MovieViews

The MovieMuse Reviews (MovieViews) database is a searchable collection of films that the team have watched. It provides a link to an in-depth review or a short opinion on the film and a rating, as well as a link to the film’s poster or DVD cover. Over time this will build into a comprehensive guide about what to watch and what to avoid.

You can search and sort the list by individual film names, genre, reviewer, score and other variables to inform you on whether a film is worth your time, or to inspire you for your next movie night.

We will also use the database to create periodic lists of the recommended films in all sorts of categories. These lists will be shared on the website and some will even come with a video.


 

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PosterMovieYearGenreCommentsRating
Draft Day 2014 Drama, Sport With all the big and brash production of a cable TV sports show, Draft Day transcends the dull nature of the sports business and creates an exciting piece of melodrama. 4
Chuck 2016 Biopic, Drama, Sport An entertaining and endearing tale of the man who inspired Stallone's Rocky Balboa. Would have benefited from more detail. 3.5
Atomic Blonde 2017 Action, Thriller Theron oozes mystery and the film is dripping with style, but the dull plot descends into prolonged and over choreographed fist and gun fights to fill the gaps. 3
Along Came a Spider 2001 Thriller A thrilling and satisfying follow up to Kiss the Girls, but falls foul of the ludicrous technology plots of the time. 3.5
Intruders 2015 Horror, Thriller Starts off as an unusual spin on the Home Invasion sub-genre, but loses its way towards the end and features some fairly stupid characters. The major plot twist is given away in the trailer too, so don’t watch it! 2.5
Jaws 1975 Thriller The shark may look a bit cheap these days, but with jump scares aplenty, an action-packed final showdown and John Williams’ masterful score, this film still has the ability to jangle your nerves. A genuine classic. 4.5
Jaws 2 1978 Thriller Another, slightly more realistic shark terrorises Amity Island but none of the returning cast seem to care, with Roy Scheider looking particularly bored. Even the shark seems subdued in this unnecessary sequel. 2.5
Speed 1994 Action, Thriller One of the most innovative action films of the 90s, with some thrilling setpieces, a surprisingly good turn from Keanu Reeves as the hero, and an excellent, emotion-filled performance by Sandra Bullock. 4
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 Action, SciFi, Thriller The franchise reboot continues to surprise with another high quality offering. More action-orientated than its predecessor, but still with a thrilling and thought-provoking story. The CGI is top notch and Andy Serkis is superb as lead ape Caesar. 4
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 Action, Comedy Tom Holland proves a worthy successor to Tobey Maguire as Spidey in a film that is equal parts action thriller and high school comedy. As with most Marvel offerings, the action is fun but forgettable but the characters are what makes it watchable. 4
Jaws 3 1983 Thriller The returns continue to diminish with a poor story, largely terrible acting and a rarely-seen shark. The removal of the 3D format also showcases some awful special effects and murky cinematography. 1.5
Lake Placid 1999 Comedy, Thriller A refreshing aquatic monster movie that wastes little time with plot or character development but provides an equal amount of thrills and laughs, with Brendan Gleeson the standout amongst a decent cast. 3.5
The Negotiator 1998 Action, Thriller A tense conspiracy thriller that's at its best in the face-to-face scenes between Jackson and Spacey. Sadly, the largely superflous action scenes detract from those moments and dumb down the film as a whole. 3.5
The Incredible Hulk 2008 Action, Thriller Edward Norton is probably too good to play this character, but he does his best in a reasonable thriller that is unlike most superhero films. Unfortunately, that's part of the problem - nobody seems to know what to do with The Hulk in his own movies! 3
An Eye For An Eye 2016 Documentary Billed as a story of hate, murder, redemption and love, this documentary ends up more a study of the nonsensicality of US Law. Investment in the story depends largely on whether you believe Mark Stroman's remorse, and I was less than convinced. 2.5
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 2014 Fantasy, Thriller Less Reality TV and more dystopian war movie, this instalment lacks a bit of action but compelling perfomances by the lead actors meant this was the first time I really cared about this story. Best of the series so far to my eyes. 3.5
Oblivion 2013 SciFi, Thriller Relies on familiar Sci-Fi themes and gets bogged down by romantic wistfulness at times, but the post-apocalyptic locations and production design are stunning, the story has some great twists and Tom Cruise gives an excellent performance. 3.5
The Ghost Writer 2010 Thriller Awful accents from Ewan McGregor and Kim Catrall are only put to shade by Polanski's dreadful direction and the incredibly dull script. 1.5
El Bar (The Bar) 2017 Comedy, Thriller What starts as a slapstick comedy ends as a tense survival thriller. An excellent thriller/comedy that makes you think about your own actions in those circumstances. 4
