I Light 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 of a drug courier searching for meaning in a broken urban world. Dafoe is superb as John Le Tour. a latterday cousin to Schrader's creations in American Gigolo and Taxi Driver. Tough and intense. it is the most involving film from this major American filmmaker for quite some time. Glasgow: GF'T.

I thtle Men Tate (PG) (Jodie Foster. US. 1991) Jodie Foster. Dianne Wiest. Adam Hann-Byrd. Harry Connick Jr. 99 mins. Seven-year-old Fred Tate is ostracised by his schoolmates and generally misunderstood due to the fact that he is a child genius. While succeeding in engaging both adults and children in the audience. Foster‘s directorial debut suffers from thematically one-sided characters psychologist Wiest is purely academic growth. Foster (asthe working-class mum) purelyemotional. But Hann-Byrd as the kid is superb. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Love In The Time 01 Mysterm 18 i ( Alfonso Cuaron. Mexico. 1991) Daniel Gimenez. Claudia Ramirez. Luis de Icaza. 94 mins. A modern day Don Juan gets caught up in what would be a typical sex farce situation if director Cuaron hadn‘t given it a safe sex spin. Its treatment of HIV issues is poised between bad taste and praiseworthy comic invention. Glasgow: GF'I”.

I Lovers (18) (Vicente Aranda. Spain. 1991) Victoria Abril. Jorge Sanz. Maribel Verdu. 103 mins. In Franco‘s Spain of the mid-50s. a young man completes his military service and plans to wed his fiance. While looking for mu k. he shares a flat with a glamorous older woman (Abril ) who offers him more than a roof over his head. Abril carries the movie. which has a straight melodrama plotline that Almodovar would have camped up to high heaven. but it's still a treat of truly trashy proportions. See review. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Mad Max ( 18) (George Miller. Australia. 1979) Mel Gibson. Joanne Samuel. Steve Bislcy. 93 mins. In a bleak. near future the forces of law and order are barely able to suppress a reckless bedlam rampaging on the highways of the state. Weary and disgusted. supercop Gibson retires but returns with a purpose to avenge the murder by marauding bikers of his wife and child. Violent stuff with death-defying stunt work. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Had Me: 2(18) (George Miller. Australia. 1981) Mel Gibson. Bruce Spence. 94 mins. Exhilarating post-Apocalypse adventure. with

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plenty grotesque imagery and vicious villians. Pure cinema (count the number of words ol' Max has to say) and the highpoint of the series. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I My Cousin Vinny (15) (Jonathan Lynn. US. 1992) Joe Pesci. Marisa Tomei. Fred Gwynne. 119 mins. Two New York students visiting the Deep South are charged with a murder they most certainly didn't commit. Enter rookie lawyer Vinny (iambini (Pesci). and it's a test of can-do Italian-American guile against the old-fashioned Southern gentility of Fred Gwynne's cunnudgeonly judge. A howlineg funny character comedy that at last lets Pesci carry a movie on his own. Thoroughly recommended. Glasgow: ()deon. Strathclyde: Magnum. All UCIs.

I Melted Lunch ( 18) (David Cronenbe rg. US. 1992) Peter Weller. Judy Davis. Ian llolm. Roy Scheider. 121 mins. Body horror maestro takcson 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. Central: MacRobert.

I New World ( 18) (Gabriel Retes. Mexico. 1991) Aaron llernan. Juan Angel Martinez. Ignacio Retes. 90mins. ASpanish priest exploitsthe spiritual beliefs of the Indians in order to avoid a massacre of the Conquistadorcs. but the icon of the Virgin Mary he commissions is worshipped with the same fanaticism. Religious confrontations lie at the heart of this powerful reminder of the reality of ('olumbus's America. Glasgow: GI’I‘.

I The Night 01 The Hunter (PG) (Charles Laughton. CS. 1955) Robert Mitchum. Shelley Winters. Lilian Gish. 93 mins. Mitchum is unforgettable in this atmospeheric talc (sadly Laughton's only film as director) in which he plays a psychotic priest chasing two children for the money stolen by their father. James Agee's script and Laughton‘s stark monochrome visuals mark out an allegorical conflict between good and evil but there's plenty haunting imagery to make this a mesmerising cinematic experience. Glasgow: GFI’.

