I Raiders Of The LostArk ( PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1981 ) Harrison Ford. Karen Allen. 115 mins. Ford plays adventuringarchaeologist IndianaJones. Who almost bites off more than he cart chew when he turns up the Ark ofthe
Covenant in Nazi-infested wartime Egypt.
Return to the breathless excitement ofthe Saturday morning serial with this rollercoaster of a movie. probably better than either of its sequels. Tongue held very firmly in cheek. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Edinburgh L'niversity Film Society.
I Rain Man ( 15) (Barry Levinson. CS. 1988) Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise. Valeria (iolino. 114 mins. Small-time hustler Cruise kidnaps his previously unknown autistic savant brother 1 loffman when their lather 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 wartnhearted and touching buddy movie that scrupulously avoids sentimentality. and boasts a detailed and compassionate performance from Hoffman. Edinburgh Film (iuild. I Renegades( 15) 3‘": (.lack Sllolder. 1'8. 1989)14\'eifer Sutherland. Lou Diamond Phillips.Jami(iertz. 111* mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cameo. Cannon. Central: Allanpark. Caledonian. Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Kelburne.1.aScala.L'C1 Clydebank. l'Cl East Kilbride. I Repo Man ( 18)(Alex Cox. L's. 1984) Harry Dean Stanton. Emilio listevez. \"onetta McGee. 92 mins. Cult fave blend of social satire and offhand sci-fi. as naive punk Estey ex. gets a job repossessing cars and old hand Stanton shows him the ropes. Great stuff. only it makes you wonder whatever happened to Alex Cox. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( 18) (Jim Sharman. CK. 1975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. .Meat Loaf. liKlmins. 'l'liccult film to end allothers. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky 1 lorror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The film has its moments. and Curry is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. Strathclyde: L'Cl Clydebank.
I Romer0( 15) :5:- (John Duigan. (TS. 1989) Raul Julia. Richard Jordan. Ana Alicia. 100 mins. Special preview of this new account of the life and death of Archbishop ()scar Romero. the shy cleric who became a reluctant though passionate leader of the Salvadorean people's struggle against injustice before his assassination in 1980 by Somosa‘s death squads. The film will be introduced by Gilbert Marcus. a priest recently returned from Central America. who'll be giving an outline of the current situation. Glasgow: (il’l‘.
I Rumble Fish ( 18) ( Francis Ford Coppola. CS. 1983) Mickey Rourke. Dennis Hopper. Matt Dillon. 94mins. Electrifying expressionist visuals grace this rites of passage parable about the need to forge one's own identity and the alienation it can bring. Intense andsty lish. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Sea 01 Love ( 18) ( l larold Becker. LS. 1989) Al Pacino. lillen Barkin. John Goodman. Michael Rooker. 118mins. Pacino. a homicide detective in search of a murderer w hose crimes seem to be connected with the personal ads. sets upa date with single mother Barkin. and. although attracted to her. begins to suspect that she is the killer. The plot may be on the creaky side. but the performances from both leads are spot-on. the dialogue and the sex scenes are remarkably realistic. However. the film is more likely lobe remembered for its humour than for its tension. Glasgow:
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Renegades (15) (Jack Sholder, US, 1989) Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz, Rob Knepper. 105 mins. Sutherland and Phillips first rode out together in the surprisingly effective ‘brat pack’ Western Young Guns. Now they return in a tough, buddy/cop thriller (actually filmed before Young Guns’ release) a la 48 Hours. Sutherland plays an undercover cop working with a gang of crooks to get at the cop behind them. It all goes horribly wrong for him when the gang screws up a diamond raid and, during the ensuing car chase, wind up in an art gallery. The mean but suave gangleader (Bill Smitrovich) takes a fancy to one of the exhibits, which happens to be the Sacred Lance of the Lakotas, and that’s where Phillips comes in. As a brave young Lakota whose brothertook a bellyful of lead, he is honour-bound to retrieve the Lance and waste his brother’s killer. He tracks down Sutherland (who by this time has been shot by Smitrovich) and the two team up to catch the villains.
Despite the unusual element of Red
Indian ritual (through which Sutherland is miraculously healed), and the fact that the love-interest (Ms Gertz) gets killed off, it's formula stuff fromhere on. White man attempts to speak with forked tongue but lnjun wise to him, the bent cop turns out to be Sutherland's boss, the bad guys take a dive against all odds and the odd couple overcome mutual mistrust to end up best of chums.
There are some neatly executed tough-guy routines, a rip-roaring car chase and strong performances from both stars. But the plot has more loopholes than a belt of wampum, the hoods are utterly two-dimensional, and you need pretty good suspension on your disbelief not to notice the gratuitousness of most of the action (check that motorbike in the burning-stables scene). As stencil-produced movies go, this one has a degree of originality and a reasonable level of tension, but its most remarkable feature is its firm adherence to genre. (Andrew Burnet)
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I Seven Brides For Seven Brothers ( ti) (Stanley Donen. LS. 195-1) Howard Keel. Jeff Richards. Russ'l‘amblyn. 1113 mins. Classic MGM all-singing all-dancing musical loosely based on the Rape ofthe Sabine Women. Despite its arch symmetry . it remains a colourful and vigorous affair with a cosily effective score by DePaul and Mercer (Spring. Spring. Sprmg— as in ritesof. . .). The dancing. choreographed by Michael Kidd. isits strongest point but its status as an all time great is probably marred most by the brash and primitive technicolour filming. Strathclyde: Paisley ArtsCentre.
