I Pink Floyd The Wall (Alan Parker. U K. 1982) Bob Geldof. Christine Ilargreaves. Bob Iloskins. 95 mins. An ambitious attempt by Parker and the Floyd‘s Roger Waters to turn the band's album The Wall into a visual. almost dialogue-less story. in which a schoolboy named Pink grows up to bean isolated rock star. The result did not match the ambition. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Play Me Something ( 15) (Timothy Neat. UK. 1989) John Berger. Tilda Swinton. Hamish Henderson. 72mins. In the lounge at Barra's airport. assorted travellers await the fogbound Glasgow plane. and old man Henderson conjures up a storyteller (Berger) to keepthem entertained. His story of romance and politics in Venice is transposed against Neat's dislocated images of the city and Swiss lensman Jean Mohr‘s evocative photographs. The result is an impressive examination of the art of narrative from a celebrated homegrown talent. Glasgow: GF'I‘. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (PG) (Paul Bonerz. US. 1989) George Gaines. G.W. Bailey. Matt McCoy. 911 mins. The laff-a-minute boys in blue take on acrimc ring in this latest instalment of the series that explores new depths in infantile comedy. Strathclyde: WM R Film Centre. I Prince of Pennsylvania ( 15) (Ron Nyswaner. US. 1988) Fred Ward. Keanu Reeves. Bonnie Bedelia. Amy Madigan. 93 mins. Reeves plays a rebellious teenager stuck between a father who wants his son to follow him down the mine. and a mother whose free-love Sixties ideals come with their own bundle of problems. Together with hippy maiden Madigan. he hatches an absurd kidnap plan to resolve matters. Well detailed rites of passage drama. with its moments of quirky comedy. that also offers an intelligent analysis of the anachronistic Sixties ethos. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Queen: We Will Rock You (PG) Freddie Mercury. Brian .May. Roger Taylor. John Deacon. 91) mins. Bis-mill-lah! Fearless Freddie and his latex leotard run through all yer favourites with the boys from the band. Also showing is the indispensable Queen: The Works short. ()ne for the fat-bottomed girls among you. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge.

I Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder. West Germany/France. 1982) Brad Davis. Franco Nero. Jeanne Moreau. Gunther Kaufmann. 108 mins. Fassbindcr'slast film is a sweat-heavy nightmare-vision of Genet‘s novel. steeped in homosexual eroticism and Teutonic despair. Lots of fun if you‘re a gay. German nihilist: otherwise more than a little tiresome. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Rainbow ( 15) (Ken Russell. UK. 1989) Sammi Davis. Paul McGann. Amanda Donohoe. Glenda Jackson. Ill-l mins. Sammi Davis is the young country lass determined to see something oflife. She crosses with lusty bisexual school teacher Amanda Donohoe and faithless soldier boy sweetheart McGann on the way to sexual awakening. and passes through the confines of an embattled junior school. Unfortunately the film never amounts to much more than a polite literary adaptation. exactly the kind of thing people with the guts and imagination ofa Russell were meant to save us from in the first place. Compared to the vigourof The Devils or Crimes ofl’ussion this is like watching the hearth after the fire‘s gone out. Glasgow: GET.

I Rain Man ( 15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1988) Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise. Valeria Golino. 114 mins. Small-time hustler Cruise kidnaps his previously unknown autistic savant brother Hoffman when their father bequeaths his fortune to the latter. Their initially cold relationship warms as the two cross America by road. and they learn to value one another. The year's major Oscar winner is a warmhearted and touching buddy movie that scrupulously avoids sentimentality. and boasts a detailed and compassionate

