It features more than 250 unforgettable images from around the globe.

Veteran National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz  wrote the forward for this year’s book.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Steinmetz about the book and about what inspires him as a landscape photographer.

National Geographic Greatest Landscapes is in stores now.

Book Cover
Amazon

The Chicago Cubs are one step away from their first World Series appearance since 1945.

But, in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how a short story warns a Cubs pennant could mean bad things for all of us.

book cover for The Abandoned Heart
Pegasus

Author Laura Benedict's latest "Bliss House" novel hits book stores Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016).   The Abandoned Heart is the third installment in the series and chronicles the beginning of Bliss House and the sordid tale of it's patriarch, Randolph Bliss.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Part 2 - The Abandoned Heart: Continued

Part 3 - Benedict on writing mystery novels

book cover for Sting
Grand Central

Sandra Brown’s latest suspense novel, Sting, hit book stores this week.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with the New York Times best selling author about her new book and what keeps her inspired after more than 60-novels.

In the Author’s Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Radio and Southern Illinois University.

 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.

Pearl Franz / WSIU

Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois through the  Listening Project.  Ours story is that of Gene Alexander - a beloved elementary school teacher and principal of more than 30 years in Benton.  Now, at age 81, he's known simply as "Mr. A" - the guy who paints maps of the United States on playgrounds across the region.
 

Gene Alexander's story was recorded as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library.

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.

book cover Past and Present
Seal Press

A new “how to” book suggests creative ways that we can remember loved ones who will never be forgotten.  It's a guide to how we can move beyond grief to celebrating the joy and affection of loved one's memories.    Loss survivor, author and journalist Allison Gilbert’s new book is Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Gilbert about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

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. 
 

30th Annual Arts Education Festival

Apr 14, 2016
30th Annual Arts Education Festival
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The SIU Carbondale Campus had an extra 1500 visitors Wednesday and Thursday for the 30th Annual Arts Education Festival.

Students from all over southern Illinois had the opportunity to experience art in many forms.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Each year SIU Carbondale's School of Art and Design awards the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award to outstanding seniors in the College.

The fate of the Illinois State Museum could be decided in the next couple of days. The museum closed to the public last October as a cost-saving measure as the budget stalemate dragged on.

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.

Author Colleen Coble is back with the next installment in her Sunset Cove series.  Mermaid Moon is out in paperback this week.  Readers get introduced to Mallory Davis as she returns to her Maine home for the first time in 15 years.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Coble for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Imagine a time in the not to distant future when Alzheimer's no longer exists.  The search for the fountain of youth has largely been a work of science fiction.  But science is on the cusp of a revolutionary breakthrough.  Dr. Michael Fossel is a physician and an expert in the science of cell aging and human aging.    WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Dr. Fossel about his book The Telomerase Revolution for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

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
 

As the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Paris continues to unfold, Canadian journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer suggests the western world and specifically the United States does not need to be overly concerned with the rise of the so called "Islamic State."    For this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Dyer about his new book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East.  The conversation was recorded just days before the the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris.

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.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD-Terminator Genisys

Nov 10, 2015

New this week at your favorite movie store is the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise - Terminator Genisys.   The Sci-Fi action thriller marks the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role he made famous in the original 1984 release.   Film critic Jason Hedrick takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

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.

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.

book cover of Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded
www.killernashville.com

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the Killer Nashville Writers' Conference. To commemorate the milestone a new anthology of mystery and horror short stories written by more than a dozen conference participants is now on bookshelves.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with conference organizer Clay Stafford about "Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded" for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

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