features and uncompromising hand-wear) in their potentially fatal dreams. Marginally more fun than most teen-slash by dint of its surreal special effects. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I On The Black Hill (15) (Andrew Grieve, UK, 1987) Mike Gwylim, Robert Gwylim, Bob Peck, Gemma Jones. 117 mins. Visually rich adaptation of Bruce Chatwin’s novel following four generations of a Welsh farming family, which centres on the developing bond between twin brothers. Grieve‘s synoptic approach leaves the characterisation a little on the sketchy side, but fine cinematography and a few memorable scenes make this ambitious British film one to commend. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Over Her Dead Body (15) (Maurice Phillips, US, 1991) Elizabeth Perkins,

Judge Reinhold, Jeffery Jones, Maureen Mueller, Rhea Pearlman. 101 mins. Enid and Harry are married. Enid and June are sisters. Harry and June are lovers. To make matters worse, June accidentally kills Enid; and Harry - a policeman - has to leave her to dispose of the body. Black farce a la Fawlty Towers with a strong cast and a well handled sense of tension.

I Perle, Texas (15) (Wim Wenders, US/W. Germany, 1984) Harry Dean Stanton, Natassja Kinski, Hunter Carson. 144 mins. Missing for four years,

middle-aged loner Stanton turns up in the

Texan outback, and is later reunited with

his son. The two embark on a trek across

America to find his estranged wife, the

young boy‘s mother. Wenders’ coolly

dislocating visual sense of combines with writer Sam Shepard's version of

America‘s desolate heartlands to produce

a moving story of personal alienation.

Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Pertectly Normal (15) (Yves Simoneau,

Canada, 1990) Robbie Coltrane, Michael

Riley, Deborah Duchene, Kenneth

Walsh. 105 mins. Flamboyant. enigmatic

Alonzo (Coltrane) rolls into a small town,

where he hooks up with shy

brewery-worker Renzo (Riley) and begins to propel him towards his risky ambitions.

An intriguing and often very charming

movie, with strong performances in the

two main roles, but Simoneau seems torn between farce and philosophy, and the film fails to gel coherently. Edinburgh:


I Pop Lile Event A one-off session of

discussions and screenings about the

representation of pop music on television and video, to tie in with the Mayfest season of youth culture movies. In the morning, rock journalist and academic

Professor Simon Frith will explore the way music is packaged in these media; while the afternoon session will be led by Douglas McKinnon, who has directed videos for Runrig and the Proclaimers. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Postcards From The Edge (15) (Mike Nichols, US, 1990) Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss. 101 mins. Glossy but honest adaptation of Carrie Fisher‘s largely autobiographical novel of Hollywood hell: cocaine addiction, waking up with strangers, a plummeting reputation and the degradation of the detox clinic. In this case , the young star, played with gusto by Streep, faces the additional tribulation of an alcoholic mum (MacLaine), but can country ‘n‘ western save the day? Sensitively assembled with an admirable lightness of touch, this is a reasonably honest and generally charming movie. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Poweooetel (PG) (Godfrey Reggio, US, 1988) 97 mins. Follow-up to Koyaanisqatsi is another visual collage, this time examining how Third World societies have been exploited. Once more the result is beautifully photographed, and Philip Glass again provides the impressive soundtrack, but somehow the impact of the original has been lost. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Predator 2 (18) (Stephen Hopkins, US, 1990) Danny Glover, Kevin Peter Hall, Gary Busey, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ruben Blades. 108 mins. The chameleon-like monster first encountered by Arnie in the Vietnam jungle is back, but this time its hunger for human flesh has brought it to Los Angeles, where the Police Department begins to receive unexpected assistance in its struggle against the gangleaders. Glover is the new star, a cop who finds his new ally tobe even more dangerous than his old enemies, and the cat ’n‘ mouse gore-chase which (let‘s face it) was good fun in part one is soon to follow . . . Competent and sporadically thrilling sequel. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge, Odeon. Edinburgh: UCI. Central: Cannon, Regal. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride.

I Problem Chlld (PG) (Dennis Dugan, US, 1990) John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Michael Richards, Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Yasbeck. 81 mins. Adopted and returned thirty times to the orphanage, Junior is a troublesome child, a monster for foster parents. Now yet another hapless couple (Ritter and Yasbcck) have taken him into their home, and all hell is going to descend upon them. Flippant —if funny - comedy on what would, in other hands, be a serious topic. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon The Forge, Cannon Sauchiehall Street, Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Cannon, UCI. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Cannon, UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride. I Purple Rain (15) (Albert Magnoli, US,

1984) Prince, Apollonia Kotero. 111 mins.

