Goodinng). A dash of social conscience makes this more cheering than your average slugfest. General release.

I GoodFallas ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1990) Robert De Niro. Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci. Lorraine Braco. Paul Sorvino. 145 mins. Liotta plays Henry Hill. a real-life mafioso. with De Niro as his mentor in crime. And while the bullets. fists and carving knives fly. Scorsese brings us back to that unavoidable question - yes. it's glamorous and lucrative to live this way. but can anyone really live with the consequences? Winner of BAP-TA awards for best film. director and screenplay. and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Joe Pesci. Glasgow: OFT.

I The Hand That Rocks The Cradle ( 15) (Curtis Hanson. US. 1991) Rebecca De Mornay. Annabella Sciorra. Matt McCoy. 110mins. 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. General release. I Hear My Song ( 15) (Peter Chelsom. UK/lreland. 1991 ) Adrian Dunbar. Ned Beatty.Tara Fitzgerald. 103 mins. Devious but loveable promoter Mickey (Dunbar) tries to win back his reputation and the woman he loves by booking famous lrish tenor and tax fugative Josefl_.ocke for his Liverpool nightclub. A modestlycharming British production that is fun if you're not expecting some sort of all-time classic. Glasgow: (ii-'1’. Strathclyde: Magnum. Odeon Ayr. I Hearts ot Darkness ( 15) (Fax Bahrt‘George Hickenlooper. US. 199(1) Francis Coppola. Eleanor Coppola. Martin Sheen. Marlon Brando. 97 mins. Compelling mixture of documentary footage and recent interviews concerning the troubled production of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Artistic vision battles with escalating budget. typhoons and heart attacks deep in the Philippine jungle. As importantand fascinating as the film it portrays. Edinburgh: Cameo. IHoatttors ( 15) (Michael Lehman. US. 1989) Winona Ryder. Christian Slater. Lisanne Falk. 102 mins. An ultrablack parody of the high school teenflick. Lehman‘s first feature film managesto combine box office success with artistic merit. This cult hip hit of its year has Slater and Ryder starting a suicide craze to muscle in on the cliquey Heathers running the joint. Tune in. turrt on.drop dead. Glasgow: GFT. I flonry: Portrait OtA Serial Klllor( 18) (John McNaughton. US. 1986) Michael Rooker. Tom Towles. Tracey Arnold. 80 mins. Based looselyon the true life (and subsequently recanted) confessions of Henry Lee Lucas. McNaughton’s exemplary film is a harrowing account ofan amoral mass murderer. Scenes of rape and mutilation transcend the usual titillation of the genre and force the audience to question the use ofmurder as entertainment. Simultaneously one of the most important releases of recent years. and one recommended with caution. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I High Room 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 ofa murderous triangle between a mother. her daughter and the latter‘s husband. While Almodovar isn‘t quite at his best. Abril excelsas the TV news presenter who admits on air to her hubby's killing. Glasgow: (EFT. I Homicide ( 15) (David Mamet. US. 1991)Joe Mantegna. William H. Macy. Natalija Nogulich. Rebbeca Pidgeon. 102 mins. Dedicated cop Bobby Gold (Mantegna) begins to struggle with his conscience and reflect on his Jewish background when a murder investigation puts him on the track of an anti-Semitic terrorist group and a counter-organisation of Zionist vigilantes. Mamet‘s third film is as much about faith in a lost society as racist tensions in New York. and is certainly head and shoulders above most conventional police procedurals. Glasgow: GF'T. I Honey I Shrunk The Kid: (U) (Joe Johnston. US. 1989) Rick Moranis. Matt Frewer. Thomas Brown. Amy O'Neill. Robert Oliveri. Jared Rushton. 92 mins. Hapless father and would-be inventor (Moranis) does just what the title suggests. The kids find themselves cut down to size (a quarter of an inch) and swept out with the trash. Their mission: to escape from the garbage bag and somehow attract their father‘s attention to their height problem. Well. we might think it’s old hat but Walt Disnae. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I HooIt(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

IJohnrry SuadauS) (Tom DiCillo. US. 1991)

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 Howard: 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. centringon 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: Salon. Edinburgh: Dominion.

