James Cameron-Wilson casts his eye down the UK box office top ten, with Dumbo regaining top spot as the holidays begin, pushing Shazam! to #2 spot. Wonder Park debuts at #3, the Hellboy remake is at #4, highly-regarded Wild Rose makes it in at #6 and Little, with the youngest executive producer ever in Hollywood, is at #8. For home release, James looks at the Blu-Ray release of One, Two, Three. Billy Wilder's 1961 Berlin-set comedy stars James Cagney in his last major role and, James says, is due to a re-evaluation.
James Cameron-Wilson runs his eye down the UK box office chart, with age-shift superhero movie Shazam! pushing Dumbo from the front spot, a new Pet Semetary at #3 and French-directed western The Sisters Brothers clocking in at #9. Out for home release is Mary Poppins Returns, which will no doubt fly off the shelves and 1952 Finnish classic The White Reindeer, which might have a little more trouble getting into the air.
James Cameron-Wilson discusses the latest UK box office chart, with Tim Burton's new version of Dumbo trampling all underfoot, pushing Captain Marvel down to second position. What is NOT in the charts, however, is The Highwaymen with Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner. As the tale of cops on the trail of Bonnie & Clyde was made by Netflix, some cinema chains are boycotting it. James discusses the cinema vs. streaming war. His DVD of the week is Mektoub, My Love from Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue Is The Warmest Colour).
With Captain Marvel still in pole position at the UK box office, James Cameron-Wilson looks at Us, Jordan Peele's new horror film, his follow-up to Get Out, which enters at #2. The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes's film about Rudolf Nureyev, is at #7 and romantic weepie Five Feet Apart debuts at #10. James's DVD of the week is Oscar-nominated Japanese film Shoplifters. Also recommended is German's most expensive TV series ever, Babylon Berlin, a detective tale set in the days of the Weimar Republic from, among others Tom Tykwer.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office chart, topped by Captain Marvel for the second week. UK comedy drama Fisherman's Friends enters at #2 while What Men Want, a remake of the Mel Gibson film What Women Wan, debuts at #3. James's DVD of the week is the Steve McQueen film Widows, starring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson. It, too, is a remake, of a Lynda La Plante 80s UK TV series.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the box office phenomenon that is Captain Marvel, taking nearly £13m in its first weekend and disproving, as with Wonder Woman, the traditional Hollywood studio view that films with female leads do not succeed with the general public. With no other new film making the top ten (Everybody Knows with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz made only #13), James's DVD of the week was Sink The Bismarck, the 1960 film starring Kenneth More.
James Cameron-Wilson lavishes praise on Stephen Merchant's #1 entry at the box office, Fighting With My Family, which pushes the new Lego Movie into second place. Another British entry, The Aftermath, with Keira Knightly, entes at #6. What They Had with Hilary Swank only makes #38. He explains why nobody knows the true figures for turkey Serenity with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. His DVD of the week is the controversial Lars von Trier film The House That Jack Built.
James Cameron-Wilson dissects the UK box office figures from half-term week, with the top new film, Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit, only coming in at #6. In at #8 is On The Basis of Sex while Oscar-nominated foreign movie Capernaum, one of James’s favourite films of the past year, can only manage a debut at #15. James reviews for home release crowd-pleaser Bohemian Rhapsody, which did so well at the recent Oscars, the results of which James analyses. Next week, we find out what effect, if any, the Oscars have had on the box office.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the latest UK box office numbers, reviewing new movies Instant Family, Happy Death Day 2 U and The Kid Who Would Be King. He laments the fact that the drama about war reporter Marie Colvin, played by Rosamund Pike, who got a Golden Globe nomination, only limped in at #13 in the chart. He also reviews for home release - and recommends highly - the documentary RBG about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
James Cameron-Wilson, with sinking heart, looks at the UK box office, with Lego Movie 2 at #1, Alita: Battle Angel at #2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 at #3. The new Kenneth Branagh film about Shakepeare's last days All Is True could only limp in at #10. James ponders the BAFTA results and reviews for home entertainment the 1955 film Picnic with William Holden and Kim Novak. Scandalous in its day and OTT in much of its acting, it's an indication of just how much has changed in the past 60 years.