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 younger children.
(15) — No one under the age of 15 admitted.
(18) - No one underthe age of 18 admitted.
w — New Release.
0 Adventures of a Dentist (PG) (Elem Klimov. USSR. 1965) Part ofa season of work by the acclaimed director of the recent Farewell and current doyen of the Soviet cinematic establishment. this earlier release shows him in a much more satiric vein. A comic fantasy about a dentist who can extract teeth painlessly and without anaesthetic. but who finds himselfshunned and so forced to give up his practice. the film obliquely tackles the role of the artist in Soviet society.
0 After Hours ( 15) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1985) Griffin Dunne. Rosanna Arquette. John Heard. 97 mins. Mild-mannered word processor Dunne spends an unforgettably nightmarish night on the town in this fast. furious and extremely funny exploration of urban paranoia. Brilliantly breathless black comedy. Edinburgh: Cameo
0 Almost You ( 15) (Adam Brooks. US. 1984) Brooke Adams. Griffin Dunne. Karen Young. 97 mins. Mild. muddled yuppie romantic comedy with Dunne using his wife‘s hospitalization to sort out his priorities. both romantic and
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business. Edinburgh: Filmhouse 0 Amadeus (PG) (Milos Forman. US. 1984) Tom Hulce. F. Murray Abraham. 16(1mins. A risible title fight for a place in posterity between a God-fearing but mediocre talent and a musical genius with bad manners. Music‘s good. Glasgow; Grosvenor
0 Apocalypse Now ( 18) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1979) Martin Sheen. Marlon Brando. Dennis Hopper. 150 mins. Searing. staggering vision of Vietnam as special agent Sheen journeys into the heart ofdarkness
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Evil Dead ll: Dead Before Dawn (18) (Sam Haimi, US, 1987) Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks. 85 mins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to a ramshackle hut miles from nowhere with a cellarful of flesh-craving zombies. . . This wacko sequel is a continutation of events from the original, controversial gorelest, with the stoic Bruce Campbell, after having dismembered all his friends because of their embarrassing problems with demonic possession, now joined by the daughter of the archeologist whose research has aroused all this undead activity to try to put an end to what her father started. Unfortunately, their ding-dong battle with the evil spirits residents' committee is far from over. Never before in the history of human conflict has so much been chopped into so many little iffy-bitty pieces by so few. Splenditerously amusing it is too, for Rami has altered the flavour from the first film's gruelling relentlessness to one of surreal, ultrablack humour. You want barf-out laffs — try our hero's fascinating tactical conflict with his own dismembered hand, or his
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to confront the near-mythic figure of maverick officer Brando. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
o Assassination ( 15) ‘2: (Peter Hunt. US. 1987) Charles Bronson. Jill Ireland. Michael Ansara. 88 mins. Another Bronson gem offthe Cannon conveyor belt with the jovial woodentop cast as a secret service agent who is assigned to protect the life of the president‘s wife. An ‘all-action thriller' says the publicity hopefully.
Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. CannOn Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Lothian; Cannon Falkirk. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock
0 Back to School (15) (Alan Matter. US. 1986) Rodney Dangerfield. Sally Kellerman. Keith Gordon. 97 mins. Above average collegiate romp Largely inoffensive and disarmineg generous in spirit thanks to Dangerfield's hard-to-dislike personality. Strathclydc; Odeon Hamilton. Rialto
0 Back to the Future (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1985) Michael J. Fox. Lea Thompson. 116 mins.
- 3 touching reunion with his deceased err-girlfriend’s head, a vice and a chainsaw. True, this sort of material is pretty harsh in conventional terms, but imagine a Tex Avery cartoon brought to vibrant life and you get some idea of the tone of the proceedings, crazed but essentially harmless.
Shlocldiend devotees oi the first outing will devour it, but saner citizens should not be put off by the farmer’s
Deservedly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with streetsmart 8()s‘ teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents. Strathclvde: Rialto
0 La Balance ( is) (Bob Swain). France. 1982) Nathalie Baye. Philippe Leotard. Richard Berry. 102 mins. An elite group of Parisian law enforcers operate on a dubious Dirty Harry-style tnorality of the end justifying the means. 'l'o nail a crime kingpin they force an ex-menibet' of his gang to turn informer with unforeseen circumstances in this hard-edged policier. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 8|ow-Up(15)(tv1iehaelangelo Antonioni. UK. 1966) David Hemmings. Vanessa Redgrave. Sarah Miles. 11() mins. A dashing young Swinging Sixties photographer may or may not l1a\ e captured evidence of a murder on film. Dated but intriguing backgrounds ofdecadent London are overshadowed by a sensitively evoked exploration of vision and truth in this typically elegiac Antonioni outing. Edinburgh: Cameo
legendary nastiness - this one you can watch between meals without losing your appetite. Long-suffering shows a remarkable talent for both knockabout pratfalls and wry one-liners, whilst the film's energy is constantly sustained by Raimi's hyperactive camerawork. A knockout combination, and smart trash hip hit of the year, no doubt. Pass the popcorn.
The List 12 — 25 June 11