organistaion. and pretty soon she‘s a topnotch assassin. But does this make her any more fulfilled? Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Noises Oil (15) (Peter Bogdanovich. US. 1992) Carol Burnett. Michael Caine. Christopher Reeve. 104 mins. A highly frantic farce about the backstage antics of a second-rate company performing a highly frantic farce. The Americanisation of Michael Frayn‘s West End comedy wears a little thin pretty soon. Central: MacRobert.

I OI hilce And Men (PG) (Gary Sinise. US. 1992) John Malkovich. Gary Sinise. Sherilyn Fenn. 111 mins. A slow-wilted. 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: Filmhouse.

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. Edinburgh: Cameo. Strathclyde: La Scala. IThe Pirate (PG) (Vincente Minnelli. US. 1948) Judy Garland. Gene Kelly. Walter Slezak. 102 mins. A wandering player (Kelly) passes himself off to a bored girl (Garland) as a famous pirate. and thereby sets up another colourful MGM musical. which is admittedly not one of the best. despite the Cole Porter songs. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Prague (PG) (Ian Sellar. UK‘Franee/Czech. j Ganz. 87 mins. A young Scot with Czech ancestry goes to Prague in search of a missing piece of newsreel that contains footage of his family. There he falls in love with a film archivist . despite her ongoing relationship with an older colleague. An atmospheric. deceptively simple film with a truly European heart. Central: MacRobert. I The Princess and the Goblin (U) (JosefGemes. UK/Hungary. 1991 ) With the voicesof Rik Mayall. Claire Bloom. Joss Ackland. 75 mins. Pretty poor piece of children‘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

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little too sophisticated for this offering. Central:

Cannon. I The Public Eye (15) (Howard Franklin. US.

1992)Joe Pesci. Barbara Hershey. Stanley Tucci. 99 mins. Pesci adds another dimension to his varied repertoire as an ambulance-chasing194lls press photographer who gets caught up in a gangland black market scam. The moody photography gives period authenticity and the film is at its best when showcasing the work of real-life snappers. but the crime plot seemstacked on and underwritten. See review. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I liaising Cain ( 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. Central: Cannon. I Here Jukebox Movies ( 18) See Ann-Margaret. Johnny 1 Ialliday. Count Basic and many more as you‘ve never seen them before jazz. pop and

' rock ‘soundies‘ from American jukeboxes. ' Introduced by Jack Stevenson. See also

Exploitation Movies and Weird Propaganda. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Reservoir Dogs (18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. 100 mins. A gang of hoods. known only to each other by colour-coded nicknames. meets at an abandoned warehouse to figure how out their rigorously planned heist went so drastically wrong. The best debut in years from writer-director Tarantino. whose stylish violence seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in every sense of the word. Glasgow: GFI'.

Edinburgh: Cameo. UCI. Strathclyde: L'CI (Hydebank.

I lilgoletto (15) (Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Italy. 1989) Luciano Pavarotti. lngvar Wixell. Edita

Gruberova. 118mins. V'erdi‘smagnificentblend

of lechery and revenge set in the court ofthc libertine Duke of Mantua is one of the world's most enduring operas. ‘I.a donna c mobile‘ sings Big Pav. effortlessly hitting that high B. and making his contribution to an all-round aural and visual assault. ()pera meets cinema in a big way. Fife: Adam Smith.

I Robin Hood: Prince Oi Thieves (12)(Kevin Reynolds. US. 1991) Kevin Costner. Morgan Freeman. Christian Slater. Alan Rickman. 147 mins. Second outing of the year for the Nottingham legend. this time with Hollywood‘s golden boy in the title role. Costner‘s Robin slips into Indiana Jones mode as he sets about undoing the wrongs of Rickman‘s scene-stealing Sheriff in a way that is wonderfully reminiscent of the best

Saturday matinee swashbucklers. Central: MacRobert.

I Rumble Fish ( 18) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1983) Mickey Rourke. Dennis Hopper. Matt Dillon. 94 mins. Electrifying expressionist visuals

grace this rites of passage parable about the need . to forge one's own identity and the alienation it

can bring. Intense and stylish. Edinburgh: Cameo. I September (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1987) Mia

Farrow. Dianne Wiest. Sam Waterston. 83 mins.

Returning to the more serious drama he attempted with Interiors. Allen examines family

conflict and romantic tensions in the manner of Miller and ()‘Neill. Set entirely in a summer home in Vermont. the narrative concerns Farrow‘s attempts to recover from personal crisis by

looking for a new relationship. As one might

expect with this cast. the performances are uniformly excellent. but Allen's writing does occasionally strain for dramatic impact.

Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Sllence(18) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden.

1963) Ingrid Thulin. Gunnel Lindblom. 96mins.

