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Colin Covert

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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.
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'Captain America' punches its way to a whip-smart political allegory

'Captain America' punches its way to a whip-smart political allegory

REVIEW: The Avengers are at each other's throats in "Captain America: Civil War" – and we're all the better for it.
10 movies you won't want to miss this summer

10 movies you won't want to miss this summer

While it's unpredictable at this point whether these summer movies will hit or miss, here are 10 big releases high on the want-to-see list.
How to make a great sequel in the age of recycled blockbusters

How to make a great sequel in the age of recycled blockbusters

If January is Hollywood’s season for mercy killings of box office bombs, summer is when it spawns squadrons of sequels, remakes and adaptations. The industry…
Review: With a neo-Nazi Patrick Stewart, 'Green Room' is diabolically good

Review: With a neo-Nazi Patrick Stewart, 'Green Room' is diabolically good

REVIEW: Patrick Stewart's neo-Nazi hordes try to kill a young punk band in the terrifying "Green Room."
With 'Sing Street,' the director of 'Once' belts out another hit

With 'Sing Street,' the director of 'Once' belts out another hit

REVIEW: "Sing Street" is a younger, entertainingly skewed take on Irish director John Carney's favorite topics, a lightweight coming of age delight stuffed with irresistible '80s pop hits and scads of fine original tunes, too.
Patrick Stewart happy to show off his dark side in 'Green Room'

Patrick Stewart happy to show off his dark side in 'Green Room'

The perennial good guy and his director talk up their dark film.
'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is like snacking on popcorn found on the floor

'The Huntsman: Winter's War' is like snacking on popcorn found on the floor

REVIEW: Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron are excellent actresses ensnared in a ferociously bad movie.
Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey make for a funny odd couple in 'Elvis & Nixon'

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey make for a funny odd couple in 'Elvis & Nixon'

REVIEW: The handshake heard 'round the world makes for a fun political comedy.
Tom Hanks shows why he's Mr. Reliable in 'A Hologram for the King'

Tom Hanks shows why he's Mr. Reliable in 'A Hologram for the King'

REVIEW: Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood's most talented and popular actors in the golden years of a landmark career, and he keeps picking novel, interesting, rewarding projects.
Disney's 'Jungle Book' remake takes the classic story to new heights

Disney's 'Jungle Book' remake takes the classic story to new heights

REVIEW: It's hard not to think of Disney's "The Jungle Book" remake as a feast. It is a banquet of storytelling delicacy, exciting light drama, athletic action and computer-generated imagery. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars
Don Cheadle's wild portrait of a jazz legend in 'Miles Ahead' is breathtaking

Don Cheadle's wild portrait of a jazz legend in 'Miles Ahead' is breathtaking

REVIEW: Don Cheadle, a chameleon-like actor, goes beyond capturing the legend's hushed, raspy voice, precise trumpet fingering, violent temper and showoff wardrobe.
Ice Cube's 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' packs heart and humor into its Chicago story

Ice Cube's 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' packs heart and humor into its Chicago story

REVIEW: The third "Barbershop" smartly mixes real-life Chicago issues with the series' cheery humor.
Don Cheadle brings 'fire' to Miles Davis biopic

Don Cheadle brings 'fire' to Miles Davis biopic

Star and director Don Cheadle wasn't afraid to bend reality to tell Davis' story.
Melissa McCarthy's new comedy is 'The Boss' of nothing

Melissa McCarthy's new comedy is 'The Boss' of nothing

REVIEW: World-class gumption and an on-camera look that the pretty committee would applaud can't save this poorly executed comedy.
Richard Linklater's nostalgia trip 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is an essential college comedy

Richard Linklater's nostalgia trip 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is an essential college comedy

REVIEW: With a master's touch, Richard Linklater's latest movie finishes what he started in "Boyhood."
Richard Linklater finds eternal boyhood in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

Richard Linklater finds eternal boyhood in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

In his new film, the director expands the themes that have defined his career.
'I Saw the Light' is a dim bulb, while 'Embrace of the Serpent' is a striking journey

'I Saw the Light' is a dim bulb, while 'Embrace of the Serpent' is a striking journey

I Saw the Light ⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and brief sexuality. Theater: Edina. Country music…
'Midnight Special' is a taut road thriller with a Spielbergian sci-fi twist

