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
Happy Death Day 2U 2019 Comedy, Horror, Mystery With its riff on Back to the Future 2 and Groundhog day it is relatively good fun, but unfortunately for a horror film (and just like its predecessor) it is very light on horror and far too heavy on the slapstick. 3
The Wrestler 2008 Drama, Sport By stripping back all of his gimmicks, Aronofsky has delivered a heartfelt tale of a broken man and his best film to date. Rourke and Tomei are superb as they drive home the parallels in the lives of a has-been wrestler and an ageing stripper. 4
Skin 2018 Drama, Short Oscar winning short film about a black man's family taking innovative revenge against a racist thug. It was well made and interesting, but 20 minutes wasn't enough to flesh out the story in a satisfying way. 3
Noah 2014 Action, Adventure, Drama Beyond the LOTR/Shadow of the Colossus rock monsters and battle scenes, the film gives an interesting twist on the traditional bible story. Though it still feels an odd and slightly uninventive film for Aronofsky to make. 3
Pi 1998 Drama, Mystery A number theorist struggles to balance the order of numbers and chaos of life in a high contrast, maths based thriller. The math concepts are understandable and the characters believable, so I am always surprised when the film gets a 'Sci-Fi' tag. 4
The Fountain 2006 Drama, SciFi This emotional and spiritual quest to cure death has high metaphysical ambitions but is too slow and sombre to truly realise them. Told across three timelines in feudal Spain, modern day and a timeless future, this is a film that should have been a book. 2.5
Requiem For A Dream 2000 Drama Darren Aronofsky's breakout film shows many of the hallmarks that will follow into his future films (including a wonderful Clint Mansell score). It is a simple and cautionary tale about addiction told imaginatively through 4 Coney Island lives. 3.5
Paddleton 2019 Comedy, Drama A tender tale of platonic love, friendship and death. Mark Duplass and Ray Romano play their parts perfectly in a gentle film that will touch your soul. 3.5
Overlord 2018 Action, Horror, War World War II themed horror that looked and felt like it belonged in the Resident Evil universe. Occasionally gory, occasionally amusing and generally (though not universally) entertaining. 3
Black Swan 2010 Drama, Thriller Aronofsky might be a polarising director, but I love his work and Black Swan is right up there with the best. Portman and Kunis are great in this ballet themed physiological thriller. 4
Fighting With My Family 2019 Biopic, Comedy, Sport It is easy to see that the 'true' story of the youngest ever WWE Divas champion has been drastically shortened and Hollywoodyfied, but it has enough heart and laughs to win over wrestling fans and haters alike. 3.5
Vox Lux 2018 Drama, Music An odd tale of the toll that that fame can take. A strange voiceover makes it feel like a comedy, but an early tragedy soon sets you straight. I wasn't completely convinced by Natalie Portman as a weary music star but was intrigued nonetheless. 3
Alita: Battle Angel 2019 Action, Adventure, SciFi Alita is one of the most cliched and generic SciFi stories you will see, but if you can get past the uncanny valley CGI faces then there is fun to be had as a new franchise is born. 3
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