the men are systematically devoured and spat out Arnie becomes the only one left to face this seemingly indestructible beastie.

Slow to build and unrelentingly violent. Predator gains marks for being offbeat and does provide a pulsating. edge-of-the-seat climax. Basically Rambo meets Alien this is macho mayhem with lashings ofgooey gore. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon

I Raising Arizona (15) (Joel Coen. US. 1987) Nicolas Cage. Holly Hunter. 94 mins. Married ex-con Cage settles down to a life of crime once more and remedies his wife's childless state by stealing a millionaire‘s recently whelped quintuplet. Exhilarating.1ive-action cartoon combining non-stop action. crazy situations and deadpan wit. A joy. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Rambo: First Blood Part II (15) (George Pan Cosmatos. US. 1985) Sylvester Stallone Richard Crenna. 96 mins. Inferior sequel to Stallone‘s 1982 hit in which his monolithic Vietnam veteran is released from incarceration to seek out his buddies still rotting in Vietcong prison camps. On one level this is a simple-minded. taut action film directed at an exhilarating pace. It is also 3 Charles Atlas fantasy on a national scale with dramatic liberty restoring the pride of a country irredeemably tarnished by Vietnam and Watergate. Edinburgh: EUFS

I Rebecca Horn To accompany the Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition ‘Edinburgh International— Reason and Emotion’. Filmhouse have assembled a programme of films by sculptor Rebecca Horn who will be present to introduce her work and answer questions from the audience. Among the work to be shown is The Dancer ( 1978). a New York-based tale of a Roumanian ballerina. two twins and a variety of unusual situations. A leaflet giving further information will be available from the box office. Edinburgh: Filmhouse

I Bepo Man 918) (Alex Cox. US. 1984) Emilio Estevez. Harry Dean Stantop. 92 mins. Bored LA punk takes up a job asa repo man (one who repossesses cars for finance companies) and an old hand shows him the ropes. Wacky. satirical cult sci-fi classic. Lotsa fun. Edinburgh: Cameo I The Rescuers (L') (Wolfgang Reitherman. US. 1977) With the voices of Geraldine Page. Bob Newhart. Eva Gabor. 77 mins. Less than sparkling anthropomorphic animation in which members of the worldwide mice rescue squad Bernard and Bianca help find a kidnapped orphaned girl. Strathclyde: ()deon Hamilton I Roxanne (PG) (Fred Schepisi. US. 1987) Steve Martin. Daryl Hannah. 107 mins. Witty and charming reworkingof Cyrano dc Bergerac deploying a range of comedy techniques as fire chief Martin of the enormous proboscis copes with life and lovestruek romance. Huge liberties have been taken with the original but this is a delightfully liberating film that should finally wake up British audiences to the genius that is Steve Martin. Edinburgh: Dominion. ()deon I The Shining ( 18) (Stanley Kubrick. L'S. 1987)Jack Nicholson. Shelley Duvall. Anne Jackson. 14-1 mins. Kubrick‘s overwrought horror film dispenses with much of the psychic apparatus ofStcphen King's novel to concentrate on the deeper terror of a family turning in on itself. Nicholson. with all the stops out. is bug-eyed and demonic as the father bringing much aggression to bear against his son. The final scenes are literally chilling. (ilasgow ; (irosvenor I 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

Wish You Were Here (15) a (David Leland, UK, 1987) Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Geoffrey Hutchings. 92 mins. Having examined the later career of Cynthia Payne in his script for Personal Services, David Leland now turns to the follies of her youth for his first film as writer/director. Buoyantly played by newcomer Emily Lloyd, the teenage Lynda lives with her widowed father and quiet younger sister in a placid 1950s’ English seaside town, a locale soon disrupted by her battle cry of ‘Up Yer Bum!‘ and her attention-seeking sexual provocation, which teases a number of inept adolescent suitors. However, arousing the interest of sleazy older cinema projectionist Tom Bell is a different matter, for although she leaves home to live with him, he does not respond to her need for affection and she ends up on her own, on the street pregnant but unbowed. Critical acclaim has been kind to this uproarious comedy. It is of course hilarious and enjoyable entertainment. Yet, the laughs are easy laughs. To poke fun at the double standards of straight-laced Fifties' life may be fun to watch, but it is undoubtedly aiming at

puppy superstars and future rock legends to their final hours in New York‘s Chelsea Hotel and a losing battle with the big H. 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 I La Signe du Lion (The Sign of1.eo)(Eric Rohmcr. France. 1959) Rohmer'sfirst feature film uses the deserted summer streets of Paris as an atmospheric backdrop to a portrait of the moral and physical decay of a weakling. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Film Guild

I Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ( L1) (Walt Disney Production. US. 1937) With the voices of Adriana (‘aseiotti. Harry Stockwell. Lucille La Verne. 83 mins. 50th anniversary reissue of one of the most enchanting and influential ofanimated features. The central character is a mite colourless but the individualistic dwarfs. superbly crafted backdrops and incidents make this an essential cinematic experience that the passage of time merely enhances. Glasgow: ()dcon. Edinburgh; ()dcon

I Something Wild (18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1986) Jeff Daniels. Melanie Griffith. Ray Liotta. 113 mins. Best ofthe burgeoning yuppie-in-peril genre as business executive Daniels is willingly led astray by the irresistible charms of Griffith only to find himself involved with genuine

an easy target. Set pieces like the dog eats used condom spectacular seem to revel in the pseudo-daring smugness of the old Carry On movies, and the film as a whole lndolently preys upon familiar British embarrassment with sex.

