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

'Magic in the Moonlight' shoots for period whimsy, falls short

REVIEW: There’s a musty, stagebound feeling to “Magic in the Moonlight,” like a Bernard Shaw play from his dotage, when he knew he was turning out weak stuff but couldn’t stop writing.

Updated: July 31, 2014, - 02:49 PM

'Get on Up' is full-time funky

REVIEW: The James Brown biopic “Get on Up” bites off a big funky chunk of Americana, and is hugely entertaining.

Updated: July 31, 2014, - 02:48 PM

'Guardians of the Galaxy' takes viewers on a wild ride

REVIEW: Replete with buffoonery and pop-culture laugh lines, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is big cosmic fun.

Updated: July 31, 2014, - 02:43 PM

Mysterious Muslim in Germany is 'A Most Wanted Man'

REVIEW: In one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film roles, he pursues “A Most Wanted Man,” who may or may not be guilty.

Updated: July 25, 2014, - 02:29 PM

Myth meets muscle in 'Hercules'

REVIEW: The mightily entertaining “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson, manages to put a new spin on age-old mythology.

Updated: July 25, 2014, - 12:03 PM

ScarJo gets supersmart and superbad in 'Lucy'

REVIEW: Never underestimate Luc Besson, whose sci-fi tinged thriller “Lucy” achieves a new high score on the science violation index. And yet the movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, has its sideline charms.

Updated: July 25, 2014, - 08:33 AM

Willem Dafoe is attracted to moral complexity

Actor Willem Dafoe on growing up in Wisconsin and working with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Updated: July 24, 2014, - 02:07 PM

Movies spotlight: 'Hercules' and 'The Fluffy Movie'

Two films this week -- 'Hercules' and 'The Fluffy Movie' -- are doing a broken-field run around the entertainment press, opting not to give preview screenings.

Updated: July 24, 2014, - 02:04 PM

'Boyhood' boldly tracks the same boy over 11 years

REVIEW: “Boyhood” fills you with openhearted happiness and awe at its scope and daring. Colin Covert calls it a low-key masterpiece.

⋆⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars

Updated: July 18, 2014, - 08:18 AM

'Planes: Fire & Rescue' is sure to please the cookies-and-milk crowd

REVIEW: "Planes: Fire & Rescue" was overseen by Pixar’s head honcho John Lasseter, and it feels like a junior varsity spinoff of “Cars.”

Updated: July 17, 2014, - 01:58 PM

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