— RADIO DAYS
Radio Days (PG)(Woody Allen. US.1987) Mia Farrow. Seth Green, Julie Kavner. Dianne Wiest. 89 mins. Always enchantingly well-written. admirably acted and charmingly mounted. the quality at a new Woody Allen picture always seems a sure thing. The current oitering is a nostalgic parade ol amusing vignettes casting an autobiographical eye back to the late 30s and early 40s. when the Golden Age oiAmerican radio reigned supreme in the everyday lives oi millions 01 Americans. Very amiable itis too.
Newcomer Seth Green plays the artist- as-young-whippersnapper. a 12 year-old prankster who hangs on the every word ol 'The Masked Avenger'. whilst Ioveable Mom Julie Kavner and husband-hunting auntie Dianne Wiest date on the tantasy world of sophisticated radio romance. A horde of Woody regulars (Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jelt Daniels) also turn up inthe sequences ottering a glimpse of the radio slars' Manhattan Iiiestyles,and cigarette girl Mia Farrow's roundabout route to tame over the airwaves. whilst some homely philosophising from both sides on New Year's eve 1944 shows that the gull between them is really not thatwide.
(PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1984) Harrison Ford. Kate Capshaw. 117 mins. Not too inferior sequel has Indy in 1935 Shanghai sorting out a pesky Thugee cult. Glasgow; Grosvenor
o Jaws: The Revenge (15) n (Joseph Sargent. US. 1987) Lorraine Gary. LanCe Guest. Mario Van Peebles. Michael Caine. Fourth ofthe seafaring sagas returns to the Brody family in Amity. Already a monster hit in the States. Tobe reviewed. .
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o The Living Daylights (PG) (John Glen. UK. 1987) Timothy Dalton.Jeroen Krabbe. Maryam d'Abo. 13(1mins. Bond is back to combat the nefarious schemes of an unholy alliance between a duplicitous Soviet defector. a ruthless assassin and a power-crazed American arms dealer. Highly creditable 007 with Dalton‘s slightly humourless presence serving to reinvigorate the series and bring Bond back to basics.
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0 L001 (18) (Silvio Narizzano. UK. 1970) Hywell Bennet. Richard Attenborough. Lee Remick. 101 mins. An upstart nogoodnik disposes of his recently deceased mother‘s body and uses the coffin for a robbery. Fast. furiously tasteless stuff with Sir Dickie excelling as the hysterically deadpan Man from the Yard. Glasgow; GET
0 A Love Bewitched (PG) (Carlos Saura. Spain. 1986) Antonio Gades. Cristiana Hoyos. Laura Del Sol. 98 mins. Set in a gypsy shanty town on the outskirts of Madrid. the third of the Saura-Gades terpsichorean treats has a classical simplicity in its story of a tragic love affair whose repercussions extend beyond the grave. The show-stopping dances are as dazzling as ever. the photography striking and the camerawork ﬂuid. It is really only a disappointment by the previous high standards that the series has set. Edinburgh; Cameo
o Mannequin (PG) (Michael Gottlieb. US. 1987) Andrew McCarthy. Kim Cattrall. 90 mins. lnane screwball comedy as window dresser McCarthy falls in lurve with a
Loosely assembled. this potpourri ot reminiscing Woody voice-over, apocryphal radio legends and good-natured domestic tribulation is held together by lashings otthe maestro's lavourite trad jazz and a wholly convincing period recreation. Nothing more
beautiful dummy who comes alive only for him. Corny or what? Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Strathclude; Odeon Ayr
0 My Beautiful Laundrette ( 15) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1985) Gordon Warnecke. Daniel Day Lewis. 97 mins.
