Rocky V (PG) (John G. Avildsen, US, 1990) Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone. 104 mins. The mumbling bonce-basher has at last stepped out of the ring and out of his usual role too. The remote prospect of immortality has caused Stallone and original directorAvildsen to put some etlorl into the linal episode. No matter how distastelul you lind the idea oi hitting people tor sport, Rocky V entertainineg returns to the simple tormat ol the lirst instalment.

This undoubtedly linal ottering starts where Rocky IV Ielt oil (and in case you missed it, the opening credits throw up an edited version) with his statuesque Soviet opponent well and truly polished oil and R. Balboa Esq. returning stateside to look alter his iamily. All is not well at home, however, tor not only does our Rocky discover that he’s got (gasp!) irreversible brain-damage but he learns also that an unscrupulous accountant (double gasp!) has gambled away his entire lortune. There’s nothing tell to do but sell up the mansion and pitch up back home to his grubby origins in Philadelphia.

There’s a dilemma to be laced (ie he has to think). Does Rocky struggle to support his folks in near-penury, or does he accept the otter at a llashy local boxing promoter to get back in the ring and so put his mental health at

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permanent risk? In steps late in the shape of aspiring young tighter Tommy Gunn, and Rocky becomes his manager; yet as he becomes increasingly isolated trom his son (played by real-lite Sly sprog Sage), who has an unlortunate habit oi getting a daily kicking at school, his new protege is lured away by the prospect oi big bucks.

Lelt right back at square one, what can our Rocky do to prove he‘s still the tops? Answer: get in the ring with the young pretender and beat the living shit out oi him.

Actually it's not quite as brutal as all that. Rocky V has some pretensions to lamily drama and there’s a rather riitty montage sequence that slips in a lew images of death to underscore our hero’s increasing tear of the grim reaper. It (God help you) you’ve lollowed the entire Rocky saga, this one provides a satisfying, credible linale, but it you're curious tor a taste oi the action I'd go back to the lirst one and leave it at that. (Dylan Matthew)

From Fri 25 Jan. Glasgow: Cannon, Clarkston Road, Cannon, The Forge, Odeon, Salon. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Central: Allanpark, Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon, Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton, La Scala, UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride.

millions. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Strathclyde: Motherwell Theatre. Odeon Ayr. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. ITheorem (l8) (Pier Paulo Pasolini. Italy. 1968) Terence Stamp. Silvana Mangano. Massimo Girotti. Anne Wiazcmsky. 98 mins. Pasolini‘s twin obsessions which Christianity and Marxism are brought searineg to life in this intense fable. featuring our Tel as a mysterious Christ figure. who creates spiritual. sexual and emotional upheavals within a wealthy family when he stays for a short time in

their home. Enigmatic and powerful. Glasgow: G FT.

lThls is Spinal Tap ( 15) (Rob Reiner. US. 1983) Christopher Guest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. R.J. Parnell. Ed Begley Jr. 82 mins. Certainly the most ingenious. accurate and funny of all spoof rockumentaries. with wonderfully spontaneous dialogue. convincing fly-on-the-wall camera work. self-penned heavy metal parodies, and ofcourse the

ampthat goes to 1 1. Edinburgh University

Film Society. I Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (18) ( Pedro

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Almodovar, Spain, 1990) Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Francisco Rabal. 101 mins. It‘s women on the verge of expoloitation time as Almodovar reveals his most provacative confection to date with a bare outline that reads more like mere sexist trash: male loony Banderas kidnaps porno queen Abril . ties her to the bed. pumps her full ofdrugs and. lo. they fall in love. Look beyond the sordid details however and the film creates its own moral logic based on mutual need between two very damaged characters. In the end. Almodovar manages to wring moments of real emotional resonance out of the most unpromising material. so we should give him a little credit even ifsome doubts remain. Glasgow:GF’1‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

lTouch ol Evil (18) (Orson Welles. US. 1958) Orson Welles. Charlton Heston, Marlene Dietrich. Janet Leigh. 108 mins. Welles made a return to Hollywood studio employment after a decade in the wilderness with this classic baroque thriller. In a sleazy border town, the murder ofa Mexican bigwig causes friction between corrupt local detective Hank Quinlan (Welles himself) and

u right Mexican narcotics agent Vargas (Heston). Amidst a gallery of Wellesian grotesques and expressionist camerawork the dialogue between truth and justice becomes progressively more garbled. Don't be late or you‘ll miss one of cinema's most famous opening shots. Glasgow: GF'I'.

