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-Iibbed antics Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Strathclyde; Kclburne. Odeon Hamilton

I The Big Easy ( 18) (Jim McBride. US. 1987) Ellen Barkin. Dennis Quaid. Ned Beatty. 101 mins. Pretty smart copthriller set in sweaty New Orleans. where local lieutenant Dennis Quaid tries to clear up a series of gangland murders. all the while falling in love with Ellen Barkin‘s attorney. in town to investigate police corruption.

Well-observed backgrounds and an endearing romantic entanglement make familiar material sparkle like new. Try and see it, Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon Sauchiehall Street Illules (PG) (John Hough. UK. 1986) Neil Dickson. Alex Hyde-White. Peter Oishing. 92 mins. Biggles and histime twin hopscotch between 1985 and 1917 using the advanced technology of the one to foil the Hun threat in the other.

In truth the film has little to do with everyone‘s favourite RFC ace and all-round good egg. but it‘s harmless enough hokum for non-purists. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Black Widow ( 15) (Bob Rafclson. 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. Watchable. Glasgow; GFT. Edinburgh; Cameo I Caged Heat ( 18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1973) Erica Gavin. Barbara Steele. 84 mins. Jonathan Demme‘s first feature turns the constraints ofthe women-in-prison exploitations pic into feminist revenge epic in this fast-moving amalgam of break-out caper movie and study of institutionalised repression. On a worthwhile double bill with Melvin and Howard. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Children oi a Lesser God ( 15) (Randa Haines. US. 1986) William Hurt, Marlee Matlin. Piper Laurie. l 19 mins. Capable but empty filmed theatre. with brilliant but unconventional teacher Hurt first challenged by. then enamoured of Oscar-winning Ms Matlin. Strathclyde; Odeon Ayr I Clockwise (PG) (Christopher Morahan. UK. 1985) John Cleese. Alison Steadman. Penelope Wilton. 97 mins. A pathologically punctilious headmaster is chronically tardy for a crucial conference. Basically a one- joke farce this is an enervated vehicle for Cleese‘s incisive comic timing the film‘s raison d'étrc and saving grace. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I The Color olNoney (15) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1986) Paul Newman.Tom Cruise. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 119 mins. Generally satisfactory if tardy sequel to The Hustler with Newman's immaculately played Fast Eddie Felson finding redemption through his initially cynical and exploitative involvement with young pool hotshot Cruise. Glasgow; Grosvenor

I Comrades (PG) (Bill Douglas. UK. 1986) Robin Soams. Michael Hordern. Vanessa Redgrave. 180 mins. Douglas's long-awaited epic account of the Tolpuddle Martyrs attempts to capture the human story beind the persecution of these icons of the labour movement with a minimum resort to dialogue and a relish in carefully composed images. it is ultimately a film about the indomitable nature of the idea of freedom, equality and justice. Well worth the wait. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

I ereeoshoo 2 (18) (Michael Gomick. US. 1987) Lois Chiles. Dorothy Lamour.

George Kennedy. Cheap. nasty and thoroughly disagreeable juvenile horror compendium combining three stories from the pen of Stephen King. An insult tothe intelligence.

I Crimes of Passion ( 18) (Ken Russell. US. 1984) Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins. John Laughlin. 107 mins. Russell‘s debunking of the American way of sex is an uproariously black satire where moonlighting whore meets dildo packing clergyman meets Human Penis. A strident and courageous piece of film-makiing in that it casts the men asthe oppressors. Russell’s best in years. Edinburgh: EUFS I Days oi Heaven (PG) (Terence Malick. US. 1978) Richard Gere. Sam Shepard. Brooke Adams. 94 mins. Malick is one of the great wayward talents of contemporary American cinema and this is an exquisite triangular love affair set against midwestern wheat harvesting at the turn of the century. You can almost feel the sweat ofthe labour and the pullof the land. An Oscar-winner for Nestor Almendros‘ ravishing photography and a Best Actor Italian award for Gere. A great film. Edinburgh; EUFS

I Death In A French Garden ( 15) (Michael Dcville. France. 1985) Michel Piccoli. Nicole Garcia. Christopher Malavoy. 101 mins. Smart. stylish thriller redolent of The Draughlsman '3 Contract but an aura of clinical calculation detracts from its full impact. Glasgow; GFT

I Deliverance (18) (John Boorman. US. ' 1972) Burt Reynolds. Jon Voight. Ned Beatty. 109 mins. Four city dwellers on a weekend canoeing trip in the Appalachians encounter disaster when they are confronted by local hillbillies and the river proves more than they can handle. A thrilling action movie and a cogent expose of the veneer of civilised harmony modern society has painted over man‘s essentially savage existence. this is Boorman‘s finest hour and rewards viewing after viewing. Glasgow; GFT

I Desert Bloom (15) (Eugene Corr. US. 1985) Annabeth Gish. Ellen Barkin. Jon Voight. 106 mins. 1950. In Las Vegas near the Nevada nuclear test area. family tensions run high when the visit of a vivacious aunt for a 42-day quickie divorce settlement sparks off further confrontation between a 13 year-old daughter and her disturbed war veteran father.

