The Tyee (British Columbia)

The Tyee (British Columbia) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dorothy Woodend
Rating Title/Year Author
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Dorothy Woodend Once Upon a Time... functions as a memento mori, not just to Tate, but to movies themselves. But that doesn't erase or excuse its more problematic aspects. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Crawl (2019) Dorothy Woodend The film does its job capably and efficiently, mixing wet emotion with squishy viscera, and even chewier scene-stealing by a pack of hungry gators who are having a gay old time ripping folk into bite-size chunks and serving them up like sashimi. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
There Are No Fakes (2019) Dorothy Woodend There are enough plot twists jammed into this neo-Darwinian, Dickensian tale to supply a couple films or novels. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
When The Storm Fades (2018) Dorothy Woodend The quality that lingers longest is the beauty of the place and its people. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
This Mountain Life (2018) Dorothy Woodend An elegant if somewhat safe film, This Mountain Life is another reminder that much of Canada is largely comprised of rocks and trees. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Kingsway (2018) Dorothy Woodend The actors do their part, but Ingmar Bergman this is not, and by the end whatever patience you might have begins to wear thin as this group of irritating people finally find some measure of happiness. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Dorothy Woodend Faraut, with support from narrator Mathieu Amalric and Kermadec's stunning eye, creates something unusual in the annals of sports documentaries, namely high art. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Dorothy Woodend The thing that separates Volf's film from the number of other works about Callas is its decidedly personal approach. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) Dorothy Woodend As vivid and bright as dreams, flickering behind your eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Svideteli Putina (2018) Dorothy Woodend Mansky's own complicity in Putin's career that lingers like an open sore. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
What Is Democracy? (2018) Dorothy Woodend What is Democracy? is a call to arms, but it is also a powerful and piercing reminder that, as Plato said, "nothing beautiful without struggle." EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Skate Kitchen (2018) Dorothy Woodend Skate Kitchen is summer in a bottle, full of the firefly light and heat of the season. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Meg (2018) Dorothy Woodend Next to the humans, with their horrific hairstyles, and silly little dogs, The Meg seems sensible and calm, methodically going about the business of eating everything in sight. I'm with her. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Generation Wealth (2018) Dorothy Woodend Generation Wealth falls victim to the very thing that it is attempting to critique, namely excess. Quite simply, there is too much stuff in here. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Dorothy Woodend Will catapult you backwards in time to the worst moments of your life. I had to put my hands over my eyes a couple of times to block out the agony. It is infinitely more harrowing than Tom Cruise dangling from a helicopter. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
McQueen (2018) Dorothy Woodend Even if you're a fashion neophyte, this eponymous tale of an English lad's rise to the giddy glorious heights of fashion is heady stuff, wine-dark, storm-tossed, exquisite, and at the heart of things very sad. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Promised Land (2017) Dorothy Woodend There isn't a whole lot there that we haven't already eaten and digested a few times over. It's far more interesting to look forward... Elvis is really dead, and it's time to let him go. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014) Dorothy Woodend It's an experience that even the youngest child can understand and embrace. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Design Canada (2017) Dorothy Woodend For a film that is all about the cool, almost clinical nature of early Canadian graphic design, this is a deeply emotional film. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Dorothy Woodend As the story shapeshifts, it also has the intelligence and courage to go deeper, asking intractable questions about human nature and nurture. Some of the answers it uncovers linger in a way that is not comfortable or easy. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Dorothy Woodend I wasn't expecting to gain any kind of apotheosis or epiphany from watching Neville's documentary about Mister Rogers, but that's precisely what happened. Life is weird that way. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
RBG (2018) Dorothy Woodend RGB is a thoroughly researched and elegantly presented portrait of the woman, who has been at the forefront of the U.S. judiciary world for the better part of her 85 years. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Dorothy Woodend Although, there is some funny stuff here, after a while the constant patter, quips, and heaving sludge of profanity become exhausting. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Dorothy Woodend Captures the struggle not only of one woman to make art, but also the issues that have beset almost all women working in the arts. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
