Reporting from New York, James Cameron-Wilson casts his eye down the UK box office chart, where Avengers: Endgame still rules supreme. But there are new films, with Long Shot starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron the most successful. Other new entries reviewed by James are The Curse of La Llorona, Tolkien and A Dog's Journey. James also drops into the conversation the Hollywood star he met at the Actor's Studio.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the extraordinary box office success of Avengers: Endgame, in theory the last in the series of Marvel superhero movies. It's the quickest film ever to take one billion dollars worldwide, in half the time of the previous record-holder, Avengers: Infinity War. James assesses whether he thinks the unconverted will find it worth seeing. For home release he reviews Minding the Gap, an Obama favourite, a documentary about young men growing up in Illinois.
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, hit for six by the unusually hot Easter Bank Holiday weekend. With Shazam! back at #1, the top English language entry is Red Joan with Judi Dench at #5, followed by Neil Jordan's Greta at #6. James also reviews mid90s, the directorial debut of Jonah Hill, which limped in at #23 in the chart. Next week, he points out, will be dominated by Avengers Endgame, already breaking records in China.
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.