Donner. US. 1989) Mel Gibson. Danny Glover. Patsy Kensit. 120 mins. See panel. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Salon. Edinburgh: Cannon. Central: Allanpark. Caledonian. Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Kelburnc. La Scala. Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. UCI Clydebank 1(1. WMR Film Centre.

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 more attempting to act himselfback into the shoes of vintage Connery 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 ‘l’lain ()ld Bimbo‘ bimbo Soto the Latin playthingof both men. or there's ‘Woman ofthe Eightics‘ bimbo Carey 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. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion.

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 Alien Creature in this kiddies' adventure that foilowsthe cute little extraterrestrial's earthbound encounters with a gang of four young chums. And yes. it does sound a lot like Spielberg's 57‘. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr,L'C1Clydebank 10, WMR Film Centre.

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J; ‘.K‘ .15.; ., Lethal Weapon 2 (15)(Richard Donner, US, 1989) Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O’Connor, Patsy Kensit. 113 mins. With Eric Clapton pounding on the soundtrack, Lethal Weapon 2 dredges up every well worn action movie cliche there is. Stunts stolen irom Indiana Jones, the baddies’ luxury hideout lrom North By Northwest, car chases, comic relief and romantic interest add up to another predictable, and violent, police yarn.

Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is the Vietnam Vet turned cop - a kind of boy-next-door Rambo with a heart at gold who gives as good as he gets in the ilrepower department. The twist here is that the bad guys are South Airican diplomats dealing in illegal Krugerands. Gravel-voiced Ackland plays their head honcho Arien (Aryan, geddit?) Rudd; O'Connor is his Hitler-quilted henchman.

Gibson, nostrils llaring and guns blazing, is incredibly wooden— hardly surprising when he has to utter lines like: ‘Gotchai’, ‘Freeze, dickhead’, and ‘I'm not a cop now, this is personal!‘ The violence is 01 the comicbook

I Macbeth (15) (Roman Polanski. UK. 1971 ) Jon Finch. Francesca Annis. Martin Shaw. 140 mins. Blood-soaked version of Shakespeare‘s turbulent Scots tragedy which manages to convey the play's pervasive spirit of evil. The Pole‘s dark imagination provides scenes ofhorror encompassed in a brooding vision offate. mortality and power. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.

I The Magnificent Seven (PG) (John Sturges. US. 1960) Yul Brynncr. Steve McQueen. James Coburn. Eli Wallach. 126 mins. Ever-popular Hollywood remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai has Brynncr and co hired to save a Mexican village from the unwelcome attentions of Wallach's bandits. The plot became an archetypal movie narrative with a host of sequels and copies both offical and unofficial. Trivia time: hands up who can name all seven of the desperados. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Major League ( 15) xtr (David S. Ward. US. 1989) Tom Berenger. Charlie Sheen. Corbin Bersen. 107 mins. The line-up for the Cleveland Indians baseball team includes Berenger as a seasoned catcher hoping that his dodgy knee will last the pace. rookie pitcher Sheen tryingto perfect his curveball and stay out ofjail. and third baseman Bensen. who‘s more concerned with saving his face for television commercials than getting on with the game. Togther this unlikely lot are soon to find their dreams fulfilled by competing in the major league. Very American sports comedy with some sharp

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Ward, whose previous credits include an

splatter variety usual to this kind 01 teen ladder and the denouement is pure cornball.

The domestic house comes in for much punishment. From the exploding caravan in the opening chase to the bomb in Riggs’ buddy’s bathroom, the lamIIy home, that symbol of suburban normality, Is underattack.

Why does the machine-gunning at our hero’s shack on the beach shock us so much more than the total destruction of the crooks’ opulent hacienda? For the kids in the audience the sight oI dull, comly coniormity being blown away is a potent reminder at their own rebellion against a stilling home liie. Lethal Weapon 2 is all escapist nonsense 01 course, but nevertheless is a disappointing follow-up to the original. (Kennedy Wilson)

From Fri 15: Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon The Forge, Cannon Sauchiehall Street, Salon. Edinburgh: Cannon. Central: Allanpark, Caledonian, Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon, Kelburne, La Scala, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton, UCI Clydebank 10, WMR Film Centre.

Oscar for the screenplay of The Sting. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.

