Uncle Buck (12) 11’ (John Hughes, US, 1989) John Candy, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hollman. 100 mins. John Hughes' prolilic career as maestro of teenage angst continues unabated in Uncle Buck, his latest comic outpouring on the traumas and trivialities ol growing up.

Uncle Duck is at lirst appearances a lat, tactless and irresponsible slob. 01 these dubious attributes, only his physical size remains intact as the story unlolds, revealing a charming, capable grown man. His brother Bob takes his distressed wile to see her ill lather, leaving Buck in charge 01 their children, a brace ol eight-year-olds and a young teenager. Duck is delighted at this opportunity to avoid his job and the woman he loves, unable to commit to either. Unlortunately, the adolescent daughterTia begins despising Buck‘s tacky overbearing nature and uses him to vent her

undirected lrustrations. The young kids, however, adore him as the tun-loving, carelree relative that he is. Although Buck's domestic ability is nil, his eccentric but practical mind cares lorthe children admirably, while relations with Tia deteriorate.

Filled with hate and contempt, they try to disprove lalse values, looking brielly as though a minor emotional tragedy could belall them both. Fortunately, Hughes’ optimistic outlook, displayed in earlierworks, wins the day.

Uncle Buck is unusual considering its

comic nature. It doesn't dissolve into a stereotypical slapstick romp; rather it evolves into a moral table at discovery l where the emotional capabilities and needs 01 others is more important. Carelully plotted, well paced and written, Uncle Buck returns to the standards that Hughes set with The Breaklast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The only larce comes when

Buck displays his genius lor terrilying the works of society with verbal threats and an assortment ol inventive weaponry.

But the real success ol Uncle Buck depends not in its humour but the revelation that John Candy is a great actor and has lound a role (it a little typical) to prove it. His pertormance is matched only by the energetic presence 01 Amy Madigan (Buck's lrustrated girllriend), adding a sense at reality and balance. Finally, Hughes' knack lor throwing in striking visual gags adds enough spice to make an otherwise typically Hollywood ollering into a substantial piece at entertainment. (Dylan Matthew)

I Uncle Buck ( l2) *2 (John Hughes. LS. 1989) John Candy. Jean Louisa Kelly. Gaby Hoffman. 100 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. (irosvenor. Edinburgh: Cannon. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. L'Cl Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.

IVenus Peter( 12) (Ian SclIar. L'K. 1989) Ray McAnaIly. (iordon R. Strachan. David Hayman. 92mins. Affecting adaptation shot on ()rk ney of Scots writer Christopher Rush's impressionistic x1 Tlt'(’ll'(’"1()ll(hrilldxi Day. set in a fishing village in the 1950s. One of.\1c.>\nally's last roles casts him beautifully as the sympathetic grandfather of Peter. played by nine-year-old Strachan (w ho is not to be confused with the diminutive Scottish midfield genius) in this moving study ofa dying community seen through the eyesof a young boy. Edinburgh: I‘ilmhouse.

I The War olthe Rosesi 15) ( Danny DeVito. US. 1989) Michael Douglas. Kathleen Turner. Danny DeVito. Marianne Sagebrecht. 11o mins. I)e\'ito‘s second movie is a searineg bleak. anti-divorce comedy. in which hisold collaborators Douglas and Turner play Oliver and Barbara Rose. an idy llic happy couple who turn vicious when their marriage goes sour. It shares with his earlier Throw Momma From the from a delight in nastiness and a I Iitcheockian control of image and tension. The wee man himself takes an unusually straight role as the lawyer trying to toprcyenl disaster. A truckload of uncomfortable laughs. (ilasgow: Cannon ( 'larkston Road. Cannon The Forge . ()deon. (irosvenor. Iidinburgh: ()deon. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. ()deon

Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.

