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there‘s no suggestion here of Mr Slice 'n' Dice‘s batteries running low. Glasgow: Odeon.

I Sid and Nancy(18) (Alex Cox. UK. 1986) Gary Oldman. Chloe Webb. David Hayman. 110 mins. The story ofSex Pistols‘ bassist and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen from their gung-ho days as puppy superstars and future rock legends to their final hours in New York‘s Chelsea Hotel and a losing battle with the big H. For the most part a breathlessly enjoyable biopic. Cox‘s follow-up to Repo Man gets bogged down in an interminable last half-hour. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Ski Patrol (PG) (Richard Corcll. US. 1989) Ray Walston. Roger Rose. Martin Mull. 90 mins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cinema again. he‘s back! Yes. producer Paul Maslansky. the man who brought you all five ofthe miserably mirthless PoliceAcademy movies. returns with his latest er. brainchild. This big-budget comedy caper has dashing ski instructor Roger Rose battling against nasty property developer Ray Walston who's seeking to change the local resort beyond recognition. Expect the same bland of juvenile slapstick and exasperating smuttiness as before. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Central:

Allanpark. Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon.

Odeon Ayr. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre.

I Steel Magnolia: (PG) (Herbert Ross. US. 1989) Shirley MacLaine. Dolly Patton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis. Julia Roberts. 117 mins. The downhomc tale of a bevy of southern belles who support each other through a combination of hugs and wisecracks. Robert Harling‘s stage play. written as a testimony to the courageous womenfolk of his home-town. wends its weepy way onto the big-screen. Loads of local colour and tragedy but you can‘t help feeling that you‘ve been emotionally manipulated by a bunch of cindy dolls. Strathclyde: La Scala. WMR Film Centre.

I Steelyard Blues (18) (Alan Myerson. US. 1972) Jane Fonda. Donald Sutherland. Peter Boyle. Garry Goodrow. 93 mins. Myerson‘s remarkable debut teams up the stars of Klute(with Fonda playing the whore again) in a dcadpan. deadbeat comedy which progresses from socio-political satire towards mind-warp fantasy as stock-car racer Sutherland teams up with a bunch of misfitss in an attempt to rebuild an ancient plane intended to provide their escape route. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Sweetie (15) (Jane Campion. Australia. 1989) Genevieve Lemon. Karen Colston. 97 mins. See features. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

ITango And Cash ( 15) (Andrei Konchalovsky. US. 1989) Sylvester Stallone. Kurt Russell. Teri Hatcher. Jack Palancc. 104 mins. Awkward. awfuland yet strangely enjoyable. Stallone and Russell are a pair ofmuscular. wise-cracking. tough cops who are framed by the local megalomaniac. In the first half they get landed in a comically unpleasant jail while the second half gets them intoa confrontation involving earth-moving trucks and an entire arsenal ofweaponry. Mindless escapism of the kind that a couple of five-year-olds might indulge in. though with less imagination and more props. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.

I Tenue rte Soiree (18) (Bertrand Blicr. France. 1986) Gerard Depardieu. Miou Miou. Michel Blane. 85 mins. Outrageous menage a trois black comedy with Dcpardieu as a randy gay burglar who steals the mouse-like Blane away from his bossy. gold-digging partner. A wild and rambling mess that is not as hipor coherent as it appears to think itself. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Thief 01 Banded (PG) (Ludwig Berger& Michael Powell. UK. 1940) Sabu. Conrad Veidt. Rex Ingram. 155 mins. Super Arabian Nights fantasy has native boy Sabu outwitting evil Grand Vizier Conrad Veidt with the help ofa. magic carpet and a rather splendid gentc (played by silent director Ingram). The blend of fantasy. thrills and special effects has rarely been bettered. and children wtll absolutely adore it. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Through A Glass Darkly Sasom I En Spege1( l8) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1961) Harriet Andersson. Gunnar Bjornstrand. Max von Sydow, Lars Passgard. 91 mins. Bergman in characteristically cheery form. depicting in coldly measured monochrome the descent of Karin (Andersson) into madness. Lutheran religion is held notionally to blame. suppressing family warmth as the unfortunate woman reaches the inescapable conclusion that our Creator is a spider. Glasgow: GFT. I Uncle Buck ( 12) (John Hughes. US. 1989) John Candy. Amy Madigan. Gaby Hoffman. 100 mins. Hughes' prolific career as maestro of teenage angst continues unabated in this latest comic outpouring on the traumas and trivialities of growing up. Candy‘s Buck initially appears to be an overweight. clumsy. tactless slob. the last person you‘d ask to look after your kids. but here he getsthe chance to look after three of his brother‘s kids for the weekend. The film explores his troubled relationship with a confused adolescent. as they release their individual frustrations before coming to a mutual understanding. A carefully plotted and well scripted moral fable living up to the standards expected from the director of The Breakfast Club. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre. I The Virgin Spring ( l8) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1959) Max Von Sydow. Birgitta Valberg. Gunnel Lindblom. 88 mins. As in The Seventh Sea! a couple of years earlier. Bergman conjures up a brooding and cruel medieval landscape within which to situate a heavily symbolic morality play. Here. a young virgin is raped and murdered after her elder sister summons up a pagan curse. but when Von Sydow avenges her death by dispatching the swineherds who commited the original atrocity a spring spouts up from the ground on the spot where she died. Glasgow: GFT. I The War otthe Roses ( 15) (Danny DeVito. US. 1989) Michael Douglas. Kathleen Turner. Danny DeVito. Marianne Sagebrecht. 116 mins. DeVito‘s second movie is a searingly bleak. anti-divorce comedy. in which his old collaborators Douglas and Turner play Oliver and Barbara Rose. an idyllic happy couple who turn Vicious when their marriage turns sour. It shares withtheir earlier Throw Momma From the Train a delight in nastiness and a Hitchcokian control of image and tension. The wee man himself takes an unusually straight cameo role as the lawyer trying to prevent disaster. A truckload of uncomfortable laughs. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. Central: Caledonian. Strathclyde: Kelburne. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbridc. I The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (PG) (Stuart Orme. UK. 1989) Stephanie Beacham. Mel Smith. Geraldine James. 93 mins. Based on the eponymous book by Joan Aitken the film is set in a wolf-infested Victorian Britain. Beacham is the villainess in charge of the mansion to which the young heroes are sent. A rather scarey adaptation is brightened considerably by superb production design by Derek Jarman's regular chum and collaborator Chris Hobbs. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

46 The List 4— 17 May 1990