Fllms screening this fortnight are listed below. with certificate, credits. brief review and venue details. Full-length reviews of selected new releases can be found close to the appropriate entry. Programme details
I Bartoa Fink ( 15) (Joel Coen. US. 1991 )John Turturro. John Goodman. Judy Davis. Michael Lerner. 117 mins. When socially-committed
- playwright Barton Fink (Turturro) is consigned by
the Hollywood machine to write wrestling ﬁlms. he slumps into a writer‘s block as large as his mysterious next-door neighbour (John
? Goodman). Unprecedented winner of best film.
actor and direction awards at 1991 ‘s Cannes Film
Festival shows the Coen‘s at their most menacing
and absurd best. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh:
I Basic lestlnct(18) (Paul Vcrhoeven. US. 1992)
5 Michael Douglas. Sharon Stone. George
appear in the Listings section whichfollows.
Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
IAIice(12) (Woody Allen. US. 199(1) Mia Farrow. Joe Mantegna. William Hurt. Keye Luke. 105 mins. Despite living in a designer paradise. Alice (Farrow) has an eye for a fellow parent at her children‘s school and a backache her therapists are at a loss to ease. Cue Doctor Chang's mystical. medical herbs and hidden aspects of her personality shine through. Another gem from Mr Allen. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
IAn American Tail 2: Flevei Goes West(U)(Phil Nibbelink/Simon Wells. US. 1991 ) With the voices of Phillip Glasser. Dom Del.uise. James Stewart. John Cleese. 75 mins. Disillusioned with their New York tenement. the Mousekewitcz family head out to the Wild West. where Fievel teams up with Sheriff Wylie Burp and his friend Tiger in order to clean up the town run by evil Cat R. Waul. Not really up to the standard ofthc original. Glasgow: GFT.
I Apocalypse NW1 ( 18) (Francis Coppola. US. 1980) Martin Sheen. Marlon Brando. Robert Duvall. Dennis Hopper. 153 mins. Vietnam as The Ultimate Trip. We follow US Army assassin Sheen downriver and deeper into the Heart of Darkness ruled over by Brando‘s mad Colonel Kurtz. Alternater pretentious and visually overpowering (the Valkyries helicopter attack. for example). its grandiloquent folly somehow pierces right to the bone of the conflict. Edinburgh: Cameo.
IAutoItus (15) (Eric Rochant. France. 1991) Yvan Attal. Kristen Scott-Thomas. Marc Berman. 95 mins. A young man (Attal) hijacksa school bus in order to visit the woman he fell in love with while on holiday. ()n one level. Rochant‘s follow-up to A World Without Pity isan accessible and exciting heist picture done in a fairly Hollywood manner; on another. it manages to create genuine audience sympathy for its gun-toting protagonist. Glasgow: GFl‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Dzundza. Jeanne Tripplehorn. 128 mins. On-the-edge ‘Frisco cop Nick Curran (Douglas) becomes embroiled with a successful novelist and murder suspect (Stone); she. in turn. treats him to a series of psychological fornications while going along a similar path with his body. Easily the best.
ice-pick-sharp thriller for several years. with
steamy sex scenes that leave the screen dripping with sweat. General release. I Batman fietums(12) (Tim Burton. US. 1992)
Michael Keaton. Michelle Pfeiffcr. Danny De
Vito. Christopher Walken. 127 mins. Unpredictable violence and aberrant psychology parading in the form of popular family entertainment — yes. the Caped Crusader is back. brooding over the darkest recesses of Gotham City. De Vito‘s deformed penguin. Pfeiffer‘s whip mistress by night and Walken‘s cadaverous tycoon make it clear director Burton favours the complexity of his villains to his schizo hero. Bigger. better and blacker than the original. See preview. General release from Fri 10.
I Bill a Ted's Bogus Journey (PG) (Peter Hewitt. US. 1991) Keanu Reeves. Alex Winter. George Carlin. Joss Ackland. 93 mins. Evil robot versions of that most excellent duo totally kill our heroes. causing them to take on the Grim Reaper at party games. make a quick visit to Heaven and eventually win the day. A triumphant sequel. slightly more coherent than the bodacious original - in Bill and Ted terms. at least. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure ( 15) (Stephen Herck. US. 1990) Keanu Reeves. Alex Winter. 91 mins. Bill and Ted‘s dream of forming a band called the ‘Wyld Stallyns‘ is haunted by the spectre ofﬂunking their history exams and being packed off to military academy. However. courtesy of a time-travelling telephone booth. the two dudes canter through the centuries on a breakneck refresher course where they meet up with the likes of Genghis Khan and Beethoven. And save the future of the universe. A most excellent cinematic experience. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Blood 81111111008) (Joel Coen. US. 1983)John Getz. Francis McDormand. M. Emmet Walsh. 99 mins. Auspicious debut from the Coen brothers‘
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direction/production team. Walsh excels as the seedy Sheriff investigating a simple murder whose devilish Texan chronicle of double-crossing is anything but simple. An enthusiastic attempt at contemporary ﬁlm noir. which keeps everyone
I guessmg even after the tmal trame. Edinburgh:
I Bugsy(18)(Barry Levinson. US. 1991)Warren Beatty. Annette Bening. Harvey Keitel. Ben Kingsley. 135 mins. Levinson‘s version of the life of gangster Ben ‘Bugsy‘ Siegel is a glossy package
3 that‘s rather empty when unwrapped. Beatty is
adequate in the title role. but is outclassed on screen by the feisty Bcning as his actress mo|1.A violent. ifglamourised. twist to the American cinema's obsession with ‘men of vision‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Central: MacRobert. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Cape Fear ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1991) Robert De Niro. Nick Nolte. Jessica Lange. Juliette Lewis. 127 mins. Scorsese‘sstunning remake ofthc 196
original leaves Silence of the Lambs pallid by
i comparison. De Niro is terrifying as white trash
psycho Max Cady. out of prison and stalking the family of the lawyer who suppressed evidence to put him away. Disturbing sexual undertones. centring on 15-year-old Danny (Lewis). make this an even more uncomfortable. but unmissable. top-notch scare-fest. Strathclyde: Cannon.
