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Colin Covert

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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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Minnesotans pan for cinematic gold at Sundance Film Festival

Minnesotans pan for cinematic gold at Sundance Film Festival

Among the circle of influence at the country's biggest indie film festival is a posse of Minnesota players and expatriates, using the sprawling event to market local attractions there or to draw film talent back to our home state.
Sundance standouts you'll be hearing more about

Sundance standouts you'll be hearing more about

As the indie festival gives a first look at future hits, we also check out the weird and overhyped.
Coen brothers deliver a dud with 'Hail, Caesar!'

Coen brothers deliver a dud with 'Hail, Caesar!'

REVIEW: Even a cast filled with Hollywood royalty can't save the fizzling "Hail, Caesar!"
Austen and action mix with ease in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Austen and action mix with ease in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

REVIEW: The hit parody novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" gets a prim and proper (and fun) adaptation.
How to fix the Oscars whiteout? Look to Sundance

How to fix the Oscars whiteout? Look to Sundance

As controversy engulfs the Academy Awards, diverse voices crowd the indie film fest.
Maggie Smith revs up Brit comedy 'The Lady in the Van'

Maggie Smith revs up Brit comedy 'The Lady in the Van'

REVIEW: Maggie Smith's third run as the haughty eccentric in "The Lady in the Van" is a matter of Olympic marksmanship, hitting the bull's-eye with each scowl and droll line reading.
Marriage is an icy battlefield in '45 Years,' with Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling

Marriage is an icy battlefield in '45 Years,' with Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling

REVIEW: Best-actress nominee Charlotte Rampling shines in the tender and chilling "45 Years."
Oscar nominee 'Son of Saul' is one of the most difficult Holocaust films ever made

Oscar nominee 'Son of Saul' is one of the most difficult Holocaust films ever made

REVIEW: The Holocaust has inspired numerous movies, but few as brutal as "Son of Saul."
'Ride Along 2' is a criminal waste of talent

'Ride Along 2' is a criminal waste of talent

REVIEW: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and a host of reputable actors are squandered by a lackluster script in "Ride Along 2."
It's all-out action as 'Revenant' and 'Mad Max' dominate Oscar noms

It's all-out action as 'Revenant' and 'Mad Max' dominate Oscar noms

Violent epics lead the way as "The Revenant" grabs 12 nominations and "Mad Max: Fury Road" gets 10 in this year's Oscar race.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube along for the ride

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube along for the ride

In conversation, the stars veer between comedy and sincerity.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actress

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actress

There is a true diversity of roles in the Oscar race for best supporting actress this year. Here’s a look at what will play into…
Michael Bay's '13 Hours' is nonstop violent carnage, minus Transformers

Michael Bay's '13 Hours' is nonstop violent carnage, minus Transformers

REVIEW: If sheer film combat bloodshed were an antiwar commentary, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" would win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actress

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actress

The best-actress Oscar race is totally up for grabs, with performances ranging from gritty to elegant. Here's a look at what will play into each actress' favor, and what's working against them.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actor

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actor

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be the front runner in the always tightly contested best actor race. Here's a look at what will play into each actor's favor, and what's working against them.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actor

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actor

Here’s a look at what will play into each actor’s favor, and what’s working against them in the Oscar race for best supporting actor. (Key:…
Wim Wenders screening captures his soulful cool

Wim Wenders screening captures his soulful cool

An eight-film retrospective surveys the wide-ranging career of the German giant.
Eternal sunshine of Charlie Kaufman

Eternal sunshine of Charlie Kaufman

Cinema's oddball poet finds new voice in an old medium: stop-motion animation.
'The Revenant' boldly explores a whole new frontier

'The Revenant' boldly explores a whole new frontier

REVIEW: Alejandro Iñárritu's "The Revenant" gives us an Old West that's freshly unvarnished.
Charlie Kaufman's animated 'Anomalisa' is like an 'Inside Out' for midlifers

Charlie Kaufman's animated 'Anomalisa' is like an 'Inside Out' for midlifers

REVIEW: The adult drama "Anomalisa" animates the anxieties and confusion of a dreary Everyman.
Epitome of Hollywood cool, Leonardo DiCaprio goes subzero for 'The Revenant'

Epitome of Hollywood cool, Leonardo DiCaprio goes subzero for 'The Revenant'

Leonard DiCaprio faced down a frozen wilderness to film "The Revenant."
Breathtaking 'Theeb' is billed as 'the first Bedouin western'

Breathtaking 'Theeb' is billed as 'the first Bedouin western'

