Hurt is extremely sympathetic in this outstanding British film. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: AMC (Tydebank.

I Short Circuit ll (PG) (KennethJohnson. US. 1988) Fisher Stevens. Michael McKean. Cynthia Gibb. 110mins. Innocuous sequel to a charming original has anthropomorphic android Number 5

trying to make it in the big city and coming

into contact with would-be " ymaker McKean. who‘s interesteo .n the marketing potential of the robot’s engaging capabilities.

Formula fodder aimed purely at the children's holiday market. but by no means the worst of its kind. Strathclyde: AMCClydebank.

I Sign O The Times ( 15) (Prince. US. 1987) Prince. Sheila E. Sheena Easton. 85 mins. Capturing one of today‘s most extravagantly talented pop composers live in action in Rotterdam. this is asuperior concert movie because Prince‘s stage performance is a superior entertainment. Hot stuff for the eyes and the ears. Edinburgh: ('amco.

I The Sicilian ( 18) (Michael Cimino. US. 1987) Christophe Lambert. Terence Stamp. Barbar Sukowa. Joss Ackland. 146 mins. Fumbling (‘imino attempt to tell the story of Sicilian gangster and folk hero Salvatore Giuliano. Shambling narrative organisation. and appalling diaIOgue mark this out as a real turkey from people who should know better.

Take a look at that casting though. the principals come from France. Britain and Germany but are supposed to be playing Italians. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Slipstream (PG) (Steve Lisberger. UK. 1988) Mark Hamill. Bob Peck. Bill Paxton. 108 mins. In the aftermathofa nuclear catastrophe. isolated communities eke out a primitive living in the wasteland that remains. The only means oflong distance travel is the slipstream, a powerful wind strong enough to carry light aircraft. which becomes the route taken by a trio of adventurers as they try to catcha wanted murderer with a price on his head.

Curious blend of straight SF adventure and metaphysical philosophising. with the film stoppping to examine the beliefs and lifestyles of the various isolated communities (led by cameos from the likes of Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham). with the result never quite adding up to the sum of its parts.

I Sugarbaby ( 15) (Percy Adlon. W. Germany. 1985) Marianne Sagebrecht. Eisi Gulp. 86 mins. The unlikely romance between an overweight. middle-aged undertaker‘s assistant and a young subway driver is the engaging focus of this quirky offering: a strange beguiling work at once warmly appealing and slightly repellent, that forces us to re-examine our notions of sexuality and desirability. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Swenn in Love (18) (VolkerSchlondorff. France/W. Germany. 1984) Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti. Alain Delon. 110mins. Opulent, condensed Proust for the art house set with Irons as the French aristocrat infatuated by the lower class Muti. Edinburgh: Filmhouse

ITequlla Sunrise (15) (Robert Towne. US, 1988) Mel Gibson. Kurt Russell. Michelle Pfeiffer. 100 mins. Would-be ex-dope dealer Gibson finds that he can‘t quite shift his dark past, and his childhood friend Russell. now a narcotics cop becomes involved in trying to track him down. Meanwhile. Pfeiffer is the glamorous restaurant owner romantically caught between the two ofthem.

Disapointing second effort as director from renowned screenwriter Towne (Chinatown). which fails to surmount well-used narrative ingredients and winds down to a positively limp climax. Some good dialogue remains. but it‘s not enough. Edinburgh: Cannon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank.

I Tutti Fruttl ( 15) John Byrne‘s masterly rock'n‘roll romance follows the misadventures of legendary Scots beat combo The Majestics on their silver jubilee tour. and details the attendant emotional complications between band members Big Jaua McGlone (Robbie Coltrane) and Suzi Kettles (Emma Thompson). This special screening ofthc entire series should run for around eight hours (including intervals). and at the time of going to press it has been confirmed that John Byrne and most of the Majestics will attend. with the hope still remainingthat Big Jazza's mighty presence will also be on hand. Edinburgh Filmhouse.

I Travelling Avanl(15)Thierry Fremont. Simon de la Brosse, Ann-Gisel Glass. 114 mins. France in the late 19405 is rebuilding after the war. but in the midst offuel shortages and housing problems are three dedicated cineastes. devoted to setting up a film society by any means necessary. Enjoyable look back at the roots ofthc French Nouvelle Vague. when enthusiasts and critics like director Tachella. and Andre Bazin began the revolution that came to screen fruition in the late Fifties classics by Godard and Truffaut.

Glasgow: (iFI'. Edinburgh: EU Film Society.

I Travelling North (PG) r} (Carl Schultz. Australia. 1987). Leo McKernJulia Blake. Graham Kennedy. 95 mins. Leo McKern stars as the irascible Frank. who attempts to retire with his younger loverto an idyllic new life in Queensland. A funny and well made reminder that life doesn‘t

end at sixty plus. but it suffers from aslight lack of engagement with these determindly unsentimental characters.

