Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
Phone: 612-673-7186
Colin Covert has covered films for the Star Tribune for 20 years, interviewing Peter Jackson, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman and John Travolta, to name a few. Colin’s job as a film critic consists mostly of thinking up synonyms for “mediocre.” He still gets a thrill when the lights dim, and all too often a bigger thrill when they come on again.

Recent content from Colin Covert

Ace restaurants off the Vegas Strip

While the culinary attractions of the Las Vegas Strip are rightly world-renowned, visitors who never turn their attention to the larger Vegas Valley don’t know what they’re missing.

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 12:30 PM

'Haunted House 2' is proudly stupid and cliched

REVIEW: Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap, you will find the fright film spoof “A Haunted House 2."

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 11:22 AM

That Wayans flavor: Marlon opens up on 'Haunted House 2'

Marlon Wayans and his siblings once competed for laughs over the dinner table. Now he rules the multiplex.

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 11:21 AM

Johnny Depp takes big step backward in 'Transcendence'

REVIEW: In his first, and likely last, outing as a director, cinematographer Wally Pfister delivers a garbled, dispiriting, pseudo-cerebral non-thriller with a deadly dull Johnny Depp.

Updated: April 18, 2014, - 09:49 AM

Colin Firth faces torture of war in 'Railway Man'

REVIEW: The story, based on a World War II prison-camp memoir, is compelling. Jonathan Teplitzky’s insipid screen version doesn’t do the rich material justice.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 02:28 PM

'The Skeleton Twins' closes MSPIFF

After 12 days and 200-some feature films, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival winds down with “The Skeleton Twins,” a touching comedic drama starring “SNL” veterans Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 02:17 PM

Movies in brief: 'Under the Skin,' 'Finding Vivian Maier,' 'Draft Day' and 'Rio 2'

How to grapple with the hallucinatory style, the fundamental and systematic strangeness of “Under the Skin”? Plus other new movies.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 02:14 PM

'Jesus People' moves from Web series to movie

Jesus People: The Movie“Jesus People” started as a Web series on as a “Spinal Tap” mockumentary on Christian dance-pop....

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 02:12 PM

Nicolas Cage is first-rate in 'Joe'

REVIEW: Nicolas Cage is first-rate in an absorbing backwoods noir about an abused teen and an unlikely role model.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 02:10 PM

'Oculus' is a creepy instant classic

REVIEW: “Oculus” is a hair-raising tale of the occult and mental illness that keeps you off-balance without resorting to cheap scare tactics.

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 02:09 PM

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