I 200 Motels (PG) (Frank Zappa, LS. 1972) Frank Zappa. the Mothers of Invention. the London Symphony Orchestra. 111 mins. America‘sleading doctor of scatology takes you on a trip through the wild. weird and woman-infested world of a rock 'n' roll tour at the height ofhippiedom, Tuneup. turn on and drop yer troosers with the mustachioed maestro. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Vampire’s Kiss (18) Nicolas Cage. Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley. 103 mins. Bittenon the neck during rumpy-pumpy with a mysteriousfemmcfiuale (Beals), literary agent Peter Loew (Cage) develops the certainty that he’s become an unwilling blood donor. Taking the idea seriously, he begins to live out a Gothic nightmare. in which modern New York takes on the stark, shadowy qualities ochrman expressionism. Cage‘s acting is ludicrously overwrought. but in the context it serves a spicy blend ofsatirical comedy and horror beautifully. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Wild AtNeart(18) (David Lynch. US. 1990) Nicholas Cage. Laura Dern. Diane Ladd. Willem Dafoe. 127 mins. 1.) nch's much-hyped (‘annes prize-winner turns out to be weird and wondrous in itsown way. if not quite as cohesive as the earlier Blue Velvet. Cage and Dern are the energetic young lovers on the run. pursued by ultrastrange hitman Dafoe on a sometimes comic. sometimes disturbing. trail towards the ultimate rendezvous with Elvis and the Wizard ofOz. Aside from lovingly detailing the pernicious influence of pop kitsch upon our very conscioUsness however. the movie isn't really about anything, even ifit is a helluva trip. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Zabriskie Point ( l5) (Michaelangelo Antonioni. US. 1969) Mark Frechette. Daria Halprin. Rod Taylor. Paul Pix. 110 mins. Rambling would-be epic of anti-establishment America. with mellow visuals loosely draped on a plot in w hieh Frechette flees accusations ofpolice murder. steals a plane. takes in the sights of the Nevada desert. picks up I lalprin. makes whoopee with her in Death Valley. then returns home to face the music. Beautiful and occasionally intense (Sam Shepard was one of the several writers). but a little over-immersed in late-oils trippiness. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.


Friday 25—Thursday 31

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I CANNON Clarkston Road. Muirend,637 2641. £2.50(Child/OAP£1.S0). 1. RockyV (PG) 2.30pm (Satonly). 5.30pm. 8.30pm. 2. Home Alone (PG) 2.35pm (Sat only). 5.35pm, 8.35pm. I CANNON The Forge. Parkhead. 556 4282/4343. (screens 1.3 and 5). Shows commencing before bpm £2: after 6pm £3.20 (Child £2). 1. Home Alone (PG) l.2llpm.3.45pm. 6.15pm. 8.45pm. 2. RockyV(1’(}).1.l)5pm. 3.35pm.o.05pm. 8.30pm. 3. Havana ( 15) 2pm. 5pm.8. 10pm. 4. Arachnophobia (PG) 1.10pm. 3.40pm. 6.05pm. 8.35pm. 5. AirAmerica ( 15) 1.15pm (not Sat.Sun) 3.45pm.o.10pm.8.45pm. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) Sat,Sun only 1.15pm. 6. The Rookie ( 15) 1.05pm (not Sat. Sun). 3.40pm. 6.05pm. 8.40pm (not Sat). Neverending Story 2 (U) Sat. Sun only 1.25pm. Special Preview Sat 26 only: Three Men and A Little Lady (PG) 8.45pm. 7. Narrow Margin ( 15) b.30pm. 8.50pm. The Little Mermaid (1}) 1.20pm. 3.3opm. See also Glasgow Lates. I CANNON SaucliichallStreet.3321592. £3 (Child £1 .60; OAP [before lipiii] £1 .60). Two bars open 6~930pm (Mon—Sat); 6.30—9.30pm (Sun). 1.6hosti12)1.3tipm.4.4opm.7.55pm. 2. Havana ( 15) 1.10pm. 4.25pni.7.40pm. 3. Narrow Margin ( 15) 1.10pm. 3.30pm. 6pm. 8.30pm. 4. Almost an Angel (PG) 1.10pm.3.30pm. Child's Play 2 (15) 5.50pm.8.30pm. 5. The Rookie ( 15) 1.30pm (not Sat). 4.50pm. 8pm. Neverending Story 2 ([3) Sat only 2pm. I CITY CENTRE ODEON Rerifield Street. 332 8701. Licensed bar. [DI screens 2.3 and 4. £3.25 (Child/GAP £2.25 [£2.50 last show]; Student» UBJU £2.50 [available as advertised]). Luxury seatsalsoavailable in screen 1 £3.75. All tickets for shows commencing before 1 30piii£2.25. Advance booking as ailablc from box office ( l lam—7.30pm) or by Visa’Access hotlinc (3339551). RockyV ( PG) 12.20pm. 3pm. 5.45pm. 8.45pm. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesil’Ci) 12.45pm.3.15pm.5.30pni. The Sheltering Sky( is) 8. 15pm (not Sat). Special preview, Sat 26 only: Three Men and A Little Lady (PG) 8.30pm. Air America ( 15) 12.30pm. 3pm. 5.45pm, h35pm. Arachnophobia ( PU) 12.15prii.3pm, 5.45pm. 8.40pm. Home Alone ( PU) 13.3opm. 3. lSpiii.6piii. 5.45pm. Reversal ol Fortune ( IS) 12.15pm.2.45pm.

5.30pm. H.30pm.

I GROSVENOR Ashton Lane. llillliead. 3394298 731-1. £2.50(Student [113401.21 I (‘hild ().-\1’£l.50). Seats can now be

i booked for last evening and late

screenings: the box office is open 2~7pm. 1. The Comtort ot Strangers ( 18) 2.35pm (not Sun). 6. 10pm. 8.45pm.

2. The Rookie( 15) 2.30pm (not Suit). 5.55pm. 8.30pm.

See also Glasgow Lates.

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