Original and provocative contemporary British drama with critical bouquets merited by all involved but especially by Oscar-nominated writer Hanif Kureishi whose richly textured script stimulates the mind and engages the heart. Glasgow; GET 0 Pee Wee's Big Adventure (U) it (Tim Burton. US. 1985) Paul Reubens.Tony Bill. James Brolin. Morgan Fairchild. 92 mins. See panel. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
0 Pirates (PG) (Roman Polanski. France. 1986) Walter Matthau. Cris Campion. Charlotte Lewis. 124 mins. Two buccaneers marooned in mid-ocean come across a Spanish galleon which they proceed to capture by stirring up a mutiny and then carry on a life of kidnappingon the high seas.
A maniacally exuberant comic swashbuckler that benefits from Matthau‘s succulent performance but is a pale shadow of similar ventures like The Crimson Pirate and often only pathetically humorous. A major disappointment from a director of Polanski repute. Glasgow: GET 0 Police Academy IV: Citizens on Patrol (PG) (Jim Drake. US. 1987) Steve Guttenberg. Bubba Smith. George Gaynes. 87 mins. The old lags ofthe academy rally to the aid of their former commandant when he initiates a neighbourhood watch scheme and needs assistance to train selected oddball volunteers from the local community. Perfect illustration of the Iawof diminishing returns.
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0 A Private Function ( 15) (Malcolm Mowbray. UK. 1984) Maggie Smith. Michael Palin. Denholm Elliott. 93 mins. Yorkshire. 1947. Royal Wedding celebrations abound and the fattening of an unlicensed pig for a grand civic ‘do‘ provides just the right opportunity for ambitious music teacher Maggie Smith to ascend the social scale aided and abetted by meek chiropodist husband Palin. Wickedly funny social comedy. Glasgow: GFI‘
than a pleasant time-passer tor both director and audience but. never mind the James Bond llick. the new Woody Allen is still the one worth turning out tor year alter year. (Trevor Johnston)
0 Radio Days (PG) a (Woody Allen. US. 1987) Mia Farrow. Dianne Wiest. Diane Keaton. Jeff Daniels. 88 mins. See panel. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon
0 Room Willi A View (PG) (James Ivory. UK. 1985) Helena Bonham Carter. Maggie Smith. Julian Sands. 117 mins. Crisply realised near perfect evocation of the E. M. Forster novel in which an apparently delicate English rose blossoms into a passionate young woman after a romantic encounter in Florence. Sheer delight. Edinburgh; Dominion
O Salvador ( 18) (Oliver Stone. US. 1986) James Woods. Jim Belushi. John Savage. 122 mins. Raw. abrasiver brilliant drama ofjournalists under fire. as a sleazy ‘war junkie‘ photojournalist travels to Salvador and finds his senses assaulted by the corruption and fear abounding and his conscience finally pricked by the suffering of his fellow beings.
Angry. bravura filmmaking that not only demands your attention by deserves it. Edinburgh; Cameo o The Secret ot My Success (PG) (Herbert Ross. US. 1987) Michael]. Fox. Helen Slater. Richard Jordan. 11 mins. Country bumpkin Fox comes to big city Noo Yawk to make his fortune. Capably performed Yuppie comedy schtick. Fox must die. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Grosvenor. Strathclyde; Odeon Hamilton 0 Sid and Nancy ( 18) (Alex Cox. UK. 1986) Gary Oldman. Chloe Webb. David Hayman. 111) mins. The story ofSex Pistols bassist and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen from their gung-ho days as puppy superstars and future rock legends to their final hours in New York’s Chelsea Hotel and a losing battle with the big I 1. For the most part a breathlessly enjoyable biopic. Cox's follow-up to Repo Man gets bogged down in an interminable last half-hour. Edinburgh; Cameo 0 Stand By Me ( 15) (Rob Reiner. CS. 1986) Wil Wheaton. River Phoenix. Richard Dreyfuss. 88 mins. 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 obséenities during a vital weekend in his growing up and future development as a storyteller.
A near perfect evocation ofchildren on the brink of adolescence. beautifully judged. immaculately acted. touching and funny. A complete winner. Edinburgh; Cameo
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