I This section aims to provide a review of every lilm to be seen in central Scotland over the next iortnight. For programme times see individual cinema listings. (U)— Universal, suitable lorall ages. (PG) Parental Guidance suggested as some scenes may be unsuitable tor younger children. (15)- No one underthe age at lsadmitted. (18)— No one underthe age oi 18admitted. it New Release. IAII 01MB ( 15) ((‘arl Reiner. IS. 1984) Steve Martin. Tomlin. Victoria Tennant. 9] mins. A frequentlyhilarious and engagingly silly madcap farce with a

performance of dexterous physicality from Martin. (ilasgow;(il’l~

I The All-Round Reduced Personality ( l 5 l (llelke Sander. W. (iermany. 1979) llelke Sander. Joachim Buamann. M a (iagel. 98 mins. The story of freelance journalist lidda who tries to meet all the demands of her private and professional lives whilst still retaining an independent identity of her own. (ilasgow‘.(ierman (‘ine Society

I Angel DUST ( l5) ( lidouard Niermans. France. 1987) Bernard (iiraudeau. Fanny Bastien. Fanny (‘otteneon 94 mins. Distinctive (iallic thriller in which the unkempt lnspector Blount. desolated by his wife‘s departure. becomes involved with a mysterious. mendacious girl wreaking havoc on those responsible for the long ago death of her prostitute mother.

Eshewing the flashier stylistics of recent French policiers. Niermans creates his own claustrophobic sense of repressed violence and all-pervading corruption whilst retaining a certain wry humour (ilasgow ; (il’l‘

I Baby Boom (PG) 1? ((‘harles Shyer. l 'S. 1987) Diane Keaton. Sam Shepard. llarold Ramis. Ill mins. See panel. (ilasgow10deon. lidinburgh:()deon

I Bambi ( l? ) ( Dayid lland. L'S. l942)72

mins. A simple story ofa young forest deer ?

and his growth through the changing seasons. An evergreen charmer complete with memorable songs and'l'humper.

I Barllyi lts'l (Barbet Schroeder. l 'S. 1987) Mickey Rourke. Faye Dunaway. Alice Krige. 99mins. Henry (‘hinaski isa gruff. brawling bar-room bum with an insatiable appetite for alcohol and an ill-concealed contempt for the 95 conformistsof this world. However. Henry has a sensitive soul. a perceptive eye and an integrity of his own that are visible in the wondrous insights he describes when the booze inspired him to put pen to paper.

A seedy romantic fairytalethat

juxtaposes the grimness of the setting with

the spirit of the participants. (ilas‘gow: ('annon Sauchiehall Street

I Batman ( t ' ) (Leslie Martinson. l 'S. 1966) Adam West. Burt Ward. Burgess Meredith and ('esar Romero. llli mins. Blat? Bam! Kapow! The caped crusader and the boy wonder fight crime on the streets of (iotham in this full-length adventure of the wonderfully camp TV

series. lidinburghztkleon. I Batteries Not Included ( Pm (Matthew Robbins. l'S. 1987) llume ('ronyn. Jessica 'l‘andy. Frank McRae. lllhmins. See panel. (ilasgoys ; ('annon Sauehtchall Street. lidinburgh; ('annon. ('entral; ('annon. Strathclyde; Cannon. ()deon Ayr I BestSelleri ls) (.lohn Hynn. ['5. 1%”) James Woods. Brian Dennehy . Victoria Tennant. 9-1 mins. 'l‘he plotline may be overloaded and rather improbable but this isa generally nifty littlethriller m w liich Woods' chillingly narcissistic hit man and Dennehy 's doughty cop novelist learn up to expose the foul deeds of an apparently philanthropic business tycoon. (ilasgow. (il’l~ lidinburgh; liilmhouse I The Big Easy ( l8) (Jim McBride. l ‘S. 1987) Dennis ()uaid. Iillen Barkin. Ned Beatty. llll mins. Pretty smart eopthriller set in sweaty New Orleans where local lieutenant Ouaid tries to clear up a series ofgangland murders. all the while falling in love with Barkin's attorney. Ill low it to inyestigate police corruption. lidinburgh; Filmhouse I Bigtoot and the Hendersons ( P( i) (William Dear. (S. 1987) .lohnlilhgow, Melinda Dillon. Don Ameche. lllmins. Disneyesque family adyenture in which the all-American Henderson family crash into the legendary Bigfoot and adopt the surprisingly genial beastic as a domestic pet lzdinburgh; Dominion. Strathclyde; ()deon Ay r

I The Big Town ( l5) (Ben Bolt, 1 "S. 1987) Matt Dillon. 'l'ommy Jones. Diane

Baby Boom (PG) fir (Charles Shyer, US. 1987) Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker. 111 mins. J.C. (Diane Keaton) is a career-minded, tigerish working woman progressing swittly towards a coveted partnership in a management consultancy lirm. She lives in arid yuppiedom with arid yuppie Ramis, until one day she is bequeathed a bouncing baby through the untortunate demise at a cousin. Eschewing the adoption agency, she makes the dlllicult adjustment to childcare by ditching both job and lover. Moving to rural Vermont to live out her dream at country parenthood, she tinds her idealism brought down to earth by boredom and sexual lrustration, butthe marketing at her own home-made baby lood soon gets her capitalistic juices going again and hunky vet Sam Shepard pops up to provide some homespun male company.

A problematic one this. In the era 01 Fatal Attraction-style misogyny, any popular Hollywood movie that locuses on the aspirations at a single working


mother is to be welcomed, but what a shame that this predictable and rather icky comedy is a bit of a damp squib as entertainment. ThatJ.c., alter proving herselt a match for any man in the boardroom, should be prepared to relinquish her Manhattan lilestyle to become a mother and then rebuild her career on her own terms rather than those oi a patriarchal corporate structure, is in essence a progressive narrative, but her eventually-tuitilled iantasies at a big house in the country, healthy business, healthy baby, and a bit at thinking woman's crumpet in the shape at Shepard, seem to inscribe a rather conservative set at values. The result is curious, something like a leminist Frank Capra movie whose wlsttul idealism seems out at time but whose sexual politics are resolutely contemporary.

Unfortunately, Keaton is no Jimmy Stewart, and her manic perlormance curtalls one’s sympathy in a manner that the film-maker's grossly

sentimentalised babywatching and telegraphed plot development does

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little to regain. Still, the movie is worth seeing in the context of the current media debate, seemingly polarised by Shere Hite and Adrian Lyne, on the

situation of women in the family and society. Just as long as you don't expect too much. (Trevor Johnston)

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