I m cm (PG) (Burt Kennedy. US. 1991) Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd. Shelley Duval. Larry Miller. 91 mins. Professional wrestler and over-the-tOp star Hulk Hogan is Shep Ramsey. an intergalactic crusader marooned on Earth. whose heroic deeds are threatened by the arrival of a pair of alien bounty hunters. Silly plot and cheapo special effects aside. enough laughs are milked out of the situation to ma kc for a relatively painless cinema sitting. General release. I Tales OI Beatrix Polter(U) (Reginald Mills. UK. 197]) 90 mins. Various stories from the children's writer are told in musical form and danced by members of the Royal Ballet. Although Peter Rabbit and all his chums appear on screen. ballet is not perhaps the most engaging way to hold a young audience‘s attention. Nevertheless. twenty years after its original release. it has become part of the holiday season and here benefits from being seen on the big screen. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Tenee do Sol!“ ( 18) (Bertrand Blier. France. 1986) Gerard Depardicu. Miou Miou. Michel Blane. 85 mins. Outrageous ménage a trois black comedy with Depardieu as a randy gay burglar who steals the mouse-like Blanc away from his bossy. gold-digging partner. A wild and rambling mess that is not as hip or coherent as it appearsto think itself. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Thelma S I.qu (15)(Ridley Scott. US. 1991) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsen. 129 mins. The buddy/road movie genres are tumed on their heads as Sarandon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. On one level. the film is the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and put the stars on the cover of Time magazine; just as importantly. it‘s an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Edinburgh: Dominion. lthrone ollloed (15) (Akira Kurosawa.Japan. 1957) Toshiro Mifune. Isuzu Yamada. Minoru Chiaki. 110 mins. It‘s Shakespeare‘s Scottish play. Japanese-style. as samurai Mifune is spurred on by his wife and the spirits to murder his best friend and then his master. Although the barest plot and striking images remain from the original. Kurosawa‘s atmospheric settings in mist-shrouded forests give the film a brooding power. Glasgow: GFI‘. ITO Sleep With MOOHIZZ) (Charles Burnett. US. 1990) Danny Glover. Paul Butler. Mary Alice. Carl Lumbly. Richard Brooks. 10] mins. An ambitious and charming attempt by black director Burnett to confront racial tensions in the US. Based on an old Georgian legend. it tells the story oftraditionalist shit-stirrer Trickster. who visits friends in LA and causes everyone a lot of bother. Keenly political yet warm-hearted. this is a kind of Southern/West Coast response to Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. ITheTwoJekes (15) (Jack Nicholson. US. 1990) Jack Nicholson. Harvey Keitel. Mchilly. Madeleine Stowe. 132 mins. Troubled sequel to Roman Polanski's Chinatown sees Nicholson‘s private eye 1.]. Gittes caught up in murder case involving sleazy LA corruption and a few uncomfortable memories for the drawling one. Intelligent script. again by Robert Towne. fleshes out the original characters but builds a plot that is just too damn complicated. Nevertheless. it makes for a stylish and intriguing alternative to typically formulaic sequels. Glasgow: (ii-'1‘. lThe Warriors (18) (Walter Hill. US. 1979) Michael Beck. James Remar. Thomas Waites. 94


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

(PG) (Nicholas Meyer, US, 1991) William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForrest Kelley, David Warner,

Christopher Plummer. 109 mins. Billed

as the last in the series of big screen adventures ior Kirk and company, whose live-year mission to boldly go and split inllnitives has more than run its course, this sixth instalment marks something of a return to the tacky rumbustiousness of adventure number two, The Wrath of Khan, also directed by Meyer. But just as Ricardo Montalban’s outrageoust overpltched villainry swept all before it in that previous film, here there's yet more

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StarTrek VI: ‘never trust a Klingon . . .'


mirth to be had from watching the thespian antics oi quality performers like David Warner and Christopher Plummer, glued into Klingon outfits and apparently encouraged to deliver their lines at ham lactoreight. . . and rising.

