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Chris Hewitt

Critic | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4367
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Theater critic Chris Hewitt previously worked at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, where he covered movies and then theater. Also, he occasionally gets to write book reviews.


Armed with a degree in the lucrative field of history, Chris has written for publications that vary from a small-town newspaper to a city magazine to national sites. He's probably reading a good book right this minute.
Recent content from Chris Hewitt
Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart star in “Happiest Season.”

Review: With 'Happiest Season,' gay community gets its own phony holiday comedy

Kristen Stewart stars in a comedy that's no holiday.
Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis star in “Uncle Frank.”

'Uncle Frank' is a Southern-set comedy and drama about coming out in the '70s

Alan Ball's comedy/drama owes a debt to Tennessee Williams.
The Croods, left, meet the Bettermans, right, in DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods: A New Age.”

'Croods' sequel is a sweet, funny slice of cavepeople life

Family-friendly "Croods" sequel finds caveman-level laughs in prehistory.
Deborah Coleman / Pixar Bloomington native Pete Docter has been at the helm of most Pixar releases. His latest, "Soul," will premiere on Disney Plus.

Minnesotan behind 'Toy Story' and 'Up' on his latest Pixar movie 'Soul'

The latest from Pixar is another chapter in the life of Bloomington's own Pete Docter
Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz in “Mank.” Netflix

The latest from director David Fincher, 'Mank' requires some cinematic homework

David Fincher salutes "Citizen Kane" by exploring its origins.
When Ruben (Riz Ahmed) loses his hearing, he also loses touch with his beloved music in “Sound of Metal.” Amazon Studios

Riz Ahmed drums up awards attention as musician battling hearing loss in 'Sound of Metal'

In "Sound of Metal," a drummer grapples with hearing loss.
Barbra Streisand debuted in the 1968 movie classic “Funny Girl.”

7 movies with the best debut performances ever, from Alan Rickman to Lupita Nyong'o

These actors dazzled us right out of the gate in some of the best first-time performances of all time.
Paul Bettany and Nicole Kidman in “Dogville”

From showgirl to killer, 7 of Nicole Kidman's best roles streaming now

Nicole Kidman never looks away from the weird and the surprising.
Josh Duhamel, left, with Nick Swardson (over his shoulder) co-wrote and directed “Buddy Games.” (Saban Films)

Wild, raunchy 'Buddy Games' movie to premiere in Plymouth with stars Josh Duhamel and Nick Swardson

Two stars will premiere their raucous comedy at the Plymouth multiplex.
Diane Lane stars (and helped convince Kevin Costner to appear with her) in “Let Him Go.”

Diane Lane hopes 'Let Him Go' movie captures book the way readers envisioned it

Actor Diane Lane is a mother in "Let Him Go," the film version of a Minneapolis-published novel.
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in “Let Him Go."

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner reteam for gripping family drama 'Let Him Go'

A tense battle for custody plays out in this character-driven drama.
“Last Stop on Market Street,” Children’s Theatre Company;

Missing your favorite theater? Catch up with these streamable local offerings

While theater venues are dark, many stay connected to audiences with streaming shows.
Designer Debbie Turner tried to find a signature "Sound of Music" fabric for years. Now, she's turning it into popular face masks.

Minnesota's 'Sound of Music' star turns movie curtains into face masks

Chanhassen designer turns "Sound of Music" stardom into a clever face mask business.
Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in “Seven.”

7 best movies starring the great, versatile Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman advanced from pimp to Supreme Being, with judges in between.
“To Breed, or Not to Breed” creator Ariel Pinkerton at the Crane Theater.

Minneapolis company stages show to gauge if theatergoers will return indoors safely

"To Breed, or Not to Breed" stages an "experiment" to see if theatergoers are ready to safely gather indoors.
Gillian Jacobs and Azhy Robertson in “Come Play.” Jasper Savage / Amblin Partners / Focus Features

In new Halloween movie 'Come Play,' you can never escape your own online profile

Halloween film works better as family drama than horror.
FILE -- (NYT40) NEW HAVEN, Ct. -- May 16, 2007 -- THEATER-WILSON-LEGACY-ADV20-2 -- Playwright August Wilson outside the Yale Repertory Theater in New

