I The Accused ( 18) (Jonathan Kaplan. US. 1988) Kelly McGillis. Jodie Foster. Berni Coulson. 111 mins. Sarah Tobias (Foster) is raped on a pinball machine by three men. but when the assailants go to court. a plea bargain with Sarah's lawyer (McGillis) reduces their charges. When both women realise this is a sell-out. they decide to bring charges against the onlookers who offered encouragement to the rapists. Standout performance from Foster in this sympathetic and responsible treatment ofdifficult subject matter. whose firm grasp of character helps allay one's reservations about the content. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. IAlien (18) (Ridley Scott. US. 1979) Sigourney Weaver. lan Holm. John Hurt. 116 mins. Agatha Christie in outer space as a freighter lands on a mysterious planet and is ingeniously invaded by a ravenous intruder which proceeds to chomp its way through the cast list. Edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller with a strong cast and ghastly special effects. Edinburgh: Cameo. IAlien Nation ( 18) (Graham Baker. US. 1988) James Caan. Mandy Patinkin. Terence Stamp. 98 mins. Los Angeles. 1994. New settlers from outa space still face prejudice after several years on the planet (surprise! ). Detective (‘aan is assigned extra-terrestrial partner Patinkin and as they erode the barriers between them. they discover a conspiracy that could threaten the whole alien nation. A laudable idea is marred by plottingof awesome predictability. resulting in a duff buddy movie with a high count oflatex heads. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Aliens (18) (James Cameron. US. 1986) Sigourney Weaver. Michael Biehn. 137 mins. Revived from 2157-year snooze in deep space. Warrant Officer Weaver is cajoled into joining a marine rescue mission to the planet that is home forthe original alien beastie. Unrelcntingly paced with a terrifically gutsy performance from Weaver. this nerve-shredding sequel not only matches its predecessor but cannily surpasses it. An Oscar winner for special effects. Edinburgh: Cameo. I All Dogs Go To Heaven (U) s: (Don Bluth. US. 1989) With the voices ofBurt Reynolds. Loni Anderson and Dom DeLuise. 84 mins. See Review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Salon. Edinburgh: Dominion. ()deon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne. Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre. I Always (PG) fr (Steven Spielberg. US. 1989) Richard Dreyfuss. Holly Hunter. John Goodman. 120 mins. See Review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I Back To The Future Part 2 (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1989) Michael J. Fox. Christopher Lloyd. Thomas F. Wilson. 108 mins. Finishing with a big tease sequence of highlights for the mid- 1990 scheduled Back in the Future Parr 3, this could be the longest movie trailer in Hollywood history. ()nce again Michael has to outfox Biff. this time zooming forwards as well as backwards in the time machine. Directed and played with terrific verve. 87'}? moves so fast from one set-piece to the next that there‘s no time to reflect on the basic ridiculousness ofthe plot. Edinburgh: Dominion. I Batman (PG) (Leslie H. Martinson. US. 1966) Adam West. Burt Ward. Burgess Meredith. 105 mins. Holy Bat-originals! This big screen version of the SixtiesTV Bat-capers piles on the Bat-camp and Bat-innuendo and sports wonderful
THWOK! effects for the fight sequences. and the fact that there is indeed a (gasp!) plot is one thing it has over the darker. more expensive 1989 incarnation. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I Biglool and the Hendersons (PG) (William Dear. US. 1987) John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon. Don Ameche. 1 i 1 mins. Disncyesque family adventure in which the all-American Henderson family crash into the legendary Bigfoot and adopt the suprisingly genial beastie as a domestic pet. Predictable complications ensue. involving the neighbours and blood-hungry hunters. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.
