France. 1989) Daniel Auteuil. Firmine Richard. 118 mins. Winning serio-comic love story in which hard-nosed business exec falls for his black cleaning lady Richard and as their affair breaks down both class and racial barriers. her shrewd insight into the absurdity ofcorporate power-broking helps him to discover a new set of more worthwhile values. Following on from her huge French hit 'l'rois H ommes Ii! Un ('rmffin (successfully Americanist as Three Men Ami/1 Baby) Serreau comes up with another insightful and funny examination of the way we live now. though it doesbeai a highly coincidental resemblance tothe outline of Pretty Woman! Glasgow: GFI‘. I Romero ( 15) (John Duigan. US. 1989) Raul Julia. Richard Jordan. Ana Alicia. 106 mins. A new account ofthe life and death of Archbishop ()scar Romero. the shy cleric. who became a reluctant though passionate leader of the Salvadorean

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I Seven Samurai (PG) (Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1954)Toshiro Mifune.Takahashi Simura. 200 mins. A group oftimid villagers seek protection against the excesses of a brutal warlord by hiring seven heroic samurai. Seminal Japanese action picture. with a slow-building dignity matching the best ofJohn Ford. and in its stylishly aesthetic handling of screen violence a profound influence on the likes of Sam Peckinpah. Highly recommended. Glasgow: GFT.

I She's Out or Control ( 12) (Stan Dragoti. US. 1990) Tony Danza. Amy Dolenz. Wallace Shawn. 97 mins. With a little help from her pop‘s girlfriend speccy (‘alifornian 15 year-old Dolenz overnight

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Danza's consternation. As admiration from the local male teenfolk starts queuing round the block. the old man seeks the help of populist self-help shrink Shawn and mounts an increasingly incompetent surveillance campaign. Despite a few lines that would make the most stalwart People‘s Friend subscriber squirm with cmbarassment. this is a fairly enjoyable if predictable morality comedy for undemanding youngsters. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI (.‘lydcbank.

I Shirley Valentine (15) (Lewis Gilbert, UK. 1989) Pauline Collins. Bernard Hill. Tom Conti. 111) 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 ofstuffShirley meets on a Mediterranean holiday that turns into a voyage ofself-(re)discovery. Collins is outstanding in the title role of frustrated Liverpudlian housewife. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

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Out Cold (15) (Malcolm Mowbray, US, 1989) John Lithgow, Teri Garr, Randy Ouaid, eruce Mcoill. 89 mins. In this threadbare black comedy set in smalltown America, John Lithgow's Dave is a shy and bumbling butcher who mistakenly believes he has killed his partner Ernie (Mcoill) by accidentally locking him in the ireezer. The real culprit however is Ernie's sexy suburban wile Sunny, played by Teri Carr, who intends to drop Dave in it. At least that’s the plan until she's Iorced to become his partner in a cover-up when Bandy Ouaid's oddball private eye, whom she’d previously hired to lollow herwomanising husband, linds out a little more than she’d bargained tor.

The ensuing larcical attempt to hide and dispose ol the corpse is well trodden ground. Joe Orton orJohn Cleese will tell you that when it comes to extracting laughs irom an audience a dead person is often tar more uselul than any living asset. Here the still even has an ice cream cone stuck on to It, but not even that can sustain a lilm oi

such lundamental inadequacies. The characters are little more than outlines and lairly detestable ones at that, so there’s no reason why the audience should care about what happens to them.

British director Malcolm Mowbray (best known tor A Private Function) betrays his television roots, his lonnulalc direction leaving the potential in the Hitchcocklan plot unreallsed. A quick comparison with the Coen brothers‘ Blood Simple, shows what can be done and just how short oi the mark the current uttering ialls. The former is a stunningly cinematic, taut and darkly comic thrillerlhat’s tilled with imaginative twists; the latter a shallow, meandering and predictable atlair, held together by improbable seams and hollow laughter. It’s a tricky one, all right, trying to marry comedy with a darkervision, but Out Cold doesn't even come close. (All. Goodlellow)

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overworked Freddy Krueger is resurrected by his original creator in a new guise. that of l loracc Pinker. electrical engineer and personal pal of Old Nick. whose spell in the electric chair only serves to increase his appetite and aptitude for gratuitous meat-cleaving activities. In a startlingly innovative twist to the genre. (‘raven has a teenage boy dream our Horace's murders before they occur. But with a positive plethora ofingenious blood-letting schemes and psychic leaps. there‘s no suggestion here of Mr Slice 'n' Dice‘s batteries running low. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I Spaced Invaders (PG) (Patrick Read Johnson. US. 1990) Douglas Barr. Royal Dano. Ariana Richards. 90 mins. On the 50th anniversary of Orson Welles‘ original War Of The Worlds radio broadcast a gang ofcuddly aliens land on Earth to begin their quest for world domination from the unlikely base of Big Bean. Illinois. Only the intervention of Sheriff Barr and curmudgeonly farmer Royal Dano can save the planet from Lieutenant Blaznee (a fashionable ‘Jack Nicholson in space' it says here) and his pumpkin-headed mob ofextraterrestrials. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. uct Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre.

I Steel Magnolias (PG) (Herbert Ross. US. 1989) Shirley MacLaine. Dolly Parton. Sally Field. ()lympia Dukakis. Julia Roberts. 117 mins. The downhome tale ofa bevy ofsouthern belles w ho 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. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I Three Men And A Cradle Trois Hommes E! Un Couffin (PG) ((‘oline Serreau. France, 1985) Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah. Andre Dussolier. 106 mins. Three Parisian bachelors are left to look after a little French sprog in the original version of the Hollywood hit remake. Chances are. ifyou like the Nimoy-directed effort then you‘ll go for this one too. After all. poo-poo is poo-poo in any language. Glasgow: GFT.

I Thunderblrds Are Go (U) (Gerry Anderson, UK. 1966) Scott. Virgil. Alan Brains, Lady Penelope et al. 90 mins. The first and wittiest of the Thunderbird spin-off movies. The 21st century version of the Shadows more than makes up for what is otherwise little more than the

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