Lecontc. France. 199(1)Jean Rochefort. Anna Galicna. 90 mins. The romantic tale of a young boy who resolves to marry a hairdresser. and in eccentric middle age does just that. According to director Leconte. the film ‘is not autobiographical. although it really ought to have been'. since the boy's resolution is one he himself made. but failed to keep. A witty. sexy and eccentric movie with dark undercurrents from the director of Monsieur Hire. Glasgow: Grosve nor. I Hengln' With the Homeboys ( 18) (Joseph B. Vasquez. US. 1991) Doug E. [)oug. Mario

Joyner. John Leguizamo. Nestor Serrano 88

mins. Four fricnds— an angry young black man.a struggling actor. a womaniser and a naive

supermarket clerk - go off in search of a good time on a Friday night. It's supposed to be a break from their daily drudgery. but it only brings more

trouble. Subtly addictive film that includes hilarious ensemble performances. Edinburgh:


I Home Alone 2: Lost in New Yorlt ( L' ) (Chris

Columbus. US. 1992) Macaulay Cuikiri. Joe Pesci. Daniel Stern. The McCalIister family head

off on holiday and leave little Kevin behind.

Sounds familiar'.’ More remake than sequel to the 1990 box office sensation. this time the brat ends

up battling with his favourite burglars in New

York City. Crass slapstick. uninspired writing. If you lovedhated the first one. you‘ll love hate this one. General release.

I Honey. I Blew Up The Kid ( ti) (Randal Kleiser. US. 1992) Rick Moranis. Marcia Strassman. 5 Robert ()liveri. 9(1 mins. This time accident-prone

scientist Moranis changes the \l'lC of his beloved offspring in the opposite direction. with the effect that baby Adam becomes a titanic lot tcrrorising

Las Vegas. Very much aimed at the young

children's market. and brought to you by the man who directed Grease. See review. General release.

I Husbands end Wives(15)(Woody-Allents. 1992) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Sidney Pollack.

Judy Davis. 107 mins. The Roths(Allen and

Farrow) find their domestic life rocked by the

news that their best friends are splitting up. Doubts about their marriage are heightened by- Mr R's half-innocent dalliance with a young student((‘ape Fear'sJulicttc Lewis). More than a

life-initating-art movie. given the recent

allegations about the Allen household: it isa

searching and incisive character comedy. his best

since Hannah and her Sisters. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Jacob‘s Ladder( 18) (Adrian I.yne. tis. 199(1) Tim Robbins. Elizabeth Pena. DannyAiello. 113 mins. Vietnam vet Jacob Singer is seeing some

very strange things. like nurses with demons' horns and people with faces straight out of a

Francis Bacon painting. As his grip on the reality

of his present life begins to slip. he has recurring

flashbacks to the night his platoon was wipedout

during the war. The director of Fara/Attraction

and the writer of Ghost combine to pull off one of

the most terrifying. yet ultimately moving. paranoia thrillers of recent years. Edinburgh:


I Jane Eyre ([5) (Robert Stevenson. US. 19-33) ()rson Welles. Joan Fontaine. Margaret ()‘Brien 96 mins. Effective gothic rendition of the Bronte novel. with an atmospheric Bernard 1 lerrman score and Welles in scene-stealing form as Rochester. The early school scenes are particularly good. while Stevenson placesa

moody cloak of shadow over the whole.

Edinburgh: Cameo. I J'Embrasse Pas( l8) (Andre Techinc. France. 1991 ) Philippe Noiret. Emmanuelle Beart.

Manuel Blane. 115 mins. Resourceful former

stretcher-bearer Pierre (Blane) leaves his

provincnal 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 Beart (Manon des-

Sources) as Pierre's prostitute girlfriend. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Le Jour Se Leve (PG) (Marcel Carne. France. 1939) Jean (’iabin. Arletty. Jules Berry.

Jacqueline Laurent. 87mins. Standout

performance by Gabin as a doomed factory

worker. holed up with a gun in an attic.

surrounded by police. remembering in flashback the circumstances of jealousy and murder that brought him there. ()ne of the most memorable examples of French poetic realism. Edinburgh: French Institute.

IJulce (15) (Ernest Dickerson. VS. 1992) ()mar Epps. Khalil Khan. Tucac Shakur. Jermaine Hopkins. 92 mins. Four teenagers try to cope with life in contemporary liarlem in their own different ways 0 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 offilmmaklng

indeed. Excellent hard rap soundtrack. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Last oithe Mohlcsnu 15) (Michael Mann. US. 1992) Daniel Day-I.ewis. Madeleine Stowe. Russell Means. Steven Waddington. 122 mins. James Fenimore Cooper's tale ofthc English’Frencb colonial wars in America becomes

the most thrilling movie ofthe year in the hands of Mann (Martha/tier) and a splendid cast. Day-Lewis makes a fine Hawkeye. blending Native American and European nobility to create a sympathetic. truly memorable hero. Fife: Adam Smith. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde: WMR.

