Samantha Mathis. Jonathan Ward. Robin Williams. Christian Slater. 76 mins. In a secret forest world touched by magic. a young fairy shrinks a human lumberjack. who then has to help save the rainforest from destruction. Eco-edged animation has a lot to recommend it other than its well-meaning intentions: lush colour. sweeping computer-aided cameras. and a decent set of songs. One for the grown-ups as well as the kids. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Magnum. All UCIs.
ITIa FIOId(l2) (Jim Sheridan. Eire. 1990) Richard Harris. John Hurt. Tom Berenger. Brenda Fricker. 110 mins. Based on John B. Keane‘s stage play. Sheridan's follow-up to the immensely successful My Left Foot is a rural tragedy set in 1939. Harris stars as The Bull. an Irish farmer in competition with an American for the purchase of the ﬁeld he‘s worked for years. As their struggle intensiﬁes. so violence and revelations are unleashed which draw him inexorably to an awful fate. Glasgow: GFI'. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Grand Canyon (15) (Lawrence Kasdan. US. 1992) Kevin Kline. Mary McDonnell. Steve Martin. Danny Glover. 134 mins. Kasdan‘s9()s retort to his earlier The Big Chill looks at the fears and anxieties of successful white professionals against the background of a disintegrating society. The contrast between the rich and poor doesn‘t always work — there are as many sentimental subplots as effective sequences — although the end result has to rank as a major American movie. Glasgow: GFT.
I Hamlet (U) (Franco Zefﬁrelli. US. 1990) Mel Gibson. Alan Bates. Glenn Close. Paul Scoﬁeld. Helena Bonham-Carter. Ian Holm. 135 mins. A young man returns home from university to ﬁnd his father dead and his mother marrying his uncle. Then Hamlet senior‘s ghost shows up. whispering to him of murder most foul. and it‘s all downhill after that. More than twenty years after Zefﬁrelli‘s Romeo And Juliet comes this colourful and lively production of Shakespeare‘s greatest play. with a very strong. mostly British cast and the best performance in years from Gibson in the title role. Glasgow: GFT.
I Hannah and Her Slstan(15) (Woody Allen. US. 1986) Mia Farrow. Michael Caine. Barbara Hershey. 107 mins. ‘An achingly funny. insightful and well cast celebration of some surprisingly upbeat romantic perambulations within a family circle as only Woody knows how.‘ That‘s what we wrote when the movie came out. Prophecy or what? Edinburgh: Cameo. I lllgh Heels (18) (Pedro Almod0var. 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 Almod0var isn‘t quite at his best. Abril excels as the TV news presenter who admits on air to her hubby‘s killing. Strathclyde: Cannon.
I HIroshlma Mon Amour ( 18) (Alain Resnais. France. 1959) Emmanuelle Riva. Eiji Okada. 91 mins. The romantic liaison between a French actress working in Hiroshima and a Japanese architect awakens the ghosts of her wartime relationship with a German soldier. First major work by a director who has altered the perception of cinematic time. here moving effortlessly through the ﬂashbacks and ﬂashforwards of Marguerite Duras‘ emotive script. Glasgow:
I Houmlttar (PG) (Frank 02. US. 1992) Steve Martin. Goldie Hawn. Dana Dclany. Spurned by his childhood sweetheart. architect Newton Davis (Martin) ﬁnds his life turned upside down when one-night-stand Gwen (Hawn) moves into his house and passes herself off to parents and neighbours as his new wife. The lies they tell to protect and exploit each other snowball with a sparky unpredictability. making this a more welcome comedy than any of both stars‘ more recent attempts. General release.
I "mm 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Fife: Adam Smith.
