0 A Room With A View (PG) (James Ivory. US. 1985) Helena Bonham Carter. Maggie Smith. Denholm Elliott. 117 mins. Highly agreeable. perfectly realised version of the EM. Forster now an institution at this particular venue. Edinburgh;

Dominion o Rouge Baiser ( 15) (Vera Belmont.

France. 1986) Charlotte Valandrey. Marthe Keller. 112 mins. Paris in the 195()s. The 15 year-old daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants becomes involved with a middle-class press photographer and falls in lurv to the sounds ofjazz. The French seem to turn out these adolescent first love movies in vast quantities. but this may be due to the fact that they do them so much better than anyone else and that everyone likes a good rites de passage sloperama. Edinburgh: Filmhouse

0 Round Midnight (15) (Bertrand '1"avernier.US/France. 1986) Dexter Gordon. Francois Cluzet. Relentlesst touching character study as young French jazz fan of the 195()s looks after ailing sax legend Dexter Gordon. immaculate and touching and more or less playing himself. Glasgow; Grosvenor

0 She's Gotta Have It ( 18) (Spike Lee. US. 1986) Tracy Camila Johns. Redmond Hicks. John Canada Terrell. Spike Lee.

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Desert Bloom (15) (Eugene Corr, US, 1985) Annabeth Gish, Jon Voight, Jobeth Williams, Ellen Barkin. 106 mins. Following Stand By Me and My Lite As A Dog comes another impressive evocation of a 503’ adolescence in the shape of Eugene Corr’s debut feature Desert Bloom. In Las Vegas nearthe Nevada nuclear testing areas, the drama, set in the first year of the decade, focuses on a 13 year-old girl's (Annabeth Gish) troubled relationship with her disturbed warveteran father (Voight), and the family tensions aroused by the visit of her mother’s vivacious sister (Ellen Barkin) for a 42-day quickie divorce settlement. Parallelling the domestic lrissons is the run-up to and linal nearby detonation of the Bomb; a spectace innocently watched by the folks tucking into a hearty breakfast on the verandah, and one which lifts the proceedings out of the rut of tamin problem pics.

Writer/director Corr calls his film ‘a

0 Solaris (PG) (Andrei Tarkovsky. USSR. 1972) Naralya Bondarchuk. Donatos Banionis. 165 mins. A top psychologist investigates a spate of deaths in a space station orbiting a far-off planet. Technicany very impressive looking. Edinburgh: Cameo 0 Solo (Jean-Pierre Mocky. France. 197(1) Jean-Pierre Mocky. Henri Poirier. The cynical younger brother of a committed terrorist finds himself drawn into the latter‘s activities. to the point where he is prepared to put his won life at risk. Glasgow; French Cine Club 0 The Spirit of the Beehive (PG) (Victor Erice. Spain. 1973) Ana Torrent. Fernando Gomez. 96 mins. Well-observed tale ofthe confusions ofehildhood which was also taken to be an examination of the harshness of life in Franco‘s Spain. Glasgow; GET

0 Stand By Me ( 15) (Rob Reincr. US. 1986) Wil Wheaton. River Phoenix. Richard Dreyfuss. 88mins. Looking back to a special summer in 'his youth. middle-aged writer Dreyfuss recalls the camaraderie of his childhood chums as they brawled. bragged and traded ingenious obscenities during a vital weekend in

story oi lost innocence, tor a girl, a family, and a country’, and it’s a description as succinct as it is accurate. And without ever appearing schematic or contrived, the piece does indeed work beautifully on these three levels. A good ear for dialogue and immaculate performances all round (notably Miss Gish, sensitive but not cloyingly precocious) give this family an authenticity that renders their turmoil convincing. The payoff is that our sympathy for these touching, ordinary people makes the climactic mushroom cloud a vision even more chflhngthanusual

Honest and satisfying, but never worthy, Desert Bloom isthe sort of small-scale, high quality independent picture we should be doubly thankful for in these days of mega-budget, mini-inspiration over-hyped Hollywood pap. By no means the llashiest movie released this year, but a safe bet for an evening well spent. (TrevorJohnston)

his growing up and future development as a storyteller.

