mins. Engaged Sloane about to face her nuptials. and American gal in London find themselves thrown together in a strange house where their horrifying dreams keep breaking throuin into reality. And repulsive newshounds on the doorstep don‘t make matters any better. Moderately interesting British attempt at Freudian horror. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 111.

I Dumbo ( L' ) (Ben Sharpsteen. US. 1941) 64 mins. The rest of the circusanimals make fun ofthc little elephant with the huge ears. but he discovers they have a use after all. (‘lassic Disney animated feature. timeless entertainment. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I 84 Charing Cross Road ( P(i ) (David Jones. LS. 1987) Anne Bancroft. Anthony 1 lopkins. Judi Dench. 97mins. Intelligent rendering of the longtime transatlantic relationship between feisty New York writer Bancroft and retiring London bookseller Hopkins. whosupplies her with cherishably rare tomes over a number of years. Based on the memoirsof Helen J laiifl. this is a well-eraltedand absorbing picture that play s much more engagingly than it sounds. Edinburgh: National Mtiseum Of Scotland. I Les Enlants Terribles ( PG) (Jean-Pierre Melville. France. 1951)) Nicole Stephanc. Edouard Dermithe. 100 mins. The intense relationship betweeen an adolescent brother and sister eventually produces tragic results. Committed performances from the two young leads achieve moments of real power in this sure-footed adaptation of Jean Cocteau. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I ETtStev'en Spielberg. ES. 1982). 115 mins. An alien creature gets stranded on earth (the opening sequence of threatening legs and flashing torches is beautifully done). where he is adopted by some kids. who help him construct a communication device to summon back his spaceship. All the little guy wanted to do was go home. but Spielberg made sure he had lots of cute and agreeable adventures first. and slipped in the most tear-jerking psuedo-death since Balou the Bear in TheJmig/e Book for good measure. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: /-\.\I(‘Clydebank It).

I The Exorcist ( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. Linda Blair. lltlniins. Earnest priest Von Sy‘dow steps in to save poor little possessed girl Blair in this hugely convincing and effective scarefest that has stood the test of time. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 111.

I Explorers ( l ' ) (Joe Dante. US. 1985) Ethan Haw ke. River Phoenix. ltl9mins. A young science fiction addict has his dream come am when he and his whim-kid buddy knock up a spacecraft for a little spin round the cosmos. Charming cartoonish fare for the kids that seemsto lose its way the further it goeson. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Fatal Attraction ( 18) (Adrian Lync. US. 1987) (ilenn Close. Michael Douglas. Anne Archer. 119 mins. Happily married lawyer Douglas discovers the high price of infidelity when his casual one night stand turns out to be a dangerously psychotic woman who will stop at nothing to gain her man's affection. (ilossy. well-acted misogynistic l litchcock-style thriller. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank It).

I Fear Eats The Soul ( 15) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder. W. (iermany. 1974) El Hedi Ben Salem. Brigitte Mira. 93 mins. A middle-aged charwoman who used to be a Nazi Party member. takes up with a young Arab immigrant worker. much tothe consternation of her friends and neighbours. Typically melodramatic Fassbinder study of a disintegrating relationship. which also examines the problems of racism in West German society. (ilasgow: (EFT.

I A Fish Called Wanda ( 15) (Charles Crichton. UK. 1988) John Clecse.Jamie Lee Curtis. Kevin Kline. Michael Palin.

Tom Georgeson. 108 mins. Stuffy English

lawyer Archie Leach (Clecse) gets unwittingly involved with a gang of diamond thieves. including brash American Kline and stammeringanimal lover Palin. because he has access to information that will help them lay their hands on the swag. (ilamorous Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) steps in to romance him into talking. but love is to rearits head.

Remarkably effective comedy. with the absurdly black humour of the Python generation given a narrative control and

sense of timing that only a veteran's steady

hand could provide. And it makes a wonderful romantic lead out of the rather unlikely Mr ('leese. (ilasgow: Cannon Sauchieliall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. ()deon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 11). I A Flame In My Heart ( 18) s“: (Alain Tanner. France Switz. 1987) Myriam Mezieres. Benoit Regent. Aziz. Kabouche. 110 mins. Parisian actress Mezieres cuts short her rehearsal as Racine's Bereiiir‘e to break off from her physically demanding and rather brutisli lover. Escaping to a small hotel she then commencesanother sexually charged relationship with an investigative journalist. but the tension of the situation plunges her unstable personality intoa precarioUs state somewhere between alienation and self-degradation. ()verhcated monochrome angst with a good deal of sexual explicitiiess in Ms Mezieres script. btit the very v igour ofthc film‘s attack gives it a challenging edge that is sure to stimulate debate. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Flight Of The Navigator ( P(’i i ( Randal

