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103 mins. Peter and Kate McCallister

(l leard and ()‘l lara) have an cight-ycar-old brat and wisely albeit accidentally leave him behind in Chicago when they goon holiday to Paris. Leftto his own devices young Kevin (Culkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars ( Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly. ifsadistic.

scare-comedy antics produced by tecnfiick

veteran John l lughes. (ilasgow: Cannon The Forge. ( )deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. l’Cl. Strathclydc: ()deon Ayr. L'Cl Clydcbank. L'Cl liast Kilbride.

I The Icicle Thief ( PG i ( Maurizio Nichctti. Italy. 1989) Maurizio Nichetti. Caterina Sylos Labini. lleidi Kornarck.Claudio Fulva. 98 mins Noted young film and television director Nichetti returns to movies after a seven-year absence to wreak his revenge on the awful glossiness Ul lClC\ ision. Hti’ lt'li‘fi’ Iii/tli‘ltstt multi-layercd satire in which Nichetti plays both himself v appearingon television to present his new black and white film. [he Icicle ’l'lii'i'f— and Antonio. the main character within the film. A ‘typical' Italian family watch the film at home. switching channels and making phone calls. and every eleven mimitesthc elegant monochrome is interrupted by crass. full-colour commercials. while the director descends into despair. By turns farcical. exploratory and harshly critical of trash culture. the film is an unmissably entertaining arthousc comedy. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

I The Intruder( 18) (Roger Corman. US. No] ) William Shatner. Frank Maxwell. Beverly Ltinsford. 84 mins. Roger Corman's most serious film (and apparently his favourite of hisown pictures) has a pre-Kirk Shatner in blistering form as an unscrupulous agitator w ho arrives in a small Southern States town on the eve of the integration of the local school. his sole purpose to stir up racial hatred. 'l'aut. passionate and

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effective message picture based on actual events. it was Corman’s only commercial failure even when reissued under the rather more tabloid title of I Hate Your (iiiisEdinburgh L'niversity Film Society. I Jean De Florette (PG) (Claude Berri. France. I986) Gerard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 131 mins. Provence. during the l92tls. Depardieu's indomitable hunchback struggles against impossible odds to make a success of his inherited farmland. unaware that his neighbours are plotting to drive him from hisland. Beautifully photographed. with flawless performances. this is a towering

tribute to the highest aspirations of French

storytelling. A BAFTA winner for the film of the year. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Kagemusha (PG) (Akira Kurosawa. Japan. l98())TatsuyaNakadai.’1‘sutomu Yamazaki. Kenichi llagiwara. 181 mins. loth century Japan. humble thiefNakadai is employed to act as double for aclan leader in combat. However. when the leader dies and the deception is uncovered. he is thrown out and left to wander the countryside. Spectacular. almost Shakespearean epic with magnificent battle scenes that made it the country‘s most expensive film (until Kurosawa‘s Run came along). Edinburgh [Iniversity Film Society.

I Kindergarten Cop ( 12) (Ivan Reitman. US. 1990) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Penelope Ann Miller. Pamela Reed. Richard Tyson. 111 mins. The large fellow is the polis in question. taking up the reins in a nursery class when he goes undercover to track down the wife and child of a murder suspect. This is a sleazy. exploitative mishmash ofgcnre-blending. family comedy spliced clumsily with bloodthirsty thriller. and a spot ofchild abuse thrown in for cheap pathos and a veneer of social concern. Since 'I'ii-iris. we've known Arnold has a sense of humour. but can he play the new man'.’ ()n this evidence. no. Glasgow: Cannon

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Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Dominion. UCl. Central:

Allanpark. Cannon. Strathclydc: Cannon.

Kclburnc. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. La Scala. UCI Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.

I The Lady From Shanghai (PG) (Orson Welles. US. 1948) Orson Welles. Rita llayworth. Everett Sloane. 87 mins. lrish sailor Welles falls in love withfcmme

finale 1 layworth and becomes enmeshed

in a deadly game of murder and intrigue involving her unscrupulous millionaire husband. Studio boss llarry Cohn offered a reward to anyone who could explain the plot to him. but a classic love scene inan aquarium and the brilliant final shoot-out in a hall of mirrors show the authentic Welles touch at work. Glasgow: (EFT.

I Leningrad Cowboys Go America ( 12) ( Aki Kaurismaki. Finland. 1989) Matti Pellonpa. Micky Tesco. Kari Vaananen. 79mins. Finland's Budweiser-powe red erifun! Icrrible's first big breakthrough in this country features daffie duck's arse haircuts. a nasty. beer-guzzling manager. the worst rock ‘n' roll band in the world and sundry shots of the downbeat backwaters of America‘s heartlands. A highly distinctive sense of humour at work here. and very enjoyable it is too. ifyou happen to be in line with it. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Little Mermaid ([3) (John MUsker and Ron Clements. US. 1990) With the voices of Rene Auberjonois. Buddy llackett. Kenneth Mars. 83 mins. Based on a l {ans Christian Andersen fairytale. the latest Disney animated feature may not quite rank with the glories ofWalt's distant past but displays an impressive attention to detail. bags of humour and a set oftruly tacky songs. Ourbikini-clad heroine might be a little too eager tofulfil her Barbie-doll destiny. but by and large it‘scmbarrassingly enjoyable stuff. Strathclydc: Motherwell Theatre

I Little Shop Of Horrors (PG) (Frank 02. US. 1986) Rick Moranis. Ellen Greene. Steve Martin. 94 mins. Deep in the florist something is stirring. as meek green-fingered type discovers that his favourite plant. Audrey. is actually a flesh-craving alien from outer space. Daft. enjoyable screen version of the stage musical. with funny foliage effects. and a beezer cameo from Martin as a biker dentist. Strathclydc: Paisley ArtsCentre. I Longtime Companion (15)(Norman Rene. US. 1989) Bruce Davison. Scott Campbell. Dermot Mulroney. 96 mins. Taking its title from the somewhat euphemistic phrase favoured by newspaper obituary columns to describe the partners ofgay men who die of AIDS. Rene‘s humane. witty and moving drama tells the story of a group of friends and their reactions to the changes in their world from the moment when they notice a small article in the New York Times warning of a ‘rare cancer‘ apparently attacking male homosexuals. This first mainstream release to chronicle the effects ofthe AIDS virus on the gay community offers a well acted and emotionally approachable portrait of courage. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Loulou ( 15) (Maurice Pialat. France. 1980) Isabelle litippert. Gerard Depardieu. Guy Marchand. l lumbert Balsan. 105 mins. Painting a depressing picture of his country at the turn ofthc decade. Pialat casts Depardieu close to type in the title role. a blue-collar drifter. whose uncultured tenderness is more attractive to Nelly (lluppert) than her bourgeois background. But despite its overriding blcakness about French society‘s outmoded stagnation. the film is strong on detail. and of course the central performances are wonderful. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

I Lumiere D’Ete (PG) (Jean (iremillion. France. 19-13) Madeleine Renaud. Pierre Brasseur. Madeleine Robinson. Paul


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