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Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
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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.
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Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

REVIEW: Biography of Sharon Jones is equal parts toe-tapper and heart-warmer.
'Southside With You' is a love story worthy of a presidential proclamation

'Southside With You' is a love story worthy of a presidential proclamation

REVIEW: This nonpartisan account of the Obamas' first date is a treat.
By turns, 'Ben-Hur' is good, bad and so-so, but it's always epic

By turns, 'Ben-Hur' is good, bad and so-so, but it's always epic

REVIEW: The reboot of the classic historical adventure offers a little bit of everything, with widely differing results.
'Kubo and the Two Strings' offers prize-worthy animation

'Kubo and the Two Strings' offers prize-worthy animation

REVIEW: The adventure fantasy blends spectacular storytelling with great characters.
'War Dogs' is missing its bite

'War Dogs' is missing its bite

REVIEW: This true story about con men and war is not nearly as exciting as it sounds.
How Netflix, Amazon, streaming services revolutionize movies

How Netflix, Amazon, streaming services revolutionize movies

As movie studios bank on the same old blockbuster formula, the real cinematic revolution is being televised.
Jeff Bridges: Proud to be 'The Dude' for life (but loves new role too)

Jeff Bridges: Proud to be 'The Dude' for life (but loves new role too)

The latest entry in Jeff Bridges' storied career casts him as Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton, an ornery lawman hunting two brothers on a crime spree in one-stoplight towns.
Review: 'Hell or High Water' is a fresh take on the old-fashioned criminal road film

Review: 'Hell or High Water' is a fresh take on the old-fashioned criminal road film

The brutal "Hell or High Water" is a new classic in the crime genre.
Review: 'Pete's Dragon' breathes fire into an old Disney favorite

Review: 'Pete's Dragon' breathes fire into an old Disney favorite

Disney has another well-meaning, old-fashioned hit on its hands.
Review: With 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' Meryl Streep is surely Oscar-bound (again)

Review: With 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' Meryl Streep is surely Oscar-bound (again)

Another Oscar nod could be in Meryl Streep's future.
'Suicide Squad' is dead on arrival, another disaster for DC Comics

'Suicide Squad' is dead on arrival, another disaster for DC Comics

REVIEW: DC Comics' latest attempt to capture Marvel movie glory is another embarrassing disaster.
Old-school storytelling propels Philip Roth adaptation, 'Indignation'

Old-school storytelling propels Philip Roth adaptation, 'Indignation'

REVIEW: After a long, rich creative collaboration with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, producer/screenwriter James Schamus delivers a solid adult drama in his directing debut.
'Seventh Fire' is searing look at gang culture on Minn. Indian reservation

'Seventh Fire' is searing look at gang culture on Minn. Indian reservation

REVIEW: This Minnesota-made documentary about drug violence on the White Earth reservation is a must-see.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia gets serious about improv in 'Don't Think Twice'

Comedian Mike Birbiglia gets serious about improv in 'Don't Think Twice'

The comedy star-turned-director talks about making of "Don't Think Twice."
Robert Redford to speak at Walker Art Center Nov. 12

Robert Redford to speak at Walker Art Center Nov. 12

The Walker's celebration of the Hollywood legend begins in September with a film retrospective.
Even with Matt Damon back in action, 'Jason Bourne' crashes and burns

Even with Matt Damon back in action, 'Jason Bourne' crashes and burns

REVIEW: Matt Damon returns to the spy series, but he should have stayed away. The fifth entry in the series is as exciting as a carbon copy produced by a clone.
With overblown action, 'Star Trek Beyond' gets lost in space

With overblown action, 'Star Trek Beyond' gets lost in space

REVIEW: "Star Trek Beyond" is not a stale rehash. But it is another case of an aging franchise running short of good individual films
With 'Cafe Society,' Woody Allen delivers lovely look at old Hollywood

With 'Cafe Society,' Woody Allen delivers lovely look at old Hollywood

REVIEW: One of the best late-period Allen films, "Café Society" is a wonderful study on the ways love (and, really, all of life) moves in its own direction.
Movie reviews: Viggo Mortensen's 'Captain Fantastic' and Frank Zappa doc 'Eat That Question'

Movie reviews: Viggo Mortensen's 'Captain Fantastic' and Frank Zappa doc 'Eat That Question'

Captain Fantastic ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and brief graphic nudity. Theater: Uptown. Viggo Mortensen tackles…
Ghostbuster among us: Ernie Hudson has called Minn. home for 40 years