Two sisters book into a hotel: the latent incestuous feelings of one drives her to

masterbation. while the sexual drive of the other encourages her to pick up a waiter. Another bleak study of loneliness and desire that follows on from Through A Glass Darkly. in which Bergman‘s cold eroticism is at its strongest. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Single White Female (18) (Barbet Schroeder. US. 1992) Bridget Fonda. JenniferJason Leigh. Steven Weber. 107 mins. Flatmate~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. All UCIs.

I Slngles(12) (Cameron Crowe. US. 1992) Bridget Fonda. Campbell Scott. Kyra Sedgwick.

Matt Dillon. 9() mins. The way it‘s been soldyou‘d think it was some total guitar hardcore odyssey vibe. but in fact it's a honey-coated romance that


just happens to take place in Seattle. There‘sa high recognition factor for twentysomethings in the audience as they watch the ensemble cast find

| its way around misdirected crushes. parties from

hell and crap gigs. Watch your life flash before you. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall

Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCl. Strathclyde:

UCI East Kilbride. ISIsterAct(PG) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1992) Whoopi Goldberg. Maggie Smith. Harvey Keitel. 100 mins. When Nightclub chanteuse Dcloris (Goldberg) sees her gangster boyfriend murder an 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 release. I 3011 top. liard Shoulder ( 15) (Stefan Schwartz. UK. 1992) Peter Capaldi. Elaine Collins. Richard Wilson. 91 mins. A Scot living in London hasto return home to his native Glasgow for a family party. but meets various hazards on the road north. not the least of which is the slightly bizarre Yvonne. Capaldi‘s script perfectly captures that typically Scottish balance of innocent charm and sly humour. Not in the fast lane. perhaps. but motoring steadily towards its destination. General release. I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Ba11.uhrmann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Moricc. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. [)ancefloor hopeful Scott Hastings incurs the wrath of the Australian Dance Federation by using his own steps in competition. loses his partner and his friends. but finds love and artistic integrity with the local wallflower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Fife: Adam Smith. I Thelma 11. Louise ( 15) ( Ridley Scott. US. 1991) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsen. 129mins.1he buddy'road movie genres are turned on their heads as Sarandon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. On one level. the film is the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and put the stars on the cover of Time magazine; just as importantly. it‘s an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Fife: New Picture House. Robin‘s. I Mouth of Zen ( 18) (King Hu. Hong Kong. 1969) Hsu Feng. Shih Chun. Pai Ying. 180 mins. Epic tale of a young couple on the run and their various ruses to keep the enemy at bay. which include the simulated haunting ofa mysterious fortress. before a group of Zen Buddhist monks turn the situation into a final. highly stylised conflict. Variously mystical. exciting. and decorative costume saga. whose breathtakingly choreographed mid-air fight sequences are the mark of a highly skilled director at work and won a prize at the Cannes film festival for ‘superior technical achievement‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I T008 les Matlns du Monde ( 12) (Alain Corneau. France. 1992) Gerard Depardieu. Guillaume Depardieu. Anne Brochet. 114 mins. The story of 17th century viol dc gamba virtuoso Marin Marais (told in flashback using Depardieupere etflls) acts as a background for conflicts between music and musician. art and artiste. Hugely successful on home territory. it marks an impressive debut for young Guillaume. who‘s likely to set hearts racing from Toulouse to Tollcross. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Unbearable nghtness oi Belng ( 18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena ()lin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera's complex novel about a womanising Czech brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time with a doe-like small-town beauty at the time ofthc Russian invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given some spice and interest by an overwhelming eroticism. a beautifully judged evocation of Prague and gorgeous photography. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Unforgiven (15) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1992) Clint Eastwood. Gene Hackman. Morgan Freeman. 123 mins. Clint returns to the saddle asa former killer. tamed by his late wife. but pressed into joining a bounty hunt which takes him to the town of Big Whiskey and into the presence ofits sadistic sheriff (Hackman). A darkly disturbing western which destroys the genre's traditional notions of clear-cut good and evil. instead presenting violent acts as physically and psychologically painful for victim and perpetrator alike. Central: MacRobert. Fife: Adam Smith. I Urga (PG) (Nikita Mikhalkov. France/USSR. 1991) Badema. Bayaertu. Vladimir Gostukhin. 120 mins. The simple tale of a nomadic shepherd who leaves the Mongolian steppes to goshopping in town is transformed into an awe-inspiring piece oftrue cinema. Grand. poetic. visually stunning and alien words cannot describe the sights and sounds of the landscape and the people who inhabit it. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Video: Computer Woridi Continuing the Tuesday series of ‘Electronic Images' - recent video work from around the world. All Points 011 The Map (Tue 2 only) reveals how traditional distinctions between computer graphics. video and virtual reality have blurred in recent years. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

video work from around the world. New Visions.