'Midnight Special' is a taut road thriller with a Spielbergian sci-fi twist

REVIEW: Hold on tight for a back-road Texas chase film spiked with sci-fi surprises.
'Invention for Destruction' is a lost Jules Verne treasure

'Invention for Destruction' is a lost Jules Verne treasure

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is sponsoring this weekend's screenings of a true digitally restored rarity from director Karel Zeman.
Reviewed in brief: 'Krisha,' 'Marguerite,' 'City of Gold' and 'Remember'

Reviewed in brief: 'Krisha,' 'Marguerite,' 'City of Gold' and 'Remember'

Krisha ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language, substance abuse, sexual content. Theater: Edina. Here’s a pure, penetrating emotional…
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' is back at the altar with a lot of old jokes

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' is back at the altar with a lot of old jokes

REVIEW: If you remember that any word from any language has a Greek root or any problem can be solved with Windex, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.
Super strength needed to stomach senses-assaulting 'Batman v Superman'

Super strength needed to stomach senses-assaulting 'Batman v Superman'

REVIEW: Running 153 minutes, with a swollen budget of $250 million, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is pure overpriced, overproduced, overlong pulp.
Ex-Minnesotan Barkhad Abdi's Hollywood life is heating up again

Ex-Minnesotan Barkhad Abdi's Hollywood life is heating up again

The former Minnesotan – and Oscar nominee – is riding high again with a powerful new role in the drone-warfare film "Eye in the Sky."
Drone warfare of 'Eye in the Sky' delivers high-tech intrigue, emotional wallop

Drone warfare of 'Eye in the Sky' delivers high-tech intrigue, emotional wallop

REVIEW: "Eye in the Sky" powerfully showcases the moral complexities of drone warfare in the fight against terrorism.
In 'Divergent Series: Allegiant,' dystopia never looked so bland

In 'Divergent Series: Allegiant,' dystopia never looked so bland

REVIEW: "Allegiant," the third installment in the underwhelming "Divergent" franchise of young adult sci-fi, is hackwork from minute one.
Clever '10 Cloverfield Lane' is a new kind of monster movie

Clever '10 Cloverfield Lane' is a new kind of monster movie

REVIEW: Surprise! J.J. Abrams strikes again, using the same kind of stealth strategy that launched "Cloverfield," his clever 2008 war of the worlds fantasy.
'Knight of Cups' offers stunning imagery in search of a plot

'Knight of Cups' offers stunning imagery in search of a plot

REVIEW: Terrence Malick's latest is a coffee table art book come to life.
Review: Tina Fey balances comedy and drama perfectly in war-torn 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

Review: Tina Fey balances comedy and drama perfectly in war-torn 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

REVIEW: As a war correspondent, Tina Fey finds just the right balance of comedy and drama in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
War, what is it good for? Tina Fey says it can be quite funny – in an absurd way

War, what is it good for? Tina Fey says it can be quite funny – in an absurd way

In "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," the comedian gets serious but still finds time to laugh.
Disney's animated 'Zootopia' is a clever, bold and fun civil rights metaphor

Disney's animated 'Zootopia' is a clever, bold and fun civil rights metaphor

REVIEW: Coherently crafted and surprisingly meaningful, "Zootopia" never feels like a random collage of jokes and incidents.
'Spotlight' makes news, beats 'The Revenant' for Best Picture

'Spotlight' makes news, beats 'The Revenant' for Best Picture

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won, but "The Revenant's" momentum was stopped by the surprise best picture.
Whitewashing the Oscars: How did Hollywood get in this predicament?

Whitewashing the Oscars: How did Hollywood get in this predicament?

A history of minority exclusion culminates with Sunday's much-maligned ceremony.
For a formulaic sports movie, 'Eddie the Eagle' aims high but needs more lift

For a formulaic sports movie, 'Eddie the Eagle' aims high but needs more lift

REVIEW: Aiming for a feel-good Olympic yarn, "Eddie the Eagle" only sort of soars.
Minnesota stuntman 'bears' all in Oscar front-runner 'The Revenant'

Minnesota stuntman 'bears' all in Oscar front-runner 'The Revenant'

Tim Sitarz had a special role in making the Oscar-nominated hit, "The Revenant."
Hugh Jackman happy to trade superhero fights for ski jumping

Hugh Jackman happy to trade superhero fights for ski jumping

The X-Man was happy to turn in his claws for a feel-good, Disney-style sports movie, "Eddie the Eagle."
All-star cast, exquisite action propel underworld thriller 'Triple 9'