I Black Rain (18) (Ridlcy Scott. US. 1989) Michael Douglas. Andy Garcia. Ken Takakura. 125 mins. Not so much the land ofthe Rising Sun as the land ofShiny Surfaces as adman extraordinaire returns to a set not unlike Blade Runner. However. some promising ideas are shunted to the sidelines by Douglas‘s sour
and rather uninspiring heroics as the New York cop sent to Osaka to counter a counterfeiting ring. The whole perhaps confirms Scott as a master decorator hired to tart up a very obvious formula. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
I Black Widow (15) (Bob Rafelson. US. 1987) Theresa Russell, Debra Winger, Sami Frey. Dennis Hopper. 102 mins. Justice Dept computer expert Alex Barnes (Winger) comes across strange evidence. It seems a mysterious Catharine (Russell) has married a series ofwealthy men and then knocked them off. to benefit from their legacies. Tracking her down in Hawaii . where she has her sights set on a French millionaire (Frey). the investigator becomes involved in a disturbing relationship with her prey. Chic modern thriller meets psychological drama in this slickly entertaining effort from the painstaking and always watchable Rafelson. Glasgow: GFT.
I Blaze (15) (Ron Shelton, US .1989) Paul
All Dogs Go to Heaven (U) is (Don Blulh, US, 1989) With the voices of Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Dom Deluise. 84 mins. Alterseeing this film I was disapointed that I couldn’t write a scathing review of yet another crass, sickeningly sentimental message movie for kids. Yes, All Dogs Goes to Heaven is all of those things, but i have humbly to admit I enjoyed it.
As the title suggests, it’s anthropomorphic canine adventure time. Charlie Barkin, a German Shepherd (as voiced by Burt Reynolds) breaks out lrom the slammer (the New Orleans dog pound) with his buddy, Itchy. The pair have had a shady past. They’ve done sometime, but now they want back into their old business with gambling mobster Carlace, the typically bloated, cigar-chomping villain oi the piece. A few double-crosses later and the heavy has dispatched our hero Charlie to A Better Place, but a complication with ol' Father Time means that he ends up back on earth, with a whole new set of problems to face.
While the narrative takes elements
irom sources as various as Back To The Future, Peter Pan, and (oddly enough) Paper Moon, when Charlie linds himself abetted by an orphan girl with a gilt ior gambling, and the background animation tends to sloppines, it's Bluth’s sense ol humourthat saves the picture. Crammed with references to other movies, and sporting delirious set-pieces like the irenzied betting on a real-liie rat-race, All Dogs Go To Heaven may not quite recapture Disney’s late Thirties Golden Age, or even compare with Roger Rabbit’s more recent technical wizardry, butl guliawed away like the big kid I am. Brats everywhere should absolutely love it. it they don’t, shoot 'em. There’s no rational alternative when it comes to cartoons. (Dylan Matthew)
From Fri 30. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge, Odeon, Salon. Edinburgh: Dominion, Odeon. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton, UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
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I THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (15) Sultry Michelle Pieiller In Oscar-nominated ionn as the nightclub singer whose prolesslonal and romantic presence shakes up the relationship between siblings Jail and Beau Bridges when they take her on as a vocalist, hopingto alter the iading lortunes at their supper-room piano duo. Highly recommended. See leature. Ddeons Glasgow and Edinburgh. Cannon Parkhead and UCls from Fri 23 March.
I PLAFFi (PG) The English translation would probably be Splatti as this Cuban lilm looks at the growing social menace ol (gasp!) egg-throwing. Chuck in a few parodic squibs at film genre and you have an unusual portrait oi a suspicious, paranoid community. Edinburgh Fllmhouse Tue 3 to Thurs 5 April.
I TANGO AND CASH (15) Sly Stallone attempts to smarten up his image by playing a debonalr, stock-market playing LAPD stalwart in this buddy cop extravaganza opposite Kurt Russell’s tough tec. Once revered Russian maestro Andrei Konchalovsky retains directorial credit despite being lired during shooting. See review. Wide Cannons release and UCIs irom Fri 23 March.
I THE WAR OF THE ROSES (15) Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner play the husband and wile whose ideal love allair changes through the years into increasingly violent squabbling over the spoils oldivorce. Exhilaratingly black domestic comedy also stoning, and very impressively directed by, Danny DeVito. See feature. Wide Odeon release and UCls from Fri 23 March.
The List 23 March — 5 April 199017