more attempting to act himselfback into the shoes of vintage (‘onnery and a straightforward though rather low-powered narrative drive that involves the credible machinations of nasty South American drug dealer Sanchez ( Robert Davi). As for the lasses. there's "Plain Old Bimbo‘ bimbo Soto. the Latin playthingof both men. or there's "Woman ofthe Eighties‘ bimbo (‘arey Lowell. who‘s allowed to have a brain and be feisty; sometimes both at once. In other words. the same old routine. only with more gratuitous sadism and an eye-catching truck chase. (ilasgow: (‘annon The Forge. ()deon. Edinburgh: Dominion. ()deon. (‘entralz (‘aledoniarL Strathclyde: UCI ('Iydebank 111.

I Mac and Me (U ) (Stewart Raffill. US. 1088) ( 'hristine fibersole. Jonathan Ward. Tina (aspary llN) mins. Mac is in fact an acronym for Mysterious A lien ( 'reulure 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 [ill Glasgow: (‘annon The Forge. ()deon. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. L'Cl Clydebank It). WMR Film ('entre. I The Modems ( 15) (Alan Rudolph. US. 1‘)88)Keith (‘arradine. Linda Firoentino. John Lone. Genevieve Bujold. 126 mins. Paris. 1926 is the setting for Alan Rudolph‘s latest triumph. a playful exploration of the fake and the genuine in art and love. Amidst the backgroundof the expatriate American artistic circle of Hemingway and Stein. a tangled relationship between young painter (.‘arradine. his estranged wife Fiorentino and current partner. arrogant millionaire art dealer Lone. creates a romantic chaos that reverberates through the bohemian cafesand galleries. lixcellent

Altman Rudolph rep company performances. an unpredictable directorial flair. and the dramatic shaping of complex themes into a delirious drama make this undoubtedly one of the year‘s best. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Monty Python‘s Meaning Of Life( 18) (TerryJones. 1.7K. 1983).]ohn (‘1eese. Graham Chapman. Michael Palin. Eric Idle. 103 mins. Ragbagofoccasionally gross Python sketches loosely following this mortal coil from womb tograve. Watch out for the exploding Mr (‘rcosote Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Monty Python TV (PG) Two generous programmes. each bringing together three of the revered half-hour shows from the early years of Britain's most iconoclastic comedy grouping. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I My Fair Lady ( PG) ((ieorge (‘ukor. US. 1964) Rex Harrison. Audrey Hepburn. Stanley Holloway. Wilfred Hyde White. 175 mins. Familiar screen adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's musical slant on I’ygmalimr. notable for a catalogue of great tunes. Harrison‘s somehow endearing half-spoken singing. and Cecil Beaton’s splendid costume designs (especially the racecourse sequence). Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.

I The Never Ending Story (PG) (Wolfgang Petersen. [IS W. Germany. 1985) Barret ()liver. (ierald MeRaney. Drum Garret. 94 mins. Lonely young boy Bastian starts to read a mysterious book. and is miraculously drawn into the pages to undergo an exciting and dangerous adventure in a land of fantasy. Passable adaptation of the Michael Fnde bestseller. with plenty ofcute furry folk to engage the kiddies. Strathclyde: 17(‘1 Clydebank 11). I The Night is Young ( 18) (Leos Carax. France. 198(1) Denis Lavant.Juliette Binoche. Michel Piccoli. 1(1‘)mins..\'ever mind the rather asinine plot (rival gangsin pursuit of the serum to an AIDS-like virus) but delight in the young director‘s exuberant sense ofcinema. His feeling for colour and movement. affection for his ragamuffin characters and sheer beliefin the power of visual imagery tocaptivate the audience are both exhilarating and



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Three Fugitives (15) if: (Francis Veber, US. 1989) Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff. 96 mins. The people at Touchstone Pictures know a formula when they see one. Broad comedy done well can touch a box office nerve, witness the series of films they’ve tailored for Bette Midler, witness the mega-success of Three Men and a Baby. Now here we have another (ahem) chucklefest with the word ‘Three‘ in the title, and it follows the fortunes of ex-con Nolte, inept bank-robber Short and cutesy 5 year-old Doroff as they escape on the run together from the law enforcement agencies (James Earl Jones wasted as usual) who're convinced the trio have just pulled a heist. So it's ‘Two Guys and a Poppet' really.

