understand, though a less fussy technique might have been more powerful. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Castaway ( 15) (Nicolas Roeg. Uk. 1986) Oliver Reed. Amanda Donohue. 12()mins. Rambling. ill-focused adaptation of Lucy Irving‘s best-selling account of her year on a desert island as a ‘wife’ for tubby middle-aged publisher Gerald Kingsland.

Decent performances and ravishing tropical cinematography cannot atone for the sin oftedium. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon 0 Children at a Lesser God ( 15) rt: (Randa Haines. US. 1986) William Hurt. Marlee Matlin. Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco. 119 mins. See panel. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh;Cannon o The Colorol Money ( 15) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1986) Paul Newman. Tom Cruise. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 119 mins. Generally satisfactory if tardy sequel to The Hustler with Newman‘s immaculately played ‘Fast' Eddie Felson finding redemption through his cynical involvement with young pool hotshot Cruise.

Glasgow; ()deon. Edinburgh; Odeon. Lothian: Cannon. Strathelyde; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock. Odeon Ayr

O Compte A Rebours (Roger Pigaut. France. 197()) Serge Reggiani. Simone Signoret. After seven years in prison for a hold—up that went wrong and three years ofexile in the Camargue. Francis Nolan returns to Paris to get even. Glasgow; French Cine-Club

0 Crimes of Passion ( 18) (Ken Russell. US. 1984) Kathleen turner. Anthony Perkins. John Laughlin. 107 mins. Russell's debunking ofthe American way ofsex is an uproariously black satire where moonlighting whore meets dildo-packing clergyman meets Human Penis. A strident and couragious piece of film-making. in that it casts men as the oppressors. this is his best in years. Glasgow; Grosvenor

o Crocodile Dundee ( 15) (Peter Faiman, Australia. 1986) Paul Hogan. Linda Kozlowski. Mark Bluym. 98 mins. Disarmingly self-mocking. old-fashioned comedy romance with Hogan as a legendary crododile hunter in the Northern Territories of Australia. discovered by an American journalist and persuaded to sample the dubious delights ofManhattan.

Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cinema. ()deon. Salon. Edinburgh; Dominion. ()deon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Kelbume. Odeon Hamilton. Rialto

0 Deadly Friend ( 18) r: (Wes Craven US. 198(1) Matthew Laborteaux. Kristy Swanson. Michael Sharrett. 91) mins. Boy genius Laborteaux has perfected his own robot BB. When his sweet neighbour is bumped off by her deranged father. he helpfully allows her to rise again by implanting BB into her corpse. Utidcrstandably. she wants revenge on her dotty dad.

Repuledly a crummy. risible and


More Bad News (18) (Peter Richardson, UK, 1986) Ade Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Rik Mayall, Jenniler Saunders. 52 mins. Trick Or Treat (18) (Charles Marlin Smith, US, 1986) Marc Price, Tony Fields, Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne. 97 mins. Are ya ready to rock? Well, you'd probably need to be a hard livin’, hard lovin' son or daughter at the night to get your rocks oil on this coupling ot heavy metal horror and comedy which is all set to thrust itseli on an unsuspecting public like a studded codpiece trorn hell!

More Bad News teatures the ubiquitous lads and lasses oi the Comic Strip crew in the continuing saga ol barmy beat combo Bad News, the band who put the ‘rock’ into ‘crock otshit’, as they ride turther along the knite-edge 01 metal megastardom. Spinal Tap by any other name, 01 course, just as keenly observed butwithoutthe bladder-clenching moments otsheer comic inspiration -though the parodic video tor ‘Warriors 0t Ghengis Kahn’, a charming little ditty with a characteristically humanistic HM

chorus ot ‘Burning, looting, raping, shooting’ does come close.

Not without its moments too is Trick Or Treat, wherein wimpy high school kid resurrects the recently departed soul 01 metal idol Sammi Curr (by spinning one at his records backwards would you believe?) to enlist his aid in getting his own back on the nasty bullies who have been making tun at his haircut. Action highlight is when the mangy Curr zaps a moralising TV pundit into a pile ol cinders and the wimp's even wimpier buddy promptly vacuums up the mess on the floor belore his mom comes home. The rest oi the movie tails between making lun ot the heavy metal censorship lobby and glorifying the mindless violence at the music. belore tinting out in a cliched and dull iinale when Curr goes ape-shit atthe school prom. Ho-hum.

