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

Funny bits click to make 'The Lego Movie' a nifty all-ages surprise

REVIEW: This toy story has a good message for kids and sharp satire for their parents.

Updated: February 07, 2014, - 10:30 AM

Oscar-nominated short documentaries lack edge

REVIEW: The five Oscar-nominated short documentary films for 2014 are a generally staid bunch, brie and white wine offerings less interested in exciting or enraging viewers than in teaching socially conscious lessons.

Updated: February 06, 2014, - 02:10 PM

January's over, and things at the movies are picking up

After the January doldrums, these 10 movies promise appealing stars, compelling stories, action and intrigue.

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 03:39 PM

Reviewed in brief: Oscar-nominated short films

Here's a look at this year’s short animated and live-action Oscar finalists, ranked least to most impressive.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:41 PM

Laughs are scarce in 'That Awkward Moment'

REVIEW: In the dude-oriented rom-com “That Awkward Moment,” the search for no-strings hookups is long on frat-friendly banter and short on clever comedy.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:39 PM

Review: 'Labor Day' is a labored date movie

REVIEW: “Labor Day” is a generic slab of escapist romantic Velveeta from, of all people, sharp-witted Jason Reitman.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:38 PM

Josh Brolin tones down action man for 'Labor Day'

Making the Jason Reitman-directed romance “Labor Day" with Kate Winslet was often uncomfortable for Josh Brolin.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:36 PM

Two Minnesota-shot films are the talk of Sundance

Unconventional and under the radar, “Dear White People” and “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” play to packed houses in Park City.

Updated: January 26, 2014, - 07:49 PM

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' lead Oscar pack

The best-picture trio entered the competition with the largest tally of nominations, 10 each for “Hustle” and “Gravity,” and nine for “Slave.” Each also scored in the key best director and acting categories.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 05:53 PM

Local connections to Oscars nominations

In a real-life Cinderella story, first-time actor Barkhad Abdi of Minneapolis was nominated for best supporting actor. Directors Joel and...

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 02:34 PM

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