who gives his best performance to date in Gus Van Sant‘s recreation of 1971

Oregon. Complete with its halucinatory visions of flying cows the film created astir stateside for presenting the theft and use l of narcotics as an alluring pastime. It marks a new and more creditable milestone in Hollywood drug movies. 3 Glasgow: Grosvenor. I DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (U) (Bob Hatchcock. US. 1990) With the voices of Alan Young.Terence McGovern. Russi Taylor. Christopher Lloyd. 90 mins. The first release on Disney's ‘Movietoons‘ subsidiary is a feature-length development of the

Duck Tales cartoon series seen on US television. It stars Scrooge McDuck . who, with his nephews Huey. Dewey and Louie. foils the evil Merlock and gains the long-lost booty of Collie Baba. One for the kiddies. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: ()deon. UCl. Strathclyde: UCl Clydcbank. UCI East Kilbride.

I L'Etoile Du Hard The Northern Stur(PG) (Pierre Granier-Deferre. France. 1982) Simone Signoret. Philippe Noiret. Fanny Cottencon. 124 mins. A bizarre noir thriller based on Georges Simenon's novel. Noiret excels asa vague hitman I holed up in a Belgian guesthouse. and 1 forced to spin endless yarns about his former life in Egypt to hislandlady (Signoret). triggering a revival of herown suppressed desires to travel. Edinburgh: French Institute.

I The Exorcist ( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little obsessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.

I Extramuros ( l8) (Miguel Picazo. Spain. 1985) Carmen Maura. 120 mins. A dark and ironic tale of 16th century lesbian lovers in a nunnery. who hit on a wizard moneyspinner— faked stigmata. It seems that blemishes from God are a growth industry. however. and things get out of i hand. with potentially disastrous effects I for the women and their relationship. A ' bizarre and compelling film with the | iconoclastic humour of Picazo‘s countryman Pedro Almodovar. Glasgow: 1 GFT.

I The Field ( 12) (Jim Sheridan. Eire. 1990) Richard Harris. John Hurt. Tom Berenger. Brenda Fricker. ll()mins. Based on John B. Keane's stage play. Sheridan‘s follow-up to the immensely successful My Left Foo! is a rural tragedy set in 1939. Harris stars as The Irish farmer in competition with an American for the purchase of the field he‘s worked for years. As their struggle ' intensifies. so violence and revelations are unleashed which draw him inexorably to

an awful fate. Edinburgh: ()deon.

I A Fish Called Wanda ( 15) (Charles Crichton. UK. 1988) John Cleese. Jamie Lee Curtis. Kevin Kline. Michael Palin.

108 mins. Stuffy English lawyer Archie Leach (Cleese) gets involved with a gang ofdiamond thieves. including brash American Kline and animal lover Palin. because he has information that will help them lay their hands on the swag. Glamorous Wanda (Curtis) steps in to romance him into talking. but love isto

rear its head. Remarkablyeffective comedy. with the black humour ofthe Python generation given a narrative

control and sense oftiming that only a veteran‘s steady band could provide. And

it makes a wonderful romantic lead out of the rather unlikely Cleese. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Fun For Boys And Girls (15) A selection of lesbian and gay comedy shorts. which rejoices in such titles as 1 (1‘0! This Way From Kissin' Girls. We're Talking Vulva and Ray '5 Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. The clue's in the title. really. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Godfather III ( 15) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1990) Al Pacino. Andy Garcia. Diane Keaton. Talia Shire. 160 mins. The final instalment. we‘re assured. of the Coppola/Puzo saga has Pacino‘s Michael Corleone struggling to keep the peace both within the family and throughout his Mafia contacts. In an bid for peace of mind and stability. he turnsto the Church and away from organised crime. but the demons of his past are not so easily left behind. Painted on the same broad canvas as its two prequels. this is a lavish and beautifully played gangster drama with a true note of tragedy. But there's a faint odour of formulaic remake. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCI. Central: Caledonian. I Golden Braid ( 15) (Paul Cox. Australia. 1990) Chris Haywood. Gosia I)obrowolska. Paul Chubb. 91 mins. Romantic tragi-comedy. in which

l laywood's antique-collector discovers a braid of golden hair in an 18th-century cabinet. His developing obession with it leads to alienation and worse. but luckily his lover (Dobrowolska) is on hand to restore his delicate soul to health. A dated-looking but intelligent and life-affirming movie. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Green Card(12) (Peter Weir. US. 1991) Gerard Depardieu. Andie MacDowell. Bebe Neuwirth. Gregg Edelman. 107 mins. The hugely amiable figure of Depardieu dominates this. his Hollywood debut. He plays a French composer living illegally in New York and in desperate need ofa work permit. MacDowell‘s horticulturalist is in love witl‘ a conservatory apartment. but needs a husband to get the lease. A marriage of convenience is arranged. but the authorities are not convinced. so the mismatched couple are forced to invent a history for themselves. In doing so. of course. they fall for each other. Funny. charming. and not without profundity. but suspend your disbelief for the denuumenl. Glasgow: Odeon. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. UCl. Central: Regal. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.

I Gremlins 2: The New Batch ( 12) (Joe Dante. US. 1990) Zach Galligan. Phoebe Cates. Christopher Lee. 107 mins. For once a sequel that matches the original. This time the scaly mini-monsters rampage through Glover's Manhattan media empire headquarters where there are genetic laboratories. hi-tech offices and even a television station at their malevolently frolicsome disposal. A reduced schmaltz factor. lots ofone-liners and an unpredictable smattering ofsly movie references make the experience a fun one. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Hamburg Event: From Filmhausto Filmhouse ( 15) A two-day event designed to build upon common ground between Edinburgh‘s Filmhouse and Hamburg's comparable Filmhaus. Besides seminars (organised in conjunction with Glasgow‘s Goethe-lnstitut) four German films will be screened: Komplizinnen (Margit Czenki. 1987). Yasemin (Hank Bohm. 1987/8) . Sehm‘s (iegenschms (Niels Bolbrinker & Thomas Tielsch. 1990) and Der lndianer (RolfSchubel. 1985/7). Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Hamlet (U) (Franco Zeffirelli. US. 1990) Mel Gibson. Alan Bates. Glenn Close. Paul Scofield. Helena Bonham-Carter. lan Holm. 135 mins. A young man returns home from university to find his father dead and his mother marrying his uncle. Then Hamlet senior's ghost shows up. whispering to him of murder most foul. and it's all downhill after that. More than twenty years after Zeffirelli‘s Romeo AndJulie! comes this colourful and lively production of Shakespeare‘s greatest play. with a very strong. mostly British cast and the best performance in years from Gibson in the title role. See feature. Glasgow: ()deon.


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