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
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
Big Game 2014 Action, Adventure Samuel L. Jackson is entertaining in an atypical role, but he's totally upstaged by his teenage co-star Onni Tommila in this action-adventure with a fun, late 80's feel. 3.5
Men In Black 1997 Action, Comedy, SciFi It's little more than Lethal Weapon crossed with Ghostbusters, but the perfomances of Will Smith and especially Tommy Lee Jones are excellent and the CG effects have held up pretty well. 4
Space Station 76 2014 Comedy, SciFi Captures its intended 70's retro-futuristic vibe well, and has some very funny scenes, but runs out of steam due to the lack of an interesting story and an unexpectedly bleak ending. 2.5
Pulp Fiction 1994 Comedy, Crime Clever, convoluted, witty and undeniably cool, with a great soundtrack and countless memorable and quotable scenes, this remain's Quentin Tarantino's finest work over 20 years on. 5
Reign of Fire 2002 Action, Fantasy The concept of a Dragon-inhabited post apocalyptic world is certainly original, and there are undoubtedly some good moments, but overall this film never really reaches the exciting heights that it promises. 3
A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Comedy A fairly run of the mill heist caper that is elevated by the comedic performances of its cast, with the outrageous, insane turn by Kevin Kline the standout. 3.5
REC 2 2009 Horror This sequel abandons the suspense and jump scares of its predecessor in favour of all-out chaos, an incomprehensible religion-oriented plot and a very predictable twist at the end. Disappointing. 2
Source Code 2011 SciFi, Thriller An incredibly clever, original and thrilling film with a superb, emotion-filled lead performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. It would be almost perfect were it not for the ridiculous last few minutes. 4
The Breakfast Club 1985 Comedy Over 30 years on, it is showing it's age a little and is incredibly idealistic, but there's no denying the quality of the characters and their interaction with one another. One of the best high school comedies of all time. 4
The Bourne Identity 2002 Action, Thriller Matt Damon seemed an odd choice for the role of Jason Bourne, but exceeds expectations in a thrilling movie that redefined the espionage thriller genre and spawned two great sequels. 4
CHiPs 2017 Action, Comedy, Crime Despite some half=hearted jokes and plot mechanics (and silly insta-exploding cars!), Chips is still a very funny film with two great leads. I hope it gets a sequel. 3
The Subjects 2016 Thriller A single room thriller (reminiscent of The Exam) sees medical trial subjects locked in a lab after taking a mysterious pill. Dreadful acting and annoying characters hold the film back, but it is entertaining enough for one viewing. 2.5
Tron 1982 Adventure, SciFi A film ahead of its time, Tron holds up well in terms of its themes and setting. However the very 80s approach to story telling wanes a little too early for the film to truly stand out beyond its nostalgia. 3.5
The Lost Arcade 2015 Documentary At its best when wallowing in its reminiscent glow, the film loses its way a little when it hits the here and now. Regardless though it is a very well told tale of the death and rebirth of a lifetime kids today can never comprehend. 3.5
John Wick 2014 Action, Crime Slight story and little in the way of invention, but the brital violence and gritty characters carry the film off to a perfectly satisfactory, if not challenging conclusion. 3
Tron: Legacy 2010 Adventure, Fantasy, SciFi As stylish as the original and one of the best scores in years. However a disappointing final third and some awful de-aging stop Legacy from being as revered as its inspiration. 3.5
Raw 2016 Drama, Horror A ludicrous premise about a vegetarian who goes to vet school and becomes a cannibal. But that doesn't stop it being an enthralling and disturbing voyeuristic thrill. 4
Jawbone 2017 Drama, Sport An alcoholic ex junior champion boxer battles much tougher demons than his opponent. Rocky for the real world. 4
Wonder Woman 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Fun and dumb. Does a good job of telling the origin story, but I won't be rushing to watch it again any time soon. 3.5
The End of the Tour 2015 Biopic, Drama Great performances from Segal and Eisenberg, but never really becomes more than an interesting conversation. 3
War Machine 2017 Biopic, Comedy, War It is kind of silly and kind of pointless, but also kind of fun and kind of true. But let's be clear, Brad Pitt is absolutely terrible in the film! 3
Alien: Covenant 2017 Horror, SciFi, Thriller Shockingly predictable and further proof that the franchise has nothing left to say. BUT, Covenant is still an enjoyable and entertaining couple of hours that is worthy of your time. 3.5
T2: Trainspotting 2017 Drama Danny Boyle's ego gets in the way of a reasonably good visit to see some lot friends. Certainly not groundbreaking in the way the original was, but satisfying all the same. 3.5