I Weekend At Bernie's ( 12) (Ted Kotchefl. US. 1989) Andrew McCarthy. Jonathan Silverman. Catherine Mary Stewart. Terry Kiser. 99 mins. Two insurance company employees have wacky weekend. Must I go on‘.’ l lavingbeen rewarded by their shady boss with a Labor Day holiday at his beach house. the pair are perplexed to find their mentor dead on arrival. Cripes. the other guests are about to arrive so the chums try to pass him offas an ongoing concern to their fellow house guests. Meanwhile. a hitman seemsintent on finishing off their already defunct boss. So the cadaveric-centred capers continue. As I said before. must I go on'.’(}|asgow: ()deon. Strathclyde: LICI Clydebank.

I West Side Story ( P(i ) ( Robert Wise a Jerome Robbins. CS. 1961 ) Natalie Wood. Richard Beymer. Russ 'I‘amblyn. Rita Moreno. 155 mins. R0meuAnd/uliel revisited against a background of New York gangs. Great songs of course. but the playing of the stylised dancing against a realistic background contrives to make it all look rather camp these days. Edinburgh: I’ilmhouse.

I When Harry Met Sally ( 15) ( Rob Reiner. US. 1989) Billy Crystal. Meg Ryan. Carrie Fisher. 95 mins. Thoughtful sex comedy has Crystal ( I Iarry). Ryan (Sally) and Reiner on top form. with highly entertaining results. Nora Ephron's witty screenplay intelligently pondersthe possibility of male 'female friendship with or without romance. and guess which side wins. . .Annie Hall for the late I980s.with now-famous faked orgasm. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre.


Friday 6—Thursday 12

Readers are advised that programmes may be subject to late change at anytime. [D] indicates that wheelchair access is available, though prior notilication is advisable. [E] indicates the availability olan induction loop. lor the convenience ol hearing aid users.


I CANNON ( 'Iarkston Road. Muirend.(i37 2641 . £2.50 ((‘hild()Al’£1.50).

1. The Rescuers ( L7 ) 2.40pm (not Sun). 4.40pm. 6.35pm.

Tango And Cash ( 15 ) 8.30pm.

2. The War 01 The Hoses ( 15) 2. 15pm (not Sun). 5. 15pm. 8. 15pm.

I CANNON The Forge. l’arkhead. 556 4282/4343. [1)]. |I{[(screcns 1.3and5). Shows commencing before (ipm £1 .75; afterbpm £3 (Child£l.75).

1. Look Who's Talking ( 12) 1.15pm. 3.45pm. (1. 10pm. 8.45pm.

2. The WarDl The Roses ( 15) I.l()pm. 3.40pm. b.05pm. 8.30pm.

3. All Dogs Go To Heaven ( ti ) l . 10pm. 3.25pm. (1.3(lpm.

Shirley Valentine ( 15) 8.45pm.

4. Tango And Cash ( 15) 1.25pm. 3.45pm. 6.05pm. 8.40pm.

5. The Rescuers ( If) l.30pm.3.-l5pm. 6.15pm.

Steel Magnolias ( I’(i)b’.35pm.

6. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids ( 17) 1.10pm. 3.55pm. b.30pm.

Society( 18) 8.50pm.

7.AlwayS(I’(}) 1.45pm.5.25pm.S.15pm. See also Glasgow I.ates.

I CANNON Sauchiehall Street. 332 I592. £3 (Child £1 .60; ()AP [before bpm]

£1 .60). Two bars open (+9.30pm (Mon—Sat); 6.30—9.30pm (Sun).

1. Tango And Cash ( 15) 2pm. 5pm. 8.20pm. 2. Always ( PG) 2pm. 5pm. 8pm.

3. The Rescuers ( L7) l.20pm.3.~10pm. 5.45pm.

Sea 01 Love ( is ) 8.30pm.

4. Courage Mountain ( ti) 1. lllplt‘l.3.3()pm.

My Left Foot( 15) 5.55pm.h‘.25pm.

