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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
Survivors Laura Stearns and Jina Penn-Tracy rested their heads together at the end of a press conference where Attorney Jeff Anderson announced settle

Minnesota theater group hopes guidelines can stop abusive behavior

Minnesota Theater Accountability Coalition's document addresses safe environments, work/life balance and equity.
(From left) Maddie Granlund, Masanari Kawahara and Jennifer Baldwin-Peden try to recall the past in “Anamnesis.”

'Anamnesis' is a comedy/drama with a lot on its mind

Moving Company's new play takes a fresh and self-reflexive look at the very work the theater does.
Halle Berry as Jackie Justice in “Bruised.”

Halle Berry packs a one-two punch as writer, director of 'Bruised'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Lady Gaga in “House of Gucci.”

Lady Gaga enlivens 'House of Gucci' movie but it trips on the runway

The script can't figure out what story to tell, the screenplay is boring and the movie begs to be trimmed.
Steven Yeun and Richard Jenkins are among “The Humans” experiencing an unsettling Thanksgiving in the movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning p

'The Humans' serves up a turkey dinner with a side of dread

In this family drama, transferred from stage to screen, a Thanksgiving gathering takes a terrifying turn.
Set in the lush jungles of Colombia, “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

'Encanto' completes Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2021 musical hat trick

The Colombia-set fable boasts snappy songs and a dandy heroine.
Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman play an uncle and nephew getting to know each other in “C’mon C’mon.”

'C'mon C'mon' finds Joaquin Phoenix pivoting from 'Joker' to his sweet side

The Oscar winner plays a man getting to know his nephew in this comedy/drama.
Denzel Washington stars in Joel Coen’s upcoming “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

For these 7 great movies, it's all there in black and white

With four black-and-white movies in multiplexes, color is beginning to seem like it's so 2020.
Will Smith stars as dad/coach Richard Williams in “King Richard.”

In 'King Richard,' Will Smith reigns as dad and coach behind Venus and Serena Williams

There are reasons to be skeptical that we're getting the whole picture here, but as a tribute to the dad who was their first and best coach, "King Richard" is inspiring and entertaining.
Laura Osnes performed July 2 from Washington, D.C., for the PBS show “A Capitol Fourth.”

Laura Osnes loses another theater gig, apparently over vaccine status

It's at least the third theatrical production that has replaced the Minnesota native.
The new documentary, “Jagged,” about Alanis Morissette debuts on Thursday.

Why you ought to watch Alanis Morissette documentary 'Jagged'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Review: 'Miss Kopp Investigates,' by Amy Stewart

Review: 'Miss Kopp Investigates,' by Amy Stewart

Books in brief
The national tour of “Oklahoma!” burrows into the classic musical to emphasize its most uncomfortable moments.

You'll never look at 'Oklahoma!' the same way after seeing this touring show

Review: Without altering the script, a visionary director puts his stamp on a classic now playing the Orpheum.
Jude Hill plays a character based on writer/director Kenneth Branagh in his Irish-set comedy/drama “Belfast.”

Irish eyes smile in 'Belfast,' a nostalgic film based on Kenneth Branagh's childhood

The comedy/drama looks at Northern Ireland's "Troubles" from a child's point of view.
Emily Rosenberg (standing) delivers a rallying cry to (left to right) Maggie Cramer, Nissa Nordland Morgan, Kelsey Cramer and Sarah Broude in “Top G

'Top Girls', Caryl Churchill's blistering 1980s play now on stage in Minneapolis, still speaks to today

Review: Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" is as relevant now as when it was written four decades ago.
Kevin Garnett

In a new Showtime documentary, Kevin Garnett revisits what went wrong in Minnesota

Plus, more of what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Ruth Negga, left, and Tessa Thompson play Black women, one of whom “passes” for white, in the 1920s-set “Passing.”

'Passing' is provocative and one of the year's best movies

Rebecca Hall's compelling drama delves into race and identity.
An enormous cast of superheroes fights for attention in “The Eternals.”

