Films 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 listian section wich follows. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Addams Fa-ily Values (PG) (Barry Sonnenfeld. US. 1993) Anjelica Huston. Raul Julia. Christopher Lloyd. 95 mins. The Addams clan are back in residence. but this time with the addition of baby Pubert and gold-digging nanny Joan Cusack. who's got her eyes on Fester's riches. Twisted humour and inverted morality for the adolescent in us all. Great set design. but jokes that will go way over the head of the kids. General release.
I Aladdin (U) (John Musker/Ron Clements. US. 1992) With the voices of Robin Williams. Scott Weinger. Linda Larkin. 9| mins. Panto time. Disney style. as street-wise thief Aladdin woos Princess Jasmine with the help of the Genie of the Lamp and hindrance of the evil Jafar. Colourful. entertaining stuff that will be lapped up by children and adults alike. Williams's whirling dervish of a Genie inevitably steals the show. General release.
I Alien 3 (18) (David Fincher. US. 1992) Sigoumey Weaver. Charles Dutton. Charles Dance. 1 14 mins. Forget the backlash and the woeful tales of production difficulties — pop promo wunderkind Fincber makes a brave attempt to bring something new to the series by placing a shaven-headed Ripley plus monster companion on a prison planet filled with religious nutcases. Okay. it's not Ridley Scott's classic sci-ii horror or James C ameron's Rambo In Space. but it is very dark. very atmospheric and very nearly worth the wait. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Animation With Attitude ( 18) Anarchic new work from MTV's Liquid Television. which combines video culture with the comic book. Perhaps your only chance to catch Public Enemy
Nol Cartoons Beavis and Butthead. Glasgow: GFT.
I Another Stakeout (PG) (John Badham. US. 1993) Richard Dreyfus. Emilio Estevez. Rosie O'Donnell. 109 mins. More routine buddy c0p stuff that not even charismatic playing from the male leads can save this time round. Here they're hindered on their surveillance mission by brassy. inexperienced assistant DA O‘Donnell. Contrived and unmemorable. All Odeons. A11 UCIs. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Strathclyde: WMR.
I Back to the Future (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1985) Michael J. Fox. Lea Thompson. Crispin Glover. 116 mins. Deservedly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with street- smart 80s teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents. Edinburgh: MGM.
I Beethoven (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 front Grodin. enliven what might have been a run-of-the-mill
i mutt movie. Fife: Robin‘s. I Belle lie dour ( l 8) (Luis Bunuel. France/Italy.
1967) Catherine Deneuve. Jean Sorel. Michel
Piccoli. 100 mins. The beautiful but bored wife
of a surgeon spends her afternoons working in a brothel where she meets an odd assortment of
characters. Bunuel‘s treatment of the bourgeoisie
is typically cool but unforgiving. and his blurring of the line between fantasy and reality so succesful that by the end. we are unsure if the whole movie could have been dreamt up by the protagonist. Wonderfully amoral comedy of manners. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Big Blue (15) (Luc Besson. France. 1988) Rosanna Arquette. Jean-Marc Barr. Jean Reno. 120 mins. Barr and Reno. friends since they were children. are divers competing to reach the greatest depths without the aid of breathing equipment. and also rivals for the romantic attentions of Ms Arquette. A commercial smash in its native France. Besson's film is a stunningly
photographed visual experience in varying
shades of blue. Even if the plot is a load of tosh. the dolphins are nice. Fife: New Picture House. I Bran Stoker’s Dracula (18) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1992) Gary Oldman. Winona 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. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I eardrum (18) (Bernard Rose. US. 1992) Virginia Madsen. Tony Todd. Kasi Lemmons. 93 mins. Writer/director Rose (who brought us the memorable Paperhouse) transplants Clive Barker's short story ‘The Forbidden' to a run- down Chicago housing block where a series of killings are blamed on Candyman. a hook- handed boogieman ﬁgure. The ﬁlm's use of urban myth takes it well beyond the jumps and scares of the genre (although they aren't ignored either). to make it the most intelligent. disquieting horror film since Jacob's Ladder. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I CUIIIO'! Wav(18) (Brian De Palma. US. 1993) Al Pacino. Sean Penn. Penelope Ann Miller. 141 mins. Out ofjail after five years. former drug runner Carlito Brigante can't come to terms with the erosion of any sense of honour on the streets. and finds his struggle to go straight becoming more and more impossible. Pacino at times slips into performance rather than characterisation. but still squeezes sensitivity from the character; Sean Penn is excellent in his return to acting: and De Palma pulls it all off with more restraint than usual. General release.
I The Celent Garden (18) (Andrew Birkin. UK/Gennany/France. 1993) Charlotte Gainsbourg. Andrew Robertson. Sinead Cusack. 105 mins. Based on the acclaimed book by Ian McEwan. Birkin's award-winning film intertwines themes of incest and death with innocent insight. Not so much a coming-of-age movie as a regression into childhood. it is meticulously observed and contains ﬂawless performances from its young cast. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I CIIW ( l8) (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. Central:
I Courage “curtain (U) (ChristOpher Leitch. US. 1990) Charlie Sheen. Leslie Caron. 98 mins. In this revision of the Heidi saga. Juliette Caton plays the young damsel in distress as her life with grandad is threatened by both an impending war and the bureaucratic talons of orphanage director Yorgo Voyagis. Sheen plays Peter.the dashing soldier hero struggling to maintain his dignity in the face of some truly cringeworthy dialogue. Adequate matinee material for the unfussy kids‘ audience. but parents with a sense of the absurd might get into it. Fife: Robin‘s.
I lieuolition Man (15) (Marco Brambilla. US. 1993) Sylvester Stallone. Wesley Snipes. Nigel Hawthome. 115 mins. Cryogenically frozen in 1996. but thawed out for a parole hearing 36 years later. mass murderer Simon Phoenix (Snipes) escapes and sets about creating major mayhem. The only man who can stop him is Sgt John Spartan (Stallone). the man who caught him ﬁrst time round and who is also undergoing the big freeze. Producer Joel Silver‘s trademark big bangs and some larnpooning of screen images by the stars enliven this excellent sci-ii action movie that is laced with sharp social satire. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Desperate lieuedies (15) (Stewart Main/Peter Wells. New Zealand. 1993) Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Kevin Smith. Lisa Chappell. 92 mins. Hunk stumbles off boat into ﬁn-de-siecle NZ town and is immediately set upon by a millner who reckons he could wean her opium addict sister from her nasty boyfriend. Melodrama? Stylised taffeta sets? Labyrinthine narrative? You’ve got the lot here in this in-your- face exercise in ﬂashy visuals. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Farewell My Concubiae (15) (Chen Kaige. China. i993) Gong Li. Leslie Cheung. Zhang Fengyi. 156 mins. The story of two Peking Opera actors and the woman who comes between them provides an intimately detailed story which is set to a constantly shifting backdrop of Chinese politics during the 20th century. The Opera setting provides colour and spectacle. and questions how far a man will go for his art; the historical episodes give this Palme d'Or winning film the flavour of a genuine epic. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Friends (15) (Elaine Proctor. UK/South Africa. 1993) Kerry Fox. Darnbisa Kente.
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22 The List 14—27 January 1994