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
Kingsman: The Golden Circle 2017 Action, Comedy Perfectly fun and excitable, but all a bit pointless and silly after the much, much better original. 3
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia 2013 Biopic, Documentary Whilst not revealing, this documentary is full of warmth and wit. A fitting tribute to the last lion of literary America. 4
Cooties 2014 Comedy, Horror Filled with the very best names on the acting B-list, this horror comedy about a zombie virus that only affects pre-pubescents is a pretty good premise and has plenty of gore and laughs. It is only a shame that it runs out of steam too soon. 3
48 Hours 1982 Action, Comedy The seminal Eddie Murphy buddy cop/felon movie, an absolute hoot from beginning to end, has one of my all time favourite movie lines and is as watchable today as it ever was. Wonderful! 4
Frankenweenie 2012 Animation It won't set your pulse racing but if you like Tim Burton's style then you will like this. If you don't then this won't change your mind. 3.5
Pandemic 2016 Action, Thriller A stylish apocalyptic zombie movie. The action is fast, if a bit predicatable, and the story is well constructed with a few interesting set pieces and twists and turns. 3.5
Super 8 2011 Action, Thriller A very enjoyable, well crafted movie, with strong characters and an interesting scenario that unfolds in a drip feed style which keeps you watching. Highly entertaining. 4
Dunkirk 2017 Action, Drama A well crafted, almost documentary style account of a very poignant part of WW2 and the heroic actions that took place. I was absorbed by the whole scenario it portrayed and genuinely cared about the individuals whose stories were played out in the film. 4
The Dark Tower 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Despite expecting a Sci-Fi Western, The Dark Tower is rather straightforward family friendly adventure that contains nothing in its writing, direction or acting to make it stand out. 2.5
Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 2017 Animation, SciFi, Short This anime scene setter to BR 2049 tells a reasonable story of the inbetween years, but the animated style loses the visual impact and the characters can't quite hold it together. 2.5
Seoul Station 2016 Animation, Foreign Language, Horror A low budget anime prequel to superb Train to Busan that has enough to say and suitably satisfying twists to stop it being just another zombie film. 3.5
Legend 2015 Biopic, Crime, Drama Tom Hardy plays a glamourised Reggie and pantomime Ronnie Kray in a biopic that only excels in the awfulness of its saturated colour palette and from the grave voice over. 2
Paris Can Wait 2016 Drama, Romance A dull romantic road trip that will make you love the French scenery and hate the French people in equal measures. 2.5
The Pass 2016 Drama An excellent three act play that tells a 20 year story of two young footballers and the impact of both a football and a sexual pass. 4
Gerald's Game 2017 Horror, Thriller A sex game goes wrong leaving a woman chained to a bed and in danger in this clever interpretation of a book once thought unfilmable. The biggest issue with the film is the fault of Stephen King's book and its unnecessary serial killer side story. 3.5
Jack Reacher 2012 Action, Thriller Far less action-packed than expected, but all the better for it, this is a clever, thrilling and gripping movie with a brilliant and surprisingly witty performance by Tom Cruise as the anti-hero. 4
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 Comedy, Drama A quirky, touching and frequently hilarious comedy-drama with a really unique premise. Will Ferrell is refreshingly subdued in the lead role, while Emma Thompson is brilliant as the woman that unwittingly has his fate in her hands. 3.5
Poltergeist 1982 Fantasy, Horror In some respects time has not been kind to this film, with some of the once-terrifying scenes now rather comical. Even so, it is still a good story with some impressive visual effects and suprisingly good acting from the children involved. 3
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life 2003 Action, Adventure The story is marginally better, but this sequel repeats most of the failings the original had, with scant references to the video game and a number of badly-acted characters doing incomprehensible things for no good reason. 2.5
Paranormal Activity 2 2010 Horror, Thriller For the first hour this film builds up tension effectively, has some genuinely creepy moments and one of the best jump scares of all time. Unfortunately it all gets a bit silly for the finale. 3
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 Mystery, Thriller Sadly not as good as I was hoping for given the director, writer and cast involved, but the premise was interesting and it was good to see Tommy Lee Jones in one of his earlier roles. 3
Spider-Man 2 2004 Action, Adventure Continuing where the first film left off, the sequel features a similar blend of action, comedy and relationship drama, but benefits from a greater villain and a couple of outstanding setpieces. Arguably the best superhero movie ever made. 4.5
Europa Report 2013 SciFi, Thriller A pretty effective, tangible, but ultimately depressing Space thriller. The 'found footage' style suits the film perfectly but the addition of a soundtrack is completely at odds with that style, although it does help build tension. 3
Baywatch 2017 Action, Comedy This was never going to be a masterpiece, but the excessively crude language and humour, derivative plot and 2 hour running time make it even worse than expected. Aside from a few in-jokes, it completely fails to capture the spirit of the TV show. 2