Solid domestic drama with fine performances from the young Miss Gish and the impressively currnudgeonly Voight. Honest and satisfying but never worthy. Desert Bloom is the sort of high quality independent production our screens could do with more of. Edinburgh; EUFS

I Didn’t You Kill My Brother? ( 15) it (Bob Spiers. UK. 1987) Alexei Sayle. Beryl Reid. Graham Crowden. 52 mins. Surreal Comic Strip featurette with Sayle as East End twins Carl and Sterling Moss. one of whom makes bikes and the other steals them. ‘A radical remake of Bicycle Thieves.’ Edinburgh; Cameo

I Dirty Dancing ( 15) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1987) Jennifer Grey. Patrick Swayze. 100 mins. Conventional girl-neets-boy from the wrong side of the tracks dance-romance enlivened by a few telling period touches (1963) and some midly suggestive boogieing. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. Edinburgh; Odeon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton

I Dottor Naouse Der seller (Fritz Lang, Germany. 1922) 93 mins. The further adventures of Lang's master criminal set against the background of Germany in the Twenties' depression. melodrama and angst. Edinburgh; Edinburgh Film Guild

I Eat the Peach (PG) (Peter Ormrod, Eire. 1986) Stephen Brennan. Eamonn Morrisey. Catherine Byrne. 97 mins. Two

bogland villagers made redundant from the closing Japanese electronics factory near their home spend all their money on building a motorcycle wall of death. Ouintessehtially lrish tragi-comedy. Edinburgh; EUFS I Erendira ( 18) (Ray Guerra. France/Mcxico.W. Germany. 1982) lrene Papas. Claudia ()hana. Michel Lonsdale. 97 mins. Described as a ‘fable on the futility of revolt. the vampirism oflove. and the vicious circle ofexploitation. violence and betrayal which binds the generations and the sexes to the political status quo'. Erendira tells of a young slave girl whose virginity is auctioned by her grandmother as a repayment for the accidental destruction of the family homestead. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I The Exorcist ( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl Blair in this hugely convincing and effective searefcst. Original and best. Glasgow; Canon Sauchiehall Street I Les Fausses Confidences (Denis Moosmann. France. 1984) Fanny Cottencon. Brigitte Posse y. Michel Galabru. 1 10 mins. An adaptation of Marivaux's play Une Réussire. Edinburgh; French Institute I Five Easy Pieces(15) (Bob Rafelson. US. 1970) Jack Nicholson. karen Black. Susan Anspach. 98 mins. Adventures of a middle-class nogoodnik. his pregnant mistress and his brother‘s girlfriend. Archetypally impish Nicholson performance and some all-time classic sequences. including the legendary set to in the diner. bound together with a smashing country soundtrack - one of the finest films of the 70s. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I The Fly (18) (David Cronenberg. US. .1986) Jeff Goldblum. Geena Davis. 96 mins. Brilliant. thought-provoking ‘reconceptualization‘ of the 1958 camp classic with a superb Goldblum as the scientist whose experiments with teleportation go disastrously awry. Edinburgh; EUFS I Friendship's Death (PG) or (Peter Wollen. UK. 1987) Bill Paterson.Tilda Swinton. 78 mins. This chamber piece by noted British film theorist and ex-Antonioni collaborator Peter Wollen features Bill Paterson as a journalist covering the 1970 Black September conflict in Amman, who finds himself cooped up in a hotel room with awoman called Friendship (Tilda Swinton). an alien robot on Earth as a result of a malfunction.

Sympathetic performances from both the leads. with Swinton in admirably glacial form. grace this film essay on the nature of evolution and the place of machines in the social texture. which thanks to an effacing sense of humouris much more accessible than it sounds. One of the surprising hits of the Film Festival earlier this year. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

I Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (PG) (Howard Hawks. US. 1953) Marilyn Monroe. Jane Russell. Charles Coburn. 91 mins. Two girls from Little Rock make it big in Paris. lnconsequential musical comedy from the Anita Loos yarn made memorable by the star team and the number ‘Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend‘. Edinburgh; Cameo

I Gilda (PG) (Charles Vidor. US, 1946) Rita Hayworth. George MacReady. Glenn Ford. 110 mins. Gambler Ford is the trusted right-hand man of ambitious tycoon MacReady who operates a sumptuous casino in Buenos Aires. When Mac unexpectedly marries sensational singer Hayworth. broadcast the storm warning because the lady and the gambler were once lovers and old flames still burn brightly when rekindled.

Archetypal 405‘ meloodrama making




Showing at 2.00 (Sat only), 4.25, 6.40 & 9.00 daily

C Weekday _ 771(11inécs

Thurs 26 Fri 27 at 2.30pm BLACK WIDOW (15)

Mon 30, Tue 1 at 2pm


Wed 2—Thurs 3 at 2pm PRIZZI’S HONOUR (15)

O granting 7lialinées

Sun 29 at 2pm TALES OF HOFFMAN (PG)


O Late Nights

Fri27at 11.15pm THE KING OF COMEDY (15) & GENTLEMEN




Fri4at 11.15pm MAITHESSE (18) 8 UNION CITY (18)

Sat5at 11.15pm GREMLINS (15) I: THE TWILIGHT ZONE (15)

Sunday 29 at 7pm

Special Benefit screening of Bill Forsyth’s Housekeeping. All proceeds to Edinburgh lntemational Film Festival.

HOUSEKEEPING (PG) Starts Fri Dec 4 at 2pm, 4.25, 6.40, 9pm daily.

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