'Eternals' is not one for the ages although Chloe Zhao freshens the Marvel formula

It features a large ensemble of new characters and hops between continents and across centuries.
Idris Elba (in stripes) is the meanest varmint in “The Harder They Fall.”

'The Harder They Fall' is a bloody good western

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Review: 'Murder at Mallowan Hall,' by Colleen Cambridge

Review: 'Murder at Mallowan Hall,' by Colleen Cambridge

Books in brief
Edgar Wright’s new movie gives Anya Taylor-Joy a “Last Night in Soho.”

'Last Night in Soho' shifts gears from comedy to drama to horror

The genre-bender hits its mark more often than not.
Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Fisher Stevens are part of the all-star cast of “The French Dispatch.”

Wes Anderson's 'French Dispatch' is amusing, and very Anderson-y

The comedic fantasy features three short movies with a French twist.
The Scooby-Doo gang

The Scooby-Doo gang reunites for a TV special with no bite

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
Oregon’s Night Shade will use shadow puppets to create a spooky show on the roof of the Bakken Museum.

Twin Cities theaters want to scare the pants off you with ghosts and lopped-off arms

Christmas has long been an opportunity for theaters but now they're hopping on Halloween.
Timothée Chalamet is a lonely warrior in the massive “Dune.”

Review: 'Dune' looks terrific but the storytelling gets lost in the sand

Somber space drama doesn't have much momentum.
Selma Blair gives an intimate look at her life in the documentary, “Introducing, Selma Blair,” as she struggles through the debilitating symptoms

Selma Blair gives the performance of her life in new documentary

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
Kimberly Richardson is bedeviled by “The Red Shoes” in Open Eye Theatre’s noir comedy.

Noir-influenced 'Red Shoes' showcases dazzling work by Kimberly Richardson

Review: The fairy tale/detective story features the actor in multiple roles.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back to try to finish off Michael Myers, again, in “Halloween Kills.”

'Halloween Kills' has plenty of gore but little else

Themes are not explored enough and Jamie Lee Curtis is sidelined for half the movie.
New arts leaders at the Jungle include (from left) JuCoby Johnson, Angela Timberman, Sequoia Hauck and James Rodriguez.

As the Twin Cities theater world recalibrates, leadership shifts to groups

Diverse groups of artists are becoming leaders at Twin Cities theaters.
Moe Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed in the documentary “The Velvet Underground.”

New 'Velvet Underground' film focuses on that fine, fine music

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
Cassie Beck plays Heidi Schreck, as a teenager and an adult, in “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

Funny and moving, 'What the Constitution Means to Me' at Guthrie takes new look at old ideas

Review: Teenage enthusiasm for the document gives way to adult fears in thoughtful play at the Guthrie.
Amor Towles.

How Twin Cities-bound bestselling author Amor Towles built 'The Lincoln Highway'

The author of "A Gentleman in Moscow" talks about how he set the stage for his new 1950s-set adventure.
Daniel Craig’s latest outing as James Bond, “No Time to Die,” is supposedly his last. But he has said that before.

Daniel Craig shines in his last Bond film 'No Time to Die' but the villains fall short

Craig's latest 007 film begins well, bogs down, then goes out with a bang.
Jeanna de Waal plays Diana and Roe Hartrampf is Charles in “Diana the Musical,” which is available on Netflix now.

Netflix's 'Diana: The Musical' is a royal pain

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” at Collide Theatrical Dance Company features, from left, Betsy Nelson as Shelley, Renee Guittar as the Creature an

How Collide Theatrical makes Frankenstein's ungainly creature dance

A choreographer and dancer figure out how to get the monster to move.
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond for the fifth time in “No Time to Die,” which hits theaters on Friday.

