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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
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."

Test Test NYC

At the Carlton Arms, where rates start at $70 a night for a single, the amenities are basic, but its character is unforgettable.
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.
Review: Genre-bending 'Nocturnal Animals' will keep you awake analyzing it

Review: Genre-bending 'Nocturnal Animals' will keep you awake analyzing it

Tom Ford offers a well-composed, surreal look at love and identity.
Review: 'Bad Santa 2' is exactly that: Bad

Review: 'Bad Santa 2' is exactly that: Bad

REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton is back as a larcenous lech, but sequel lacks dark glee of 2003 film.
Review: Disney's 'Moana' avoids taking risks, unlike its young protagonist

Review: Disney's 'Moana' avoids taking risks, unlike its young protagonist

"Moana" boasts innovative locations, an insightful cultural backdrop and inspired music. Too bad the plot falls short.
Let's all join forces and skip the pathetic 'Allied'

Let's all join forces and skip the pathetic 'Allied'

REVIEW: Director Robert Zemeckis wastes the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in this insipid World War II spy drama.
5 movies for the holiday season you'll want to see

5 movies for the holiday season you'll want to see

Movie critic Colin Covert says these films are guaranteed to be hits.
Harry Potter prequel 'Fantastic Beasts' is best in series since 'Azkaban'

Harry Potter prequel 'Fantastic Beasts' is best in series since 'Azkaban'

REVIEW: The Harry Potter cultural phenomenon moves ahead true to its roots in the well-told and action-packed adaptation of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
'Eagle Huntress' soars along with its subject

'Eagle Huntress' soars along with its subject

REVIEW: This documentary lauds a 13-year-old girl who broke through centuries of sexism.
'Loving' offers a history lesson from the heart

'Loving' offers a history lesson from the heart

REVIEW: "Loving" captures the emotions behind a landmark legal case.
'Love Witch' stirs up a campy potion

'Love Witch' stirs up a campy potion

REVIEW: Homage to drive-in horror flicks is spot on – if you get the joke.
Robert Redford tells Walker audience: 'I'd like to play Trump'

Robert Redford tells Walker audience: 'I'd like to play Trump'

Actor, director and producer Robert Redford left the Utah center of his Sundance Film Festival to hold court at the Walker Art Center Cinema Saturday…
Amy Adams' breathtaking, thought-provoking 'Arrival' smashes sci-fi mold

Amy Adams' breathtaking, thought-provoking 'Arrival' smashes sci-fi mold

REVIEW: The breathtaking, thought-provoking "Arrival" is intricately handsome and rarely showy, flawlessly made and earnest-minded. It's a landmark in the science-fiction genre. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars
'Minnesota is my adopted home,' says Hollywood star Amy Adams

'Minnesota is my adopted home,' says Hollywood star Amy Adams

With two gripping roles, Adams could soon be double-dipping for yet another Oscar nomination, her sixth.
'Dog Eat Dog' chews up campy gore

'Dog Eat Dog' chews up campy gore

REVIEW: Saturated with campy gore, "Dog Eat Dog" plays as if they put the basic formula for a pulp B movie in a blender and set it to purée.
Paul Schrader isn't kidding: Don't take his movie seriously

Paul Schrader isn't kidding: Don't take his movie seriously

Paul Schrader threw convention out the window for a "jazz riff" on the crime thriller.
Young Aussie actor followed Mel Gibson into battle with 'Hacksaw Bridge'

Young Aussie actor followed Mel Gibson into battle with 'Hacksaw Bridge'

"Hacksaw Ridge" actor Luke Bracey appreciated working with a "born storyteller" on the war flick.
Review: 'Hacksaw Ridge' presents a stirring profile of courage

Review: 'Hacksaw Ridge' presents a stirring profile of courage

REVIEW: Mel Gibson's tale of a Medal of Honor-winning army medic awes and inspires.
Sensational 'Doctor Strange' has the cure for the cult-hero blues

Sensational 'Doctor Strange' has the cure for the cult-hero blues

REVIEW: With "Doctor Strange," Marvel proves that in the right hands there is no niche cult character so obscure that he can't conjure up a blockbuster and become a household name.
'Moonlight' beams with insights about eternal urge to belong

'Moonlight' beams with insights about eternal urge to belong

REVIEW: This coming-of-age story infuses new life into a familiar format.
San Marino's mountaintop beauty

San Marino's mountaintop beauty

Far above the Italian countryside, the Republic of San Marino conveys a curious charm.
Tom Hanks' new 'Da Vinci Code' movie lacks any hint of a spark

Tom Hanks' new 'Da Vinci Code' movie lacks any hint of a spark

The third "Da Vinci Code" installment is truly abysmal.
There's little incentive to keep up with 'Joneses'

There's little incentive to keep up with 'Joneses'

REVIEW: A hackneyed premise and lackluster characters doom this bland comedy.
'Jack Reacher' sequel sticks to what worked first time around

'Jack Reacher' sequel sticks to what worked first time around

REVIEW: Like the novels, the Tom Cruise movie delivers what fans expect.
Ewan McGregor lets down himself and his material in 'American Pastoral'

Ewan McGregor lets down himself and his material in 'American Pastoral'

REVIEW: Ewan McGregor's directing debut does novelist Philip Roth a major disservice.
At 7 years young, Twin Cities Film Fest is a must-see

