I FFVF: Genoa sundries Six filtns exploring } piece. it never really catches fire. See feattrre. the parametres of sexual difference including the I High Heels ( I5) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. g 1991) Victoria Abril. Miguel Bose. Marisa

portrait of a young woman shot on a child's toy video recorder. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Falling own (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-(‘lass America's fears about its future. Actor Douglas and director Schumacher deliver their finest work to date. Edinburgh: Iiilmhouse. Glasgow: Grosvcnor. I The Film of Atom Egoyan A day of films and discussion. running from 10.30am until 5.30pm. begins with Family Viewing (I987. 86 mins) in which an alienated youth who is put under electronic surveillance when he concocts a scheme to have his grandmother secretly removed from care. At 12.35pm comes Speaking Pam (I989. 92 mins). an ambiguous. intellectually challenging and passionate study of sex and the cathode ray tube. At 3pm. its 'I‘lre Adjuster ( I991. 102 mins). which combines a disparate array of plot elements an insurance adjuster. film censors. a kinky couple with off- kilter Twin I’eaks-ish humour arid some bizarre visuals. The ticket price includes entry to the 6.15pm screening of ligoyan's new film. Calendar. which will be followed by a personal appearance by the director. Sat 27 only. Glasgow: GI-‘l’. I The Finn ( 15) (Sydney Pollack. IFS. 1993) Tom Cruise. Jeanne Tripplehor‘n. Gene Ilackman. 155 mins. John Grisham‘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 Iess-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. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. I The Fugitive (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- amied 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. Glasgow: All MGMs. Edinburgh: Dominion. Borders: Pavilion. All UCIs. I Sonata (PG) (Rene Clement. France. 1956) Maria Schell. Francois Perier. Suzy Delair. 116 mins. The story of a 19th Century Montmartre washerwoman. abandoned along with her two children. by her lover. whose troubles continue when she marries. A lavish period adaptation of Zola's L'Assummoir. Shown in French. Glasgow: Delegation Culturellc. I Brown lips (15) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1980) 90 mins. An ensemble TV piece from Leigh. showing the suburban chaos he has made his own. Tighter than his 70s films. more like his theatre work of the time. With five shorts (25 mins total). Video projection. Glasgow: GFI‘. I Guilty A8 Sin (18) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1993) Rebecca DeMornay. Don Johnson. Stephen Lang. 107 mins. Ilere we are again in Jagged Edge erotic thriller territory. but with a bit more courtroom credibility thanks to the hand of Sidney Lumet behind the camera. DeMornay is the lawyer hired (and manipulated) by cocky playboy Johnson. suspected of murdering his wife. Unfortunately. it swervcs from a climactic battle of wills into crass thriller cliches. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All UCIs. I Hard Target ( 18) (John Woo. US. 1993) Jean- Claude Van Damme. Lance llenriksen. Yancy Butler. 95 mins. The trademark John Woo action technique survives the trip across to the US and. although the characters are more straightforward. the plot is good. Van Damme is the New Orleans drifter hired by Butler to find her down-and-ont father. who has become a victim in a big-game hunt that uses homeless war veterans as human prey. Well above the typical American studio action movie. See review. General release. I The Rank (18) (David llayman. UK. 1993) Helen Mirren. George (‘ostigan. Rosemary Leach. 86 mins. Annie Marsh's family life starts falling apart when she begins to suspect that her husband could be a serial killer known as The Hawk; but her history of mental instability makes her an unreliable source. even to herself. An interesting twist on what is becoming a tired subject. with a great central performance and solid direction from llayman. But. as a cinema

from Spain's finest. this time in the shape of a

murderous triangle between a mother. her

daughter and the latter's husband. While

Altrrodovar isn't quite at his best. Abril excels as the TV news presenter who admits on air to her

Bette Midler. Sarah Jessica Parker. Kathy Najimy. ()mri Katz. 97 mins. Three 17th century witches are brought back to life in modern-day

I Homeward Bound (l?) (Duwayne Dunham.