I Night On Earth ( 15) (Jim Jarmuseh. US. 1992) Winona Ryder. Beatrice Dalle. Gena Rowlands. (iiancario Esposito. 129 mins. Los Angeles. New York. Paris. Rome. Helsinki. Five cities. fivetaxi rides. five chance encounters. The director of

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narrative and goes instead for visual uniformity in a claustrophobic setting. Character studies with a mildly philosophical aftertaste. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Noises Oil (15) (Peter Bogdanovich. US. 1992) Carol Burnett. Michael Caine. Christopher Reeve. 104 mins. A highly frantic farce about the backstage antics of a second-rate company performing a highly frantic farce. The Americanisation of Michael Frayn‘s West End comedy wears a little thin pretty soon. Glasgow: GET. Fife: Adam Smith.

I Peter Pan (U) (Hamilton Luske/(‘lyde Geronimi/WilfredJackson. US. 1953) With the voices of Bobby Driscoll. Kathryn Beaumont. Hans Conried. 76 mins. Disney version ofthe J.M. Barrie story flies through the air in a well-timed holiday release. Good enough for a cartoon. poor as a version of Barrie. Those who lauded it while condemning Spielberg‘s Hook may well have to eat their words. I suspect. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: ()deon. Strathclyde: Cannon. All UCls.

I The Phantom of Liberty ( 15) (Luis Bunuel. France. 1974) Monica Vitti. Michel Piccoli. Jean-Claude Brialy. 104 mins. Bunuel linksa series of episodes from the early l9th century to the present day by coiling them around Karl Marx's phrase. “the phantom of liberty'. This is a surreal portrait of a world turned upside down and inside out. where dinner guests sit around a table on individual lavatories before excusing themselves to go and eat in a small room behind a locked door. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Player( 15) (Robert Altman. US. 1992)Tim Robbins. Greta Scacchi. Fred Ward. Peter Gallacher. 124 mins. Altman‘s satire on the wheeling and dealing of modern day llollywtmd is more than just an excuse for cincastes to play trainspotter with the famous faces in cameo roles. It is also a terrific thriller about a studioexec receiving death threats from a spurned writer. Tim Robbins is magnificent in the lead role. while Altman manages to grin as he bites the hand that feeds him. Easily the best movie of the year. ifnot ofthe decade so far. (ilasgow: ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon.

I The Funeral One ( 12) (John (1. Avildsen. US. 1992) Stephen Dorff. Armin Mucller-Stahl.John Gielgud. A young Afrikaaner boxer begins teaching English to underprivileged township kids and becomes a thorn in the side of the white regime. Hollywood crassncss hits an all-time high as Rocky meets ( ‘ry Freedom. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchichall Street. Edinburgh: Dominion. All UCIs.

I Prospero's 8001mm) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1991 ) John Gielgud. Michael Clark. Isabelle Pasco. Michel Blanc. 125 mins. Greenaway transforms Shakespeare‘s The Tempest into a visual feast by using groundbreaking High Definition Television technology. Gielgud delivers a near-definitive Prospero. backed up by an impressive European cast. and Michael Nyman's score is perhaps his best yet. A film like no other. immersed in illusion as both subject matter and form. Central: MacRobert. Strathclyde: Cannon.

I Rift-Rail ( 15) (Ken Loach. UK. 1991) Robert Carlyle. Emcr McCourt. RickyTomlinson. Jimmy Coleman. 94 mins. A lighter-than-usual investigation of British poverty from our foremost political director. written from first-hand experience by former labourer Bill Jesse. Glaswegian-in-London Stevie (Carlyle) grinds out a meagre living on a building site and enters into a relationship with Susan (McCourt). who has musical aspirations. The jolly badinage ofStcvie's co-workers (among them ex-Brookie Tomlinson) provides an enjoyany humorous backdrop. for

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all the more forcefully. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( 18) (Jim Sharman. UK. 1975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. Meat Loaf. 100 mins. The cult film to end all others. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The film has its moments. and Curry is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. Central: MacRobert. . I Rush ( l8) (Lili Fini Zanuck. US. l991)Jennifer Jason Leigh. Jason Patric. Sam Elliot. 110 mins. A sleazy tale . set in the 70s. of white cops on dope. An undercover narcotics duo find that. to bust the baddies. you‘ve got to play their game. and that line between criminal and crimefightcr is as fine as the strips of coke that fly up their noses. Despite a very unsatisfying ending. it‘s worth seeing for stand-out performances by Leigh and Patric. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Shoot To Kill (18) (Carlos Azpurua. Venezuela. 1992) Amalia Perez Diaz. Jeancarlo Simancas. Daniel Alvarado. 90mins. A police clear-up ofa working-class neighbourhood ends with a murder ofan innocent man before the eyes of his mother. When the ‘official version' calls him a desperate criminal. she goes to the press. An ambitious political thriller from acclaimed documentary maker Azpurua. Glasgow: GET.