Ghostbuster among us: Ernie Hudson has called Minn. home for 40 years

Twin Cities resident Ernie Hudson will revisit loyal "Ghostbusters" fans in the new all-female reboot, which reunites him with other key cast members for surprise cameos.
'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is a can't-miss buddy comedy

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is a can't-miss buddy comedy

REVIEW: An odd pairing plus kinetic filmmaking make for a buddy comedy unlike any other.
Next big thing: 'Wilderpeople' director about to hit mainstream with 'Thor' sequel

Next big thing: 'Wilderpeople' director about to hit mainstream with 'Thor' sequel

A hot indie director is about to step into the limelight.
'Ghostbusters' legacy is in good hands with new all-female cast

'Ghostbusters' legacy is in good hands with new all-female cast

REVIEW: The "Ghostbusters" reboot pays proper homage to the original and breaks new ground, too.
Review: Even Bryan Cranston can't break the boredom in 'The Infiltrator'

Review: Even Bryan Cranston can't break the boredom in 'The Infiltrator'

How can a blood-soaked crime story take all the elements of classic neo-noir thrillers and become a perfect storm of tedium?
Shameless fun is the name of the game in 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

Shameless fun is the name of the game in 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

REVIEW: Oversexed comedy not your thing? This movie will make you reconsider.
Mini movie reviews: 'The Innocents,' 'The Music of Strangers,' 'Zero Days'

Mini movie reviews: 'The Innocents,' 'The Music of Strangers,' 'Zero Days'

The Innocents ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Unrated: Mature themes. In subtitled Polish and French. Theater: Edina. Battlefield savagery, spiritual…
'Legend of Tarzan' is a bungle in the jungle

'Legend of Tarzan' is a bungle in the jungle

REVIEW: Tarzan gets a much-needed sociopolitical update, but the movie as a whole falls apart.
'Swiss Army Man' might as well be called 'the farting corpse movie'

'Swiss Army Man' might as well be called 'the farting corpse movie'

REVIEW: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano ponder: Is it possible to make a good movie out of fart jokes?
This bloody campaign season has nothing on 'The Purge: Election Year'

This bloody campaign season has nothing on 'The Purge: Election Year'

REVIEW: Some thrillers scare us, really effective ones upset us. While the craft of "The Purge: Election Year" is amateurish, the film is almost eerily well timed.
Spielberg's 'The BFG' has giant ambition, but comes up short

Spielberg's 'The BFG' has giant ambition, but comes up short

REVIEW: Steven Spielberg's first Disney movie is big, but maybe not big enough.
Doomsday returns with epic mediocrity in 'Independence Day' sequel

Doomsday returns with epic mediocrity in 'Independence Day' sequel

Review: Now we know why Will Smith stayed away from this sequel.
Documentary 'De Palma' pays tribute to creator of 'Scarface,' 'Carrie'

Documentary 'De Palma' pays tribute to creator of 'Scarface,' 'Carrie'

REVIEW: A new documentary preaches the gospel of this director's director.
Brian De Palma documentary was a master class in filmmaking for makers

Brian De Palma documentary was a master class in filmmaking for makers

Two acclaimed directors created a love letter to their filmmaking idol.
Review: Star power wasted in 'Central Intelligence'

Review: Star power wasted in 'Central Intelligence'

REVIEW: Two very capable funnymen left their brains at home in "Central Intelligence."
Move over, Nemo. Pixar creates another classic with 'Finding Dory'

Move over, Nemo. Pixar creates another classic with 'Finding Dory'

REVIEW: Thirteen years after its predecessor, "Finding Dory" delivers an emotional whale of a tale.
Review: New take on 'Diary of a Chambermaid' is a twisty affair

Review: New take on 'Diary of a Chambermaid' is a twisty affair

Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel of morally corrupt French masters and servants has inspired adaptations by two film giants, Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel. Now "Diary of a Chambermaid" returns in director Benoit Jacquot's reworking.
'Warcraft' is a world of skull-pounding ridiculousness

'Warcraft' is a world of skull-pounding ridiculousness

REVIEW: After years in development hell, "Warcraft" lands with a resounding thud.
'Weiner': His name became a punch line

'Weiner': His name became a punch line

REVIEW: Both goofy and tragic, "Weiner" is this year's can't-miss documentary.
'Now You See Me' offers real magic in summer of sequels

