With cinemas shuttered, James Cameron-Wilson looks at what is popular with viewers marooned at home. He reviews two new home releases, Wolf Hour, an all-too-appropriate character drama starring Naomi Watts and Spanish futuristic prison drama The Platform. He also takes a look at a new Blu-Ray of John Ford's superb 1950 Western Rio Grande.
With cinemas closed and the normal film business suspended, James Cameron-Wilson turns his attention to movies for home viewing, taking us through the home entertainment chart, topped by the film version of Downton Abbey. He examines new Netflix release Lost Girls, with Amy Ryan, and Blu-Ray release Le Mans' 66 (known as Ford v Ferrari in the US), which he recommends strongly.
James Cameron-Wilson examines a virus-hit box office, the last there'll be for some time with the country's cinemas closing. He reviews The Hunt, in at #3 and Misbehaviour, entering at #7. He discusses the way studios are reacting to the virus, moving earlier or straight to home release. For home viewing this week, James looks at Robert Bresson's 1945 film Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne. From next week, James will, understandably, concentrate on home releases.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where takings are down 43% year-on-year. It's a disappointing opening at #1 for Pixar's latest animation, Onward, even though James adored it. In at #3 is Military Wives while a horror treatment of the old US TV series Fantasy Island makes #7. For home release James recommends Sidney Lumet's 1962 adaptations of A Long Day's Journey Into Night, just re-released.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the latest UK box office chart. He recommends The Invisible Man which debuts at #1 as well as true-live environmental legal drama Dark Waters at #4. At #11 is French arthouse movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which is another tip from James. For home entertainment, he favours Terminator: Dark Fate which is, he feels, a return to form for the franchise.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, where Sonic the Hedgehog remained at #1 during half term week, with Parasite moving down to the #3 spot. Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild enters at #4, Like a Boss is #8, Brahms: The Boy II is #9. Greed, with Steve Coogan – we're assured – NOT playing Sir Philip Green is Jame's favourite new film but only makes it to #11. His home release of the week is Sons of Denmark.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the latest UK box office figures where the newly-released Sonic the Hedgehog is in the #1 spot. Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite rises from #4 to #2 while the new version of Emma enters at #6. Polish erotic film 365 Dni is at #8. For home viewing, James strongly recommends the Colombian-set movie Monos.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, where Dolittle has knocked the garlanded 1917 off its #1 perch. Birds of Prey enters at #2 with Parasite, the South Korean Best Film Oscar-winner in at #4. James also reviews Under Water, which didn't make the top ten, before turning his attention to the recent Oscars.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where 1917 reigns supreme for a 4th week. Queen & Slim enters at #7 with Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood at #8. The Lighthouse arrives at #10 and The Rhythm Section (establishing a US box office record) only manages #18. James recommends Judy for home release and discusses this and the other films receiving BAFTA awards.
Ahead of the awards of the London Film Critics Circle, James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, where 1917 is in pole position for the 3rd week. With most films grosses holding up well, The Personal History of David Copperfield enters the chart at #3. The Henry James adaptation The Turning limped in at #18. For home release, James highly recommends the 1962 Oscar-winning movie The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft, revealing fascinating details about its making along the way.