As a double-bill the combined charms ot the pair probably merit a lan’s attention some wet afternoon when he’s resting his love piston or tired at running with the devil, but Spinal Tap remains the mutha ol metal movies. (Rockin’ Trev)

derivative horror feast which must be judged a disappointment from the mind of Wes Craven. previously responsible for The Hills Have Eyes and Nightmare on Elm Street. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock

0 Death in a French Garden (15) (Michel Deville, France. 1985) Michel Piccoli. Nicole Garcia. Christopher Malavoy. 101 mins. Smart. stylish thriller redolent of The Draughtsman '5 Contract but an aura ofclinical calculation detracts from its full impact. Glasgow; GFT

o Desperately Seeking Susan (15) (Susan Seidelman. US. 1985) Rosanna Arquette. Madonna, Aidan Quinn. 103 mins. Delightful feminist fantasy revolving around mistaken identity in the Big Apple. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

O Diva (15) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. 1981) Frederic Andrei. Roland Bertin, Richard Bohringer. 117 mins. The twisted fate of two

tapes, one an illegal recording ofan American opera star, the other exposing a crime ring, are the central strands of this daffy Gallic cult favourite. Style exudes from every frame. Glasgow: GET

0 East 01 Eden (PG) (Elia Kazan. US. 1955) James Dean, Raymond Massey. Jo Van Fleet. 115 mins. Powerhouse screen adaptation of the Steinbeck novel about two brothers‘ rivalry for the love of their father. Dean‘s starring debut. Glasgow; GFT

0 Eat the Peach (PG) (Peter Ormrod, Ireland, 1986) Stephen Brennan, Eamonn Morrissey. Catherine Byrne. 97 mins. 'I‘wo Irish villagers made redundant by the closure of the local Japanese electronics factory spend their money on building a motorcycle wall of death! Quintessentially Irish tragi-comedy blends ingratiatingly off-beat comic characters with a genuine sense of pathos as things turn uncontrollany sour. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Echo Park ( 15) (Robert Dornhelm,

Austria, 1985) Susan Dey, Tom Hulce. 90 mins. Fantasy and reality co-mingle in the lives of three showbiz hopefuls in a rundown Los Angeles suburb. Pleasant, low-key study of modest charm. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 El Norte (15) (Gregory Nava. US. 1983) Ernest Gomez Cruz, David Villalpando. Zaide Silvie Gutierrez. 140 mins. Two peasant children flee San Pedro after their father is slain and their mother imprisoned by the ruling military e’lite. Facing untold hardships and privations they strike out for E1 Norte and Los Angeles where the promised streets of gold contain as many problems as life in the old country. Well-meaning, schematic and fatally over-sentimentalised low-budget melodrama. Edinburgh; Filmhouse O The Fly ( 18) (David Cronenberg. US. 1986) Jeff Goldblum. Geena Davis. John Getz. 96 mins. Brilliant ‘reconceptualisation‘ ofthe 1958 camp classic with gifted scientist Goldblum rashly using himself as a human guinea pig to test his teleportation gizmo. Unknown to him, a fly is trapped in the apparatus and his experiment is to have dire consequences.

Undeniany appealing performances all round give this superior genre piece an emotional pull to match its thematic richness. Required viewing.

Glasgow; Cinema. Odeon. Salon. Edinburgh10deon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. Rialto

0 Ginger and Fred (15) (Federico Fellini. Italy-France-West Germany. 1986) Giulietta Masina. Marcello Mastroianni. 127 mins. Amelia and Pippe. two ageing cabaret stars who once imitated the peerless Rogers and Astair. are reunited for a sleazy television cabaret. Overlong but Iikeable satire of the gross excesses of Italian TV. The targets may be obvious and the pace at mite leisurely but this is Fellini‘s most accessible and enjoyable film in years. Glasgow;


O The Golden Child (PG) (Michael Ritchie. US. 1986) Eddie Murphy. Charles Dance. Charlotte Lewis. 94 mins. Substandard Murphy on the trail ofa perfect infant born once every thousand generations who is the repository ofall goodness and compassion. Ludicrous mumbo-jumbo mystical adventure-comedy that seems like an Irzdiartalmzes cast-off and is not very funny. A lap-dancing Pepsi Cola can steals the show. _ Glasgow; Cannon (‘larkston Road. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Cinema. Edinburgh; Cannon. Strathclydc; Odeon Hamilton

0 The Golden Voyage ot Sinbad (U) (Gordon Hesslcr. UK. 1973) John Philip Law. Caroline Munro. Tom Baker. 1(14mins. Action-crammed children‘s fantasy adventure replete with Ray Harryhauscn Dynamation effects in which the sailor man takes on a six-armed statue and a lively ship‘s mast in a generally enjoyable romp. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o Grease (PG) (Randal Keliser. US. 1978) John Travolta. Olivia

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