REVIEW: Oscar contender "Theeb" travels the same territory as "Lawrence of Arabia," with a key difference.
Jennifer Lawrence juggles triumph and sadness in likable 'Joy'

Jennifer Lawrence juggles triumph and sadness in likable 'Joy'

REVIEW: "Joy," the third collaboration from David O. Russell and his ensemble players Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, is his usual good mix of fluff and melodrama, and then some.
Review: 'Concussion' tackles NFL brain injury debate head-on

Review: 'Concussion' tackles NFL brain injury debate head-on

REVIEW: Corporate malfeasance takes a potent uppercut on the chin in "Concussion."
Review: With 'Carol,' director Todd Haynes masters look of love

Review: With 'Carol,' director Todd Haynes masters look of love

REVIEW: In "Carol," the celebrated director tells a forbidden love story with lyrical imagery.
Review: So much to love in Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

Review: So much to love in Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

REVIEW: The director returns with his usual brand of delicious dialogue and buckets of blood.
Review: 'Daddy's Home' is the latest clunker in the vapid realm of family-dysfunction farces

Review: 'Daddy's Home' is the latest clunker in the vapid realm of family-dysfunction farces

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make for an unwelcomed reunion.
Director Todd Haynes reshapes classic cinematic love story with 'Carol'

Director Todd Haynes reshapes classic cinematic love story with 'Carol'

In "Carol," director Todd Haynes says a lot with minimal dialogue from stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Christian Bale says he only sounds smart in 'The Big Short'

Christian Bale says he only sounds smart in 'The Big Short'

The Hollywood star steps into his oddest role yet in "The Big Short."
Eddie Redmayne shines even as 'Danish Girl' washes out

Eddie Redmayne shines even as 'Danish Girl' washes out

REVIEW: Last year's Oscar winner is the main attraction in a film that grows tiresome.
Mystifying 'Youth' is a feast for the eyes and emotions

Mystifying 'Youth' is a feast for the eyes and emotions

REVIEW: "Youth" delivers a Felllini-esque romp with a game Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
'The Force Awakens' will give new hope to 'Star Wars' fans

'The Force Awakens' will give new hope to 'Star Wars' fans

REVIEW: George Lucas who? The "Star Wars" reboot delivers next-generation thrills. This is the film we're looking for. "The Force Awakens" understands what "Star Wars" fans love and delivers it lavishly.
'Macbeth' starring Michael Fassbender is one of Shakespeare's best adaptations

'Macbeth' starring Michael Fassbender is one of Shakespeare's best adaptations

REVIEW: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard dazzle in the wickedly good "Macbeth."
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan: 'Star Wars' saga's secret weapon

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan: 'Star Wars' saga's secret weapon

"Star Wars" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan on George Lucas, Jar Jar Binks and more.
Thar she blows! 'In the Heart of the Sea' is a cinematic shipwreck

Thar she blows! 'In the Heart of the Sea' is a cinematic shipwreck

REVIEW: "In the Heart of the Sea" drowns in a typhoon of haphazard filmmaking from director Ron Howard.
Review: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' documentary is a must-see for any film buff

Review: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' documentary is a must-see for any film buff

REVIEW: The meeting between two film titans makes for a rousing doc.
In making 'Star Wars,' George Lucas saw future of movies in past

In making 'Star Wars,' George Lucas saw future of movies in past

As "The Force Awakens" nears its Dec. 18 release, "Star Wars" scholars call George Lucas' borrowed cornerstones from classic sources a vital link to the franchise's cross-generational appeal and staying power.
A twerking businessman? Watch some of the funniest British TV ads

A twerking businessman? Watch some of the funniest British TV ads

Even butter looks cinematic in these TV ads. The British Arrows 2015, beginning a monthlong run at Walker Art Center, showcases audacious, entertaining, witty U.K. advertising. Watch some of them now.
Review: Battling gun violence with satire, 'Chi-Raq' is Spike Lee's best film in years

Review: Battling gun violence with satire, 'Chi-Raq' is Spike Lee's best film in years

Spike Lee's timely "Chi-Raq" takes aim at street violence gripping Chicago's South Side.
'Krampus' is one naughty little Christmas movie

'Krampus' is one naughty little Christmas movie

In Europe's Alpine regions, when boys and girls there are naughty, they're visited by Krampus, a horrific fanged half-goat, half-demon who arrives to the sound of "slay" bells ringing.
Review: With Stallone in tow, 'Creed' has the eye of the tiger