Kleiser. LS. 1986) Joey Cranier. Veronica

Cartwright. Cliff De Young. 89 mins. A young boy who has been in contact with

aliens finds himself the subject ofscientific

enquiry before being enlisted by some more extraterrestrials to help them repair their damaged craft. Watchable Disney effort in the If. 'I'. stakes. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Frantic ( 15) (Harrison Ford. LS. 1988) Harrison Ford. Betty Buckley. EmmanuellSeigner. lltlmins. Cardiologist Ford and wife Buckley travel to Paris for a conference. but en route manage to exchange one ofthcir cases tor a high precision electronic detonator. The sudden disappearance of his wife in a foreign city where he doesn't speak the language. is soon to pitch Ford into a plot that involves international espionage and the murky Parisian underworld.

(iood to see Polanski partially redeeming himself after the soggy l’i'ruii'v. But it is only partially. because this attempt at a Hitchcockian thriller is really rather dog-cared in conception and sluggish ofexecution. though the cast are worth watching. Edinburgh: Dominion. I Good Morning Vietnam ( 15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1987) Robin Williams. Forrest Whitaker. Tung Thanh Tran. 131 mins. At last getting the specially tailored role his improvisatory comic talent deserves. Robin Williams gives a dazzling performance as iconoclastic armed forces radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer. assigned to 1965 Saigon and soon creating headaches for the military top brass. His morning show. with its healthy dosesof soul music and outbursts of way~out . quite irreverent humour explodes their cosy- notions of broadcasting standards. but makes him a hero amongst the ordinary fighting men.

While the more serious aspects ofthc film. its attempts to examine the clash of

two cultures and intimate the escalation of

the Vietnam conflict. can seem a little flat.

this is probably because Williams' stintson

the radio mike are so hilariously electrifying they leave the rest ofthc movie standing. Watch out for a host of fine supporting performances. and director Levinson's always winning way

with dialogue. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Grease (PCr) (Randal Kleiser. US. 1978) John Travolta. Stockard Channing. Olivia Newton John. 111) mins. The long-running broadway show arriveson screen dripping with '50s nostalgia. cheery- tunes. a high camp value and the winsome charms of the plastic Newton-John and the toothy Travolta. A nice collection ofold timers enhance the cast. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Hairspray ( P(i) (John Waters. US. 1987) Ricki Lake. Divine. Debbie Harry. Sonny Bono. 92 mins. Baltimore. 1962.11proar breaks out on the Dance Council oftop '1'\' pop extravaganza The Corny Collins Show when hefty teen queen Ricki lake deposes the former star of the show . and begins to make friends with (gulp) black people. thus breaking down the programme's strict racial segregation. L'nflagging entertainment as former trash king Waters does his own bizarre version of mainstream comedy. Definitely one of the fun movies of 1988. (ilasgow: (ii-'1‘. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse. I High Spiritst 15) ( Neil .lordan. L'K, LS. 1988) Steve (iuttenberg. Darryl l Iannali. Beverly D‘Angelo. Peter O‘Toole. Ray McAnally. See caption review. (ilasgovv , (irosyeiior. ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. WMR. I Jungle Book (L' ) (Wolfgang Reitliernian. LS. 1967) With the voicesof (ieorge Sanders. Louis Prima. 78mins. (irowitig up in the jungle. young Mow gli learns from the animals around him. Enjoy able latterday Disney . a long way after Kipling. bill the songs are wonderful. (ilasgow: ()deon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Central: Caledoiiiaii. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank ll). Rialto. WMR. I La Bamba ( P( i l ( Luis \'alde1..l.'S. 1987) Lou Diamond Philips. Esai Morales. 1118 mins. Passablc biopic of I Iispaiiicsinging star Richie Yalens. w ho was to die in the same plane crash as Buddy I lolly. Well-performed though rather standard-looking for its kind. a dynamic soundtrack by Los Lobos powers thisonc along quite nicely. Edinburgh: Cameo. I La Boheme ( PCr) (Luigi Comenchini. France Italy. 1987) Barbara Hendricks. Jose ('arreras. Luca ('anoiiici. 1116 mins. Puccini's celebrated opera is set in a wintry Paris in 1911). and followsthe fortunes of a group of young artists asthcy' freeze in their garret. with only the thought of romance to wariii their hearts. Fine opera movie that works on itsown terms as well as remaining faithful tothe text. because the artificiality ofthc original perfectly matches Commenchini‘s melodramatic. studio-based style. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Law Of Desire ( l8) ( Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 1111 mins) EusebioPoncela. Carmen Maura. Antonio Baderas. ltll mins. Notorious film-maker Pablo moves through a decadent lifestyle ofsensual pleasure. his only real concern for his younger brother now transexual sister. However. when he falls for government minister‘s son Antonio. a nightmare of manipulation and deceit is to follow. Flamboyant Spanish iconoclast Almododvar has been acclaimed a major new European talent. and while this exaggerated sexual farrago is interesting as a sort of overheated melodrama. the lack of narrative control near the end does let the film down. Still. a singular talent to watch. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Like Father. Like Son (PG) (Rod Daniel. US. 1988) Dudley Moore. Kirk Cameron. Margaret Colin. lllllmins. Brilliant brain surgeon Dr Hammond (Moore) looks set to be named Chiefofstaff at one ofthe world's leading hospitals. while his son Chris (Cameron) is concerned about his new date and a troublesome biology exam. (iuess what'.’ Yes. this is 1988so they change bodies with an even more predictable set of complications than Usual An inane body-swapping movie isa