A near perfect evocation of children on the brink of adolescence Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street 0 The Voyage Home: StarTrek IV (PG) (Leonard Nimoy. US. 1987) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForrest Kelley. James Doohan. 119 mins. Preposterously plotted and only modestly entertaining Trekkie saga with the Enterprise lot travelling back to 1986 San Francisco to pick up a couple of humpback whales which will for reasons best known to the scriptwriter save the 23rd-century Earth from imminent destruction. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Cinema. Grosvenor. Edinburgh; Cannon. Dominion. Strathclyde: Kelburne. Rialto 0 That Was Then . . . This Is Now ( 15) {2 (Christopher Cain. US. 1985) Emilio Estevez. Craig Sheffer. Kim Delaney. 101 mins. Orphaned teenager Estevez clings desperately to his friendship with his adoptive brother Sheffer. the one constant in his insecure world. When Seffer‘s maturing interests inevitably shift towards the opposite sex. angst-ridden Estevez is beset with petulant jealousy and outright hostility at the threat he perceives to their relationship.

Prolific young clever clogs Estevez also wrote this intense adaptation of the Susie Hinton novel and the result is a variable but watchable rummage through the familiar terrain of adolescent coming ofage. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Top Gun ( 15) (Tony Scott. US. 1986) Tom Cruise. Kelly McGillis. Anthony Edwards. 11() mins. Glossy American pap with hunky pilot Cruise proving his worth in the air and on the ground. Nauseatingly patriotic but the aerial sequences impress. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Rialto O Tough Guys ( 15) (Jeff Kanew, US, 1987) Burt Lancaster. Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach. Alexis Smith. 103 mins. Heist artists Burt and Kirk are released from Sing Sing after a thirty-year stretch and plan one last job. Amiable entertainment with practised mugging from the old codgers. Strathclyde; Odeon O TrancerS(15) (Charles Band. US. 1984) Tim Thomerson. Helen Hunt. 76 mins. Police Trooper Jack Deth from 2247 travels back to 1985 to eliminate the ancestorofa mystic whose zombie-like followers are a threat to society‘s well-being. Spirited ‘8‘ movie mating of Blade Runner and The Terminator in the best punk noir style. Edinburgh; EUFS 0 When Father Was Away on Business (18) (Emir Kusturica. Yugoslavia. 1985) Moreno De Bartoli. 136 mins. Yogoslavia during the turbulent 1950s is the setting for this affectionate portrait of family life. the surprise recipient ofthe Grand Prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. Overlong and unassuming. this ambles along entrancing the patient viewer with good humour and perceptive observations. Not an earth-shattering experience but its warm and tender approach leaves a pleasant afterglow. Glasgow; GET 0 Witness ( 15) (Peter Weir. US.

1985) Harrison Ford. Kelly McGillis. 112 mins. A young Amish boy is a witness to a murder. The investigation leads a cop into a brush with another culture. a little romance to the sounds ofSam Cooke. and the expected police corruption. Atmospheric. impeccably acted and beautifully constructed. Edinburgh; Cameo

o A Woman UnderThe Influence (15) (John Cassavetes. US. 1974) Gena Rowlands. Peter Falk. 146 mins. A white collar worker‘s wife becomes increasingly dissatisfied with their marriage and takes to the bottle. Long in-depth character study very typical of the director. whose skill with actors is considerable and whose wife gives an astonishingly affecting performance in the central role. Recommended. Glasgow; OFF 0 Youngblood (15) (Peter Markel. US. 1986) Rob Lowe. Cynthia Gibb. Ed Lauter. Utterly predictable sporting drama as ice hockey rookie falls foul ofaggressive coach and falls into the arms of his affectionate daughter. Bland. bland. bland. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock

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