Hollywood movie in years. See review. General release.

I indecent Proposal (15) (Adrian Lyne. US. 1993) Demi Moore. Robert Redford. Woody Hanelson. 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 Lynn .Jlres a towerineg abominable film o: I. -;I' :t. Cavemously empty stuff. a wot ' Ilm than even The Bodyguard and likely to be a" :ry bit as successful. Eidnburgh: UCI. Central: MacRobert. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I I“. J“ (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. Glasgow: GFI'. Fife: Adam Smith.

I Jurassic 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.

I m last Action llere (l5) (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 III! of Gravity (18) (Nick Gomez. US. 1992) Adam Trese. Peter Greene. 100 mins. Two friends get into gun-running when one is the prey of loansth and cops. Comparisons to Scorsese‘s Mean Streets are valid. but miss the fact that this is 1993. not I973. and that the

female characters here act rather than react. giving an important domestic backdrop to this agitated. restless. energetic movie. See review. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I tool. (18) (Jean-Claude Lauzon. Canada. 1992) Maxime Collin. Ginette Reno. Gilbert Sicotte. 107 mins. A French Canadian boy escapes from the increasing insanity of his family life into a bizarre series of fantasies. in which he is the offspring of his mother and a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato. Lauzon dives deeper into the darkly funny and painfully sad aspects of sexual awareness and adolescence. A unique. beautifully visual treat. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I liquid Sky (18) (Slava Tsukerman. US. 1982) 112 mins. Wonderfully perverse US new wave sci-fi oddity. now re-released. Aliens. who need to feed on a chemical secreted by the brain during orgasm. attach themselves to a fashion

model who is seduced by admirers of both sexes.

But her lovers are vaporised at the moment of climax. A weird examination of the New York demi-monde. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I m Bolero (15) (Matilda Vera. Venezuela.

1991) Carlota Sosa. Marcelo Romo. Hector Myerston. 101 mins. The lawyer wife of a politician takes stock of her life when her son commits suicide. Love and personal re- evaluation is set against the dramatic period of political turmoil during the 19505. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT.

I I)“ It Anette: (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. General release.

I El WI (18) (Robert Rodriguez. US. 1992) Carlos Gallardo. Consuela Gomez. Jaime de Hoyos. 89 mins. It may have been shot for a mere $7.000. but this consistently engaging thriller with touches of comedy quickly transcends its ultra-low budget. A lone mariachi musician becomes an unwilling action hero when he is mistaken for a similarly clad hitman. A great achievement. a great film. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I flatlnee (PG) (Joe Dante. US. 1993) John Goodman. Cathy Moriaty. Simon Fenton. 100

