a very old man who has saved humanity by replacing the ozone layer with a protective shield. But his future is threatened when his enemy Katana (Ironside) returns from planet Zeist to kill him. His youthful energy and his decaptitated mentor (Connery) restored to him. MacLeod sets out to defend himself and all he stands for. Silly and illogical remake of an already somewhat fanciful original. which nonetheless scores a few points for lavish visuals and ridiculous one-liners. Edinburgh: UCl.

I The Hill (15) (Sidney Lumet. UK. 1965) Sean Connery. Ilarry Andrews. Michael Redgrave. Ian Bannen. Ossie Davis. Roy Kinnear. 122 mins. Gritty British melodrama. set in a military detention centre in North Africa during World War Two. Connery is excellent as one ofthe prisoners who rebel against the harsh regime inflicted by Andrews‘ ruthless sergeant-major. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Home Alone (PG) (Chris Columbus. US. 1990) Macaulay Culkin. Joe Pesci. Daniel Stern. John Heard. Catherine ()‘I lara. 103 mins. Peter and Kate McCallister

(I Ieard and ()‘l Iara) have an eight-year-old brat and wisely albeit

accidentally leave him behind in Chicago

when they go on holiday to Paris. Left to his own devices young Kevin ((‘ulkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars ( Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly. ifsadistic. scare-comedy antics produced by teenflick veteran John Hughes. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.

I The Hot SpOI ( 18) (Dennis Hopper. US. 1990) Don Johnson. Virginia Madsen. Jennifer Connelly. 130mins. Hopper‘s homage tofilm hair is set in small-town Texas. where Johnson’s amoral drifter sweet-talks his way into a job as acar salesman. and soon finds himselftorn between two women. one of whom happens to be married to his employer. As tensions begin to rise. it transpires that everyone has a few secrets they‘d rather not share. Suspenseful and astute. Glasgow: GFI’.

I The Hunt For Red October( 15) (John McTiernan. US. 1990) Sean Connery. Alec Baldwin. Scott Glen. Tim Curry. Joss Ackland. 136 mins. The latest all-star offering from the director of Die Hard. set

aboard a Soviet submarine and the NATO : sub sent to hunt it down. In response tothe ?

plot-spoiling thaw of East-West relations. MeTiernan sneakily sets the film a few years back. which can't help but render it anachronistic. Edinburgh: UCI.

I Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1989) Harrison Ford. Scan Connery. Alison Doody. Denholm Elliot. 127 mins. The third and supposedly final instalment of Spielberg‘s blockbuster series. in which the archaeological adventurer is joined by his father (Connery) for a romp through the Middle East in search ofthe Holy Grail. hotly pursued (as ever) by the Nazis. A

rather dodgy quasi-Christian morality and

a more-of—the-same-ish plot are offset by strong performances from Ford and Connery and technical bravura. Edinburgh: UCI.

I The Intruder ( 18) (Roger Corman. US. 1961) William Shatner. Frank Maxwell. Beverly Lunsford. 84 mins. Roger Corman's most serious film (and apparently his favourite of his own pictures) has a pre-Kirk Shatner in blistering form as an unscrupulous agitator who 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. Taut. passionate and effective message picture based on actual events. it was Corman‘s only commercial failure even when reissued under the rather more tabloid title of] Hate Your Guts. Glasgow: GFT.

I Jetsons: The Movie (U) (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera. US. 1991) With the voices of George O‘Hanlon. Mel Blane.

