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Matt Olien's Movie Reviews
Fridays during Main Street, at 3pm CT and a repeat at 7pm CT

Television producer Matt Olien doubles as Prairie Public's resident movie critic, and uses his background in film studies and extensive knowledge of movie history to review a current film. Stay tuned until the end, where he's quizzed with obscure Oscar trivia.

  • Matt reviews "Civil War, " a movie that emerges as a stark, harrowing portrayal of a fractured America.
  • "When people in Littlehampton--including conservative local Edith--begin to receive letters full of hilarious profanities, rowdy Irish migrant Rose is charged with the crime. Suspecting that something is amiss, the town's women investigate." (IMBD)
  • Matt reviews "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," a supernatural comedy film that serves as the sequel to "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (2021). He also remembers Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Matt reviews "Immaculate," starring Sidney Sweeney as a nun in a horror movie blending religion and sex. Matt says Sweeney knows what she is doing as the film's producer.
  • Matt Olien reviews "One Life," praising Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Sir Nicholas Winton and the film's moving tribute to heroism during the Holocaust.
  • Matt reviews, "Cabrini," a movie about the first American Saint and also updates us on the Academy Awards.
  • Matt reviews "Dune: Part Two" (2024): Paul Atreides allies with Fremen for revenge in this deeper saga of power and destiny on Arrakis. Directed by Villeneuve.
  • Matt reviews "Wonka" (2023): An origin tale of Willy Wonka's chocolatier dreams, facing a greedy cartel. Stars Timothée Chalamet; directed by Paul King.
  • Matt reviews "The Taste of Things," a 2023 film by Trần Anh Hùng about a cook and her gourmet employer's romance in 1889, inspired by Dodin Bouffant.
  • "Perfect Days" review: A Tokyo toilet cleaner's life reveals dignity & loneliness through his unseen role, showcasing the value in all work.