I That Obscure Oblect of Desire (15) (Luis Bunuel. France/Spain. 1977) Fernando Rey. Carole Bouquet. Angela Molina. 103 mins. A rich businessman‘s desires for his maid are continually frustrated. Bunuel. in his last film. cast two actresses as the lead female and. although confusing at first. this decision allows us to see two sides to the character which the man failsto notice. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Thelma a Loulse(15)(Ridlcy Scott. US. 1991) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitci. Michael Madsen. 129 mins. The buddy/road movie genres are turned on their headsas Sarandon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. ()n 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: Cameo.

I The Tomb: ( 18) (Javier Torre. Argentina. 1991) Norma Aleandro. Federico Luppi. Jorge Mayor. 87 mins. Taught to beat. denounce and torture his companions in a repressive reform school. a young boy escapes to the streets of BuenosAires. When he is recaptured. he is sent to astrict rehabilitation centre. A grim movie about lost innocence and strength of spirit. Glasgow: GF'T.

I UnlorglvenflS) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1992) Clint Eastwood. Gene Hackman. Morgan Freeman. 123 mins. Clint returns to the saddle asa former killer. tamed by his late wife. but pressed into joining a bounty hunt which takes him tothe town of Big Whiskey and into the presence ofits sadistic sheriff (Hackman). A darkly disturbing western which destroys the genre's traditional notions of clear-cut good and evil. instead presenting violent acts as physically and psychologically painful for victim and perpetrator alike. See preview. General release.

I Universal Soldier ( 18) (Roland Emmerich. JS. 1992) Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dolph Lundgren. Ally Walker. 102 mins. Two soldiers killed in Vietnam are cryogenically frozen. then turned into prototype versions of the Universal Soldier an unstoppable fighting force of humanoid electronic warriors. But things begin to go awry and a deadly rivalry begins between the duo. causing a trail of destruction across America. Robocommando Recall might be a better name for it. but this wonderfully daft. sci-fi pulp actioner certainly bounces the mayhem offthe gleeful humour. Edinburgh: UCI. Central: Allanpark. Caledonian. Fife: Glcnrothes. Strathclyde: Kclburne. UCl Clydebank. I Waterland (15) (Stephen Gyllenhaai. UK/US. 1992) Jeremy Irons. Sinead Cusack. Ethan Hawke. 95 mins. An English schoolteacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown confronts his troubled past by turning it into a history lesson for his teenage pupils. Gyllenhaal‘s version rushes the pace of the story a little too quickly but. by remaining true to the broader intentions of Graham Swift‘s much acclaimed novel. it should intrigue newcomers without insulting the original‘s many fans. See review. Glasgow: Odcon. Edinburgh: Odcon. I Wayne's World (PG) (Penelope Spheeris. US. 1991) Mike Myers. Dana Carvcy. Rob Lowe.Tia Carrere. 95 mins. Two heavy metal dorks hit the big time when their public access cable show is snapped up by a greedy TV exec for national primctime. Crammcd full ofTV and film pastichcs. this US phenomenon has far more hits than misses. while Wayne and Garth revel in an even wackier vocabulary than cinematic firSt cousins Bill and Ted. They‘ve shot. they‘ve scored! Edinburgh: UCI. Central: Cannon. I While Palace ( 18) (Luis Mandoki. US. 1990) Susan Sarandon. James Spader. Kathy Bates. Jason Alexander. 102 mins. Comedy-romance which begins a St Louis diner. where Jewish yuppie Spadcr (familiar but successful casting) meets older fast-food waitress Sarandon. An unlikely. cross-class affair ensues. which allows Mandoki not only to indulge in a predictable but stickily enjoyable love story. but also provides the backdrop for observant. witty satire on the largely ignored US class system. Edinburgh: Cameo. I White Sands ( 15) (Roger Donaldson. US.1992) Willem Dafoe. Mickey Rourke. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 101 mins. A deputy sheriff in New Mexico finds a corpse beside a suitcase containing half a million dollars. and the only way to solve the case is for him to assume the dead man‘s identity and participate in a covert FBI operation. Watchable stuff from stylish performers. General release. I Without You I'm flouting ( 18) (John Boskovich. US. 1991) Sandra Bernhard. 90 mins. The filmed version of Bernhard‘s 1990 stage show will be greeted with open-mouthed bewilderment as she embarks on a series of satirical monologues. interspersed with her own renditions ofsoul classics and go—go dancing interludes. Easily one of the most original comic talents of the past

decade. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Cameo.