ITwlns (15) (Ivan Reitman. US. 1988) Danny De Vito, Arnold Scwarzenegger. Kelly Preston. Chloe Webb. 107 mins. In an effort to create the perfect human (male. nateh) scientists impregnate a beautiful woman artist with the sperm of six diversely distinguished men. and the resulting offspring grows up in an isolated research station to be our man Arnie. However. an unexpected side-effect is runty brother De Vito. and when the two finally meet up many years later. their search to find their mother is the catalyst for an unlikely family relationship.

Even if the plot does bear a strong resemblance to Rain Man. this is an amiably silly farce with Schwarzenegger proving quite adept at handlingthe comedy material. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. Central: Caledonian, Cannon Falkirk. Regal. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank. Cannon Kilmarnock I Videodrome (18) (David Cronenberg. Canada. 1983) James Woods. Debbie Harry. 88 mins. Woods is a programmer for a pirate cable station who becomes intrigued and then obsessed with a bizarre untraceable channel that triggers hallucinogenic fantasies in this initially intriguing but ultimately unsatisfactory film with eye-popping special effects. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Voyage A Palmpol (15) (Myriam Boyer. France. 1985) A workin class cou 1e are


Camille Claudel (PG) (Bruno Nuytten, France, 1988) Isabelle Adianl, Gerard Depardleu, Laurent Grevlli. 175 mins. Renowned cinematographer Bruno Nuytten’s directorial debut arrives dripping with awards, having garnered llve Cesars (the French Oscar) and the prestigious Best Actress tor Ms Adianl at the Berlin Film Festival. It Is easy to see why. Despite its slightly lorblddlng length, this account at the troubled and eventually tragic Ilie oi French sculptress Camille Claudel, and her relationship as both pupil and lover oi Auguste Rodin, has much the same kind oi qualities which made the Jean de Florette duo such a success.

As you would expect irom Nuyiten, the lilm looks wonderiul, beautliully framed and shot in the shadowy hall-light at a pro-electric clvlllzatlon, a least oi splendld and memorable images. No real surprise, either, that Depardleu revels in the largerihan llie oi role oi Rodin, a genius beset by lack ol inspiration and at public understanding oi his newest work, and

trammeled by his complicated and palniui relationships with women, and in particular with Camille and his long-time companion, Rose Beuret. The actor rises to the challenge with aplomb, but also with great control.

What is, perhaps, more oi a surprise, Is the perionnance glyen by Adianl as Camille. Her previous roles have been lightweight by comparison, but any unworthy temptation to Include her as something oi a bimbette must now be banished. Her protrayal oi the gifted but unstable genius, irom assertive and convention-breaking young girl to her eventual tragic late, is nothing short oi brilliant. She has the luxury at being able to build slowly toward Camille’s obsessive breakdown over Rodin, and makes lull use at it, peeling away the layers at her stability one by one tor the captivated vlewer. It will do the box-oiilce no harm to have France’s biggest stars on the poster; it Is to the iilm’s lasting credit that they prove to be two oi her best actors as well. (Kenny hiathleson)

asked by a journalist friend to write about the continual financial struggles oftheir humdrum lives. but the success oftheir book is only to lead to further exploitation and disappointment. Central: Haldane Film Society.

I Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1988) Bob Hoskins. Joanna Cassidy. Christopher Lloyd. 92 mins. Los Angeles,1949: animated star Roger Rabbit is worried about his wife Jessica‘s faithfulness and hires private dick Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to keep tabs on her. but thisis merely the prelude to the unravelling ofa conspiracy that is to threaten the lives of all involved. and the very future of Toontown itself.

An amazing technical achievement for the credibility with which the cartoons interact with the human cast and stylised sets, this surefire box office winner efficiently spoofs the film noir genre while milking its Tex Avery-styled highly physical sense of black comedy for all it‘s worth. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank.

I Withnall And | ( 15) (Bruce Robinson. UK. 1987) Paul McGann. Richard Grant. Richard Griffiths. 107 mins. 1969. Two out of work actors surviving through London giro squalor take a break in a picturesque Lake District cottage, where one of them suffers the attentions ofthc ageing homosexual owner.

Reasonably entertaining British comedy with a tendency to rely on the all-too-easy targets of drug-taking and gay stereotyping for much of its humour. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Working Girl (15) (Mike Nichols. US. 1988) Melanie Griffith. Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver. See feature and panel. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road, Grosvenor, Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne. Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton I The World According to Garp (15) (George Roy Hill. US. 1982) Robin Williams, Glenn Close. John Lithgow. 131 mins. The life of aspiring young novelist T.S. Garp is complicated by a bestselling authoress mother and a group of radical feminists who‘ve cut out their tongues.

Rambling adaptation of the engaging John Irving novel is most at home with the easygoing childhood section and runs out of steam long before the end.but John Lithgow‘s performance as a transsexual football player is a real Showstopper.

Somehow Irving seems to work better on the page than the screen though. Edinburgh: EU Film Society.


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