I Married To The Mob (15) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1988) Michelle Pfeiffer. Dean Stockwell. Matthew Modine. 104 mins. Mafia wife Angela De Marco (Pfeiffer) finds herselfa widow after her hubby slips into the jacuzzi with Tony ‘The Tiger‘ Russo (Stockwell)‘s best girl. Escaping to a new neighbourhood. she hopes to start afresh. but one kill ain‘t enough for this tiger. who follows her in pursuit ofa bit more meat. When FBI agent Mike Downey (Modine) finds himselfon the case. things hot up . . .or rather don‘t. because despite the quirky hallmarks of Demmc's off-the-wall irony. so successful in Something Wild and Stop Making Sense. the plot is predictable and slow. and the actors seem dragged down with it. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse. I My Left F001(15) 11' (Jim Sheridan. Eire/UK. 1989) Daniel Day Lewis. Ray McAnally. Brenda Fricker. 90 mins. See panel and feature. Glasgow: G171". Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I No Way 0111 (15) (Roger Donaldson. US. 1987) Kevin Costner. Sean Young. Gene Hackman. 114 mins. Resourcefulnaval hero Costner. now a liaison officer between Secretary of Defense Hackman and the CIA. is asked to lead an investigation into the murder ofa Washington socialite. However, he knows that Hackman was the accidental killer and that the finger ofsuspicion is being falsely pointed towards another man who shared the girl‘s bcd. namely himself. .. Beautifully paced conspiracy yarn with fine performances all round. Highly recommended. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I NUTS (18) (Martin Ritt.US,1987) Barbra Streisand. Richard Dreyfuss. Karl Maiden. 111 mins. Streisand. out to prove her dramatic worth. is a high~c1ass hooker on a manslaughter charge who must first prove her mental competence to stand trial. Old-fashioned courtroom melodrama with an overdone star turn. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I October (PG) (Sergei Eisenstein. USSR. 1928) Nikandrov, Vladimir Popov, Boris Livanov. 141) mins approx. Also known as Ten Days That Shook The World. thisis Eisenstein's mesmerising account ofthe 1917 October revolution which saw the fall of the Kerensky government and the storming of the Leningrad Winter Palace. A massive undertaking commissioned by the Soviet authorities but then the subject of fierce controversy over its use of intellectual montage and the portrayal of Lenina and Trotsky. even in its final. reduced form it remains one ofthe treasures of modernist cinema. This screening will have live piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell. Glasgow: GFT.

I Pelle The Conqueror (15) (Billie August, Denmark/Sweden. 1988) Max Von Sydow. Pelle Hvengaard. 150mins. Bleak. moving Scandinavian saga that follows a young boy and his grandfather as they emigrate from poverty-stricken turn of the century Sweden to what they hope will be a better life in Denmark. The film has already won the Cannes Palme d‘Or and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Glasgow: GF'I‘.

I La Petite Voleuse The Little Thief ( 15) (Claude Miller. France. 1989) Charlotte Gainsbourg. Didier Bezace. Simon De La Brosse. 110 mins. Provincial France inthe Fifties and Janine (Gainsbourg) is an awkward sixteen year-old being brought tip by an uncaring aunt. Desperate to enter adult life. she leads a life ofpetty theft and gets involved with a married man. before finding love with a boyish young biker and furthering her criminal record. A familiar adolescent odyssey is given new freshness by the perky performance of the wonderful .‘vls Gainsbourg. and by director Miller‘s typically wise and sympathetic approach

to all his characters. Adapted from a screenplay written (but never filmed by) the late Francois Truffaut. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Return oi The Musketeers (PG) (Richard Lester. UK/France. 1989) Michael York. Oliver Reed. Richard Chamberlain. C. Thomas Howell. Kim Cattrall. 10(1mins. The 17th century. Twenty years after their original 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 Milady. in planningto depose the boy king Louis XIV and retain complete control over the country. With its creaking pace. creaking limbs anda creaking script. one wonders whether the world was really crying out foranother Musketeers film. least ofall thisone. Strathclyde: Cannon. Odeon Ayr.

I Richard Pryor Live In Concert (18) (Jeff Margolis. US. 1979) Richard Pryor. 78 mins. Splendid concert movie with the lad himselfin full flow. Endlessly energetic. continually profane. he subversiver sends up the absurdities and hypocrisies ofracial stereotyping. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( 18) (Jim Sharman. L'K. 1975) Tim Curry.Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf. 100 mins. The cult film ofour times. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The film has its moments. and Tim Curry is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank 10.

I School Daze (18) (Spike Lee,US,1988) Larry Fishburne. Giancarlo Esposito. Spike Lee. 114 mins. Lee's follow-upto She's Gorra Have It is an examination of life in a black college. where one serious

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Fri 22: THE ACCUSED(18)& NUTS (15)

Sat 23: MARRIED TO THE M08 (15) 81 SOMETHING WILD (15)

I Matinées

Sun 17 at 2pm: LAST TANGO IN PARIS (18)

Sun 24 at 2.15pm: LAST PICTURE SHOW (15)

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