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Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
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Colin Covert has covered films for the Star Tribune for 30 years, interviewing Ice Cube, Joel and Ethan Coen, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Dwayne Johnson, Kristen Stewart, Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchett, Shailene Woodley, Emily Blunt, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Quentin Tarantino, Keira Knightley, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Amy Adams, Tina Fey, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Russell Crowe, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Julianne Moore, Woody Allen, Guillermo del Toro, John Goodman and Patrick Stewart, 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 house lights dim, and all too often a bigger thrill when they come on again.
Recent content from Colin Covert
Heists, history and heroes: 16 summer movies you'll want to see

Heists, history and heroes: 16 summer movies you'll want to see

Hollywood, we have a problem. Somehow the summer blockbuster season has arrived without many tentpole titles.
Finely nuanced comic-drama 'Norman' shifts into high Gere

Finely nuanced comic-drama 'Norman' shifts into high Gere

REVIEW: "Norman," starring Richard Gere, is an unquestionably wonderful film braided together from many tones and moods.
Romanian drama 'Graduation' studies some weighty issues

Romanian drama 'Graduation' studies some weighty issues

REVIEW: While it is shot in near-documentary form amid authentically grim locales, the movie is an exquisitely plotted, jarringly presented moral puzzle.
Christian Bale's 'The Promise' lives up to its impressive commitment

Christian Bale's 'The Promise' lives up to its impressive commitment

REVIEW: The historical drama is rich with contemporary relevance.
Talented goofballs in 'Free Fire' take aim at lunacy

Talented goofballs in 'Free Fire' take aim at lunacy

REVIEW: The over-the-top caper movie mixes bloodshed and blockheads.
Charlie Hunnam's 'Lost City of Z' is a terrific find

Charlie Hunnam's 'Lost City of Z' is a terrific find

REVIEW: The true-life adventure about a daring explorer is worth seeking out.
Review: 'Flying Funny,' by Dudley Riggs

Review: 'Flying Funny,' by Dudley Riggs

NONFICTION: Dudley Riggs has a heck of a story to tell.
'Fast' fans get more of the same with 'Fate of the Furious'

'Fast' fans get more of the same with 'Fate of the Furious'

REVIEW: The eighth movie in the series is just like the previous seven — meaning fans will love it.
Anne Hathaway's 'Colossal' is a giant success

Anne Hathaway's 'Colossal' is a giant success

REVIEW: The new action-comedy turns monster movies inside out.
'Sons of Anarchy's' Charlie Hunnam stars in Mpls. St. Paul film fest opener

'Sons of Anarchy's' Charlie Hunnam stars in Mpls. St. Paul film fest opener

It's said more than once in the true-life adventure "The Lost City of Z" that a man's reach should exceed his grasp.
Chris Evans sheds superhero image for feel-good power of 'Gifted'

Chris Evans sheds superhero image for feel-good power of 'Gifted'

REVIEW: "Gifted" is a simple, straightforward film, but sometimes that's all you need as long as its heart is true.
6 hidden treasures at this year's Mpls. St. Paul International Film Festival

6 hidden treasures at this year's Mpls. St. Paul International Film Festival

The annual movie festival holds surprising gems, but fans need to dig them up.
Octavia Spencer refuses to rest on her laurels – or to rest much, at all

Octavia Spencer refuses to rest on her laurels – or to rest much, at all

Octavia Spencer has only one gear: full-speed ahead
Scarlett Johansson's remake doesn't have a 'Ghost' of a chance of matching original

Scarlett Johansson's remake doesn't have a 'Ghost' of a chance of matching original

REVIEW: The new live-action version of "Ghost in the Shell" doesn't live up to its acclaimed animated predecessor.
Danny Boyle set out to tackle new challenges with 'T2'

Danny Boyle set out to tackle new challenges with 'T2'

Whether he's creating film, theater or spectacle, Danny Boyle delivers work that is mainstream and rebellious, silly and intense, but always unpredictable.
Mini reviews of 'Raw,' 'Power Rangers' and 'Personal Shopper'

Mini reviews of 'Raw,' 'Power Rangers' and 'Personal Shopper'

