LATEST ARTICLES / The Niles Files

Wednesday, November 23rd


The Niles Files: Kelly Reichardt’s Animal Kingdom
Certain Women

“Certain Women,” Kelly Reichardt’s latest marvel, examines history, dialogue, and the clarity between human beings and animals.




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Thursday, July 14th


The Niles Files: Reboot of Laughter and Forgetting
Ghostbusters

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.




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Wednesday, May 25th


The Niles Files: Born Again
The Christians

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.




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Thursday, March 24th


The Niles Files: Superheroes on Celluloid at Willow Creek
Batman V Superman

Starting this weekend, the local Willow Creek Theater will be screening “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the rare 70mm format.




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Friday, March 11th


The Niles Files: A Flood of Particles
Knight of Cups

Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” opens this weekend, a bewildering and astonishing movie-as-museum-exhibition.




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Wednesday, February 24th


The Niles Files: Don’t Have What I Ordered: Annual Probing Oscar Analysis Yo!
The Revenant

Film critic Niles Schwartz finally weighs in with his predictions for the 2016 Oscars.




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Wednesday, January 6th


The Niles Files: My 2015 Film Prom
Chi-Raq

Pairing together 20 films on a Top Ten List of waltzing motion pictures, it’s the 2015 Year in Film.




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Friday, December 25th


The Niles Files: Funny and/or Die
The Big Short

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.




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Friday, December 18th


The Niles Files: Manplanet Comes Back to Earth
Manplanet

After a 12 year hiatus, local space band Manplanet returns Saturday night to the Triple Rock, and we’ve received some special transmissions from them before they land back on earth.




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Thursday, December 17th


The Niles Files: The Force a’Shakin’
Star Wars

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.




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Wednesday, December 9th


The Niles Files: ‘Twixt Myth and Ornament
In the Heart of the Ocean

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.




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Wednesday, November 25th


The Niles Files: Back to the Future
Creed

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.




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Thursday, November 5th


The Niles Files: The Laying on of Haynes
Todd Haynes' "Carol," with Cate Blanchett.

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.”




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Wednesday, July 8th


The Niles Files: Summer Nights, Cool Cinema at the Walker
Do the Right Thing

Drawing from various retrospectives, the Walker Art Center begins its Summer Nights / Cool Cinema series this week.




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Thursday, February 26th


The Niles Files: Screwing the Middle Class
Fifty Shades of Grey

Looking at “Fifty Shades of Grey” as a subtly derisive and class conscious critique of the phenomenon surrounding the film.




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Friday, February 20th


The Niles Files: Lonely Workaday Film Columnist’s Oscar Predix
Theory of Everything

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.




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Monday, February 2nd


The Niles Files: The Best Films of 2014
Boyhood

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.




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Wednesday, November 26th


The Niles Files: “National Gallery” on Display at the Walker
National Gallery

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.




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Tuesday, November 11th


The Niles Files: Seeing and Hearing Sound Unseen’s Mastermind
Jim Brunzell

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.




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Wednesday, November 5th


The Niles Files: Godard’s 3-D Monster Movie Miracle
Goodbye to Language

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.




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Monday, November 3rd


The Niles Files: Raging Against the Dying of the Light
Dave Hilsgen

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.




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Tuesday, October 28th


The Niles Files: Derek Jarman’s “Blue” at the Walker
Blue

The Walker Art Center’s Derek Jarman series concludes this Wednesday evening with a screening of his audacious final film, “Blue.”




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Wednesday, October 22nd


The Niles Files: Derek Jarman’s “Wittgenstein” at the Walker
Wittgenstein

Derek Jarman’s “Wittgenstein,” a playful biopic of the influential 20th century philosopher, screens Wednesday October 22 at the Walker Art Center.




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Wednesday, October 15th


The Niles Files: Twin Peaks and the Return From “Meanwhile”
Twin Peaks

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.




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Tuesday, October 14th


The Niles Files: Derek Jarman’s “The Angelic Conversation” at the Walker
Angelic Conversation

The Walker Art Center’s Derek Jarman retrospective continues Wednesday with “The Angelic Conversation.”




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Wednesday, October 8th


The Niles Files: Derek Jarman’s “Jubilee” at the Walker
Jubilee

A month-long Wednesday night retrospective on late iconoclastic filmmaker Derek Jarman begins tonight, October 8, at the Walker Art Center with his punk classic “Jubilee,” in addition to his short music promos for Marianne Faithful’s “Broken English” and The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead.”




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Thursday, September 11th


The Niles Files: September Whine
Trip to Italy

The doldrums of September means Niles is bored and whiney about the fun people are having in Toronto and Telluride.




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Tuesday, August 19th


The Niles Files: Where Soul Meets Body
The Knick

Niles looks at the idiosyncratic formal properties of Steven Soderbergh’s new television show “The Knick” and how they’re integral to how the show functions as a medical drama.




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Wednesday, July 16th


The Niles Files: “It’s Old Fashioned.”
Eyes 125

Niles looks back at the ultimate anti-summer movie with an in-depth analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s sexual drama “Eyes Wide Shut,” released 15 years ago today.




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Wednesday, June 25th


The Niles Files: Remembrance of Matinees Past
Batman

With the recent onslaught of online articles pointing out the anniversaries of movie release dates, Niles wonders if we’re actually writing and reading about our own lives and memories more than the films being appreciated.




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