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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
11 summer movies that offer fresh stories and true thrills

11 summer movies that offer fresh stories and true thrills

This season's champions are films that dare to break out of the stale old summer-popcorn formula.
St. Paul supporters bankroll film debut by Hmong answer to Coen brothers

St. Paul supporters bankroll film debut by Hmong answer to Coen brothers

Small investors in St. Paul's Hmong community funded a first feature film.
Thriller 'Wind River' is built on multiple layers of hostility

Thriller 'Wind River' is built on multiple layers of hostility

REVIEW: The classy shocker "Wind River" adds to the already impressive filmography of Taylor Sheridan.
Newest 'Annabelle' chapter is the scariest one yet

Newest 'Annabelle' chapter is the scariest one yet

REVIEW: "Annabelle: Creation" gives its sentient devil doll the eerie and unsettling prequel she deserves. The earlier films were never this deliciously twisted.
'Glass Castle' reflects poorly on its subjects

'Glass Castle' reflects poorly on its subjects

REVIEW: Dramatized biography doesn't always ring true.
Kyle Mooney of 'SNL' is quirky but little else in misguided 'Brigsby Bear'

Kyle Mooney of 'SNL' is quirky but little else in misguided 'Brigsby Bear'

REVIEW: The indie comedy is too scattered to be effective.
As a first-time director, Taylor Sheridan felt a duty to be true to his story's setting

As a first-time director, Taylor Sheridan felt a duty to be true to his story's setting

He didn't want to disappoint the residents of Wind River.
Oscar-winner Bigelow's 'Detroit' is a disquieting look at a disturbing time

Oscar-winner Bigelow's 'Detroit' is a disquieting look at a disturbing time

REVIEW: Kathryn Bigelow's newsreel-style film vividly evokes a brutal 1967 race riot that still echoes today.
Big-budget film of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' comes up woefully short

Big-budget film of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' comes up woefully short

REVIEW: Stephen King's tale is a horror story — but not in the intended sense.
'Inconvenient Sequel' finds Al Gore still on a mission

'Inconvenient Sequel' finds Al Gore still on a mission

REVIEW: He hasn't saved the planet — yet — but movie shows that he's not giving up.
'Atomic Blonde' with Charlize Theron is a real blast

'Atomic Blonde' with Charlize Theron is a real blast

Spy thriller's key lesson: Don't mess with Charlize Theron.
'Lady Macbeth' takes disturbing look at a truly desperate housewife

'Lady Macbeth' takes disturbing look at a truly desperate housewife

Don't be fooled by the title's nod to "Macbeth" — this ain't Shakespeare.

Florence Pugh is no longer a 'Lady' in waiting

British actress is poised for her leap to stardom.
Minnesota native Steve Zahn went ape – literally – over new movie role

Minnesota native Steve Zahn went ape – literally – over new movie role

"Planet of the Apes" installment was an educational — and painful — filming experience.
Teen-geek reboot of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spins an irresistible web

Teen-geek reboot of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spins an irresistible web

REVIEW: The newest Spider-Man installment has us delighted that the franchise is back.
What's the future of virtual reality? Minnesota researchers may hold the answer

What's the future of virtual reality? Minnesota researchers may hold the answer

If VR is ever going to reach its much ballyhooed potential, Minnesota likely will play a major role. Two local projects are focusing on ending virtual reality-caused nausea.
Viewers will be 'Beguiled' by Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman romance

Viewers will be 'Beguiled' by Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman romance

REVIEW: Sofia Coppola's romantic psychodrama "The Beguiled" bursts with moody sensuality.
'Baby Driver' shifts star Ansel Elgort's career into high gear

'Baby Driver' shifts star Ansel Elgort's career into high gear

Ansel Elgort's dual interests in acting and music were a perfect fit.
Action-adventure film 'Baby Driver' takes the audience on an awesome trip

Action-adventure film 'Baby Driver' takes the audience on an awesome trip

REVIEW: Neither the action nor the music ever stops in "Baby Driver," a tire-screeching adventure.
'The Big Sick' holds the cure for ailing romantic comedies

