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

In 'August: Osage County,' mother fights best

REVIEW: Meryl Streep plays a widowed matriarch in a knock-down, drag-out drama of family dysfunction.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 02:20 PM

16 reasons to be happy about movies in 2013

Actors reborn. Smart scripts. Tense action. High-risk hilarity. Turns out that 2013 was a very good year in film.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 02:28 PM

Honorable mention: Barkhad Abdi, actor in 'Captain Phillips'

It’s not every day that a fledgling actor almost steals a movie from Tom Hanks, but that’s just what Barkhad Abdi accomplished in “Captain Phillips.”

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 11:15 AM

'Mandela' explores a heroic life, flaws and all ★★1/2

REVIEW: “Mandela” celebrates its famous subject without giving the late South African leader a halo.

Updated: December 24, 2013, - 11:32 AM

Deliriously awkward Wiig scores her most romantic role

Kristen Wiig’s oddball comedy takes a temporary break as she co-stars with Ben Stiller in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

Updated: December 22, 2013, - 01:18 PM

'Saving Mr. Banks' relives making of 'Mary Poppins'

REVIEW: Walt Disney's long crusade to win the “Mary Poppins” movie rights from author P.L. Travers gets prettified in this telling.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 03:59 PM

Review: 'Llewyn Davis' finds bittersweet comedy in 1960s folk-music scene

REVIEW: The Coens make the story of an obnoxious 1960s folkie into a novelistic movie about art, the wheel of fate and perseverance in a changing America.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 03:10 PM

Coen brothers topple music-movie convention in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Joel and Ethan Coen’s ode to the early days of folk music centers on a gifted loser who remains lost.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 03:08 PM

Will Ferrell brings improv to the TV news desk in 'Anchorman 2'

Will Ferrell on gags, ad-lib, Jockey briefs, his degree in sports broadcasting and the importance of going “off-story.”

Updated: December 17, 2013, - 08:45 AM

Review: 'Anchorman 2' offers a second glass of Burgundy

REVIEW: Much of the original's ramshackle charm and off-the-rails audacity survives in “Anchorman 2.”

Updated: December 17, 2013, - 08:42 AM

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