Victoria Times Colonist (B.C., Canada)

Victoria Times Colonist (B.C., Canada) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael D. Reid
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet (2013) Michael D. Reid It's during such harrowing moments that you're reminded how fluidly integrated with real backgrounds the realistically rendered digital action can be. And, as in classic wildlife documentaries, reality can be unsettling. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 Amazon Adventure (2017) Michael D. Reid It's the kind of earnest, but increasingly patience-trying film, that will be best appreciated by viewers in search of an educational experience rather than a thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016) Michael D. Reid By turns dramatic and lighthearted, this documentary is as captivating as the fiercely independent woman it celebrates. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2017
3.5/5 The Hollow Child (2017) Michael D. Reid McLeod's performance is as much a highlight as the spooky spirit Lutter conjures, enhanced by Nelson and Graham Talbot's striking cinematography and David Parfit's sinister score. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2017
3.5/5 Riverhead (2016) Michael D. Reid Oakey's familiarity with the region's colourful characters, culture and landscape effectively complements his film's edgy drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2017
3/5 Marie Curie (2016) Michael D. Reid While the drama could have been more engrossing and substantive, the evocative period detail greatly enhances Noelle's selective and intimate portrait of a loving wife, mother and workaholic. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
2/5 Roommates Wanted (2016) Michael D. Reid Dussollier is amusing as the exasperated old loner who gets a new lease on life, but he's trapped by the material and his appeal can't compensate for the film's one-dimensional characters and predictable plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/5 After Love (2016) Michael D. Reid An intimate variation on films from Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage to Kramer vs. Kramer, this moving domestic drama effectively captures the complexity of a dying relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
4/5 Forushande (2016) Michael D. Reid It becomes riveting, a testament to remarkable performances turned in by the leads. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
2.5/5 Frantz (2016) Michael D. Reid Suffice it to say complications ensue within what plays like classic melodrama highlighted by top-shelf art direction, some powerfully evocative sequences that reflect postwar anger and Beer's magnificent performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 Theater of Life (2016) Michael D. Reid Writer-director Peter Svatek has cooked up an epicurean documentary about food waste that is as mouth-watering as it is inspirational. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) Michael D. Reid It's how Nanua conveys this young brainiac's humanity, however, that allows McCarthy's bleak morality tale and survival adventure to transcend genre clichés and a draggy midsection before survivors head for London. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 My Scientology Movie (2015) Michael D. Reid While much of what transpires behind closed doors and beyond at the Church of Scientology is no laughing matter, Theroux makes it so. The result is a film as funny as it is scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 Gulistan, Land of Roses (2016) Michael D. Reid Embedded with this all-female brigade in the hills and deserts of Kurdistan, Akyol furnishes her nuanced portrayal of their camaraderie with striking imagery of this beautiful but dangerous landscape. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 The Skyjacker's Tale (2016) Michael D. Reid Loaded with cheesy re-enactments and archival footage that evoke a 1970s vibe, the film plays like a bad episode of Forensic Files. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
5/5 Like Crazy (2016) Michael D. Reid [Writer-director Paolo Virzi] expertly balances tension, hilarity and an emotionally affecting finale that, as with so much in this film, defies expectations. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 Prevenge (2016) Michael D. Reid Gruesomely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 I Called Him Morgan (2016) Michael D. Reid It's a by turns revealing, mystifying and selective recollection of an ill-fated relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
3/5 Indivisible (2016) Michael D. Reid What this stylized diversion lacks in narrative depth and originality, it makes up with a dreamlike glow, courtesy of Ferran Rubio's stellar camerawork, and some colourful sequences that recall a Fellini movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (2016) Michael D. Reid If you're a musical-theatre geek who once listened endlessly to Stephen Sondheim showtunes while gazing at framed playbills on your bedroom wall, this is the movie for you. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
2/5 Don't Blink -- Robert Frank (2015) Michael D. Reid An intriguing, messy and off-putting portrait of the influential American photographer and experimental filmmaker Robert Frank. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
3/5 Merci patron! (2016) Michael D. Reid Ostensibly inspired by Michael Moore's Roger & Me, playfully irreverent French activist Francois Ruffin takes aim at Bernard Arnault, the controversial billionaire CEO of LMVP. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 Old Stone (2016) Michael D. Reid This cynicism-laced film has much to say about the erosion of compassion in an increasingly institutional society. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) Michael D. Reid A thought-provoking tapestry. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
