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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 consistenly enjoyable. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Made It America (12) (Richard Benjamin. US. I993) Whoopi Goldberg. Ted Danson. Will Smith. III 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. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCls.

I Medlterraneo (15) (Gabriele Salvatores. Italy.

I992) Diego Abatantuono. Claudio Bigagli. Guiseppe Cedema. 90 mins. A group of WW2 Italian sailors find themselves stranded in the Greek village they were supposed to be ransacking. and settle down to an idyllic life with the locals. A tribute to the kinship of the Mediterranean peoples. this 1992 Oscar winner carries sentimentality and knowing humour in equal amounts. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Hensonge The Lie (l5) (Francois Margolin. France. 1993) Nathalie Baye. Didier Sandre. Helene Lapiower. 89 mins. A single sentence shatters Emma's life when she discovers that. not only is she pregnant. she is HIV+ as well. Further investigations reveal that her husband is secretly a bisexual. Mensonge veers towards melodrama. using the AIDS virus as just another means of creating crisis in a bourgeois household. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I $.45: Angel of Vengeance (l8) (Abel Ferrara. US. I980) Zoe Tamerlis. Albert Sinkys. Darlene Stuto. Helen McGara. 84 mins. No one is better than Abel Ferrara at taking low budgets. sleazy material and dodgy actors. and making them into a diseased urban art form. After being raped twice in one day. a mute girl goes out on nightly jaunts blowing away chauvanist scum. Like its predecessor. the much misunderstood Driller Killer. it's full of wit. pace and a numbing portrayal of contemporary violence. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Mil Ado About Nothing (PG) (Kenneth Branagh. UK/US. I993) Denzel Washington. Kenneth Branagh. Emma Thompson. Keanu Reeves. lll mins. A lusty. lively version of Shakespeare‘s comedy of love and deceit. set in

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the sun-drenched Tuscan hills. Barbed witticism fly across the screen as British thesps and American stars acquit themselves with honours. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo. Borders: Roxy. All UCls.

I Naked City Prove-noun) 75 mins. Music- driven programmes of films and videos from the New York Underground scene. featuring (over both programms) the likes of Sonic Youth. REM. Lydia Lunch and Tom Kalin. Programme 2: Glasgow Film Theatre.

I One Mllllon Years 30 (PG) (Don Chaffey. UK. I966) John Richardson. Raquel Welch. Percy Herbert. 100 mins. Why The Dinosaurs Died Out Theory No. 1001: the sight of Raquel Welch clad only in a skimpy fur bikini became too much. Not even Ray Harryhausen’s superb stop-motion monsters could survive this. particularly when the Hammer production threw in an inter-tribe love story for good measure. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Passion Fish (l5) (John Sayles. US. I992) Mary McDonnell. Alfre Woodard. David Strathairn. I35 mins. When a car accident leaves her paralysed. soap star May-Alice becomes a self-styled ‘bitch on wheels'. retreating to her home in Louisiana and battling with a succession of nurse-carers until she meets her match in Chantelle. Perfectly scripted and acted. this is a moving. witty account of two women coming to terms with major changes in their lives. Another

j classic from Sayles. who reaches emotional depths without resorting to cliches. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I ltaglng Bull (I8) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1980) Robert de Niro. Cathy Moriarty. Joe Pesci. 129 mins. Middleweight boxing champ Jake La

Motta finds it difficult to sustain his early

success and as his career fades. he declines into a travesty of his former self. De Niro's stunning

physical presence dominates Scorsese‘s savagely

bleak study of self-destructive machismo. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Reservoir Dogs (18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. I992) 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

I Santa Sangre (I8) (Alexandro Jodorowsky. Italy/Mexico. I989) Axel Jodorowsky. Blanca Guerra. Guy Stockwell. Il8 mins. Against the backdrop of a circus. young Fenix witnesses horrifying events when his strongman father commits suicide after dismembering the boy‘s mother. Committed for 20 years. he eventually escapes. only to find the maternal bonds still strong. driving him to kill any woman he finds attractive. Jodorowsky‘s film is deliberatley disturbing and provocative. but its visual imagination makes it a landmark in cinematic surrealism. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Savage lights Les Nuits Fauves (18) (Cyril Collard. France. I993) Cyril Collard. Romaine Bohringer. Carlos Lopez. I26 mins. This story of an HIV+ photographer who has unsafe sex with both his male and female lovers is much more than an ‘AIDS movie': it is a staggering paean to

being alive and in love. This is life and death stuff: life. as it is really lived on an irresponsible edge: death. as tragically took actor/director/writer Collard only days before his movie swept the French Cesar Awards. Central: MacRobert.

I The Secret Garden (PG) (Agnieszka Holland. US. I993) Kate Maberly. Maggie Smith. An orphaned girl is brought to live in her uncle‘s huge Yorkshire home. where she befriends a local boy and his bedridden cousin. Together they discover and restore a hidden walled garden. A magnificent version of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel. brought to life by the director of Europa Europa and Olivier Olivier. A special preview screening before the film's 15 Oct release full review next issue. Glasgow:


FT. I The Silent Feminists (U) (Anthony Slide. US.