Going in Style 2017 Comedy, Crime A gentle and jolly comedy that but for the big name cast would be no more than a sunday afternoon cable film. 3
North by Northwest 1959 Action, Adventure, Mystery A film screaming out for a modern remake, the leads are great and the scripting fun, but lacking in action (but no more than most 1950s films). 3.5
John Wick: Chapter 2 2017 Action, Crime Relentless and brutal action, but the film is too wrapped up in its own flash production that it fails to develop its excellent premise. Too much glitz where there should be grit. 3
Beauty and the Beast 2017 Family, Fantasy, Music An utterly pointless remake that does nothing in live action that the original didn't do in animation. Also has some of the worst blockbuster CGI of recent times. 2.5
The Guardians 2017 Action, Adventure, SciFi Every bit of the film swings from laughable to passable. The acting, the effects, the story and the humour. Not quite the Russian Avengers. Infact, not even close. 2.5
Mindhorn 2016 Comedy A great opening half hour runs out of steam leaving Mindhorn as an amusing curiosity rather than the British comedy classic that some critics would have you believe. 2.5
Tracktown 2016 Drama, Sport A film that spends so much time trying to be nice that it doesn't realise the drama that we are hoping will unfold. 2
City of Tiny Lights 2016 Crime, Drama Riz Ahmed makes a really interesting and intiguing PI, so it is most disappointing that he is put into such a stereotypical role (terrorism and cricket anyone?). One of the least thrilling thrillers in a long while. 2
Slap Shot 1977 Comedy, Sport Click here for our Film Club review. 2.5
The LEGO Batman Movie 2017 Adventure, Animation, Comedy It is the nods to other cinematic superheroes that draw the most laughs and whilst the second half struggles to keep up the jokes per minute pace of the first to concentrate on the action, LEGO Batman is a much more complete offering than The LEGO Movie. 4
King Kong 1933 Adventure, Horror For a film over 80 years old it still stands up as one of the greatest monster movies. The special effects are matched by the wonderful story that must have truly felt like the eighth wonder all those years ago. 4
Their Finest 2016 Comedy, Drama, Romance A very 'nice' period romance that will offend no-one with its perfectly pleasant demeanour. Arterton as always is delightful and all the more endearing for her cutesy welsh accent. 3.5
XX 2017 Horror A horror anthology of 4 short films written and directed by women. Unfortunately the four films range from OK to absolutely terrible and are hung together by poor animations of stereotypical horror iconography. 2
The Comedian 2016 Comedy A great cast and some fine performances from De Niro and Leslie Mann turn a slightly cliched tale into a funny and endearing comedy. 3.5
The Fugitive 1993 Action, Thriller The filmmaking maybe doesn't hold up to modern standards and most of the twists are pretty well signposted, but the thrills are there and Ford/Jones make a good set of adversaries. 3.5
The Goob 2014 Drama So little happens in the film that I wonder how the writer decided it was finished. Nicely shot and some reasonable acting, but there is nothing to recommend beyond that. 2
Catfight 2016 Comedy, Drama Its USP is the vicious and gratuitous catfights between the female leads, but I am not sure a brutal fight between a pregnant woman and a grieving woman, can ever be funny. No matter how much whimsical music you accompany it with. 2.5
The Belko Experiment 2016 Horror, Thriller A poor mans Battle Royale set in a high rise office block. Fun, but utterly pointless. 2.5
While We're Young 2014 Comedy, Drama An uneven comedy-drama with moments that are absurd and some that are just depressing. An interesting attempt at trying to capture the frustrations of life as a forty-something, but as someone of that age it didn’t do anything to enlighten me. 2.5
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Adventure, Comedy, SciFi The pleasant surprise factor is gone on second viewing, but that doesn’t stop this being one of the best Marvel films to date, mainly thanks to Chris Pratt's endearing lead perfromance and the CGI raccoon and tree-man duo. 3.5
Monsters University 2013 Animation, Comedy Pixar's take on the Frat-house comedy is far from their greatest offering, but even their mediocre films are better than most CG-animated movies. The return of one of their best duos, Mike and Sully, was also most welcome. 3.5
The Force Among Us 2007 Documentary A sometimes interesting look at Star Wars fandom, but it lacks a consistent theme and has low production values. Sadly, despite attempts to dispel the stereotypes associated with Star Wars fans, all it really does is validate them. 2
The Woman In Black - Angel of Death 2014 Horror When you can make it out through the darkness, the production design is great, but the story is neither interesting or scary in this disappointing sequel. 2
Red State 2011 Thriller An uncharacteristically gritty film from director Kevin Smith. The delivery is uneven, but the story is all the more disturbing because people like those portrayed in the film really do exist in America. 3