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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.
Recent content from Colin Covert
Strong female roles highlight screwball farce 'Mistress America'

Strong female roles highlight screwball farce 'Mistress America'

REVIEW: Noah Baumbach pumps a lot of drama into his take on the screwball comedy.
Give sheep a chance, say animators behind new film 'Shaun'

Give sheep a chance, say animators behind new film 'Shaun'

The creators of “Shaun the Sheep” have high hopes for their “Wallace and Gromit” spinoff – such as world peace.
'Ted 2' is an irreverent, raunchy riot

'Ted 2' is an irreverent, raunchy riot

REVIEW: Run for cover, people: No one is safe from the “Ted” sequel's hilarious onslaught.
Diablo Cody continues streak of complex female characters

Diablo Cody continues streak of complex female characters

Diablo Cody's latest film reflects her transition from hipster queen to minivan-driving mom.
Jason Segel mesmerizes as David Foster Wallace in 'End of the Tour'

Jason Segel mesmerizes as David Foster Wallace in 'End of the Tour'

Jason Segel shows off his dramatic chops as the late author David Foster Wallace.
'Shaun the Sheep' is a hilarious stop-motion joyride

'Shaun the Sheep' is a hilarious stop-motion joyride

Review: “Shaun the Sheep” is a dialogue-free, non-digitally designed, plain old stop-motion animated film that is hilarious beyond human measure
Jason Segel trades jokes for drama in new David Foster Wallace movie

Jason Segel trades jokes for drama in new David Foster Wallace movie

The comedy star gets serious in a new film about beloved author David Foster Wallace.
Down the Thrihnukagigur volcano, a deeper look at Iceland

Down the Thrihnukagigur volcano, a deeper look at Iceland

Inside Thrihnukagigur lies a strange world of waterfalls and surprisingly vibrant hues.
'Irrational Man' is a showcase for Phoenix, but nothing new for Woody Allen

'Irrational Man' is a showcase for Phoenix, but nothing new for Woody Allen

REVIEW: Woody Allen’s latest, the Ivory Tower romantic mystery “Irrational Man,” is a chamber piece rather than a masterpiece.
No slowing down for Tom Cruise in new 'Mission: Impossible' movie

No slowing down for Tom Cruise in new 'Mission: Impossible' movie

REVIEW: "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" is immersive, unpredictable and crammed with more sharp plot hooks than a fishing basket. It’s one of the best wide-release movies of the summer.
Director Woody Allen riffs on jazz for his first visit to Minneapolis

Director Woody Allen riffs on jazz for his first visit to Minneapolis

Describing his side gig as a touring jazz musician, the Oscar winner is his typical self: “I’m a tolerated amateur.”
Adam Sandler comedy 'Pixels' is barrels of 8-bit fun

Adam Sandler comedy 'Pixels' is barrels of 8-bit fun

REVIEW: These 8-bit space invaders make for a surprising summer yarn. There’s a minimum of sexist “check out the hot fox” hubba-hubba, and zero Rob Schneider. What’s not to enjoy?
'Southpaw' gets KO'd quick, thanks to a miscast Jake Gyllenhaal

'Southpaw' gets KO'd quick, thanks to a miscast Jake Gyllenhaal

REVIEW: As a troubled slugger, a miscast Jake Gyllenhaal is impressively muscle-bound, but gives no knockout performance.
'Tangerine' tells a tough transgender story with humor

'Tangerine' tells a tough transgender story with humor

REVIEW: Shot on an iPhone and starring two trans women, “Tangerine” is all about pushing boundaries.
Review: All aboard for the Amy Schumer show in 'Trainwreck'

Review: All aboard for the Amy Schumer show in 'Trainwreck'

REVIEW: Amy Schumer is a runaway comedic force, but she's sometimes at risk of going off-track.
Review: 'Ant-Man' is a minor win for the little guy

Review: 'Ant-Man' is a minor win for the little guy

REVIEW: In “Ant-Man,” the stakes are surprisingly small for a summer Marvel movie.
With 'Mr. Holmes,' Ian McKellen puts a new spin on an old character

With 'Mr. Holmes,' Ian McKellen puts a new spin on an old character

REVIEW: The Sherlock we meet in “Mr. Holmes” is a man of growing frailties, gently portrayed by Ian McKellen.
Q&A: Deaf Russian star talks about joining festival favorite 'The Tribe'