3.5/5 Weirdos (2016) Michael D. Reid What's not to love about Canuck hipster Bruce McDonald's return to a genre of which he's a master -- the indie road movie with a distinctly Canadian flavour and endearingly peculiar characters? EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/5 Saint-Amour (2016) Michael D. Reid Without a strong narrative foundation to link a succession of silly sight gags that give way to misplaced pathos, this meditation on wine, women and midlife crises prematurely self-destructs. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/5 Personal Shopper (2016) Michael D. Reid [A] disappointing, albeit intermittently spooky and eye-catching psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 Once I Was (2010) Michael D. Reid [The Matchmaker] succeeds on two levels -- as a Middle East coming-of-age fable during a period of cultural change, and a rare view of Holocaust survivors in Israel learning to live and love again. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2016
2.5/5 Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009) Michael D. Reid Uneven yet intermittently compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015) Michael D. Reid Living in the Age of Airplanes is a gorgeously photographed travelogue intercut with some great aviation footage. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2.5/5 Heimatland (2015) Michael D. Reid While this arty omnibus is visually striking, the film is short on genuine tension and dramatic potency. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/5 Virgin Mountain (2015) Michael D. Reid Expectations are subtly defied at every turn in this humanistic diversion laced with dry humour, an undercurrent of melancholy and a protagonist with arrested development who recalls to some extent Ernest Borgnine's sympathetic Marty. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/5 The Sea & The Flying Fish (Darya va mahi parande) (2015) Michael D. Reid The drama arising from attempts by humourless prison officials to erase the paintings and identify the creative culprit before the arrival of an inspector increasingly strains credulity. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 Dan and Margot (2016) Michael D. Reid [Dan and Margot] is unsettling in that it reminds us how mercilessly pop culture has stigmatized [schizophrenia]... Yet it's also a hopeful and enlightening meditation on the potential to overcome it. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 Hand Made With Love in France (2014) Michael D. Reid Director Julie Georgia Bernard's slight but fascinating behind-the-scenes fashion documentary is as irresistible as the French artisans whose under-appreciated contributions to haute couture the film affectionately celebrates. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 The Roots Remain (2015) Michael D. Reid The filmmakers interweave their own evocative footage of Fonki's humbling journey, a sombre highlight being his visit to The Killing Fields memorial centre, with home videos of his exiled parents and grandparents recalling their traumatic history. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/5 Driving With Selvi (2015) Michael D. Reid This young mother and human-rights activist with a winning smile is a wonderful role model, living proof it's never too late to overcome adversity and achieve happiness on your own terms. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/5 Valley of Love (2015) Michael D. Reid Nicloux extracts fine performances, particularly from Depardieu as the skeptic who unabashedly accepts his dissipated state. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/5 Five Nights in Maine (2015) Michael D. Reid [David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest] bring impressive naturalism to their restrained performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
2/5 Men & Chicken (2015) Michael D. Reid Enter this creepfest at your own risk. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/5 The Steps (2015) Michael D. Reid It's all amusingly diverting, yet strangely familiar. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
2/5 A Month of Sundays (2015) Michael D. Reid This contrived exercise plays like a slow-burn variation on a Hallmark movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/5 Le coeur de madame Sabali (2015) Michael D. Reid This stylized, at times dreamlike diversion's quirkiness and eye-popping art direction, heavy on bold reds and yellows, transcends the narrative hiccups. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 Al Purdy Was Here (2015) Michael D. Reid An affectionate documentry that is captivating enough to make you want to learn more ab out this droll, beer-loving wordsmith. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 Magicarena (2015) Michael D. Reid You needn't be an opera lover to appreciate this ancient ampitheatre's backstage drama, the mind-boggling complexity and magnitude of the production that the filmmakers capture. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2016
5/5 I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014) Michael D. Reid It coalesces into a highly entertaining, surprise-packed and enjoyably nostalgic experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/5 Dukhtar (2014) Michael D. Reid Pakistani filmmaker Afia Nathaniel tackles a difficult subject -- child marriages -- with admirable restraint in her impressive feature debut, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/5 B for Boy (2013) Michael D. Reid [A] technically uneven and overlong (by about 20 minutes) but nonetheless engrossing cultural snapshot. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
5/5 All the Time in the World (2014) Michael D. Reid [The film's] candid commentary adds humour to its stunning northern vistas, sunsets and other natural wonders. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2.5/5 Le règne de la beauté (2014) Michael D. Reid While the film isn't painful to watch, and not just because it's easy on the eyes, it's a pointless affair. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015