'Now You See Me' offers real magic in summer of sequels

REVIEW: The crime-fighting magicians of "Now You See Me" return with a new bag of tricks.
'Popstar' isn't 'Spinal Tap' but it's good for a laugh

'Popstar' isn't 'Spinal Tap' but it's good for a laugh

REVIEW: Judd Apatow's crew spoofs the record biz, with minor success.
Uptown Theatre celebrates 100th birthday with nothing but classics

Uptown Theatre celebrates 100th birthday with nothing but classics

For generations, the Art Deco Uptown Theatre has been the hottest ticket and coolest movie marathon in town. And it's throwing a party.
All-out action makes 'X-Men: Apocalypse' hollow, unfocused mess

All-out action makes 'X-Men: Apocalypse' hollow, unfocused mess

REVIEW: It's hard to know whether to welcome "X-Men: Apocalypse" with melancholic disappointment or testy annoyance.
'Love & Friendship' might be the best Jane Austen film adaptation ever

'Love & Friendship' might be the best Jane Austen film adaptation ever

REVIEW: After so many adaptations, is it possible to create something fresh? Absolutely.
With its cheerful tone, 'The Idol' is a Palestinian 'Slumdog Millionaire'

With its cheerful tone, 'The Idol' is a Palestinian 'Slumdog Millionaire'

REVIEW: Votes, not violence, are the main concern in this Palestinian biopic.
'Love & Friendship' director Whit Stillman on his 'secret' Jane Austen film

'Love & Friendship' director Whit Stillman on his 'secret' Jane Austen film

Acclaimed indie director Whit Stillman dishes on his "secret" Jane Austen film.
Seth Rogen, shirtless Zac Efron return in enormously likable 'Neighbors 2'

Seth Rogen, shirtless Zac Efron return in enormously likable 'Neighbors 2'

REVIEW: It's a delightful surprise that the follow-up to 2014's so-so frat house farce "Neighbors" is a solid improvement, an enormously likable film.
'A Bigger Splash' rides wave of big acting from Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes

'A Bigger Splash' rides wave of big acting from Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes

REVIEW: Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes outshine so-so movie.
'The Nice Guys' is a worthy buddy-cop farce, but it's no 'Lethal Weapon'

'The Nice Guys' is a worthy buddy-cop farce, but it's no 'Lethal Weapon'

REVIEW: The satirical buddy-cop movie flashes moments of brilliance, but needs a little more firepower.
Colin Farrell feasts on 'The Lobster's' surreal vision

Colin Farrell feasts on 'The Lobster's' surreal vision

The star becomes nearly unrecognizable in "The Lobster's" fantasy world.
Review: An acquired taste, 'The Lobster' is a divine cinematic dish

Review: An acquired taste, 'The Lobster' is a divine cinematic dish

REVIEW: Forgo peak superhero season for a surreal love story that would make Kafka smile.
Director Jodie Foster takes on wolves of Wall Street in 'Money Monster'

Director Jodie Foster takes on wolves of Wall Street in 'Money Monster'

The director's new film has political implications, but she was more interested in the characters.
Plenty to chew on in the George Clooney-starring thriller 'Money Monster'

Plenty to chew on in the George Clooney-starring thriller 'Money Monster'

REVIEW: Jodie Foster rings up plenty of surprises in her thriller starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
'The Meddler' is the gift of an atypical Mother's Day movie

'The Meddler' is the gift of an atypical Mother's Day movie

REVIEW: There are no easy laughs (or cries) in mom-daughter movie "The Meddler."
Navigating family bonds is like a minefield in the excellent 'Louder Than Bombs'

Navigating family bonds is like a minefield in the excellent 'Louder Than Bombs'

REVIEW: "Louder Than Bombs," the English-language debut from Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier, is a note-perfect exploration of death and life and loss.
'Captain America' punches its way to a whip-smart political allegory

'Captain America' punches its way to a whip-smart political allegory

REVIEW: The Avengers are at each other's throats in "Captain America: Civil War" – and we're all the better for it.
10 movies you won't want to miss this summer

10 movies you won't want to miss this summer

While it's unpredictable at this point whether these summer movies will hit or miss, here are 10 big releases high on the want-to-see list.
How to make a great sequel in the age of recycled blockbusters

How to make a great sequel in the age of recycled blockbusters

If January is Hollywood’s season for mercy killings of box office bombs, summer is when it spawns squadrons of sequels, remakes and adaptations. The industry…
Review: With a neo-Nazi Patrick Stewart, 'Green Room' is diabolically good

