SIU Reviews

The 2012 drama  The Master tells the story of a naval veteran who arrives home from World War II to an uncertain future. He then falls under the spell of a charismatic leader.

Film critic Mark McCleerey has more in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

The Master is currently in release on DVD.

The romantic drama Silver Linings Playbook  garnered eight Academy Award nominations and a best actress win for co-star Jennifer Lawrence.  It tells the story of Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, who tries to readjust to life after a stint in a mental institution.

Film critic Walter Metz has his own take on the screen play adapted from the Matthew Quick novel.

Silver Linings Playbook is playing in Carbondale.  It is scheduled for DVD release on on April 30th.

The 2012 South Korean science-fiction anthology film  Doomsday Book tells three separate stores of human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era.

Film Critic Liz Faber takes a closer look for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Doomsday Book is out on DVD.

Liz Faber is a doctoral candidate in the college of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU Carbondale. She is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews.

 

Sam Raimi's fantasy adventure film  Oz the Great and Powerful is based on the novels of L. Frank Baum.

This adaptation tells the story of small-time magician Oscar Diggs who gets sucked into a tornado that whisks him away to the Land of Oz.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this  Wizard of Oz prequel.
 


Oz the Great and Powerful is in current release.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  His is critiques are a regular feature of  SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Mama

Mar 28, 2013

The recent supernatural thriller  Mama is based on a 2008 Spanish language short film that tells the story of two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin for five years.

Film critic L.E. Bond has more in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 


Mama is schedule for DVD Release in May.

L.E. Bond is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU Carbondale.   Her critiques are a regular feature of  SIU Reviews. 

You can find all of the SIU Reviews here.
 

If you're looking for a little action–adventure you might want to consider Walter Hill's 2013  Bullet to the Head.

Sylvester Stallone leads the cast of the film that's based on a French graphic novel. Film critic Mark McCleerey has more in the edition of  SIU Reviews.

Bullet to the Head will be released to DVD later this spring.   Mark McCleerey is a doctoral candidate in the college of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC.  His is a regular contributor to  SIU Review s.

You can listen to all of his critiques on our website – wsiunews.org.

Set in the near future,  Robot & Frank, is not your usual buddy film...

Frank, a former jewel thief, receives a robot butler from his son.  The robot is programmed to look after him, but soon the two companions try their luck at one last heist.  Film critic Liz Faber has more in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 


Robot and Frank is currently out on DVD.

Liz Faber is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews.  She is a doctoral candidate in the college of mass communication and media arts at SIUC.

SIU Reviews: Agora

Mar 8, 2013

If you're looking for something engaging to watch this weekend you might want to check out the 2009 Spanish historical drama,  Agora.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Agora is currently in release on DVD and through most on-line video services.

SIU Reviews: Goats

Mar 1, 2013

The 2012 coming of age film Goats chronicles the life of a teen age boy who is getting ready to head off to prep school.

Film critic Liz Faber takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

  Goats is currently out on DVD.  Liz Faber is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU-C.

She is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Django Unchained

Feb 22, 2013

As part of our special Oscar preview edition of  SIU Reviews, we have two perspectives on  Best Picture nominee -  Django Unchained.
 

Our first critique is by Jennifer Butcher, a doctoral student in the College of Mass Communication and Media arts at SIU Carbondale.


Our second critique is by Andrew Wire, a student in Cinema and Photography at SIU Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: Lincoln

Feb 21, 2013
Touchstone Pictures

As part of SIU Review's special Oscar preview, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. This is an encore presentation of Metz's review that first aired in December.

Lincoln is a theatrical accounting of President Abraham Lincoln’s effort to abolish slavery during a transitional period of the nation’s history near the end of the Civil War.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

SIU Reviews: Argo

Feb 20, 2013

As part of our special Oscars preview, SIU Reviews takes a closer look at another film nominated for Best Picture.

Film critic Mark McCleerey reviews ARGO, the latest work from actor/director Ben Affleck.  It’s a dramatization of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

ARGO is in limited release in Carbondale.  The Academy Awards take place on Sunday, February 24th.

Mark McCleerey is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews

Columbia Pictures

Zero Dark Thirty is the historical drama that chronicles the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

In this special "Oscars" edition of  SIU Reviews, Film critic L.E. Bond takes a closer look at the latest work by director Kathryn Bigelow.
 


Zero Dark Thirty is nominated for a Best Picture award at the Academy Awards on February 24th.  It is in current release.

L.E. Bond is a film critic and doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Imagine what would happen if a new “street drug” turned people into shape-shifting aliens in a parallel universe? That’s the premise behind the movie John Dies at the End. 

For this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Liz Faber takes a closer look at the movie that’s based on the novel by David Wong.

John Dies at the End is currently in limited release.  Liz Faber is a doctoral student in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU Carbondale.  She is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews. 

A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI is a comical autobiography written by Graham Chapman of Monty Python fame, featuring a fictionalized account of his life.  It’s also the basis of the animated film A Liar's Autobiography The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.

Film Critic Liz Faber takes a closer look at this rather irreverent film.

A Liar's Autobiography The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman will be released on DVD on February 12th.

As the debate continues in Illinois and several other states over how to regulate hydraulic fracturing... art imitates life in a new movie that tells the story of a fictional town and its struggle with "fracking."

Film critic Walter Metz reviews the new Matt Damon drama  Promised Land for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 


Promised Land is in current release at a theater near you. 

Walter Metz is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews. You can hear all of his reviews on our website wsiunews.org.
 

The British biopic Hyde Park on Hudson is currently in release…  It’s the story of FDR and his relationship with Margaret Suckley, a distant cousin.  The movie is loosely based on her private journals.

Film critic Mark McCleerey takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Hyde Park on Hudson is currently playing at a theater near you. 

Mark McCleerey is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.  His critiques are a regular feature of SIU Reviews.

Breaking Dawn Part 2

Dec 21, 2012
Summit Entertainment

Breaking Dawn Part 2, is the final installment of the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's "The Twilight Saga." Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the influences of this pop-cultural classic  in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is in current release. Walter Metz is the Chair of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography.   He is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews.

Magnolia Pictures

Actor Morgan Freeman reunites with director Rob Reiner in The Magic of Belle Isle

Film Critic Liz Faber takes a closer look at the movie that tells the story of a errant writer who finds his inspiration again.

The Magic of Belle Isle is currently out on DVD.  Liz Faber is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC with an emphasis in psychoanalytic film theory.

Memento Films International

The 2011 Iranian drama A Separation tells the story of a middle class couple who separate while struggling with the care of an elderly father.

Film Critic Liz Faber takes a closer look at this Academy Award winning film.

A Separation is currently out on DVD.  Liz Faber is a Doctoral Candidate at Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in psychoanalytic film theory.

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