Raw ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying. In subtitled…
Like doofus hero Woody Harrelson, Minnesota-shot 'Wilson' is oddly lovable

Like doofus hero Woody Harrelson, Minnesota-shot 'Wilson' is oddly lovable

REVIEW: "Wilson," starring Woody Harrelson, is a peculiar delight that's full of brilliant lines, astute observations and aptly chosen locations around the Twin Cities.
We know the end of 'Life' from the start

We know the end of 'Life' from the start

REVIEW: The sci-fi flick follows a familiar path but still holds impressive shocks.
'Song to Song' is a haunting melody of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

'Song to Song' is a haunting melody of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

REVIEW: Typical of Terrence Malick's work, "Song to Song" is both moving and confusing.
Like the original, 'Trainspotting' sequel packs a mesmerizing punch

Like the original, 'Trainspotting' sequel packs a mesmerizing punch

"Trainspotting" sequel delivers on long-held expectations.
Disney's live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' is more like belle of the blah

Disney's live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' is more like belle of the blah

REVIEW: As if to amp up the animated film's handsome design, the live-action film's photorealist computer imagery is a surreal swirl of rococo detail. More of that attention should have been directed to the acting.
'Kong' reawakens the monster-movie genre with a mighty roar

'Kong' reawakens the monster-movie genre with a mighty roar

REVIEW: This utterly audacious "Kong" hits the reset button in the giant monster genre, shaking it awake with a mighty roar.
Shirley MacLaine's 'Last Word' doesn't have much to say for itself

Shirley MacLaine's 'Last Word' doesn't have much to say for itself

REVIEW: The film is a misuse of Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine's talent and a waste of our time.
Shirley MacLaine is 82 going on 25

Shirley MacLaine is 82 going on 25

After more than 60 years in Hollywood, she's still a force to be reckoned with.
Horror master Guillermo del Toro brings his monsters to Mpls. Institute of Art

Horror master Guillermo del Toro brings his monsters to Mpls. Institute of Art

The beloved director talks about sharing his macabre visions at new art exhibit in Minneapolis.
Superhero movies grow up with 'Logan,' the brutal finale for Wolverine

Superhero movies grow up with 'Logan,' the brutal finale for Wolverine

Bold approach breathes unexpected maturity into Marvel Comics formula.
Danish war story 'Land of Mine' is an explosive drama

Danish war story 'Land of Mine' is an explosive drama

The story of postwar revenge is an exhausting trip through anxiety.
Sandra Oh and Anne Heche's offbeat 'Catfight' gets its claws into you

Sandra Oh and Anne Heche's offbeat 'Catfight' gets its claws into you

Inventive comedy is like nothing you've seen before.
'Moonlight' wins best picture after first given to 'La La Land'

'Moonlight' wins best picture after first given to 'La La Land'

The best picture award was mistakenly given to "La La Land," then to the real winner, "Moonlight."
Who will take home 2017 Oscars gold? Our critic predicts the winners

Who will take home 2017 Oscars gold? Our critic predicts the winners

Critic and seasonal fortuneteller Colin Covert predicts the Academy Award winners.
Exquisitely crafted 'Get Out' reshapes the horror drama

Exquisitely crafted 'Get Out' reshapes the horror drama

Review: Terrifying and insightful, it's a spine-chilling message movie. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars
True-story romance 'A United Kingdom' can't quite pull everything together

True-story romance 'A United Kingdom' can't quite pull everything together

True story stalls amid a rash of romance novel clichés.
Minnesota's connection to Sundance Film Festival is flourishing

Minnesota's connection to Sundance Film Festival is flourishing

Utah film fest has long-term ties to the state's filmmakers and actors.
Ice Cube, Charlie Day score a knockout in 'Fist Fight'

Ice Cube, Charlie Day score a knockout in 'Fist Fight'

REVIEW: The rowdy comedy mines laughs from a flood of controlled chaos.
Expertly layered Iranian drama 'The Salesman' closes the deal

Expertly layered Iranian drama 'The Salesman' closes the deal

REVIEW: Quiet but intense, the Iranian drama is worthy of its Oscar nomination.
'The Great Wall' has a lot of cracks

