I Periectly Normal (15) Robbie Coltrane plays ambitious eccentric Alonzo leading his new friend Renzo (Michael Riley) astray when the pair stumble on a small fortune and have the chance to realise their dreams. Edinburgh Cameo from Fri 10.
I Predator2(18) Wot. no Arnie? No. but Danny Lethal Weapon Glover fills in nicely as tough guy for the second instalment of chameleon-alien antics, now transferred from the Vietnam jungle to concrete jungle of 1997 LA. where gangleaders fall foul of the creature‘s inexplicable appetite for human flesh. Cannons, Odeons and UCIs from
I0&A(18)NYPD internal affairs drama from Sidney Lumet. starring Nick Nolte as a popular c0p who kills a Hispanic crook. then finds the case being investigated more thoroughly than expected by inexperienced assistant DA Timothy Hutton. Glasgow Cannon The Forge and Edinburgh UCI from Fri 3.
I Tatie Danielle (15) French satire by Etienne Chatiliez. in which a respectable. Parisian bourgeois family is horribly disrupted when a widowed aunt comes to stay. The foul woman and her nasty. pampered dog are enjoyable creations. but the film as a whole misfires somewhat. See review. GF'I‘ from Sun 5.
I Zandalee (18) Tragi-eomic love tangles as Erika Anderson tries to brighten up her marriage to Judge Reinhold by fooling around with his best friend. sleazy hedonist Nicolas Cage. Wild passions in New Orleans. Cannons Glasgow and Edinburgh from Fri 10.
Films screening this fortnight are listed below, with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Full-length reviews of selected new releases can be found close to the appropriate entry. Programme details appear in the Listings section whichfollows. Film Index compiled by Andrew Bumet.
I At No Corrida In The Realm ()fThe Senses (18) (Nagisa Oshima. Japan. 1976) Tatsuya Fuji. Eiko Matsuda. 105 mins. At last deemed fit for certification. Oshima's shockingly erotic film can now be publicly screened. In the militarist Japan of 1936. a couple enclose themselves in their own sensual world. their passion escalating until only death can provide the next orgasm. Masterly though necessarily extremely explicit look at the powerof sexual arousal. which has attracted controversy throughout the world. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Attire (12) (Otomo Katsuhiro. Japan. 1989) Animated by Nakamura Takashi. with the voices of lwata Mitsue. Sasaki Nozomu. Koyama Mami. Ishida Taro. 124 mins. Based on the multi-volume graphic novel by Otomo. Akira is a mythical. futuristic tale of post-holocaust Tokyo. where pill-popping biker kids begin to unearth a government project designed to exploit the psychic and telekinetic powers ofa group of laboratory-bound children. Superny animated. with a fantastic visual and narrative imagination. but you'd be well advised to know something of the plot before you see it. Glasgow: GFI". Edinburgh: Cameo. I All Dogs Go to Heaven (U) (Don Bluth. US. 1989) With the voices ofBurt Reynolds. Loni Anderson and Dom DeLuisc. 84 mins. In Bluth‘slatest animated feature. likeable Alsatian Charlie Barkin is killed by his partnerin small-time crime. but manages to trick his way out ofthe Afterlife to face earthbound adventure with cute orphan Anne-Marie as he seeks revenge on his double-crossing buddy. Occasionally sloppy animation is more than made up for by the inventive story-line and an allusive sense ofhumour that should even have adults suppressing the odd guffaw. Glasgow: (‘annon The Forge. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Allemative Energy A programme of documentaries for National Environment Week. including How They Sank The Sailor's Duck. a film about ProfStephen Salter‘s wave energy project. which was cancelled from on high; and John Twidell‘s film There '3 Energy In The Wind. Prof Salter will be present fora discussion after the screenings. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I L'Atalante (PG) (Jean Vigo. France. 1934) Michel Simon. Jean Daste. Dita Parlo. 89 mins. The only feature lobe made by the brilliant Vigo before his tragically early death. A simple narrative follows the tangled passions ofnewlyweds Daste and Parlo as they spend their honeymoon on a barge trip with seedy old captain Simon. 1. 'Atalante's rich cavalcade of ever-changing moods and unforgettably poetic moments of sensuality make it a unique classic to be cherished. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. IAvalon (U) (Barry Levinson. US. 1990) Armin Mueller-Stahl. Elizabeth Perkins. Joan Plowright. Aidan Quinn. 128 mins. The forty-year saga of the Krichinsky family. east European immigrants who settle on the east coast of America. and the effects on their lives ofassimilating American culture. Beautifully conceived and shot (in Levinson’s native Baltimore,
like Diner and Tin Men). it is both a celebration of prosperity and a mournful elegy for traditional family life. Glasgow: GFT.
I Awakenings ( 12) (Penny Marshall. US, 1991 ) Robert De Niro. Robin Williams,
John Iieard. Julie Kavner. Penelope Ann
Miller. Max von Sydow. 121 mins. Based
on the book by psychiatrist Oliver Sacks,
Awakenings tells the story of a reclusive
neurologist (Williams) whose new post at
Bainbridge Hospital in New York is not
the clinical experience he had anticipated.
Instead. he finds himselfdrawn toa
particular group ofstatue-like
encephalitic patients. among them De
Niro‘s Leonard Lowe. As his obsession
with their unexpressed inner lives grows,
he develops a relationship with Lowe which begins to release both Lowe’s ability to communicate and his own repressed emotions. Glasgow: Odeon.
Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI
Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Ay Carmela! (12) (Carlos Saura.Spain, 1990) Carmen Maura. Andres Pajares, Gabino Diego. 95 mins. Duringthe Spanish Civil War. a pair ofrepublican cabaret performers (Maura and Pajares) find themselves behind enemy lines and are forced to mount a special show forthe Fascists in an attempt to save their skins. Rich. intelligent and very funny black comedy from one of Spain‘s finest directors. See preview. page + + +. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Bad And The Beautiful (PG) (Vincente Minnelli. US, 1952) Kirk Douglas. Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Dick Powell. 118 mins. Hard-hitting dissection of Hollywood from the perceptive Minnelli. The career ofa dynamic young producer (Douglas), now chewed up and spat out by the film
industry. is retold through the remembered journeys to stardom ofa screenwriter. an actor and a director, thus exposing the perfidious nature of Tinseltown. Well acted and intelligent melodrama. Glasgow: GF'I'.
I Bad Influence (18) (Curtis Hanson, US, 1989) Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane. 102 mins. Spader plays a demure finance manager with a luxury LA apartment and. signifigantly, a video camera. Enter Lowe, who personiﬁes everything Spader ain‘t: cool, assured and
unhindered by moral scruples. The two strike up a friendship and Spader‘s life takes a dramatic turn. Though it shares much the same roots as the pretentious Apartment Zero this is a far superior production with suspense and humour served up in equal measure. An unexpected slice ofquality entertainment. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Bear (PG) (Jean-Jacques Annaud. France. 1988) Bart. Douce. Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo. 98 mins. Simple. unsentimcntal narrative follows the experiences of two bears. a big adult kodiak and a young orphan cub. as they are pursued by two hunters. Cleverly
filmed to capture the bears acting naturally. this insightful record oftheir point of view makes a moving plea forthe decent treatment ofall animals and is highly entertaining as it goes about it. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Beat Girl Wild For Kicks ( 18) (Edmond T. Greville. UK, 1960) Gillian Hills, David Farrar, Noelle Adam. Christopher Lee. Adam Faith. 85 mins. Wild child Hills rebels against her posh architect daddy and his glamorous new wife by hanging out with beatniks, listening to long-playing discs, wearing tight sweaters and calling everyone ‘Daddy-o'. Sensatio-rooney. Glasgow: GFT. I Ben ilur (PG) (William Wyler, US, 1959) Charlton Heston. Jack Hawkins, Haya Haraeet. Stephen Boyd. 217 mins. Grand. lavish and massively long epic set in New Testament times. Sweating brows and rippling muscles a-plenty. plus of 1 course the unforgettable chariot race.
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Fine, upstanding entertainment, if you’ve got four hours to spare. Glasgow: Grosvenor. - I The Best Of British Animation (PG) Total running time: 85 mins. A programme of ten animated shorts assembled by the British Film Institute. Included are Nick Park’s charming, Oscar-winning plasticine piece ‘Creature Comforts’, and other multi-award-winning films, such as Mark Baker’s ‘The Hill Farm’, Andrew McEwan’s ‘Toxic’. Peter Lord’s ‘War Story’ and David Anderson’s ‘Deadsy’. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Betty Blue (18) (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1986) Jean Hughes Anglade, Beatrice Dalle. 120 mins. Tempestuous love gone mad as an older handyman and a free-spirited woman embark on a passionate, peripatetic fling that ends in tragedy. Filmed with a dazzling technique and an irritating emptiness by the maker of Diva. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I The Blg Blue (15) (Luc Besson, France, 1988) Rosanna Arquette. Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno. 120 mins. Barr and Reno, friends since they were children, are divers competing to reach the greatest depths without the aid of breathing equipment. and also rivals for the romantic attentions of Ms Arquette. A commercial smash in its native France, Besson’s film is a stunningly photographed visual experience in varying shades of blue. Even if the plot is a load of tosh, the dolphins are nice. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Bontire 0t The Vanities (15) (Brian DePalma. US, 1990) Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffiths, Morgan Freeman. 126 mins. Tom Wolfe’s celebrated New York satire is brought to the screen by veteran director DePalma. with a starry cast, but disappointing results, which failed to capture the US box office’s imagination, and led to Wolfe's disassociation with the project. Hanks stars as ill fated yuppie Sherman McCoy, whose blossoming fortunes take a downturn after a car accident involving a young black man. Grifﬁths plays his mistress Maria, Willis the newspaper hack on his trail, and Freeman the black judge overriding corruption in the courts. Strathclyde: La Scala.
I Breaking Glass (15) (Brian Gibson, UK, 1980) Phil Daniels. Hazel O’Connor, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce. 104 mins. Rock follies in the punk era, in which (then) rising starlet O’Connor falls foul of ‘the system’ in a futuristic fantasy environment. Some strong performances, but ultimatley it’s a shallow trip. Glasgow: GFT.
I Brest Short Film Festival (15) (Various directors. France, 1988—90) A selection of entries from the major French festival of shorts. held annually since 1986. Among the titles on offer are Christine Carriere‘s Manage Blane. Igor dc Savitch’s Un Homme Sans Inﬂuence and Irene Jouannet’s Final 14'. Glasgow: GFT.
I Cabaret (18) (Bob Fosse, US, 1972) Liza Minelli, Joel Grey. Michael York. 124 mins. In divinely decadent early 19305 Berlin, singer Sally Bowles wows them at the notorious Kit Kat Klub, encounters the beginnings of Nazism and shares her
Stylish and invigorating Broadway musical turned Oscar-winning cinematic landmark. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I Cactus (PG) (Paul Cox. Australia. 1986) Isabelle Huppert. Robert Menzies. Norman Kaye, Banduk Marika. 96mins. Quirky and (somewhat self-consciously) delicate love story. in which blind man meets going-blind woman against a beautiful — but fleeting -— backdrop oflush vegetation. Cox’s characteristic sensitivity
recent Golden Braid) conspire to produce a warm-hearted film that never crosses the line into soapy melodrama. Glasgow: GFT.
I Carmen (Francesco Rossi.lta1y/France.
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