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
Bumblebee 2018 Action, Adventure, SciFi In creating an origin story for Transformers 2nd most loved character, Travis Knight has built a film that tries so hard to be an 80's film that it could only really appeal to me at the age I was in the 80s. Another missed opportunity. 2.5
Brief Encounter 1945 Drama, Romance Almost 75 years old and still the most perfect examination of unintended infidelity. Dealing with the conflict of guilt and desire without ever preaching. A true classic of British cinema. 5
High Flying Bird 2019 Drama, Sport Billed as the basketball equivalent of Moneyball, the film was actually a complete mess. It tried to sell a number of messages but fell flat on all fronts. 2
Aquaman 2018 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Entertaining and exciting in places, but suffers from the usual DCU disease of being far too long for no real reason. I also found some of the casting odd and the effects poor (it often looked more like a video game than a film). 3
Free Solo 2018 Documentary, Sport Whilst the actual climbing (without any rope or harness or other safety measures) is totally exhilarating, the documentary was actually pretty dull. 3
Detainment 2018 Documentary, Drama, Short Based on actual police transcripts, it allows us to see the Jamie Bulger killers as the 10 year old kids they were rather than the monsters we expect. The production a little exploitative with atmospheric shots of Liverpool and overdone mood music. 3
Shoplifters 2018 Drama, Foreign Language The kind of film only the Japanese make. A strong nurture over nature theme runs through as a family of petty criminals take in a young child who is left alone and neglected by her parents. 4
Capernaum 2018 Drama, Foreign Language Stunning Lebanese film about a 12 year old slum boy in Beirut who sues his parents from bringing him into such an uncaring and unforgiving world. The child lead is wonderful and I don't think I have ever felt the despair of a character so strongly. 4.5
Border 2018 Drama, Fantasy, Foreign Language A security guard with a strange gift meets a similar man, causing her to reevaluate her life and the world. It all goes very dark and a bit supernatural as the film goes on, but it was quite mesmerising all the same. 4
They Shall Not Grow Old 2018 Documentary, War Incredibly honest and personal accounts of the Great War, despite the heavy handed colourisation and some jarring moments of Hollywood production. 3.5
Stan & Ollie 2018 Biopic, Comedy, Drama Telling the story of how the magic ended, this is in many places this is an incredibly sad film, but Coogan and Reilly capture the characters so well that their beautiful friendship and fantastic comedy shines through. 4
McQueen 2018 Biopic, Documentary A fascinating insight into the life of (Lee) Alexander McQueen. Far from just a London yob making haute couture, the youngest ever Fashion Director at Givenchy's productions probably told us everything we needed to know about his demons. 4
Mirai 2018 Adventure, Animation, Drama A charming, but slight (and slightly dull) tale of family from the eyes of a 5 year old child. Cannot stand up to other contemporary anime blockbusters like Your Name. 3
Three Identical Strangers 2018 Biopic, Documentary, Drama A fascinating documentary about triplets separated at birth who accidentally find each other. The story of how and why they were separated is as amazing as the story of their life afterwards. 4
Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer 2018 Music This sci-fi sampler is a simple Big Brother story wrapped around the pop videos for each song from the Dirty Computer album. Your enjoyment will very much depend on your taste in music, but the songs and videos are far stronger than the generic storyline. 3
Minding the Gap 2018 Documentary Starts as a standard documentary about the camaraderie of a 'family' of skateboarders, but then morphs into an exploration of domestic violence in an American rust best town. Felt personal (and somewhat home-made), but didn't fully explore its topic. 3
Mary Poppins Returns 2018 Comedy, Family, Fantasy Does a remarkable job of feeling like an extension of the original. Blunt is tremendous when singing, but loses her way with the spoken parts. 3.5
Little Evil 2017 Comedy, Horror Adam Scott plays his usual 'bewildered everyman' role to perfection, the creepy kid is great and the film is humorous throughout, but the decision to go full-on supernatural for the finale feels like a cheap and sensationalist way to end the story. 3
Insidious: The Last Key 2018 Horror Probably more humorous and less scary than the producers were aiming for, but still a perfectly acceptable fourth film in the series with another ballsy performance by Lin Shaye in the lead role. 3
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Adventure, Fantasy The low point of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth movies, with too many scenes drawn out unnecessarily and an over-reliance on characters and situations that never appeared in the book. 2.5
The Most Hated Woman in America 2017 Biopic, Drama Outrageously funny or deeply offensive depending on your perspective on religion, but overall the film is tinged with sadness and while the historic aspects are somewhat glossed over, the more recent parts of the story are far more gripping. 3.5
At Eternity's Gate 2018 Biopic, Drama Willem Dafoe is on fine form and the film's use of sound, colour and movement somehow captures the mental state of Van Gogh so that you feel you are inside his madness. Highly recommended. 4
Mary Queen of Scots 2018 Biopic, Drama, Period Two stunning performances from Ronan and Robbie complement a beautifully crafted (if a little one sided) retelling of how England and Scotland finally became united. 4
Mid90s 2018 Comedy, Drama Jonah Hill's directorial debut is a pretty run of the mill coming-of-age skater tale similar to the recent Skate Kitchen. However I found it far more accessible, entertaining and interesting. It also has a great soundtrack and score. 3
Christopher Robin 2018 Adventure, Animation, Comedy An absolutely delightful live action Winnie The Pooh movie. Everything works well despite nothing standing out. McGregor is a bit hammy, the effects don't always look quite right and the story will probably bore/confuse kids in places, but I loved it. 4