'The Big Sick' holds the cure for ailing romantic comedies

REVIEW: "The Big Sick" bravely visits especially dark compartments of real life, addresses cross-cultural taboos and admits that daffy antics don't solve some enduring challenges.
Masterful Christopher Plummer isn't enough to save 'The Exception'

Masterful Christopher Plummer isn't enough to save 'The Exception'

REVIEW: "The Exception" whitewashes WWII in search of true love.
Sam Elliott truly is 'The Hero' of this drama

Sam Elliott truly is 'The Hero' of this drama

REVIEW: After decades in supporting turns, the veteran actor dazzles in a starring role in "The Hero."
Lawrence of Arabia's female counterpart finally gets attention in 'Letters From Baghdad'

Lawrence of Arabia's female counterpart finally gets attention in 'Letters From Baghdad'

REVIEW: "Letters From Baghdad" finally pays heed to the fascinating, adventurous, intriguing character of Gertrude Bell, the very antithesis of demure womanhood in Victorian England.
'Transformers' unfolds in nonstop — but fun — bombast

'Transformers' unfolds in nonstop — but fun — bombast

REVIEW: Making a giant-budget behemoth of a movie based on nothing more than nonstop bombast is more an art than a science, and this is Michael Bay's Sistine Chapel.
Pixar's 'Cars 3' sputters to what we hope is the finish line

Pixar's 'Cars 3' sputters to what we hope is the finish line

REVIEW: There are only so many times you can watch cartoon speed competitions between talking cars with eyeball windshields before they become rather draggy.
Salma Hayek delivers laughs and a message in 'Beatriz'

Salma Hayek delivers laughs and a message in 'Beatriz'

REVIEW: "Beatriz at Dinner" is a comedy strewn with emotional land mines.
Naomi Watts' 'Book of Henry' rewrites expectations

Naomi Watts' 'Book of Henry' rewrites expectations

REVIEW: Multiple genre changes challenge viewers to keep up in "The Book of Henry.".
Scarlett Johansson shows her comic chops in 'Rough Night'

Scarlett Johansson shows her comic chops in 'Rough Night'

REVIEW: This story about a disastrous bash is derivative but still enjoyable.
What do epic 'Jurassic World' and little 'Book of Henry' have in common? Their director

What do epic 'Jurassic World' and little 'Book of Henry' have in common? Their director

"Book of Henry" director embraces extremes.
See the science behind Pixar films at Science Museum of Minnesota

See the science behind Pixar films at Science Museum of Minnesota

An exhibit that opened Friday shows how scientists shape the magic of Pixar movies.
Twin Cities arts veteran takes over Minnesota Film Board

Twin Cities arts veteran takes over Minnesota Film Board

Melodie Bahan has worked for both the Guthrie and the Film Society.
Don't even try to pigeonhole Rachel Weisz

Don't even try to pigeonhole Rachel Weisz

Ultra-versatile Rachel Weisz is always looking for something different.
'My Cousin Rachel' is a relatively creepy look at British cultural history

'My Cousin Rachel' is a relatively creepy look at British cultural history

REVIEW: Handsomely mounted, beautifully cast and tautly directed, "My Cousin Rachel" gives us a piece of British cultural history in the form of a chilling period mystery.
Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' reboot is dead on arrival

Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' reboot is dead on arrival

REVIEW: Even the presence of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe can't revive this corpse, part of Universal's reboot of its classic monster movies.
Ken Loach comes out of retirement to take a riveting look at fighting the good fight

Ken Loach comes out of retirement to take a riveting look at fighting the good fight

REVIEW: British director Ken Loach takes a wrenching look at society and human kindness in "I, Daniel Blake."
'Sámi Blood' director takes the story personally

'Sámi Blood' director takes the story personally

Debut feature film tells the story of her grandparents' generation.
'I never planned to be an actress': Gal Gadot set for stardom as 'Wonder Woman'

