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Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
phone: 612-673-7186
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
Iowa teacher rescued a treasure trove of film from a farmhouse basement

Iowa teacher rescued a treasure trove of film from a farmhouse basement

New documentary tells the story of Michael Zahs, who helped save 100-year-old movies of Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès and much more.
Six must-see movies at Twin Cities Film Fest

Six must-see movies at Twin Cities Film Fest

With 120 screenings in 11 days, the festival offers a curated selection of promising regional debuts.
'Marshall' offers convincing testimony about a future Supreme Court justice

'Marshall' offers convincing testimony about a future Supreme Court justice

Courtroom drama about a young Thurgood Marshall is entertaining and thought-provoking.
Liam Neeson's Watergate drama is factual but impassive

Liam Neeson's Watergate drama is factual but impassive

In recalling Deep Throat, "Mark Felt" overlooks human element.
Don't confuse provocative 'Wonder Women' with the summer blockbuster

Don't confuse provocative 'Wonder Women' with the summer blockbuster

Kinky superhero origin story is strictly for adults.
'Fargo' actor turned director oversees a fond farewell to one of his compatriots

'Fargo' actor turned director oversees a fond farewell to one of his compatriots

Guthrie alum John Carroll Lynch bonded with Harry Dean Stanton in what turned out to be his final movie.
Rebooted 'Blade Runner' lives up to ultra-high expectations

Rebooted 'Blade Runner' lives up to ultra-high expectations

REVIEW: It took 35 years, but the rebooted "Blade Runner 2049" lives up its ultra-high expectations.
Embracing the chance of failure set 'Blade Runner 2049' director free

Embracing the chance of failure set 'Blade Runner 2049' director free

Filmmaker made peace with "very narrow" odds of the sequel succeeding like the original.
Norwegian biopic 'The King's Choice' is an intriguing selection

Norwegian biopic 'The King's Choice' is an intriguing selection

REVIEW: Historic drama takes new look at German occupation of Norway.
Precitability dooms Kate Winslet-Idris Elba survial tale 'Mountain Between Us'

Precitability dooms Kate Winslet-Idris Elba survial tale 'Mountain Between Us'

REVIEW: The bond that forms between mismatched plane crash survivors surprises only them.
'Lucky' is a charmed and charming tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

'Lucky' is a charmed and charming tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

REVIEW: Harry Dean Stanton shines in a story about a loner who learns he's not alone.
Judi Dench is the queen of British film

Judi Dench is the queen of British film

Actress dusts off her royal persona for "Victoria & Abdul."
Tom Cruise is at his best in 'American Made,' an exquisite romp

Tom Cruise is at his best in 'American Made,' an exquisite romp

REVIEW: Tom Cruise shines in this satiric adventure about a real-life antihero.
Kirsten Dunst's moody 'Woodshock' would benefit from less mood, more plot

Kirsten Dunst's moody 'Woodshock' would benefit from less mood, more plot

REVIEW: Impressive Hollywood connection for sisters of Rodarte isn't enough to save this quirky thriller.
Judi Dench's 'Victoria' is a royal delight

Judi Dench's 'Victoria' is a royal delight

REVIEW: Judi Dench is laser-sharp in this "mostly" true tale of the queen's final years.
Emma Stone-Steve Carell film 'Battle of the Sexes' is a winner

Emma Stone-Steve Carell film 'Battle of the Sexes' is a winner

REVIEW: Story of legendary tennis match sends everyone home happy.
Jake Gyllenhaal makes terrorism personal with a stirring star turn in 'Stronger'

Jake Gyllenhaal makes terrorism personal with a stirring star turn in 'Stronger'

REVIEW: The Boston Marathon bombing story has a harrowing arc.
'Kingsman' sequel turns into a reign of boredom

'Kingsman' sequel turns into a reign of boredom

REVIEW: Too long and poorly executed, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" tests viewers' patience.
Superb Ben Stiller channels his inner adult in a subtle study of midlife crisis

Superb Ben Stiller channels his inner adult in a subtle study of midlife crisis

REVIEW: In "Brad's Status," Ben Stiller sheds his goofy persona for a moving portrait of angst.
Trylon remodeling is a really big deal for the Minneapolis repertory movie house

Trylon remodeling is a really big deal for the Minneapolis repertory movie house

The moviehouse's remodeling nearly doubles its space and adds fancy touches.
'American Assassin' launches Minnesota's Mitch Rapp as a new film spy

'American Assassin' launches Minnesota's Mitch Rapp as a new film spy

REVIEW: The new adaptation of Vince Flynn's "American Assassin" launches a new screen spy.
Minnesota-made drama provides powerful look at war's impact on female vets

Minnesota-made drama provides powerful look at war's impact on female vets

REVIEW: A new film by Guthrie regulars explores combat's aftereffects on women.
Jennifer Lawrence's horror-drama 'Mother!' is mind-blowingly eerie

Jennifer Lawrence's horror-drama 'Mother!' is mind-blowingly eerie

REVIEWS: Disturbing images, characters and themes are both confounding and disgusting in "Mother!"
St. Paul author Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin' hits big screen

St. Paul author Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin' hits big screen

Filmmakers have struggled for more than a decade to adapt the late St. Paul author's bestsellers.
Review: Monstrously fun 'It' is one of best Stephen King movies in 40 years

Review: Monstrously fun 'It' is one of best Stephen King movies in 40 years

The crimson-soaked film makes Carrie's prom and the Overlook Hotel elevators look like shaving cuts.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon make a dream 'Trip to Spain'

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon make a dream 'Trip to Spain'

REVIEW: Is their journey fantasy or real? Either way, they eat well.
Packed with charm, 'Logan Lucky' pulls off the perfect heist

Packed with charm, 'Logan Lucky' pulls off the perfect heist

REVIEW: "Logan Lucky" is the rare popcorn movie that stimulates the brain instead of shutting it down.
Documentary 'Whose Streets?' is a powerful portrait of conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

Documentary 'Whose Streets?' is a powerful portrait of conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

REVIEW: Using cellphone footage and personal interviews, "Whose Streets?" shows the conflict via the people who lived it.
In 'Whose Streets?' an accidental filmmaker shares untold stories of Ferguson, Mo.

In 'Whose Streets?' an accidental filmmaker shares untold stories of Ferguson, Mo.

Sabaah Folayan was on a path to a career as a physician until life got in the way.
'Hitman's Bodyguard' offers a lethal mix of comedy and carnage

'Hitman's Bodyguard' offers a lethal mix of comedy and carnage

REVIEW: Reynolds and Jackson are wasted — along with 100 cars — in the silly "Hitman's Bodyguard."
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.
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