FILMBOX+ Around the World - January 2022

SPI’s streaming service FILMBOX+ which boasts a catalog of over five thousand titles and multiple linear channels was the go-to address for watching #GoodMovies this month for many viewers across the globe. Here’s a look at what’s popular in some of our key territories in January, 2022. 


Slovakian subscribers of FilmBox+ had a spooky start to the new year with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers led thriller Shelter (also known as “6 Souls”). Moore, who placed 11th in New York Times’ “The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list in 2020, plays forensic psychiatrist Dr. Cara Harding in the movie. When Dr. Harding discovers that all but one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims, she embarks on a dangeorus journey to find out what’s happening before her time is up. Directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, Shelter is perfect for mystery and thriller enthusiasts.  


FilmBox+ subscribers in Turkey opted for more lighthearted entertainment where Jon Favreu’s delicious adventure comedy Chef topped the charts this month. The movie follows Favreu as Carl Casper, a head chef who quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. This movie is perfect for those in search of inspiration to embark on new adventures in the new year. Favreu is accompanied by a stellar cast in this heartwarming movie, including Robert Downey Jr. Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara. Another piece of trivia that’s enough to make your mouth water is that Favreu did his own cooking in the movie by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi sent Favreu to a week of intensive French culinary schooling in preparation and the food in the movie looks absolutely delicious! 


Romanian FilmBox+ subscribers preferred the steamy, critically-acclaimed dramedy Secretary which brought Maggie Gyllenhaal numerous awards for her portrayal of Lee Holloway, including the Best Actress trophy at Boston Society of Film Critics Award. Lee Holloway is a young woman recently released from a mental hospital who gets a job as a secretary to Mr. Grey, a demanding lawyer played by James Spader. When Lee and Mr. Grey’s employer-employee relationship takes a wild turn, things get more complicated than they could have ever imagined. In a 2018 interview Maggie Gyllenhaal recalled the role of Lee as an opportunity to "explore something that's on the edge of what I know about myself but with the protection of fiction." Think 50 Shades of Grey but better, funnier, more realistic and definitely with more character development.


This month, FilmBox+ subscribers in Czechia went for the gripping sci-fi movie Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson, based on a manga and anime of the same name. In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. The movie generally garnered good reviews from critics. The Telegraph’s Tim Robey compared the movie to Momoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995) and said: “There are moments which directly recreate Oshii’s best scenes, with real sets and actors performing a balletic kind of stunt-karaoke. But the story is far more graspable – more streamlined – and the gracenotes, action-free, tend to be the highlights.” This movie is a must-see for science fiction enthusiasts.  


FilmBox+ combines the “lean-back” and on-demand viewing experiences by providing instant access to an extensive VOD catalog and live channels on any internet-connected device. FilmBox+’s well-curated selection of content from major global distributors features Hollywood blockbusters with world-famous stars, independent world cinema gems, TV series, documentaries, lifestyle programming, and much more. In addition to its vast VOD library, FilmBox+ also offers a variety of channels covering movies and thematic content that cater to all kinds of tastes to help viewers avoid the hassle of choosing what to watch. 

**Content and channel selection on FilmBox+ may vary depending on the region. 

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