La Terre vue du coeur (2018) Dorothy Woodend Director Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol's Earth: Seen from the Heart is an environmental film right down to its swelling strings... But there is something else at work, namely a cast of humans who are dedicated to fighting for all life on earth. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Dorothy Woodend The controversy that has dogged (heh) the film is well-warranted, and yet, there is much to treasure here. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
Porcupine Lake (2017) Dorothy Woodend The performances from the two young leads are particularly strong, and they are amply supported by the older actors in the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2018
Too Funny To Fail (2017) Dorothy Woodend As a film, Too Funny to Fail is workman-like. It does the job it needs to do, gives the performers room, and assembles the pieces of the story in a clear and coherent fashion. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Dorothy Woodend I have to admit that it is rare to feel any kind of genuine emotion in a superhero film, but Black Panther achieves that very thing. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2018
The Post (2017) Dorothy Woodend It is interesting that the film so beautifully intersects with the current cultural moment, from the attacks on free speech, to women asserting their power and stepping up. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017) Dorothy Woodend The Shape of Water adds the species barrier to [the film's] group of segregating factors, and in so doing folds in an even larger idea, namely good old-fashioned biophilia. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Dorothy Woodend The thing that makes the film most interesting is its function as a bridge between two paradigms, really two distinct generations, Boomers and Millennials. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Jane (2017) Dorothy Woodend The transcendent ending of the film is not unlike a dance. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
It (2017) Dorothy Woodend It is unfortunate that the film is as diagrammatic as an algebra equation. Actually, I believe that algebra is more terrifying than old Pennywise. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Dorothy Woodend If nothing else, see the film for Craig's portrayal of pure larcenous joy. It is a thing of beauty, as white hot as his livid blue eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Le Paradis (2014) Dorothy Woodend The thing that is most compelling is about this film is the circular nature of experience, childhood feeding into old age, and finally coming back around, so that the things that first touched you, affected you and changed you resurface once more. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Mean Girls (2004) Dorothy Woodend When the film is following the twists and turns of the mean girl schemes, it has an energy and a life that is fun and entertaining but it gets soft and sappy with a feel good finale that is pure grade A-bullshit. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Dorothy Woodend When the big money shot in the movie leaves you strangely unmoved you know you have a problem. Billions die, but the titular American heroes remain unvanquished. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
New York Minute (2004) Dorothy Woodend But in the middle of all this straining for zaniness, there is an extended sequence that demonstrates just how bad, bad acting can be. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Zatoichi (2003) Dorothy Woodend If you're looking for a real hero you could really do no better than Takeshi Kitano's blind masseur, Zatoichi. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Dorothy Woodend I've been patiently waiting for the sequel for years and now this. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
The Stepford Wives (2004) Dorothy Woodend That razor edge is completely gone from the remake of The Stepford Wives. It's a comedy and no one gets really hurt. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Dorothy Woodend Spiderman 2 is has got a little bit of everything: angst, explosions, tight suits, bad guys, good guys, more explosions. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
I, Robot (2004) Dorothy Woodend . . .the movie starts to really lose its way, and tries to distract us, the audience, with lots 'o big stupid action moments and slow-mo shots of Will Smith flying through the air, yelling "YARGHHHHH!!" spraying bullets as he goes. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
The Village (2004) Dorothy Woodend The Village reminded me not so much of Hitchock but Scooby Doo. When at the end of that cartoon it was revealed that glowing skull creature was actually Old Mr. Higgins the caretaker, it pissed me off even as a little kid. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Van Helsing (2004) Dorothy Woodend If Van Helsing was meant to be a Saturday afternoon matinee fodder, it is both too ponderous to be fun and too silly to be scary. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Alien vs. Predator (2004) Dorothy Woodend It's bad. But not merely bad, worse than that, it's disrespectful: to its audience, to its source material, and to the craft of movie making. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Dorothy Woodend Unlike the first film, in which audience members fainted and threw up, the showdown between good and evil prompted more laughter amongst the audience than terror. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Dorothy Woodend It is as much a portrait of a time and place as it is the story of two sisters. Mei and Satsuki, like real kids, are sometimes infuriating, stubborn, and then in the next moment lovable. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017
The Iron Giant (1999) Dorothy Woodend It doesn't try to hide its own cleverness, it's funny and pulls in references from all over the place, from Bambi to Frankenstein. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2017