Wortted your way through all those tacity movies you taped over Christmas? Looking for more video action? Dur jaded and unpleasantty overweight reviewer slits through the January releases.

Rental IChild DlRage(15)Yup.

a true story about an abused child who unleashes her pent-up anger on her kindly foster parents. Melodrama of an unashamedly exploitative sort. (Odyssey)

I My Cousin Vinny ( 15) Amiable comedy with the most excellent Joe Pesci as the eponymous Vinny. a rookie but cocky New York lawyer adrift in the Deep South where his hapless cousins are in danger of being framed for murder. Marisa Tomei almost steals the show as his stroppy girlfriend. Ex-Munster Fred Gwynne is fine as the curmudgeonly judge. (Fox)

I Kung Fu -A Legend Reborn ( 15) David Carradine returns as that Grasshopper geezer in an ill-advised reprise of the cult 70s mystical martial arts saga. (Warner)

I Night Rhythms ( 18) A shockingly tacky drama about a late-night DJ. Nick West. who becomes a fantasy lover for his

female listeners. One night, things go a touch too far and Nick finds himself framed for a murder he didn‘t commit. Martin Hewitt. Sam Jones and David Carradine star.(Columbia Tristar)

I For And Away (15) Ron Howard directs Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in a shallow tale of Oirish emigrants. he a horny-handed son of toil. she a well-to-do lady.

accents. (ClC)

reachingthe New World I and falling in lurve. The history is as shaky as the

I Samantha (15) An engaging romantic comedy drama about a likeablc misfit (Martha Plimpton) who. discovering she is adopted. sets out in search of her real parents. Undemanding but amusing stuff. (First Independent)

IThe Fearlnside (15) A psychological thriller about a young housewife. 3 Meredith Cole (Christine Lahti) who is being driven ' to despair by acute agoraphobia. She rather ' rasth takes in two i seemingly innocent strangers as lodgers. but they turn out to be warped : tormentors. Single White Female territory on a tighter budget. with added raunch. (Columbia Tristar) i I Class Act ( 15) (Warner) : IThe Rapture (18) (Columbia Tristar) ITurtle Beach (PG) (Columbia Tristar)

I Straight Talk (PG) (Bucna Vista)

I Blue Ice(15) (Guild) ITime Trax (15) (Warner) I Tales From The Crypt (18) (Warner)


I Solomon’s Choice (PG) (Odyssey)

IThe Finest Hour( 15) (Columbia Tristar)

I The Cutting Edge (PG) (Warner)

I Project Shadowchaser (15) (First Independent) I Gladiator ( 15) (Columbia Tristar)

I Pyrates ( 18) (Columbia Tristar)


I The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (PG) No. not an examination of how George Graham holds on to his job, but a classic whodunnit from 1939. part of Connoisseur‘s batch of quality British film releases. (Connoisseur £12.99)

I The Best Di Harry Eniield (15) Highlights from Enfield‘s first series. featuring all your faves, including the Slobs. Mr You-Don‘t-Wanna-Do- That. Smashic and Nicey. Viewing pleasure-tastic. as they might say. (BBC £ 10.99)

I Boys Will Be Boys (U) (Connoisseur £12.99)

I FirstAoirl (U) (Connoisseur£12.99)

I Evergreen (U) (Connoisseur £12.99)

I The Icicle Thiei (PG) Maurizio Nichetti directs and stars in an inventive parody of the classic Bicycle Thieves. He plays a film director whose gritty black and white film is constantly invaded by curvaceous Technicolor models from adverts. The device wears thin fairly swiftly but there are a few thought-provoking ideas en route. (Tartan £15.99) I Volere Volare (15) More Nichetti. this time as an inexperienced sound effects man who finds true love doesn‘t run smooth due to his alarming tendency to turn into a cartoon when he is in bed with his ideal woman (Angela Finocehiaro). (Tartan £15.99)

I Pete Kelly’s Blues (PG) (Tartan £13.99)

I Y Plan Physical (VVL £10.99)

I Cher Fitness: Body Confidence (Fox £12.99) I Marked For Death (18) (Fox £10.99)

I The Charlie Chaplin Collection: The Gold Rush/Pay Day (U) A timcly release for a batch of classic Chaplin comedies, tieing in with Richard Attenborough‘s biopic of the moustachioed bloke with the funny walk. Well, some people still think he‘s funny. . .(Fox £10.99)

I The Charlie Chaplin Collection: The Circus/A Day's Pleasure (U) (Fox £10.99)

I The Charlie Chaplin Collection: Monsieur Verdoux (U) (Fox£10.99) I The Charlie Chaplin Collection: Limelight (U) (Fox £10.99)

I State Di Grace (18) (Vision £10.99)

I Laurel And Hardy- Pixer-Uppers, Men D'War and Scram (U) (Vision £10.99)



A selection oi television highlights. listed by day, In chronological order. Television Listings compiled by Tom Lappln.


I ND (Scottish) 7-7.30pm. An earlier slot for Janice Forsyth and Bryan Burnett, with their previews of the Scottish arts and entertainments scene. See how many List people you can spot in the new run.

I Love Hurts (BBCl) 9.30—10.20pm. The second series of the irritating on-off romance is getting frankly preposterous. Last week we were expected to believe that the wonderful Joanna Kanska could be interested in the appalling Frank (Adam Faith). This week Tessa (Zoe Wanamaker) confesses that she still has feelings for the smug little twerp.

I Cheers (Channel 4) 9.30—10pm. More beers and laughs in the latest series from the Boston bar. Nomi’s lifetime ambition is achieved when he becomes a taster ata local brewery.

I Arena: On The Road With Boggs (BBC2) 9.30—10.30pm. A profile of the American conceptual artist J .S.G. Boggs who draws his own American currency bills, a habit that has got him into trouble with the Secret Service.

