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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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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.
'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.
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.
International film fest thinks global, screens local

International film fest thinks global, screens local

MSPIFF opens with a Swedish hit but spotlights plenty of Minnesota talent.
MSPIFF opener: 'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'

MSPIFF opener: 'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'

REVIEW: The title sounds like a drab “Marigold Hotel” snoozer, but this comedy is a start-to-finish rocket-speed riot.
Nicholas Sparks back in the saddle with 'Longest Ride'

Nicholas Sparks back in the saddle with 'Longest Ride'

REVIEW: The bestselling author's latest love story, “The Longest Ride,” is spoon-fed entertainment, but it tastes pretty good.
Movie review: 'The Longest Ride'

Movie review: 'The Longest Ride'

The bestselling author Nicholas Sparks' latest love story is spoon-fed entertainment that goes down easy.
Her left feet: Naomi Watts chats about 'While We're Young'

Her left feet: Naomi Watts chats about 'While We're Young'

The actress is doubly adept at comedy and heavy drama. Just don’t ask her to dance.
Long-running 'Furious' franchise shows no signs of slowing

Long-running 'Furious' franchise shows no signs of slowing

REVIEW: "Furious 7," the follow-up to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel of the launch of the high-octane adventure yarn, is dumb, but it’s also enjoyable.
Sublime 'While We're Young' is a return to form for Baumbach

Sublime 'While We're Young' is a return to form for Baumbach

REVIEW: Noah Baumbach’s brisk new comedy “While We’re Young” is very funny and sublimely morbid about topics invisible to modern movie humor.
Art film 'Woman in Gold' doesn't glitter

Art film 'Woman in Gold' doesn't glitter

REVIEW: "Woman in Gold" copies artist Gustav Klimt’s dazzling fusion of classic and art nouveau techniques, but stops short of creating a masterwork.
'Kumiko' crew: Cold, yet happy

'Kumiko' crew: Cold, yet happy

The star and directors of “Kumiko” talk about their snowbound Minnesota shoot.
Cartoon 'Home' is another disappointment from DreamWorks

Cartoon 'Home' is another disappointment from DreamWorks

REVIEW: With a stale story, blobby script, hodgepodge cast and needless 3-D design, "Home" plays more like an overstretched short subject than a feature.
Indie 'Kumiko' takes a twisted trip from Tokyo to 'Fargo'

Indie 'Kumiko' takes a twisted trip from Tokyo to 'Fargo'

REVIEW: “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” is one of those entertaining hybrid movies that give you a small, wonderful world and leave you feeling regretful to leave.
Scared smart: 'It Follows' delivers highly original horror

Scared smart: 'It Follows' delivers highly original horror

REVIEW: The diabolical new “It Follows” is spare, unnatural and full of chills.
'Insurgent' carries on 'Divergent' novels

'Insurgent' carries on 'Divergent' novels

Shailene Woodley is a lover and a fighter in Part 2 of the teen-centric sci-fi series.
Review: 'Home'

Review: 'Home'

Arbitrarily 3-D animated snoozer is another DreamWorks dud.
Movie review: 'It Follows'

Movie review: 'It Follows'

The diabolical new horror film is spare, unnatural and full of chills.
'Cinderella' aims for the sweet spot of younger audiences

'Cinderella' aims for the sweet spot of younger audiences

Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella” is not a reboot. It’s a case of sliding a glass slipper on a movie to make sure it’s the classic…
From the 35W bridge collapse, a movie rises: 'Public Domain'

From the 35W bridge collapse, a movie rises: 'Public Domain'

Patrick Coyle’s film, opening Friday at the Lagoon, dissects the human damage from the 2007 disaster.
'The Lazarus Effect' flatlines

'The Lazarus Effect' flatlines

REVIEW: “The Lazarus Effect” intends to explore the nature and mystery of death, but devolves into a combination of trivial science fiction and banal “Pet Sematary” havoc.
'What We Do in the Shadows' finds humor in a jugular vein

'What We Do in the Shadows' finds humor in a jugular vein

REVIEW: A surreal vampire spoof from the star of “Flight of the Conchords” transfuses a tired genre.
Playing cat and mouse with Will Smith in 'Focus'

Playing cat and mouse with Will Smith in 'Focus'

REVIEW: Proceeding more on the popularity of its star Will Smith than any essential value in the script, "Focus" manages to be half enjoyable, flaws and all.
Return to the Exotic Marigold Hotel in pleasant sequel

Return to the Exotic Marigold Hotel in pleasant sequel

REVIEW: If news of this sequel made you reminisce about the halcyon days of summer 2012, your hope is rewarded.
'Chappie' proves to be an unhappy experience

'Chappie' proves to be an unhappy experience

REVIEW: After leaving many viewers feeling burned with “Elysium,” "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp's third film will char them to cinders.
In ' '71' a British soldier is lost on the mean streets of Ulster

In ' '71' a British soldier is lost on the mean streets of Ulster

REVIEW: The star of “Unbroken” returns to another hellish war zone in the Ulster drama “ ’71.”
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