GFI‘ 0 Beverly Hills Cop ll (15) (Tony Scott, US, 1987) Eddie Murphy. Judge Reinhold, Brigitte Neilsen. 98 mins. Doggedly unadventurous sequel/clone that dispatches smart-ass Murphy back to lotus land to clean up a gang responsible for the alphabet crimes. A loud, crashing bore unaided by Murphy’s now tiresome display of ad-libbed antics. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon Sauchiehall Street, Cinema, Grosvenor. Edinburgh; Cannon, Dominion. Strathclyde; Kelburne, Odeon Hamilton 0 The Big Easy (18) or (Jim McBride, US, 1986) Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty. 101 mins. See panel. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton 0 Big Trouble in Little China (PG) (John Carpenter, US, 1986) Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall. 99 mins. Tongue-in-cheek Indiana Jones-style high adventure set in Chinatown. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road 0 Birdy (15) (Alan Parker, US, 1984) Matthew Modine, Nicholas Cage. 120 mins. Two boyhood chums are traumatized by their experiences in Vietnam. One indulges in a childhood illusion that he is a bird, the other seeks a mutual road back to sanity. Peculiar, well-acted drama directed by Parker with the expected heavy hand allied to uncharacteristic optimism. Edinburgh; Cameo 0 Black Widow ( 15) (Bob Rafaelson, US, 1987) Theresa Russell, Debra Winger. 102 mins. Chic psychological thriller with Justice Dept investigator Winger on the track of mass murdering femme fatale Russell. Edinburgh; Cameo 0 Blade Runner (15) (Ridley Scott, US, 1982) Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer. 117 mins. A tough cop tracks down a group of malfunctioning androids in this gritty, imaginative hi-tech working of Chandler. Edinburgh Film Guild, EUFS 0 Blind Date (15) (Blake Edwards, US, 1987) Bruce Willis, Kim Basinger. 95 mins Excruciatingly contrived screwball farce with yuppie Willis coming a cropper when he stupidly plies blind date Basinger with champagne. Flat and insulting. Glasgow; Salon 0 Blue Collar (18)s (Paul Schrader, US, 1978) Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto. 114 mins. Paul Schrader’s first film as director concentrates on three production-line workers in the motor industry and their ill-fated efforts to blackmail their own union. Well-acted and uncompromising portrayal of the corruption of union ideals amongst a workforce more interested in self-seeking schemes. Hard-edged, intelligent stuff and worth seeing. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Le Bonheur (Marcel L’Herbier, France, 1934) Gaby Morlay, Charles Boyer, Michel Simon, Jean Marais. Boyer repeats his stage role as an anarchist plotting the murder of an actress with whom he unexpectedly falls in love. Glasgow; French Cine-Club

o The Boston Strangler ( 18) (Richard Fleischer, US, 1968) Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, Sally Kellerman. 120 mins. Curtis gives one of his finest dramatic performances, startlingly inhabiting the mind of a family man and mass murderer in this fussin directed but engrossingly effective semidocumentary recreation of the celebrated manhunt and psychological confrontation between De Salvo and investigating officer Fonda. Edinburgh; EUFS

0 Le Boucher(18) (Claude Chabrol, France/Italy, 1970) Jean Yanne, Stephane Audran. 93 mins. In a small French provincial town a timid butcher courts an equally unassuming schoolmistress as a series of slayings shock the local community. Part Hitchcockian thriller, part character study, this is Chabrol at his exquisite Gallic best. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o A Boy Named Charlie Brown (U) (Bill Melendez, US, 1969) Voices Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin. 85 mins. Charming feature debut of the Peanuts comic strip gang marred only by some mushy Rod McKuen songs. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Broken Blossoms (PG) (D.w. Griffith, US, 1919) Lillian Gish, Richard Barthlemess, Donald Crisp. 68 mins. A tragic friendship between Chinaman Barthlemess and the fragile Gish, ill-treated by her wicked stepfather Crisp. Quintessential Victorian melodrama that survives because of the power, pathos and sensitivity of the performances. Glasgow; GET

0 Cat People (18) (Paul Schrader, US, 1982) Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell. 118 mins. Visceral, obsessive and not entirely satisfactory remake of the famed 19408’ horror film. Edinburgh;

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Demme, US, 1977) Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Roberts Blossom. 98 mins. Demme continued his individualistic exploration with Americana in this loose-iimbed narrative about Le Mat‘s obsession with CB radio. Original and fun.

0 Comic Iconoclasm (15) Approx 66 mins. The trilogy of work from the ICA examining the impact of the comic on 20th-century art and fine artists concludes with this illustration of the ‘comic strip as art in the service ofcounter culture‘. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Le Cop (Les Ripoux) (15) (Claude Zidi, France, 1984) Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Regine. 107 mins. Noiret and Lhermitte star as an Odd Couple on the beat; the former a street-smart veteran who has a carefully arranged lifestyle whereby he never pays for anything, the latter an idealistic incorruptible rookie who vows that there is no such thing as a ‘free’ meal.

Sly, inventive, anarchic and cheerfully amoral flic comedy, a genuine treat. Edinburgh; EUFS 0 Crazy Mama (15) (Jonathan Demme, US, 1975) Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern. 82 mins. Zestful romp following three generations of women on a crime spree from California to an old family

homestead in Arkansas. Low-budget humour and authentic 50$ Americana combine with a fine cast in a fun-filled frolic. Recommended. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o Creepshow ( 15) (George

Romero, US, 1982) Hal Holbrook, Viveca Lindfors, Ten Danson. 120 mins. Five fairly predictable Stephen King ‘fantastic tales’ are enacted by a solid cast in Romero’s homage to 19505’ DC Comics. Strathclyde; Odeon Ayr

o Creepshow 2 (18) a (Michael Gornick, US, 1987) Lois Chiles, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour. Three more ghoulish delights from the demented mind of horror maestro Stephen King are served up with relish in this tongue-in-cheek shiver portmanteau. The first allows a general store wooden Indian chief to wreak revenge on his live bloodbrothers who have murdered the proprietors. Next up is The Raft, not for those of a nervous disposition concerning the power of water to drown. Finally, The Hitchhiker in which a woman driver is beset by highway mayhem.

Acceptable video fodder with a welcome cast including the re-appearance of Dotty Lamour after all these years. She really should have invested in a pension. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon, Odeon Ayr Odeon Hamilton 0 The Devils (18) (Ken Russell, UK, 1970) Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed. 111 mins. Russell, a master of

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0 Dirty Dancing (15) (Emile Ardolino, US, 1987) Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze. 100 mins. Conventional girl-meets-boy from the wrong side of the tracks dance-romance enlivened by some nice period touches (1963) and some mildly suggestive boogieing. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Odeon. Strathclyde; Cannon, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton

0 Doittor Mabuse Der Spleler (PG) (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1922) 93 mins. The further adventures of Lang’s master criminal set against the background of Germany in the 208’ depression, melodrama and angst. Edinburgh; Edinburgh Film Guild

0 Dossier51 (Michel Deville, France, 1978) Roger Planchon, Daniel Mesguich. 108 mins. A decent, upright citizen is thoroughly manipulated by the secret service. Edinburgh; French Institute

0 E.P. Sculptor (U) (Murray Grigor, UK, 1987) 58 mins. Latest documentary from the prolific Grigor focusing on the life and work of Eduardo Paolozzi who will be present at this public preview prior to the film’s television transmission. Edinburgh; National Museum of Scotland

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