I Jacob's Ladder ( 18) (Adrian Lync. US. 1990) Tim Robbins. Elizabeth Pena. Danny Aiello. 113 mins. Vietnam vet Jacob Singer is seeing some very strange things. like nurses with demons' horns and people with faces straight out ofa Francis Bacon painting. As his grip on the reality of his present life begins to slip. he has recurring flashbacks to the night his platoon was wiped out during the war. The director of Fatal A (traction and the writer of Ghost combine to pull off one of the most terrifying. yet ultimately moving. paranoia thrillers of recent years. Glasgow: Gl-‘T. I Jason and The Argonauts (U) (Don (‘haffeyu UK. 1964) Todd Armstrong. Nancy Kovack. Gary Raymond. 103 mins. Totally brill adventure yarn as our hero Jason sets out to retrieve the legendary golden fleece and is helped by a number ofthe gods an Olympus along the way. Ray Harryhausen‘s stop-motion effects remain among the best of his career. most notably the final conflict with an army ofskeletal soldiers. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Joan De Flotatto (PG) (Claude Berri. France. 1986) Gerard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 121 mins. Provence. during the 1920s. Depardieu‘s indomitable hunchback struggles against impossible odds to make a success ofhis inherited farmland. unaware that his neighbours are plotting todrive him from his land. Beautifully photographed. with flawless performances. this is a towering tribute to the highest aspirationsof French storytelling. A BAF'TA winner for the film ofthe year. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.

I JFK (15) (Oliver Stone. US. 1991 ) Kevin Costner. Joe Pesci. Gary ()ldman. Tommy Lee Jones. 190 mins. Based on the controversial theories of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Stone's epic account of what did or did not happen when President Kennedy made an untimely exit from this world makes for enthralling cinema. A fine performance by Costner is supported by one of the finest castsever assembled before the camera. Regardless of verity of his argument. this is Stone's most powerful effort to date. Edinburgh: UCl.

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

Edinburgh Celebrates

A spectacular carnival of , entertainment kicks off 4 six months of events as Edinburgh celebrates the UK's Presidency of the European Council.

:4 Saturday4July 12-430 pm Princes Street ' Gardens



In the Ross Theatre, the Palm Court Orchestra performs "The Continental" whilst roving in the Gardens, there are magicians and musicians, story-tellers and street- theatre plus dance, poetry, opera, clowning and workshops. Lots of fun and loads of surprises for all the family! And don't miss the hilarious Red-Tape-Tour round the Euro-art Exhibition.


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. Glasgow: (EFT

Edinburgh: Cameo.

I LAStory ( 15) (Mick Jackson. US. 1991 ) Steve Martin. Victoria Tennant. Richard E. Grant. Marilu Henner. 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 ofthat 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.

Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Ladybug: (tbc) (SidneyJ. Furie. US. 1992) Rodney Dangerfield. Tom Parks. Ilene Graff. In his first comedy feature role since the forgettable Back To School. funny man Dangerfield is the coach of a soccer team of thirteen-year-old girls sponsored the company he works for. Usual plot

develops: team are crap. he builds them up. etc.

etc. Entirely resistable American fodder forced on an unwilling British audience. and due to die its video death pretty darn soon. Glasgow. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. All UCls.

I LII ol Daslra ( 18) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain.

101 mins) Eusebio Poncela. Carmen Maura. Antonio Baderas. 101 mins. Notorious filmmaker Pablo moves through a decadent lifestyle of sensual pleasure. his only real concern for his transsexual brother-turned-sister. However. when he falls for government minister’s son Antonio. a nightmare of manipulation and deceit is to follow. Flamboyant Spanish iconoclast Almodovar‘s exaggerated sexual farrago is


Don’t miss out! Get yours at hundreds of locations throughout Scotland or send your name, address and 50p in stamps to: Edinburgh Festival Fringe,

Box L, 180 High Street, Edinburgh we’ll send one to you.

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