is forced to come to terms with his present life and past culture. A wonderful piece offamily storytelling. blending ancient and modern myths. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCl.

I Ivanhoe (U) (Richard Thorpe. UK. 1952) Robert Taylor. Elizabeth Taylor. Joan Fontaine. 107 mins. Great costume epic with the leads in dashing form. Okay. so it unashamedly Americanises Scott and countless other literary inspirations just sit back and descend into matinee mentality. Glasgow: GET.

I Johnny Suede ( 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. Glasgow: GET.

IJulce (15) (Ernest Dickerson. US. 1992) Omar Epps. Khalil Khan.Tucae Shakur. Jermaine Hopkins. 9?. mins. Four teenagers try to cope with

life in contemporary Harlem in their own different '

ways O wants to be a hip hop DJ king. Bishop is 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 offilmmaking indeed. Excellent hard rap soundtrack. Glasgow: GET.

IThe Lastoltho Mohlcans (15) (Michael Mann. US. 1992) Daniel Day-Lewis. Madeleine Stowe. Russell Means. Steven Waddington. 122 mins. James Fenimorc Cooper's tale of the English/French colonial wars in America becomes the most thrilling movie of the year in the handsof Mann (Manhunrer) and a splendid cast. Day-Lewis makes a fine Hawkeye. blending Native American and European nobility to create a sympathetic. truly memorable hero. General release.

I Law 01 Desire ( 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. ilowever. 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

though the lack of narrative control near the end does let the film down. Glasgow: GET.

I A League 01 Their 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 chronicles their ups and downs with a richer characterisation than in your average sports movie. Central: Caledonian.

I The Lover ( 18) (Jean-Jacques Annaud. France/UK. 1991 ) Jane March. Tony Leung. Jeanne Moreau. 117 mins.1n 1920s Saigon.a fifteen year old girl has a steamy affair with a Chinaman twice her age. Er. . . that‘sit. Annaud‘s big screen translation of Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel is fairly erotic for the first halfhour. then moves swiftly into relentless arthouse tedium. This really is the cinematic equivalent of wading through French literature of an intellectual bent. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.

I Lover: (18) (Vicente Aranda. Spain. 1991) Victoria Abril. Jorge Sanz. Maribel Verdu. 103

. mins. In Franco‘s Spain ofthe mid-50s. a young

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 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 oftrulytrashy

; proportions. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh:


I Ma Nun Chez Maud (PG) (Eric Rohmer. France.

1969) Jean-Louis Trintignant. Francoise Fabian. Marie-Christine Barrault. 113 mins. The third in Rohmer's series of Comedies e! prm‘erbes was the first to bring him to widespread international recognition. Trintignant plays a priggish Catholic enduring a long dark night of the soul in the company of free-thinking divorcee Fabian. The profoundest questions of the spirit and the heart are delicately teased out in what remains one of the director‘s finest moments. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Matador (18) (Pedro Almadovar. Spain. 1986) Assumpta Serna. Antonio Banderas. Nancho Martinez. Eva Como. 96 mins. Less uproarious than the works that established his commercial

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dark and ecstatic. Themes of sex and death merge around a pervy ex-bullfighter. his sexually

confused pupil and the latter‘s murderous defence lawyer. Quite deliriously amoral. Glasgow: GET.

3 I Midnight Sting (15) (Michael Ritchie. US. 1992)

James Woods. Louis Gossett Jnr. Bruce Dern. 98

5 mins. Ex-con Woods teams up with former mate

Gossett Jnr to stage boxing hustle in small town owned by the odious Dern. Simple enough

formula. ludicrous narrative. The boxing set-up

will either have you jumping on your seat or

heading for the door. One-off preview. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street.

I “0' Money (15) (Peter McDonald. US. 1992) Damon Wayans. Marlon Wayans. Stacey Dash. 90 mins. Attempt at comedy vehicle for Damon

(Last Boy Scout) Wayans doesn‘t quite come off. Along with brother Marlon. he‘s on a credit card

scam. trying to impress a lady exec and avoid

numerous hitmen. Nointerest on this account.

