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

Witherspoon's 'Wild' does justice to Cheryl Strayed's memoir

REVIEW: Reese Witherspoon doesn't sugarcoat the complex story of Minnesota-bred author Cheryl Strayed.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 04:48 PM

Put a ring on it: 'The Hobbit' seals the deal in thrilling fashion

REVIEW: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” concludes Peter Jackson's film series in high gear, offering a level of nonstop tension and forward motion few other movies can equal. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 02:22 PM

Bill Pohlad teams up with Reese Witherspoon to make 'Wild'

How Bill Pohlad and Reese Witherspoon teamed up to film Cheryl Strayed’s popular memoir.

Updated: December 18, 2014, - 01:18 PM

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' turns biblical tale into video game

REVIEW: Exodus, shmexodus. Never has the Bible seemed so paper-thin as it does in “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” It's a 3-D film long on atmospherics but with mere rags and straws of wisdom and storytelling.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 06:18 PM

New 'Hunger Games' sequel hits a minor key

REVIEW: After its first two terrific installments, the newest edition of “The Hunger Games” -- opening tonight in theaters -- is an extra-desolate chapter in the ongoing story, more a setup for 2015’s real finale than a complete chapter on its own.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 03:41 PM

'Penguins' hatches a bird-brained scheme

REVIEW: The humor pushes in so many different directions that the movie feels as if it’s roaming around lost, with Madagascar nowhere in sight.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 03:41 PM

Meet the new (and better) 'Horrible Bosses'

REVIEW: “Horrible Bosses 2” reunites the cast members in a juvenile, generic and outrageously funny sequel. This fast-paced, deliriously impudent farce holds every character in cheerfully cynical disdain.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 03:41 PM

'The Babadook' is a landmark of horror filmmaking

REVIEW: Is the monster in “The Babadook” real, or a figment of fevered anxieties? That's just one of the gripping mysteries in this horror masterwork.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 09:53 AM

In 'Top Five,' Chris Rock takes a baby step beyond standup

REVIEW: While Chris Rock is still no actor, “Top Five” proves that he has more range as a filmmaker.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 03:17 PM

Jennifer Kent: The new queen of scream

The writer/director’s frighteningly good debut, “The Babadook,” has caught the eye of Hollywood and Stephen King.

Updated: December 11, 2014, - 01:19 PM

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