It's hard to break the Bond with the 7 best of 007

From Connery to Craig, watch James Bond at his most stirring.
Michael Gandolfini (left) plays a young Tony Soprano and Alessandro Nivola stars as his crime mentor in “The Many Saints of Newark.”

'The Many Saints of Newark' is a stylish, worthy prequel to 'Sopranos'

Even for those who haven't watched the TV show, the movie knocks 'em dead.
Tom Hardy plays both a reporter and a destructive creature in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” in which he does battle with a serial killer (and des

Marvel's relentless 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' may wear you out

The action is so nonstop it could make viewers cry "Uncle!"
Kyler Chase and Zoe Hartigan play strangers, chained together and forced to solve a mystery in Lyric Arts’ production of “The 39 Steps.”

'39 Steps' by Lyric Arts falls a few steps short

Review: Hitchcock adaptation begins well but then gets too pleased with itself.
Kelly Huffman is the new news director and vice president of KMSP Fox 9 and WFTC.

Twin Cities Fox stations promote news veteran to be news director

Kelly Huffman was the assistant news director at KMSP and WFTC.
Cassie Beck (right) steps into the shoes of actor/writer Heidi Schreck (left) in “What the Constitution Means to Me” on its national tour, startin

Updated Broadway hit 'Constitution' opens at Guthrie Theater

Cassie Beck stars in the national tour relaunch of Heidi Schreck's play.
Anthony Doerr

Review: 'Cloud Cuckoo Land,' by Anthony Doerr

FICTION: Anthony Doerr's follow-up to his Pulitzer winner is bigger and more ambitious.
Ralph Fiennes in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The 7 best Ralph Fiennes movies include a few you may never have heard of

The British actor regularly upends our expectations.
Ben Platt and Julianne Moore play son and mother in “Dear Evan Hansen.”

'Dear Evan Hansen' musical makes shaky shift from stage to screen

The characters sing but this uneasy movie adaptation doesn't.
A musical comes to life in Springfield as Marge stages a revival of her beloved high school show on the season premiere of “The Simpsons.”

'The Simpsons' open 33rd season with a musical

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
Studios are hoping theater-exclusive films like “No Time to Die” have a strong enough pull to get viewers off the couch and back into the multiple

Movies navigate a brave new world of streaming and theaters reopening

Streamers aren't going anywhere. Can multiplexes lure moviegoers off their couches and into theaters again?

10 hottest movies to see this fall, from 'Dune' to a new Bond film

Studios are hoping theater-exclusive films have a strong enough pull to get viewers back into the multiplex.
Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

'Eyes of Tammy Faye' has little to say about the late evangelist

Tammy Faye Bakker biopic feels cartoonish.
Cherry Jones in “Signs.”

Watch the 7 best movies from the greatest actor that fans barely knew

You may not have no­ticed how many fine movies fea­ture this char­ac­ter ac­tor.
Open Eye Theatre brought its “Log Jam!” to new heights on the Bakken’s rooftop.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Bakken Museum's rooftop became a stage

Plays, cabaret acts, concerts by Jeremy Messersmith and others, a drag show, improv and more have followed on the roof, which could host up to 90 with social distancing but has a maximum capacity of 140 now.
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show.”

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon return for a 2nd season of 'The Morning Show'

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
“Every Little Step” goes behind the scenes of “A Chorus Line.” Sony Pictures Classics

7 best films that capture the 'miracle' of live theater

As live theater returns, see these documentaries about putting it together.
Oscar Isaac in “The Card Counter.”

Paul Schrader's 'Card Counter' is another complex drama about morality

A gambler harbors big secrets in this morally complex film.
Jeff Daniels in “American Rust.”