Cuban missile crisis. as a cinema showman


mins. A coming-of—age tale set against the






(Goodman) brings his latest ‘2' grade sci-fi thriller to a small Florida town. Dante's latest is really an affectionate uibute to the antics of schlock filmmakers like William Castle. who stuffed the cinemas with tacky effeccs like electrified seats. Humorous nostalgia with sharply observed in-jokes and sideswipes at complacent suburbians. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse. I * “all! (PC) (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. Fife: Glenrothes. I Much Ado About Nothing (PG) (Kenneth Branagh. UK/US. 1993) Denzel Washington. Kenneth Branagh. Emma Thompson. Keanu Reeves. 111 mins. A lusty. lively version of ShakeSpeare's comedy of love and deceit. set in the sun-drenched Tuscan hills. Barbed witticism fly across the screen as British thesps and American stars acquit themselves with honours. See feature. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Cameo. All UCls. I I! 008 To- Ii! (PG) (Carlos Garcia Agraz. Mexico. 1992) Ana Ofelia Murguia. Federico Luppi. Manuel Ojeda. 120 mins. Silent screen cowboy Tom Mix rides out of the movies and into the lives of a humble family in this tale of fantasy set in the Mexican provinces of the l930s. Warmly uplifting. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: Gl-‘l‘. I The Navigator (15) (Vincent Ward. N2. 1988) Bruce Lyons. Chris Haywood. Hamish McFarlane. Marshall Napier. 92 mins. ln medieval Cumbria. a lad named Griffin dreams up a mysterious mission to save his fellow villagers from the Plague. The answer is simple: dig a hole to New Zealand. On arrival on the other side of the world. the bewildered villagers find themselves in the present day. and must confront a nightmare world of cars. televisions and post-industrial cynicism. Ward's extravagant imagination will not please everyone. but for those willing to suspend belief and accept this film's ambiguity. it is a delightful tour tleforee. Glasgow: GF'I‘. I Iifllt and Day (15) (Chantal Akerman. France/Belgium/Switzerland. 1992) Guillaine Londez. Thomas Langmann. Francois Negret. 90 mins. A couple from the French sticks decide to move to Paris and spend much time practising le bonque in the sack. And while hubby's driving cabs by night. Julie is practising a little more with another cabby during the day. Akennan brings wry twists of humour to the French manage a trois genre. also adding a note or two of claustrophobia. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Othello (PG) (Orson Welles. US/France. 1951) Orson Welles. Michael MacLiammoir. Fay Compton. 91 mins. Shakespeare's moor as interpreted by Welles. on a miniature budget and in various European locations. over several years. Technical quality very variable. but set- pieces like the murder in the Turkish bath show flashes of brilliance. Edinburgh: Cameo. I A Place it The World (15) (Adolfo Aristarain. Argentina. 1992) Jose Sacristan. Federico Luppi. Cecelia Roth. 120 mins. A teacher. his doctor wife and their son return to a rural community to find love and conflict. A beautiful film. with strong performances to match the atmospheric music. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT. I Plan 9 Fro. Outer Space (18) (Edward D. Wood Jnr. US. 1956) Gregory Walcott. Bela Lugosi. Tor Johnson. 79 mins. This is the worst film ever made. But. God. is it funny. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Postcards From The Edge (15) (Mike Nichols. US. 1990) Meryl Streep. Shirley MacLaine. Dennis Quaid. 101 mins. Glossy but honest adaptation of Carrie Fisher's largely autobiographical novel of Hollywood hell: cocaine addiction. waking up with strangers. a plummeting reputation and the degradation of the detox clinic. Sensitively assembled with an admirable lightness of touch. this is a reasonably honest and generally charming movie. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Mlle 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-chasing 1940s 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 seems tacked on and underwritten. Central: MacRobert. 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Scent of a lounfl l 5) (Martin Brest. US. 1992) Al Pacino. Chris O'Donnell. James Rebhom. 156 mins. A blind. alcoholic ex- serviceman and a scholarship college boy spend Thanksgiving Weekend in New York and find themselves in a series of funny and moving adventures which finally lead them to come to terms with their true selves. Overlong in its opening and closing scenes. this is still one terrific movie. with what is possibly Pacino's best perfomtance in a distinguished career. Glasgow: GFT. I Sister Act (PG) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1992) Whoopi Goldberg. Maggie Smith. Harvey Keitel. 100 mins. When Nightclub chanteuse Deloris (Goldberg) sees her gangster boyfriend murder an underling. she goes on the run and ends up in as the unlikely new member of a nearby convent. A bit like Some Like It Hot meets The Sound OfMusic. except the songs hark back to Motown and are by far the best thing about the movie. Fife: Adam Smith. I Sliver (18) (Philip Noyce. US. 1993) Sharon Stone. William Baldwin. Tom Berenger. 100 mins. Shazza moves into a modem New York appartment block. which has been the site of several murders. the perpetrator of which has been captured along with several other indiscretions by the in-house surveillance system. Self-censorship has pretty much done for the much-touted sex scenes in this supremely empty pile of old poo passing itself off as a ‘psychosexual mystery'. See review. General release. I The Snapper (15) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1993) Colm Meaney. Tina Kellegher. Ruth McCabe. 90 mins. Don't expect the plusher production values of Tire Commitments with the latest screen version of Roddy Doyle‘s novels; instead. enjoy a hilarious comedy that never loses sight of its human heart. Sharon Curley announces her pregnancy but not the name of the father. setting the small Barrytown community into uproar. but bringing her family closer together. A gem. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. I W1 (12) (Jon Amiel. US. 1993) Richard Gere. Jodie Foster. Bill Pullman. 114 mins. The plot of The Return of Martin Guerre goes wandering for a few years before emerging from the mists of the American Civil War in the shape of Jack Sommersby (Gere). who's not quite the man his wife (Foster) remembers. She's in love. but a court has to decide the genuineness of his claims. As effective as a thriller as the original but the central pairing lacks the spark that would really have set it on fire. Fife: Adam Smith. I Standard (18) (Jorge Acha. Argentina. 1992) Libenad Leblanc. Jorge Diez. Miguel Oliveira. 90 mins. Argentine avant garde comes to Scotland in the shape of a group of construction workers in the centre of Nonsense. The characters and actions are symbolic. the dialogue meaningless. rendering subtitles unnecessary. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT. I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Baz ~Luhrmann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Morice. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. Dancefloor 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 wallfiower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Super Mario Bros (PG) (Rocky Morton/Annabel Jankel. US. 1993) Bob Hoskins. John Leguizamo. Dennis Hopper. 105 mins. The film of the video game featuring Italian pipe-menders plumbs new and tedious depths. In a parallel world. they try to rescue a princess from a lizard-like baddie. but our heroes are lost in over-designed sets and variable special effects. More holes than a drain-cover. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Tanguito (18) (Marcelo Pineyro. Argentina. 1993) Fernan Miras. Cecilia Dopaza. Hector Alterio. 121 mins. Based on the true story of a cult rock singer who died mysteriously during the military war of the 1960s. From the producer of the Oscar-winning The Oflieial Version. Glasgow: GFT. I Taxi Driver (18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1976) Robert De Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. 114 mins. An alienated taxi driver in New York is so repelled by the squalor and the moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. One of the key films of the Seventies with the Scorsese-De Niro partnership at its peak. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Teenage Mutant llnla Turtles 3 (PG) (Stuart Gillard. US. 1992) Elias Koteas. Paige Turco. Stuart Wilson. Another Turtles movie! A prospect as appealing as a pizza slice reheated for the third time. This time. they're back in 17th century Japan in order to save April. Fresh

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