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Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
Phone: 612-673-7186
Location: Minneapolis
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Colin Covert is an American movie critic, historian, commentator and journalist. He has worked as a critic for the Star Tribune for more than 30 years.


Covert has attended film festivals from Los Angeles to Iceland and points in between. His writing is published across the nation and worldwide. His job as a film critic consists mostly of thinking up synonyms for "mediocre." He still gets a thrill when the house lights dim, and all too often a bigger thrill when they come on again.
Recent content from Colin Covert
Author Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) becomes a forger when her fortunes turn.

Melissa McCarthy delivers career-defining performance in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

The actress known for comedy is captivating in this real-life drama.
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Despite phenomenal lead, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is missing a beat

Rami Malek shines as Freddie Mercury in this less-than-royal biopic.
Dakota Johnson in “Suspiria.”

Dakota Johnson's artsy 'Suspiria' remake falls short

It's creepy but not scary.
Jerry Rice, left, and Wayne Gretzky are among the superstar athletes featured in the documentary “In Search of Greatness.”

'In Search of Greatness' documentary asks: Are champions born or made?

Documentary explores nature vs. nurture debate.
This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Melissa McCarthy in a scene from “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?': Melissa McCarthy taking on a new kind of role

Starring role in biographical drama generating early Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy.
Rowan Atkinson in "Johnny English Strikes Again."

Rowan Atkinson's bumbling 'Johnny English' is showing his age

Bumbling secret agent's third go-round goes wrong.
In “Halloween,” Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in best 'Halloween' film since the original

The latest entry in the horror franchise is a frightening homage to the 1978 debut.
Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in “The Happy Prince.”

Rupert Everett's moving 'Happy Prince' stages Oscar Wilde's tragic final act

Writer/director/star Rupert Everett's passion for his subject shines throughout.
Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish in “The Oath.” Roadside Attractions

Vow to skip Ike Barinholtz's misguided 'The Oath'

The lackluster political comedy derails into a pointless blood fest.
Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell are a troubled son and his father in “Beautiful Boy.” Amazon Studios

Steve Carell's 'Beautiful Boy' is powerful but not pretty

Father-son love story is a visceral depiction of drug addiction.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in “Green Book,” inspired by a true 1960s friendship.

This year's Twin Cities Film Fest features multiple Oscar hopefuls

Major studio releases and indie sleepers dot the lineup.
Amandla Stenberg is irresistibly winning as Starr Carter.

Adaptation of YA bestseller 'The Hate U Give' is an A-for-effort letdown

Amandla Stenberg's wonderful performance is wasted on a by-the-numbers plot.
Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in “First Man.”

Ryan Gosling's 'First Man' reaches for the moon – and succeeds

Review: "First Man" is a thrilling and insightful account of the first lunar mission.
Jon Hamm as Laramie Seymour Sullivan in “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

Star-heavy 'Bad Times at the El Royale' dares guests and viewers alike to check in

Mystery-thriller set in a spooky hotel offers a suite of surprises.
There’s a fine romantic buzz between Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in “The Old Man & the Gun.”

'Old Man & the Gun' is vintage Robert Redford

The veteran actor shines as an elderly bank robber.
Isak Bakli Aglen and Jonas Strand Gravli in “22 July.”

'22 July' provides powerful account of worst terrorist act in Norway's history

Review: The Paul Greengrass-directed drama recounts the mass killing at a Norwegian youth camp.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the latest iteration of “A Star Is Born.”

Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' remake shines bright

In his debut as writer/director, Cooper frames the classic tale as more than just a love story.
A scene from "Venom."

Wasting a talented cast, Spider-Man spinoff 'Venom' lacks potency

Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams deserve better than this lukewarm effort.
Killers for hire Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix, left) and Eli (John C. Reilly) follow a strange trail into the black heart of the Gold Rush in “The Siste

Relatively speaking, John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix's 'Sisters Brothers' is a strange mix

French director's spin on the traditional western is anything but standard.
Keira Knightley plays novelist and sexual adventurer Colette, with Dominic West as her equally audacious husband.

Knightley's 'Colette' is a novel biopic

Keira Knightley shines as the mercurial French writer.
Kevin Hart stars in “Night School.”

Review: Kevin Hart aces 'Night School'

He tones down the gimmicks to play a relatable character.
Rami Malek as rock icon Freddie Mercury.

He will rock you: 'Mr. Robot' star takes on the role of Queen's Freddie Mercury

Best known for playing a hacker in "Mr. Robot," Rami Malek steps into the flamboyant role of Queen's frontman in "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Minnesota-native Steve Zahn will be the featured guest at the Twin Cities Film Fest’s Fall Preview Gala.

Minnesotan Steve Zahn is coming home to accept a lifetime achievement award

In his more than two decades of movies, Minnesotan Steve Zahn has played saps and slackers, apes and romantic heroes.
Rose Byrne, Azhy Robertson and Ethan Hawke in “Juliet, Naked.”

'Juliet, Naked' is a sweet, unadorned pleasure

Quirky love triangle has the Nick Hornby touch.
Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce in “The Wife.”

