Fllms screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Full length reviews of new releases can be found in the listings section wich follows. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I The Assassin (18) (John Badharn. US. 1993) Bridget Fonda. Gabriel Byme. Dermot Mulroney. 108 mins. Scene-for-scene remake of 1990's Nikita. with emphasis on the action rather than moody contemplation. Fonda brings depth to her character (a teenage drug addict turned government killer). making this a Hollywood thriller with more emotional sympathy than most. in its own temLs. easily as good a movie as the original: it's a case of same song. different singers. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: MGM. All UCls.
I Asterlx and The Big Fiﬂ’tl (U) (Keith lngham. UK. 1989) With the voices of Bill Oddie. Michael Elphick. Andrew Sachs. 82 mins. Asterix celebrates his thirtieth anniversary with this new animated feature in which he and his band of plucky Gallic mates take on the might of the Roman army. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Bambi (U) (David D. Hand. US. 1942) 69 mins. Disney at his cutest. purest best. A baby fawn enjoys life in the forest with his friends (Thumper the rabbit is surely one of Disney's most memorable creations). grows up. has a run- in with Man. and becomes Great Prince of the Forest. Nice animation. with touches of extreme tweeness. and a massive hankie count when Bambi's mum dies. General release.
I Denny and Joon (12) (Jeremiah Chechick. US. 1993) Johnny Depp. Mary Stuart Masterson. Aidan Quinn. 98 mins. This off-centre romance between a mentally ill young woman and an eccentric who thinks he's wandered out of a silent comedy would have us believing that anyone with mental problems is a ‘loveable loony'. At times the ﬁlm seems little more than an excuse to show off Depp's mime versitility.
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confusion. it's patronising and misleading. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. I Betty Blue: The Complete Version (18)(Jean- Jacques Beineix. France. 1986) Jean-Hugues Anglade. Beatrice Dalle. Gerard Darmon. 180 mins. The story remains the same — boy meets girl. girl ﬂips out — but the extra 60 mins of unseen footage is a mixed bag. Some new scenes help give a creditable timescale to Betty's descent into insanity. while others are distracting. the cinematic equivalent of monstrous carbuncles on the face of a well-loved friend. Glasgow: GFT.
I Cliiw (18) (Renny Harlin. US. 1993) Sylvester Stallone. John Lithgow. Michael Rooker. Stallone returns to top form as a guilt- ridden mountain rescue pro battling it out amongst the peaks in Colorado with a gang of hijackers. Spectacular vistas and stunt sequences ensure a white-knuckle. vertiginous experience from the comfort of your cinema seat. General release.
I lln Coet' En lllver A Heart In Winter (12) (Claude Sautet. France. 1992) Daniel Auteuil. Emmanuelle Beart. Andre Dussolier. 105 mins. A withdrawn violin maker becomes the object of desire for a young violinist who herself is the amour of the former's business panner. An elegantly trenchant chronicle of triangular relationships which moves with such graceful fluidity that it's easy to miss the toughness at its core. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Willem! (15) (Alan Parker. UK. 1991) Robert Atkins. Michael Aheme. Angeline Ball. Maria Doyle. 118 mins. Sod U2 - when would-be manager Jimmy Rabbitte (Atkins) puts together The Commitments. soul comes to Dublin and the band become the force to really put Irish music on the map. Alan Parker delivers a hilarious. down-to-earth. close-to-home movie. stuffed full of good music and with some relevent social comment to boot. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Cop and a llall (PG) (Henry Winkler. US. 1993) Burt Reynolds. Normal D. Golden 11. Ruby Dec. 97 mins. A kid who's a material witness in an important case demands to live out his TV fantasies before he agrees to co—operate. So give him a badge. cuffs and Reyolds as a partner. Soggy programme ﬁller that. if anything. is worse than the synopsis sounds. Central: Caledonian.
I Dennis (PG) (Nick Castle. US. 1993) Mason Gamble. Walter Matthau. Joan Plowright. 98 mins. He's blond. he's cute. he's American. his dog isn‘t a fluffball with teeth. At least the stripey jumper remains the same. But. then again. the Dennis of the US cartoon strip never was related to The Beano's arch-menace. When Dennis's folks go off on business. the mischevious little brat is left in the hands of his elderly neighbours: Home Alone scenario from the John Hughes stable. General release.
I The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von 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. Edinburgh: UCl.
I Falling llown (18) (Joel Schumacher. US. 1992) Michael Douglas. Robert Duvall. Barbara Hershey. 112 mins. A sacked defence worker abandons his car in a trafﬁc jam and goes on an escalating rampage across Los Angeles. No mere vigilante movie this. but the zeitgeist movie of the 905. drinking deep of White Middle-Class America's fears about its future. Actor Douglas and director Schumacher deliver their ﬁnest work to date. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCl. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank.
