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o This section aims to provide a review of every film to be seen in central Scotland overthe next fortnight. For programme times see individual cinema listings.

(U)- Universal, suitable for all ages. (PG) - Parental Guidance suggested as some scenes may be unsuitable for youngerchildren.

(15) No one under the age of 15 admitted.

(18) No one underthe age of 18 admitted.

a —New Release.

0 Alphaville (15) (Jean Luc Godard. France. 1965) Eddie Constantine. Anna Karina. Akin 'l‘amiroff. 98 mins. Special Agent Lemmy Caution travels across space to investigate the fate of his predecessor and finds himself in a totalitarian. loveless society. A Godardian sci-fi movie. noted for its Sixties‘ pop art sets. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 American Graffiti (15) (George Lucas. US. 1973) Richard Dreyfuss. Candy Clark. Charles Martin Smith. 110 mins. 1962. and four high school graduates steel themselves for a genre of music orientated nostalgic high-(inks. Edinburgh; Cameo

o L’AmourNu (18) (Yannick Bellon. France. 1981) Marlene Jobert. Jean-Michel Folon. Romance at UNESCO as oceanographer Simon and interpreter Claire meet and fall in love. However. their relationship is threatened when she discovers that she has breast cancer. Edinburgh: French Institute

0 Annie Hall ( 15) (Woody Allen. US, 1977) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton. 93 mins. Warm. wistful. wonderfully witty Woody discourses on love.


death and life in the Big Apple in this

multi Oscar-winning autobiographical comedy romance. Edinburgh; Cameo

o AnotherTime, Another Place (15) (Michael Radford. UK. 1983) Phyllis Logan, Gregor Fisher. 102 mins. Carefully measured rural wartime drama as a farmer’s wife‘s unremitting slog in the Highlands is momentarily relieved by the billeting of Italian POWs and the prospect of romance. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o The Assam Garden (U) (Mary McMurray. UK. 1985) Deborah Kerr. MadhurJaffrey. Alec McCowen. 92 mins. A delicate

I depiction ofa friendship that

blossoms between an Indian woman and a recently widowed memsahib as they restore a vast, exotic expanse in time to earn a place in the Great British Gardens Guide. Jaffrey and Kerr turn in exemplary performances that make a simple drama a memorable one. Strathclyde: Haldance Film Society.

0 Back To The Future (PG) (Robert Zemeckis, US, 1985) Michael J. Fox. Lea Thompson. 116 mins. Deservedly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with streetsmart 805‘ teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents. Strathclyde; Odeon Ayr

O The Baird Lecture On Fiday 29 May at 5.30pm Simon Frith, author. academic and rock critic of the Observer gives this year’s Baird lecture entitled ‘Facing the Music: soundtrack and music video‘. His talk will examine the growing interdependancy ofthe music industry and the visual media. With the single from Mannequin currently topping the charts it should be a timely and stimulating chatter, and will be followed by a screening of


Jumpin' Jack Flash (15) (Penny Marshall, US, 1986) Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, Carol Kane, Jonathan Pryce. 105 mins. Take one wacky, girl-next-door style heroine with a mundane job in the computer room of some anonymous financial institution, where she is a big hit with everyone but the boss. Have herterminal accessed by a British spy trapped in the Eastern bloc whose desperate plea for help sets her adrift in a world of deaths, disappearances, truth drugs, stone-walling officials and general nefarious double-dealing in high places. All of which sounds like a reasonable enough premise for another lightweight, entertaining comedy thriller. And that is presumably what his Goldberg thought when she agreed to get involved, little realising thatthis particular would-be star vehicle would in tact turn out to be the cinematic equivalent of a battery-less Sinclair C5. It’s doubtful whether anyone could have pedalled theirway through this humourless, tensionless mire of a script with any degree of panache, and Whoopi certainly doesn't. But then it’s hardly surprising

since, judging by audience reaction, the wittiest line she is given to deliver in this pitiful waste of celluloid is ‘Motherfuckerl’.

Laugh? I’ve had funnier nose-bleeds. (Richard Reece)

. Rob Reiner‘s spoof rock

documentary Spinal Tap. Glasgow; GFT

O The Big Chill (15) (Lawrence Kasdan. US, 1983) Glenn Close. Kevin Kline. Jeff Goldblum. Tom Berenger, William Hurt. 105 mins. A group ofcollege friends from the Sixties are unexpectedlly re-united at the funeral ofone oftheir number who has committed suicide. During the weekend ofrekindled camaraderie, fun and sex they reflect that yesterday all their troubles seemed so far away. Short on plot. The Big Chill is rich in sardonic humour, pertinent music and expert ensemble acting. Glasgow; GFT

0 Big Meat Eater ( 15) (Chris Windsor. Canada. 1982) George Dawson. Big Miller. Andrew Gillies. 85 mins. Downright extraordinary cult fave musical remake of Plan Nine From Outer Space. Intentionally tacky special effects, a singing butcher. zombies. a schoolboy genius, musical numbers including ‘The Baghdad Boogie’ and ‘Mondo Chemico‘ . . . all human life is here. One for the conoisseurs, methinks. Edinburgh; Cameo

0 Black Women in Frame (15) 80 mins. A programme of four independent films taking a lighthearted but pointed look at issues facing black women in America. The titles are Hairpiece, Illusions. Four Women and Syvilla— They Dance To Her Drum. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Care Bears II: The Next Generation (U) (Dale Schott, US. 1986) With the voices of Hadley Kay, Chris Wiggins. 76 mins. A sequel telling the story ofthe origin of the Care Bears Family, introducing the Care Bears Cubs and Care Cousin Cubs and explaining how they became the champions ofcaring. Wow! Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 La Cite de L’lndicable Peur(15) (Jean-Pierre Mocky. France. 1964) Dufilho. Jean-Louis Barrault. Grim fantasy and comic drama as a policeman hunts down a dangerous murderer and evil beast. Glasgow; French Cine Club

0 Comfort and Joy (PG) (Bill Forsyth, UK, 1984) Bill Paterson, C. P. Grogan. Rikki Fulton. 106 mins. Yuletide in Glasgow and local DJ Alan ‘Dickie’ Bird’s Festive cheer is in short supply when his longterm girlfriend walks out on him. Seeking solace in his work he becomes involved in a deadly ice-cream war and determines to find a solution

The List 29 May— 11 June15