Con Men 2015 Crime, Thriller Like an after dark episode of Hustle gone bad, this low budget Scottish thriller does enough to justify its existence. Just. 3
Street Smart 1987 Crime, Drama, Thriller An interesting story of a journalist making up a story that is too close to the truth for comfort. Reeve is typically wooden without his cape, but Morgan Freeman makes up for him. 2.5
A Cure for Wellness 2016 Drama, Horror The film wants to be The Woman in Black crossed with Alice in Wonderland. It is a million miles from either. 1.5
The Limey 1999 Crime, Mystery An awful thriller with one of the most unconvincing lead performances (from both actor and director) that you will see. 1.5
Duck Soup 1932 Comedy A loose film interspersed with Marx Brothers sketches. They have done this much better elsewhere. 2.5
The King of Comedy 1982 Comedy, Crime, Drama DeNiro is perfectly cast in a tale reminiscent of Dog Day Afternoon. Deserves its classic status. 4.5
War for The Planet of the Apes 2017 Action, Adventure, SciFi Another classy entry to close the best reboot trilogy of the 21st century. Heart, action and humour. I'd like to see more moral conflict if the franchise continues though. 4
Baby Driver 2017 Action, Crime Stylish and entertaining, but light on character and plot. Another feather in Edgar Wright's cap, but too shallow to truly shine. 4
The Hippopotamus 2017 Comedy Based on his book, Hippopotamus is an excruciating Stephen Fry tribute act. Why he didn't just do it himself I don't know. 1.5
Sleight 2016 Crime, Drama, Thriller The poster says 'Chronicle meets Iron Man'. The film bares no resemblance to either. A run of the mill, poorly acted, low budget thriller that is light on thrills. 2
Stockholm, My Love 2016 Drama A strangely dull film that fails to convey the its love the city. Nenah Cherry's acting debut is just to walk around looking miserable and reading a voice over. 2
Stratton 2017 Action, Thriller An awful film in terms of action, performance drama and writing. Even the usually good Connie Nielsen gives the absolute worst performance I have ever seen in a film. 1
12 Angry Men 1957 Drama An absolute masterpiece of cinema. One location, 12 actors and some of the best dialogue on film. 5
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Drama A fine re-telling of a classic book, but I just couldn't accept Peck in the lead role. 3.5
The Circle 2017 Drama Emma Watson continues to prove she is a better activist than an actor as she fails to liven a dull and cliched look at social media's impact on privacy. 2
Sexy Beast 2000 Crime, Thriller An understated Ray Winstone and a gloriously overblown Ben Kingsley turn this slow thriller into a fantastic comedy of characters. 4
Wishmaster 1997 Horror Kudos to this film for featuring cameos from a number of well-known horror actors, but that's about all it has going for it. Dreadful acting and low-par effects in a movie that is unintentionally more comedy than horror. 2
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 Horror A disappointing follow-up with a confusing and ultimately boring story, which also lacks the unnerving tension and scares of the first film. 2.5
Insidious 2010 Horror The team behind Saw tones down the gore and produces a creepy and original take on the demonic possession horror film, which is only let down by its hard-to-follow final half hour. 3.5
Predator 1987 Action, SciFi, Thriller Packed with macho bravado, suspense, impressive special effects and a touch of comedy, this is one of big Arnie’s best, with an excellent supporting cast and a thrilling finale. 5
Tower 2016 Documentary Initially the animation jarrs with the archive footage, but you soon forget about the art style and get engrossed in a thriller that is heartbreakingly true. 4.5
Okja 2017 Adventure Astonishing whilst it is a family friendly adventure, but when it morphs into an animal rights thriller the wonder subsides. a little 3.5
Diva 1981 Foreign Language, Thriller Not many thrillers can weave themselves around a tale of a young man's obsession with Opera. But Diva does this with tons of style. 4
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 Action, Adventure Servicable but entirely unnecessary and unremarkable tale of an increasingly tedious anti-hero. 2.5
Last Passenger 2013 Action, Thriller Click here for our Film Club review. 3
Paycheck 2003 Action, SciFi, Thriller The A- list cast, exciting director and interesting premise are all trumped by the woeful acting, dialogue and action. 1.5
Rash 2005 Documentary A rather formulaic documentary that paints its protagonists as heroes whilst providing little in the way of justification. 2
Banksy Does New York 2016 Documentary Interesting and entertaining doc that asks many of the right questions without forcing its opinion. 3.5
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 SciFi A really intriguing film, good effects for the time and the slow build up to the final encounter is atmospheric and encapsulating. I heartily recommend this Spielberg classic. 4
The Last Starfighter 1984 Adventure, SciFi A slice of 80s nostalgia and I find it a likeable, if somewhat cheesy experience. It is fun though, and the effects if somewhat limited add to the charm of the film. Take it as 80s cheese and you'll enjoy it. 3
Lady Macbeth 2016 Drama, Period Incredibly beautiful and incredibly dull. The film is missing something but I can't put my finger on what. 2.5