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I992) (‘atherine Deneuve. Vincent Perez. 1.ihn

love with a naval officer while the country borders on rebellion. Reminiscent of (lune Il'irli

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hubby's killing. Glasgow: (ii-'1‘. I llocus Pocus (PG) (Kenny ()rtega. US. 1993)

Salem. and go searching for young blood to keep them immortal. Katz is our hapless hero. helped out of one predicament to the next by resourceful heroine Vinessa Shaw. The story cracks along. the effects are moderate. the gags good. but it's for the younger end of the teen market. Glasgow: Gr'osvertor.

VS. 1993) Willi the voices of Michael J. Fox. Sally Field. Don Amcchc. 87 mins. Disney remake of The Int-redible Juamer. in which two dogs and a cat cross the (‘alifornian mountains to return to their family. More than mere anthroimmorphism: the dratted animals have characteristics that would put Ghandi to shame. l'nder-sixes will love it. patents probably not. Glasgow: (irosvenot'.

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Brown. Amy O'Neill. Robert ()liveri. Jared Rtishton. 92 mins. Ilapless father and would-be inventor (Moranis) does just what the title suggests. The kids find themselves ctrt down to size (a quarter of an inch) and kept out with the trash. Their mission: to escape from the garbage bag and somehow attract their father's attention to their height problem. Well. we might think it's old hat but Walt Disnae. Iidinburgh: .\1G.\l.

I Hot Shots Part Deux ( 12) (Jim Abrahams. LS. 1993) (‘harlie Sheen. Lloyd Bridges. Valeria Golino. 87 mins. More cinema parody than (‘irtema I’aradiw. (his time it's boys' ow n action movies that are in the sights. as (‘harlie Sheen tries to rescue the P()Ws from the Gulf. The jokes race past so quickly that 11 one stumbles arid falls. another hurdles it immediately. If you're familiar with the targets. it's a satisfying enough sitting.

I House OI Angels ( l5) ((‘olin Nutley. Sweden. 1992) Ilelena Bergstrom. Rickard Wolff. Sven Wolter. 126 mins. A rural community's suspicions are aroused when the hip grand- daughter of a deceased landowner arrives from the city with boyfriend and motorbike to take over his house. [Englishman abroad Ntrtley effectively dissects the racism and bigotry of a small community with much burnout. ('entral:


I Ilowards End (PG) (James Ivory. (K. 1992) Anthony Ilopkins. Vanessa Redgrave. Helena Bonham (‘artetp limma 'I‘hompson. 142 mins. After a succession of dreary Forster clones. the British film industry gets round to tackling his masterpiece. and one of the most important novels of the 20th century. The story. centring or the marriage between a wealthy and reactionary old duffer and an emancipated younger woman. is a complex fatnin chronicle told with clarity \ and compassion. At last a cinematic period drama that exudes excellence. with some finely crafted performances to match. l-‘ife: New Picture House.

I In COIII BIOOII ( 15) (Richard Brooks. LS. 1967) Robert Blake. Scott Wilson. John Forsythc. 13-1 mins. 'l‘wo petty criminals decide to murder a family in the course of a robbery. Based on 'l‘ruman (‘apote's factual novel. it never attempts to delve into the killers' psyche. but finds a sympathy despite their actions. Reissued in a new black-and-white (‘inerrrascopt print. Glasgow: (ii-'1'.

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I JFK (15) (Oliver Stone. LS. 1991) Kevin Costner. Joe Pesci. Gary ()ldmarr. Tommy Lee Jones. I90 mins. Based on the controversial theories of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Stone's epic account of what did or dit not happen when President Kennedy tnade an ~ untimer exit from this world makes for 7 1 ' " _‘ :3 '- _ .s... .A FILM BY enthralling cinema. A fine performance by " ' (‘ostner is supported by one of the finest casts ever assembled before the camera. Regardless of verity of his argument. this is Stone's most powerful effort to date. Strathclyde: 13(‘1 liast

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