See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead.

Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCls.

I Mon Pere Ce Hero: (PG) (Gerard Lauzier. France. 1991) Gerard Depardieu. Marie Gillain. Patrick Mille. 102 mins. Father and daughter go to the beach. where she spins a tall tale about him

, being her lover in order to win the affections ofa

local hunk. Lightweight comedy redeemed by the easy comic presence of Depardieu. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Muppet: Christmas Carol (U) (Brian Henson. US/UK. 1992) Michael Caine. Kermit. Miss Piggy and other bits of foam. It's Christmas time. and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens‘ classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices. See preview. General release.

I Naked Lunch ( 18) (David Cronenberg. US. 1992) Peter Weller. Judy Davis. lan Holm. Roy Scheider. 121 mins. Body horror maestro takeson

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. Glasgow: GET.

I ngntbrood(18) (Clive Barker. US. 1989)Craig Scheffer. Anne Bobby. David Cronenberg. 99 mins. Horror maestro Clive Barker's ambitious. flawed tale of monsters mythic cities (in Alberta) and psycho doctors which ran foul ofthe American censors. Though the sheer scale of the attempted horrorfest appears to have overwhelmed the narrative thread. it does boast an impressive array of effects and adisarming acting debut by director Cronenberg. Glasgow: (ii-T.

I 01 kilos And Men (PG) (Gary Sinise. US. 1992) John Malkovich. Gary Sinise. Sherilyn Fenn. 111 mins. A slow-witted. gentle giant and his resourceful. protective side-kick search for work in Depression-hit America. Sinise the director marries the themes of Steinbeck‘s classic novel to vibrant landscapes of rural farm life. American tragedy in its purest form. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Ch Rosalinda! (PG) (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. UK. 1955) Anton Walbrook.

? Anthony Quayle. Michael Redgrave. Ludmilla

Tcherina. 101 mins. The famous duo‘s first collaboration in Cinemascope is a modernised version of Strauss‘s Die Fledermaus. and was attacked at the time for self-indulgence on a grand scale. While rarely reaching the heightsoftheir 1940s output. the film is still strongly cast and its eye-catching washes of Colour make it an enjoyable. if insubstantial. cinematic confection. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I On The Town (U) (Stanley Donan "Gene Kelly. US. 1949) Frank Sinatra. Gene Kelly. Jules Munshin. 98 mins. Three guys go out into the ‘wonderful town' of New York. New York and see the sights. live the nightlife and wow the women. More cinematic and dance-orientated than other musicals. it's as big and brash as theycome. Glasgow: (ii-'1'.

I Paris Trout( 18) (Stephen Gyiienhaal. US. 1991) Dennis Hopper. Barbara Hershey. Ed Harris. Tina Lifford. 99 mins. Hopper is on trademark psychotic form. this time in the Deep South during the late 1940s. When a young black man failsto keep up the payments on a car he bought from shady businessman Paris'Trout. the latter assumes white superiority and kills his client's sister. interesting. but by no means stunning. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Peter's Friends ( 15) (Kenneth Branagh. UK. 1992) Kenneth Branagh. Stephen Fry. Emma

Thompson. 102 mins. A decade after their last

performance together. a varsity revue team reunite for a New Year break and disCover that career security is no match for happy relationships. A highly assured. extremely funny and deceptively touching character drama. whose only fault is that it sends up Branagh‘s media image a little too knowingly. Glasgow: ()deon.

Edinburgh: Cameo. UCl.

IThe 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 Hollywood is more than just an excuse for cineastes to play trainspotter with the famous faces in cameo roles. it is also a terrific thriller about a studio exec receiving death threats from a spurned writer. Tim Robbins is magnificent in the lead role. while Altman manages to grin as he bites the handthat feeds him. Easily the best movie of the year. ifnot of the decade so far. Glasgow: GF'T.