I Sex, Lies and Videotape ( 15) (Steven Soderbergh. LS. 1989) Andie McDowell. Laura San Giacomo. James Spader. Peter Gallagher. 1111 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 usto examine our own attitudes toward sex. and won the Palme d'()r at Cannes. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Shirley Valentine ( 15) (LewisGilbert. LR. 1989) Pauline Collins. BernardHill. Tom Conti. 1 ll) mins. Gilbert's screen version of the celebrated Willy Russell play . now expanded from a monologue to include 1 lill as the insensitive hubby and Conti as the (ireek bit ofstuffShirley meets on a Mediterranean holiday that turns into a voyage ofself—( re )discovery. Collins is outstanding in the title roleof frllSlrillL‘d Liverpudlian housewife. Edinburgh: Dominion. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: L'Cl Clydebank. LC] East Kilbridc.
I Short Circuit 2 ( PG) ( KennethJohnson. CS. 1988) Fisher Stevens. Michael McKean. Cynthia(iibb. llllmins. lnnocuous sequel to a painless original has anthropomorphic android Number 5 trying to make it in the big city and meeting would-be toy'maker McKean. who's interested in the robot‘s marketing potential. Passing character actorJack Weston supplies the comic-book villainry. Formula fodder. but by no means the worst of its kind. Central: Allanpark.
I Sleeper ( 15) (Woody Allen. US. 1973) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton, John Beck. Mary Gregory. 88 mins. Vintage early Allen. as our paranoic hero finds himself two hundred years in the future. challenging the evil machinations ofa totalitarian regime in his accustomed manner. Some great sight-gags and one-liners from the days before soulfulness impinged on the laff-a-minute routines. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Something Wild (18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1986) Jeff Daniels. Melanie Griffith. Ray Liotta. 113 mins. Best ofthe burgeoning yuppie-in-peril genre as business executive Daniels is willingly led astray by the irresistible charms ofGriffith only to find himself involved with genuine love and the frightening possessiveness of a psychotic ex-beau. Kooky comedy and genuine thrills are artfully blended with a non-stop soundtrack of eclectic treats. Not to be missed. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Speaking Parts ( 18) (Atom Egoyan. Canada. 1989) Michael McManus. Arsinec Khanjian. Gabrielle Rose.Tony Nardi. 92 mins. Three young residents ofa hotel fall victim to the manipulative possiblities of videotape in this mildly surreal story of their desires and fears. Clara wants to exploit her brother‘s death on television. while Lisa is oblivious to the medium's capacity to distort. Meanwhile. the man they both love has problems communicating via the video telephone he has linked up with Clara‘s room. Ambiguous. intellectually challenging and passionate study of sex and the cathode ray tube. Edinburgh: Cameo. I SlarWars (PG) (Gorge Lucas. US. 1977) Mark Hamill. Carrie Fisher. Harrison Ford. Alec Guinness. 121 mins. A long time ago in a galaxy far away.a band of young heroes fight to rescue a princess and save her planet from destruction. Hugely influential and successful space epic: a modern fairytale with laser swords. Edinburgh University Film Society. - I Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier(PG) (William Shatner. US. 1989)William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForest Kelley. James Doohan. 107 mins. In which James Tiberius Kirk makes his directorial debut. ()n the plus side most of 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. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre. I Steel Magnolias (PG ) ‘5“! (Herbert Ross. US. 1989) Shirley Macl-aine. Dolly Parton. Sally Field. ()lympia Dukakis. Julia Roberts. 117 mins. See feature. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. lJCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride. I Subway ( 15) (Luc Besson. France. 1985) Christophe Lambert. lsabelle Adjani. Richard Bohringer. 104 mins. Would-be stylish thriller set in the Paris Metro with jewel thief Lambert courting the attractive Ms Adjani while trying to stay out ofthe way of cop Bohringer. Far too pleased with itself. this is plain irritating. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Taxi Driver( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1976) Robert de Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. 114 mins. An alienatedtaxi driver in New York is so repelled bythe squalor and the moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. ()ne ofthe key films ofthe Seventies with the Scorsese-dc Niro partnership at its peak. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: UCl (lydebank. I Trop Belle Pour Toi ( l8) r‘r (Bertrand Blier. France. 1989) Gerard Depardicu. Josiane Balasko. Carole Bouquet. 91 mins. See feature. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Turner and Hooch (PU) ( Roger Spotliswoode. US. 19891'1‘om Hanks. Beazley . Mare Winningham. 108 mins.
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