Movie Muser

Movie Muser is a news and reviews website for mainstream and direct-to-DVD films, which I’ve been writing for since October 2011. Below is a beautifully and alphabetically arranged gallery of links to each of the reviews I’ve written. Click on the DVD cover of each film to be transported to my musings on its quality.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin, Quvenzhané Wallis
“Moving and poignant without the irritating pretension that blights similar efforts.”
The Burma Conspiracy, Jérôme Salle, Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone
“A disjointed collection of action movie tropes that had gone out of fashion before the turn of the millennium.”
Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
“A masterfully produced tale that’s straightforward yet charming.”

Chill, Serge Rodnunsky, Ashley Laurence
“A generic pseudo-supernatural horror story.”
The Darkest Hour, Chris Gorak, Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor
“A Friday night DVD rental with beer, pizza and friends.”
Dark Mirror, Pablo Proenza
“An intriguing set up fails to live up to its potential.”

Demons Never Die, Arjun Rose, Robert Sheehan, Ashley Walters
“Betrayed by its weak structure and underdeveloped characters.”
The Divide, Xavier Gens, Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia
“A promising start is let down by indistinct character development and unanswered questions.”
The Devil In Me, Greg A Sager
“A patchwork assortment of ideas ripped from infinitely superior films.”

Dracula - Prince Of Darkness, Terence Fisher, Christopher Lee
“A Gothic masterpiece that stands alongside its original predecessor.”
The Facility, Ian Clark
“A familiar set up is rendered engaging through a simple yet inventive story.”
Evidence, Howie Askins
“A superior example of a flagging genre.”

The Fields, Tom Mattera, David Mazzoni
“Slow-burning and low-key but compelling and unsettling.”
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Don Scardino, Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin
“Meandering in plot, inconsistent in tone and really not all that funny.”
The Girl From The Naked Eye, David Ren
“A distinct, if flawed, experience.”

Inkubus, Glenn Ciano, Robert Englund, William Forsythe, Joey Fatone
“A throwback to old school horror.”
Jack Irish, Jeffrey Walker, Guy Pearce
“The stories are engaging and rewarding.”
Interview With A Hitman, Perry Bhandal, Luke Goss
“A less flashy gangster film.”

Jackpot, Magnus Martens
“A fast-paced and entertaining black comedy.”
The Last Templar, Paolo Barzman, Mira Sorvino, Scott Foley, Victor Garber
“A generic plot, inconsistent pacing and ponderous revelations.”
Killer Joe, William Freidkin, Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, Gina Gershon
“A trailer trash noir that pulls no punches.”

Lockout, James Mather, Stephen St Leger, Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stormare
“If you’re looking for the distraction of an entertaining action film, you could certainly do a lot worse.”
Mongolian Death Worm, Steven R Munroe, Sean Patrick Flanery
“Disappointing even by the standards of its limited expectations.”
Malcolm In The Middle, Todd Holland, Ken Kwapis, Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston
“A fantastic family show for all ages.”

Monstro, Stuart Simpson
“If you’re looking to augment your collection with modern-day B-movies, you can do a lot better than this.”
Paranormal Incident, Matthew Bolton
“Shoddy production values, amateurish editing, boring characters and unimaginative frights.”
Movie 43, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Will Graham, Jonathan van Tulleken, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Kieran Culkin, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Jack McBrayer, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Bell, Leslie Bibb, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Patrick Warburton, Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Terrence Howard, Josh Duhamel
“An unremitting blitzkrieg against creativity and humour”

Pusher, Luis Prieto, Richard Coyle
“Short, fast and brutal.”
Shiver, Isidro Ortiz
“Worthy of its title.”
The Scorpion King 3, Roel Reiné, Victor Webster, Billy Zane, Temuera Morrison, Ron Pearlman
“Short on innovation and story, large on visuals and spectacle.”

Touching Home, Logan Miller, Noah Miller, Ed Harris, Robert Forster, Brad Dourif
“A moving film about the anger and frustration felt when those you rely on let you down.”
The Wild Hunt, Alexandre Franchi
“A long way from being a bad film, but neither is it a great one.”

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