officer Sinatra is out to stop him. while the maniacal matriarch Lansbury hovers threatenineg in the background throughout.

Brilliant political satire-cum-thrillcr. with a great cast in top form. and a staggerineg inventive plot clearly and grippineg unravellcd. It damn well work~ and surprises in a way that so few filmsdo anymore. See this mars ellous reissue. (ilasgow: (ilfli.

I Manon Des Sources ( P( i ) (Claude Berri. France Italy. 1986) \‘ves Montand. Daniel Autcuil. I'llllllilllllL‘llL‘ Beart. 114 mins. Ten years after the demise offilean De Florette. the Soubey rans now rttn a prosperous carnation farm. llowcyer. Jean's daughter has grown into an allttring voung woman and. through the tw istsof unpredictable late. is able to wreak her revenge. Steering this epic rural saga towards the realms of ( ireek tragedy. .Ilunrm is a lull and satisfying second half that explores the suffering of the guilty as they pay a crippling penance for man‘s greed and envy . The production \ alues are as high as ev er and Autcuil assumes Depardieu's mantle as the human sotil of this episode in his tragi-comic development from glaikit idiot to broken-hearted suitor. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.

I Malewam15)(.lohnSaylcs.I'S.1987) ChrisCooper. Will ()ldham. .lames Izarl Jones. 131) mins. The coallieldsol West Virginia. 1921). The entire tow not Matewan ls ow ncd by the mining company . which employs its ntcn )1) conditions harsh enough to promote a

w alk-out by the immigrant workers. While the bosses try to bring in cheap labourto break the strike. a union organiser‘s arrival is to proyokc both sides intoviolent conflict.

Say lcs modestly -budgetcd account of one of the key moments in American labour history hasan extraordinary lccling

of authenticity derived from line performances. splendid photography and a precise eye for detail. A tad overlong perhaps. but a rousing. humane and worthwhile piece of work. (ilasgow: Cal-'1'. I Midnight Express ( 18') (Alan Parker. CK. 1978) Brad Davis. .lohn l lurt. Mike Kellin. 121 mins. Dealingeconomically with the truth this is still a riv eting storyof the nightmare that befell American Billy llayes when he w as incarcerated in a hellish Turkish jail on a charge of drug-smuggling. Brutal. viscerally powerful filmmaking that won an Oscar for ()liv er Stone's script. Iidinburgh: Cameo.

I Midnight RUM 15) (Martin Brest. l 'S. 1988) Robert De .\'iro. Charles(irodin. Yaphet Kotto. John Ashton. 122mins.1)e Niro is charming and surprisingly straightforward as an honest cx-cop turned bounty hunter. crossing the country to bring crooked accountant (irodin back from New York to [.os Angcles. so that he can face chargcsof embezzling Mafia money. The only problem being that the FBI. the mob. the cops. and another bounty hunter all want their hands on the suspect too.

Focussing on the growing frictidship between the two leads as they become reliant on each other in their elfortsto escape their pursucrs. this is an amiable buddy movie that‘s also a consistently unpredictable road mov ie that just happens to be a quite smart cop mov ie. Strathclyde:AMCClydcbank1t).

I The Milagro Beanlield Wari t’( i ) ( Robert Redford. CS. 1987) Sonia Braga. Ruben Blades. Chick Vennera. Christopher Walken 118 mins. Redford'sinfectiously good-natured filtn weaves a picarcsque tale arottnd the actions of lone ( ‘hicano farmer \‘cnnera. as he irrigates his small holding with water earmarked for a new leisure dcy clopment and so pitches the local cornmuttity into conflict with the


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This gentle comical fable reads as if Frank Capra had filmed The Grapes ()f Wrath with just a little Finian's Rainbow to sweeten the mixture. for it wrapsits serious message in a breezy. heartwarming package of light entertainment. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Missippi Burning ( 18) (Alan Parker US. 1988) Willem Dafoe. (iene l laekman.

Ft ances McDormand. Brad Dourif. 127 mins. The director stirred up a hornet's nest of eontrov ersy as well as gaining seven ()scar nominations. with this stttdy of racial hatred in the deep South of America.

The major criticism stemmed from the film's concentration on the two white FBI agents. However despite its mainstream commercial context it remains a powerful thriller full of good intentions and not too many film-makers working in that constraint would be prepared even to try and bring such a flammable subject to the screen. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. (irosvenor. ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Central: Allanpark. Cannon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank ll). Cannon. Kelburne. ()deon Ay'r. ()deon llamilton.

I Moon Over Parador(15) *5? (Paul Maztirsky'.1,'S. 1989) Richard Dreyfuss. Raul Julia. Sonia Braga. 1()~l mitts. See panel. (ilasgow': Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Iidinburgh: Cannon.

I Murray Grigor's Architect Films A special programme of two documentaries by Scots film-maker Murray (irigor pairs his 197() piece on Charles Rennie Mackintosh with 1985's more substantial 'I‘ln'Arc/iiler'lure (ill-rank Lloyd 11"riglil. which looks at the career of the century 's most controversial American architect. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse.