While number four set about saving the whales, the deep and meaningful idea at the root oi this one is to have the Federation and the Klingons settle themselves down at the conference table, and the intergalactic cold war and resolve a new order for the universe. However, on the basis that you never trust a Klingon - not least when he's spouting Shakespeare, as

Plummer’s hawkish General Chang is wont to do at any given moment-the old guard on each side find their mutual mistrust exploited by a mystery adversary bent on creating a major diplomatic incident and so causing the cancellation of the forthcoming peace talks beiore they've even had the chance to get off the ground.

It could be argued that this is singularly unimaginative stuff, for with a cornucopia of potential scenarios and possible worlds to dream up, the best the filmmakers can do is to mirror very obviously the political changes that have been going on here on terra iirma during the latter part of the 20th century. Then again, the old series itself was frequently guilty of shaping its fantasy around the mainstream oi American establishment values and attitudes. Despite its grandiose aspirations, The Undiscovered Country, with its hissable baddies and over-reliance on the Starship Enterprise‘s assorted old codgers going through their party pieces, is more of a pantomime than anything else. (TrevorJohnston)

From Fri 14: Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon The Forge, Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon, Dominion, UCI. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon, Kelburne, Ddeon Ayr, UCI Clydebank, UCl East Kllbride.

mins. Stylised gang warfare flick that avoids the temptations of graphic violence and instead lifts the subject matter to something approaching medieval myth: the New York streets are labyrinths. the gangs are decked out in tribal dress. and a dangerous nightime journey across the city becomes an heroic quest. Moments of humour and a great soundtrack add tothc enjoyment of what is one of Hill‘s best achievements. Edinburgh: Cameo. IWhore(18) (Ken Russell. US. l99|)Theresa Russell. Benjamin Mouton. Antonio Fargas. Elizabeth Morehead. 81 mins. London cabbie David Hines‘ award-winning play Bondage is transferred to the States and given the less than subtle Russell treatment. Despite its sordid

subject matter an emotional document of life on the game it never slips into the brown paper bag

realms of tacky exploitation. Well-intentioned and not as degrading as knee-jerk critics would have you believe. (ilasgow: Grosvenor.


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I Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (15) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 1988)Carmen Maura. Antonio Banderas. Julieta Serrano. 98 mins. When Pepa‘s illicit affair with an older man is abruptly terminated. she sets out for revenge. but is distracted by a succession of offbeat visitors seeking her calming influence. A splendidly bizarre character comedy from the maker of Law OfDesire. with some off-the-wall acting and a plot that pays ironic but affectionate homage to the classic Hollywood comedies of the 1950s. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.

I A World Without Pity Un Monde Sans Pl!f¢’( 15) (Eric Rochant. France. 1990) Hippolyte Girardot. Mireille Perrier. Yvan Attal. Jean Marie Rollin, 88 mins. Parisian comedy-romance. ofa genre no one but the French has evertaken very seriously. It's a pleasing. fluffy bundle of amourfou nonetheless. as the affair between streetwise Hippo (Girardot in a lifelike role presumably written for him) and rive droite square Nathalie (Perrier) works out its star-crossed but


entertaining course against the city's uniquely colourful and funny social backdrop. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Young Frankensteln(15)(Mcl Brooks. US. 1974) Gene Wilder. Gene Hackman. Peter Boyle. 108 mins. A splendidly accurate James Whale pastiche choc-full of memorable one-liners and crazee situations. Brooks‘ most affectionate and consistently humorous film. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Zebriskie Polnt(15)(Michaclangclo Antonioni. US. 1969) Mark Frechette. Daria Halprin. Rod Taylor. Paul Fix. 1 10mins. RamblingwouId-be epic of anti-establishment America. with mellow visuals looser draped on a plot in which Frechctte flees accusations of police murder. steals a plane. takes in the sights of the Nevada desert. picks up Halprin. makes whoopee with her in Death Valley. then returns home to face the music. Beautiful and occasionally intense (Sam Shepard was one ofthe several writers). but a little over-immersed in late-60s trippiness. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.







22The List 14— 27 February 1992