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Ell-s sores-lag this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue letalls. Full length revlewsofmreleasescahbeloundln the listings section Ilch follows. Fllrn Index compiled by Alan Mom.

I TN m (18) (John Badham. 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 terms. easily as good a movie as the original: it's a case of same song. different sin ers. Fife: Glenrothes. I M(PG)(Luc Besson. France. l99l)76 mins. Ambient underwater antics from the man who brought you Nikita and The Big Blue. Besson and his small crew capture a subaquatic world that at times resembles documentary footage of another planet. No actors. no dialogue: just impressive photography and Eric Serra's score to guide you through the not-so- murky de ths. Glasgow: GFT. I "I. of m (18) (Peter Greenaway. Europe. 1993) Julie Ormond. Ralph Fiennes. Philip Stone. 122 mins. More stylised. more controversial. more Greenaway. The story of a professed ‘child saint' in 17th centry France is the means by which the director picks apart exploitation of children. particularly by the Catholic church. and notions of child abuse. Images of rape and mutilation will undoubtedly appal most viewers. regardless of Greenaway's artistic intentions. Edinburgh: Cameo. I M (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 exueme tweeness. and a massive hankie count when Bambi's mum dies. General release. I It” (PG) (Ron Fricke. US. 1992) 96 mins. Environmentally aware eco-doc in the style of Koyaanisqatsi has the major advantage of having been shot in 70mm. which makes the stunning cinematography the star of the show. Beautiful footage of Planet Earth is juxtaposed with man's harmful relation to it. with the Big Statement being pushed forwards by a series of powerful images. A genuine spectacle. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I W (U) (Brian Levant. US. 1992) Charles Grodin. Bonnie Hunt. Dean Jones. 87 mins. A small St Bernard pup escapes from an evil vet and attaches itself to the Newton family. Soon it grows to enormous proportions and begins to wreck domestic havoc. Endless visual gags and good timing. particularly from Grodin. enliven what might have been a run-of-the-mill mutt movie. Edinburgh: MGM. I Betty line: The Mists 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. Fife: New Picture House. I Miner: The Dhecter‘sCUNIS) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982/92) Harrison Ford. Sean Young. Rutger Hauer. 116 mins. Out go the pseudo-noir narration and the tacked-on happy ending: in comes a more defined sense that Deckard himself may be a replicant. The look and feel remain as powerful. and the acting is superb. A flawed masterpiece is now a restored maste iece. Edinburgh: Cameo. I TN in MUS) (John Landis. US. 1980) John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd. Carrie Fisher. 130 mins. Bloated. overlong anarchic Chicago comedy with the two stars on a mission from God to salvage the imperilled fortunes of an orphanage. Lots of guest stars. musical numbers and automotive destruction in a typical product of over-emphatic contemporary American humour. Fife: New Picture House. II. mus) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1992) Gary Oldman. Winona

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Ryder. Anthony Hopkins. 128 mins. More gothic love story than out-and-out horror. Coppola's version is not the strict Stoker adaptation that many had hoped for. but is a visual feast nonetheless. Oldman taps his own dark. sexy. stormy self to create a powerful but sympathetic monster. while the rest of the cast range from the ineffectual to the overbearing. A rich and substantial vampire movie for our times. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I MI (15) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1985) Jonathan Pryce. Kim Griest. Robert De Niro. Peter Vaughan. 142 mins. Extravagantly designed and blackly humorous Orwellian vision of the future. as modest bureaucrat Pryce battles the forces of totalitarianism and fights for his dream girl. feisty trucker Griest. Overlong and ramshackle fantasia. with moments of sheer creative adrenalin and a classic ending. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Mots of Fire (PG) (Hugh Hudson. UK. 1981) Ben Cross. Ian Charleson. Nigel Havers. 123 mins. Worryinglyjingoistic vision of the 1924 Paris Olympics and the exploits of runners Harold Abrahaan and Eric Liddell that. in its numerous slow-motion races. is to blame for Vangelis soundtracks becoming synonymous with athletics. Nevertheless. it won a fair few Oscars. although writer Colin Welland‘s legendary 'The British are coming' warning to Hollywood proved about as prophetic as Manchester's bid for the 2000 Olympics. Edinburgh: St Brides.

I cum (I8) (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.

Edinburgh: UCI.

I Close mm of the Third Kill: Special Edition (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1977/80) Richard Dreyfuss. Francois Truffaut. Teri Garr. 132 mins. There may be additional effects and an extended ending inside the alien spacecraft. but the Special Edition is actually three minutes shorter than the original. mainly because Spielberg tightened the central section detailing Dreyfuss' growing obsession with Devil's Tower. A magnificent movie. the master at his best. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I “I Con El! lliver 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 partner. 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 cm (15) (Alan Shapiro. US. 1993) Cary Elwes. Alicia Silverstone. Jennifer Rubin. 89 mins. Another predictable variation on the ‘home invasion‘ theme. this time dealing with a teenage girl's infatuation with an older magazine journalist. What it needs is the voluptuous sexuality of a Lolita-style actress; what it has is a vacuous newcomer. a ludicrous set-up and overwrought treatment. Borders: Roxy.