Playwright August Wilson's notes and papers being acquired by U of Pittsburgh

Notes the late August Wilson scrawled at places such as St. Paul's W.A. Frost restaurant have found a home at the University of Pittsburgh.The university's…
Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and the last remaining survivors drive out of their mall fortress in makeshift armored vehicles in the zombie action thrille

7 movie remakes that are better than the originals

A solid story is key to a good remake, as is a storyteller with a point of view.
Retired WCCO anchor Don Shelby and his wife, Barbara, built their dream home to be highly energy-efficient and sustainable, while also blending in wit

8 years after building his green dream home, Don Shelby strives to go even greener

The former WCCO anchor and his wife, Barbara, are still looking for ways to improve their home's sustainability.
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Borat 2: Sacha Baron Cohen is back to mess with your head — and heart

Cohen's ribald sequel surveys the state of the nation.
The Frances McDormand-led drama “Nomadland” has garnered significant awards buzz.

Twin Cities Film Festival kicks off with a mix of offerings

Some of the Twin Cities Film Fest's movies are on the big screen, some at home.
Interim artistic director Christina Baldwin.

Jungle Theater announces a season of virtual productions to stream

Virtual productions will feature a number of well-known Twin Cities actors.
Jamie Lee Curtis in a scene from the 1978 horror film classic, “Halloween,” directed by John Carpenter.

Just in time for Halloween, stream the 7 scariest movies ever made

It's impossible to name the seven scariest movies, but we took a stab (or a slash?) at it.
The Playwrights' Center is currently located in a former church on E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

St. Paul theater group will use big boost from state bonding bill to double its space

With the state funding, the Playwrights' Center will more than double its footprint.
Liping Vong wears a three-sided mask to portray June in Open Eye Figure Theatre’s shadow play “Bug Girl.”

'Bug Girl' is a beautiful, creepy way to see theater under the stars

Review: The shadow play "Bug Girl" offers two kinds of shivers.
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

8 reasons we're still reading mystery writer Agatha Christie after 100 years

A century after her first book appeared, we still love Agatha Christie.
(Jessica Miglio/Signature Entertainment/TNS) Timothee Chalamet and Elle Fanning in “A Rainy Day in New York.”

Mired in controversy, 3-year-old Woody Allen film finally opens in Minneapolis

"A Rainy Day in New York" was dropped by Amazon and disavowed by many of its actors.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Aaron Sorkin makes 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' a very Sorkin-y showcase for actors

Cast outshines script in fact-ish drama.
“Joker” made the cut of AFI’s top 10 films of 2019.

7 best movies of birthday boy Joaquin Phoenix

The Oscar winner keeps finding reinvention and rebirth.
Scenes from Open Eye Theatre’s “Bug Girl” directed by Liz Howl and written by Senah Yeboah-Sampong.

Audiences will climb to the roof of a Minneapolis museum for unsettling 'Bug Girl'

A creepy, witty shadow-puppet play will be performed on the roof of the Bakken.
Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson says her new book 'Caste' is 'an X-ray of our country,' exposing what divides us

Author says her book reveals the "bones" underlying our nation's divisions.
Cheech Marin, Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken in “The War With Grandpa.”

Robert De Niro plays 'Grandpa' in a comedy that doesn't deserve him

All generations can unite in agreeing that this Robert De Niro comedy isn't funny.
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in “All the President’s Men.”

Are you being watched? 7 of the best paranoid thrillers of the 1970s

They came out in the aftermath of the most trusted people in the country lying.
Talking Volumes: Helen Macdonald, the author of “Vesper Flights,” joins Talking Volumes with a Zoom presentation later this week.

Famed nature writer Helen Macdonald soars with followup to 'H Is for Hawk'

As species disappear, "H Is for Hawk" author Helen Macdonald takes a bolder stance in her new book.
Rashida Jones and Bill Murray in “On the Rocks.” A24 Films

Murray, Coppola reteam for breezy father/daughter comedy 'On the Rocks'

Breezy Sofia Coppola comedy lets us hang with the stars.
“A Little Princess”

Take a deep dive into early movies of Mexico's Oscar-winning 'Three Amigos'

Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu became famous, but early movies revealed their talents.
Alicia Vikander and Janelle Monáe in “The Glorias.” Roadside Attractions

Offbeat biopic has four different actors portray feminist Steinem in 'The Glorias'

Four actors play feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem in "The Glorias."
Elizabeth Debicki and John David Washington in “Tenet.”