I A F8 Oil Place (PG) (Mikael Salomon. US. 1993) Reese Witherspoon. Ethan Randall. Maximilian Schell. 116 mins. Based on two books by Laurens van der Post. this African adventure tells of two teenage friends who escape a gang of poachers by setting out on a thousand mile trek across the Kalihari desert with a Bushman. Old fashioned stuff ﬁltered through the Disney live action style. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCls.
I The Fencing [taster (12) (Pedro Oleo. Spain. 1993) Assumpta Sema. Omero Antonutti. Joaquim de Almeida. 88 mins. Madrid in the 1860s. and life is turbulent under the decadent Queen lsabella. particularly for swordsman Don Jaime de Astarloa. who is asked by the sultry Adela to be her teacher. A fully-ﬂedged political thriller. with its romance and melodrama restrained by more elevated concerns. Highly recommended. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Friday 13111 (18) (Sean S. Cunningham. US. 1980) Betsy Palmer. Adrienne King. Jeanine Taylor. 95 mins. Precursor of a whole spate of slice‘n'dice extravaganzas. this at least has the saving grace of a few shock moments as mad. dead and dangerous-to—know Jason goes on a spam-in-a-cabin frenzy. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.
I steam Dar (PG) (Harold Ramis. us.
1993) Bill Murray. Andie MacDowell. Chris Elliot. TV weatherman Phil Conners (Murray) ﬁnds himself in the back of beyond. trapped in an ever-repeating single day. Partying and babe- chasing leads to serious romancing as he goes after his producer (MacDowell). Murray's cuddly sarcasm stops the movie from becoming the kind of moralising mush that surrounds so many of his contemporaries. At last. a Hollywood comedy that is really funny. Edinburgh: Odeon. I W I)! Wives (15) (Woody Allen. US. 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 (Cape F ear‘s Juliette Lewis). More than a life-initating-art movie. given the recent allegations about the Allen household: it is a searching and incisive character comedy. his best since Hannah and her Sisters. Glasgow: GFT. I Necent Proposal (15) (Adrian Lyne. US. 1993) Demi Moore. Robert Redford. Woody Harrelson. 117 mins. Suave bastard Redford offers poverty-stricken yuppies Moore and Harrelson a million dollars if he can sleep with the lady and dilemma ensues. Killer base material. but Lyne makes a towerineg abominable film out of it. Cavemously empty stuff. a worse ﬁlm than even The thlyguard and likely to be every bit as successful. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: UCl. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. I the Indiana Jones Trilogy (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1981/84/89) Harrison Ford. 115/118/127 mins. Ford plays adventuring archaeologist lndiana Jones in the three top- notch action adventures: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Tongue held very firmly in cheek. Glasgow: Odeon. I lndochine (12) (Regis Wargnier. France. 1992) Catherine Deneuve. Vincent Perez. Lihn Dan Pham. 156 mins. Lush. irresistably romantic tale of a French colonial (Deneuve) running a rubber plantation in 1930s Vietnam. who falls in love with a naval ofﬁcer while the country borders on rebellion. Reminiscent of Gone With The Wind and the great epics of David Lean. its music is by Glasgow-bom composer Patrick Doyle (Henry V). Fife: Adam Smith. I hit) The West (PG) (Mike Newell. Eire/UK. 1992) Gabriel Byme. Ellen Barkin. Ciaran Fitzgerald. Ruaidhri Conroy. 102 mins. Following the death of his wife. a former traveller (Byme) sets up home with his two sons in a Dublin slum. But when a mystical white horse appears and the boys head off into the Irish countryside with it. he is forced to come to terms with his present life and past culture. A wonderful piece of family storytelling. blending ancient and modem myths. Central: MacRobert. I Janna. Jane (18) (Bigas Luna. Spain. 1992) Penelope Cruz. Anna Galiena. Javier Bardem. 94 mins. ‘Jamon' equals ham; ‘una mulier jamona‘ equals hot hispanic babe. Put them together and you've got this mix of reprehensible depravity and tease of social significance. As it tells of the desire of a pregnant woman for the bulgingly becrotched Manuel (with weightly subplots involving various mums). you can‘t help feeling it's aiming at too many targets. Sex. leering and exploitation. but not necessarily a ﬁne film. Edinburgh: Cameo. I m M (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1993) Sam Neill. Laura Dem. Jeff Goldblum. A group of scientists are invited to give their approval to a theme park ﬁlled with genetically engineered dinosaurs. but the giant reptiles are soon running amok. Unsurpassed computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyineg believable (moreso than the PG certiﬁcate would suggest). but by the halfway point. it's more or less a chase movie with superior technology. General release. lulu-MGM entire "(18) (Leslie Harris. US. 1992) Ariyan Johnson. Kevin Thigpen. Ebony Jerido. 90 mins. The life and traumas of a Brooklyn fly-girl. and the ﬁrst major feature by an African-American woman. The ﬁlm is certainly brassy enough. but less sure of its moral dimensions. dialogue and narrative ﬂow. as heroine Chantel juggles relationships on a daily basis. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The last Action llere (15) (John McTieman. US. 1993) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Austin O'Brien. Charles Dance. 122 mins. Young Danny gets a magical movie ticket which catapults him into a screen world of villains and heroes. the world of Jack Slater. But when the ticket falls into the wrong hands. the real world comes under threat. A feisty parody of Amie's all-action heroics and self-referential as hell. this has summer blockbuster written all over it. General release. I Til Lest etthe M63805) (Michael Mann. US. 1992) Daniel Day-Lewis. Madeleine Stowe. Russell Means. Steven Waddington. 122 mins. James Fenimore Cooper's tale of the
English/French colonial wars in America becomes the most thrilling movie of the year in the hands of Mann (Manhunter) and a splendid cast. Day-Lewis makes a fine Hawkeye. blending Native American and European nobility to create a sympathetic. truly memorable hero. Central: MacRobert. I The lost I”: (15) (Joel Schumacher. US. 1987) Jason Pauick. Corey Haim. Barnard Hughes. 97 mins. Anaemic comic horror as a Santa Monica teen falls into bad company in the shape of a mad. bad and dangerous-to-know gang of vampires. Constant MTV visuals make this an altogether resistible affair. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I It! 00' M Glory ( 15) (John McNaughton. US. 1992) Robert De Niro. Bill Murray. Uma Thurman. 97 mins. After saving the life of a loan shark. a cop is ‘given' a beautiful barmaid for a week: but when he falls for her. he has to ﬁght for his love. Casting the major stars against type works well in a ﬁlm that is at times disconcerting but consistently enjoyable. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Made I America (12) (Richard Benjamin. US. 1993) Whoopi Goldberg. Ted Danson. Will Smith. 111 mins. When eighteen-year-old Zora raids the sperm bank's computer ﬁles to ﬁnd her daddy. she uncovers a mix-up that brought her radical African-American mother and a crass cowboy car salesman together in a test tube. Completely unfunny ‘romantic comedy' that is undoubtedly one of the worst ﬁlms of recent years. See preview. General release. I I” of the lie-an Ileart (15) (Vincent Ward. UK/Australia. 1992) Jason Scott Lee. Patrick Bergen. Anne Parillaud. 109 mins. A sweeping romantic epic that begins when an eleven-year- old lnuit boy meets an RAF map~maker. and later a half-lndian/half-French girl. Separated by culture and circumstance. their paths continually cross. signiﬁcantly during World War 11. Like the shifting ice floes of its Arctic scenes. Ward's ﬁlm is in a constant state of flux. A technically astonishing and profoundly moving exploration of how our lives are literally mapped out in advance. Glasgow: GFl‘. I Matador ( 18) (Pedro Almadovar. Spain. 1986) Assumpta Sema. Antonio Banderas. Nancho Martinez. Eva Como. 96 mins. Less uproarious than the works that established his commercial reputation. this is Almadovar at his most intensely 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. Edinburgh: Cameo. I lean Streets(l8) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1973) Harvey Keitel. Robert de Niro. David Proval. 110 mins. Tony's Bar is the base for four young Italian-Americans. whose increasingly illegal activities lead to tragedy. Vividly observed character study which combines breathtaking technique with a pervasive sense of corruption. Keitel and de Niro give of their very best. Glasgow: GF'T.
I H My (PG) (Michael Gottlieb. US. 1992) Hulk Hogan. Sherman Hemsley. Austin Pendleton. 84 mins. Hulk Hogan follows the successful Suburban Commando with a ﬁlm that owes something to Home Alone. This time he's a bodyguard roped into looking after two destructive kids who like nothing better than setting booby-traps for their nannies. For the kids only. Central: Regal. Strathclyde: WMR.
I led lock '08! (15) (John Dahl. US. 1992) Nicolas Cage. Lara Flynn Boyle. Dennis Hopper. 98 mins. Mistaken for a Texas hitman. Nicolas Cage is offered 55000 by a smalltown sheriff to kill his wife . . . and then double the amount by her if he‘ll reverse the hit. Scooting out of town with the money and the job undone. he bumps into the real killer. and his problems begin. A slick tale of double. triple and quadruple dealing that adds a comic twist to the tight Blood Simple atmosphere. Edinburgh: Cameo.
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: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Allme 11 (PG) (Roben Redford. US. 1992) Craig Sheffer. Brad Pitt. Tom Skerritt. 124 mins. A ﬁne. lyrical piece by director Redford describing the love and loyalty of two contrasting brothers in Montana early this century. Based on Norman Maclean's semi- autobiographical novel. it fuses the Scots Presbyterian lifestyle of American settlers with an true understanding of nature. Wonderful performances. beautiful photography: altogether a perfectly crafted ﬁlm about human
relationshi .. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.
I Single Fecale (18) (Barbet Schroeder.
80 The List 13—19 August 1993