Our critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
Laika Studios/Focus Features  Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron, and Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, in “Kubo and the Two Strings.”   via AP

Handcrafted and beautiful, meet the 7 best stop-motion movies of all time

Painstakingly handcrafted, these seven stop-motion films offer a fresh way to see the world.
Michael Greyeyes in "Wild Indian."Vertical Entertainment

Minnesota filmmaker makes a promising debut with taut thriller 'Wild Indian'

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. shows restraint in a taut drama that confronts a tragic past.
Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Marvel's latest movie, 'Shang-Chi,' is a fantastic, playful adventure

Inventive and funny, "Shang-Chi" pushes the superhero franchise in exciting new directions.
Camila Cabello is Ella and Billy Porter is Fab G in a new retelling of “Cinderella.”Kerry Brown • Amazon

A modern 'Cinderella,' with Camila Cabello, is funny and female-forward

Modern version of the classic puts feminism at its center.
Camila Cabello and Billy Porter star in “Cinderella.”

Our critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
Actors rehearse “Hopscotch: Pop-Up Plays About the Future” at St. Paul’s Frogtown Farm, one of several parks where they’ll perform 10 short pl

Ten short plays let Twin Cities artists (and outdoor audiences) envision the future

A batch of short plays asks artists and audiences to imagine what comes next.
Farley Granger and Robert Walker in the 1951 thriller “Strangers on a Train.”

Meet Patricia Highsmith, the writer who inspired some of the best movies ever made

The late crime writer inspired some of the best movies ever made, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" to "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy in "Candyman." Universal

There's just as much bad as good in overstuffed 'Candyman' remake

There's way too much going on in this reimagining of a horror film classic.
Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine in “Pen15.”

Our critics' guide to what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
Sean Penn and Dylan Penn in “Flag Day.”

Minneapolis writer admits to excitement and dread as her life becomes a movie

While Jennifer Vogel was thrilled to see her book become a movie, she dreaded her life being re-enacted on screen.
Emily Blunt plays Evelyn Abbott in “A Quiet Place.”

Emily Blunt is this summer's movie MVP: Dive into the 7 best performances of her career

She fights monsters and drug cartels, sings in musicals and plays an alcoholic with ease.
Rebecca Hall appears in a scene from the film “The Night House.”

Is the spooky stuff in 'Night House' grief? Or ghosts?

Rebecca Hall is smashing as a widow tormented by grief and spooks.
Sean Penn in “Flag Day.”

Sean Penn's 'Flag Day' is a sensitive take on Minneapolis writer's book

"Flag Day," based on Minneapolis writer's memoir, dramatizes one woman's uneasy search for clarity.
Marion Cotillard stars in “Annette.”

Our critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
“She’s genuinely terrifying,” says Rebecca Hall of her character in “The Night House.”

With a ghost story now and an Oscar contender this fall, get to know Rebecca Hall

In "Night House," Rebecca Hall plays a widow who uncovers dark secrets.

Review: 'Agatha Christie: First Lady of Crime,' edited by H.R.F. Keating

Agatha Christie: First Lady of CrimeEdited by H.R.F. Keating. (Pegasus Crime, 272 pages, $26.95.)It's easy to guess why this 1977 collection of essays about the…
Jennifer Hudson shines as Aretha Franklin, but the script stumbles as it tries to include too much of the singer’s life story.

Music makes 'Respect' sing but the Aretha Franklin biopic feels phony

Jennifer Hudson is terrific as the Queen of Soul, but the script needs a rethink.
Duluth’s Daniel Durant stars in “CODA.” Apple TV Plus

A hearing girl and her deaf family conflict in crowd-pleasing 'CODA'

A hearing girl and her deaf family struggle over her singing dreams in crowd-pleasing "CODA."
Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in “Ghostbusters.”

The 7 best Bill Murray movies feature laughs, heartbreak

From his sketch comedy origins, he has created a varied roster of characters.
John David Washington in “Becket.’’

Our critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend

Critics pick the buzziest shows and movies to watch on TV this weekend.
Daniel Durant in “CODA,” premiering globally on Apple TV Plus on August 13.

Minnesota Deaf school grad Daniel Durant is Duluth's resident movie star

Duluth resident Daniel Durant is ready to make a splash on the screen with "CODA."