'The Great Wall' has a lot of cracks

REVIEW: This $150 million monster epic feels strangely cheap.
Oscar-nominated shorts do more with less

Oscar-nominated shorts do more with less

While good things don't always come in small packages, this year's Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films generally stand on their own idiosyncratic merits.
Review: 'Fifty (more) Shades' of sinful junk food in sequel

Review: 'Fifty (more) Shades' of sinful junk food in sequel

Unlike the solemn origin story "Fifty Shades of Grey," the new chapter finds it a bit easier to chuckle at some of the humor in its design.
Review: 'Lego Batman Movie' is snappy fun

Review: 'Lego Batman Movie' is snappy fun

The witty superhero farce flaunts the ridiculousness of the premise.
Silent animated drama 'Red Turtle' leaves us speechless

Silent animated drama 'Red Turtle' leaves us speechless

REVIEW: Despite no dialogue, Oscar nominee "Red Turtle" is profoundly touching.
De Niro's 'The Comedian' is a laughably bad comedy

De Niro's 'The Comedian' is a laughably bad comedy

REVIEW: Burdened with a choppy, poorly conceived script, "The Comedian" is impossible to enjoy on any level whatsoever.
Despite Oscar nom, odd German road trip comedy never finds its way

Despite Oscar nom, odd German road trip comedy never finds its way

REVIEW: Muddled "Toni Erdmann" is poorly staged, shot and edited.
5 themes that emerged from 120 films at Sundance

5 themes that emerged from 120 films at Sundance

The 2017 festival wasn't exclusively focused on social issues. Some of the biggest crowd pleasers were full-on comedies.
Oscars so inclusive: This year's list sets a record for nominees of color

Oscars so inclusive: This year's list sets a record for nominees of color

While "La La Land" emerged as a big favorite, diversity is on the dance card, too, with seven of the 20 acting nominees being people of color.
'Wilson' is a hot ticket at Sundance

'Wilson' is a hot ticket at Sundance

Shooting the Woody Harrelson comedy in Minnesota was "the gift of a lifetime," co-star says.
Can anyone beat Stone or Affleck? Our Oscar picks for best actor and actress

Can anyone beat Stone or Affleck? Our Oscar picks for best actor and actress

Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert surveys the field for the top acting awards.
Michael Keaton's take on Ray Kroc: All's fair in love, war and hamburgers

Michael Keaton's take on Ray Kroc: All's fair in love, war and hamburgers

The star sizzles in film biography of McDonald's kingpin Ray Kroc.
'20th Century Women' — coming of age in a new age

'20th Century Women' — coming of age in a new age

Filmmaker taps his own life for a look back at a mother-son relationship in the '70s.
Little things add up to a lot in Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson'

Little things add up to a lot in Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson'

Low-key story of a bus-driving poet is clever, sweet and wise.
Gangster drama 'Live By Night' lacks ammo

Gangster drama 'Live By Night' lacks ammo

REVIEW: Director-star Ben Affleck struggles doing double duty in this tale about a crime kingpin.
'Patriots Day' brings grim history to vivid life

'Patriots Day' brings grim history to vivid life

REVIEW: The story of the Boston Marathon bombing is packed with humanity and action.
Master filmmaker Almodóvar misses the mark with 'Julieta'

Master filmmaker Almodóvar misses the mark with 'Julieta'

REVIEW: Renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar comes up short in lovelorn drama "Julieta."
Golden Globes are gaga for 'La La Land'

Golden Globes are gaga for 'La La Land'

The musical was picture-perfect, winning 7 while "Moonlight" took best drama.
Grown-up fantasy 'A Monster Calls' tackles a kid's real-life issues

Grown-up fantasy 'A Monster Calls' tackles a kid's real-life issues

REVIEW: The scariest thing about "A Monster Calls" is how thoughtful it is in relating valuable life lessons.
Actor Andrew Garfield is a man on a spiritual mission

Actor Andrew Garfield is a man on a spiritual mission

Andrew Garfield is in an introspective mood after back-to-back theological roles.
'Silence' speaks volumes but avoids preaching

