James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, up 4% on the week but almost 50% on this time last year. Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, is #1 taking £4m at the weekend. James found it entertaining but long and exhausting. The Black Phone with Ethan Hawke enters at #5. James's film of the week is the Francois Ozon movie about assisted dying with Sophie Marceau, Everything Went Fine. It's at selected cinemas and available on Curzon Home Cinema.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, still dominated by Jurassic World Dominion and Top Gun Maverick. Pixar's Lightyear enters at #3 but with only £13.3m. James found it enjoyable but over-familiar. Emma Thompson in Good Luck To You Leo Grande arrives at #4. James also reviews the Adam Sandler basketball movie Hustle on Netflix, surprising himself by enjoying it, though he was less impressed by Spiderhead with Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, up 32% with the arrival of Jurassic World Dominion at #1. James, a fan of the franchise, found it breathless entertainment. It pushed Top Gun: Maverick to #2 though that's now the highest grosser of 2022. With no other major new films, James chose Foreign Oscar nominee The Worst Person in the World as his DVD of the month, recommending it as a daring, brave and memorable movie. He also looked at Sundance winner Cha Cha Real Smooth, out on Apple+.
With Top Gun: Maverick powering past £30m at the UK box office, James reviews creepy new entry Men at #3, written and directed by Alex Garland and starring Jessie Buckley. Although periodically interesting, James found it "ludicrous". He preferred Emergency, a well-written and acted take on racism in the US on Amazon Prime, which was overlong but absorbing.
He also looked at the top 10 films so far in 2022 in America, noting that only one does not feature a British actor in a leading role.
James Cameron-Wilson celebrates a bounce in UK box office caused by Top Gun:Maverick arriving at #1 a mere 36 years after the original. He found it spectacular and exciting. He also enjoyed the movie spinoff of Bob's Burgers once he became attuned to it, not knowing the TV show. He also recommends the Danish Netflix film Toscana about a chef going to Italy to sort out his late father's affairs.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office chart, falling substantially for the second week in a row ahead of the release of the new Top Gun movie. James caught up with #2 Everything Everywhere All At Once which he found relentless, with an insufferable tone, but didn't see Benedictine, in at #10. On Netflix he enjoyed youth drama Along For The Ride, with excellent performances and dialogue. He was less impressed by Amazon's thriller The Contractor with Chris Pine, which he found utterly unsurprising.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, still dominated by the Doctor Strange film, now with £30.4m. Downtown Abbey is #2 with a £10.4m total. At #3 is Everything Everywhere All At Once with Michelle Yeoh while Steve King's Firestarter w. Zac Efron opened at #9 and, was says James, utterly unbelievable. At #16 is true story Father Stu with Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg, a film James found deeply unpleasant.
James Cameron-Wilson explains that all existing films saw a box office collapse in the warm weather while new #1 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness steamrollered all before it with a £19.8m opening. The new Downton film saw a 50% collapse in box office and all other films suffered a worse fate.
With only one new film, James quizzed Simon on his knowledge of the film actresses in the top 20 inflation-adjusted winners at the UK box office. How would you fare in answering these?
James Cameron-Wilson marvels at Downton Abbey: A New Era, a British film with the second widest opening of all time in the UK. To his surprise, after the disappointment of the first film, he found it beautifully-crafted, funny, moving and even occasionally exciting and had the best time he can recall in the cinema for ages. However, it only managed £3m at the weekend, presumably as its target "grey pound" audience is fighting shy.
He also recommends an amazing documentary currently on BBC iPlayer called Navalny about the Russian opposition leader which includes extraordinary insights into Putin and those who tried to assassinate Navalny.
He finishes by giving us the top 5 inflation-adjusted movies in the UK of all time.
UK box office is weak, says James Cameron-Wilson, with only 1 new film in the top 10 ahead of the new Downton Abbey film. At #7 is the highly meta 'The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent' with Nicolas Cage playing himself. It is, says, James, a massive waste of time. He also looks at Judd Apatow's comedy 'The Bubble' on Netflix, with Karen Gillan and David Duchnovy the funniest and at the thriller 'All The Old Knives' on Amazon with Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton, which James found implausible.
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