All-star cast, exquisite action propel underworld thriller 'Triple 9'

REVIEW: Prepare for vivid gun violence and stark dialogue, a la "Heat," in the feverish cops-are-robbers noir "Triple 9."
'Gods of Egypt' is a clash of (terrible) titans

'Gods of Egypt' is a clash of (terrible) titans

REVIEW: Overstocked, overstuffed and overlong, "Gods of Egypt" packs a squadron of immediately forgettable mythological deities into 127 inefficient minutes.
'Risen' turns the oldest story in the book into a clever detective tale

'Risen' turns the oldest story in the book into a clever detective tale

REVIEW: What a good surprise it was to watch a biblical feature less preachy, less stuffy and more entertaining than most.
'The Witch' offers a wickedly scary time in 1630 New England

'The Witch' offers a wickedly scary time in 1630 New England

REVIEW: You might expect that a film titled "The Witch" is giving away the game from the start. How wrong you might be.
'Race' captures triumphs of Olympic hero Jesse Owens with grace, beauty

'Race' captures triumphs of Olympic hero Jesse Owens with grace, beauty

REVIEW: Olympic hero Jesse Owens is celebrated with a smooth sports movie that captures more than his fluid grace.
Review: Danish best foreign film nominee 'A War' tallies conflict at home and abroad

Review: Danish best foreign film nominee 'A War' tallies conflict at home and abroad

Oscar nominee "A War" is a morally complicated portrait of battlefield decisionmaking.
'Ted 2' is an irreverent, raunchy riot

'Ted 2' is an irreverent, raunchy riot

REVIEW: Run for cover, people: No one is safe from the "Ted" sequel's hilarious onslaught.
'Where to Invade Next' is Michael Moore's funniest film in years

'Where to Invade Next' is Michael Moore's funniest film in years

REVIEW: Michael Moore's new doc takes a different approach than his angrier indictments.
Fanboys will love 'Deadpool'; others might want to hide

Fanboys will love 'Deadpool'; others might want to hide

REVIEW: This violent, motormouthed antihero almost backs up all his obnoxious talk. Almost.
'How to Be Single' is a smart take on the dating game

'How to Be Single' is a smart take on the dating game

REVIEW: "How to Be Single" also shows how to write a good rom-com.
In 'Zoolander 2,' Ben Stiller and company commit a fashion faux pas

In 'Zoolander 2,' Ben Stiller and company commit a fashion faux pas

REVIEW: With its recycled jokes, "Zoolander 2" stumbles down the runway.
Sundance standouts you'll be hearing more about

Sundance standouts you'll be hearing more about

As the indie festival gives a first look at future hits, we also check out the weird and overhyped.
Minnesotans pan for cinematic gold at Sundance Film Festival

Minnesotans pan for cinematic gold at Sundance Film Festival

Among the circle of influence at the country's biggest indie film festival is a posse of Minnesota players and expatriates, using the sprawling event to market local attractions there or to draw film talent back to our home state.
Coen brothers deliver a dud with 'Hail, Caesar!'

Coen brothers deliver a dud with 'Hail, Caesar!'

REVIEW: Even a cast filled with Hollywood royalty can't save the fizzling "Hail, Caesar!"
Austen and action mix with ease in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Austen and action mix with ease in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

REVIEW: The hit parody novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" gets a prim and proper (and fun) adaptation.
How to fix the Oscars whiteout? Look to Sundance

How to fix the Oscars whiteout? Look to Sundance

As controversy engulfs the Academy Awards, diverse voices crowd the indie film fest.
Maggie Smith revs up Brit comedy 'The Lady in the Van'

Maggie Smith revs up Brit comedy 'The Lady in the Van'

REVIEW: Maggie Smith's third run as the haughty eccentric in "The Lady in the Van" is a matter of Olympic marksmanship, hitting the bull's-eye with each scowl and droll line reading.
Marriage is an icy battlefield in '45 Years,' with Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling

Marriage is an icy battlefield in '45 Years,' with Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling

REVIEW: Best-actress nominee Charlotte Rampling shines in the tender and chilling "45 Years."
Oscar nominee 'Son of Saul' is one of the most difficult Holocaust films ever made

Oscar nominee 'Son of Saul' is one of the most difficult Holocaust films ever made