The Adventures of Tintin 2011 Adventure, Animation The animation is excellent, though the characters are somewhat unnerving in their realism. Story-wise it's rather haphazard, but at its best it is reminiscent of the early Indy movies, not least thanks to the John Williams score. 3
The Transfiguration 2016 Drama, Horror Billed as a New York tale of Love, Loss and Vampires. It isn't. But it is an interesting drama that does contain a little blood sucking. This is definitely not Twilight. 3
Captain EO 1986 Music, SciFi, Short A 4D collaboration between Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Michael Jackson for Disney theme parks. What could go wrong? A terrible script, dated effects and a very poor Jacko song are not enough to ruin a reasonably fun and thankfully short film. 2.5
Churchill 2017 Biopic, Drama Despite its big budget and shiny visuals, this saintly portrayal bears all the hallmarks of a daytime TV biography. The human Winston is completely removed in favour of a caricature of his speech self. 2
La Cabina 1972 Drama, Foreign Language, Short A simple Tales of the Unexpected style short film about a man getting stuck in a phone box. The Film should be on everyone's movie bucket-list, but it will make you think twice about ever entering a phone box again. Available for free in full on YouTube. 4
The Villainess 2017 Action, Drama, Foreign Language Despite being a traditional female-assassin revenge film, The Villainess has drama, some of the most amazing fight scenes and mind boggling set pieces. Move over Kill Bill, there's a new bride in town. 4
Still 2014 Drama Grief and self destruction takes a violent turn as a feud with local teens escalates. Doesn't match the grit of Harry Brown and the first half is slow, but the emotion is very well played and the last 20 minutes are really gripping. 3.5
Aguirre, Wrath of God 1972 Adventure, Foreign Language, Period Semi-biographical tale of a the 16th century conquistador. Where others would meticulously dress a scene, Herzog prefers authenticity and Aguirre's minimalist story is blown wide open by the unforgiving terrain of the Peruvian rain forest. 4
THX 1138 1971 SciFi, Thriller A very 1970s view of an Orwellian dystopia. Whilst the film feels a bit schizophrenic in places, it shows that Lucas hasn't always been the overly sentimental and commercially conscious man he became. 3
The Limehouse Golem 2016 Thriller This twist in the Jack the Ripper style seedy London chiller is immaculately filmed and wonderfully acted. Whilst the twists aren't a huge surprise, the whole package is classily put together. 4
Micro Men 2009 Biopic, Comedy, Drama This BBC comedy drama about the birth of the British computer industry has some hammy acting and a rather one sided viewpoint as it sets Acorn as the Hero to Sinclair's villain. But it ticks all the right boxes for computer geeks and retro freaks. 3.5
Chain Reaction 1996 Action, Thriller As predictable as any other 90s thriller, but a great cast and satisfying action make this clean-energy conspiracy great fun. 3.5
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 2017 Animation, Comedy, Family A hilarious first period is dulled somewhat when the bad guy enters the film, killing the momentum and making this super anti-hero film a little less than it should have been. 3.5
Brainstorm 1983 SciFi, Thriller A ridiculous view of what VR could be and a pretty dull thriller. Walken and Wood are both far more capable than they show here. 2
A Scanner Darkly 2006 Animation, Crime, SciFi An interesting near future take on an undercover cop losing his own identity. Its big name cast and a unique cell-shaded art style elevate the film above its slightly pompous tone and dialogue. 3
A Ghost Story 2017 Drama, Fantasy A minimalist masterpiece of slow and thoughtful cinema as a white-sheeted ghost tries reconnect with his bereaved wife. 4
The Book of Henry 2017 Drama A ludicrous 'kids' film about a mother carrying out her dead sons wishes to kill the abuser living next door! 2
Hounds of Love 2016 Crime, Drama A superb and creepy story of the abduction of a teenage girl. With its brilliant sense of unease and a great soundtract, Hounds of Love deserves to be a cult hit. 4
IT 2017 Horror Taking its tone from Stranger Things or Stand By Me, this is a tame horror film, but no less fun for the lack of shock and gore. 3.5
England is Mine 2017 Biopic, Drama, Music A mostly charming biopic of pre-Smiths Morrissey that spends a little to much time in the earliest parts and not enough at the end. 3.5
North v South 2015 Crime, Thriller This low budget British gang thriller sets the Northern mob against the Southern. Despite having ideas well above its station, it was a fun expletive fuelled 90 minutes. 2.5
Scandal 1989 Biopic, Drama Despite being based on the Profumo scandal that took down a whole government, the film is light on intrigue and has little to keep you entertained apart from some terrible acting and Ian McKellen's amazing hairpiece. 2.5
No Manifesto 2015 Documentary, Music This documentary about the Manic Street Preachers provides some insight, but is presently so glibly that it makes the band look dull and their fans look like loonies. 2
Rememory 2017 Drama, Mystery, SciFi Despite his excellent performance, all the ponderous shots of Dinklage staring into the distance can't help this interesting sci-fi mystery from being a little too slow and predictable. 2.5
The Ghoul 2016 Drama, Thriller Incorrectly billed as a detective thriller, The Ghoul is actually an intriguing study on depression. Told through a twisty tale of therapy and investigation it unfortunately reveals all its aces far too soon. 3.5
Your Name 2016 Animation, Fantasy, Foreign Language A superb time travel, body swap, animated, coming of age fantasy. A brilliant concept with some stunning animation. 4