Review: With Stallone in tow, 'Creed' has the eye of the tiger

REVIEW: The director of "Fruitvale Station" gives the "Rocky" sequel a sweet science.
Review: Pixar's latest, 'The Good Dinosaur,' is a kid-pleaser

Review: Pixar's latest, 'The Good Dinosaur,' is a kid-pleaser

REVIEW: "The Good Dinosaur" isn't top-tier Pixar, but it still packs an emotional punch.
Review: This 'Victor Frankenstein' is a loser

Review: This 'Victor Frankenstein' is a loser

REVIEW: A jolt of black comedy fails to reanimate the oft-told Frankenstein tale.
Jolie and Pitt slip into a self-indulgent mess in 'By the Sea'

Jolie and Pitt slip into a self-indulgent mess in 'By the Sea'

REVIEW: Brangelina take viewers on a vacay they'll soon want to cut short.
Free of schmaltz, period romance 'Brooklyn' shines with Ronan's performance

Free of schmaltz, period romance 'Brooklyn' shines with Ronan's performance

REVIEW: An Oscar nominee at 13, Saoirse Ronan's first starring role as an adult is a stunner.
'Secret in Their Eyes' falls short of the Argentine original

'Secret in Their Eyes' falls short of the Argentine original

REVIEW: "Secret in Their Eyes" is based on a grim, tightly wound Argentine crime thriller that won an Oscar. The new Americanized version is a tattered copy that has lost a lot in translation.
Review: New 'Hunger Games' movie closes series on thrilling high note

Review: New 'Hunger Games' movie closes series on thrilling high note

REVIEW: Have no fear, Katniss fans, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" delivers the grand finale this series deserves.
Film Society's Cine Latino festival reflects Minnesota's international populations

Film Society's Cine Latino festival reflects Minnesota's international populations

The Film Society shines a light on a wealth of Spanish-speaking films.
Holiday movie preview: The Force is strong with Tarantino, DiCaprio, J-Law

Holiday movie preview: The Force is strong with Tarantino, DiCaprio, J-Law

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the clear leader of the pack among this year's holiday releases, but it won't be the only interesting, inspiring, delightful gift of the season.
Reporters uncover historic clergy abuse in captivating 'Spotlight'

Reporters uncover historic clergy abuse in captivating 'Spotlight'

Review: "Spotlight" is a major achievement. You don't need to be a news junkie to admire such sleek, adult entertainment.
One big lump of coal for Christmas dramedy 'Love the Coopers'

One big lump of coal for Christmas dramedy 'Love the Coopers'

REVIEW: An all-star cast is wasted on this tired Christmas drivel.
'Rudy' screenwriter delivers another male cry-fest with 'My All American'

'Rudy' screenwriter delivers another male cry-fest with 'My All American'

REVIEW: Angelo Pizzo, screenwriter of "Rudy" and "Hoosiers," provided both script and direction for this biography of beloved University of Texas player Freddie Steinmark. Men, bring your tissues.
'The 33' is a worthy, dramatic retelling of 2010 Chilean mining accident

'The 33' is a worthy, dramatic retelling of 2010 Chilean mining accident

REVIEW: "The 33" does justice to the Chilean miners trapped underground for two months.
License to Quiz: Which of these James Bond scenarios is a lie?

License to Quiz: Which of these James Bond scenarios is a lie?

Girls, gadgets and great fight scenes have made James Bond's adventures one of the most successful film franchises of all time. How well do you know them?
In disappointing 'Spectre,' James Bond is the spy who vexed me

In disappointing 'Spectre,' James Bond is the spy who vexed me

REVIEW: The 24th James Bond film explodes with action, but Daniel Craig just looks tired.
'Peanuts' goes Hollywood at its own pace with first new film in decades

'Peanuts' goes Hollywood at its own pace with first new film in decades

Good grief! It took years, but cartoonist Charles Schulz's son is finally bringing "Peanuts" back to theaters.
What frightens you most? Regenerated horror movies get creative, topical

What frightens you most? Regenerated horror movies get creative, topical

Reports of the death of horror movies were greatly exaggerated. A fresh breed of filmmakers is revitalizing the genre with original, creative, idiosyncratic movies that grab and eat you.
It's Apple or fatherhood for ruthless tech titan in sharp 'Steve Jobs'

It's Apple or fatherhood for ruthless tech titan in sharp 'Steve Jobs'

REVIEW: The clever, compelling biopic "Steve Jobs" transforms the folklore surrounding the late co-founder and CEO of Apple to fuel a magical mystery tour of three pivotal events in his life.
Review: Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation' is a brutal, captivating child soldier epic

