Eric Roberts. 125 mins. Top psycho-analyst comes into contact with traumatised woman and her attractive sister. Affair follows. her husband dies. psycho-analyst ﬁnds himself prime suspect. Hollywood's formulaic approach to replicating the Hitchcockian thriller falls flat with a movie that is totally signposted and utterly dumb. Final analysis? It‘s a stiff. General release. I The Fisher King (15) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1991 ) Robin Williams. Jeff Bridges. Amanda Plummer. Mercedes Ruehl. 137 mins. A suicidal former radio DJ (Bridges) and a drop-out former professor of medieval history go in search of the Holy Grail in contemporary New York. The visual splendour of Gilliam‘s previous movies — Time Bandits and Baron Munchausen - is more restrained here, but the blend of myth. satire and romance is strong. Unfortunately. the wonderful central performances by Williams and Bridges are let down by a cop~out. up-beat ending. Glasgow: GI-‘I‘. I FllullthB) (Joel Schumacher. US. 1990) Keifer Sutherland. Julia Roberts. Kevin Bacon. 111 mins. Arresting adventure ﬂick in which the bankablc Ms Roberts plus Messrs Sutherland J nr and Bacon play a band of medical students exploring the ﬁne line between life and death. By tampering with life support machines. they‘re able to reach the moment when all the vital signs have stopped and the monitors are showing ﬂat lines (hence the title). before being brought back by their associates. But the side-effects of the process are to prove dangerously unexpected. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Fort Sansone (Alain Corneau. France. 1984) Gerard Depardicu. Philippe Noiret. Catherine Deneuve. 180 mins. Depardieu stars as the lowly-born military ofﬁcer who becomes a living legend during France‘s empire~buiiding push in the Sahara just before the First World War. Director Corneau embraces much of the emotional sweep of old French colonial tales. Glasgow: GFI'.
I Freeieok (15) (Geoff Murphy. US. 1991) Emilio Estevez. Mick Jagger. Anthony Hopkins. 105 mins. Just before his racing car bursts into a bailof ﬂame. Alex Furlong (Estevez) is hurled intothe future to become the recipient of a state-of-the-art mind transfer. Soon he's on the run from a ruthless bounty hunter (J agger). Conclusive proof that J agger has as much screen presence as a cardboard box. that any ﬁlm with a Sheen sibling in it should carry a warning and that Hopkins should try reading the scripts before signing up. Edinburgh: UCI. I Fried Green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cole (12) (Jon Avnet. US. 1991) Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy. Mary Stuart Masterson. Mary-Louise Parker. 130 mins. After the local Ku Klux Klan threatens the busy cafe in Whistle Stop. Alabama for serving coloured customers. the female owner and her black handyman ﬁnd themselves on trial for an unsolved murder. A chronicle of courage and ingenuity that avoids becoming as overwhelmineg heart-warming as one might have feared. Not the most tantalising item on the menu. but a flavoursome little dish nonetheless. General release. I The Hood mt mm Cradle ( 15) (Curtis Hanson. US. 1991) Rebecca De Mornay. Annabella Sciorra. Matt McCoy. 110 mins. Nanny manages to con her way into the home of the family who inadvertantly caused her husband's suicide and her own miscarriage. and soon begins to show psychotic tendencies. Despite implausible plotting. director Hanson cranks up the tension and delivers a slap-bang ﬁnale. In other words. beautifully crafted mainstream trash. See review. General release. I llesr I! 800' (15) (Peter Chelsom. UK/Ireland. 1991) Adrian Dunbar. Ned Beatty. Tara Fitzgerald. 103 mins. Devious but lovable promoter Mickey (Dunbar) tries to win back his reputation and the woman he loves by booking famous Irish tenor and tax fugitive Josef Locke for his Liverpool nightclub. A modestly charming British production that is fun if you're not expecting some sort of all-time classic. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. I lieart Beat (15) (John Byrum. US, 1979) Nick Nolte. Sissy Spacek. John Heard. 108 mins. Based loosely on the autobiography of Carolyn Cassady (rendered superny by Spacek). Heart Bear uses her triangular relationship with Beat Generation heroes Neal Cassady ( Nolte) and Jack Kerouac
(Heard) as the means for examining the dreams and disappointments of post-war America. A low-key gem. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I ltello W ( 15) (Fernando Perez. Cuba. 1990) Laura de la Uz. Raul Paz. Marta dei Rio. 90 mins. Hemingway's neighbour in Havana in 1956 is Larita. a young. poor girl trying to ﬁnish high school in order to get to university. While reading The Old Man And The Sea she draws a parallel between the old ﬁsherman‘s story and her own life. Glasgow: GFT.
