Films screening this fortnight are listed below. with certificate. credits. brief review and venue details. Full-length reviews of selected new releases can be round close to the appropriate entry. Programme details
appear in the Listings section which follows.
Film Index compiled by Alan Morrison.
'I The Adventures of Robin Hood(U) (Michael Curtiz. US. 1938) Errol Flynn. Olivia De Havilland. Basil Rathbone. 102 mins. Sparkling. Oscar-winning excitement as Flynn and his merry men ﬁght the evil Prince and the wicked Rathbone to help the poor and capture the hand ofthe fair De Havilland. Peerless sword-play and an infectious sense of high spirits. Edinburgh: St Brides.
lAllen(18)(Ridlcy Scott. US. 1979) Sigourney Weaver. Ian Holm. John Hurt. 116 mins. Agatha Christie in outer space as a freighter lands on a mysterious planet and is ingeniously invaded by a ravenous intruder which proceeds to chomp its way through the cast list. Edgeoof-the-seat suspense thriller with a strong cast and ghastly special effects. Strathclyde: WMR.
lhllens(18) (James Cameron. US. 1986) Sigourney Weaver. Michael Biehn. 137 mins. Revived from a 57-year snooze in deep space. Warrant Ofﬁcer Weaver is cajoled into joininga marine rescue mission to the planet that is home for the original alien beastie. Unrelentingly paced with a terriﬁcally gutsy performance from Weaver. this nerve-shredding sequel not only matches its predecessor but cannily surpasses it. An Oscar winner for special effects. Strathclyde: WMR.
I Allen 3(18) (David Fincher. US. 1992) Sigourney Weaver. Charles Dutton. Charles Dance. 114 mins. Forget the backlash and the woeful tales of production difficulties - pop promo wunderkind Fincher makes a brave attempt to bring something new to the series by placing a shaven-headed Ripley plus monster companion on a prison planet ﬁlled with religious nutcases. Okay. it‘s not Ridley Scott‘s classic sci-ﬁ honor or James Cameron‘s Rambo In Space . but it is very dark . very atmospheric and very nearly worth the wait. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: UCI.
I At Play In the Fields otthe Lord ( 15) (Hector Babenco. US. 1991)Tom Berenger.John Lithgow. Daryl Hannah. Kathy Bates. 185 mins. Hector (Kiss of the Spider Woman) Babenco‘s monumental rainforest epic has American mercenaries and fundamentalist missionaries clashing over the future of the primitive Niaruna Indians. Well-meaning. but clumsy adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's novel falls short of being the cinematic geo-political statement it had hoped to be. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I eackdrettuS) (Ron Howard. US. 1991)William Baldwin. Kurt Russell. Scott Glenn. Robert De Niro. Donald Sutherland. 136 mins. Chicago’s finest ﬁreﬁghting men receive the Hollywood treatment in the ﬁlm that burned up the US box ofﬁce charts. Baldwin and Russell‘s sibling rivalry plays against a backdrop of stunning ﬁre effects and big screen action as the Fire Department and De Niro‘s arson investigator search for clues amongst the charred remains of several victims with links to the forthcoming civic elections. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I Basic lnstlnct(18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1992) Michael Douglas. Sharon Stone. Jeanne Tripplehom. 128 mins. On-the-edge ‘Fn'seo cop Nick Curran (Douglas) becomes embroiled with a successful novelist and murder suspect (Stone); she. in turn. treats him to a series of psychological fomications 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. Edinburgh: UCI.
I eatrnee lteterns(12) (Tim Burton. US. 1992) Michael Keaton. Michelle Pfeiffer. 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. Strathclyde: Magnum.
I Beauty and the Beast (U) (Gary TrousedaIe/Kirk Wise. US. 1991) With the voices of Paige O‘Hara. Robby Benson. Richard White. 84 mins. The ﬁrst
animated ﬁlm ever to get an Oscar nomination tor Best Picture. the 30th Walt Disney feature-length cartoon is a classic by anyone‘s standards. The familiar story is supplemented by terriﬁc songs. a host of comic characters and a breathtaking combination of traditional and computer animation techniques. See preview. General release.
