Generally shown in two four-hour instalments Bondarchuk's trulyepic version of Tolstoy expansively recounts his story of aristocratic romance during Napoleon‘s 1812 invasion of Russia. but also manages to blend the spectacle with a breathtakingly fluent array ofstylistic flourishes. Majestic stuff. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I The Water Babies (U) (Lioncl Jeffries. UK. 1978) James Mason. Billie Whitelaw. Bernard Cribbins. 92 mins. Loose adaptation of the Charles Kingsley classic bookcnds the central story ofchild poverty in Victorian London with a seemingly unrelated animated tale about cute little underseacreatures. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I While Dog ( 15) (Sam Fuller. LS. 1982) Kirsty McNichol. Paul Winfield. Burl lves. 89 mins. McNichol is given as a pet a canine that has previously been trained to attack any black person on sight. but she gets black dog handler Winfield toset about reversing the process. (‘ontroversiai drama whose release was held up due to ludicrous charges of racism. instead. of course. it's another visceral but impeccably liberal document from veterar director Fuller. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (PU) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1988) Bob lloskins. Joanna Cassidy. Christopher Lloyd. 92 mins. I.os Angeles. 1949. and side by side with the human population live the Toons. the cartoon characters working in the movie business. Animated star Roger Rabbit is worried about his wife Jessica's faithfulness and hires private dick Eddie Valiant (Bob l loskins) to keep tabs on her. but this is merelythe prelude to the unravelling ofa conspiracy that is to threaten the lives of all involved. and the very future of’l'oontown 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. The stars cope remarkably well. but all praise is due to the team behindthc cameras and on the animating boards. for they have returned a sense of wonder to the silver screen. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydcbank 1().

I Willow (PG) (Ron Howard. US. 1988) Warwick Davis. Val Kilmer. Joanne Whalicy. Jean Marsh. 126 mins. A mystery baby turns up in the land ofthe little Nelwyn people. and one oftheir number has to return it to the adult-sized land ofthe Daikini. However. the kid turns out to be the little princess who will save the country from the clutches ofthe wicked Queen.

Would-be blockbusting fairytale epic offers producer George Lucas another opportunity to refashion the Star Wars narrative in a setting straight out of Tolkien. The result is not unentertaining. but we’ve all been here too many times before. Strathclyde: Cannon.

I Wings 0i Desire ( 15) (Wim Wenders. W. Germany .1987) Bruno Ganz. ()tto Sander. Solveig Dommartin. Peter Falk. 127 mins. Restless angel Ganz on duty over Berlin takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Peter Falk on the possibilities of crossing over. and follows his mentor‘s path to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin.

Gorgeous black-and-white. and an attractively sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin grace this thematically rich and uncharacteristically optimistic slice of Wenders movie enchantment. Highly recommended. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society.

I Witches oi Eastwiclt ( 18) (George Miller.

US. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Susan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocating in the prim tranquility 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 offthem. But the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl van Horne isthe devil in disguise. and there is a price to pay fortheir pleasure. . . A joyous.diabolical romp. with Nicholson having the time of his life. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Working Girl (15) (Mike Nichols. US. 1988) Melanie Griffith. ilarrison Ford. Sigourney Weaver. Joan Cusack. 11-1 mins. Bubbly. ambitious secretary Tess McGill (Griffith) finds life tough asjust another Manhattan secretary. but bitchy female boss Katharine Parker (Weaver) teaches her the art ofsclf—confidence. So much so that when the exec is laid upafter a ski-ing accident. the working girl takes her place. tackles the financial world head-on. and romances hunky investment broker Jack Trainer (Ford).

Supremely entertaining escapist fluff that takes the old Frank Capra routine and gives it a contemporary sheen. The cast have a tremendous time. notably Griffith. who even gets away with lines like ‘1've got a head for business and a bod for sin'. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Salon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 1(1. Cannon. Kelburne. ()deon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton.

I Working Girls ( 18) (Lizzie Borden. US. 1986) Louise Smith. Deborah Banks. Liz Caldwell. 91 mins. This feminist examination of middle-class prostitution presents the establishment almost as an alternative social structure. with the girls as much exploited by the imperious Manhattan madam as the succession of customers. it‘s a thesis that has aroused not a little controversy. but the admirably restrained treatment works in the film's favour. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society.



Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna

in David Mamet’s THINGS CHANGE (PG) 2.20 (not Sun), 4.30, 6.40, 8.50

I Late Nights

at 11.15pm


Sat 22: SHIVERS (18) & THE BROOD(18)& RABID(18)

Fri 28: MANHUNTEB (18) & THE BIG EASY (18)

Sat 29: STAKEOUT (15) 8: TIN MEN (15)

I Matinees

Sun 23 at 2.45pm:


Sun 30 at 1pm: THE RIGHT STUFF (15)

Coming soon: Amy Irving’s CROSSING DELANCEY (PG)


a concert.

The price of a seat at a concert isn’t half as expensive as it could be.

Because the money taken from ticket sales often pays for half or less of the total cost of staging

But thanks to the Scottish Arts Council, local authorities and private sponsors, you can sit through the whole performance in comfort.

Arts subsidies aren’t just for artists. They’re

for everyone.

Scottish Arts Council

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