Penny Singleton. Tiffany. Patric Zimmerman. 83 mins. America‘s favourite family of the future (it says here). as animated by the celebrated duo. move to a new home in outer space when George Jetson gets promotion at Spacely Sprockets. His new job is jeopardised by a sabotage campaign. however. which leads to a struggle between the astral green movement and the technocrats from the stratosphere. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. I Jimi Hendrix At The Isle OlWighu 15) (Murray Lerner. UK. 1990) TheJimi Hendrix Experience. 55 mins. Filmed just two weeks before Jimi‘s death in 1970. this unique footage reveals evidence ofthe great man in decline: confused. irritable and struggling to keep a grip on himself. A depressing testimony to the destructive effect of rock ’n‘ roll excesses. Edinburgh: UCI. I Jimi Hendrix Plays Monterey(15)(D.A. Pennebaker. US. 1967) The Jimi Hendrix Experience. 49 mins. The concert which really put Jimi into the big time. faithfully recorded to show the man at the peakof his powers: sexual charisma. technical b: illiance. wild aggression and that unique inventiveness that for the few years until his untimely demise made him indisputed king of rock ‘n' roll. Edinburgh: UCI. I Jules El Jim (PG) (Francois Truffaut. France. 1961 ) Jeanne Moreau. Oskar Werner. Henri Serre. 105 mins. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I King Of Comedy (PG) (Martin Scorcese. US 1983) Robert De Niro. Jerry Lewis. Sandra Bernhard. 109 mins. Full-time schmuck Rupert Pupkin (dc Niro)dear|y wants to be a successful television entertainer. so he puts together a plan to kidnap glum chat show host Lewis and force his way onto the box. Desperate comic capers. with a bitter edge to De Niro‘s manic. hilarious and somehow involving performance. Criminally under-rated. this slices to the core of America‘s cultural emptiness. Glasgow: GFT. I King Ralph (PG) (David S. Ward. US. 1991 ) John Goodman. Peter O’ Toole. John Hurt. Camille Coduri. Julian Glover. 96 mins. When the entire Royal Family is unluckily wiped out. Las Vegas pianist Ralph Jones (Goodman) becomes heirto the throne ofBritain. lnthe struggle to adjust to his elevated lifestyle. King Ralph offends other monarchs. disrupts British industry. delights the tabloid press and falls in love with a commoner. But complications arise when Lord Graves (Hurt) begins plotting his downfall. Unreverential comedy with an enjoyany robust central performance. a pinch ofsatirc on the British ‘Royals‘ cult. and a good few laughs. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCI East Kilbride. I LAStory(15) (MickJackson. US. 1991) Steve Martin. Victoria Tennant. Richard E. Grant. Marilu lIenner. 95 mins. Written by Martin himself. this affectionate satire on the world centre of hedonism is also a love story in the manner of Manhattan, though without the intellectual subtlety of that homage to NYC. Martin plays eccentric weatherman Harris K. Telemacher. who sets out to find sanity and true love in a crazy society. Not as funny as it should be. but nonetheless an enjoyable entertainment. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. La Scala. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I The Last Picture Show (15) (Peter Bogdanovich. US. 1971)Timothy Bottoms. Jeff Bridges. Cybill Shepherd. Ben Johnson. Cloris Leachman. Randy Ouaid. 118 mins. The film that made Bogdanovich. far superior to its sequel Texasville. and indeed most ofthe director‘s other work. Set in small-town

Texas in the 1950s. it captures the local atmosphere and the traumas of adolescence to perfection. focusing on the growing pains of a group of teenagers on the brink of adulthood. to whom the closure of the local cinema symbolises loss of youth and innocence. Glasgow: GFT. I Life Is Sweet ( 15) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1991 ) Alison Steadman. Jim Broadbent. Jane Horrocks. Claire Skinner. Timothy Spall. David Thewlis. 102 mins. Domestic cringe-drama again in Leigh‘s latest offering. which centres on a family with mismatched twin daughters ( Horrocks and Skinner) an inefficient caterer dad (Broadbent) and a generous-spirited mum (Steadman). The drama laced. like all Leigh's work. with a bleak. almost cruel humour centres on the sisters‘ relationship. the father‘s ill conceived business venture and the new restaurant opened by a friend (Spall). Enjoyable. truthful and surprisingly optimistic. Glasgow: Salon.

I The Little Mermaid (U) (John Musker and Ron Clements. US. 1990) With the voices of Rene Auberjonois. Buddy Hackett. Kenneth Mars. 83 mins. Based on a Hans 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 ofhumour anda set of truly tacky songs. Our bikini-clad heroine might be a little too eager to fulfil her Barbie-doll destiny. but by and large

it‘s embarrassingly enjoyable stuff.

Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.UC1 East Kilbride.

I Lothian Video Users' Group screenings (12) A programme ofvideo films made using LVUG‘s facilities. and featuring a wide selection ofdifferent topics and styles. from pop video to documentary. Sec preview. page 18. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I A Man Escaped Uri CondamneA Mort S'esr Ifchappe (PG) (Robert Bresson.

France. 1956) Francois Leterrier. Charles Le C lainche. Maurice Beerblock. Jacques Ertaud. 102 mins. The true story ofa French Resistance fighter‘s escape from imprisonment by the Gestapo. Recently re-released. Bresson‘s account is both austerely straightforward in its depiction of the story. and sublimely metaphysical in its implications of Providence at work. A riveting experience. Glasgow: GFT.

I Marked For Death ( l8) (Dwight H. Little. US. 1990) Steven Seaga|.Joanna Pacula. Keith David. Basil Wallace. 98 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCI. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. La Scala. UCI Clydebank.UC1 East Kilbride.

I Marnie ( 18) (Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1964) Tippi Hedren. Sean Connery. Diane Baker. 120 mins. Hedren (in arole intended for Grace Kelly) is the glacial blonde heroine in this most florid of Hitchcock‘s psychological melodramas. After her boss Connery catches her robbing his safe. he becomes attracted to her and the two marry. but her frigidityin the bedroom hides a much darker secret. The usual late Hitch mixture of carelessness (those backdrops!) and technical virtuosity A playground for veteran Freudians. Edinburgh: UCI.

I Mermaids ( 15) (Richard Benjamin. US. 1991) Cher. Winona Ryder. Bob Hoskins. Christina Ricci. 110 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge . Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.

I Misery ( 18) (Rob Reiner. US. 1991) Kathy Bates. James Caan. Frances Sternhagen. Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall. 107 mins. Adapted from Stephen King‘s novel. this psychological chiller centres on a pOpular author with literary aspirations (Caan) who finds himself trapped. following a nasty car accident. with his ‘number one fan‘ (Bates. who won


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