I Beethoven (U) (Brian Levant. US. 1992) Charles Grodin. Bonnie Hunt. Dean Jones. 87 mins. A small St Bernard pup escapes from an evil vet and attaches itself to the Newton family. Soon it grows to enormous proportions and begins to wreck domestic havoc. Endless visual gags and good timing. particularly from Grodin. enliven what might have been a run-of-the-mill mutt
movie. General release.
I The Best Intentions (15) (Bille August. Sweden. 1991) Samuel Froler. Pemilla August. Max Von Sydow. 180 mins. Winner of the Palme D‘Or at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. The Besrlnrenri'ons chronicles the fortunes of the parents of Swedish ﬁlm director Ingmar Bergman. who also wrote the screenplay. Though beautifully photographed and ﬂawlessly performed. it is perhaps a ﬁlm to admire rather than one viewers will take to their heart. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I DID Wednesday (PG) (John Milius. US. 1978) William Katt. Gary Busey. Jan-Michael Vincent. 120 mins. Re-release of Milius's autobiographical surfing movie . which follows the lives ofthree buddies riding through the 605 and early 705 on the crest of a wave. The director‘s most audience-friendly work has gathered something of a cult reputation: here‘s your chance to see it as it was originally intended. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Bltter Moon (18) (Roman Polanski. UK/France. 1992) Peter Coyote. Hugh Grant. Emmanuelle Seigner. 134 mins. A wheelchair-bound novelist (Coyote) entraps a young Englishman (Grant) with his tale of lust and perversion while on board a luxury liner. Polanski‘s dissection of the darker side of desire may not be to everyone‘s taste. but it certainly has its moments of outrageously black comedy. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I am lce(15) (Russell Mulcahy. US/UK. 1992) Michael Caine. Sean Young. Ian Holm. 105 mins. Jazz club owner and former M16 agent Harry Anders (Caine) is plunged back into the world of international intrigue when he does a favourfor the enigmatic wife of the American ambassador. Anders is very much a character in search ofa movie. as the silly 6()s-ish spy plot. though not unentertaining. lacks ambition. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Grosvenor. MGM. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Bolt Roberts ( 15) (Tim Robbins. US. 1992)Tim Robbins. Alan Rickman. Giancarlo Esposito. Gore Vidal. 103 mins. Man-of-the-moment Robbins takes over as director. writer and star of this wonderfully sharp satire on contemporary American politics. The eponymous Roberts is a right-wing folk singer with senatorial ambitions. appearing here in a mocked-up Spinal Tap type documentary. Funny and pertinent. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Boyz N The Hood ( 15) (John Singleton. US. 1991) Cuba Gooding Jr. Larry Fishburne. Ice Cube .- Morris Chestnut. 112 mins. A poignant depiction of life in the rundown suburbia of South Central Los Angeles by debut director Singleton. A group of teenage friends try to keep their heads above the never-ending ﬂood of reprisal killings. but ﬁnd that it is all too easy to get sucked intothe violence. Ultimately moving and emotionally harrowing. Glasgow: GF'I‘.
I Celliomla Mari (PG) (Les Mayﬁeld. US. 1992) Sean Astin. Pauly Shore. Brendan Fraser. 88 mins. College loser and spaced-out buddy dig up a prehistoric caveman. tidy him up a bit and pass him off as an Estonian exchange student as a means of wowing the babes. Substandard Bill & Ted fare that adds even more loopy teen vocabulary to the Wayne's World dictionary. General release.
I Cape Fear ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1991) Robert De Niro. Nick Nolte. Jessica Lange. Juliette Lewis. 127 mins. Scorsese‘s stunning remake of the 1962 original leaves Silence ofthe Lambs pallid by 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 IS-year-old Danny (Lewis). make this an even more uncomfortable. but unmissable. top-notch scare-fest. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Carry Ott Columbus (PG) (Gerald Thomas. UK. 1992) Jim Dale. Maureen Lipman. Alexei Sayle. 91 mins. Map shop proprietor Chris C gets an expedition command and takes off across the Atlantic pursued by Ahmed the Turkish spy. Without the effortlessly zany presences ofSid James. Kenneth Williams et al . this new generation Carry On is noticably hollow. Sadly unfunny. General release.
