ITIe intent (18) (William Friedki . US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Vo Sydow. 110 mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I PIA-elm (12) (Ron Howard. US. 1992) Tom Cruise. Nicole Kidman. Thomas Gibson. 140 mins. If you've seen the trailer. you'll know the story of the plucky duo fighting adversity to gain their place in the American Dream. Oirish accents. suppressed lust. bare knuckle fights. all looking sumptuous in Panavision Super 70mm wide-screen format. Other than that. it‘s sentimental tosh, as comy as they come. Central: Regal.

I Fulfil": The Last Ilalelereet (U) (Bill Kroyer. US. 1992) With the voices of Tim Curry. Samantha Mathis. Jonathan Ward, Robin

Williams. 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-meaningintentions. Edinburgh: Odcon. Fife: Adam Smith. Robins. Strathelyde: Cannon. All UCls.

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. A 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: GF'T.

I Hear My Song (15) (Peter Chelsom. UIOIreland. 1991) Adrian Dunbar. Ned Beatty.Tara Fitzgerald. 103 mins. Devious but loveablc promoter Mickey (Dunbar) tries to win back his reputation and the woman he loves by booking famous Irish tenor and tax fugative JosefLocke for his Liverpool nightclub. A modestly charming British production that is fun if you're not expecting some sort of all-time classic. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Henry: Portrait OI A Serlal Klller ( 18) (John McNaughton. US. 1986) Michael Rookcr. Tom Towles, Tracey Arnold. 80 mins. Based loosely on the true life (and subsequently recanted) confessions of Henry Lee Lucas. McNaughton‘s exemplary film is a harrowing account of an amoral mass murderer. Scenes of rape and

mutilation transcend the usual titillation of the genre and force the audience to question the use of murder as entertainment. Simultaneously one


I IIlgIl Soelety (Charles Walters. US. 1956) Bing Crosby. Grace Kelly. Frank Sinatra. Celeste Holm. 107 mins. Classic musical entertainment

hard to get with a string ofsuitors. The plot of Philadelphia Story goes out the window. but with stars like these. style is everything. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Home of Barnacle Alba (15) (Mario Camus. Spain. 1989) Irene Caba. Ana Belen. Florinda Chico. 104 mins. From the opening shots ofa crowded funeral mass. Lorca's symbolic treatment of female sexuality receives a thoroughly professional rendering from Camus.

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I Houeeeltter (PG) (Frank 02. US. 1992) Steve Martin. Goldie Hawn. Dana Delany. Spurned by

(Martin) finds his life turned upside down when one-night-stand Gwen (Hawn) moves into his house and passes herselfoff 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. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. MGM. Fife: Glenrothes. All UCIs.

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. 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I lvan The Terrible (Part1 and 2) (12) (Sergei Eisenstein. USSR. 1944/46) Nikolai Cherkassov. Ludmila Tselikovskaya. 99 mins/88 mins. Russia

in conflict with the Boyars and the Church. A classic piece of cinema. with the oppressive atmosphere being built from a succession of melodramatic close-ups. stylised gestures and finely composed visuals. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

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IJacoti': Ladder(18) (Adrian Lyne. 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 reality begins to slip. he has recurring flashbacks to the night his platoon was wiped out during the war. The director of Fatal Attraction and the writerof Ghost combine to pull off one of the most terrifying. yet ultimately moving. paranoia thrillers of recent years. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I la. Tu. II. Elle (15) (Chantal Akcrman. Belgium. 1974) Claire Wauthier. Niels Arestup. Chantal Akerrnan. 85 mins. Akerman‘s second feature involves a taut circular narrative. passing through the singular personal pronouns. Akennan herself (Je) writes a letter to her female lover (Tu).and encounters a lorry-driver ( ll) travelling to see Elle in person. Tautly structured investigations into sexual identity and urban alienation. Glasgow: GET. I J'Emhrasse Pes(18) (Andre Techine. France. 1991) Philippe Noiret. Emmanuelle Beart. Manuel Blane. 115 mins. Resourcefulformer stretcher-bearer Pierre (Blane) leaves his provincial home and comes to Paris and finds a world where violence and kindness exist in equal measures. Grittily realistic. coming-of—age tale with a fine performance by Heart (Manon des Sources) as Pierre‘s prostitute girlfriend. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. IJulce (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 is set to an excellent hard rap soundtrack. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Jules El Jlm (PG) (Francois Truffaut. France. 1961 ) Jeanne Moreau. Oskar Werner. Henri Serre. 105 mins. Truffaut’s early masterpiece. telling the comi-tragic tale of an eternal triangle straddling the First World War. Bohemian. mercurial Parisienne Catherine (Moreau) divides her affections between Jules (Werner) and Jim (Serre). whose deep friendship overrides their rivalry in love and their separation by war. Powerful stuff. Glasgow: GET. I Jungle Fever( l8) (Spike Lee. US. 1991) Wesley Snipes. Annabella Sciorra. John T'urturro. Spike Lee. 132 mins. Black yuppie Flipper Purify (Snipes) launches into an ill-fated affair with his Italian-American secretary (Sciorra) and adds fuel to the fire ofinter-racial tensions. With its major subplot on drug addiction. the audience wonder if Lee has tackled too many ‘big‘ issues at once. Still. it's a stylish piece with some good performances. even if the director's message is not exactly positive. Glasgow: (if-'1‘. lJust lee A Woman (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 who thinks 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 King 01 Comedy (PG) (Martin Scorcese. US 1983) Robert De Niro. Jerry Lewis. Sandra Bernhard. 109 mins. Full-time schmuek Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) dearly wants to be a successful television entertainer. so he puts together a plan to kidnap glum chat show host Lewis and force his way onto the box. Desperate comic capers. with a bitter edge to de Niro's manic. hilarious and somehow involving performance. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Klng 01 New York(18) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1990) Christopher Walken. David Caruso. Larry Fishburne. 104 mins. Extremely violent and amoral account of New York drug lord Frank White (Walken). who kills quite a few people but is really a decent cove. and whose dream is to open a hospital for the people of his native South Bronx. A twisted tale ofcriminal loyalty and glamorised violence which underuses the considerable talents of its leading actor. Glasgow: GFT. I Last Tango In Parla ( l8) (Bernardo Bertolucci. France/Italy. 1973) Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider. 130 mins. A young Parisienne meetsa middle-aged man with whom she develops an increasingly violent and purely sexual relationship. One of the key films of its decade. Bertolucci's powerful drama is a meditation on the expression and communication ofpersonal identity through intense sexual contact. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Lawrence OlAnhla (PG) (David Lean. UK. 1962) Peter O‘Toole. Alec Guinness. Jack Hawkins. Omar Sharif. 222 mins. Leah‘s mammoth desert epic. restored to its director's original cut and the big screen. where film-making on this scale belongs. O‘Toole's debut as the

