Martin Landau. Joan Allen. 110mins. Based on a true story. Coppola's best film in years charts the rise and fall ofPreston Tucker. a naive but ingenious engineer who in 1948 managed to produce a car so technically advanced that it scared the Detroit majors into action. Before long their ties with the political powers-that-be created a set of trumped-up fraud charges that were to dissolve Tucker‘s dream of affordable. safe motoring in a welterof litigation.(‘oppola at last rc-unites his stylish technique with a grasp ofnarrative control in a manner that brings back memories of the great Hollywood productionsof old. Edinburgh Film Guild. I TWO Moon Junction ( 18) (Zalman King. LS. 1988) Sherilyn Fenn. Richard Tyson. Kirsty .‘vlcNichol. 104 mins. Soon-to-bc-wed Southern belle April Delongpre (Fenn) falls for insistently shirtless merry-go-i'ound attendant Perry (Tyson). Soon the pair are grappling. in the best movie style. to a thumping backbeat and. just for good measure. a video camera pointing at them. And so the passionate affair continues; until the showdown at Two Moon Junction on the eve of her nuptials. Though supposed to be “sensual and erotic'. it comes across instead as an X-rated shampoo advert which despite the publicist‘s claims of ‘taking passion beyond the limits' remains a mostly head and shoulders experience. Edinburgh: Odeon.

I The Unbearable nghtness olBelno(18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena ()lin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation ofMilan Kundcra‘s elliptical. complex novel about a womanising Czech brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time witha doe-like beauty from a small spa town. Abandoning his freewheeling former existence. he faces commitment and togetherness at the time ofthe Prague Spring and Russian invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given sortie spice and interest by an overwhelmingeroticism. a beautifully judged evocation of Prague and gorgeous photography. otherwise vastly overlong and uninvolving. Edinburgh: Eilmhouse. I Under the Cherry Moon ( 15) (Prince. US. 1986) Prince. Steven Berkoff. l()(lmins. Stylish but exceedingly silly tale oins Purpleness wowing the ladies in the South of France as a gigolo adventurer (snigger). The filmic equivalent of vanity publishing. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Venus Peter ( 12) (Ian Sellar.L'K.1989) Ray McAmilly. Gordon R. Strachan. David Hayman. 92 mins. No. notthe diminutive Scottish midfield genius. but a nine year old newcomer who turns in an immaculate performance alongside the late Ray McAnally in this moving study of a dying fishing community seen through the eyes of a young boy. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. I Vlctor/Vlctorla (15) (Blake Edwards. L'K. 1982) Julie Andrews. James Garner. Robert Preston. Lesley Ann Warren. 134 mins. Paris 1934: English singer Andrews is persuaded to revive her flagging career by pretending to be male. The aplomb with which she does so wins her public acclaim. and the bemused admiration of Garner. a heterosexual whocan't understand what he finds so attractive about this ‘man'. Showing as part ofthe (if’l‘s cross-dressing season. this isa relaxed. rather endearing musical comedy. with the androgynous Andrews particularly effective. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Was Bugs Bunny Gay? Gay comedian Simon Fanshawe. who won the Perrier Award for best cabaret act at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. emulates Bob lloskins by appearing with “that wabbit'. in this none-too-serious analysis of the secret sex lives of cartoon characters. Glasgow GET.

I When Harry Met Sally ( 15) (Rob Reiner. LS. 1989) Billy Crystal. Meg Ryan. (‘arrie Fisher. 95 mins. See feature. Glasgow:

Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Hamilton. UCl Clvdebank. UCI East Kilbride. I Who Framed Roger Rabblt? (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1988) Bob Hoskins. Joanna Cassidy. Christopher Lloyd. 92 mins. Los Angeles. 1949. and side by side with the human population live the Toons. the cartoon characters working in the movie business. Animated star Roger Rabbit hires private dick Eddie Valiant (Hoskins) to keep tabs on his wife. but Eddie uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the very future ofToontown itself. An amazing technical achievement for the credibility with which the cartoons interact with the human cast. this surefire box office winner efficiently spoofsthc film noir genre while milking itsTex Avery-styled highly physical sense of black comedy for all it‘s worth. Glasgow: GFT. I The Wild One (18) (Stanley Kramer. US. 1954). Marlon Brando. Lee Marvin. Mary Murphy. 79 mins. Biker Johnny (Brando) and his wild chums terrorise a small town until the Sheriff gets his act together and calls the police. who arrest rival gang leader Marvin (whose supremely sarcastic line ‘Wah. they‘re arresting me' is perhaps the high-point of the film). Minimally-plotted seminal biker movie. which set the tome for the genre to the extent that many of its lines and situations now seem stereotypes. Edinburgh University Film Society. I Will ( 15) (Michael Tuchner. UK. 1989) Mel Smith. Griff Rhstones. Diana Quick. 93 mins. The quest for a suitable film vehicle for the undoubted talentsof the podgy one and his pal now seems to be at an end. Griff Rhys Jones is thelecturer suspected of murdering his wife by bumbling copper Mel Smith. in this adaptation ofTom Sharpe‘s novel. Produced by Brian Eastman. who made Porterhmue Blue for TV the film has managed to keep sonte ofthe tackier aspects of the plot in check though allowing the kind of wry verbal humour that the pair indulge in so well. toshine through. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. WMR Film Centre. I Witches ol Eastwlcli (18) (George Miller US. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Susan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocating inthe prim tranquility of a small town in New England. three single women set their collective brains towards conjuring up the perfect Mr Right. Next morninga mysterious stranger suddenly appears. as ifin answer to their prayers. and beginsto charm the pants offthem. But the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl van Horne isthe devil in disguise. and there is a price to pay fortheir pleasure. . . Ajoyous.diabolical romp. with Nicholson having the time of his life. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Wolves of Wlllouohoy Chase (PG) (Stuart Orme. UK. 1989) Stephanie Beacham. Mel Smith. Geraldine James. 93 mins. Based on the eponymous book by acclaimed authoress Joan Aitken the fil is set in a wolf-infested Victorian Britain. Beacham is the wicked villainess in charge ofthe mansion to which the youngsters are sent. Jarman's regular chum and collaborator. Chris Hobbs provides the excellent production design. Glasgow: Salon. Central: Caledonian. I Young Elnsteln (PG) (Yahoo Serious.

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Clezio. John Howard. 97 mins. Wild-haired Mr Serious writes. directs. produces and takes the title role in this irreverently inventive biopic of the genius' early life. This Albert Einstein. born in

Tasmania. not only split the atom. but also .

invented the electric guitar and hence rock‘n‘roll. Like it or love it. this wildly silly romantic comedy looks set to be Australia‘s second most successful film to date. and its sly charm has won the hearts of audiences around the world. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. D

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