The people at Touchstone can’t quite be bothered writing their own movies so they do French ones in America: Renoir's Boudu Sauve des Eaux becomes Paul Mazurzky‘s Down and Out In Beverly Hills, and Coline

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Serreau’s Trois Rommes et un Couffin becomes Leonard Nimoy’s aforementioned Three Men and a Baby. Here they’ve actually let the original French film-maker Francis Veber come overto Hollywood to remake his own movie and get paid in lots of dollars. The results of course play on the sentiments as grossly as one expects. but at least Veber manges some eyecatching slapstick (albeit sub-Tail stuff) and for some fifteen minutes a breathless chase-cum-drag sequence makes the film actually take fire (le I laughed)

Needless to say, the pounds and pennies will roll in. Reasonably entertaining it might be, but this is a particularly cynical act of commerce. (Trevor Johnston)

From Fri 25 Aug. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge, Odeon, Salon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Cannon, Kelburne, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton, UCI Clydebank 10.

intoxicating. Glasgow: (EFT.

I Physical Evidence (Michael Crichton. USA. 1989) Burt Reynolds.Theresa Russell. Kay Lenz. 120 mins. Reynolds as tough cop. already on suspension. who is arrested for murder; Russell as small-time lawyer making big by defending him. The stars make effective work of a script which overcomes its cliches and melodrama under (‘richton‘s intelligent direction and scripting. Especially effective isthe anti-sexism embodied in what could be Russell‘s best~ever performance. A strong. punchy thriller. Glasgow: ()deon. I Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (PG) (Paul Bonerz. US. 1989) George Gaines. (i.W. Bailey. Matt McCoy. 90 mins. The laff-a-minute boys in blue take on acrime ring in this latest instalment of the series that explores new depths in infantile comedy. They stopped showing these to the press ages ago. So there is a God after all. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank 11).

I Raging Bull (18) (Martin Scorcese. US. 198(1) Robert I)el\'iro. (‘athy Moriarty. Joe Pesci. 12‘) mins. Middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta finds it difficult to sustain his early success and as his career fades. he declines into a travesty ofhis former self. DeNiro‘s stunning physical presence dominates Scorsese‘s savagely bleak study of self-destructive male machismo. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Return of The Musketeers (PG) (Richard Lester. UK/France. 1989) Michael York. ()liver Reed. Richard Chamberlain. (1 Thomas Howell. Kim (‘attralL 1(lelTL's'. The 17th century. Twenty 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.

who‘s in league with the unscrupulous Justine (Cattrall). the daughter oftheir former arch-enemy M‘lady. in planningto depose the boy king Louis XIV and retain complete control over the country.

With its creaking pace. creakinglimbs and a creaking script. one wonders whether the world was really crying out for another Musketeers film. least ofall this one. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank 10.

I Running On Empty ( 15) (Sydney Lumet. US. 1988) Christine Lhati. River Phoenix. Judd Hirsch. Martha Plimpton. 117 mins. The family of a couple who bombed a napalm factory during the Vietnam war are forced to live on the run.changing names and hairstyles like socks. and sticking together. When Danny (Phoenix) starts growing up and wanting to go his own way. the family must confront permanent separation.

Fine acting and restrained ifsentimental plotting make a remarkable. haunting film. which may not be Lumet’s best. but demonstrates his determination and ability to engage the audience in questions of social responsibility. Glasgow: (irosvenor.

I Slaves Of New York ( 15) it (James Ivory. US. 1989) Bernadette Peters. Adam Coleman Howard. Nick Corri. Chris Sarandon. 125 mins. See panel.

I Subway ( 15) (Luc Besson. France. 1985) Christophe Lambert. lsabelle Adjani. Richard Bohringcr. 104 mins. Would-be stylish thriller set in the Paris Metro with jewel thief Lambert courting the attractivc Ms Adjani while trying to stay out ofthe way ofcop Bohringcr. Far too pleased with itself. this is plain irritating. Glasgow: GFT.

I They Live ( 18) (John Carpenter. US.


Mon 28 Aug—Thurs 7 Sept Slaves of passion . . . slaves of fashion

Tama Janowitz’s SLAVES OF NEW YORK (15) 1 .15 (not Suns), 3.45, 6.15, 8.45pm ‘Brilliantly enjoyable. . . it's quite unlike any other film' Record Mirror ‘Original, intimate and splendidly ironic.‘ Derek Malcolm

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the CAMEO BAR is open every day for coffee, snacks and drinks.

From Friday 8 September Steven Soderbergh’s SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE (18)

Winner Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival 1989


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