1989) Michael Douglas. Kathleen Turner. Danny

I Video: Computer World 2 Continuing the

Tuesday series of ‘Electronic Images‘ recent

New Terrain (Tue 9 only) examines the new ground broken by computer research and the hypnotic images produced. Edinburgh:

I The War of the Roses (15) (Danny De Vito. US.

De Vito. 116 mins. De Vito‘s second movie isa searingly bleak. anti-divorce comedy. in which his old collaborators Douglas and Turner play ()liver and Barbara Rose. an idyllic happy couple who turn vicious when their marriage turns sour. The wee man himselftakes an unusually straight cameo role as the lawyer trying to prevent disaster. A truckload of uncomfortable laughs. Fife: New Picture House. I The Waterdance ( 15) (Neal Jimincz/Michael Steinberg. US. 1992) Eric Stoltz. Wesley Snipes. l William Forsythe. 106 mins. After aclimbing accident which leaves him in a wheelchair. a young writer is transferred to a rehabilitation centre where he comes to terms with his disability and his fellow patients. A powerful buddy movie which gives any latent sentimentality in the subject a hefty wheel-swerve and which combines

moving scenes with gallows humour. See review.

Glasgow: (ii-'1‘. I Waterland(15) (Stephen Gyllenhaal. UK/US.

1992) Jeremy Irons. Sinead Cusack. Ethan

his teenage pupils. (iyllcnhaal‘s version rushes the pace of the story a little too quickly but. by

Hawkc. 95 mins. An English schoolteacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown confronts his troubled past by turning it into a history lesson for

remaining trtic to the broader intentions of

Grahatn Swift'smuch acclaimed novel. itshould

Introduced by Jack Stevenson. See also Rare i

intrigue newcomers without insulting the original‘s many fans. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Welrd Propaganda ( 18) New twists on the insanity of war. via a selection of movies made for American forces from the 1940s to the I9olls. when Communist paranoia was at its height.

Jukebox Movies and Exploitation Movies.

Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I What Happened To Kerouac? t 18) (Richard

(‘orso. Jan Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William

Lerner Lewis MacAdarns.1FS. 1968) Gregory

Burroughs. 97mins. An assemblage of

testimonials to the great Beatmaster himself. describing his life and work through the words of those closest to hint. A true insight into a time so often obscured by an overly hip mythology. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I White Men Can't Jump ( 15) (Ron Sheldon. US.

1992) Wesley Snipes. Woody Harrelson. Rosie

Perez. 'I‘yra Farrell. 112 mins. The Hustler meets the Harlem Globe Trotters as basketball cons Snipes and Harrelson team up to win themselves some easy cash. Problems of race. male ego and domestic happiness are there. but are never developed as writer director Sheldon seems to prefer concentrating on the sweat building upon his stars' rippling muscles during the repetitive games sequences. Central: MacRobert.

I Wlld Atlieart (18) (David Lynch. US. 1991))

Nicholas Cage. Laura Dern. Diane Ladd. Willem

Dafoe. 127 mins. Lynch's much-hyped Cannes prize-winner turns out to be weird and wondrous in its own way. if not quite as cohesive as the

earlier Blue Velvet. Cage and Dern are the i

energetic young lovers on the run. pursued by

ultrastrange hitman Dafoe on a sometimes comic. '

' sometimes disturbing. trail towards the ultimate rendezvous with Elvis and the Wizard of()z.

Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Witches(P(i) (Nicholas Roeg. US. 1990) Anjelica Huston. Mai Yetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92mins. Nine year-old Luke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the everpresent threat posed by witches. which isn‘t much help because within the next half hour he stumbleson

their annual convention in a small English hotel

and gets himself changed into a mouse. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl's children‘s story has

director Roeg (in unusuallystraightforward manner)creating a superior kids movie that has

you rooting for the mice all the way. Edinburgh:


I Wutherlng Heights (U) (Peter Kosminsky. UK. 1992) Ralph Fiennes. Juliette binoche. Janet McTeer. 87 mins. A visually splendid version of

? EmilyBrontc'sclassic.capturingtheoriginal's

sense of destructive. violent love. The decision to

follow the book to the end will split audiences. as

will the decision to cast French actress Binoche (Les Amaan du I’ont-Neuj) as the English

heroine. but in terms ofcostume. set design and

the spark between the leads. it is a fine

achievement that breaks from the stuffy British tradition of literary period dramas. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Young Frankenstein ( 15) (Mel Brooks. us. 1974) Gene Wilder. Gene Hackman. Peter Boyle. 1118 i mins. A splendidly accurate James Whale

pastiche choc-full of memorable one-liners and crazec situations. Brooks‘ most affectionate and I consistently humorous film. Central: Allan Park.