Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; ABC. Lothian; ABC. Strathclyde; ABC Greenock, ABC Kilmarnock

0 Legend (PG) (Ridley Scott, Uk, 1985) Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry. 93 mins. Wildly self-indulgent fairy tale in which Good and Evil clash once more. Pretty pictures help to distract the eye but nothing can stop the mind picking the bare bones of a shambolic narrative. Glasgow;

Grosvenor 0 Legend 0! the Surnam Fortress (U)

1?: (Sergo Paradjanov, USSR, 1985) 87 mins. It’s taken sixteen years for Sergo Paradjanov to be allowed to direct a follow-up to the extraordinary The Colour of Pomegranates and this is it. The film imagines a mythical Georgia of indeterminate date where the national defences are useless because the walls of the Surnam fortress collapse every time they reach a certain height. It is left to a willing martyr who will allow himself to be bricked into the ramparts before the fortress will stand and the country remain safe.

Like its predecessor this is a visual treat with vast, richly textured tableaux ravishing the eye, but the current film has a more obvious

narrative at its coreAnother hVDnOtiC achievement from one of the

cinema’s true originals. Edinburgh;


O Macbeth (18) (Roman Polanski, Uk, 1970) Jon Finch, Francesca Annis. 140 mins. Polanski‘s retelling of Shakespeare’s turbulent Scottish tragedy manages to forcefully convey the play’s pervasive spirit of evil, with the Pole’s dark imagination conjuring upbloody scenes of horror, encompassed in a brooding vision of fate, mortality and power. Edinburgh;EUFS 0 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (15) (George Miller and George Ogilvie, Australia, 1985) Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. 107 mins. Max is hailed as the new Messiah by a group of children and faces the challenge of Tina‘s controller of Bartertown in this overblown, eccentric disappointment. Glasgow; Grosvenor O Mona Lisa (18) (Neil Jordan, UK, 1986) Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine. 104 mins. Hoskins on brilliant form as a naive ex-con armed with an anachronistic sense of moral duty and misplaced feelings of tenderness, charging through Soho vice to rescue a damaged damsel in distress. Little does he realise that life, as always, never conforms to his

expectations. The best British film of the year, j Mona Lisa is a poetic and deeply ! affecting tale of innocence abroad. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh;


0 Moon In The Gutter (18) (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1983) Gerard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski. 137 mins. Beineix‘s generally ' reviled follow-up to Diva is probably ripe for re-assessment. A brooding | film noir about a stevedore, his 1 obsession with his dead sister, and

the mysterious and alluring femme fatale who bears an uncanny resemblance to her. Glasgow; GET

0 nghtmare on Elm Street ( 18) (Wes

Craven, US, 1985) Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon. 91 mins. Communal nightmares among the teen set and their mutual terrorisation by a long dead bogeyman who steps out of their dreams are the ingredients of this superior, bum-shiftineg effective shocker. Edinburgh; EUFS

O Otello (U) fir (Franco Zeffirelli. Italy, 1986) Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Diaz. 123 mins. Zeffirelli pulls out all the stops to inject some cinematic vigour into the stuffy climes of filmed opera. The result will probably offend the purists and is unlikely to win hordes of fresh converts.

His version of the Verdi warbler is dished up with over-emphatic brio. lavish locations. unnecessary flashbacks. the exclusion of Desdemona‘s Willow Song and a hint of homoeroticism. ‘Lungs’ Domingo gives his all Glasgow; ABC Sauchiehall Street.

0 Poltergeist ll—The Other Side ( 15) (Brian Gibson, US, 1986) Jobeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson. 93 mins. The long-suffering family from Tobe Hooper’s spirited 1982 original are again buried by a plethora of special effects in this turgid sequel. Glasgow; ABC Clarkston Road, Cinema. Strathclyde; Odeon

Hamilton 0 Les Portes de la Nuit (Marcel

Carné, France, 1946) Yves Montand, Nathalie Nattier, Pierre Brasseur. A memorably acted tale of ordinary people in post-war Paris. Glasgow; French Cine-Club

0 Ban (15) (Akira Kurosawa, J apan/France, 1985) Tatsuya Nakadai, Meiko harada. Peter. 162 mins. Kurosawa‘s King Lear is a bleack and despairing vision of mankind rent asunder by personal vengeances and family feuds Edinburgh; EUFS

o lie-animator ( 18) (Stuart Gordon. US, 1984) Bruce Abbot, Barbara Campton. 84 mins. Enjoyable black horror comic wherein a crazed scientist (aren’t they all?) comes up with a nifty serum that can bring the dead back to life. Much fun is had with the special effects, which include some of the friskiest intestines ever Edinburgh; EUFS

0 Repulslon (18) (Roman Polanski. Uk, 1965) Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry. 104 mins. In south London a young Belgian girl‘s fear of sexual contact leads her to incarcerate herself in her flat as she descends into paranoia. Edinburgh; Filmhouse O A Room With A View (PG) (James Ivory, UK. 1985) Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Daniel Day Lewis. 117 mins. Elegantly mounted with an agreeable lightness of touch. this is a near-perfect version of the Forster novel Edinburgh; Dominion o Ruthless People (18) w (Jim Abrahams. David Zucker. Jerry Zucker. US. 1986) Bette Midler. Danny De Vito. Helen Slater. 94 mins. See Caption Review. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde; ABC Greenock, La Scala. Odeon Ayr

o A Sense of Freedom ('W) Raw. uncompromising television adaptation of the first volume of Jimmy Boyle‘s autobiography.


“Exquisite, grand, dramatic, spectacular and heart- breakineg beautiful.”

DAILY TELEGRAPH - Victoria Mather

“Placido Domingo a performance and a half. MAIL ON'SUNDA v Tom Hutchinson

. “You’ll be thrilled and captivated by the

riveting drama and sensational music.” DAILY MIRROR - Pauline McLeod




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