James Cameron-Wilson gives us a preview of the films that will be in cinemas when they reopen on May 17th. He reviews four films currently available to stream. The much-garlanded Promising Young Woman stars Carey Mulligan, Antebellum is heavy drama, Palm Springs is a new take on the Groundhog Day premise while Sound of Metal has been nominated for six Oscars.
James Cameron-Wilson marvels at the encouraging box office news from the United States where Godzilla vs. Kong is top of the heap, despite streaming on TVs simultaneously. He reviews the movie, which features some big names as well as the giant titular stars. In the UK, it's only available online. James also reviews the Doug Liman sci-fi movie Chaos Walking, with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley and the new Netflix film Run, starring Sarah Paulson.
James Cameron-Wilson on the encouraging signs of an appetite for cinema in the USA where people have been flocking to big-screen viewings of Tenet. He reviews The Mauritanian, a true story directed by Kevin Macdonald which did not pick up any Oscar nominations, Minari, an American-set film in the Korean language which got 6 nods and Sky's documentary Tina on Tina Turner.
James Cameron-Wilson reviews 19th-century drama Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, expressing surprise Winslet has not received more awards attention. He looks at French thriller Sentinelle and the similarly-themed autobiographical drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland. And he finally gets to see and admire the 1953 French comedy Monsieur Hulot's Holiday with Jaques Tati.
James Cameron-Wilson reviews the documentary Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry, available to stream on Apple TV+ and Judas & The Black Messiah, about Black Panther Fred Hampton, which has received six Oscar nominations for next month's awards. He takes a look at the nomination list finding, for once, a remarkable difference to those films nominated by the British academy BAFTA.
James Cameron-Wilson turns his attention away from Netflix, examining a new film about Gloria Steinem starring Julianne Moore called The Glorias. He also looks at The United States vs Billie Holiday, starring Andra Day. And he wonders about Wander Darkly with Sienna Miller in the lead role. He looks at the nominations for this year's BAFTAs, remarking at the well-known names who have not made it onto the shortlist.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the Golden Globes and wonders whether this year's winners are likely also to triumph at the delayed Oscars in April? He reviews the comic high school drama Moxie, directed by Amy Poehler as well as a visually impressive Anglo-Senegalese movie White Colour Black. Firing up his DVD player, James took the opportunity to revisit The Shape of Water, a strikingly unusual major movie which won 4 of the 13 Oscar nominations it received.
Although UK cinemagoers are still waiting for cinemas to reopen, James Cameron-Wilson describes the extraordinary records being broken in Chinese cinemas. Restricted domestically to streaming services, he reviews the Swedish thriller Red Dot, the controversial movie from Australian singer Sia called Music and the black comedy about a con woman I Care A Lot, starring Rosamund Pike.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the new Tom Hanks' Western, News of the World, directed by Paul Greengrass and featuring an impressive performance from newcomer Helena Zengel. He reflects on the way in which, despite the period, it reflects on modern life. He tells of the top grossing Westerns of all time (unadjusted for inflation). And he reviews To Olivia, a drama starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes as Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal. He also reveals his own embarrassing Roald Dahl anecdote.
In the absence of open UK cinemas, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the top Australian films of all time. He reviews the steamy Franco-Belgian movie Simple Passion and the Danish movie about alcoholism Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen. He gives us some of the highlights from The London Film Critics Circle Awards and laments the demise of Christopher Plummer.