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Chris Hewitt

Critic | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4367

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
Adarsh Gourav in “The White Tiger.” Netflix

'The White Tiger' is a corrosive satire of the Indian caste system

The White Tiger⋆⋆⋆ out of four starsRating: R.Where: Lagoon Cinema."White people are on the way out," asserts Balram, the hero (sort of) and title character…
Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson in “Our Friend.” Roadside Attractions

'Vivid' Dakota Johnson brings humor, heart to 'Our Friend'

Dakota Johnson stars as a woman grappling with cancer.
Gramercy Pictures  John Carroll Lynch, right, placed the husband of Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) in “Fargo,” his break-out mov

You may not know this former Guthrie actor's name but you'll recognize his face in these films

Former Guthrie company member John Carroll Lynch is a versatile Hollywood go-to.
“I feel like I’m going to be making films for a while,” says Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.

A young Minnesota Native filmmaker's 'Wild' ride to Sundance

After years of writing and dreaming, a Minnesota filmmaker will compete at this month's Sundance Film Festival.
Provided by Sundance Institute | photo by Eli Born.  Michael Greyeyes appears in “Wild Indian” by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., an official selection

Sundance Film Festival goes virtual – and comes to Minneapolis

Want to see "Wild Indian" and some of the other movies at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 28-Feb. 3)? This year, you don't have to…
Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Watching 'WandaVision'? Here are five titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see first

Catch up with the world of "WandaVision" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney Plus.
Carey Mulligan in the title role of Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.” Focus Features

Jittery comedy 'Promising Young Woman' has serious issues on its mind

Emerald Fennell's satire is a shocking drama one moment and a riotous comedy the next.
Michael Ealy and Hilary Swank in “Fatale.”Lionsgate

You'll never guess what happens in the Hilary Swank thriller 'Fatale,' except you totally will

I guess we've arrived at the point where even movie titles are dogwhistles?The goofy "Fatale," starring Hilary Swank in the title role, very much wants…
Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn in “Lovers Rock.”

Take a deep dive into 7 of the best films from Black filmmakers

They haven't gotten many chances, but Black filmmakers have created a lot of excellence.
Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in “One Night in Miami.”

In Regina King's 'One Night in Miami,' performances are better than the script

Regina King's drama works best when the actors don't speak.
Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in “News of the World,” co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass.

A veteran and child become pals in moving Tom Hanks western, 'News of the World'

Paul Greengrass' moving western is helping to reopen movie theaters before it streams.
Sonja Parks in “Seedfolks” at Children’s Theatre Company.

How Twin Cities theaters are connecting with audiences online

Check out these digital productions and interactive experiences.
Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn in “Pieces of a Woman.” Netflix

Great performances bring truth to otherwise phony 'Pieces of a Woman'

Two Oscar-worthy women are the reason to see this film with Shia LaBeouf.
Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in “Sense and Sensibility.” File

From schoolmarm to rom-com nude, the 7 best Emma Thompson movie roles

Well-chosen details reveal the breadth of Emma Thompson's characters.
“My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” by Jenn Shapland

Review: 'My Autobiography of Carson McCullers,' by Jenn Shapland

My Autobiography of Carson McCullersBy Jenn Shapland. (Tin House Books, 266 pages, $22.95.)This winter, if you read just one book that seems to be a…
Pictured:  Matthew Rhys in “Perry Mason,” Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat Su

The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches

Our critics discuss the highs and lows of 2020 quarantine viewing in their living rooms.
Our critic Chris Hewitt's favorite movies of 2020

Our critic Chris Hewitt's favorite movies of 2020

'Nomadland'Jessica Bruder's nonfiction book seemed unfilmable, but director Chloé Zhao and star Frances McDormand reconceived it as a magical, compassionate drama about people living without…
Pete Docter, seen in 2019, co-wrote and co-directed the new Pixar movie “Soul” with playwright Kemp Powers.

Pixar's latest Oscar contender gets 'Soul' from Minnesota native

Growing up in a musical family influenced the latest from Pete Docter.
In Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film “Soul,” Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz.

The latest from Pixar, jazz-themed 'Soul,' is an instant classic

A musician figures out what's important in life in Pixar's "Soul."
Gal Gadot fights the forces of big hair and shoulder pads in “Wonder Woman 1984.”

It can't stick the landing but 'Wonder Woman 1984' is mostly fun

"Wonder Woman" sequel is really fun until its ending falls flat.
George Clooney and Caoilinn Springall have an Arctic rap session in “The Midnight Sky.”

George Clooney's 'The Midnight Sky' is half of a good outer-space movie

But "The Midnight Sky" is best in terrestrial scenes with the star.
Will Ferrell (right) stars as “Buddy” the Elf in “Elf.”

From pure joy to hilarious dysfunction, 7 holiday movies to fa-la-la-la-love

Forget the figgy pudding; these holiday movies will remind you what a big get-together is like.
This image released by Netflix shows Michael Potts, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”  (David Lee/Ne

Chadwick Boseman's last performance, in an August Wilson adaptation, is his best

Filmmakers smartly reshape August Wilson play for the screen.
Morena Baccarin and Gerard Butler in “Greenland.”

Apocalyptic adventure film 'Greenland' is not much fun right now

It's the end of the world as we know it for Gerard Butler and family, and it doesn't feel fine.
Michael Greyeyes appears in Wild Indian by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film

Minnesota filmmaker one of ten to compete at Sundance fest

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.'s "Wild Indian" will compete with nine other films in the upcoming virtual festival.
Meryl Streep’s character is suspected of murdering her lover in 1982’s “Still of the Night” (with Roy Scheider).

You've seen all of Hitchcock? Check out 7 great movies that imitate/flatter him

Check out these "Alfred Hitchcock" movies that were made by other people.
Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen in “Let Them All Talk.” HBO Max

Meryl Streep leads a deft cast in the improvised comedy 'Let Them All Talk'

An ocean cruise is a chance to reopen wounds in an improvised comedy from Steven Soderbergh.
MELINDA SUE GORDON • Netflix Above, Meryl Streep and James Corden are narcissistic  theater folk in “The Prom.” See more Meryl in “Let Them Al

'The Prom' musical sometimes drags but Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman have giddy fun

The stars shine in this movie musical, even if it doesn't always make sense.
Drew Barrymore and Drew Barrymore in “The Stand-in.”

There are two Drew Barrymores in this new comedy and you'll hate 'em both

Barrymore does double duty in a crass comedy.
Thaddeus J. Mixson as Fahmarr and Jay Reeves as his big brother Ray Ray McElrathbey in “Safety.”

Disney's 'Safety' is true story of a college athlete forced to hide his baby brother in his dorm

Fact-based football drama "Safety" is an inspiring tale.
Becca Hart, left, and Isabella Star LaBlanc in “Is Edward Snowden Single?”

Jungle Theater goes online to debut 'Edward Snowden,' a raucous comedy about friendship

Review: With theaters shuttered, "Edward Snowden" premieres online.
Sundance Film Fest hitting close to home

Sundance Film Fest hitting close to home

The annual festival, usually in Utah, will switch to virtual and remote sites in 2021, including Minneapolis.
Illusion administrators Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris received a lifetime achievement award at the 2014 Ivey Awards.

Illusion Theater is goin' south

The organization will continue to develop new work in a home in south Minneapolis.