Review: With a neo-Nazi Patrick Stewart, 'Green Room' is diabolically good

REVIEW: Patrick Stewart's neo-Nazi hordes try to kill a young punk band in the terrifying "Green Room."
With 'Sing Street,' the director of 'Once' belts out another hit

With 'Sing Street,' the director of 'Once' belts out another hit

REVIEW: "Sing Street" is a younger, entertainingly skewed take on Irish director John Carney's favorite topics, a lightweight coming of age delight stuffed with irresistible '80s pop hits and scads of fine original tunes, too.
Patrick Stewart happy to show off his dark side in 'Green Room'

Patrick Stewart happy to show off his dark side in 'Green Room'

The perennial good guy and his director talk up their dark film.
'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is like snacking on popcorn found on the floor

'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is like snacking on popcorn found on the floor

REVIEW: Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron are excellent actresses ensnared in a ferociously bad movie.
Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey make for a funny odd couple in 'Elvis & Nixon'

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey make for a funny odd couple in 'Elvis & Nixon'

REVIEW: The handshake heard 'round the world makes for a fun political comedy.
Tom Hanks shows why he's Mr. Reliable in 'A Hologram for the King'

Tom Hanks shows why he's Mr. Reliable in 'A Hologram for the King'

REVIEW: Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood's most talented and popular actors in the golden years of a landmark career, and he keeps picking novel, interesting, rewarding projects.
Disney's 'Jungle Book' remake takes the classic story to new heights

Disney's 'Jungle Book' remake takes the classic story to new heights

REVIEW: It's hard not to think of Disney's "The Jungle Book" remake as a feast. It is a banquet of storytelling delicacy, exciting light drama, athletic action and computer-generated imagery. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars
Don Cheadle's wild portrait of a jazz legend in 'Miles Ahead' is breathtaking

Don Cheadle's wild portrait of a jazz legend in 'Miles Ahead' is breathtaking

REVIEW: Don Cheadle, a chameleon-like actor, goes beyond capturing the legend's hushed, raspy voice, precise trumpet fingering, violent temper and showoff wardrobe.
Ice Cube's 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' packs heart and humor into its Chicago story

Ice Cube's 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' packs heart and humor into its Chicago story

REVIEW: The third "Barbershop" smartly mixes real-life Chicago issues with the series' cheery humor.
Don Cheadle brings 'fire' to Miles Davis biopic

Don Cheadle brings 'fire' to Miles Davis biopic

Star and director Don Cheadle wasn't afraid to bend reality to tell Davis' story.
Melissa McCarthy's new comedy is 'The Boss' of nothing

Melissa McCarthy's new comedy is 'The Boss' of nothing

REVIEW: World-class gumption and an on-camera look that the pretty committee would applaud can't save this poorly executed comedy.
Richard Linklater's nostalgia trip 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is an essential college comedy

Richard Linklater's nostalgia trip 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is an essential college comedy

REVIEW: With a master's touch, Richard Linklater's latest movie finishes what he started in "Boyhood."
Richard Linklater finds eternal boyhood in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

Richard Linklater finds eternal boyhood in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

In his new film, the director expands the themes that have defined his career.
'I Saw the Light' is a dim bulb, while 'Embrace of the Serpent' is a striking journey

'I Saw the Light' is a dim bulb, while 'Embrace of the Serpent' is a striking journey

I Saw the Light ⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and brief sexuality. Theater: Edina. Country music…
'Midnight Special' is a taut road thriller with a Spielbergian sci-fi twist

'Midnight Special' is a taut road thriller with a Spielbergian sci-fi twist

REVIEW: Hold on tight for a back-road Texas chase film spiked with sci-fi surprises.
'Invention for Destruction' is a lost Jules Verne treasure

'Invention for Destruction' is a lost Jules Verne treasure

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is sponsoring this weekend's screenings of a true digitally restored rarity from director Karel Zeman.
Reviewed in brief: 'Krisha,' 'Marguerite,' 'City of Gold' and 'Remember'

Reviewed in brief: 'Krisha,' 'Marguerite,' 'City of Gold' and 'Remember'

Krisha ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language, substance abuse, sexual content. Theater: Edina. Here’s a pure, penetrating emotional…
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' is back at the altar with a lot of old jokes

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' is back at the altar with a lot of old jokes

REVIEW: If you remember that any word from any language has a Greek root or any problem can be solved with Windex, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.
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