Glenn Close delivers a stunning, Oscar-worthy performance in 'The Wife'

Review: The film from Swedish director Björn Runge is a warts-and-all portrait of the long, committed marriage of a couple in old age.
John Cho is a middle-class suburban Everyman in “Searching.” Sebastian Baron • Screen Gems

'Searching' reboots the thriller

Revolving around computer screens only makes this classic suspense story more of a nail-biter.
Oscar Isaac stars as Peter Malkin in "Operation Finale."

'Operation Finale' doesn't really get started

Review: This high-profile drama with incredible potential fails miserably.
Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek in “Papillon.”

'Papillon' reboot makes no effort to escape penal colony's bleakness

Remake of prison movie focuses on honor between thieves.
Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy in “The Happytime Murders.”

'The Happytime Murders' is a sad effort

The first Muppets movie for adults wallows in its R rating.
Danny McBride in “Arizona.”

Comedy thriller 'Arizona' offers plenty of both

Comic thriller tickles some ribs, breaks others.
Cy Dodson’s “Beneath the Ink” follows Ohio ink artist Billy Joe White as he erases hateful tattoos, free of charge.
credit: Triumph Pictures

Minneapolis documentary maker gets Oscar buzz for hopeful 'Ink'

Cy Dodson's short film about erasing hateful tattoos makes the list of potential nominees.
Mark Wahlberg is a secret agent turned merciless killing machine in “Mile 22.”

Mark Wahlberg's 'Mile 22' runs way off course

Review: The action-adventure loses its bearings early and often.
Chloë Grace Moretz in “The ­Miseducation of Cameron Post.”

'Miseducation of Cameron Post' deftly studies teen angst

Sexual confusion forms basis for '90s-set coming-of-age drama.
Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone in “Never Goin’ Back.”A24 Films

Sisterhood stoner comedy 'Never Goin' Back' is surprisingly sweet

"Never Goin' Back" puts the emphasis on fun.
"Crazy Rich Asians" stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding.

'Crazy Rich Asians' carries historical significance – and is crazy good, too

It's the first U.S. studio feature with an entirely Asian ensemble since "The Joy Luck Club" was released a quarter century ago.
Adam Driver and John David Washington star in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

Spike Lee delivers one of his best films with supercharged 'BlacKkKlansman'

In this wild true story, a black cop infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.
John David Washington in a scene from “BlacKkKlansman.”

'BlacKkKlansman' star John David Washington not longer just Denzel's son

By starring in "BlacKkKlansman," John David Washington establishes his own persona.
Jason Statham stars as a deep-sea rescue specialist who encounters a deep-sea monster.

There's a lot that's fishy about Jason Statham's 'The Meg'

Undersea sci-fi adventure is waterlogged.
Vincent Cassel stars as the troubled title character in the French film “Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti.”

Biopic 'Gauguin' is a portrait of a troubled artist

The rest of the film isn't up to the impressive work of its star, Vincent Cassel.
'Mission: Impossible' to 'Paddington': The best 12 movies of the year (so far)

'Mission: Impossible' to 'Paddington': The best 12 movies of the year (so far)

From Tom Cruise's latest spy epic to a stunning Mr. Rogers tribute, these films are worth your time.
Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) seeks counsel from his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh in “Christopher Robin.”

Oh, bother – we have to pooh-pooh 'Christopher Robin'

"Christopher Robin" fails to do justice to Winnie-the-Pooh.
Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon uncover lightweight fun in 'Spy Who Dumped Me'

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play besties on a mission.
“Generation Wealth” explores the attitudes of the megarich.

Filmmaker's study of our obsession with wealth is overdrawn

"Generation Wealth" doc is too scattershot in its approach.
Jack and Bob Allnutt in “Far From the Tree.”

Documentary studies the ups and downs of mismatched families

"Far From the Tree" focuses on differences between parents and their children.
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal team up in “Blindspotting.” ARIEL NAVA • Lionsgate

'Hamilton' star's new 'Blindspotting' is a serious buddy comedy

In "Blindspotting," longtime best friends face major social issues.
Friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, co-stars, co-producers and co-writers of “Blindspotting,” wrote the first version of the script 10 years ag

A 'Hamilton' star has 'dream gig' in movie he made with best friend

Daveed Diggs and longtime friend and collaborator Rafael Casal looked to their gentrifying hometown of Oakland for their screenwriting debut.
Tom Cruise has a daredevil streak that serves him well in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.

Tom Cruise's new 'Mission: Impossible' is one of the series' best

As superspy adventures go, this one is hard to beat.
Director Christopher McQuarrie (reflected) and Tom Cruise during filming.

For 'Mission: Impossible' director, anything's possible with Tom Cruise: 'There's no telling him no'

Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie has a long relationship with his star.
From left, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Amana Seyfried and Christine Baranski in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

'Mamma Mia!' sequel is as enticing as the original

Follow-up to the 2008 hit delivers what it promises: upbeat feelings and up-tempo music.
Denzel Washington in a scene from "Equalizer 2."

Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' sequel atones for earlier dud

The star shines as a freelance vigilante in this far-superior sequel.
Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant saw a kindred spirit in renegade artist

Filmmaker never doubted that he could milk comedy from John Callahan's life.
Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Jonah Hill in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

Like its subject, Joaquin Phoenix's biopic 'Don't Worry' is funny and offensive

Biography of irreverent artist follows his politically incorrect approach.
Dwayne Johnson stars in "Skyscraper."

Review: Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' comes up a little short

Dwayne Johnson manages to save the day, but not the movie.
Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in “Sorry to Bother You.” Annapurna Pictures

Comic gem 'Sorry to Bother You' needs no apology

Quirky comedy mixes satire, sci-fi and telemarketing.
A scene from Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

Marvel's 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' offers small pleasures

Both its action and its comedy are on the light side.
Kansas farmer Frank Reese in "Eating Animals."

Movie examines the ethics of the meat that we eat

Almost all of us will speak out against animal cruelty and manmade environmental calamities. We generally support healthful lifestyles and the survival of independent small…
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in “Leave No Trace.” Bleecker Street

'Leave No Trace' is a touching father-daughter love story

Low-key "Leave No Trace" leaves an impression on viewers.
Lex Scott Davis and Joivan Wade, right, take cover in “The First Purge.”

Review: Dreadful 'First Purge' deserves a mercy killing

There are no new stories, they say, only new ways to tell them. Certainly, there’s little innovative in “The First Purge,” the prequel to James…
Benicio Del Toro in "Sicario: Day of the Soldado."

Sequel to drug-war epic 'Sicario' is one of the year's most memorable films

Brutally bloody "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" adds to Taylor Sheridan's dark résumé.
Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson deliver delightfully funny deadpan performances in “Damsel.”	Magnolia Pictures

Robert Pattinson's 'Damsel' is the weirdest, funniest Western since 'True Grit'

"Damsel" is the craziest Western since the Coen brothers turned their eccentric eyes to "True Grit."
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chris Pratt in a scene from, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Review: New 'Jurassic' blockbuster may be the greatest of all

Spanish horror director brings fresh chills and creative flair to the formula.
Laia Artigas, right, as 6-year-old Frida, with Paula Robles as new sister Anna in “Summer 1993.”

Beguiling film 'Summer 1993' takes a child's eye view of some very adult issues

Two young actors give beguiling performances in a Spanish film that deals tenderly with life-and-death issues.
In 1993, Fred Rogers and Francois Scarborough Clemmons re-created a 1969 episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Touching documentary salutes Fred Rogers, the ultimate good 'Neighbor'

Documentary on Mr. Rogers captures the real person — and it's the same as the one on TV.
Pixar's "The Incredibles 2."

Overflowing with heart and visual wizardry, 'Incredibles 2' is Pixar at its best

"Incredibles 2" is an entertaining, well-crafted followup.
Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson in “Tag.”

'Tag' isn't it if you're looking for some madcap fun

Ensemble cast struggles to breathe life, and laughs, into a weak script.
Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett and Awkwafina in “Ocean’s 8.”

Gender twist aside, 'Ocean's 8' reboot offers nothing new to the franchise

Attempt to reboot crime caper just shows how tired the formula is.
Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto and Jodie Foster in “Hotel Artemis.”

Jodie Foster's 'Hotel Artemis' not worth checking into

Crime thriller's so-so script leaves its talented cast nowhere to go.
Milly Shapiro’s atypical looks are used to dramatic effect in “Hereditary.”

Toni Collette's 'Heredity' has scary DNA

Story about a troubled family raises the bar for horror movies.
Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader keeps the faith with provocative movies exploring morality, salvation

Calvinist-bred filmmaker isn't afraid to confront major theological issues.
Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in “First Reformed.” A24 Films

Ethan Hawke's 'First Reformed' is a divine exploration of a spiritual crisis

A pastor who is facing his own doubts tries to counsel a skeptic.
Stanley Kubrick, right, with longtime collaborator Leon Vitali in “Filmworker.”

Documentary 'Filmworker' is a portrait of devotion to a cinematic master

Actor gave up a promising future to serve Stanley Kubrick.
Ellen Burstyn and Asa Butterfield in “The House of Tomorrow.”

Star Ellen Burstyn brought a personal touch to Minnesota-made movie

Like her character, the Oscar-winning star was a huge admirer of Buckminster Fuller.
Ellen Burstyn and Asa Butterfield in “The House of Tomorrow.”

Minnesota-based 'House of Tomorrow' is a home for introspection today

Adaptation of Minnesotan's novel exudes charm and genuine emotions.
Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in a scene from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Review: 'Solo' breaks the mold and pays homage to 'Star Wars' franchise

Clever stand-alone episode is Han's coming-of-age saga.
Ryan Reynolds as the title character and Karan Soni in “Deadpool 2.”

Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool 2' is more of the same, but more so

Sequel follows the original's template but revs up everything.
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