I The Crying 3.0 (15) (Neil Jordan. UK. 1992) Stephen Rea. Forest Whitaker. Jaye Davidson. 112 mins. A disillusioned IRA terrorist strikes up a friendship with the black British soldier he has kidnapped. and subsequently finds himself in London and in love with the latter's girlfriend. A bold. unpredicrable film that has plenty to say about notions of personal and sexual identity. If only all British movies were as good as this. Glasgow: GFT.

I Dennis (PG) (Nick Castle. US. 1993) Mason Gamble. Walter Matthau. Joan Plowright. 98 i mins. He's blond. he's cute. he's American. his dog isn't a fluffball with teeth. At least the L suipey jumper remains the same. But. then i

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 nails Life of Verarlqne (15) (Krzystof Kieslowski. Poland/France. 1991) Irene Jacob. Philippe Volter. Alexander Bardini. 110 mins. Two girls one Polish. the other French - are bornatthesametimeonthesamedayandcome to discover that their fates are bound up together. An eerily fascinating and disturbing erotic dance of love and death from the director of Dekalog (The Ten Commandments). with an extraordinary twin performance by Cannes award-winner Jacob. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I M Devil (18) (Richard Stanley. UK. 1992) Robert Burke. Chelsea Field. Zakes Mokae. 103

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mins. After various behind-the-scenes battles. Richard (Hardware) Stanley delivers a longer version of his African shape shifter/serial killer movie than graced the EIFF screens in 1992. Certain flaws remain. but it is a uniquely imaginative. visually mindblowing and anthropologically fascinating piece. well deserving of a cinema screening. Fife: Adam Smith.

I EmlnnHlS) (Alan Rudolph. US. 1992) Matthew Modine. Lara Flynn Boyle. Fred Ward. 1 10 mins. Another carefully constructed. subtly mannered exercise in symbolic storytelling from Alan (Tmuble In Mind) Rudolph. This time Matthew Modine plays separated-at-birth twins. one a shy mechanic. the other a rising hitrnan. A labyrinthine thriller with existential yeamings. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I W (18) (David Lynch. US. 1976) John Nance. 90 mins. You may never eat jelly

babies again after the repellent but compelling tale of Henry. his haircut. his girlfriend. his strange offspring and a sizeable quantity of pus. Disturbing stuff. mercifully filmed in black and white. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. Eamest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this

hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead

scarey. dead priest. Central: MacRobert.

I Falling Down (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 90s. drinking deep of White Middle-Class America's fears about its future. Actor Douglas and director Schumacher deliver their finest work to date. Central: MacRobert.

I The Fill (15) (Sydney Pollack. US. 1993) Tom Cnrise. Jeanne Tripplehom. Gene Hackman. 155 mins. John Grisharn's best-selling novel undergoes a few changes to become a star- studded. but somewhat overlong thriller, with Cruise well cast and convincing as the young graduate lawyer. seduced by a less-than-legal Memphis law firm. However. a uniformly excellent supporting cast can't hide the lapses in pace and implausible narrative jumps that are made in the name of compact plotting. General release.

I Flash w (PG) (Michael Hodges. UK. 1980) Sam J. Jones. Melody Anderson. Max Von

Sydow. 115 mins. First of all. note that the third letter of the first word in the title is an ‘a‘. not an ‘e'. Then prepare yourself for a colourful. camp adventure starring Flash Ah. Ah. Saviour of the Universe. as the more memorable Queen soundtrack has it. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I the Funk. (15) (Andrew Davis. US. 1993) Harrison Ford. Tommy Lee Jones. Jeroen Krabbe. 130 mins. Wrongly accused of murdering his wife. Dr Richard Kimble (Ford) goes on the run. trying to track down the one- armed man who is the real killer while being hunted by a US Deputy Marshal himself. Great acting. but what could have been one of the best thrillers in recent years lacks edge-of—the-seat appeal as director Davis fails to light the fuse on a dynamite plot. General release. I M 301101108) (John Woo. Hong Kong. 1992) Chow Yun-Fat. Tony Leung. Teresa M0. 126 mins. A tough cop nicknamed Tequila is driven by obsession to nail a Triad gun-runner in John Woo's incomparable Hong Kong gangster movie. The action sequences - particularly the opening tea-house shout-out and the climactic hospital finale show the action movie master at his best. as he takes moments of on-screen violence to levels of choreographed genius. See feature. Glasgow: GFT.


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