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: 1239, showing 50 per page
PosterMovieYearGenreCommentsRating
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
Beast 2018 Crime, Drama, Mystery It is a shame the film was marketed as some kind of adult fairytale, as in reality is tense mystery thriller with a chilling air. Jesse Buckley plays lead character Mol to perfection as she fights against over-protective parents and a hidden past. 4
The Old Man and the Gun 2018 Biopic, Comedy, Crime Based on the true story of career criminal Forrest Tucker who has 18 successful escapes under his belt, you would expect excitement and flair. But this is about the 70 Forrest and the pacing is slower than him. 2.5
The Predator 2018 Action, Comedy, Horror Totally stupid, totally fun and totally NOT a Predator film. Dispenses with any sense of continuation from previous films and brings an irreverent and hilarious tone. This feels more like the A Team crossed with Con Air. In a good way! 4
The Favourite 2018 Biopic, Comedy, Period A quirky period tale of two cousins fighting for the attentions of the Queen. Coleman and Stone are superb and the direction inventive, but the story sags quite heavily before a polarising end. 4
Vice 2018 Biopic, Comedy, Drama Initially Vice appears to be just an excuse to re-do the Big Short formula and for Bale to dust off his Batman voice, but in fact it is another fascinating docu-dramedy from the master of this new genre, Adam McKay. 4
Lionheart 2018 Comedy, Drama A women in mans world must save the ailing family business. Despite a pretty basic story you can't help bu caught caught up in the infectious Nigerian optimism and humour of the film. 3.5
Extinction 2018 Action, SciFi Fr the most part this is a pretty standard mid-budget future dystopia. There is a payoff that makes the film more interesting but I am not sure it is explored satisfactorilly. 3.5
Eagle vs Shark 2007 Comedy, Romance Another quirky New Zealand comedy that is possibly a little too twee to be up there with the best the country has produced. 3
The Spanish Prisoner 1997 Mystery, Thriller Despite teasing some big thrill, the film is pedstrian and lacking in excitement. However Steve Martin performs excellently in one of his few seious roles. 2.5
Transporter 3 2008 Action, Crime A franchise of diminishing returns manages to wring out just enough excitement to pacifyit audience. 2.5
Blood Father 2016 Action, Crime, Drama Ridiculous story, overacted and pretty annoying characters as a father protects a daughter who probably doesn't deserve it. But it is Mel Gibson doing what he does best so is still worth a watch. 3
Snowpiercer 2013 Action, SciFi A non stop thill ride on a non-stot train as the class war is fought with carriage by carriage battle to the engine. 4
Starred Up 2013 Crime, Drama A superb British prison drama sees a hot headed son initially try to impress his father before going to war with him. 5
Skyscraper 2018 Action Towering Infeno crossed with every other Dwayne Johnson film as a one legged security consultant fights to rotect his family. What more could you want? 3.5
John Dies at the End 2012 Comedy, Horror Everything is dialled up to 11 in an over the top comedy horror that could make you throw up as much as you laugh. 3
Walk Like a Panther 2018 Comedy Tame, unfunny and overly sentimental story of has-been wrestlers trying to save their local pub. The kind of Brtish comedy we don't get anymore, with good reason. 2
Funny Cow 2017 Comedy, Drama As a period piece exploring the working man's club comedy circuit the film works. But as a comedy drama about the struggles of a working class single mother it really doesn't 2.5
Mission Impossible: Fallout 2018 Action, Thriller The most exciting MI film and Tom Cruise's best for quite some time. Enouh twists, chases and fist fights to keep the hungriest action fan quiet. 4
The Shanghai Job 2017 Action, Crime, Thriller A rough looking Orlando Bloom leads a team of security agents to lose and then retrieve a priceless Chinese antique. Average in every respect. 2.5
Triangle 2009 Mystery, SciFi, Thriller Brainbending time loop horror film set on a mysterious cruise ship. Spooky and brilliant in equal measures. 4
Animal Kingdom 2010 Crime, Drama A whos who of Australian film sees a seventeen year old boy struggles to choose between his criminal family and doing the right thing. Grim and gritty, but lacking a little in plot. 3.5
Ocean's 8 2018 Action, Comedy, Crime Dumbed down franchise flick that does nothing to further the cause of female led film. 2.5
Very Bad Things 1998 Comedy, Crime, Thriller A film so 90s that it should be wearinga shell suit. Unbearably shouty performances as friends struggle to manage the falout from the accidental death of a prostitue. 2
Ghost Stories 2017 Drama, Horror Three ghost stories are investigated by a skeptical professor. Clever and funny British horror film from The eague of Gentlemen's reclusive Jeremy Dyson. 4
The Meg 2018 Action, Horror A shark the size of a house wants to eat Jason Stathom. As stupid as it sounds with acting to match, but it is chemistry-less relationship bwteen Statham and Bingbing Li that leaves the worst stain. 2.5
7 Days in Entebbe 2018 Biopic, Crime, Drama Despite its big name cast and exciting true life inspiration, this hostage drama contains no thrill and little insight. 2.5
The Mercy 2018 Adventure, Biopic, Drama A stranger than fiction tale of an average Joe who dicides to enter a round the world yacht race with catestrophic consequences. Colin Firth is excellent. 3.5
Hereditary 2018 Horror, Mystery Ludicrously billed as the scariest film of all time, when in fact it is a slow and preposterous mess with a ridiculous ending. 2
Transformers 2007 Action, Adventure, SciFi Over the top action and comedy tries to hide aits failings by throwing more CGI at the screen. The best of a bad bunch in a franchise of diminishing returns. 3
Upgrade 2018 Action, Horror, SciFi A slick 'upgrade' on the bionic man concept as an AI implant takes control of man seeking revenge. Brutal, bloody and brilliant! 4
Dead End 2003 Horror, Mystery If you can get past the initially annoying family and awful dialogue, then Dead End becomes a bizarre time-loop horror with a lot going for it. 3.5
Lonesome Jim 2005 Comedy, Drama Steve Buscemi's morose comedy/drama features some fine performances and a wonderful script as Casey Affleck once again shows his affinity for playing a depressed loner. 3.5
Braven 2018 Action, Drama Despite the recycling of standard action flick tropes, Braven and Momoa in particular is a tense and thrilling ride with some great scenery. 3.5
Singularity 2017 Action, Adventure, SciFi SciFi teen fiction on a low budget is a bad start, but things get worse with an awful script and pantomime performance from John Cusack. 1.5
Mandy 2018 Horror A tripped out horror that is high on aesthetics but very low on activity in its overlong first portion. Much better when Nic Cage is on screen. 2.5