hubby's killing. Glasgow: Salon. Central: MacRobert.

I 1100! (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 appears in 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 fortysomcthing 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.

Illmrd: End (PG) (James Ivory. UK. 1992) Anthony Hopkins. Vanessa Redgrave. Helena Bonham Carter. Emma Thompson. 142 mins. After a succession of dreary Forster clones. the British film industry gets round to tackling his masterpiece. and one of the most important novels of the 20th century. The story. centring on the marriage between a wealthy and reactionary old duffer and an emancipated younger woman. is a complex family chronicle told with clarity and compassion. At last a cinematic period drama that exudes excellence. with some finely crafted performances to match. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion.

I J'Ernurasae Pe8(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. corning-of-age tale With a fine performance by Beart (Manon des Sources) as Pierre's prostitute girlfriend. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. °

I Le Journal d'une Famine de Chambre The Diary ofa Chambermaid( 15) (Luis Bunuel. France. 1964) Jeanne Moreau. Michel Piccoli. Georges Gcret. 98 mins. An ambitious chambermaid makes her mark by manipulating her boss. his neighbour and his gamekeeper. By placing the action against the rise of Fascism. Bunuelshows political. sexual and social desires as equally perverse. Moreau is at her best. Edinburgh: French Institute.

Iltlkucnl ( 15) (Kenchi lwamoto. Japan. 1991) Jiro Yoshimura. Yasuhiro ()ka. Misa Fukuma. ()8 mins. A taciturn laundry worker's obsession with a supermarket check-out girl provides the minimal plot for this sparse big screen debut by re nowned manga artist/writer lwamoto. Winner

ofa prize at 1991‘s Berlin Film Festival. it usesits hyper-real soundtrack to transform the everyday into the bizarre. Glasgow: GFT. I King 01 New York(18) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1990) Christopher Walken. David Caruso. Larry Fishburne. Victor Argo. Wesley Snipes. 104 mins. Extremely violent and amoral account of New York drug lord Frank White (Walkcn). who kills quite a few people but is really a decent cove. whose dream is to open a hospital for the people of his native South Bronx. A twisted tale ofcriminal loyalty and glamorised violence. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Land Before Time (U) (Don Bluth. US. 1989) 86 mins. Latest animated feature from Disney graduate Bluth follows the fortunes of orphaned Brontosaurus Littlefoot. who loses his mum to the claws of a nasty Tyrannosaurus Rex before teaming up with a gang ofsimilarly parentless wee dinos to undertake the hazardous journey across country to the safety of the Great Valley. Classically drawn and chockful ofedifying moral lessons. this is solid entertainment perfectly tailored to the demands of its target audience of very young children. Glasgow: GFI. IThe Last Boy Scout ( 18) (Tony Scott. US. 19911 Bruce Willis. Damon Wayans. Chelsea Field. 105 mins. Ill-matched buddy duo of scuzzball private eye (Willis) and disgraced sports idol (Wayans) biff. bang and crash their way through bone-crushing violence and producer Joel Silver‘s trademark explosions. State-of-the-art fluff. which works like a good dirty joke shameful but kind of fun. Edinburgh: UCI. I The Lawnmower Man (15) (Brett Leonard. UK/US. 1992) Pierce Brosnan . Jeff Fahey. Jenny Wright. 108 mins. Backward gardener (Fahey) is the subject ofexperiments to increase learning potential using drugs and Virtual Reality technology. Cue weird side effects and telekinetic powers. Unfortunately the plot (which has hardly anything to do with the Stephen King short story) is little more than a ludicrous twist on the Frankenstein format and is basically just there as an excuse for some admittedly stunning. computer-animated special effects. See preview. General release. I Life I: Swee1(15) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1991 ) Alison Steadman. Jim Broadbent.Jane Horrocks. Claire Skinner. Timothy Spall. David Thewlis. 102 mins. Domestic cringe-drama which centres on a family with mismatched twin daughters (Horrocks and Skinner). an inefficient caterer dad (Broadbent) and a generous-spirited mum (Steadman). Like all Leigh's work. the drama is laced with a bleak. almost cruel humour.



but it‘s enjoyable. truthful and surprisingly

optimistic. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I nght Sleeper(15) (Paul Schrader. US. 1991


Willem Dafoe. Susan Sarandon. Dana Delany.

