1988) Tom Cruise. Bryan Brown, Elizabeth Shue. 95 mins. Cruise plays a greenhorn inducted into the mysteries Of all-action bartending by master cocktail shaker Brown. and before long they have graced the top bars in Manhattan and been signed up to work in the Caribbean. However. a failed romance with poor little rich girl Shue. soon has ourTom questioning the vapidity of his experience. Glossy soaper with risible pretensions to social comment. which must go down asa disappointment from the talents involved. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I The Color Purple ( 15) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1986) Whoopi Goldberg. Danny Glover. Magaret Avery. 152 mins. Spielberg’s version of Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prize winning novel becomes a Black American Feminist David Lean-style epic. Goldberg is unutterably splendid as the protaganist. the film beung the story of her awakening from female servitude and realising her potential as an independent woman. One is always aware ofskilful manipulation. but this does not dtract from the film's emotional impact. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre. I Crack In The Mirror(18) (Robby Benson. US. 1988) Robby Benson. Tawny Kitaen. Danny Aiello. 93 mins. Gangland New York. and the naive Scott (Benson) is hustled into looking after his friends crack business while the latter is in hiding from the drug barons. Soon however. the clean-cut Scott and his clean-cut girlfriend Vanessa (Kitaen). are descending into the pit of addiction and degeneracy. Unconvincing anti-crack melodrama. with new-fangled narcotics decorating distinctly old-fashioned plotting and characterisation. Technobuffs may wish to note that this is the first drama release shot on Sony‘s high-definition video system. Edinburgh: Cannon. I Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (PG) (Frank 02. US. 1988) Steve Martin. Michael Caine.
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Annie Savoy (Sarandon) is a dedicated baseball groupie with a lilelong devotion to the Durham Bulls. Every Spring. she chooses a new player as her protege. The luclry man is gifted with the wisdom of her mind and the pleasures other body. This year the choice is between ageing catcher and gentlemen player Crash Davis (Costner) and dumb newcomer Ebby La Loosh (Robbins) a pitcher with live cents oi brain and a million dollar arm.
She selects La Loosh and an understandably surprised Crash stands on the sidelines as he heads lorthe big time and Annie lives to regret her decision.
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Despite the obvious skill of its stars. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels fails to stretch them or to take itself seriously enough. and thus does not fulfil its full potential. It's an amusing and enjoyable. but ultimately bloodless entertainment. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank 1().
I Gorillas In The Mist ( 15) (Michael Apted. US. 1988) Sigourney Weaver. Bryan Brown. John Omirah Miluwi. 129 mins. The story of Dian Fossey. an American naturalist who went to central Africa in 1966 with no experience. yetwho over the next two decades was to devote her life to the pioneering study ofthe mountain gorilla. and became ruthlessly determined to protect the species from the unwelcome attention of poachers. However. her uncompromising attitudes to the welfare of the gorillas made her many enemies. and her murder in 1985 has still not been adequately explained. Priceless footage of the real wildlife. shot on location in the Rwandan jungle. and Sigourney‘s convincing rapport with the gorillas. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Hanussen (15) (lstvan Szabo. Hungary/W. Germany. 1988) Klaus Maria Brandauer. Erland Josephson. lldiko Bansagi. 117 mins. Szabo completed his Brandauer trilogy with this story about a WW1 casualty‘s developing gift of clairvoyancy and his ambitious association with the rise to power of the Nazi Party. A strong central performance as usual . but the material seems to overlap with the superior Mepth'to so much that one wonders whether it was necessary to make the film at all. Glasgow: (EFT.
I Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1989) Harrison Ford. Sean Connery. Alison Doody. Denholm Elliot. 127 mins. The third and supposedly final instalment of Spielberg‘s bumper blockbuster series. in which the archaeological adventurer is joined by his father (Connery) for a romp through the Middle East in search of the Holy Grail. hotly pursued (as ever) by the Nazis. A rather dodgy would-be Christian morality and a more-of—the-same-ish plot are offset by strong performances from Ford and Connery and technical bravura. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge, Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. Central:
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I Jabberwoclty (PG) (Terry Gilliam. UK. 1977) Michael Palin. Max Wall. Harry H. Corbett. 101 mins. 1n the darkest Middle Ages. a humble cooper‘s apprentice mistakenly becomes involved in a mission to slay the local rampaging dragon. Gilliam's first feature is full of the curious. imaginatively ramshackle design work that‘s become his trademark. and there‘sa sterling cast of British comedy stalwarts. but unfortunately not too many real laughs. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Kamikaze (15) (Didier Grousset. France. 1986) Richard Bohringer. Michel Galabru. Dominique Lavant. 89mins. Electronics wizard Galabru. made redundant after years ofservice. devotes his new—found leisure time to dcvelopinga device that enables him from the comfort of his armchair to kill any vapid media type in front of a studio television camera. Intriguing debut by Luc Besson‘s former assistant although the splendid central notion is much more inspired than the dogged detective thriller routine that rounds out the plotting. Glasgow: GFT. I The Karate Kid Part3 (PG) (JohnG. Avildsen. US. 1989) Ralph Macchio. Noriyuki "Pat' Morita. Thomas lan Griffith. 111 mins. 1n thisinstalment Daniel (Macchio) and his coach Mr Miyagi (Morita) are driven apart when the young martial arts expert agrees against his mentor‘s advice to take part in another karate tournament. but the source ofthe pressure placed upon him can be traced back to unscrupulous millionaire Silver (Thomas). whose hobby seems to be turning innocent young lads to nastiness. The fight sequences, as ever. are the highlights. but the signs are there ofa certain running out of creative steam. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge, Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCI Clydebank 10. I Kick 30"! ( 18) (David Worth. US. 1989) Jean Claude Von Damme, Dennis Alexio. 105 mins. At the lnternational Karate Association's Kick-Boxing Championships in Long Beach. California. the brothers Sloane battle it out in pyjamas and bandaged feet. In the wake of Karate Kid3 are we witnessingthe revival of the Kung Fu movie? To be Bruce Lee frank about it who needs it? Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank 10.
I King Of Comedy (PG) (Martin Scorcese, US 1983) Robert de Niro. Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard. 109 mins. Full-time schmuck Rupert Pupkin (de Niro)dearly wants to be a successful television entertainer. so he puts together a plan to kidnap glum chat show host Lewis and so find his way on to the box. Desperate comic capers. with a bitter edge to de Niro‘s manic. hilarious and somehow invoving performance. Criminally under-rated. this slices to the core of America‘s cultural emptiness. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Land Belore Time (U) (Don Bluth, US. 1989) 86 mins. Latest animated feature from Disney graduate Bluth follows the fortune oforphaned Brontosaurus Littlefoot. who loses his mum to the claws ofa nasty Tyrannosaurus Rex before teaming up with a gang of similarly parentless wee dinos to undertake the hazardousjourney across country to the safety of the Great Valley. Classically drawn and chockful of edifying moral lessons. this is solid entertainment perfectly tailored to the demands of its target audience of very young children. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank l().
I Licence To Kill ( 15) (John Glen. UK, 1989) Timothy Dalton. Carey Lowell. Talisa Soto. Robert Davi. 133 mins. The latest Bond ﬂick has Timbo Dalton once
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