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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Total MovieViews Found: 1311, showing 50 per page
PosterMovieYearGenreCommentsRating
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
The Mule 2018 Crime, Drama Clint is excellent as the ageing but charismatic war vet who accidentally becomes a cartels most successful drugs mule. 3.5
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy 2004 Comedy Thrown together from alternate takes and deleted scenes from Anchorman, this can’t really be assessed as a real movie and is pretty uneven, but occasionally there are still some hilarious scenes. 2.5
Saw 2004 Horror, Thriller The sequels may have given the series a reputation for low-brow gore, but the first film is a clever, innovative and terrifying mystery thriller that does its best with a limited cast and budget. A minor classic in the horror genre. 3.5
The Final Girls 2015 Comedy, Horror There are some terrible effects and limited acting, but the story is smarter than the budget deserves, cleverly parodying 80s slasher movies whilst also offering some touching moments that are rarely seen in this genre. 3
Avengers: Endgame 2019 Action, SciFi, Thriller A fitting finale for some of the characters that this franchise was built around, while others are almost ruined. Ultimately it follows the formula of most Marvel films, which is becoming a bit tiresome. A good film, but at the end I was glad it was over. 3.5
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 Action, Fantasy The increased budget compared to the earlier films shows in the extravagant production design, but as with all the entries in the series the story is rather simplistic. Sags in the middle but the action at either end is spectacular. 3
In the Mouth of Madness 1994 Horror, Thriller Some of the acting is terrible and the effects have aged badly, but this is still one of the better offerings from John Carpenter's post-80s output, with an story that is as interesting as it is crazy. 3
The Wolverine 2013 Action, Thriller The Japanese setting and gritty tone set this apart from most Marvel movies, and at its best it's a decent no-frills action thriller. Unfortunately the showdown with the giant Samurai-bot is more akin to typical superhero films and lets it down a bit. 3.5
Us 2019 Horror, Thriller An excellent thriller (though not really scary/horror). Jordan Peele is a breath of fresh air and this is a really accomplished film that shows he is a skilled writer/director who has a great eye for theming. 4
Nurse 3D 2013 Horror, Thriller Absolutely dreadful attempt at an erotic thriller as a Nurse starts killing bad people. The lead actress is possibly the worst I have ever seen.It did have a story of sorts and there was a certain amount of style in the way it was filmed, but that's it. 1
Curvature 2017 Mystery, SciFi, Thriller Another low budget time travel thriller where a woman must travel back to understand the death of her late husband (who invented the time machine). Apart from some pretty dodgy acting it was a serviceable attempt, but nothing more. 2.5
Back to the Future: In Concert 1985 Adventure, Comedy, SciFi The live orchestra adds a great air of grandeur to an already fantastic film, though the large number of songs used in the film does make the musicians seem a little redundant at times. By no means the essential way to watch, but a great spectacle anyway. 4.5
The Kid Who Would Be King 2019 Adventure, Family, Fantasy Despite some absolutely dreadful acting from the three male knights, this is still a fun family update of the Arhurian legend. The lad playing young Merlin is amusing and it has a nice little cameo from Patrick Stewart. 3
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Whilst repeat viewing reveals issues with the special effects that weren't previously as pronounced, the evolution of Gandalf and Sam's characters and the introduction of Gollum go a long way to keeping the pace and papering over these minor cracks. 4