Widows 2018 Drama, Thriller American update of the Linda LaPlant heist drama from the 80s (I think). Great pacing, a brilliant performance from Viola Davis and a story that doesn't descend into gratuitous gunplay like many of its type. 4
RBG 2018 Biopic, Documentary Notorious RBG isn't a rapper, she is an octogenarian Supreme Court Judge who has spent her life championing women's rights. This documentary tells her story and offers a fascinating insight into a remarkable woman. 4
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 2018 Biopic, Comedy, Drama True story of a down on her luck author who forges literary correspondence to make ends meet. I can't agree with Oscar nominations for McCarthy or Grant, but it is a nice film that has enough humour without becoming the kind of farce both are usually in. 3.5
Bohemian Rhapsody 2018 Biopic, Drama, Music The acting is atrocious, the story so cleansed it isn't really a biopic at all and the cinematography gives everything a TV movie colourised glow that makes everything look staged. But for all that I still found myself enjoying the cheesiness of it all. 3
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 2018 Comedy, Drama, Western As with most anthology films, some of the tales were hit and miss, but some were excellent (such as Buster and also the wagon train story). It was so wonderfully shot I am surprised it got no awards nominations for cinematography. 4
King of Thieves 2018 I was fearing the worst after seeing the dreadful 'Hatton Garden Job', but this was surprisingly good. A great cast and an intriguing film of two halves. The bumbling and likeable first half comedy and the darker and more sinister second. 3.5
Green Book 2018 Biopic, Drama, Period if you take it as a biopic of the driver and not of Don Shirley or an exploration of the Green Book itself, then it is a great film. Viggo was brilliant in his lead role and the chemistry with Ali worked well. 4
Beautiful Boy 2018 Biopic, Drama Impeccably acted true tale of a father trying to 'save' his drug addict son. There is little in the way of plot so it would be hard to say I enjoyed the film, or to recommend others watch it, but that doesn't mean I didn't appreciate it. 3.5
Cold War 2018 Drama, Foreign Language, Period Black and white Polish film telling a damaged love story through a troupe of peasant folk singers/dancers performing traditional songs through the post war years of Soviet Poland. Not really my kind of film, but I did get quite a bit out of it. 3
Roma 2018 Drama, Foreign Language The deliberately mundane story of a house maid. I was struggling to see what the critics had seen in the film until a scene that singularly blew me away (waves). It was so wonderfully shot and acted that I fully welled up at the beauty and horror of it. 3.5
The Wife 2017 Drama Great performance from Glen Close and an interesting tale of the woman behind the man being far more than meets the eye. 4
A Star is Born 2018 Drama, Music, Romance A worthy remake that grew on me as it went. Both lead roles were played very well and the songs were good, but I didn't buy some of the emotional bits and the British manager was just awful. 3.5
If Beale Street Could Tak 2018 Drama, Romance I haven't read the book, but this felt like an important story of love and an inherently racist police force/legal system. However the overly dramatic romance scenes and arty incidental shots lessen the impact of the actual drama. 3.5
Small Fry 2011 Animation, Short The second 'Toy Story Toon' is  vast improvement on the first, with a clever and amusing story and a host of inventive new toys getting a few minutes of fame. The only disappointment is the rather rushed ending. 3.5
Air Mater 2011 Animation, Short One of Pixar's most irritating characters gets his own series of shorts and it's just as pointless as you’d expect. This instalment was probably useful as a proof of concept for the Planes spin-off but that's about it. 1.5
Lou 2017 Animation, Short Pixar prove that they can get you emotionally invested in almost anything with this fun and heartwarming tale about a sentient pile of discarded junk. 3.5
Cellular 2004 Action, Thriller A competent thriller with some humorous moments throughout and an impressive cast of soon-to-be big names and TV actors that will have you almost constantly checking IMDB to see where you know them from! 3.5
Partly Cloudy 2009 Animation, Short Puts a clever new spin on the classic cartoon trope of the baby-delivering Stork, with some incredibly cute characters and fantastic animated weather effects. Smiles are virtually guaranteed. 4
George and A.J. 2009 Animation, Short This spin off featuring minor characters from Up is one of the better stories from Pixar's 'parallel scene' shorts but it's let down by the crude storyboard-style animation. 2.5
Day & Night 2010 Animation, Short A technically amazing and captivating blend of 2D and 3D animation with an equally impressive message about celebrating diversity. Without question one of Pixar's most important shorts. 5
Hawaiian Vacation 2011 Animation, Short It's always a pleasure to see the Toy Story characters in action, but aside from a few laughs this short is lacking in the story department and feels more like a Barbie toy commerical than anything else. 2.5
Time Travel Mater 2012 Animation, Short Mater is back again and is just as annoying as ever, but the time travel story and use of different photographic styles help make this a little more bearable than the other episodes. 2
La Luna 2011 Animation, Short Lighter on humour than most Pixar shorts, this is one of their most arty productions with a really unique visual style and a sweet, whimsical story. A delightful change of pace. 3.5
BURN-E 2008 Animation, Short Another Pixar side story, this time branched from WALL-E, which is amusing and looks good, but doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of storytelling or technical development. 2.5
Dogman 2018 Drama, Foreign Language A gentle dog groomer has to deal with a brutal and controlling thug in a drama that builds into a thought provoking and tender lesson in the need to be accepted. 3.5