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I The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer( t’( it (Norman laurog. l'S. l‘US‘) lommy Kelly . .lackic Moran. Walter Brennan, 9} mins The Mark lwain classic isbiought to the screen by a classic David 0. Scl/nick production. w fill all the concise storytelling control of a product of the

golden age of the Holly wood studio production. Recommended children's entertainment l'dmburgh. National Museum ( )1 Scotland.

IAn American Taillt'ttDon Bluth. t’s. l‘lb'fil \‘V'llll lltc \ oices Ul Dom Del .ttise. Madelaine Kahn. (‘hristophcr' l’lummer. Sllmins. The late l‘lth century The Mousekewit/ family make their way from trouble-torn Russia to a new life in America. but they find the streets of New York are not at all pay ed with gold. A wealth of background detail displays Bluth‘s admirably painstakingapproach to animation. but the foreground narrative. often agreeably perilous. does occasionally reek ofsentimentality lidinburgh' (ideon

I Asterix in Britain ( t ') (t’ino \‘an l.amsw eerde. France. 198M With the voices of .lack Beabcr. Bill Kearns. (iraham Bushnell. 8" mins. The Romans have invaded Britain and orin one village refuses tosurrendcr. Their chiefsendsa message to his distant cousin Asterix the (iaul who prepares a barrel of his special magic potion and rushes to the rescue with his si/eable colleague ()bclix. Alongthe way. he acquires a bag of special herbs said to have remarkable rev iy ifying powers and his ‘tea' proves immensely popular with the Brits.

'l‘y pical leth anniversary .-\sterix production complete with plucky featsol dcrring-do. comic chases. slapstick humour and the triumph of the little(iallic warrior. Fdinburgh: (‘amco I The Aviator's Wife( 15) l l'.flL' Rohmer. France. WM ) l’hilippe \farlaud. Marie Rivicre. .\1atthreu('arriere. ltlJmins.A youngman's unhappy mvolvementwith the lady of the title is sw ectcned by an unexpected encounter in the park with a beautiful stranger. Another deceptively simple but always perceptive Rohmer

dissection of lo\ e. its moodsand melancholy ways, ltdinburgh: l‘llftll’ltlll'st‘ I Babetle‘s Feast (t ' l ((iabrtcl Axel. Denmark. 1987)StephaneAudran. Jean-Philippe Lalont. Bibi .-\ndersson 103 mins. [he Jutland peninsula during the late 19th century l'..\llL‘(l French housekeeper Audran wins HUN)“ francsm a lottery and rises the money to prepare a sumptuous banquet marking the centenary of the birth of a Lutheran dean whose surviving spinster daughters carry on his good works among the poor and needy. However . w hcn a shopping list of quail. turtle. champagne and v rntagc w inc arrives the sisters begin to wonder ifsucli pleasure is compatible with their piety . .. A delicious gastronomic experience and

an exquisite slice of cinematic narrative this is a boisterous. exemplary literary adaptation full of pleasurable surprises and real feeling. A worthy Oscar winner. Fdinburgh: Cameo.

I Back to the Future ( P( i i ( Robert Zemeckis. l'S. 1985) Michael .l. Fox. l.ea 'l'hompson. (‘rispin (ilovet‘. llomins, I)cserv edly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with streetsmart fs’ll's teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents. lidinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse.

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Hanson. l'S. 1987) Steve (iuttenbcrg. Iilizabeth McGovern. Isabelle lluppert. l'xillow'ing the office party (iuttenberg takes home boss's wife lluppert. but their amorous activities are interrupted as they witness an attempted sexual assault

through a neighbouring bedroom window.

The intended victim (Mc( lovern) survives. but the attacker murders later that ex eriing and the undauntcd trioarc forced into a little amateur sleuthingto track him down.

An intriguineg llitchcockian plot-line is thrown away by laboured and really not very interesting execution in this familiar catch-tlie-psycho thriller. though the cast is a little more interesting than tisual. (ilasgow : (’annon Sauchiehall Street.

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very charming New anland couple. the Maitlands. have difficulty in adiustingto the afterlife. .\'ot the least of their worries is the tasteless refurbishment of their old home by a nasty New York yuppie family. and they eventually call on freelance bio-exorcist Betclgeusc ( pronounced ‘Beetle-juice’ l to deal with the problem in his own inimitable fashion.

lixuberantly eccentric cartooniin capers. a mov ie that creates its ow n comic cosmos w here the unexpected is the norm. (ireat fun it all is too. Strathclydc. .-\.\1(‘ (‘lydebank Hi. I Betty Blue ( lb‘) (lean-Jacques Beineix. France. l‘lh’b) .lean llughes Anglade. Beatrice Dalle. l2fl mins. 'l cmpestuous love gone mad as an older handy man and a free spirited woman embark on a passionate. pcripatetic fling that ends in tragedy. Filmed with a dazzling technique and an irritating emptiness by the maker of Him. (‘entralz Regal. I Big ( l’(il (Penny Marshall. l'S. l‘lbb’l Tom Hanks. lilizabeth l’erkins. Robert Loggia. lleins. l2 year—oldlosh(David Moscow) lifts no luck with lltescliool beauty because of his diminutive stature However. upon discov cring a neglected fairground wishing machine. he iumpsout of bed the next morning to find his boy ish sell now wrapped in an adult packaging (Tom Hanks).

Of all the role-reversal movies out this year. Big is by far the most successful. because Tom Hanks offers a most

Young Guns (18) (Christopher Cain. US, 1988) Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips. 117 mins. The release of Young Guns is already generating a lot of critical chat about a renaissance of the Western, just as Silverado did a couple of years ago, with pseudo-Westerns like Sunset being roped in as further evidence. The great heyday of the Western has gone. however, lost in a high-tech world of space fantasy and special effect extravaganzas which update the genre's classic mix of wide-screen action with clearly defined moral dramas.

Nonetheless, Young Guns takes an ambitious stab at breathing life into the bullet-riddled corpse, and does just enough to persuade us that the time to ride off into that final sunset hasn‘t quite arrived. The basic story is a familiar one. down to the identity of the

central character, one William Bonney,

aka Billy the Kid (Estevez). Billy is taken into the protection of an English rancher, John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), and becomes a member of the Regulators, a group of wayward youths


who protect the philanthropic rancher in return for shelter and education.

A rival rancher, Murphy (played with great relish by Western veteran Jack Palance), wants Tunstall’s ranch, and when he can‘t persuade the Englishman, has him ambushed instead, the cue for Billy and the Regulators to set out on a trail of violent revenge, culminating in a

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ferocious shoot-out when they are trapped in a house by both Murphy and the US cavalry, neither of whom prove

to be a match for the brat-pack. Young Guns has its moments, and the performances from its bankable young stars are engaging enough, but I ended up feeling that they were having more fun playing at cowboys than I was I watching them. (Kenny Mathieson)

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