Amidst the admittedly endearing but superficial jolllty, Leland never really gets to the roots of Lynda’s rebel-rousing misfit status, and the routine thesis of the young girl seeking the fatherwho never loved her has a perfunctory feel to it. There seems uncertainty as to whether the sixteen year-old is heroine or victim. While she parades her pram with pride or delivers a rumbustious eulogy to the male reproductive organ in a genteel tea-room we admire her pluck, but her illegitimate baby renders her plight the sorry consequence of sexual immaturity, and not something to shout aboutatau.

A little glib in its dissection of sexual roles (especially when compared to the fine Business As Usual), for some the presence of Ms Lloyd and a few smart jokes will be enough.


love and the frightening possessiveness of a psychotic ex-beau. Kooky comedy and genuine thrills are artfully blended with one of the most eclectically non-stoppingest soundtracks in years. Not to be missed. Edinburgh; Cameo

I Spaceballs (PG) (Mel Brooks. L's. 1987)Me1 Brooks. Rick .‘vioranis. John Candy. 97 mins.Feeb1e Brooks piss-take ofSIar Wars and the space genre that leans heavily on weak puns and juvenilc'jokcs. Intergalactic garbage. Glasgow; ()deon

I StrangerThan Paradise ( 15) (Jim Jarmusch. US—W. Germany. 1984)John Lurie. Eszter Balint. Richard Adson. 89 mins. Jarmusch‘s marvellous early feature has New York hepcat Lurie and the transcendentally dumb Eddie faced with the former‘s cousin Eva from Budapest. and a resulting visit to her formidable Aunt Lottie in snowy Pennsylvania.

Expressively photographed. adorably

acted. wonderfully scripted exercise in comic cool. Edinburgh; Cameo

I Sunset Boulevard (PG) (Billy Wilder. US. 1950) William Holden. Gloria Swanson. Erich Von Stroheim. llllmins. Recounted in flashback by a corpse in a swimming pool. this is a mordant black comedy on the grotesqucrie of Hollywood. Holden is the hack screenwriter who is acquired as the boyfriend of Swanson's Norma Desmond. a faded silent screen star living in blissfully

ignorant retirement, convinced that ‘I’m still big— it’s the pictures that got smaller.’ A studio request for the loan of a limousine is misconstrued as a glorious comeback hurtling her into demented overkill. Brutal, bizarre and utterly compelling. Edinburgh; Edinburgh Film Guild

I Tenuo do Solrée (18) (Bertrand Blier, France, 1986) Gerard Depardieu, Miou Miou, Michel Blane. 85 mins. Outrageous ménage a trois black comedy with Depardieu as a randy gay burglar who steals the mouse-like Bianc away from his bossy. gold-digging partner. A wild and rambling mess that is not as hip or successful as it appears to think itself. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

I Tin Man ( 15) (Barry Levinson, US. 1987) Richard Dreyfuss. Danny De Vito. Barbara Hershey. 112 mins. Baltimore. 1963. A minor car accident is the beginning of a major tit~for-tat feud between two aluminium siding salesmen. Returning to the territory he mined so well in Diner. Levinson has produced a thoroughly refreshing. warmhearted character comedy with top-notch performances. Glasgow; Grosvenor

I The Untouchables (15) (Brian De Palma, US. 1987) Kevin Costner, Sean Connery. Robert De Niro. 119 mins. The best American drama of 1987 as naive Treasury Officer Eliot Ness. gritty Irish Cop Connery and group ofincorruptibies tackle the bloated criminal empire of Prohibition kingpin Al Capone.

A bravura. blood-drenched Shakespearean morality tale marking De Palma‘s long-awaited return to form. A sure bet for the Oscars in the spring. Edinburgh; Dominion I Voyage a Paimpol (John Berry. France, 1985) Myriam Boyer. Michel Boujenah. 88 mins. An original and clever film on the working milieu and the difficulties of everyday life. Edinburgh; French Institute I The Voyage Home: StarTrek IV (PG) (Leonard Nimoy. US. 1987) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. James Doohan. 119 mins. Preposterously plotted but modestly entertaining Trekkie saga with the Enterprise lot travelling back to 1986 San Francisco to pick up a couple of humpback whales. which will. for some reasons best known to the scriptwriter. save 23rd-century Earth from imminent destruction. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Wish You Were Here ( 15) or (David Leland. UK. 1987) Emily Lloyd.Tom Bell. Clare Clifford. 92 mins. Glasgow; Odeon. Strathciyde; Cannon. La Scala. Odeon Ayr

I The Witches of Eastwick ( 18) (George Miller. US. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Susan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocatingin the prim tranquillity of a small town in New England three single women set their collective brains towards conjuring up the perfect Mr Right. Next morninga mysterious stranger suddenly appears, as if in answer to their prayers. and beginsto charm the pants off them. But the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl Van Horne isthe devil in disguise and there is a price to be paid for their pleasure. ..

A joyous. diabolical romp with a superb cast and Nicholson having the time ofhis life as the ‘horny little devil'. Recommended.

(ilasgoss ; (‘annon ('larkston Road. ('inema. iidinburgh: Dominion. Strathclydc: ( 'annon. Keiburnc. La Scala. ()deon Ay r. Rialto

I Your Contemporary( l5) (Yuli Raizman. ('SSK No.8) Igor Vladimirov. Nikolai Piotnikm. 141) mins. A respectedcngineer comes up against an inflexible

bureaucracy vs hen he comes to Moscow to discuss the closure of a coal-processing plant. .-\I the same time his son wants to marry an unmarried mother. Meticulously observed social drama by one of the veterans of the Soviet cinema only now coming to critical notice in the West. Edinburgh: I-‘ilmhousc

18 The List 8 21 January 1988