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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
'The Other Side of Hope' offers a droll look at the refugee crisis

'The Other Side of Hope' offers a droll look at the refugee crisis

Finnish film takes an atypical approach to a serious situation.
'The Shape of Water' is a fantastic fantasy

'The Shape of Water' is a fantastic fantasy

Re-imagining of "Beauty and the Beast" is Guillermo del Toro's greatest film.
Fantasy master Guillermo del Toro takes pride in being called weird

Fantasy master Guillermo del Toro takes pride in being called weird

"The Shape of Water" is the latest example of his willingness to celebrate "the patron saints of imperfection."
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' dazzles with stunning twists rivaling the classic trilogy

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' dazzles with stunning twists rivaling the classic trilogy

"The Last Jedi" breaks new ground with plot twists while honoring the beloved history of "Star Wars."
Gary Oldman, Winston Churchill a winning combo in 'Darkest Hour' ★★★½

Gary Oldman, Winston Churchill a winning combo in 'Darkest Hour' ★★★½

Role of Winston Churchill rates as Gary Oldman's finest hour.
Woody Allen's moody 'Wonder Wheel' hits close to home

Woody Allen's moody 'Wonder Wheel' hits close to home

Tale of romantic delusion could be interpreted as being autobiographical.
Biopic of provocative gay artist 'Tom of Finland' lacks passion

Biopic of provocative gay artist 'Tom of Finland' lacks passion

Excruciatingly slow start derails a promising story.
How to play Churchill: Keep calm, carry on and spend hours in the makeup chair

How to play Churchill: Keep calm, carry on and spend hours in the makeup chair

Gary Oldman transformed himself to play the legendary British statesman.
Walker Art Center's annual British ad show is jolly good entertainment

Walker Art Center's annual British ad show is jolly good entertainment

Annual collection of award-winning commercials continues to delight and amaze Twin Cities viewers.
James Franco retraces the steps of the best bad movie ever made

James Franco retraces the steps of the best bad movie ever made

"The Disaster Artist" pays satiric homage to a legendary failure.
Scandinavian 'Thelma' slowly reveals its supernatural terror

Scandinavian 'Thelma' slowly reveals its supernatural terror

Norwegian thriller is deliberately elusive.
Documentary introduces us to the real Bill Nye

Documentary introduces us to the real Bill Nye

He's much more than just the "Science Guy."
The anti-Disney princess, 'The Breadwinner' is painful, sad – and arresting

The anti-Disney princess, 'The Breadwinner' is painful, sad – and arresting

Animated drama set in Kabul mixes fantasy and gritty reality.
Filmmaker explores the joy of outrage in 'Three Billboards'

Filmmaker explores the joy of outrage in 'Three Billboards'

"Three Billboards" filmmaker wrote part of a vengeful mother for Frances McDormand.
McDormand's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' has strong message

McDormand's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' has strong message

Edgy comic-drama blurs the lines between good and bad, kindness and cruelty.
Musical 'Coco' a welcome direction for Pixar

Musical 'Coco' a welcome direction for Pixar

"Coco" moves Pixar into pleasant new territory.
Denzel Washington makes his case in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

Denzel Washington makes his case in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

Portrayal of a struggling lawyer avoids pat clichés and easy answers.
Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson make this a 'Wonder' to behold

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson make this a 'Wonder' to behold

Powerful portrayals of deep characters elevate this illness drama far beyond its genre's clichés.
Denzel Washington like you've never seen him before

Denzel Washington like you've never seen him before

Drama thrusts the veteran actor into a role and a movie unlike any of his others.
'Justice League' is strictly minor league

'Justice League' is strictly minor league

It plays like a long promo for the superheroes' other movies.
Carell, Cranston and Fishburne rally to the cause in 'Last Flag Flying'

Carell, Cranston and Fishburne rally to the cause in 'Last Flag Flying'

Down-to-earth performances carry drama about Vietnam veterans.
9 movies that offer surprises and thrills this holiday season

9 movies that offer surprises and thrills this holiday season

These nine films promise an escape from the same-old this season.
Magical coming-of-age comedy 'Lady Bird' is a 'Juno' for our times

Magical coming-of-age comedy 'Lady Bird' is a 'Juno' for our times

The film is a dazzling collaboration between two of the most impressive art-house actresses of the past decade.
'Orient Express' is a train in vain

'Orient Express' is a train in vain

There's little suspense, and less entertainment, in this sluggish mystery.
'Thor: Ragnarok' is a fast-paced, satiric delight from start to finish

'Thor: Ragnarok' is a fast-paced, satiric delight from start to finish

Marvel comic-book adaptation overpowers with humor.
'Blade of the Immortal' is clearly a cut above

'Blade of the Immortal' is clearly a cut above

Stylishly innovative samurai adventure breaks the mold.
Colin Farrell's 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' is chillingly eerie

Colin Farrell's 'Killing of a Sacred Deer' is chillingly eerie

Portrait of a troubled surgeon is intentionally difficult to watch.
'Thank You' is a touching story about ex-GIs for whom the war never ends

'Thank You' is a touching story about ex-GIs for whom the war never ends

Fact-based drama focuses on veterans struggling to rejoin civilian life.
For Aussie actress Margot Robbie, it's no more Ms. Nice

For Aussie actress Margot Robbie, it's no more Ms. Nice

Tackling less-than-sympathetic roles, former Aussie soap opera star builds a global fan base.
'All I See' is a surreal vision of a disturbing world

'All I See' is a surreal vision of a disturbing world

Illusions form the core of this tense marital drama.
Little stars, little details end up having a big impact in 'Florida Project'

Little stars, little details end up having a big impact in 'Florida Project'

"Florida Project" offers kid's-eye view of society's bottom rung.
Matt Damon-Julianne Moore's comic-drama 'Suburbicon' isn't very funny or dramatic

Matt Damon-Julianne Moore's comic-drama 'Suburbicon' isn't very funny or dramatic

George Clooney's attempt to adapt an old Coen brothers script is strikingly bad.
British period piece explores travails of real Christopher Robin

British period piece explores travails of real Christopher Robin

Drama shows personal costs of Winnie-the-Pooh's success.
Firefighting epic 'Only the Brave' is dreadfully slow to ignite

Firefighting epic 'Only the Brave' is dreadfully slow to ignite

This would-be epic portrays the team of "hotshots" that battled a 2013 wildfire.
The abominable 'Snowman'

The abominable 'Snowman'

This thriller came with a promising pedigree. The real mystery is: What went wrong?
'Take Every Wave' is loving fan letter to king of the surfers

'Take Every Wave' is loving fan letter to king of the surfers

This documentary tells the life story of Laird Hamilton.
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.
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