Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 121 mins. Genuinely scary version ofthe William Peter Blatty bestseller given chilling conviction by a talented cast. Glasgow: Grosvenor
o Exorcist II: The Heretic (18) (John Boorman. US. 1976) Richard Burton. Louise Fletcher. Linda Balir. 11(lmins. Preposterous. unnecessary sequel to the above. Glasgow; Grosvenor
o The German Sisters ( 15) (Margarethe Von Trotta. West Germany. 1981) Jutta Lange. Barbara Sukowa. 107 mins. Two sisters take different roads to revolt in 1968 and afterwards. Teenage rebel Julienne chooses the moderate path of demonstrations and work on a feminist newspaper. whilst family favourite Marianne goes underground as a terrorist.
Fascinating portrait of the
contradictions of post-war West German society. told in an eliptical fashion through interweaving ﬂashbacks and impressively acted throughout. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Giant (PG) (George Stevens. US. 1956) Elizabeth 'l‘aylor. Rock Hudson. James Dean. Carroll Baker. 201 mins. High. wide and handsome screen version of the Edna Ferber novel about cattle and oil barons in the state of'l‘exas. Hudson. giving one ofhis best performances. is Bick Benedict. owner of a half-million acre ranch. Taylor is city girl Lesley. who becomes his wife. and Dean is the surly. poor-born ranch-hand who worships her and dreams of owning the wealth to win her hand. Sprawling. sumptuous soap-opera. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o Gorky Park ( 15) (Michael Aptcd. UK. 1983) William Hurt. Lee Marvin. Joanna Pacula. 128 mins. Investigating the discovery of three faceless corpses in Gorky Park. Moscow militiaman Hurt stumbles upon an international sable-smuggling operation implicating his KGB bosses and a wealthy American businessman. Proficient ifdisappointingly characterless screen version of the airport bestseller. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
o Gremlins(15) (Joe Dante. US. 1984) Zach Galligan. Phoebe Cates. 106 mins. Cute and cuddly little mogwais become malevolent monsters if not properly cared for and wreak havoc in idealised small-town America. Resistible horror comic. never as funny as it thinks it is. Glasgow; Grosvenor
0 Hannah and Her Sisters ( l5) (Woody Allen. US. 198(1) Woody Allen. Michael (.‘aine. Mia Farrow. 107 mins. A mellow. meaningful riposte to the gloom-ridden Interiors. Hanna/i is an upbeat celebration ofthe cohesion and support within the family unit.
Blessed with a terrific ensemble
cast. the film is achingly funny. touching and extremely perceptive. One of the year‘s highlights. Glasgow: GFT
0 He Died With His Eyes Open ( 18) (Jacques Dcray. France. 1985) Michael Serrault. Charlotte Rampling. Xavier Delluc. 95 mins.
Investigating the violent death ofa pianist. the unconventional Inspector Staniland discovers a cache of audio tapes revealing the dead man's lust for a certain Barbara. who turns up in the shape of Miss Rampling and confesses to the crime. Staniland doesn't believe her. so the two have an affair instead. Glasgow; GFI‘ o Heartbreak Ridge ( 18) a (Clint Eastwood. US. 198(1) Clint Eastwood. Marsha Mason. Eileen Heckart. Everett McGill. Mr Mayor plays Tom Highway. a rough. tough Marine gunnery sergeant with more decorations on his chest that Jenners have on their Christmas tree. A veteran of Korea and sundry other skirmishes. ole Tom is nearing the last hurrah but is determined to hand over the fate of the nation to a squad ofrespectful. lean. mean fighting machines. Unfortunately his latest platoon are an ill-assorted ragbag of maladjusted misfits. dopes and dropouts. As he whips them into shape he also tries a little tenderness in an attempt to woo his ex-wife Aggie and come to terms with the passing ofthe years. Matters are interrupted when the platoon is put on alert and dispatched to Grenada. In the States Richard Schickel dismissed this as ‘genre moviemaking‘ but added ‘nobody does that with greater conviction. energy and unpatronising affection for the grand old forms than Eastwood.’ Sounds promising — to be reviewed. Glasgow: ABC Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: ABC 0 Heavenly PurSUiIS(15)(Charles Gormley. UK. 198(3) Tom Conti. Helen Mirren. David llayman. 92 mins. Conti is the caring teacher caught up in his remedial school‘s miracle fever. who must determine the plausibility of divine intervention in contemporary Glasgow. An engaging. lightweight comedy-drama told with wit and charm. Edinburgh: Dominion 0 Howard . . . A New Breed of Hero (PG) 11‘: (Willard IIuyck. US. 1986) Lea 'I'hompson. Jeffrey Jones. Tim Robbins. 1 101/: mins. See Caption Review. Glasgow: ABC Clarkston Road. ABC Sauchiehall Street. Grosvenor. Edinburgh; ABC. Lothian; ABC. Strathclydc; ABC Greenock. ABC Kilmarnock. Rialto o Jagged Edge ( 18) (Richard Marquand. US. 1985) Glenn Close. Jeff Bridges. Robert Loggia. 109 mins. The seemingly irresistible Bridges stands accused of the brutal slayingof his wealthy wife in this unremarkable. old-fashioned courtroom melodrama. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
O Jour De Féte (U) (Jacques Tati. France. 1948) JacquesTati. 87 mins. A village postman sees a film about American postal efficiency and takes it to heart. Wonderful Tati comedy combining an affectionate portrayal ofcountry life with a string of splendid visual gags. Recommended. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Film Guild
0 King olComedyu’U) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1982) Robert de Niro. Jerry Lewis. Sandra Bernhard. 109
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