'Silence' speaks volumes but avoids preaching

REVIEW: This devastating, demanding, heartbreaking film about Catholic faith and oppression in 17th-century Japan works on more than one level.
'Hidden Figures' is a by-the-numbers feel-good lesson in history

'Hidden Figures' is a by-the-numbers feel-good lesson in history

REVIEW: "Hidden Figures" tells a singular story in textbook fashion, creating a conventional, feel-good, part-fictional history lesson that would fit in any high school.
'Evolution' will mutate your sense of horror

'Evolution' will mutate your sense of horror

Eerie French fantasy slowly taps into the viewer's primal fears.
'Lion' goes straight for the heart with real-life adoption story

'Lion' goes straight for the heart with real-life adoption story

Review: Gripping tale is based on an amazing real-life adoption story.
Revenge tale is no standard-issue potboiler

Revenge tale is no standard-issue potboiler

Isabelle Huppert is the target of a rapist in "Elle" — but don't call her a victim.
Animated musical 'Sing' is merely a mix tape, with an irritating lack of plot

Animated musical 'Sing' is merely a mix tape, with an irritating lack of plot

REVIEW: "Sing" is the sort of syrupy animated musical that will appeal to few viewers other than young talent-show fans and their doting parents.
'Collateral Beauty' comes up ugly, despite star-heavy cast

'Collateral Beauty' comes up ugly, despite star-heavy cast

REVIEW: The star-heavy cast is wasted in an empty drama about life after a tragedy.
The Force is strong with 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

The Force is strong with 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

REVIEW: Breaking new ground, the latest "Star Wars" chapter makes you leave your expectations at the door.
Musical romance 'La La Land' is a delightful step back in time

Musical romance 'La La Land' is a delightful step back in time

REVIEW: This homage to old-fashioned song-and-dance flicks hits all the right notes.
'La La Land' star Ryan Gosling loves the thrill of surprise

'La La Land' star Ryan Gosling loves the thrill of surprise

The actor brings his knack for the unexpected to the musical "La La Land," opening Dec. 16.
Review: D.C. political thriller 'Miss Sloane' wins the cynics' vote

Review: D.C. political thriller 'Miss Sloane' wins the cynics' vote

"Miss Sloane" paints a blunt picture of a ruthless Capitol Hill power broker.
'Things to Come' is the saga of a survivor

'Things to Come' is the saga of a survivor

Isabelle Huppert shines in "Things to Come" as a woman who refuses to surrender to setbacks.
'Office Christmas' is a real party pooper

'Office Christmas' is a real party pooper

An impressive cast is wasted in a comedy in which we've seen every joke before.
Britain's best ads light up the holidays at the Walker

Britain's best ads light up the holidays at the Walker

For 40 years, the British Arrows Awards have celebrated the most creative work in the ad field, and for 30 of those years they have drawn the biggest annual crowds to the Walker's cinema.
No thumbs-up for 'Man Down'

No thumbs-up for 'Man Down'

REVIEW: Shia LaBeouf's hard work to shed his boyish image gets wasted in a mishmash of plots and styles.
'Jackie' thrusts Natalie Portman into the midst of history

'Jackie' thrusts Natalie Portman into the midst of history

Actor's goal was to capture the first lady's depth at a time that traumatized the world.
Two sides of Casey Affleck add up to one successful actor

Two sides of Casey Affleck add up to one successful actor

Dueling personalities that are on display in "Manchester by the Sea" generate Oscar buzz.
Review: 'Manchester by the Sea' offers eloquent look at family dynamics

Review: 'Manchester by the Sea' offers eloquent look at family dynamics

Rich character study "Manchester by the Sea" unleashes a tidal wave of feelings. ★★★★ out of 4 stars
'Rules Don't Apply' reboots Warren Beatty's career

'Rules Don't Apply' reboots Warren Beatty's career

His semi-retirement comes to a smashing halt with a comedy inspired by Howard Hughes.
Review: Warren Beatty's 'Rules Don't Apply' rules the farce genre

Review: Warren Beatty's 'Rules Don't Apply' rules the farce genre

In the excellent Howard Hughes fantasia "Rules Don't Apply," absurdist disorder hits stratospheric heights.
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