Im 80“. (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. Wrny funny look at an absurd world contains some excellent cameo performances from Keener as his instructive girlfriend and Cave as a platinum pompadoured rocker. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I m Da Fats (U) (Jacques Tati. France. 1948) Jacques Tati. Guy Decomble. 87 mins. A rural French postie sees a ﬁlm about the efﬁciency of the American mail service and decides to smarten up his act. Charming debut feature by Tati. effortlessly building visual set~pieces and establishing the amiable duffer of a central role that was later to become the unforgettable M. Hulot. Edinburgh: Cameo.
IJalca (15) (Ernest Dickerson. US. 1992) Omar Epps. Khalil Khan. Tucac Shakur. Jermaine Hopkins. 92 mins. Four teenagers try to cope with life in contemporary Harlem in their own different ways — Q wants to be a hip hop DJ king. Bishopis planning a grocery shop robbery. Dickerson's sincere and hard-hitting movie tackles the ghetto gun culture without flinching. and the overall effect is of a very powerful piece of ﬁlmmaking indeed. Excellent hard rap soundtrack. See preview. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I JIM Like AWoman (15) (Chris Monger. UK. 1992) Julie Walters. Adrian Pasdar. Paul Freeman. 96 mins. Misguided attempt to explore transvestism falls somewhere between distracting farce and serious education. An American businessman. thrown out by his wife whothinks the abundance of women's underwear in their bedroom means he's having an affair. finds support in his new landlady (Walters). Edinburgh: UCI.
I Knight Mms(18) (Carl Schenkel. US. 1991) Christopher Lambert. Diane Lane. Tom Skerrit. 114 mins. Bizarre serial murders begin when a chess championship comes to a small town; one of the players is the prime suspect. Below average thriller without thrills takes a non-exploitative stance and ends up pleasing no one. Don't be drawn by the wonderfully stylish title sequence: it's downhill all the way after that. Glasgow: Odeon. All UCIs.
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 Ieaming 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. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I A League Of TMIr Own (PG) (Penny Marshall. US. 1992) Geena Davis. Lori Petty. Tom Hanks. Madonna. 124 mins. As World War II siphons off America‘s baseball players. attention turns to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Rockford Peaches are one such team and Penny (Big) Marshall‘s latest chronicles their ups and downs with a richer characterisation than in your average sports movie. General release.
I Lanlanrad Cowboys Bo America (12) (Aki Kaurismaki. Finland. 1989) Matti Pellonpa. Micky Tesco. Kari Vaananen. 79 mins. Finland‘s Budweiser-powered enfant terrible's ﬁrst big
breakthrough in this country features dafﬁe
duck‘s arse haircuts. a nasty. beer-guzzling manager. the worst rock ‘n’ roll band in the world and sundry shots of the downbeat backwaters of America‘s heartlands. A highly distinctive sense of humour at work here . and very enjoyable it is too. if you happen to be in line with it. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Lethal Weapon 3 (15) (Richard Donner. US. 1992) Mel Gibson. Danny Glover. Joe Pesci. 118 mins. Gibson and Glover team up for the third time. going though the usual motions to track down a crooked real estate and narcotics boss. Dazzlineg original it is not. but the spectacular explosions. car chases. shoot-outs and comic relief from Pesci mean this one could run and run. General release.
I Little Man 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 (as the working-class mum) purely emotional. But Hann-Byrd as the kid is superb. Glasgow: GFT. I TM Loag Day Closes (PG) (Terence Davies. UK. 1992) Marjorie Yates. Leigh McCormack. Anthony Watson. 82 mins. Beautiful. visually poetic ﬁlm based on writer/director Davies early life in the Liverpool of the 19505. Followingon from the justly acclaimed Distant Voices. Still Lives. it places its young protaganist in an idyllically happy home. soon to be disrupted by the natural process of growing up. Davies's faultless use of the camera and soundtrack conﬁrm his status as one of the country's leading ﬁlmmakers. Central: MacRobert.
I Lovers (18) (Vicente Aranda. Spain. 1991) Victoria Abril. Jorge Sanz. Maribel Verdu. 103 mins. In Franco's Spain of the mid-505. a young
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