Q&A: Deaf Russian star talks about joining festival favorite 'The Tribe'

Breakout role in a brutal festival hit started with love of “Titanic.”
Woody Harrelson and Hollywood shine a spotlight back on Minnesota

Woody Harrelson and Hollywood shine a spotlight back on Minnesota

Thanks to ideal locations and the “Snowbate” program, Woody Harrelson and company are filming in the Twin Cities.
Ian McKellen talks 'Mr. Holmes,' Gandalf, Guthrie and gay marriage

Ian McKellen talks 'Mr. Holmes,' Gandalf, Guthrie and gay marriage

Having conquered Mount Doom, mutants and Shakespeare, the beloved Ian McKellen portrays Sherlock Holmes.
In 'Minions,' evil never looked this adorable

In 'Minions,' evil never looked this adorable

REVIEW: “Minions” is deliberately silly — it makes Pixar’s intelligent “Inside Out” look like a TED Talk — but it is never shoddy.

Director of Amy Winehouse documentary talks about his mosaic approach

Director talks about his mosaic approach to the singer’s life.
Stunning documentary tracks the rise and fall of Amy Winehouse

Stunning documentary tracks the rise and fall of Amy Winehouse

REVIEW: Asif Kapadia’s terrific documentary “Amy” offers Amy Winehouse's life story in rich, sometimes infuriating details far beyond any news obituary.
'Self/less' squanders its potential

'Self/less' squanders its potential

REVIEW: Actors Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem Singh join forces in “Self/less,” a science-fiction thriller that is generally clue/less, largely point/less and certainly couldn’t care/less.
Indie directors: 3 who went Hollywood, 2 to watch

Indie directors: 3 who went Hollywood, 2 to watch

There’s no question that bargain-basement indie success can launch a blockbuster filmmaking career. 3 indie directors who conquered Hollywood ... James Gunn The 2011 costumed…
Can indie filmmakers save Hollywood movies?

Can indie filmmakers save Hollywood movies?

As “Jurassic World” and its blockbuster breed stomp the box office, independent filmmakers keep the spirit of American moviemaking alive.
"The Overnight”: A sex romp that is as funny as it is unpredictable

"The Overnight”: A sex romp that is as funny as it is unpredictable

REVIEW: “The Overnight” is a smart women’s picture and a men’s movie, a frank neurotic drama and a laughably creepy bromance in equal measure.
Iranian mystery 'About Elly' first charms, then chills

Iranian mystery 'About Elly' first charms, then chills

REVIEW: This Iranian masterwork is full of Hitchcockian surprises.
Schwarzenegger is back, but 'Terminator Genisys' can't be saved

Schwarzenegger is back, but 'Terminator Genisys' can't be saved

REVIEW: While “Jurassic World” worked as a love letter to warmly remembered hits of the past, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” even better, the latest Terminator film feels like an essay of high school quality. It is mechanical in the worst way.
'Infinitely Polar Bear' is a warm, insightful comedy/drama

'Infinitely Polar Bear' is a warm, insightful comedy/drama

REVIEW: Written and directed by Maya Forbes, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is a thoughtful comedic drama that opens delightfully and grows steadily more appealing.
Jennifer Connelly embraces the cold in "Aloft”

Jennifer Connelly embraces the cold in "Aloft”

The Oscar-winning actress talks about peeling back the frigid layers of her latest film, “Aloft.”
Get ready to 'Czech That Film'

Get ready to 'Czech That Film'

A film series screening this week shows that the tradition of Czech art – spiked with ironic twists – is still alive.
Hilarity, sadness and lethal mischief: Walker salutes Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson

Hilarity, sadness and lethal mischief: Walker salutes Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson

A series, which Andersson calls his trilogy about being human will show at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis June 24-28.
'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' director took notes from Scorsese

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' director took notes from Scorsese

“Me and Earl” director talks about his influences.
Review: 'Dope' is a wild mixtape of a movie

Review: 'Dope' is a wild mixtape of a movie

REVIEW: Cutting together various styles, the upstart comedy is fast, funny and a little out of control.
Review: Pixar's heady 'Inside Out' hits the heart