'I never planned to be an actress': Gal Gadot set for stardom as 'Wonder Woman'

"Wonder Woman" likely to make Israeli star an international household name.
Keep calm and appreciate Brian Cox's biography of Churchill

Keep calm and appreciate Brian Cox's biography of Churchill

REVIEW: "Churchill" is an extremely well made film that is the best example of British heroic portraiture since "The King's Speech."
Indie 'Dean' is a winsome tale of love and loss

Indie 'Dean' is a winsome tale of love and loss

REVIEW: "Dean" is a surprising, impressive work with perfectly observed moments of awkwardness and embarrassment among endearing characters.
'Wonder Woman' brings escapist fun back to the DC Comics film universe

'Wonder Woman' brings escapist fun back to the DC Comics film universe

REVIEW: "Wonder Woman" puts a sense of delight back in this DC Comics spinoff.
Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny

Johnny Depp's latest 'Pirates' installment merits mutiny

REVIEW: Padding out its muddled 129 minutes with the sluggish pace of a funeral barge, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" marks the ignominious low of a once great series.
Mini reviews of 'Paris Can Wait,' 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios' and 'David Lynch: The Art of Life"

Mini reviews of 'Paris Can Wait,' 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios' and 'David Lynch: The Art of Life"

Paris Can Wait ★½ out of four stars Rated: PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language. In English and subtitled French. Theater:…
Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'

Even Dwayne Johnson's coolness can't rescue 'Baywatch'

REVIEW: Self-mocking throwback overreaches and ends up sinking in its own silliness.
Ridley Scott's attempt to reboot 'Alien' with new film 'Covenant' works – sort of

Ridley Scott's attempt to reboot 'Alien' with new film 'Covenant' works – sort of

REVIEW: "Alien: Covenant" is a well intended effort to breathe new life into a series approaching 40-something middle age.
Cynthia Nixon's 'A Quiet Passion' biopic is an ode to Emily Dickinson

Cynthia Nixon's 'A Quiet Passion' biopic is an ode to Emily Dickinson

REVIEW: Her biography is as carefully crafted as a poem.
Ponder this: Debra Winger's 'The Lovers' is a thinking person's comedy

Ponder this: Debra Winger's 'The Lovers' is a thinking person's comedy

REVIEW: The acrid, moody satire "The Lovers" is a tour of the hellish difficulties of marriage in late middle age.
Schumer and Hawn grab us by the funny bone in 'Snatched'

Schumer and Hawn grab us by the funny bone in 'Snatched'

REVIEW: Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it — and loved it.
Reviewed in brief: 'One Week and a Day,' 'The Wall,' 'Citizen Jane'

Reviewed in brief: 'One Week and a Day,' 'The Wall,' 'Citizen Jane'

One Week and a Day ⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Unrated by the MPAA. In subtitled Hebrew. Theater: Edina. Reaching heights of…
British horror movie 'Dark Song' scares up themes that go beyond the genre

British horror movie 'Dark Song' scares up themes that go beyond the genre

REVIEW: "Dark Song" eschews gore to stir up a sense of impending doom.
Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' is legendarily bad

Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' is legendarily bad

REVIEW: Guy Ritchie's take on Camelot aims low and still comes up short.
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' masterfully nails out-of-this-world silliness

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' masterfully nails out-of-this-world silliness

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back — and just as goofy as ever.
'Voice From the Stone' called out to Emilia Clarke

'Voice From the Stone' called out to Emilia Clarke

In "Voice From the Stone," arriving onscreen locally this weekend, Emilia Clarke had a dream come true.
Cartoon adventure 'My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea' is drawn to extremes

Cartoon adventure 'My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea' is drawn to extremes

REVIEW: An innovative approach and attitude shape high school satire.
Emilia Clarke's 'Voice From the Stone' is an eerie guessing game

Emilia Clarke's 'Voice From the Stone' is an eerie guessing game

REVIEW: Is "Voice From the Stone" a romance, ghost story or family tale? Yes, yes and yes — maybe.
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.
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