James Cameron-Wilson laments the 41% drop in UK box office weekend takings - and that against cinemas hit by a weekend of sport. But he has trouble recommending the new chart entries, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Forever Purge & The Croods: A New Age. Wondering why Brits don't seek shelter from the heat in air-conditioned cinema comfort, as Americans do, he still highly recommends A Quiet Place 2 and In The Heights.
James Cameron-Wilson on the latest UK box office where Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, has not quite topped the opening weekend success of Fast & Furious 9. He feels it to be, however, one of the better Marvel films for some time. Online, he reviews fantasy adventure The Water Man, with Rosario Dawson, the only film to be directed by actor David Oyelowo. He enthuses over Pixar's latest animated feature Luca, which doesn't underestimate its audience's intelligence, finding it sad, though, that it is released not in cinemas but on Disney+.
James Cameron-Wilson on the collapse in weekend box office thanks to Wimbledon and the Euros. The Vince Vaughn comedy-horror Freaky comes in at #6, with James saying he hasn't heard so much laughter in the cinema for some time. Danish film Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, only made #9. Winner of the best Foreign Language Film Oscar it did, however, have the second-best screen average. French Exit, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, only made the #22 slot. On Amazon Prime, James recommends the well-paced sci-fi thriller The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt.
James Cameron-Wilson celebrates a Pandemic box office record, with Fast & Furious 9 taking over £6m in the UK over the weekend, a film he found hugely entertaining despite its preposterousness. In at #8 is Supernova, a road movie with Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci in the mould of The Father, which slipped down the charts. Outside the top ten he was impressed with the Ben Wheatley horror pic In The Earth, filmed in just 15 days in lockdown on an estate near Henley.
James Cameron-Wilson welcomes the arrival in cinemas of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In The Heights, laments the disappointing performance of double Oscar-winner The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and admires hugely the genre-bending Nobody which he calls a cross between Death Wish and American Beauty! He looks at the latest video game adaptation Monster Hunter and, although well down the chart, admires the documentary The Reason I Jump. He welcomes the arrival for home entertainment of the winner of two Oscars, Judas and the Black Messiah.
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to talk all things quirky. They discuss what makes a “quirky” film, and Vicky reveals a particular favourite of hers. In this special genre they select: 'O Lucky Man!' (1973), 'How to Get Ahead in Advertising' (1989), 'The Truman Show' (1998), 'Being John Malkovich' (1999), 'Raising Arizona' (1987), 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' (2000), 'Amélie' (2001), 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004), 'Stranger Than Fiction' (2006), 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013), and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014). Whatever happened to 'Spirited Away'(2001)?
James Cameron-Wilson marvels at the justified success of A Quiet Place 2 at the top of the UK box office, with a take worthy of pre-pandemic box office. He found the film both thrilling and moving. He was also drawn in – eventually – by Gunda, the cinematic equivalent of slow TV, a black and white documentary following every detail of the daily life of a pig. He rewatched and recommends the 2015 French love story Summertime but had trouble staying awake during Netflix's Awake, a dystopian sci-fi film in which nobody can sleep.
James Cameron-Wilson marvels at the UK box office chart, where The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me, the 8th in the Conjuring series, topped the list with a £2.7 million weekend take. Cruella, with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, was not as dark as James had hoped, being rather more pantomimic in tone. On Netflix, he felt that zombie film Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder's best film since Man of Steel. Although the sequel has been put back, he also revisited the original 1986 Top Gun.
James Cameron-Wilson unveils the first UK box office cinema charts since the reopening of cinemas. It is topped by the hugely-successful Peter Rabbit 2, although James laments the film itself, about which he struggles to find a kind word. As for The Unholy, he considers it a formulaic horror quickie. To find anything worthwhile, he had to turn – as so many do – to Netflix, where he found excitement in the French-American futuristic film Oxygen, starring Melanie Laurent, which he recommends.
Flush from the excitement of his first visit to the cinema this year, James Cameron-Wilson reviews action thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, with Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult and Aiden Gillen and Spiral: From the Book of Saw with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. On streaming services, he looks at The Woman in the Window, with Gary Oldman and Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright and double-Oscar winner Sound of Metal, starring Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke, which James considers one of the best films of the year. It is in cinemas as well, but only at select sites. He also revisits the French romantic comedy Populaire.