; I992) 45 mins. Contrary to popular belief.

women were active as directors during the silent era in America. This documentary uses clips.

5 photographic illustrations and interviews to pay

tribute to over 30 filmmakers. The director will

be present to answer questions at this. the European premiere. Also with two shorts by

seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in 3 every sense of the word. Glasgow: Odeon.

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I Singles (I2) (Cameron Crowe. US. I992) Bridget Fonda. Campbell Scott. Kyra Sedgwick. Matt Dillon. 90 mins. The way it's been sold you'd think it was some total guitar hardcore

i odyssey vibe. but in fact it's a honey-coated romance that just happens to take place in

Seattle. There's a 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. Glasgow: 1


2 I Sleepless In Seattle (PG) (NOra Ephron. US.

I 1993) Meg Ryan. Tom Hanks. 105 mins. One of

the most warm-hearted romantic comedies to emerge from Hollywood in years. again proving

the talent of Nora Ephron. who wrote When Harry Met Sally. Newspaper reporter Ryan hears a radio talk show which features recently

widowed architect Hanks. She's sure they are

made for each other. but the whole of the United

States lies between them. Date movie of the

year. General release.

5 I Sliver (18) (Philip Noyce. US. 1993) Sharon

Stone. William Baldwin. Tom Berenger. I00 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‘. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: MGM. Fife: Glenrothes. All UCls.

I Settles (it A Mr Iifltt (PG) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1955) Gunnar Bjomstrand. Eva Dahlbeck. Una Jacobson. 105 mins. The ex- mistress of a provincial lawyer bumps into her old flame after a number of years and invites both him and his new young wife to her mother's country home for a weekend. Elegant comedy of genteel period manners. which although not of the genre one associates with Bergman is nevertheless handled with a good deal of detached wit and sophistication. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Sim (l5) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1993) Colm Meaney. Tina Kelleghcr. Ruth McCabe. 90 mins. Don‘t expect the plusher production values of The 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 nm the name of the father. setting the small Banytown community into uproar. but bringing her family closer together. A gem. Glasgow: Odeon.

I The Story of Olli .Il (l2) (Zhang Yimou. China. I992) Gong Li. Lei Lao Fheng. Ge Zhijun. 100 mins. Zhang makes a departure from the opulent beauty of Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern with this documentary-style tale of a shy. pregnant woman who refuses to accept the injustice dealt out to her husband. Again the role of women in society is highlighted and again Gong Li is superb as her resilience is pitted against the unfeeling authorities. A masterly performance. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Strictly Ballrool (PG) (Baz Luhrmann. Australia. I991) 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 wallflower. The ultimate feelgood tnovie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Tango ( l 5) (Patrice Leconte. France. I993)

Richard Bohringer. Philippe Noiret. Thieny Lherrnitte. 88 mins. The wife of a pilot is having an affair. so the advice from his judge uncle is to enlist the services of a professional hitman. A provocative. breezy jest of a film that is unlike the tautly controlled. intimate drama of Monsieur Hire and The Hairdresser 's Husband. With Eleanor Yule's ‘Tartan Short' A Small Deposit. Central: MacRobert.

I Taxi Driver (l8) (Martin Scorsese. US. I976) Robert De Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. “4 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 tenible violence. One of the key films of the Seventies with the Scorsese-De Niro partnership at its peak. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I teenage Mutant ltlnja 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 locations won't stall the diminishing returns as kid's fadish attentions have turned elsewhere. ~ln a straight reptile vs reptile battle in the summer cinemas. those turtles are going to squashed under the dinosaurs feet. ninja skills or not. General release.

I This Boy's life (I5) (Michael Caton-Jones. US. I993) Robert De Niro. Ellen Barkin. Leonardo DiCaprio. 115 mins. The boy from Broxbum directs Hollywood superstars in Tobias Wolff's autobiographical tale of growing up in 50s America with a violent stepfather. Young DiCaprio virtually acts De Niro off screen in this enjoyable. if a little predictable. coming-of—age tale. Borders: Kingsway. Strathclyde: Magnum. I A Touch of len(18) (King Hu. Hong Kong. 1969) Hsu Feng. Shih Chun. Pai Ying. I80 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 of a mysterious fortress. before a group of Zen Buddhist monks turn the situation into a final. highly stylised conflict. Varioust 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: Cameo.

I Tous les Matias du Mantle (12) (Alain Comeau. France. I992) Gerard Depardieu. Guillaume Depardieu. Anne Brochet. 114 mins. The story of 17th century viol dc gamba virtuoso Marin Marais (told in flashback using Depardieu pere etfils) 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. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I 2W Hotels (PG) (Frank Zappa. US. I972) Frank Zappa. the Mothers of Invention. the London Symphony Orchestra. Ill mins. America's leading doctor of scatology takes you on a trip through the wild. weird and woman- infested world of a rock 'n' roll tour at the height of hippiedom. Tune up. turn on and drop yer troosers with the rnustachioed maestro. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The llnbearaltle liditness of Being (18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena Olin. I67 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 of the 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.

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