tiresome enough prospect. but add the thought of ‘cuddly‘ Dudley. as a brain surgeon playing sixteen ( l). and you have a- definite ‘must-avoid' experience on your hands. (ilasgow: ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank It). ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton.

I Little Lord Fauntleroy ( PG) (Jack (iold. UK. 1981)) Ricky Schroeder. Alec Guinness. Eric Porter. 101) mins. A fine British cast decorate this latest screen version of the Frances l lodgson Burnett story wherein poor New York Youngster finds himself the heir to his grandfather's Yorkshire estate. ()riginally tnade for American television this got a theatrical release over here. possibly on the back of Kramer 1's Kramer star Sch roedct"s box office appeal. Edinburgh: National Museum Of Scotland.

I Long Live The Lady ( 15 i it: ( Ermano ()lmi. Italy. 1987) Marco Esposito. Simona Brandalise. ltl6 mins. A groupof student waiters arrive at a large country house to assist in a dinner party given by a grand old lady. The guests turn otlt to bea motley collection ofsuccessful scientists. bankers and industrialists. many ofwliom are ill-mannered at the table. Yet asthe evening progresses one of the young students is to learn a good deal about love and life.

Extraordinary. dreamlike escapade. especially coming from the arch realist maker of Tree Of Hour/ell ( ngS. with many passing pleasures in the local colour and a tantalising sense of enigma which lingers long after the final credits. (ilasgow: (iF'l‘.

I The Lost Boys ( 15) (Joel Schumacher. LS. 1987) Jason Patrick. Corey l laim. Barnard Hughes. 97mins. Anaemic comic horror as a Santa Monica teen falls into bad company" in the shape of a mad. bad and dangerous-to-know gangof vampires. Constant MTV y istials make this an altogether resistible affair. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Strathclyde: x‘sMCClydebank 111.

I The Manchurian Candidate ( 15 ) (John I-‘rankeiiheimer. LS. 1962) Frank Sinatra. Laurence Harvey . Angela Lansbury‘. Janet Leigh. 126 mins. See caption review. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Maurice ( 15) (James Ivory. L'K. 1987) James Wilby'. Rupert (iraves. Hugh (irant. 141) mitts. ()verlongbut impeccably crafted screen version ofthc E.M. Forster novel in which a young Edwardian man slowly but movineg comes to terms with his homosexuality in the face of widespread ignorance. bigotry and the pressures of class to conform to sortie fanciful notion of normalcy.

Although over-indulgent. the film tises its beatitiftil locations. li‘rrrlev/ieuil-sty'le cast and langorous evocation of pre-War Britain to sweeten an angry pill about the strictures of the class system and the unchanging face of senseless prejudice. James Wilby is a revelation in the title role. skilfully capturing the complexity of the emotional traumas faced by his

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