James Cameron-Wilson, overjoyed to be back in a cinema again, discusses the boost to the box office just as restrictions in many areas will reverse it. He reviews Netflix's female assassin movie Ava, starring Jessica Chastain. He looks at the Argentinian film Murder Me, Monster on Curzon Home Cinema. And he delights in the exuberance of The Prom, another Netflix title, starring James Corden Meryl Streep.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, shooting up 1,586%, but to a still-pitiful level. He reviews the new Netflix David Fincher film Mank about the making of Citizen Kane, which is already tipped for awards glory. His favourite of the week though is a more modest piece starring Paul Bettany called Uncle Frank. And he looks at the much-admired Australian teen drama Babyteeth, just out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the sad UK box office chart with fewer than 30 cinemas open (Home Alone is #1). He looks at new Netflix offering, Yes, God, Yes about a religious, naive young woman in the early days of online chatting. Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor, starring Andrea Riseborough, he found stomach-turning. But he was very taken with gay-themed romcom Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, which he recommends strongly.
With Welsh cinemas open again, as well as some in Scotland, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the latest dismal box office chart for the UK. He reviews the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged, now out on DVD and Blu-Ray, having missed some of the film in the cinema through the unexpected absence of advertisements. He also looks at the Oscar-tipped Netflix premiere of Hillbilly Elegy, starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams and directed by Ron Howard, as well as black comedy Arkansas, starring Liam Hemsworth.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office (operational only in Scotland) before turning his attention to the Blu-Ray release of The Painted Bird, a much-garlanded Czech film set in World War II. On Netflix, he looks at The Life Ahead, Sophia Loren's first film for 16 years, for which she's already being tipped for an Oscar nomination. And on various platforms, there is the documentary Totally Under Control, about the US response to the Covid pandemic.
With most British cinemas closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the box office for Scotland only and the bizarre #1 film. He discusses new animated cinema release Wolfwalkers, tipped as a possible Oscar nominee. With most of us restricted to watching film at home he reviews the British refugee horror film His House on Netflix and Luxor on Curzon Home Cinema with Andrea Riseborough in the lead role.
With cinemas closing once more, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the last box office chart for some time. He managed to get to see two new films to review, The Burnt Orange Heresy with Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger and British film Philophobia. For home streaming, he recommends Sasha Baron-Cohen's Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, spearing the state of contemporary America.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office chart, where, with box office takings sharply up, Tenet has been pushed off the #1 slot after 9 weeks, by Two By Two: Overboard. He reviews the new #2, The Honest Thief, with Liam Neeson, Irish gangster comedy Pixie and American cult festival movie The Climb. 80 years after the seminal Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebeca, he discusses Netflix's new version starring Lily James and Armie Hammer.
James Cameron-Wilson looks UK cinema box office, which has declined even further than the previous week's dreadful level. But new films are being released and he was hugely moved by the documentary I Am Greta, which was fortunate to film the Swedish schoolgirl at the start of her protest that was felt around the world. Available at cinemas and on Netflix is the recommended Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago Seven, with the main roles all taken by Brits. And James also reviews favourably the British film Lynn + Lucy.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the effect on the UK box office of Cineworld shutting its doors, with Tenet's take down 53%. He reviews the new #2 film, Saint Maud as well as the Italian 2020 success Pinocchio, though lamenting the fact that it was dubbed rather than subtitled. For home viewing, he recommends the restored version of the 1956 British Cannes entry, Yield to the Night, starring Diana Dors and Yvonne Mitchell.