Mary Beth Hurt. 103 mins. Writer/director Schrader returns to terrific form with this tale drug courier searching for meaning in a broke

of a

urban world. Dafoe is superb as John Le Tour. a

latterday cousin to Schrader's creationsin

American Gigolo and Taxi Driver. Tough and

intense. it is the most involving film from this

major American filmmaker for quite some time.

Edinburgh: Cameo. I Medlclne Man 1 PG) (John McTiernan. US. 1991) Sean Connery. Lorraine Braeco. Jose

Wilker. 105 mins. Change of tack for top action director McTiernan and Scotland‘s favourite son

in this tale of a scientist whose elusive cure for cancer lies within a patch of rainforest due for

'development‘. Connery and co-star Braeco never

quite hit it off as a screen duo. but the photography and Big Tam's inimitable charm

make for a damn good cinema sitting. General

release. I Memolrs of an lnvlslble Man (PG) (John Carpenter. US. 1991) Chevy Chase. Daryl

Hannah. Sam Neill. 99 mins. As the result ofan experimental mishap Wall Street analyst Nick Halloway (Chase) becomes invisible. Soon he‘s

on the run from the secret service and trying toget ;

his documentary filmmaker girlfriend to help

Computer animation replaces the old standby

him. of

unseen bits of string. but the film's extended chase

narrative is nowhere near as inspired as the tri work. General release.


I Mlulsslppl Masala (15) (Mira Nair. US. 1991) Denzel Washington. Sarita Choudhury. Roshan Seth. 112 mins. Expelled from Uganda. an Asian

family face further upheaval in the American South when the daughter falls for a struggling

carpet cleaner. An unusual slant on inter-racial hostility from the director ofSalaam Bombayf. which could have benefitted from a little more

grit. (ilasgow: (irosvenor.

I "3.45: Angel or Vengeance ( 18 ) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1980) Zoe Tamerlis. Albert Sinkys. Darlene Stuto. llelen McGara. 84 mins. No one is better than Abel Ferrara at taking low budgets. sleazy material and dodgy actors. and making them into a diseased urban art form. After being raped twice in one day. a mute girl goes out on nightlyjaunts

blowing away chauvanist scum. Like its predecessor. the much misunderstood Driller Killer. it’s full ofwit. pace and a numbing

portrayal of contemporary violence. Edinburgh:


I My Own Private Idaho ( l8) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richert. 105 mins. Shakespeare's Henry IV Part: 1and2 are given a sleazy. contemporary twist in Van Sant‘s follow-up to the admirable Drugstore Cowboy. Screen heart-throbs Phoenix and Reeves make brave career moves by playing a rent boy and the preppie layabout object ofhis affections. but to good effect. A compelling. idiosyncratic. left-field gem. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Naked Gun (15) (David Zucker. US. 1988) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. Ricardo Montalban. 85 mins. Nielsen plays a disaster-prone LA cop assigned to find the men who shot his colleague in a drugs bust. and protect our dear Queen at the same time. while also finding time for romance with secretary Presley. The makers ofAirpIane here operate on a similar principle: keep it fast. keep it marvellouslydumb. and the comic dividends will eventually flow. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Naked Gun 21/2 1 12) (David Zucker. USA 1991) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. Robert (ioulet. George Kennedy. 85 mins. The nasty leaders of the coal. oil and nuclear industries have hatched a fiendish plot to trick President Bush into carrying out an extremely unsound energy policy. But they hadn't reckoned on the inimitable abilitiesof Lieutenant Frank Drcbin. Leslie Nielsen is back on top form as he bungles through lame jokes. bizarre sight gags and lust for Priscilla Presley with a (‘louscau-like efficiency. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Naked Lunch ( 18) (David Cronenberg. US. 1992) Peter Weller. Judy Davis. Ian llolm. Roy Scheider. 121 mins. Body horror maestro takeson the near impossible task of filming William Burroughs' controversial novel The Naked Lunch and comes out with a cinematic masterpiece. Elements from Burroughs‘ own life merge with a surreal narrative and the book's bizarre. drug-induced sexual imagery. leaving a bewildered. but impressed. audience in their wake. By no means easy watching. but well worth the effort. Fife: Adam Smith.

I New York. New Yorkl 15) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1977) Liza Minnelli. Robert De Niro. Lionel Stander. 153 mins. Winning combination of satirical parody and heartfelt tribute. as Scorsese tries his hand at big-budget musical comedy. The two stars are outstanding as a warring couple. De Niro's downbeat jar]. saxophinist perfectly counterpoising Minnelli's struggling singer in an affecting rags-to-riches yarn. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

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