I Cavalcade (U) (Frank Lloyd. US. 1933) Clive Brook. Diana Wynyard. Herbert Mundin. 110 mins. All that is bad in British stage-to-sereen
adaptations is rife in this heavily jingoistie version of Noel Coward's play. Basically a sentimental domestic drama covering the period from the Boer War to the early 305. it neverthelesstook some top Academy Awards. Glasgow: GFT.
I City 01Joy(15) (Roland Joffe. UK/France. 1992) Patrick Swayze. Pauline Collins. Om Puri. 135 mins. Surgeon Patrick Swayze agrees to help Pauline Collins run a school and medical dispensary in the poorest area of Calcutta. but is intimidated by the local gang chief. Roland (Killing Fields) Joffe's latest offering is another attempt to create a feelgood epic from a situation of incalculable suffering. but despite being well made and acted. its didacticism smothers any ability to respond. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. MGM. Edinburgh: Cannon. All UCIs.
I The Cook. The Thief. ltls Wile And Her Lover(18) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1989) Michael Gambon. Helen Mirren. Alan Howard. Richard Bohringer. Tim Roth. 120 mins. A superb film which nonetheless contains something to offend everybody. Beautifully photographed. directed. written. acted and art-directed (with lavish costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier). its subject matter is at once bizarre. repulsive. romantic and compelling. Centring on Greenaway‘s obsessions with food. decay and inﬁdelity. it's an unforgettably stylish tale of forbidden love and brutal revenge. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Cyrano De Bergerac (U) (Jean-Paul Rappeneau. France. 1990) Gerard Depardieu. Jacques Weber. Anne Brochet. Vincent Perez. 135 mins. A stirring adaptation of Rostand‘s classic. romantic tragi-comedy. Full ofgrandly mounted. bustling crowd scenes. it revolves around typically superb performance from Depardieu as the large-nosed hero. Although performed in rhyming verse throughout (with subtitles by Anthony Burgess). and a touch overlong. the film’s dramatic and cinematic qualities are outstanding. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I Dame (15) (Maria Novaro. Mexico. 1991 ) Maria Rojo. Carmen Salinas. Blanca Guerra. 96 mins. Twice a week for ten years. Julia has met her mysterious partner Carmelo to perform the 'danzon'. the Mexican dance ofseduction. When he disappears. she sets out to ﬁnd him. A powerful exploration of suppressed desires. 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 ‘90s Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I DoThe ﬂlghl Thing ( 18) (Spike Lee. US. 1989) Spike Lee. Danny Aiello. John Turturro. 119 mins. New York's deprived Bedford-Stuyvesant district on the hottest day of the summer. and racial tension escalates between Italian-American Sal (Aiello). his two sons and the mainly black local community who make up the bulk ofhis customers. A forceful exploration ofthe socio-economic and cultural causes behind black and white racism. Lee's ﬁlm also operates as a tightly controlled multi-character drama. Glasgow: GFT.
um Doors(18) (Oliver Stone. US. 1990) Val Kilmer. Meg Ryan. Kyle MacLachlan. Kevin Dillon. Frank Whalley. 141 mins. Fromthe moment Jim Morrison joins a band and transforms himself into the Dionysus of the Love Generation until his bathtime demise as an overweight alcoholic. Kilmer‘s superb characterisation dominates to such an extent that the other actors struggle to assert themselves even one-dimensionally. Still. Stone‘s ‘tits 'n‘ acid' version ofThe Doors‘ history. while selective and highly inaccurate. is never boring. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I Drownlng By Numbers ( 18) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1988) Joan Plowright. Bernard Hill. Joer Richardson. 118 mins. In a narrative as straightforward and complicated as the title. three generations of women. all of them called Cissie Colpitts. dispose of their husbands in a series of aquatic murders. whilst the numbers 1 to 100run through the ﬁlm in the backgrounds. Besides the enjoyable pastime of number spotting. this is among Greenaway's most accessible and pleasurable ﬁlms. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Europa Europa (15) (Agnieszka Holland. France/Germany. 1991) Marco Hofschneidcr. Julie Delpy. Halina Labonarska. 112 mins. In an attempt to avoid the death camps. a youngJewish boy tries to pass himself off as a member ofthe Hitler Youth. Despite touching a few raw nerves on home territory. the ﬁlms uses its ‘based on a true story‘ caption as the excuse for all mannerof unbelievable coincidences and laughable situations. A real disappointment. Central: MacRobcrt.
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