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
The Lunchbox 2013 Drama, Foreign Language, Romance Irrfan Kahn is wonderful as a grumpy widower who gets an unlikely pen-pal (and maybe more?) when he is mistakenly delivered the wrong lunch. A delightfully gentle tale of regaining hope from despair. 4
Joker 2019 Crime, Drama, Thriller An origin story with a first half was so dark it won't be for everyone, Phoenix puts in arguably the all time best performance of Joker and from the moment he comes out of his shell the film is mesmeric. 4.5
90 Minutes 2019 Drama, Sport Tells the story of a (Sun)day in the life of Hackney marshes and the amateur football teams that play there. The swear-o-meter is turned up to 11 and the script dialled down to a 2. 2.5
Gone Girl 2014 Mystery, Thriller Dark and intense, this is the perfect subject matter for Fincher's direction, but what really makes it stand out is the performance of Rosamund Pike as one of the most manipulative, vindictive characters in recent movie history. 4
Deep Blue Sea 1999 SciFi, Thriller There are a few enjoyable moments, most notably THAT Samuel L. Jackson scene, but overall this is a dumb, badly-acted load of nonsense with some fairly awful CGI effects. 2
Enter the Dragon 1973 Action, Thriller Story-wise it's no different from most other Kung-Fu movies, but the addition of American production values, Bruce Lee's screen presence and that iconic final showdown make it one of the greatest Martial Arts films, though it does seem dated nowadays. 3.5
Misery 1990 Thriller I'm not sure it was truly Oscar-worthy, but Kathy Bates' performance as the antagonist in this tense chiller certainly helps make this one of the better Stephen King adaptations. 3.5
Vacancy 2007 Horror There's a definite Hitchcock influence to the early stages of this horror thriller, and while that eventually gives way to more predictable violence and jump scares, the acting and direction and are good enough to keep things interesting. 3
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended) 2002 Adventure, Fantasy While there are still plenty of great moments, this is the weakest of the LOTR films, with several scenes that should've been trimmed. The extended version adds more bad than good, though a couple of the extra scenes do give more character background. 4
The Karate Kid Part III 1989 Action, Drama Very much a case of diminishing returns as this film retreads ground from the first whilst introducing several dreadful actors as bad guys and ruining Macchio's character. Only Morita retains any dignity with another decent showing as Mr Miyagi. 2
The Dead Don't Die 2019 Comedy, Horror Really quirky, irreverent humour and a fun zombie comedy-horror. Right up until Tilda Swinton turns up and tries to ruin the film (as she does in most) with an awful Scottish accent and overplayed performance. 3.5
Toy Story 4 2019 Animation, Comedy, Family It seems like the plot is very light, but as I wasn't a fan of TS3 that felt like a good thing. The new characters Forky, Ducky & Bunny were great and I really liked Bo Peep's extended role. 4
My Life as a Dog 1985 Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language Swedish coming of age film about a young boy sent to live with his uncle to give his convalescing mother some respite. A gentle film that didn't really delve into any of the growing pains but rather skims o the surface. 3
Yesterday 2019 Comedy, Fantasy, Music On the surface a serviceable rom-com to a soundtrack of The Beatles. But even the slightest scratch of the surface tears the script apart. Boyle and Curtis can and have done much better. 3
Wild Rose 2019 Drama, Music This 'follow your dreams' Country music drama suffers from Jesse Buckley's character being so unlikeable that I didn't really care if she realised the dreams or not. 3
Dead in a Week Days (or your money back) 2019 Comedy English black comedy about a suicidal writer and an aging hit man who offers to 'outsource your suicide'. Reasonably well written and acted, but nothing ground breaking. 3
I Am Mother 2019 Drama, SciFi, Thriller An interesting and well done take on the child raised by wolves. It won't win admirers for originality, but it will for tension and style. 3.5
Men In Black: International 2019 Action, Adventure, Comedy A very 2000s attempt at a 90s film. Nothing terribly wrong with the film, but they really don't make 90s films like they did in the 90s. 2.5
Ma 2019 Drama, Horror, Thriller Octavia Spencer is a lonely veterinary nurse who befriends a group of teens after they ask her to buy some booze for them. It starts like a pretty standard drama, but then turns a bit Misery and then a bit Hostel! It won't win awards, but it's a fun ride. 4
Rocketman 2019 Biopic, Drama, Music Without falling into the traps that Bohemian Rhapsody did and whitewashing a troubled story, Rocketman still only feels like it scratches the surface. There will surely be a (posthumous?) sequel where we get to see Diva Elton in full effect. 3.5
Happy New Year Colin Burstead 2018 Comedy, Drama Colin brings his family to a stately house for a New Year's Eve to forget. Ben Wheatley's least subversive film always feels like something is missing and despite the clever dialogue, by the end you are left wondering what the point was. 3
Filth 2013 Comedy, Crime, Drama Based on Irvine Welsh' best book, the film had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately it fails at almost every turn. McAvoy can't portray just how loathsome his character is and the director chickens out of the ending. A huge disappoinment. 2
Defending Your Life 1991 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Albert Brooks tale of the bureaucracy of the afterlife is very well told with some good laughs, but it always feels like a slightly under par Woody Allen film. 3.5
The Vanishing 2018 Drama, Mystery, Thriller The initial slow burn lets rip into mayhem in a gloriously understated and creepy thriller showing how one poor decision can have devastating effects. 4