I The Prlnctm and the Goblin (U) (JosefGemes. UK/Hungary. 1991) With the voices of Rik Mayall. Claire Bloom. Joss Ackland. 75 mins. Pretty poor piece ofchildren‘s animation takes only the fairy tale cliches from a good original novel and has nothing other than Mayall's OTT voice performance as the Goblin Prince to give it any life. i suspect that today‘s audiences will be a little too sophisticated for thisoffering. Edinburgh: UCl.

I Raising Caln(15) (Brian De Palma. US. 1992) John Lithgow. Lolita Davidovich. Steven Bauer. 92 mins. John Lithgow puts the ‘psycho‘ in ‘psychologist' as a mind doctor growing more and more out of control. while his wife rekindles an affair and the police investigate serial murders. Filled to overflowing with virtuoso thriller setpieces at the expense ofcharacterisation. it will please cynical cineastes at least. See review. From 8Jan. Glasgow: MGMs Parhkead. Sauchiehall Street. All UCls.

IThe Rapture ( 18) (Michael Tolkin. US. 1992) Mimi Rogers. David Duchovny. Patrick Bauchau. Will Patton. 102 mins. A telephone operator tires of unsatisfying casual sex and embraces a newfound belief that the world is facing imminent destruction. 'Tolkin‘s debut as writer-director is a flawed but provocative offering that never lets us dismiss the protagonist as a bible-bashing nutcase. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Rocky Honor Plcturo 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 1 lorror 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. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Salmonberrlas ( 12) (Percy Adlon. Germany. 1991 ) kd lang. Rosei Zech. Chuck Conners. 94 mins. in her film debut. lang uses her androgynous looks to their best ability asan orphan living in a remote Alaskan village. who befriends the local librarian. Both attempt to lay their ghosts to rest on a journey to Berlin. a metaphor for the inner journeys they simultaneously undergo. Terminally slow exposition leads into an interesting second half. but by then most viewers will be deadened by frustration. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I I Screenqu 92 ( 15) A superb selection ofwork

made under the auspices of Glasgow Film and Video Workshop. Eleven pieces by Scottish-based film and video makers cover the spectrum from video art to short narrative. ifthis is the tipof the low-budget filmmaking icebergin


Scotland. the country does indeed have a future tr

look forward to. Glasgow: GET. I SecretFrlond:(15) (Dennis Potter. UK. 1991) Alan Bates. Gina Bellman. Frances Barber. 98 mins. Cultural Britain's equivalent of the dirty old

man makes his big screen debut as writer/director

with Bates as a middle-aged illustrator with a

malevolent alter-ego. Supposedly a psychological

thriller. it's the kind of pretentious. over-stated. masterbatory nonsense that Potter seems unable to break away from. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Simple Mon ( 15) (Hal Hartley. US. 1992) William Sage. Robert Burke. Karen Sillas. 104 mins. Two mismatched brothers go in search of their athlete-turned-radical father. whose absent presence acts like Godot to their Estragon and Vladimir. And. as in the stage piece. it’sthe wordplay (Hartley's patented ear for quirky dialogue) and wayward philosophising en route that becomes more important than the journey itself. Glasgow: GET.

I Slnglo Whlto Female ( ix) (Barbet Schroeder. US. 1992) Bridget Fonda. JenniferJason Leigh. Steven Weber. 107 mins. Hatmate-from-hell

scenario is in full force when Leigh moves intothe

appartment of Fonda and gradually starts taking over her looks. life and boyfriend. An intriguing character drama and rousing genre piece that packs a visceral punch without neglecting to keep one‘s grey matter engaged. General release.

I Slater Act (PG) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1992) Whoopi Goldberg. Maggie Smith. Harvey Keitel. 100 mins. When Nightclub chanteuse Deloris (Goldberg) sees her gangster boyfriend murder at underling. she goes on the run and ends up in as the unlikely new member ofa nearby convent. A bit like Some Like It Hot meets The Sound Of Music. except the songs hark back to Motown and

are by far the best thing about the movie. General