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Ludmilla Zaitseva. Yuri Nazarov. 134 mins. The drab dour industrial landscape and colourless decor of Vera's flat setsoff the emotional sparks that fly between its occupants. Vera (Negoda) spends her vacation hanging around and getting pregnant by her boyfriend. the unprepossessing (and unemployed) Sergei (Sokolov). However when the latter moves into Vera's parents tiny flat her father‘s constant consumption of Vodka is the catalyst for violent conflict. Behind the glimpses of Soviet life the well worn storyline of inter-gene rational conflict lends the film as a whole the familiar airof kitchen-sink melodrama. Glasgow Gl’l‘. I Mac and Me (U) (Stewart Raffill. US. 1988) Christine Ebersole. Jonathan Ward. Tina Caspary. 100 mins. Mac is in fact an acronym for Mysterious A lien ( ‘reature in this kiddies' adventure that follows the cute little extraterrestrial’s earthbound encounters with a gang of four young chums. And yes. it does sound a lot like Spielberg‘s ET. Glasgow: Cannon Parkhead. Odeon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. UCl Clydebank. WMR Film Centre.

I Moon In The Gutter(18)(Jean-Jacques Beneix. France. 1983) Gerard Depardieu. Nastassia Kinski. Victoria Abqil. 126 mins. Depardieu is an increasingly obsessive dockworker on the trail ofhis sister‘s rapist while at the same time getting involved with the mysteritius and filthy rich Kinski. Atthe time a celebrated disaster. Beneix's difficult second feature boasts an operatic approach to the visuals but with precious little emotional involvement to lend any real substance. Fans of Diva should still see it. Glasgow GF'T.

I Parents ( 18) a? (Bob Balaban. US. 1988) Randy Quaid. Mary Beth Hurt. Sandy Dennis. 82 mins. See panel. Glasgow- GFI‘.

I Police Academy 6: City Under Siege ( PG) (Paul Bonerz. US. I989) George Gaines. G.W. Bailey. Matt McCoy. 90 mins. The laff-a-minute boys in blue take on acrime ring in this latest instalment ofthe series that explores new depths in infantile comedy. They stopped showing these to the press ages ago. So there is a Godafter all. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall St. Edinburgh: Cannon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne. UCl Clydebank. I The Naked Gun ( l5) (David Zucker. US. 1988) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. Ricardo Montalban. 85 mins. Nielsen gets a crack at a leading comic role as Frank Drebin. a disaster prone LA cop assigned to find the men who shot his colleague in a drugs bust. and protect our dear Queen at the same time. while also finding room for romance with secretary Presley. Watch out fora great beaver gag and comedy cameos from Arafat. Gaddafi. Gorbachev and the Queen. Where else would you get all these elments in the same movie'.’ Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I Rain Man ( 15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1988) Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise.

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Valeria Golino. 114 mins. lmpecunious smalltime hustler Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) ends up kidnapping his previously unknown autistic savant brother Raymond (Hoffman). when their late

fz‘ her leaves his $3 million fortune tothe latter. llowes er. as the twocross 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 avoids sentimentality. and boasts a detailed performance from lloffman that skilfully elicits both compassion and frustration. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.

I The Return of The Musketeers ( PG) (Richard Lester. [TR/France. I989) Michael York. ()liver Reed. Richard Chamberlain. C. Thomas I lowell. Kim Cattrall. lllllmins. The 17th century. 'l‘wenty years after theiroriginal adventures. the fab Four Muskeeters. (D'Artagnan. Aramis. Porthos and Athos). re-form to fight against France’s corrupt new ruler Cardinal Mazarin.

and retain control over the country.

With its creaking pace. creaking limbs and a creaking script. one wonders whether the world was really crying out fo: another Musketeers film. least of all this one. Glasgow: Cannon Parkhead. ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: UCl (Tydebank.

I The Stuff ( 15) (Larry Cohen. US. 1985) Michael Moriarty. Andrea Marcovici. Paul Sorvino. 93 mins. The delicious new dessert the nation has taken to its tastebuds turns out to be sinister stuff indeed in Larry Cohen's sometimes messy. occasionally striking horror satire on consumerism and the food industry. Edinburgh Cameo.

I Tender Mercies ( PU) (Bruce Beresford. US. 1983) Robert Duvall. Tess l larper. Ellen Barkin. 89 mins. Country singeron the skids is inspired by the courage ofa widow and her small son to get his own act together again. Low-key but likeable drama won surprise Oscars for Duvall (who also wrote all the songs) and screenwriter l lorton Foote. Edinburgh Cameo.

I They Live ( 18) (John Carpenter. US. 1988) Roddy Piper. Keith David. Meg Foster. 94 mins. Returning to his B-movie roots. the latest Carpenter is a spritely sci-fi satire with a decidedly Fifties feel. As recession grips America and the divide widens between rich and poor. drifter Frank (Roddy Piper) discovers that the unscrupulous yuppies controlling the economy are in fact aliens. and they're using subliminaladvertising to keep the mass of the populace docile. Although the serious and rather political premise beautifully set up by the first halfofthe film needs more of a follow-through. the knockabout action that follows in the latter sections is well handled in itself. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I To Live and Die in LA ( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1986) Willem Dafoc. William Petersen. I 16mins. Director Friedkin has a go at updating hisearlier French Connection in this violent and cynical thriller that follows the trail oftwo unscrupulous FBI agents on the tail ofa psychotic counterfeiter. As in its predecessor the highlight is an astonishing car chase. this time along the wrong side of a freeway at rush hour. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Torch Song Trilogy ( 15) (Paul Bogart. US. 1988). Harvey Fierstein. Anne Bancroft. Matthew Broderick. l 19mins. The story of Arnold a New York drag queen‘s search for acceptance of his sexual orientation frotn his mother (Anne Bancroft) and a steady relationship with his lover (Matthew Broderick). Adapted from the hit stage show with writer Fierstein taking the lead role. it‘s theatrical roots lead to a sucession ofsharp one liners and knock ’em dead musical numbers. The result is a heady mixture of laughter and tears. Glasgow GFI‘.

68The List 18 - 2-1 August 1989