The Lion King 2019 Adventure, Drama, Family Yes the remake is pointless when the animation is still so perfect, but it is the unnecessary changes that hurt most. Changing Shenzi the Hyena Queen to a 2 dimensional tyrant is unforgivable. 3
The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Drama, SciFi Bowie may be perfectly cast as an Alien on Earth, but both the plot and the style are products of a very different age and can't hold up for anything more than novelty. 3
Spirited Away 2001 Adventure, Animation, Fantasy A young girl's anxiety about moving home is told in fantastical splendour. Whilst not the best Ghibli have produced, this Oscar winner is certainly the most accessible to newcomers. 4
World Cup: A Captain's Tale 1982 Biopic, Comedy, Drama Despite Dennis Waterman's dodgy Geordie accent, the story of the English non-leaguers winning the first ever football world cup is tv movie gold. 3.5
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2019 Comedy, Drama Its history revision is a bone of contention for some, but for me the biggest issue is that the story goes nowhere for 2 hours and then has an ultraviolent ending added just for effect. Its a shame as the characters are great. 2.5
Shazam! 2019 Action, Adventure, Comedy A surprisingly entertaining reworking of Big as a superhero movie. The jokes are obvious and over the top, but that isn't a bad think in a gloriously kid centred film. 3.5
Anima 2019 Music, SciFi, Short Paul Thomas Andersons collected music videos for Thom Yorke's solo album is as pretentious as the whole Radiohead back catalogue combined. 1.5
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 2018 Documentary A fascinating and moving tale of the enigma behind Frank Sidebottom and many more comedic and musical ventures that doesn't shy away from his darker moments. 4
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile 2019 Biopic, Crime, Drama This character study of killer Ted Bundy manages to keep your interest for the full running time without showing a single murder. Efron is finally throwing off his Twilight shackles. 3.5
Booksmart 2019 Comedy A massively overrated attempt at making a boys film for girls. It falls foul of all of the usual tropes, but does still entertains along the way as two preppy girls have a one night blow out before college. 3
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 2018 Drama A believable and eye opening tale of a/the church's obsession with Adam and Eve. It is a sad refection on modern life that these gay conversion centres are fact and not fiction. 4
Fish Story 2009 Comedy, Foreign Language, Music This Japanese film of Japanese Sex Pistols wannabees who inadvertently save the world is typically quirky, but never really hits the heights it is aiming for. 3
In the Loop 2019 Comedy Essentially a feature length episode of The Thick of It, this isn't Armando Iannuci's best film despite his clear understanding of international politics. There are plenty of laughs and a great cast, but the lofty plot of trying to stop a impending war is 2.5
Pokemon Detective Pikachu 2019 Comedy, Family, Fantasy A surprisingly entertaining movie even for non-Pokefans. Ryan Reynolds is just Ryan Reynolds and the CGI creatures are odd to say the least, but it works. 3.5
My Soul to Take 2010 Horror Wes Craven's penultimate film has an interesting premise but is let down by poor acting, unnecessary gore and a story that is all over the place. 2
Shaft 2019 Action, Comedy A better than expected revival of the Shaft series, with Samuel L. Jackson taking centre stage as a caricature of his many film roles. Nobody is taking this movie seriously and as a result it's a lot of fun and a decent action thriller to boot. 3.5
The Dirt 2019 Biopic, Drama A whistle-stop tour of the highs and lows of one of the most debauched bands in Rock'n'Roll history, which doesn’t illicit any strong feelings other than that these boys are very lucky to still be alive. 2.5
The Karate Kid Part II 1986 Action, Drama The focus on Japanese culture is admirable (if a little half-hearted) and Macchio and Morita are both decent again, but the story is bland and repetitive and the one dimensional villains are terrible. 2.5
Lost Boys 2: The Tribe 2008 Action, Comedy, Horror A low budget rehash of the original film with poor acting across the board. When Corey Feldman is the best thing about a movie you know it's not good! 2
WALL-E 2008 Animation, Fantasy, SciFi Much was made of the dialogue-free opening and warnings about climate change and consumerism, but the real standout is the main character - an innocent soul who manages to enrich the lives of everyone he crosses paths with. A simply beautiful film. 4.5
Alpha Dog 2006 Crime, Drama If you can handle the vile language, shocking violence and despicable characters, there's actually a pretty decent and ultimately heartbreaking film here with fine performances from the young cast, particularly Yelchin and most surprisingly Timberlake. 3
The Silence 2019 Horror, Thriller A clever premise that makes for some occasionally tense scenes, and the acting is reasonable, but the weird Cult sub-plot is weak and the ending is both rushed and unsatisfactory. 3
In the Line of Fire 1993 Action, Crime, Drama Clint was already far too old to be playing the guy who got the girl, but the tale of a presidential security detail racing to thwart Jon Malkovich's assassin is tight and entertaining right through to the finish. 3.5
Triple Frontier 2019 Action, Crime, Thriller The characters in this good-guys rob the bad-guys caper have more mood swings than a menopausal matinee, but the action holds up well as they are chased through the Andes with 100 holdalls full of cash. 3.5
Mystic River 2003 Crime, Drama, Mystery Well acted (both leads deserved their awards) and produced Thriller from Clint Eastwood, but the outcome was a little bit too obvious and there was a completely pointless side story for Kevin Bacon that just detracted from the main tale. 3.5
Captain Marvel 2019 Action, Adventure, SciFi It may be light on plot, but the theming and humourous dialogue make Captain Marvel a worthy addition to the MCU. Though Brie Larson needs to work on her running style if we are to take her athletic ability seriously! 3.5