Wednesday, October 22nd

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

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

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

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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Wednesday, June 11th

The Niles Files: Summer Cruise
Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise’s comic sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow,” demonstrates how the world’s once-biggest-movie-star is now a necessary Hollywood anomaly in an industry driven by franchises and hackneyed formulas.

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Monday, June 9th

The Niles Files: Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves of the Soul
Night Moves

Kelly Reichardt’s terrific eco-noir “Night Moves,” a stunningly suspenseful maze of environmental activism and psychological dread, is currently playing at the MSP Film Society at St. Anthony Main.

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Wednesday, May 28th

The Niles Files: Dziga Vertov’s Doors of Perception
Man With a Movie Camera

Recently named one of the ten best films of all time by the British Film Institute, Dziga Vertov’s Soviet film manifesto, “The Man With a Movie Camera,” will be screening through June 30 at the Walker Art Center.

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Monday, May 19th

The Niles Files: An Appreciation of Gordon Willis, 1931-2014
"The Godfather Part II"

Niles Schwartz eulogizes iconic cinematographer Gordon Willis (“The Godfather” trilogy, “All the President’s Men,” “Annie Hall”), one of the last century’s great illuminators.

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Thursday, April 17th

The Niles Files: “God’s Not Dead” and Gimme That Check-Box Religion
God's Not Dead

Niles compares two recent faith-based films, Darren Aronofsky’s strange and formidable “Noah” and the softer–if more insidious–“God’s Not Dead.”

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Tuesday, April 1st

The Niles Files, April Fools Edition: “Dressed for the Occasion”

For the fourth annual April Fools edition of the Niles Files, Niles takes a look back at Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan’s 1989 masterpiece of commerce and bodies, “No Holds Barred,” the only film in history to open with the name “Jesse Ventura.”

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Wednesday, March 26th

The Niles Files: Martin Scorsese’s You Can’t Do That On Television
Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s controversial “The Wolf of Wall Street” heads to DVD and Blu Ray this week, and Niles explores the recurring motif of television in the film, as compared to Scorsese’s warm ode to illusions, “Hugo.”

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Wednesday, March 26th

The Niles Files: The Orbital Noose
Llewyn Davis

Newly available on DVD and Blu Ray, Niles returns to one of 2013’s richest and most mystifying films, the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a Joycean marriage of the terrene and divine in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene.

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Wednesday, March 5th

The Niles Files: The Superfluous 2014 Oscar Hangover
12 Years a Slave

Niles goes over the winners of Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony while briefly speculating on possibly players for next year.

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Tuesday, February 25th

The Niles Files: 2014 Annual Oscar Whoo-Whoo Thingy
American Hustle

Niles offers his predictions and choices for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which happen on Sunday, March 2.

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Friday, January 31st

The Niles Files: In Dreams
Mulholland Drive

The Trylon hosts a thrilling David Lynch weekend retrospective, “Surreal Marvel,” with a new 35mm print of “Eraserhead” beginning Friday, and screenings of “Dune,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Wild at Heart,” and “Blue Velvet” to follow.

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Wednesday, January 22nd

The Niles Files: Steve McQueen’s Hunger Artist
12 Yearsa Slave

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” has been criticized for its aestheticism and formal approach, but the film suggests that the creative will to authorship is a mode of resistance.

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Wednesday, January 15th

The Niles Files: Martin Scorsese’s New York Dead
Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a startling cousin of Scorsese’s little-seen “Bringing Out the Dead,” as the two films, both set in the early ’90s, explore civil responsibility (or the utter lack of it) during New York’s crucial turning point.

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Monday, December 23rd

The Niles Files: 2013’s Best Films, No Fingers-Crossed Infinity Edition
Act of Killing

The Niles Files offers up his annual best in the year of film roundup – plus Honorable Mentions, Favorite Performances, and The Hall of Disappointment.

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Thursday, December 12th

The Niles Files: Bilbo Does Sit-Ups, Tightens Mid-Section
The Hobbit

Though still hyperbolic and feeling like a 165-minute video game, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” marks a huge improvement for Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel.

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Thursday, December 5th

The Niles Files: City of Lost Kubrick
Barry Lyndon

Throughout December, the Trylon features “The Underrated Stanley Kubrick”: “Paths of Glory,” “Killer’s Kiss,” “Fear and Desire,” “Barry Lyndon,” and “Lolita.”

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Sunday, November 17th

The Niles Files: Out of the Past – Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence”
Age of Innocence 2

The Niles Files looks back on Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence,” which initiated a more somber, prestigious stage of the filmmaker’s later years.

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Wednesday, November 13th

The Niles Files: Every Everything About Sound Unseen
Every Everything

The annual Sound Unseen Film and Music Festival kicks off today with “Every Everything,” a documentary about Husker Du founder Grant Hart. For the next week, Sound Unseen curator Jim Brunzell III rocks the Twin Cities at the Landmark Center, the Trylon, and McNally Smith College of Music.

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Wednesday, November 6th

The Niles Files: “Blue is Warmest Color” and Existence vs. Essence
Blue 3

Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” has gotten attention for its extended sex scenes between two female leads, but the film is also a tender and sympathetic look at first love between people from disparate psychological and social arenas.

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Tuesday, October 29th

The Niles Files: Steve McQueen’s Forgotten Histories
12 Years a Slave

The Walker highlights the world of visual artist-turned-narrative filmmaker Steve McQueen, whose new film “12 Years a Slave” brilliantly displays how changing circumstances lead individuals to a different experience of the world around them.

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Wednesday, October 23rd

The Niles Files: Heads, Limbs, and Lady Parts
The Counselor

Ridley Scott directs Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay “The Counselor,” an unnerving cartel thriller of excessively lavish lifestyles under the author’s trademark assault of unexpected death.

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Wednesday, October 16th

The Niles Files: Twin Cities Film Fest

The annual Twin Cities Film Festival features 50 films from Thursday October 17 and runs until Saturday October 26 at St. Louis Park’s West End Icon Theater. In addition to filmmakers and cast members presenting their work, local short films, complimentary programs, and social mixers, the fest features the local premieres of high profile holiday releases like Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and John Wells’ “August: Osage County.”

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