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: 1606, showing 25 per page
PosterMovieYearGenreCommentsRating
Hidden Agenda 1990 Drama, Thriller When a human rights activist is killed in Northern Ireland, the senior policeman leading the investigation stumbles on a bigger story about illegal interference in the UK election. An intriguing if not entirely thrilling conspiracy drama. 3.5
Ladybird Ladybird 1994 Drama This tale of a mother looking for redemption after her children are taken into care is possibly the most harrowing film I have ever seen. With amazing performances including a very scary Ray Winstone, this is a wonderful though quite depressing film. 4.5
Jimmy's Hall 2014 Biopic, Drama, Period After 10 years of exile in America, Jimmy Gralton returns to Ireland and must once again fight the 'masters and the pastors' to protect the rights of ordinary poor Irishmen. Typically heartfelt and beautifully staged and shot. 4
The Angel's Share 2012 Comedy, Drama It is unusual to call a Ken Loach movie 'feel-good', but that is exactly what this is as a group of youths on community service hatch a plot to steal some very expensive whiskey. It still has the grit and squalor, but smothered in humour and fun. 4
It's a Free World... 2007 Drama In one of Paul Laverty's best screenplays, a single mother starts her own recruitment agency after being fired, but soon starts to abuse the migrant workers to stay ahead. 4.5
The Navigators 2001 Comedy, Drama Five Yorkshire rail-workers try to keep their head above water following the collapse of Railtrack and subsequent split into various private enterprises. Another funny and though provoking film that highlights the plight of many in the industry. 4
Raining Stones 1993 Comedy, Drama Bruce Jones gives a career best performance as an unemployed man desperate to find the money for his daughter's holy communion dress. Ricky Tomlinson is once again great in a supporting role as Ken Loach continues his exploration of British poverty. 4
Sweet Sixteen 2002 Drama A 15 year old boy risks his future to try and provide a new home for his mother when she comes out of prison. Typically gritty and realistic drama from the master Ken Loach. 3.5
Cathy Come Home 1966 Drama A fascinating and horrifying slice of real life in the 1960s as a young couple fall fowl of the welfare state and slip into homelessness. Rightly heralded as a classic of British film-making.. 4.5
My Name is Joe 1998 Drama, Romance A recovering alcoholic struggles to balance a new relationship with life in the schemes of Glasgow. A superb performance from Paul Mullan shines through the gloom of poverty. 4
Riff-Raff 1991 Comedy, Drama The story of a Scottish labourer and an aspiring Irish singer, it has all the hallmarks of a Ken Loach social commentary, but unfortunately the plot falls a little flat. Ricky Tomlinson is great in a supporting role. 3
Looking for Eric 2000 Comedy, Drama When a failing father sees his and his family's life fall apart, he enlists the help of his imaginary friend Eric Cantona. A wonderful tale or returning from the brink. 4
Beastie Boys Story 2020 Documentary, Music Whilst this musical history lesson is fascinating, the live event documentary styling sometimes feels stilted, staged and a little sanitised. Despite that, the humour and warmth of Ad-Rock and Mike D make it essential viewing for all Beasties Boys fans. 3.5
The King of Staten Island 2020 Comedy, Drama Comedian Pete Davidson's 'semi' autobiographical tale of a stoner finally learns to deal with the death of his father 17 years ago. Davidson is clearly at home in the character and plays the waster with warmth and heart, whilst Jude Apatow reels in his di 4
The Assistant 2019 Drama An almost fly-on-the-wall view of a personal assistant's life that is surely enough to put anyone off entering the profession. Slowly and deliberately told, with a great central performance. 3.5
Da 5 Bloods 2020 Drama, War Another fine Spike Lee joint that showcases his versatility and his single-mindedness. The journey of black Vietnam vets returning to find hidden gold is almost superfluous to the mental scars that the war and subsequent treatment back home left them with 3.5
The Guest 2014 Thriller A well-shot and intriguing thriller whose main character is strangely engaging. The lack of explanation for his motives is frustrating, but the film's creators utilise the same dark humour as their earlier film You're Next to make this just as enjoyable. 3.5
Terminator: Dark Fate 2019 Action, SciFi, Thriller Another attempt to reboot the franchise but it's not much of a departure from the story of earlier films. Despite that the action is thick and fast, the characters are decent and Arnie is really good as another incarnation of his famous character. 3.5
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 Comedy, Drama An impressive line-up of actors star in this odd comedy that has many of the cringeworthy trappings of this era, but also a message around treatment of the homeless which sadly gets rather lost. The highlight of the film is the incredibly talented dog! 2.5
The Frozen Ground 2013 Crime, Thriller A reasonably well made thriller with a refreshingly understated performance from Nicolas Cage and a good supporting cast, but the decision to reveal the identity of the killer within the first ten minutes takes away any sense of mystery. 3
The Expendables 2 2012 Action, Thriller The plot is silly and the dialogue is awful, but we finally get the much-desired team up of Sly, Arnie and Bruce that the first one promised but failed to deliver, while both Chuck Norris and Van Damme contribute to some great action scenes. 3
Stretch 2014 Crime, Thriller A frenetic movie with some crazy scenes featuring big name actors in unfamiliar circumstances, all laced with the blackest of humour. It's hard to keep track of things at times but it remains entertaining and Patrick Wilson is great in the lead role. 3.5
Why Don't You Just Die! 2018 Action, Comedy, Foreign Language A Russian single location action-comedy about a young man who arrives at the flat of a Police Detective with a hammer and violent intent. It is brutal, but also very cleverly done with interesting music choices and some great fight sequences. 3.5
Days of the Bagnold Summer 2019 Comedy, Drama A simple story of a mum and teenage son during the school holidays, Simon Bird's directorial debut is definitely influenced by the TV shows he has starred in but on a much more subtle level. Funny, sweet and relatable. 3.5
Misbehaviour 2020 Biopic, Comedy, Drama A typically British take on the Women's Lib disruption of the 1970 Miss World competition. Despite being a bit too twee and a lot too contrived, it is an interesting slice of history told in an entertaining way. 3.5