Denzel Washington's son, John David, is becoming a star in his own right

"Tenet" wasn't the only top-secret project John David Washington had this summer.
Evan Rachel Wood in “Kajillionaire.”

In unconventional comedy 'Kajillionaire,' a young woman learns to embrace her humanity

Evan Rachel Wood excels in the quirky comedy "Kajillionaire."
The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie “Black Widow,” last set for Nov. 6, heads to May 7 of next year.

Time to revisit the best movies in the Marvel 'universe'

It has been 15 months since the last entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it could be much longer for the next.
Eleanor Herman photo by Sigrid Estrada

REVIEW: 'Sex With Presidents,' by Eleanor Herman

NONFICTION: A books that asks: Does wanting to be president also make men cheat?
After several delays, James Bond (Daniel Craig, left) is scheduled to return to theaters this fall.

With superheroes and Pixar, this fall movie season looks a lot like summer

Chris Hewitt Star Tribune After a summer virtually free of new releases, the movies will be a little more normal this fall, even if…
Screen Media Films Above: Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet in “Blackbird.”

The script isn't great but Sarandon and Winslet buoy 'Blackbird,' a movie about 'good death'

Come to this movie for the melodrama, stay for the acting.
Denzel Washington in “Devil in a Blue Dress.”

Watch the best of influential actor/filmmaker Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington's contributions to the movies go far beyond his own acting.
Scott and Diane Hatfield worked with Studio M designer Carly Loobeek on their remodel. The first step was to select the flooring, which set the tone f

A Plymouth couple transform their longtime home from dark to bright

A Plymouth couple disliked their then-new home's dark finishes before they even moved in. After 26 years, a makeover let the sunshine in.
Geraldine Viswanathan and Dacre Montgomery in “The Broken Hearts Gallery.” George Kraychyk/Sony-TriStar Pictures via AP

Romantic comedy 'Broken Hearts Gallery' showcases a lot of young talent

"Broken Hearts" cast is a cut above the usual romcom.
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) dresses to attract the attention of Christian (Justin Walker) in "Clueless."

From 'Clueless' to 'Sixteen Candles,' check out the best back-to-school films

Your back-to-school assignment: Name the best student-based films.
Prepare to marvel at the look of 'Tenet' and not care about much else

Prepare to marvel at the look of 'Tenet' and not care about much else

The first blockbuster release of the pandemic, "Tenet" is handsome but chilly.
Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., who served in the St. Paul Police Department for 28 years, is the subject of a reading of “Diesel Heart” by the Histo

New play tells the story of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's police-officer dad

History Theatre will stream a Zoom reading of the play "Diesel Heart."
Frances McDormand in her first Oscar-winning role, as Marge Gunderson in the 1996 movie “Fargo.”

You betcha: 7 movies that show off the immense talent of Frances McDormand

Her work with the Coen brothers shows how versatile she can be. And with great material, she is at her best.
"Wonder Woman 1984" with Gal Gadot is set for an Oct. 2 release.

Movies are slowly coming back – but can Hollywood and theaters stay in business?

Industry veterans say theaters won't get back to normal any time soon.
Dev Patel in the film "The Personal History of David Copperfield."

'Veep' veterans offer a hilarious spin on Dickens' 'David Copperfield'

Comic "Copperfield" adaptation is at more than two dozen theaters, including the just-reopened Lagoon Cinema.
Greta Gerwig as Frances dancing in front of fountain in a scene from the film, “Frances Ha.”

Catch up with inventive writer/director/actor Greta Gerwig

In a short time, Greta Gerwig has racked up lots of fine work on both sides of the camera.
Marcie Rendon, this year’s McKnight Distinguished Artist.

McKnight honoree wants to use award to 'encourage other Native artists'

Marcie Rendon, the new McKnight Distinguished Artist, wants Native readers to see themselves on her pages.
Russell Crowe in “Unhinged.”

Russell Crowe is 'Unhinged' in first wide movie release since March

Crowe is a maniac who uses his pickup as a weapon in "Unhinged."
Citizen Kane (1941) with Orson Welles.