Review: Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation' is a brutal, captivating child soldier epic

Idris Elba mesmerizes in "Beasts of No Nation," as does his young co-star.
Review: 'Victoria' tells its thrilling heist caper in one 138-minute shot

Review: 'Victoria' tells its thrilling heist caper in one 138-minute shot

A single-take marvel of moviemaking, "Victoria" pulsates with the virtuosity of such films as "Run Lola Run."
Review: Guillermo del Toro is a master of horror, but his 'Crimson Peak' crumbles

Review: Guillermo del Toro is a master of horror, but his 'Crimson Peak' crumbles

Horror master Guillermo del Toro stumbles mightily in his return to the genre he loves.
Review: As R.L. Stine, Jack Black brings 'Goosebumps' to hilarious, hair-raising life

Review: As R.L. Stine, Jack Black brings 'Goosebumps' to hilarious, hair-raising life

With Jack Black in tow, "Goosebumps" cleverly trumps its source material.
Spielberg, Coens and Hanks shoot for the moon in 'Bridge of Spies'

Spielberg, Coens and Hanks shoot for the moon in 'Bridge of Spies'

REVIEW: A superstar filmmaking team plunges Tom Hanks into the middle of an untold USA vs. USSR showdown.
Minnesota actor Garrett Hedlund takes a journey to Neverland

Minnesota actor Garrett Hedlund takes a journey to Neverland

In this new version of the classic character in "Pan," Garrett Hedlund plays Hook as a swaggering young scoundrel who isn't yet Peter's foe.
Review: '99 Homes' showcases Michael Shannon's scorching acting style

Review: '99 Homes' showcases Michael Shannon's scorching acting style

REVIEW: Michael Shannon chews through every scene in the gritty "99 Homes."
'Pan' reinvents 'Peter Pan' with wild, wacky originality

'Pan' reinvents 'Peter Pan' with wild, wacky originality

REVIEW: The latest Peter Pan rewrite is a bizarre ride that plays by its own rules – and sometimes works.
'Goodnight Mommy' is a masterful exercise in psychological horror

'Goodnight Mommy' is a masterful exercise in psychological horror

REVIEW: Watch at your own risk: The masterful Austrian shocker "Goodnight Mommy" delivers a disturbing puzzle box of terror.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt does real high-wire act in 'The Walk'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt does real high-wire act in 'The Walk'

There's a large element of make-believe in "The Walk,"but the spectacle of the daredevil's tightrope walk across the void should be largely credited to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Houston, we have a hit: 'The Martian' is a rare big-hearted space epic

Houston, we have a hit: 'The Martian' is a rare big-hearted space epic

REVIEW: "The Martian," a survival story about an astronaut stranded on the red planet, is by far the most inspiring entry in director Ridley Scott's ample catalog.
Jack Black generates 'Goosebumps' with a drop-in at Minneapolis school

Jack Black generates 'Goosebumps' with a drop-in at Minneapolis school

On Wednesday, the Hollywood actor invaded Richard R. Green Central Park School unannounced to freak out the assembled third-, fourth- and fifth-graders watching a preview of his newest feature, Sony Pictures' "Goosebumps."
Wild, weird battle over mummified leg propels documentary 'Finders Keepers'

Wild, weird battle over mummified leg propels documentary 'Finders Keepers'

REVIEW: Guaranteed: You will get a kick out of the wild true story of "Finders Keepers."
Math genius' dizzying life is told with mesmerizing power in 'Brilliant Young Mind'

Math genius' dizzying life is told with mesmerizing power in 'Brilliant Young Mind'

REVIEW: "A Brilliant Young Mind" is a fully realized love story of rare spirit, the sort of deeply affecting film that can make you laugh until you are near tears, then drive you close to bawling.
'The Walk' is a tall tale told with shallow ambition

'The Walk' is a tall tale told with shallow ambition

REVIEW: I'd love to say that I was delighted by Robert Zemeckis' "The Walk" from start to finish. But I can't. Not that I was disappointed. Simply underwhelmed.
Matt Damon discovers life on Mars in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

Matt Damon discovers life on Mars in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

The Hollywood superstar talks about making "The Martian" — an uplifting big-budget, sci-fi film with no villain.
'Sicario' captures the nightmarish borderland drug war like few films

'Sicario' captures the nightmarish borderland drug war like few films

REVIEW: In "Sicario," Emily Blunt leads a gruesome, dizzying descent into the borderland drug war.
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