unhappy families in his most self-conscious nod to the inﬂuence of Ingmar Bergman but remains an impressive chamber work of emotional angst. Stapleton adds a dash of colour and vitality as the ‘other woman’. Glasgow; GFT
0 Johnny Larsen ( 15) (Morten Amfred, Denmark, 1979) Allan Olsen, Frits Helmuth. Hanne Ribens. 110 mins. Breezy rites-of-passage tale about a young man confronting life head on as he loses his job, joins the army and goes AWOL. Reputedly rather entertaining. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Kiss of the Spiderwoman(15) (Hector Babenco, US-Brazil. 1985) William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga. 119 mins. Two men share a prison cell, victims. in their very different ways, ofan unspecified fascist regime. One is a flamboyant homosexual. the other a macho revolutionary. The pain oftheir confinement ultimately provokes mutual understanding. love and a moving exchange of roles. Edinburgh; EUFS o Kramer vs Kramer (PG) (Robert Benton, US, 1979) Dustin Hoffman. Meryl Streep, Justin Henry. 105 mins. Streep walks out on her advertising executive husband and seven year-old son in a bid to secure some breathing space to ‘find herself“. In the interim hubby Hoffman grows into a better human being and truly loving parent for perhaps the first time. Re-enter Streep and the stage is set for a legal custody battle and a heart-rending tug-of-love. Moving, extremely well-acted yuppie drama. Glasgow; GFT
o The Last Battle (15) (Luc Besson. France. 1983) Pierre Jolivet. Jean Bouise. Fritz Wepper. 92 mins. In the post-holocaust society where the power of speech has disappeared. at young warrior emerges to fight the good fight against a local gang leader who monopolises the water supply. Imaginative. large-screen science fiction drama from the maker of Subway. Edinburgh; Edinburgh Film Guild
0 Legal Eagles (PG) (Ivan Reitman. US. 1986) Robert Redford. Debra Winger. Darryl Hannah. 116 mins. Over-plotted and somewhat bland romantic comedy-thriller embroiling dishy assistant-DA Redford in a case ofart fraud.
Glasgow; ABC Clarkston Road. ABC Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; ABC
0 Letterto Brezhnev ( 15) (Chris Bernard. UK. 1985) Peter Firth. Alexandra Pigg. Margi Clarke. 95 mins. Lively Liverpudlian comedy-romance of rough charm and ready wit as a scouse gal finds love with a Russian sailor. Glasgow; Grosvenor
o The Little Prince (U) (Stanely Donen. UK 1974) Richard Kiley. Steven Warner. Bob Fosse. Gene Wilder. 89 mins. Flat and styleless version ofthe Antoine De Saint-Exupery children‘s book in which an aviator acts as a father figure to a young boy. A disappointing musical fantasy considering the talents involved. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 M(PG) (Fritz Lang, Germany. 1931) Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann. Inge Landgut. 99 mins. A psychopathic child murderer becomes a marked man. hunted by
the police and the Berlin underworld. Based on an actual case history in Dusseldorf this acknowledged classic features an expressive use of darkness and shadow alongside a remarkable performance from Lorre. 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. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Mean Streets ( 18) (Martin Scorcese. US. 1973) Harvey Keitel. Robert De Niro. David Proval. 110 mins. Tony‘s Bar is the base for four young Italian Americans, whose increasingly illegal activities lead to tragic events. Vividly observed character study which combines breathtaking technique with a pervasive sense ofcorruption. Keitel and De Niro excel. Glasgow; GFT 0 Meetings with Remarkable Men (U) (Peter Brook. US. 1978) Dragan Maksimovic. Terence Stamp. Athol Fugard. 107 mins. Philosopher/mystic Gurdjieff‘s early steps on the path to enlightenment. Brook‘s film is sometimes heavy going. but does make a fair stab at presenting spiritual concepts on screen and offers a palatable introduction to Gurdjiefl‘s work for non-disciples. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o Mona Lisa (18) (NeilJordan. 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. will never conform to his expectations.
A poetic and deeply affecting tale ofinnocence abroad. Mona Lisa is one of the year's cinematic highlights. Not to be missed. Glasgow: G rosvenor. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclvde: Odeon Hamilton '
I My Beautiful Laundrette (15) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1985) Daniel Day-Lewis. Gordon Warnecke. Saed Jaffrey. 97 mins. Conspiring to turn a rundown business into the ritziest laundrette in town. young Asian Omar and his white schoolfriend-lover Johnny encounter all the pressures of Thatcher‘s Britain where the only victors are those left standing at the end of the day. Richly textured. original and provocative British triumph. Glasgow: Grosvenor
0 Night of the Hunter( PG) (Charles Laughton. US. 1955) Robert Mitchum. Lillian Gish. Shelley Winters. 93mins. Mitchum‘s deranged preacher searches for some hidden gold. the secret of which is held by two children. A disturbing blurring ofviolence and lyricism pervades this memorable slice ofAmerican Gothic whose expressionist images have the true quality of nightmare. The atmosphere is quite unique. Edinburgh; EUFS
o The Official Version ( 15) (Luis Puenso. Argentina. 1985) Hector Alterio. Norma Aleandro. Guillermo Battaglia. 112 mins. One
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