7 movies that prove the power of good cinematography

Cinematographers visually shaped the stories that these movies tell.
Laura Stearns, left and Kim Kivens in “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.” The two-woman show, put on by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, is playi

Twin Cities' first live theater in months is a comedy/drama about mothers

Review: Two-character "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother" is first major play since March.
“Jazz on a Summer’s Day” features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends, including Dinah Washington.

Restored classic film from the '50s is a dreamy essay about jazz and summer

It's partly a concert film, but the dreamy "Jazz on a Summer's Day" often veers offstage.
Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation.”

7 movies to celebrate Bill Murray's 70th birthday

Since we met him on "Saturday Night Live," Bill Murray has shown he can do it all.
Actors Laura Stearns and Kim Kivens rehearsed “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” in a Minneapolis backyard as stage manager Samson Perry looked on

A St. Paul play was set to be the first major live theater in months. Then its director got COVID-19

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company proves the show must go on.
Mick Jagger in “The Burnt Orange Heresy.”

Mick Jagger art-world thriller asks if moviegoers are ready to return to theaters

The rocker plays a devious art collector in the slow-burn thriller "The Burnt Orange Heresy."
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) meets her match in Ed Masry (Albert Finney) in “Erin Brockovich,” about a divorced mother of three (Brockovich) wh

Soderbergh's Seven: The best of his films to watch right now, from crime dramas to caper comedies

Steven Soderbergh writes some of his clever movies, and often edits and shoots them, to boot.
Actress Laura Osnes attends the premiere screening of FX's "Fosse/Verdon" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Monday, April 8, 2019, in New York.

Eagan native and Tony nominee Laura Osnes booked for 'Murder'

Former Children's Theatre star will sing in streaming show "Murder Mystery Musical."
Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas in “The Secret: Dare to Dream.”

Movie adaptation of bestselling 'The Secret' not worth whispering about

A veteran character actor enlivens a wan romance based on the self-help books.
“Tell No One”

In the mood for a thriller? 7 French films show that suspense has no language barrier

Are they thrilling? Oui!
8Provided by Park Square Theatre The murderous cast of “Riddle Puzzle Plot,” written by Jeffrey Hatcher (at top), includes (clockwise from above l

Park Square Theatre's interactive mystery 'Riddle Puzzle Plot' premieres on Zoom

No one's sure what to call this hybrid of theater and the internet, but writer Jeffrey Hatcher hopes it's fun.
Steve Zahn has racked up 81 credits in less than 30 years.

Minnesota's busy Steve Zahn has been in more movies than you realize. Here are 7 of his best.

The Minnesota high school theater star has gone on to become a showbiz veteran.
Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie in “Radioactive.”

An unconventional biopic, 'Radioactive' tells the story of pioneering nuclear physicist Marie Curie

It's the Marie Curie story, unconventionally told.
Reza Salazer, John Earl Jelks, Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra in “Floyd’s” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie-commissioned play by Pulitzer winner will make its Broadway debut in 2021

Lynn Nottage comedy had its world premiere in Minneapolis last summer.
From left: Caymen Sheets, Nihal Dantluri, Andrew Zuckerman and Dillon Orth on the set of “Undergrads.”

Student film shoot for 'Undergrads' goes on, with changes due to COVID-19

College students are shooting a movie, with health precautions, in the St. Paul area.
Mercedes (Brandee Evans) and Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) at Pynk in "P Valley."

New Starz TV series 'P-Valley' has its roots in Minneapolis theater

New series began as a play at Mixed Blood.
The cast of "Forever Plaid" at Mankato Playhouse (from left): Noah Thomas, Hans Bloedel, Matt Atwood and Paul Ragan.

One of the first to return to live theater, Mankato Playhouse is selling tickets for July show

Mankato venue has a production of 'Forever Plaid' in the works.
Kerry Brown/Netflix Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in “Our Souls at Night.”

7 classic movies with the great Jane Fonda streaming right now

Two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda has lots of classics to stream.
This image released by Netflix shows Charlize Theron, left, and Kiki Layne in a scene from “The Old Guard,” premiering July 10 on Netflix.

More of the same face-kicking from Charlize Theron but with international twist

An international cast kicks butt in Netflix drama.
Van Jones in "13th"

Looking for a true-crime follow-up to 'Tiger King?' Try these

Given our fascination with crime, there's no surprise it features in so many nonfiction films, but it is surprising it took Hollywood so long to take notice.