I My Stepmother Is An Alien ( 15) e.» (Richard Benjamin. ['S. 1988) Dan

Ay kroyd. Kim Basinger. Alyson llannigan. 1117 mins. Iiccentric widowed scientist Dr Steve Mills ( Aykroyd)gets hitched to attractive Celeste ( Kim Basinger). who just happens to come from another planet. This becomes a sottrce of some concern to his teenage daughter (Ilannigan ). when dad realises his new partner has never been kissed. and sosets about educating her in the ways ofcarnal knowledge and all that.

lfnfunny and rather sexist high-concept fluff. with Ay kroyd as unfunny as usual. only several stories heavier. Director Benjamin’s career seems to hay e suffered a notable slump since the wonderful My l'in-uuruc l’cur. Strathclyde: A MC Clydebank 11).

I Near Dark ( 18) ( Katherine Bigelow . CS. 1987) Adrian I’asdar. Jenny Wright. lance Ilenriksen. 98mins. A chance sexual encounter for a Texas youth leads to his abduction by a group of marauding bloodsuckers and his difficult transformation to their parasitic mode of existence. As vampire-biker w estcrns go. this is a pretty good one. Iidinburgh: Cameo.

I Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Mastert 18H;r (Rennyllarlin. CS. 1988) Robert Iinglund. Rodney Iiastman. Danny llassel. 93 mins. The bastard son of a thousand maniacs returns. as Freddy Kruger. the child murderer with a severe manicure problem. continues to slash his way through the dreams of yet another disposable cast of teenage actors. (ilasgow: ()deon. Strathclyde: A MC Cly'debank 11).

I Pathfinder(15)(NilsUaup.Norway. 1987) Mikkel (iaup. lngvald(iuttorm. Iillen Anne Bulljo. 86 mins. Set in the snowy wastes of Lapland. the first film shot in the Lapp language follows a teenage boy Aigin ((iaup) as he returns frotn a hunting trip to find his family slaughtered by a gang of marauding warriors and vows to avenge their deaths.

Familiar reworking of(iood vs Iiyil. fascinatingly filmed as something akin toa

Scandinavian Kurosawa movie. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Patty Hearst ( 18) (Paul Schrader. US. 1988) Natasha Richardson. William Forsythe. V'ing Rhames. Frances Fisher. 108 mins. Schrader probes the life story of little-rich-girI-turned-urban-guerilla ' llearst with characteristic intensity. iffering few answers and leaving many .juesttons open.

Ilearst’s own account may arouse some doubts in terms of credibility. but Schrader's approach to her abduction and confinement in a cupboard during the first part of the film leaves no doubts as tohis cinematic skill and psychological insight. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.

I La Petite Voleuse ( l5) (Claude Miller. France. 1988) Charlotte (iainsbourg. Didier Bezace. Simone dc la Brosse. 111) mins. From an original screenplay by Francois 'l‘ruffaut. for whom Miller worked as an assistant. this tale of seventeen year-old Janine ((iainsbourg) eooped up at home with her aunt and uncle. has resonances of'l‘ruffaut‘s long-running Antoine Doinel character and allows Miller to return to his favoured theme of adolescence. This special preview will be screened in the presence of the director himself. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Pixolte ( 18) (Ilector Babenco. Brazil. 1981 ) Marila I’era. Fernando Ramos De Silva. Jorge Juliau. 125 mins. ()n the streets of Sao Paolo. a trio of tough homeless children get involved with an ageingalcoholic prostitute and a homosexual drug dealer. Ilorrify'ingly truthful picture of the seamy side ofcity life. 10 year-old Ramos later went back on the streets and was shot and killed by the police in 1987. (ilasgow: (iI-‘I‘.

I The Presidiot 15) (Peter llyarns. L'S. 1988) Sean Connery. Mark Ilarmon. Meg Ryan. Jack Warden. 98mins. A murdered policeman at the I’residio. a sprawling L'S military base perched in sight of the (iolden (iate bridge. is the catalyst for tension between Connery's investigating Colonel and Harmon's cop. who ofcourse previously served under the older man as an MP and is now enamoured of his daughter. This formula thriller with few- surprises is partially redeemed by the emotional credibility Connery brings to his hackneyed role. and by director Ilyams‘ adept orchestration of some better than usual thick-cared mayhem. Fdinburgh: Dominion.

I Rain Man ( 15) (Barry I.evinson. CS. 1988) Dustin lloflman. Tom Cruise. \"aleria (iolino. 11-1mins.lmpecunious smalltime hustlerCharlic Babbitt (Cruise) ends up kidnapping his previously unknown autistic savant brother

Ray mond ( 1 lofftnan ). w hen their late father leaves his $3 million fortune tothe latter. How ever. as the two cross America by road genuine feelings of fraternal affection well up between them.

The 1989 major Oscar winner is a warmhearted and touching buddy movie that scrupulously avoidssentimentality. and boasts a detailed performance from lloffman that skilfully elicits both compassion and frustration. (ilas‘gow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Iidinburgh: Dominion. Central: Regal. Strathclyde: AMCClydebank 11).

I Return Of The Seacaucus Seven ( 15) (Joyhn Sayles. ITS. 198(1) Mark Arnott. Maggie Cousineau. John Sayles. l()()mins. A group of good friends who shared the radical Sixties college life get together for a weekend years later. and find out the different directions they have each since been following. Iixcellent script by Sayles powers this low-budget entry that was more or less remade a couple of yearslater (without credit) as The Big Chill.

(ilasgow : (iI’T.

I Rio Conchos ( P(i) ((im’dtm Douglas. LS. 1964) Richard Boone. Stuart Whitman. Tony Franciosa. [(17 mins. In post-Civil-WarTexas a consignment of

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