Review: Pixar's heady 'Inside Out' hits the heart

REVIEW: Pass the tissue: Pixar’s latest triumph pushes the emotional boundaries of animated kids’ movies.
Minnesota native Pete Docter dishes on making Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Minnesota native Pete Docter dishes on making Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Pixar visionary Pete Docter gets personal with new film “Inside Out.”
'Farewell Party' delivers tears and laughter in equal measure

'Farewell Party' delivers tears and laughter in equal measure

REVIEW: The Israeli film “The Farewell Party” explores end-of-life issues with wit and bittersweet humanism.
Review: 'Jurassic World' isn't just another walk in the park

Review: 'Jurassic World' isn't just another walk in the park

REVIEW: A fan's love feast, “Jurassic World” makes death more fun than ever.
'SNL' documentary 'Live From New York': Never mind

'SNL' documentary 'Live From New York': Never mind

REVIEW: Bao Nguyen’s documentary “Live From New York” revisits the long history of “Saturday Night Live” with scant objectivity, subjectivity or balanced critical analysis.
'Spy' director Paul Feig talks about female comedy's 'watershed moment'

'Spy' director Paul Feig talks about female comedy's 'watershed moment'

When it comes to comedy, the man behind “Spy” is redefining “women’s pictures.”
Review: 'Spy' is a wonderful hybrid of thriller, comedy and action

Review: 'Spy' is a wonderful hybrid of thriller, comedy and action

REVIEW: Melissa McCarthy doesn’t miss her mark in “Bridesmaids” director’s spy comedy.
Brian Wilson says 'Love & Mercy' biopic hits all the right notes

Brian Wilson says 'Love & Mercy' biopic hits all the right notes

The Beach Boys leader says the biopic is an accurate portrait of his turbulent life.
'When Marnie Was There' is a fine swan song for Studio Ghibli

'When Marnie Was There' is a fine swan song for Studio Ghibli

REVIEW: Feeling is the central focus of “When Marnie Was There,” a modest adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s 1967 novel, as the house that Miyazaki built goes out quietly.
With Brian Wilson bio-pic, Bill Pohlad returns to first love – directing

With Brian Wilson bio-pic, Bill Pohlad returns to first love – directing

Once considered a rich-guy dilettante, Bill Pohlad has earned admiration as a film producer. With the Beach Boys biopic “Love & Mercy,” he’s getting the same reaction as a director.
Romantic comedy 'Aloha' is one of season's riskiest, best films

Romantic comedy 'Aloha' is one of season's riskiest, best films

REVIEW: In “Aloha,” the director offers a risky but rewarding mix of romance and comedy.
'100-Year-Old Man' is thigh-poundingly funny, violent Swedish comedy

'100-Year-Old Man' is thigh-poundingly funny, violent Swedish comedy

REVIEW: The explosive “100-Year-Old Man” opens a riotous new chapter in Swedish cinema.
'Tomorrowland' goes back to the future badly

'Tomorrowland' goes back to the future badly

REVIEW: Storytelling disappears into a wormhole in the time-traveling Disney fantasy “Tomorrrowland.”
'Pitch Perfect' sequel: One note but right note

'Pitch Perfect' sequel: One note but right note

REVIEW: The Bellas of “Pitch Perfect” hit the right note in a likable sequel that doesn’t produce glory, but it definitely supplies glee.
Movie review: 'Animals'

Movie review: 'Animals'

Boy meets girl meets needles in the bleak but terrific drama “Animals.”
Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect 2'

The Bellas of “Pitch Perfect” hit the right note in a likable sequel that doesn't produce glory, but it definitely supplies glee.
Movie review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Movie review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

The most gut-wrenching action film in years, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is also a dynamic work of art.
New 'Mad Max' makes 'Fast and Furious' look like 'Love Bug'

New 'Mad Max' makes 'Fast and Furious' look like 'Love Bug'

REVIEW: The most gut-wrenching action film in years, “Mad Max: Fury Road” — opens Thursday — is the rare B movie that is also a dynamic work of art.
'Saint Laurent' is a riveting character study tailored like a chiffon gown

'Saint Laurent' is a riveting character study tailored like a chiffon gown

REVIEW: “Saint Laurent” paints a touching and riveting retrospective of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life and work.
'Animals' is a devastating drama of love and needles