5. Born On The Fourth DlJuly(1.s‘)1.11)pm. - 4.20pm. 7.40pm.

I CITY CENTRE OOEON Rent‘ield Street. 332 8701. Licensed bar. [1)] screens 2.3 and 4. £2.95 (Child ()AI’ £1 .75 [£2.25 last show]; Student [.1340 £2.25 [available as advertiscdl). Luxury seats alsoay ailable in screen 1 £3. 10. £3.50. All ticketsfor shows commencing before 1.30pm £ 1 .75. Advance booking available from box office ( I lam ~7.30pm) or by Visa Access hotline (333 9551 ).

Look Who's Talking ( 12) 12.45pm. 3.30pm. (ipm. 8.50pm.

Weekend At Bernie'S( 12) 1pm. 3.30pm. 5.55pm.

The War Dl The RoseS(15)12.15pm.

2.45pm. 5.30pm. 8.40pm.

Honey. I Shrunk The Kids ( U) 12.20pm. 3pm.

Steel Magnolias ( PG) 5.3(lpm. 8.30pm. All Dogs Go To Heaven ( L') 12.30pm. 3pm. (ipm.

Family Business ( 1518.40pm.

Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure ( PU) 1pm (not Sun). 3.30pm. (ipm.ts‘.30pm. See also (ilasgow Latcs.

I GROSVENOR Ashton Lane. I Iillhead. 33942987814. £2.50 (Student 111340£2L Child ()AP£1 .50). Seats can now be booked for last evening and late screenings: the box office is open 2—7pm. 1. Look Who’s Talking ( 12) .

2. The Rescuers ( [3).

The War Dl The Hoses(15).

See also Crlasgow [.ates.

I SALON Vinicombe Street. 3394256. Circle £2.75; Stalls £2.50(Student [71140 £2:(‘hild ()AI’£1.50).

All Dogs 60 To Heaven ( l.‘ ) 2. 15pm.

Back To The Future 2 ( l’( i ) 5.30pm. 8pm.

Rose Street. 332 (i535. Cafe bar open 30 mins prior to evening shows; closes 9pm. [1)]. [1i|. Matinees Mon-—I"ri£2

(Child ()AI’ Student 1513-10“). Iivening and Saturday shows £2.90 (Student [11340 £1 .90; Child ()AI’£1.30).


Cinema Paradiso ( P( i) 3. 15pm. 5.50pm. H.25pm.


Shag ( 15) & Hairspray ( l’(i)2pm.

Cinema Paradiso ( 1’( i ) 5.50pm. 8.25pm. SUNDAYB Homero(15)(»pm. Cinema Paradiso ( I’( i ) s25pm. MONDAYS! Cinema Paradiso ( l’( i 1 3.30pm. S25pm. Romeroi 15) (ipm. TUESDAY1D g Homerol 15) 0pm. 1 Cinema Paradiso(1’(;).s’.25pm. i WEDNESDAY 11 Field DlDreamslPU)3.31))mi.(spni. I Romero(15)s..‘si)pm. ; THURSDAY12 [ l

Romero ( 15 ) (1pm. .s. 3llpm.


Fri 6/Sat7:

I CANNON The Iiorge. l’arkhead 1. Look Who‘s Talking( 12) 1 1 .25pm. : 2. The WarDl The Hosesi 15) l l.35pm. 3. Shirley Valentine ( 15) l 1 .35pm.

4. Tango And Cash ( 15) l 1 .25pm.

5. Steel Magnolias ( 1’0) 1 1.25pm.

6. Society( lh‘) 11.30pm.

7. AlwaysH’U) 1 1.15pm.


1. Invasion DlThe Body Snatchersi ls) 11pm.

2. Blind Date(15)11pm.

I ODEON Renlield Street

Look Who's Talking( 12) l 1.3llpm. Weekend At Bernie‘u l2) 1 1 .2(lpm. The War DlThe ROSBS( 15) 11.30pm.


I CAMEO Home Street. 22‘44141. Bar open Mon—Sat 6—1 1 .30pm; Sun (r-l 1pm.

20 The List 6— 19 April 1991)