I High Heels (15) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 1991) Victoria Abril. Miguel Bose. Marisa Paredes. 115 mins. More melodramatic frolics from Spain‘s ﬁnest. this time in the shape of a murderous triangle between a mother. her daughter and the latter‘s husband. While Almodovar isn‘t quite at his best. Abril excels as the TV news presenter who admits on air to her hubby's killing. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Hook (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1991 ) Robin Williams. Dustin Hoffman. Julia Roberts. Bob Hoskins. 135 mins. The combination of Robin Williams. Steven Spielberg and Peter Pan proves to be as successful in practice as it appearsin theory. if the ﬁlm is watched in the proper childish frame of mind. The story of a grown-up Peter rediscovering his true identity allows for some fortysomething pondering. but primarily it‘s an excuse for a magical journey around pirate ships. lost islands and colourful ﬁghts. Sure. it‘s formulaic; but Spielberg's ingredients are richer and more wonderfully cinematic than anyone else's. General release.
I Til. Horse Thiei(15) (Tian Zhuangzhuang. China. 1986) Tsehang Rigzin, Dan Jiji. 88mins. Tibet. 1923. To provide for his poverty-stricken family. Norbu steals horses from wandering nomads and offerings reserved for the gods. His actions earn him the contempt of his village and ultimately. expulsion from his tribe. An episodic narrative. occasionally lacking in pace. The Horse Thieflingers on the rituals of the tribe. with a steely gaze that renders their strangeness all the more striking. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The lions and the Tlntes (18) (Christopher Munch. US. 1991) 60 mins. Based on an episode when Beatles manager Brian Epstein escorted John Lennon to Barcelona for a week‘s holiday - prepare to suspend disbelief. With Warren Sonbert's wordless celebration of gay sensibility. Short Fuse. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I I. The Worst of All (Maria Luisa Bemberg. Argentina. 1990) (15) Assumpta Serna. Dominique Sanda. Hector Alterio. 105 mins. Set in 17th century Mexico, this ﬁlm from Argentina's leading feminist director follows the life of poet. playwright. intellectual and nun. Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz. Her privileged position allows her to continue writing until the local archbishop conspires to end her work. Demanding. but ultimately rewarding. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I J'Ernimsse Pa: (18) (Andre Techine. France. 1991) Philippe Noiret. Emmanuelle Beart. Manuel Blane. 115 mins. Resourceful former stretcher-bearer Pierre (Blane) leaves his provincial home and comes to Paris and ﬁnds a world where violence and kindness exist in equal measures. Grittin realistic. coming-of-age tale with a ﬁne performance by Beart (Manon des Sources) as Pierre‘s prostitute girlfriend. Glasgow: GFT.
I Johny Suede (15) (Tom DiCillo. US. 1991 ) Brad Pitt. Richard Boes. Catherine Keener. Nick Cave. 97 mins. Already a cult item on home turf. DiCillo‘s debut is a contemporary morality tale centring on a would-be rockstar. whose musical and hairstyle inspiration is Ricky Nelson. Wryly funny look at an absurd world contains some excellent cameo performances from Keener as his instructive girlfriend and Cave as a platinum pompadoured rocker. This special preview screening is part of the Stirling Film Festival. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I .1! Doc. (15) (Zhang Yimou. China/Japan. 1990) Gong Li. Li Wei. Li Bao-Tian. 94 mins. 1n 19205 China. a young man (Li Wei) falls innocently for his tyrannical uncle's third wife J u Dou (Gong Li). and they embark on a forbidden romance. But the truth will out. with tragic consequences. In the conﬁnes of the uncle‘s dyeing factory, the story‘s cruel logic is offset by an intense beauty and eroticism. Exceptional ﬁlmmaking from the director of Red Sorghum. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Killing of a Chinese loom ( 18) (John Cassavetes. US. 1976) Ben Gazzara. Timothy Carey. Seymour Cassel. 109 mins. Cassavetes uses his central plot — a bunch of gangsters try to muscle in on the owner of a sleazy nightclub — asa metaphor for his own position as a dedicated ﬁlmmaker ﬁghting for his artistic independence. Hugely contradictory and convoluted. it‘s still up there with his best work . thanks to the space he gives his actors and the performances they give in return. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I Kill! (15) (Bruce A. Evans. US. 1991) Christian Slater. Tony Goldwyn. Milla Jovovich. 102 mins. Unsuccessful mainstream vehicle for screen heart-throb Slater. who stars as a college dropout who inherits a private police squad. The comedy.
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