'Animals' is a devastating drama of love and needles

REVIEW: Boy meets girl meets needles in the bleak but terrific drama “Animals.”
Review: Fashion documentary 'Iris' proves that playing dress-up never truly ends

Review: Fashion documentary 'Iris' proves that playing dress-up never truly ends

Albert Maysles shows Apfel’s ageless style in his last film.
'Mad Max' director George Miller heads down 'Fury Road'

'Mad Max' director George Miller heads down 'Fury Road'

Director George Miller sets aside Babe the pig and the penguins of “Happy Feet” to revisit a less cuddly but no-less-beloved character.
Movie review: 'Maggie'

Movie review: 'Maggie'

Somber Schwarzenegger deals with his zombie daughter.
'Maggie' tries to transform zombie story into emotional drama

'Maggie' tries to transform zombie story into emotional drama

REVIEW: "Maggie" is a hodgepodge of young-adult, living-dead and illness-of-the-week movies, yet it feels sincerely stitched together.
Bad-guy actor Matthias Schoenaerts' toughest role yet: The perfect man

Bad-guy actor Matthias Schoenaerts' toughest role yet: The perfect man

He’s played baddies galore, but Matthias Schoenaerts faced a new challenge in “Far From the Madding Crowd.”
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a blissfully realized blitzkrieg

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a blissfully realized blitzkrieg

REVIEW: How can you expand a cinematic universe of hit after hit? With another hit. From the very first word in the new Avengers blockbuster, “Age of Ultron” — opening Thursday night — you know you’re in for a Mach 5 roller-coaster ride.
Rerun-heavy summer movies include 'Mad Max,' 'Terminator'

Rerun-heavy summer movies include 'Mad Max,' 'Terminator'

Hollywood shamelessly marches forward into the past this season, bringing the likes of “Mad Max,” “Terminator” and the toothy stars of “Jurassic World” back onto the big screen.
Movie review: 'Tangerines'

Movie review: 'Tangerines'

This antiwar fable, set in the former Soviet Union, was an Oscar nominee.
Abkhazia's 'Tangerines' is a touching old-school antiwar drama

Abkhazia's 'Tangerines' is a touching old-school antiwar drama

REVIEW: This antiwar fable, set in the former Soviet Union, was an Oscar nominee.
Movie review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Movie review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Blockbuster sequel balances blistering action, human heart.
Can machine show greater humanity than man?

Can machine show greater humanity than man?

REVIEW: “Ex Machina” is a tense tale of artificial love so intelligently crafted and edgy that I adored it myself.
Russell Crowe's directing debut is stirring, confident work

Russell Crowe's directing debut is stirring, confident work

REVIEW: In “The Water Diviner,” he plays an Aussie farmer seeking his three sons lost on a Turkish battlefield.
Movie review: 'The Water Diviner'

Movie review: 'The Water Diviner'

Russell Crowe plays an Aussie farmer seeking his three sons lost on a Turkish battlefield.
Movie review: 'Ex Machina'

Movie review: 'Ex Machina'

Futuristic thriller asks heavy questions.
'Queen and Country' is a delightful sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

'Queen and Country' is a delightful sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

REVIEW: The wartime comedy “Queen and Country” is a delightfully whimsical portrait of 1952 England, a time and place of class discord that’s both uproarious and politically pointed.
'Boyhood,' 'Budapest Hotel' top reality-tinged Golden Globes

'Boyhood,' 'Budapest Hotel' top reality-tinged Golden Globes

Sunday’s Golden Globes gave a good Oscar-season launch for several leading players, and real-world issues surfaced again and again.
'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality, first-timers

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality, first-timers

“Birdman” scores four Oscars, edging out “Boyhood” and “Budapest” for the top prize.
Dark roles have given 'Ex Machina' star Oscar Isaac a bright future

Dark roles have given 'Ex Machina' star Oscar Isaac a bright future

Go-to supervillain Oscar Isaac gazes into our dark future in the artificial intelligence thriller “Ex Machina.”
Movie review: 'Queen and Country'

Movie review: 'Queen and Country'

Delightfully whimsical sequel to “Hope and Glory” delivers king-size laughs.
50 lashes for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

50 lashes for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

REVIEW: There's more stink than kink to "Fifty Shade of Grey," the much-ballyhooed, failed attempt at steamy erotica, film reviewer Colin Covert says.
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