Thinly-disguised Oscar-winning autobiographical drama on the life and hard times of His Purpleness. The musicis all. Glasgow: GFT.

I Reversal oi Fortune (15) (Barbet Schroeder, US, 1990) Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver. 111 mins. Dramatic reconstruction, via Jewish American defence lawyer Alan Dershowitz‘ book, of the famous Von Bulow case, in which the European aristocrat (played with typical detachment by Irons) was convicted of attempting to murder his fantastically rich wife (Close). The film follows his appeal, led by the exaggeratedly flamboyant Silver as Dershowitz, but for legal reasons is unable to offer any judgement on his guilt or innocence, and does little more than intrigue and eventually frustrate the audience. Glasgow: GFT. Central: Cannon.

I Road House (18) (Rowdy Herrington, US, 1989) Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch. 114 mins. Swayzc moves from Dirty Dancing to dirty dunting when he becomes bouncer-in-chief at the savage Double Deuce nightclub. Utterly execrable macho nonsense, but full of

: satisfying cheap thrills if you take it in the

right spirit. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I Robin Hood (PG) (John Irvin, US, 1991) Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman, Jurgen Prochnow, Edward Fox. 104 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street, Salon. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: Kelburne, La Scala, UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride.

I Rosencrantz And Gulldenetem Are Dead (PG) (Tom Stoppard, UK, 1991)Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss, Iain Glen. 117 mins. Stoppard‘s own screen version of his first play, premiered in Edinburgh 25 years ago. Set in the world of Hamlet, but with a new and highly quirky perspective on events, it presents Shakespeare‘s peripheral characters as existential fall-guys trying to work out how the situation brewing around them might relate to theirfuture. Witty and very clever, but probably better on the stage. See feature, page 16. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I See 01 Love (18) (Harold Becker, US, 1989) Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John

Goodman, Michael Rooker. 118 mins. Pacino, a homicide detective in search of a murderer whose crimes seem to be connected with the personal ads, sets up a date with single mother Barkin, and, although attracted to her. begins to suspect that she is the killer. The plot may be on the creaky side. but the performances from both leads are spot-on, the dialogue and the sex scenes are remarkably realistic. However, the film is more likely to be remembered for its humour than for its tension. Central: Cannon.

I The Serpent And The Rainbow (18) (Wes Craven. US. 1988) Bill Pullman, Zakes Mokac, Cathy Tyson. 98 mins. In Papa Doc Duvalicr‘s Haiti, American anthropologist Pullman is investigating the island‘s voodoo cult, and comes up against the local chief of the Ton Ton Macoutc in his search for the mysterious drug turning people into zombies. Craven, uneasy away from Elm Street, falls between two stools here. apparently unsure whether he‘s making another effects extravaganza or a film ofserious anthropological intent. Central: Cannon. I The Silver Darlings (U) (Clarence Elder & Clifford Evans, UK, 1947) Clifford Evans, Helen Shingler, Carl Bernard, Norman Shelley, Simon Lack. 84 mins. Neil Gunn‘s moody story ofdesperatc Hebridean fishermen in the Moray Firth, struggling to keep their lifestyle viable, brought to the screen with limited success, since it lacks the poetic qualities oqunn‘s writing. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Singing Ringing Tree (U) (Francesco Stefani, East Germany, 1958) 73 mins. Imaginative adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' tale, in which Princess Thousandbeauty‘s suitor prince has the unenviable task of supplying her with said vegetation in order to win her hand. Glasgow: GFT.

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 The Forge, Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon, UCI. Central: Caledonian. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton, UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride.

I Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home (PG) (Leonard Nimoy, US, 1986) William Shatner, DeForest Kelley. Leonard

Nimoy. 119 mins. The crew of the Starship

Enterprise beams down to 1986 San Francisco to protect the earth from an alien probe and save the whale into the bargain. As daft as it sounds, but essential viewing for corset and toupee aficionados. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Sunset Boulevard (PG) (Billy Wilder, US, 1950) Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim. 111 mins. Broken dreams on Sunset, perfectly handled by Wilder. One of Hollywood's blackest and hence one of its best pieces of introspection. Watch out for the some old Tinseltown luminaries in a cameo card-game. Glasgow: GFT.

I Talie Danielle (15) (Etienne Chatiliez, France, 1990) Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty. 110 mins. The apparently charming old dear with her dog Garde-a-vous and her beleagured housekeeper Odile proves to be far from

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