I A League OI Their Own ( PG) (Penny Marshall. US. 1992) Geena Davis. 1,01’1 Petty. Tom Hanks. Madonna. 124 mins. As World War II siphonsoff 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 chroniclestheir ups and downs with a richer characterisation than in your average sports movie. Glasgow: GF'T.

I The Little Mermaid (U ) (John Musker and Ron Clements. [’S. 199(1) With the voices ofRene Auberjonois. Buddy llackett. Kenneth Mars. 83 mins. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. the latest Disney animated feature may not quite rank with the glories of Walt‘s distant past but displays an impressive attention todetail. bagsof humour and a set of truly tacky songs. ()ur bikini-clad heroine might be a little too eager to fulfil her Barbie-doll destiny. but by and large it's embarrassingly enjoyable stuff. Strathclyde; Paisley Arts Centre.

I Macbeth ( 15) (Roman Polanski. CK. 1971 )Jon Finch. Francesca Annis. Martin Shaw. 1411 mins. Blood-soaked version of Shakespeare's turbulent Scots tragedy w hich manages to convey the play's pervasive spirit of evil. The Pole‘s dark imagination provides scenes of horror encompassed in a brooding vision of fate. mortality and power. Glasgow: GET.

I The MagnitlcentAmbersons ( PG ) (Orson Welles. i'S. 19-12) Joseph Cotton. DoloresCostello. Agnes Moorehead. 88mins. The decline and fall of an American family told when Welles was at the peak of his cinematic power. liven studio tinkeringcan't lessen its impact. as the director takes an ambivolent view on how American life was changed by the industrial age. ifnmissable. given the current re-assessmenl of Welles's talent as a filmmaker. Edinburgh. Filmhouse.

I Man Bites Dog i 18) ( Remy Belvaux Andre Bonzel Benoit Poelvoorde. Belgium. 1992) Benoit Poelvoorde. Remy Belvaux. Jenny Drye 96 mins. Somewhere in the unexplored hinterland between Henry: Portrait ofa Serial Killer and This Is Spinal Tap came three young Belgians. who spruced up their graduation lilm. liorrificaily comic mock—doc on a poetry~quoting mass-murderer. it soon sharpens its serious edge and DCCODICS truly shocking A real chin-dropper ofa film ifever there wasonc. Glasgow: GFII

I Midnight Sting ( 15) (Michael Ritchie. US. 1992) Jatnes Woods. i.ouis(iossett Jr. Bruce l)ern. 98 mins. Conman Woods sets up the scam ofthc century by betting his boxer partner can knock out ten of a small town's inhabitants ill 24 hours. Before long. it's bouts of bone-crushing violence as entertainment and a disturbing tcndancy towards rnacbo bullshit. Nevertheless. it's old-fashioned enough to pack a bit of acomic punch. Glasgow; MGMs. Edinburgh: UCI. Fife: Gieiirothes,

I Mon Pete Ce Heros (PG) (Gerard Laurier. France. 1991 ) Gerard Depardieu. Marie (illlain. Patrick Mille. 1112 mins. Fathei and daughter goto the beach. where she spins a tall tale about him being her lover in order to win the affections of a local hunk. lightweight comedy redeemed by the easy comic presence of Depardieu. Central: MacRobert.

I Monterey Pop ( 18) (I) A. Pennebaker. US. 1968) Janis Joplin. Jefferson Airplane. The Who, Jimi Hendrix. Otis Redding. Ravi Shanker. The Mamasand the Papas. 88mins. Great performances from the artists; a real sense ofthe times from the director. A fine example of how a documentary of a rock concert can. in the handsof a master. become a legitimate piece of history. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Muppets Christmas Carol (U ) (Brian licnson. i'S CK. 1992) Michael Caine. Kermit. Miss Piggy and other bits of foam. lt‘sChristmas 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. General release.

I My Own Private Idaho ( la) (Gus Van Sani. US. 1991 ) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richert. 105 mins. Shakespeare's Henrv IVI’arLs IandZ 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 preppie layabout object of his affections. but to good effect. A compelling. idiosyncratic. left-field gem. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Nikita ( l8) ( l.uc Besson. France. 199(1) Anne Parillaud.’1‘cheky Karyo. Jean-Hughes Anglade. Jeanne Moreau. 11-1 mins. The latest exercise in stylish tosh from Gallic maestro Besson. Pariliaud stars as a junkie waif resurrected from her dreary existence by the enigmatic Karyo. an agent for the governmgnjfsmost secretive undercover

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