A reference in “La La Land” to a little-seen postwar Kurosawa film sheds light on some flaws of this year’s Oscar front-runner; plus a slate of predictions for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver as a bus driving poet, is the director’s warmest film, examining the thin lines between creator and creation, fortune and misfortune, comedy and tragedy.
Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” is an astounding and challenging work undermining the expectations of its audience as much as it upsets the aspirations of its characters.
“Certain Women,” Kelly Reichardt’s latest marvel, examines history, dialogue, and the clarity between human beings and animals.
The new “Ghostbusters” mostly dances to its own beat rather than pandering by syncing up to its classic brand. What emerges is a solidly cast Paul Feig comedy.
An overview of Walking Shadow’s stellar production of “The Christians,” at the Mixed Blood Theater, alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “The Book of Mormon,” currently at the Orpheum, which in tandem dig into a contemporary American spiritual crisis.
Starting this weekend, the local Willow Creek Theater will be screening “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the rare 70mm format.
Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” opens this weekend, a bewildering and astonishing movie-as-museum-exhibition.
Film critic Niles Schwartz finally weighs in with his predictions for the 2016 Oscars.
Pairing together 20 films on a Top Ten List of waltzing motion pictures, it’s the 2015 Year in Film.
l’étoile presents its annual list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities this year!
Adam McKay leaps from farcical comedies to true-life satire with his adaptation of “The Big Short,” a self-congratulating examination of bankers who saw the recent economic collapse looming.
What? FILM? Yeah. Since Niles decided to do a little music writing, I thought “what the heck” — here’s my 10 favorite horror films of 2015. And believe me, I watch a lot of ’em.
The Star Wars saga continues with J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” an effective though all-too-safe mystery box that is so focused on the future that it never quite sees where it is or what it’s doing.
Though intermittently vivid, Ron Howard’s whaling adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” demonstrates how easy it is to go soft in the face of both literature and history.
Todd O’Dowd reviews the 2015 edition of the beloved annual salute to British television advertising being screened at the Walker Art Center December 4 – January 3.
The best film opening this holiday weekend is Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” an unexpectedly effective crowd-pleaser that builds atop the “Rocky” saga while revising it.
The Walker Art Center presents director Todd Haynes in dialogue Friday evening, along with a retrospective of some of his most acclaimed films, including “Far From Heaven,” “Safe,” and “I’m Not There.”
Drawing from various retrospectives, the Walker Art Center begins its Summer Nights / Cool Cinema series this week.
Looking at “Fifty Shades of Grey” as a subtly derisive and class conscious critique of the phenomenon surrounding the film.
Niles doesn’t want to talk about movies as much as he wants to talk about himself in his last minute bid at Oscar punditry.
At long last, film columnist Niles Schwartz lays out his selections of 2014’s best films, a year that, from “Grand Budapest Hotel” to “Gone Girl” to “Birdman” to “National Gallery,” repeatedly considered the notion of Life as Art.
l’étoile presents its list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities in 2014!
Frederick Wiseman’s “National Gallery,” a stirring and fascinating documentary that goes behind the masterpieces and into the offices of London’s National Gallery, plays this weekend at the Walker Cinema.
A spotlight on Jim Brunzell, back in Minnesota this November to program the Twin Cities’ celebrated fusion of music and movies, Sound Unseen, now in its 15th year.
Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D marvel “Goodbye to Language,” a glowing and provocative cinema essay on technology and history, screens this weekend at the Walker Art Center cinema.
The Muller Family Theaters Willow Creek Cinema in Plymouth is one of only 10 standard theaters in the country to be projecting Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” in mostly obsolete 70mm film, and the only one in the Midwest.
The Walker Art Center’s Derek Jarman series concludes this Wednesday evening with a screening of his audacious final film, “Blue.”
Derek Jarman’s “Wittgenstein,” a playful biopic of the influential 20th century philosopher, screens Wednesday October 22 at the Walker Art Center.
With the announced return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult TV classic “Twin Peaks,” Niles considers the legacy of the show and speculates what the return means.