REVIEW: The Holocaust has inspired numerous movies, but few as brutal as "Son of Saul."
'Ride Along 2' is a criminal waste of talent

'Ride Along 2' is a criminal waste of talent

REVIEW: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and a host of reputable actors are squandered by a lackluster script in "Ride Along 2."
It's all-out action as 'Revenant' and 'Mad Max' dominate Oscar noms

It's all-out action as 'Revenant' and 'Mad Max' dominate Oscar noms

Violent epics lead the way as "The Revenant" grabs 12 nominations and "Mad Max: Fury Road" gets 10 in this year's Oscar race.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube along for the ride

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube along for the ride

In conversation, the stars veer between comedy and sincerity.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actress

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actress

There is a true diversity of roles in the Oscar race for best supporting actress this year. Here’s a look at what will play into…
Michael Bay's '13 Hours' is nonstop violent carnage, minus Transformers

Michael Bay's '13 Hours' is nonstop violent carnage, minus Transformers

REVIEW: If sheer film combat bloodshed were an antiwar commentary, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" would win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actress

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actress

The best-actress Oscar race is totally up for grabs, with performances ranging from gritty to elegant. Here's a look at what will play into each actress' favor, and what's working against them.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actor

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best actor

Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be the front runner in the always tightly contested best actor race. Here's a look at what will play into each actor's favor, and what's working against them.
Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actor

Oscar tipsheet: Who will win, who should win best supporting actor

Here’s a look at what will play into each actor’s favor, and what’s working against them in the Oscar race for best supporting actor. (Key:…
Wim Wenders screening captures his soulful cool

Wim Wenders screening captures his soulful cool

An eight-film retrospective surveys the wide-ranging career of the German giant.
Eternal sunshine of Charlie Kaufman

Eternal sunshine of Charlie Kaufman

Cinema's oddball poet finds new voice in an old medium: stop-motion animation.
'The Revenant' boldly explores a whole new frontier

'The Revenant' boldly explores a whole new frontier

REVIEW: Alejandro Iñárritu's "The Revenant" gives us an Old West that's freshly unvarnished.
Charlie Kaufman's animated 'Anomalisa' is like an 'Inside Out' for midlifers

Charlie Kaufman's animated 'Anomalisa' is like an 'Inside Out' for midlifers

REVIEW: The adult drama "Anomalisa" animates the anxieties and confusion of a dreary Everyman.
Epitome of Hollywood cool, Leonardo DiCaprio goes subzero for 'The Revenant'

Epitome of Hollywood cool, Leonardo DiCaprio goes subzero for 'The Revenant'

Leonard DiCaprio faced down a frozen wilderness to film "The Revenant."
Breathtaking 'Theeb' is billed as 'the first Bedouin western'

Breathtaking 'Theeb' is billed as 'the first Bedouin western'

REVIEW: Oscar contender "Theeb" travels the same territory as "Lawrence of Arabia," with a key difference.
Jennifer Lawrence juggles triumph and sadness in likable 'Joy'

Jennifer Lawrence juggles triumph and sadness in likable 'Joy'

REVIEW: "Joy," the third collaboration from David O. Russell and his ensemble players Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, is his usual good mix of fluff and melodrama, and then some.
Review: 'Concussion' tackles NFL brain injury debate head-on

Review: 'Concussion' tackles NFL brain injury debate head-on

REVIEW: Corporate malfeasance takes a potent uppercut on the chin in "Concussion."
Review: With 'Carol,' director Todd Haynes masters look of love

Review: With 'Carol,' director Todd Haynes masters look of love

REVIEW: In "Carol," the celebrated director tells a forbidden love story with lyrical imagery.
Review: So much to love in Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

Review: So much to love in Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

REVIEW: The director returns with his usual brand of delicious dialogue and buckets of blood.
Review: 'Daddy's Home' is the latest clunker in the vapid realm of family-dysfunction farces

Review: 'Daddy's Home' is the latest clunker in the vapid realm of family-dysfunction farces

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make for an unwelcomed reunion.
Director Todd Haynes reshapes classic cinematic love story with 'Carol'

Director Todd Haynes reshapes classic cinematic love story with 'Carol'

In "Carol," director Todd Haynes says a lot with minimal dialogue from stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Christian Bale says he only sounds smart in 'The Big Short'

Christian Bale says he only sounds smart in 'The Big Short'

The Hollywood star steps into his oddest role yet in "The Big Short."
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