performance from Hoffman. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I River's Edge (18) (Tim Hunter. US. 1986) Crispin Glover. Keanu Reeves. Dennis Hopper. 99 mins. A motiveless murder is the catalyst for a moral crisis among a group of teenage buddies. Challenging exploration ofalienated youth and their attempts to forge a value system in a society of numbing moral blankness. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Roselyne And The Lions( 12) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. 1989) Isabelle Pasco. Gerard Sandoz. Philippe Clevenot. 130 mins. Several years after Berry Blue. Beincix returns with typically stylish and obsessive exercise charting young lsabelle Pasco's progress as a lion tamer. Forget the eight out often critics who haven't expressed a preference. this is one sleek movie. whiskers and all. Glasgow: GET. I Running On Empty ( 15) (Sydney Lumet. US. 1988) Christine Lhati. River Phoenix. Judd Hirsch. Martha Plimpton. 117mins. The family of a couple who bombed a napalm factory during the Vietnam war live together on the run. changing names and hairstyles like socks. When Danny (Phoenix) starts growing up and going his own way. the family must confront permanent separation. Fine actingand restrained ifsentimental plotting make a remarkable. haunting film. which demonstrates Lumet‘s determination to engage the audience in questions ofsocial responsibility. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Salome's Last Dance ( 18) (Ken Russell. UK. 1988) Glenda Jackson. Stratford Johns. Imogen Milais-Scott. 89mins. London. 1892 and Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas visit a London brothel to witness a performance of the former‘s banned play Salome. Absurd ifmildly self-parodic farrago. allowing a talented cast to make fools ofthemselves in a bawdy costume melodrama ofquite extraordinary campness. Our Ken is possibly the only film-maker around who would want to do this sort of thing. but he almost gets away with it. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Salvador ( 18) (Oliver Stone. US. 1986) James Woods. Jim Belushi. John Savage. 122 mins. Raw. abrasive account of journalists under fire as sleazy ‘war junkic' photojournalist Woods travels to Salvador and finds his senses assaulted by the corruption perpetrated by the ruling elite. Exceptionally well acted. angry. bravura film-making that not only demands your attention but deserves it. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. I Scandal ( 18) (Michael Caton-Jones. UK. 1989) John Hurt.Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. Ian McKellen. Bridget Fonda. 114 mins. Stylish and involving treatment ofthe 1963 Profumo affair and the tangled love-life of Christine Keeler (Whalley-Kilmer) who numbered War Minister John Profumo (McKellen) and Russian agent Eugene lvanov among her sexual partners. Assured debut for young Scots director Caton-lones. which combines story-telling poise and emotional punch with a knowing sexuality of flip entertainment value: and exposes the establishment‘s hypocritical treatment of Keeler's mentor Stephen Ward (affectingly portrayed by Hurt). Glasgow: GET. I The Secret Garden (PC) (Fred M. Wilcox. US. 1949) Margaret O'Brien. Helen Marshall. Gladys Cooper. 92 mins. Sumptuous MGM adaptation of Frances llodgson Burnett's classic novel about a young orphan girl staying with her crotchety uncle. Director Wilcox later went on to make Forbidden Planet. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Sex, Lies and Videotape ( 15) (Steven Soderbergh. US. 1989) Andie McDowell. Laura San Giacomo. James Spader. Peter Gallagher. 101 mins. The sex: John (Gallagher) is conducting a steamy affair with his sister-in-law Cynthia (San Giacomo). The lies: they neglect to tell his

wife. Anne (McDowell). The videotape: John‘s buddy Graham (Spader) gets his kicks by filming women's sexual confessions. 26-year-old Soderbergh‘s first feature is a strikingly assured. funny and thoughtful piece of work. forcing us to examine our own attitudes toward sex. and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Edinburgh: Odeon. I The Shining ( 18) (Stanley Kubrick. US. 198(1) Jack Nicholson. Shelly Duvall. Philip Stone. Kubrick‘soverwrought horror film dispenses with much of the psychic apparatus of Stephen King‘s novel to concentrate on the deeper horror ofa family turning in on itself. Nicholson. with all the stops out. is bug-eyed and demonic as the father bringing much aggression to bear against his son. and the final scenes are. literally. chilling. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. I Shirley Valentine ( 15) (Lewis Gilbert. UK. 1989) Pauline Collins. Bernard Hill. Tom Conti. 110 mins. Gilbert‘s screen version of the celebrated Willy Russell play. now expanded from a monologue to include Hill as the insensitive hubby and Conti as the Greek bit of stuffShirley meets on a Mediterranean holiday that turns into a voyage ofself—(re)discovery. Collins is outstanding in the title role of frustrated Liverpudlian housewife. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Dominion. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. Strathclyde: Civic Centre Motherwell.UC1 Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I A Short Film About Killing ( 18) ( Krzysztof Kieslowski. Poland. 1987) Miroslaw Baka. Krzysztof Globisa. Jan Tesarz. 84 mins. A brutal. intelligent exploration of the mechanics of murder and capital punishment. Kieslowski builds the tension to an unbearable pitch. his documantarist's eye for physical detail focused unblinklingly on mortality. while his humanist‘s intelligence pleads for the right to life. A masterpiece. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I Sisters (Michael Hoffman, Canada. 1988) Patrick Dempsey. Jennifer Connelly. Sheila Kelly. Andre Gregory. 94 mins. Unusual effort from Restless Nam-es’ director. in which Dempsey plays a student invited to spend Christmas with his girlfriend‘s family. Anticipating carnal bliss. he arrives at their sprawling chateau near Quebec. where eccentricity isthe norm and nothing is as expected. Irony. sly humour and moody photography abound. but somehow it's not quite what it could be. Edinburgh: Odeon.

I Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier(PG) (William Shatner. US. 1989) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForest Kelley. James [)oohan. 107 mins. In which James Tiberius Kirk makes his directorial debut. On the plus side mostof the characters are as well written and credible as they were in the television series. albeit with rather more grey hairs. But the plot turns out to be the normal formula hokum. Edinburgh: Dominion. I Sur (15) (Fernando Solanas. Argentina. 1988) Sus Pecoraro. Miguel Angel Sola. Philippe Leotard. 119 mins. At longlast getting a British release. Solanas‘ winner of the 1988 Best Director award at Cannes is set in Argentina after the collapse ofthe militaryjurtru. and follows one released prisoner‘s efforts to be reunited with his wife and reconciled to the haunting memories ofthe past. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Talk Radio ( 15) (Oliver Stone. US. 1988) Eric Bogosian. Ellen Greene. Leslie Hope. llllmins. Fascists and racists. bigots and rapists. but above all the anonymous run riot over the airwaves every night. Barry Champion (Bogosian) is the DJ confessor pushing his listeners closer to the limits ofexcess. a masterof the put-down and the hang up button. Out of the world of late-night radioshows where dangerous prejudices surface. Stone has conjured a taut and thrilling movie. spiced by Bogosian's napalm wit. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.



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