I The Word (Channel 4) 11.05pm—12.10am. More shambolic capers with Lamarr, Christian, Puckrik and Behr plus hapless guests.

I White Zombie (Channel 4) 12.10—1.20am. No, not the latest Word presenter, but a rare Gothic horror from 1932 starring Bela Lugosi as a sinister zombie-master. The unerotically-named Madge Bellamy plays the love interest.


I Grandstand (BBCI) 12. 15—5. 15pm. Featuring live coverage of Scotland’s first Five Nations Championship fixture, against Ireland at Murrayfield. I Right To Reply (Channel 4) 6.30-7pm. Sheena McDonald collates more viewers' complaints and ideas about TV programmes. I Sounds Di The 70s (BBC2)7.15—7.50pm. Scary, all this 705 nostalgia. This is a new ten-part series looking at the music of the decade that taste forgot, opening with a look at fashion trends, and music from T Rex and The Bay City Rollers, among others. I Karate Kid III (Scottish) 7.55—9.55pm. Martial arts nonsense in this 1989 tale of the return to the ring of Daniel La Russo. Ralph Maechio and Robyn Lively star. I Casually (BBC 1) 8. 15-9.05pm. Holby General is the scene for more high drama with the new consultant, Mike Barratt ' (Clive Mantle) appointed as the beloved J ulian’s replacement. 1 I Stephen King's Golden Years (Channel 4) . 9—10pm. The author makes a cameo I appearance in the third episode of his sci-fl thriller. 1 I Saturday Zoo (Channel 4) 10-1 1pm. I Jonathan Ross returns with a new variety 1 series promising comedy, music and the : bizarre. Co-host for the first show is last i year‘s comedy discovery Joanna Lumley. E See preview. i I Parenthood (BBCl)9.25—l 1.25pm. 5 Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen star 1 in a cloying comedy as parents determined 5 to give their children a happier upbringing : than they enjoyed. i I Marathon Man (BBC2) 11.10pm—1 . 15am. Dustin Hoffman and Lawrence Olivier (as a Nazi dentist) star ! in a disturbing tale of a studentwho becomes unwittingly involved with an international espionage ring. You’ll never

want to have another filling in your life. I Angel Heart (Scottish) 11.30pm—1.35am. Mickey Rourke plays sleazy ’tec Harry Angel on the trail of a mysterious crooner named Johnny. The trail leads to a tangled mish-mash of voodoo and murder. Robert De Niro plays a satanic stranger, while Bonet provides the gratuitous naked es .


I Football ltalla (Channel 4) 1.15—3.30pm. More superior live soccer from Serie A with the match likely to be either Napoli v Lazio or Fiorentina v Torino.

I Movlewatch (Channel 4) 6-6.30pm. A new cinema review programme with the twist being that the reviews are provided by punters. Tonight's show visits a cinema in Bury, Lancashire for the latest releases, while Laurie Pike provides gossip from Hollywood. See preview.

I Romancing The Stone (Scottish) 6.30—8.30pm. Sub-Indiana Jones stuff with Michael Douglas as a rugged adventurer guiding feisty novelist Kathleen Turner through the jungles of Colombia in search of high-grade heroin , sorry, make that her kidnapped sister.

I Dancing (BBC2) 8.35—9.35pm. A new series on the terpsichological art, opening with an investigation into why performers are drawn to dance as an art form.

I Screen Two: Clothes In The Wardrobe (BBC2) 10—11.20pm. A new season of one-off dramas opens with a comedy based on the Alice Thomas Ellis novel, starring Jeanne Moreau as the rebellious Lili visiting her friend Monica (Julie Walters) and attempting to sabotage her daughter’s wedding.


I Punchdrunlt (BBC 1 ) 8.30—9pm. The BBC Scotland boxing sitcom continues, with Hanee Gordon (John Kazek) getting involved in an illegal bareoknuckle fight. I Cutting Edge: Fraud Squad (Channel 4) 9—10pm. An intriguing look at escalating white-collar crime. Chief Inspector Dave Reeve leads a squad of urbane , sophisticated detectives trying to keep tabs on increasingly complex fraud seams. I Wish You Were Here (Scottish) 7—7.30pm. Plan your holiday with assistance from the chirpy reporters, this week visiting Orlando in Florida and Sardinia (in the Med).

I Head Over Heels (Scottish) 9—10pm. The relentlessly upbeat mixture of Daisy Pulls It Offend Happy Days continues with Camilla’s birthday party being somewhat upstaged by the arrival of a princess.

I Northern Exposure (Channel 4)

10—1 1pm. Joel and Maggie find themselves stranded in the wilderness and are forced to sample the delights of roast squirrel.

I A Scot Dn Death Row (Scottish) 10.40-11.40pm. A report on the plightof Kenneth Richey from Edinburgh who is currently awaiting execution in Ohio and trying desperately to prove his innocence.


I Aig Aster (Scottish) 7.30—8pm. The Gaelic on-the-road show visits Edinburgh where Patsi Mackenzie goes reggae clubbing and racing at Musselburgh.

I A Question Di Sport (BBC1)8.30-9pm. David Coleman, Bill Beaumont and Ian Botham are the regulars for the perennial sports quiz.

I Full Stretch (Scottish) 9:10pm. Baz’s limousine business is threatened when a former footballer mate becomes involved with a young model.

I Spender (BBCI) 9.30—10.25pm. Jimmy Nail stars as the Geordie detective who never seems to show up for work. Tonight he becomes involved with a frightened iceohockey star who is harbouring a secret. I Dance With A Stranger (Channel 4) 10—11.50pm. Mike Newell's acclaimed film about Ruth Ellis (Miranda

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