enigmatic adventurer still impresses. but apart from the majestic action sequences. it's the disturbing sense ofclinical and cold-blooded violence hanging over the highly literate characterisation that today seems especially striking. Strathelyde: UCI East Kilbride. I A League OI Thelr Own (PG) (Penny Marshall. US. 1992) Geena Davis. Lori Petty. Tom Hanks. Madonna. 124 mins. As World War 11 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 ehroniclestheir ups and downs with a richer characterisation than in your average sports movie. General release. 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. All UCIs. l The Lon! oi the Rlngs (P0) (Ralph Bakshi. US. 1982) With the voices of (‘hristopher Guard. William Squire. Michael Scholes. John Hurt. 133 mins. Successful animated version of the Tolkien epic covers the first two books of the trilogy only. Sticking closely to the text and using live action tracings to give authenticity to the animation, it manages to avoid Disney cuteness and creates an exciting and enjoyable mythical adventure that only the Tolkien purist will find fault with. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Lover( 18) (Jean-Jacques Annaud. France ’UK. 1991 ) Jane March. Tony Leung. Jeanne Morcau. 117 mins. 1n 1920s Saigon.a fifteen year old girl has a steamy affair witha Chinaman twice her age. Er. . . that‘sit. Annaud‘s big screen translation of Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel is fairly erotic for the first half hour. then moves swiftly into relentless arthouse tedium. This really isthe cinematic equivalent ofwading through French literature ofan intellectual bent. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Lovers (18) (Vicente Aranda. Spain. 1991) Victoria Abril. Jorge Sanz. Maribel Verdu. 103 mins. In Franco's Spain ofthe mid-50s. ayoung man completes his military service and plans to wed his fiance. While looking for work. he shares a flat with a glamorous older woman (Abril) who offers him more than a roofover his head. Abril carries the movie. which has a straight melodramatic plotline that Almodovar would have camped up to high heaven. but it‘s still a treat oftruly trashy proportions. Glasgow: GFT. I The Man With The Golden Arm (PG) (Otto Preminger. US. 1955) Frank Sinatra. Kim Novak. Eleanor Parker. 119 mins. An Elmer Bernstein score. Saul Bass‘s opening titles and Sinatra at his most intense as an ex-con junkie trying to become a jazz drummer ~ what more could we ask for. Notable Hollywood movie that broke taboos in its portrayal of heroin addiction still stands uptoday. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Masala (18) (Srinivas Krishna. Canada. 1991) Srinivas Krishna. Sakina Jaffrey. SaeedJaffrey. Zohra Segal. 106 mins. Bizarre. ironic and with a small whiff of blasphemy. writer-director-star Krishna's oddity has an ex-junkie orphan wandering about (‘anadian streets meeting. amongst others. a woman who talks to a Hindu god via her video recorder. My Beautiful Laundrette on acid. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I McCabe and Mrs Mlller ( 18) (Robert Altman. US. 1971) Warren Beatty. Julie Christie. 121 mins. Ultra-realistic. downbeat western yarn that eschews the traditional approach ofglamourising the era. Beatty is in good form as ahustling. two-bit braggart who opens a brothel in a tum-of—the-century boom town. Glasgow: GFT. I Metropoll: (PG) (Fritz Lang. Germany. 1926) Brigitte Helm. Alfred Abel. Gustav Frolich. 139 mins. One of the greatest films of all time. here in its longer-length. uncolorised version. free from Giorgio Moroder‘s tacked-on rock soundtrack. The cityscapes remain unsurpassed. although the allegory against totalitarianism is a bit naive. With live piano accompaniment. Glasgow: GI-T. I My Own Private Idaho ( l8) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richcrt. 105 mins. Shakespeare‘s Henry IV Parts Iand2 are given a sleazy. contemporary twist in Van Sant‘s follow-up to the admirable Drugstore Cowboy. Screen heart-throbs Phoenix and Reeves make brave career moves by playing a rent boy and the preppic layabout object ofhis affections. but to good effect. A compelling. idiosyncratic. left-field gem. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Naked Lunch ( 18) (David Cronenberg. US. 1992) Peter Weller. Judy Davis. Ian Holm. Roy Scheider. 121 mins. Body horror maestro takes on the near impossible task of filming William Burroughs‘ controversial novel 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