James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, where much-garlanded The Favourite is snapping at the heels of Mary Poppins Returns. He also discusses the Robert Zemeckis Welcome to Marwen as well as RBG, the documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His DVD of the week is the Icelandic drama Under The Tree and James also pores over the Golden Globes and the BAFTA nominations.
James Cameron-Wilson casts his critical eye over the cinematic highlights of 2018, a year in which musicals were to the fore, as were films directed by actors. He marvelled at the array of strong roles for women and wondered why so few male performances stood out in the year. As well as examining the winners at the UK box office, James also gives his own, personal top 10 of the year.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the new leader of the UK box office, Aquaman, disappointed that it beat Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to the top slot, a movie he considers far superior. He is less than impressed with Mortal Engines, debuting at #5. He points out that while only 4 films made over £40m in UK cinemas last year, this year over 8 have exceeded that take with overall attendance the highest since 1971. James also has a look at the nominations announced for the London Film Critics Circle awards.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, discussing new films The Old Man & the Gun, Sorry To Bother You and Tulip Fever, adversely affected by its links with Harvey Weinstein. As James points out, two movies - Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse and Mortal Engines - don't even show up in the figures. He also reviews for home release the French film The Workshop, which he recommends strongly.
James Cameron-Wilson delves into the UK box office where the new Fantastic Beasts movie has been pushed into third place by Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph and by Creed 2 (not surprisingly, the sequel to Creed). He also looks at the home dual-format release of the 1966 Charlton Heston film Khartoum, a movie James reckons would be impossible to make now. Lastly, he looks at some of the Golden Globe nominations, which might given an early indication of the Oscar front-runners.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, led once more by the new Fantastic Beasts, with The Grinch in second place. He reviews the latest version of Robin Hood and Nativity Rocks while looking at the new home release of the 1979 John Schlesinger movie Yanks, starring relative newcomer Richard Gere.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the eruption of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald into the UK box office chart and hopes somebody can explain what it was about to him. He also reviews a couple of character study movies for home release which he recommends, Columbus, from first time director Kogonada and Leave No Trace, from Debra Granik,
director of Winter's Bone.
James Cameron-Wilson examines a bumper week for new releases at the UK box office. He reviews The Grinch, Widows (highly recommended), Overlord, the World War One documentary They Shall Not Grow Old from Peter Jackson and Wildlife. For home viewing, he looks at Harry Dean Stanton's last film, Lucky.
James Cameron-Wilson dissects the latest UK box office stats, where Bohemian Rhapsody reigns supreme. He reviews new films The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Slaughterhouse Rulez and Mike Leigh's Peterloo. Also recommended by James is the Blu-Ray release of the 1978 Australian eco-thriller Long Weekend.
James Cameron-Wilson discusses the amazingly strong box office debut of Bohemian Rhapsody about Queen and Freddie Mercury, as well as the other new film, The Hate U Give. For home release, he strongly recommends Whitney, Kevin Macdonald's documentary about the singer.