I Celia ( 18) (Anne Turner. Australia. 1989) Rebecca Smart. Nicholas Eadie. Maryanne Fahey. 103 mins. Set in the 1950s in Australian suburbia. Turner's excellent debut feature (similar in spirit to My Life as a Dog) followsthe bitter rites of passage of nine-year-old Celia front
the death of relatives and pets to doling out cruelty
and violence on 'Communist‘ neighbours. A unique blend ofchildhood paranoia and political nous. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Charlotte's Web (U) (Charles A. Nichols. US. 1972) Voices of Debbie Reynolds. Henry Gibson. 85 mins. Animated version of the EB. White classic in which a farmyard spider befriends a shy piglet. Not badly done by the Hanna-Barbera studio. Glasgow: GFT.
I Cinema Paradiso (PG) (Giuseppe Tornatorc. Italy/France. 1988) Phillipe Noiret. Jacques Perrin. Salvatore Cascio. 123 mins. Told largely itt flashback. the winner of the 1990 ()scar for Best Foreign Film traces young Salvatore‘s infatuation with his village cinema. and his growing friendship with its projectionist (played to perfection by Noiret). Essentially. it‘s Tornatore's lament for the joyous movie-going experience of his youth and a recognition of the price we pay for our maturity. Edinburgh: Filnthouse.
I Coupe De Ville ( 15) (Joe Roth. US. 1990) Daniel Stern. Patrick Dempsey. Ayre Gross. Alan Arkin. 98 mins. Three mismatched brothers drive a ‘54 Cadillac from Detroit to Florida for their mother's birthday. coming to terms with bruised egos and dented fenders on the way. 1fthe traditional east to west road movie has been given a 90 degree turn here. so has typical American sentimentalism. Nostalgic comedy in the class of Diner and American Graffiti. Don't ntiss. Glasgow: GFI'. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Darit Habits ( 18) (Pedro Almodovar. Spaitt. 1984) Christina S. Pascuai. Julieta Serrano. Carmen Maura. 95 mins. Thoroughly reprehensible and very funny early Almodovar has nightclub chanteuse Pascal ﬂeeing her drug-addled existence to seek refuge in a rather unorthodox convent. where the nurts share out liberal amounts of controlled substances and the sexual peccadillo quotient is running high. The Sound ofMusit‘ it ain't. but even if the joke is stretched a little thin and the pacing uncertain. Pedro‘s aim as usual is to prick the complacencies ofour everyday morality. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Dead Calm ( 15) (Philip Noyce. Australia. 1989) Sam Neill. Nicole Kidman. Billy Zane. 9o mitts. A psycho on the seven seas disturbs a young couple trying to get away from it all on a cruise alongthe Barrier Reef. First rate suspense follows. in this canny mix ofon-ship claustrophobia and wide open scascapes from Aussie new waver Noyce. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Deer Hunter ( 18) (Michael Cimino. US. 1978) Robert De Niro. Meryl Streep. Jott Savage. Jon Cazaie. 180 mins. The Vietnam war hasthe effect ofdisrupting the lives of a small steel town. as various friends go off to face the horrors ofwar and return with emotional scars. A daring triptych structure. the first part of which displays a rare sympathy for the traditions and rituals ofthc emigrant community. marks this out as a (‘intino movie. as he explores his favourite theme of American idealism being stretched almost to breaking point. Superb performances all round. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Delicatessen (15) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro. France. 1991) Dominique Pinon. Marie-Laure Dougnac. Jean-Claude Dreyfus. 99 mins. in a sepia wasteland somewhere in the future. a butcher feeds his neighbours with the juicy joints of his lodgers. But when former clown Louison (Pinon) arrives and falls for his daughter. an underground vegetarian resistance group come
to the rescue. Hilarious blend of bizarre characters. slapstick and comic tension makes for the first true cult item of the 905. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dick Tracy ( PG) (Warren Beatty. US. 1990) Warren Beatty. Madonna. Al Pacino. Dustn Hoffman. 113 mins. Producer/director/star Beatty resurrects Chester Gould‘s vintage cop comic strip with original primary colours intact and engagineg misshapen crew of rubberized villains faithfully preserved. Madonna's brash ﬂoozy and Pacino‘s hantmy megaiomania enliven things from time to time. but the material remains so fossilised it‘s hard for all concerned to work up much of a head of steam. Full marks for all the
5 trappingsthough. Central: MacRobert.
I Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead ( 1 2)
(Stephen Herek. US. 1991 ) Christina Applegate. Keith Coogan. Josh Charles. 95 mins. ltt a
somewhat dubious plot development. the elderly babysitter of five kids left at hottte for the summer
l kicks the proverbial bucket. leaving the teensto learn how to work together. accept responsibility.
etc. etc. For all that. it's fairly amusing youth fare that grabs its various sub-plots with both hands.
5 Fife: Cannon. New Picture House. All UCls. g IThe Doors ( 18) (Oliver Stone. US. 1991))Val
Kilmer. Meg Ryan. Kyle Macl.achlan. Kevin Dillon. Frank Whalley. 141 mins. From the moment Jim Morrison joins a battd attd transforms himself into the Dionysus of the Love Generation until his bathtinte demise asatt overweight alcoholic. Kilnter's superb characterisation dominates to such an extent that the other actors struggle to assert thentselves even one-dintettsiottally. Still. Stone‘s 'tits 'n' acid' version of The Doors' history. while selective attd highly inaccurate. is never boring. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Double Life of Veronique ( 15 ) ( Krzystof Kieslowski. Poland France. 1991) Irene Jacob. Phillppe Volter. Alexander Bardini. llllmins. Two girls -- one Polish. the other French — are born at the sattte time on the sante day artd conte to discover that their fates are bound uptogether. An eerily fascinating and disturbing erotic dattce of love attd death front the director of Dekang
( The Ten ('ommamlments ). with an extraordinary twin performance by Cannes award-winner Jacob. Glasgow: (WW.
I Easy Rider( 18) (Dennis Hopper. US. 1909) Peter Fonda. Dennis Hopper. Jack Nicholson. 94 mins. Artless. archetypal road movie in which two dope-loving bikers travel the highways and by-ways of America. Dated cult attraction with Nicholson stealing the show as a boozy lawyer persuaded to joitt up for the trip. Glasgow: (iFl I Everything You Ever Wanted To Know AboutSex But Were Afraid To Aslt( 18) (Woody Allen. US. 1972) Woody Allen. Lynn Redgrave. Burt Rynolds. Gene Wilder. 87 mitts. Ragbagof sntutty sketches sending up the potttposity oftite
sex manual. Lots of lowlights include Gene Wilder finding sensual satisfaction with a sheep.
but the concluding section set tttside a penisdurini intercourse with Allen as a reluctattt sperm is a bit of a hoot. This was before Mr Allett became a serious American filttt director. lidinburgh: Cameo.
I Final Analysis( 15) (Phil Joanou. L38. 1992) Richard Gere. Kim Basinger. l'ma'l’hurmatt. liric Roberts. 125mins.'1'op psycho-analyst comes ittto contact with traumatised woman and her attractive sister. Affair follows. her husband dies. psycho-analyst finds himself prittte suspect. Hollywood‘s fortttulaic approach to replicating the Hitchcockian thriller falls ﬂat with a movie that is totally signposted and utterly dumb. Final analysis? it's a stiff. Cetttral: MacRobert.
I The Five Heartheats ( 15) ( Robert 'I‘ownsend. L'S. 1991) Robert Townsend. Michael Wright. Harry]. Lennix. 98 ntins. Havingturnedhis
wickedly funtty eye on the American filttt industry
itt Hollywood Shufﬂe. Robert Townsend ttow exposes racisttt and exploitation on the music scene. A group of five buddies takes a journey through oils R& B and 7(is fttnk. passing sotne pretty hilarious moments on the way. Definitely worth the effort. even if it's not quite a black Commitments. Glasgow: (3131'.
I Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (12) (Jort Avttet. US. 1991 ) Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy. Mary Stuart Masterson. Mary-Louise Parker. 13() mins. After the local Ku Klux Klatt threatens the busy cafe irt Whistle Stop. Alabattta for serving coloured cUstomcrs. the female owner and her black handyman find thetttselves on trial for an unsolved murder. A chronicle ofcourage and ingenuity that avoids becomingas overwhelmingly heart-warming as one might havt feared. Not the most tantalising itent on the tttettu. but a flavoursome little dish nonetheless. Fife: New Picture House.
I Gladiator ( 15) (Rowdy Herrington. US. 1992) James Marshall. Cuba Gooding Jr. Brian Dennehy. 98 mins. in order to repay hisfather‘s gambling debts. Tommy Reilly (James Marshall of Twin Peaks fame) climbs into the boxing ring. only to find that he must knock the livingdaylight out of his best buddy (Boyz N The [foods Cuba