in any way outstanding. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I The Return 01 Martin Guerre ( 15) (Daniel Vigne. France. 1982) Gerard Depardieu. Nathalie Baye. Stephane Peau. 123 mins. In the sixteenth century. a young man leaves his village. to return from war nine years later. He is welcomed home by his wife. but rumours begin to insist that he is an impostor. Fascinating and engagineg muddy realisation of traditional French myth. which culminates in a gripping courtroom scene and a twist in the tail. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Robocop (18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1987) Peter Weller. Nancy Allen. Ronny Cox. 103 mins. Slick and stomach-churnineg violent futuristic thriller blending elements of Dirty Harry. Frankenstein and The Six Million Dollar Man. When diligent policeman Welleris shot to pieces by vicious hoods. his remains are mechanically reconstructed into a hi-tech law enforcement officer. but the human desire for revenge still beats beneath his mechanical exterior. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Robocop 2(18) (Irvin Kershner. US. 1990) Peter Weller. Nancy Allen. Tom Noonan. Dan O‘Hcrlihy. 116 mins. With a bigger budget to play with. this sequel to Paul Verhoeven‘s sardonic original puts more emphasis on mindless action as another tale ofcorporate corruption in let century Detroit violently unfolds. This time Robocop is caught up in the drug wars precipitated by the popularity ofa new designer narcotic Nuke and faces an imposing robotic foe cooked up by the unscrupulous multi-national Omni Consumer Products. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Rude Boy (18) (Jack Hazan & David Mingay. UK. 1980) Ray Gange. Joe Strummer. Mick Jones. Paul Simenon. Topper Headon. Terry McQuade. Caroline Coon. 133 mins. The Clash disowned this drama/documentary portrait of the punk era. though its most interesting aspect is certainly the excellent footage of the band in concert. backstage and at rehearsal. Centringon one

~ particular disaffected and politically confused youth (Gange). it gives some kind of reminder of the national malaise which allowed the Tories to get elected in the first place. Glasgow: GFT.

I Scarface (PG) (Howard Hawks. US. 1932) Paul Muni. Ann Dvorak. George Raft. Boris Karloff. 90 mins. The violent life and death of Muni‘s 1920s gangster is

obviously based on that of Al Capone . but with a subplot with his incestuous sister thrown in for extra decadence. Originally subtitled Shame ofa Nation. it vividly captures the atmosphere of the Chicago gangland wars in a crackle ofmachinegun fire. An early classic that has not lost its power to shock. Glasgow: GFT. I Scenes From A Mall (15) (Paul Mazursky. US, 1990) Woody Allen. Bette Midler. Paul Mazursky. 88 mins. Successful professional couple Allen and Midler are out celebrating their sixteenth wedding anniversary in true American style by shopping together. In a burst of honesty. Allen reveals that he's been unfaithful. at which point the proverbial undesirable substance hits the air conditioning vent. Though everything looks set for a delirious showdown between two leading exponents ofthe mouth-off. Mazursky‘s normally cunning hand with script and direction (as seen in Enemies A Love Story) misfires here. leaving little of interest to meet high expectations. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbridc. I Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (U) (Stanley Donen. US. 1954) Howard Keel. Jeff Richards. Russ Tamblyn. 103 mins. Classic MGM all-singing all-dancing musical loosely based on the Rape ofthe Sabine Women. Despite its arch

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symmetry. it remains a colourful and vigorous affair with a cosin effective score by DePaul and Mercer (Spring. Spring. Spring- as in rites of. . .). The dancing. choreographed by Michael Kidd. is its strongest point but its status as an all time great is probably marred most by the brash and primitive technicolour filming. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Sex. Lies and Videotape (15) (Steven Soderbergh. US. 1989) Andie McDowell. Laura San Giacomo. James Spader. Peter Gallagher. 101 mins. The sex: John (Gallagher) is conducting a steamy affair with his sister-in-Iaw Cynthia (San Giacomo). The lies: they neglect to tell his wife. Anne (McDowell). The videotape: John‘s buddy Graham (Spader) gets his kicks by filming women‘s sexual confessions. 26-ycar-old Soderbergh‘s first feature is a strikingly assured. funny and thoughtful piece of work. forcing usto examine our own attitudes toward sex. and won the Palmc d'Or at Cannes. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Sheltering Sky (18) (Bernardo Bertolucci. UK/ltaly. 1990) Debra Winger. John Malkovich. Campbell Scott. Jill Bennett. 138 mins. The criticism which has met Bertolucci‘s cherished adaptation of the psychologically complex Paul Bowles novel is only partly fair. The book‘s subtlety is not fully communicated. and Bertolucci's alterations have been frowned upon. but ironically his departures from the text are the source of the most intense cinematic images. And in

the central roles as the doomed American : couple seeking adventure. meaning and one another's souls in the north African

desert. Winger‘s Kit may be flawed. but Malkovich's Port is a superbly intuitive characterisation. Central: MacRohert Arts Centre.

I The Shepherds 0i Bemeray (U) (Jack Shea. UK) An account ofthe hard life on the southernmost of the Outer Hebrides. and the economic and environmental nressures which force people to move to the mainland. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Silkwood (15) (Mike Nichols. US. 1983) Meryl Streep. Cher. Kurt Russell. 131 mins. Based on the true story ofKaren Silkwood. who died under mysterious circumstances as she was about to bringto light safety malpractices in the nuclear

: processing industry. Niehols‘ subtly

crusading drama features a superb

1 performance from Streep. and an early

. flash of Cher‘s potential as the former‘s

i lesbian lover. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. i I Singin’ In The Rain (U) (Gene Kelly&

A Stanley Donen. US. 1950) Gene Kelly.

Donald O‘Connor. Debbie Reynolds.

Cyd Charisse. 102 mins. Hollywood

undergoes the transition from the silent era to the talkies and reputations rise and fall. Absolutely wonderful musical entertainment. with the slickest ofsnappy dialogue. endurineg catchy numbers. a cast of genuine charisma. and an engaging

picture ofthe industry in transition into

the bargain. Quite splendid. Glasgow:


I Sleeping With The Enemy (15) (Joseph Ruben. US. 1990) Julia Roberts. Patrick

Bergin. Kevin Anderson. 115 mins. ' Hollywood's hottest female star is once again the centre of attention in this

effective thriller about a woman driven to desperate steps to avoid her psychopathically violent husband. The delicate not to say socially important subject matter is approached with as much sensitivity and responsibility as can be expected from Hollywood. and the film

has done very healthy trade at the US box

office. launching director Ruben into the

big league after a string of minor hits ' including The Stepfather and True

Believer. Ultimately. though. the film is too light and glossy to be taken seriously as anything other than gripping entertainment. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Grosvenor. Odeon. Salon. Edinburgh:

a maior work of Art ;._ from a director of . international repute. o It is of serious

interest to all those

who regard the

cinema as an

artform. .

A sincere and

brilliant film"







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