At 7 years young, Twin Cities Film Fest is a must-see

Executive Director Jatin Setia credits the success to innovative programming, a solid grasp on local film lovers' tastes and a certain amount of gambler's luck.
Somali actor shines in Minneapolis-filmed drama 'A Stray'

Somali actor shines in Minneapolis-filmed drama 'A Stray'

REVIEW: Writer/director Musa Syeed's perceptive film creates intense empathy for the city's West Bank Somali community.
Reviewed in brief: 'American Honey' and 'Cameraperson'

Reviewed in brief: 'American Honey' and 'Cameraperson'

American Honey ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse — all involving…
Performing in front of his hometown fans, comic speaks from the Hart

Performing in front of his hometown fans, comic speaks from the Hart

Since Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock put their careers on hiatus, Kevin Hart has been the king of American urban comedy.
Ben Affleck is looking to go in new directions

Ben Affleck is looking to go in new directions

His math whiz/hit man in "The Accountant" isn't a by-the-numbers character.
Reviewed in brief: 'Voyage of Time,' 'Command and Control,' 'Denial'

Reviewed in brief: 'Voyage of Time,' 'Command and Control,' 'Denial'

Voyage of Time ⋆⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Unrated Theater: Imax Theatre, Minnesota Zoo.   Since his 1970s spellbinders “Badlands”…
Adaptation of 'Girl on the Train' turns into girl on the train wreck

Adaptation of 'Girl on the Train' turns into girl on the train wreck

REVIEW: The juicy premise from the bestselling novel turns into a convoluted whodunit.
There's more action than significance in 'Birth of a Nation' retooling

There's more action than significance in 'Birth of a Nation' retooling

REVIEW: The slave-revolt drama "Birth of a Nation" focuses more on gory action than historical relevance.
Moose statues and melancholy: Swedish filmmaker feels at home in Minnesota

Moose statues and melancholy: Swedish filmmaker feels at home in Minnesota

In Minnesota, "A Man Called Ove" director Hannes Holm found pine trees, lakes and guys named Sven.
In 'A Man Called Ove,' gruff Swede sets gold standard in curmudgery

In 'A Man Called Ove,' gruff Swede sets gold standard in curmudgery

REVIEW: The Swedish film infuses the story of a lonely codger with freewheeling comic verve and quirky wisdom.
Movie reviews in brief: 'Demon,' 'Max Rose'

Movie reviews in brief: 'Demon,' 'Max Rose'

Demon ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and some sexuality/nudity. In subtitled Polish and Yiddish, and English.
Review: Reworking of 'Magnificent Seven' is just so-so

Review: Reworking of 'Magnificent Seven' is just so-so

Lack of imaginative characters or action keeps this retread from hitting the bull's-eye.
Why moviegoers can expect more political films than ever this fall

Why moviegoers can expect more political films than ever this fall

Filmmakers prove that corruption, hacks, backstabbing and backroom deals can be irresistibly addictive.
On screen this fall: Amy Adams (twice), Ang Lee (once), plus Disney taps Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Moana'

On screen this fall: Amy Adams (twice), Ang Lee (once), plus Disney taps Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Moana'

‘The Girl on the Train’ A spine-chiller promising the voyeuristic thrills of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and the unexpected twists of “Gone Girl.” Emily Blunt plays…
Review: New 'Blair Witch' gets lost in the woods

Review: New 'Blair Witch' gets lost in the woods

New take on "The Blair Witch Project" is cursed.
Review: 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is an adorable mess

Review: 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is an adorable mess

The British heroine is back — without Hugh Grant but with a baby on the way.
Review: 'Snowden' is Oliver Stone's latest triumph in political filmmaking

Review: 'Snowden' is Oliver Stone's latest triumph in political filmmaking

The Edward Snowden scandal becomes a high-tech, high-IQ spy saga for the surveillance age.
'It's a rebel story' — Why Oliver Stone became fascinated with Edward Snowden

'It's a rebel story' — Why Oliver Stone became fascinated with Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone discusses his fascination with whistleblower and international fugitive Edward Snowden.
'Sully' soars as a thriller and character study

'Sully' soars as a thriller and character study

REVIEW: Despite a few in-flight wobbles from the screenplay's repeated flashbacks, "Sully" is excellent from takeoff to landing.
An outsider comes of age in 'Morris from America'

An outsider comes of age in 'Morris from America'

REVIEW: A winningly executed growing-up comedy with a transnational spin, "Morris from America" examines the ways that ideas about differing cultures move in different directions.
Dark winter-set thriller is a bizarre snow job

Dark winter-set thriller is a bizarre snow job

REVIEW: A revenge-minded snowplow driver piles up the bodies and the laughs in a quirky comic adventure.
Should sexual assault allegations kill film careers?

Should sexual assault allegations kill film careers?

A month ago, filmmakers Nate Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin were considered early Oscar favorites. Then moviegoers learned of a rape allegation from 1999.
Review: Kids are caught in the middle in 'Little Men'

Review: Kids are caught in the middle in 'Little Men'

Even though their parents are feuding, two teenage best friends refuse to be pulled apart.
Review: 'Light Between Oceans' leaves us in the dark too much

Review: 'Light Between Oceans' leaves us in the dark too much

If history was one of your favorite subjects at school, and you like period pieces because you can leave the current moment behind, you’ll find…
August 2016: Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

August 2016: Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

REVIEW: Biography of Sharon Jones is equal parts toe-tapper and heart-warmer.
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