Fllrns screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Full length reviews of new releases can he found in the listings section wich follows. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Actions Fuin 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. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: MGM. Strathclyde: Magnum. Odeon Ayr. All UCIs.
I The Age 0i innocence (U) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1993) Daniel Day-Lewis. Michelle Pfeiffer. Winona Ryder. 138 mins. Up and coming lawyer Newland Archer risks the wrath of 18703 New York society when he falls in love with the scandal-shrouded Countess Olenska. despite being already engaged. Scorsese is magniﬁcently faithful to Edith Wharton's novel. while painting its troubled emotions with an eloquent camera. Opulent and richly detailed. but without release from the intemalised pain of passion. See review. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Aladdin (U) (John Musker/Ron Clements. US. 1992) With the voices of Robin Williams. Scott Weinger. Linda Larkin. 91 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. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All L'C Is.
I Another Slaeout (PG) (John Badham. US. 1993) Richard Dreyfus. Emilio Estevez. Rosie O'Donnell. 109 mins. More routine buddy cop 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. Strathclyde: UCI C lydebank.
I BadGirlsPrograIIei -llell’s Belles(l8) Bad girls across the generations. Interview With Lydia Lunch covers her taboobreaking work in music and literature; Thanoropis and Black Box see Beth B. blasting America and looking at torture; and Girl Power and Ir Wasn 'r Love marks a new talent in the making. Sadie
Bennin . Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
IBad irlsPrograrnIeZ-ThelgonylntiThe Ecstasy (18) Erotic avantegarde. Kiss Film is an extract from a German feature that recuts exploitation ﬂicks; The Dead Man adapts Georges Bataille's poetic prose; and Mano Desrra is an extraodinary self-portrait by Cleo Ubleman. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Bad Girls Program 3 - Chicks With llicits (18) Bizarre gender-bending video. beginning with a topless Jesus Christ lip-synching to Jim Morrison in A Spy: Hestor Reeves Does The Doors. Kathy Acker pumps iron in Empire 0] The Sense/ess; erotic home movies meet with ACT UP demos in Keep Your Laws Oﬁ'My Body; Linda/Les and Annie introduces us to Annie Sprinkle and her transsexual lover; and Juggling Gender features a bearded lady. Glasgow: GFI'.
IBathirls 4-Sistetslrelleinglt To The-selves ( 18) Bad Girls show a sense of humour in road movie parody Desire Drives Her Car. The March Thar Starred My Fire is Cathy Cook's comedy of sexual discovery; German ﬁlmmaker Monika Treut captures the witty side of transsexual Max; shaven-head protest ﬁlls the frames of Kugelkopf. and Mayhem utilises found footage from ﬁlm noir and soap opera thrillers. Glasgow: GFI'.
I Basic W ( 18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1992) Michael Douglas. Sharon Stone. George Dzundza. Jeanne Tripplehorn. 128 mins. On-the~ edge 'Frisco cop Nick Curran (Douglas) becomes embroiled with a successful novelist and murder suspect (Stone): she. in turn. treats him to a series of psychological fomicatiOns while going along a similar path with his body.
Edinburgh: Odeon. A11 UCls.
Easily the best. ice-pick-sharp thriller for several years. with steamy sex scenes that leave the screen dripping with sweat. Glasgow: GFI'.
I Battlestz W (PG) (Richard A. Colla. US. 1978) Lorne Greene. Richard L. Hatch. Dirk Benedict. 125 mins. Enjoyable space movie with bits and pieces thrown together from the US TV series. Pales in comparison to Star Wars. though. which is what it was obviously meant to cash in on. One look at that cast. and you know the televisual swamps you're treading. Edinburgh: MGM.
I Betty Blue (18) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. 1986) Jean Hughes Anglade. Beatrice Dalle. 120 mins. Tempestuous love gone mad as an older handyman and a free-spirited woman embark on a passionate. peripatetic fling that ends in tragedy. Filmed with a dazzling technique and an irritating emptiness by the maker of Diva. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Blue Steel (18) (Kathryn Bigelow. US. 1990) Jamie Lee Curtis. Ron Silver. Clancy Brown. 106 mins. Curtis stars as an ill fated rookie cop. who kills a gun-toting hood on her ﬁrst night on the beat. landing herself in tenible trouble when Silver's yuppie absconds with the .44-ca1ibre evidence. and prepares to do some killing of his own. There are shades of Sea Of Love when he ominously begins dating her. but the ﬁlm as a whole is an original. fast-paced and stylish thriller with a pinch of feminism thrown in. Glasgow: GFI'.
I Blue Velvet (18) (David Lynch. US. 1986) Kyle MacLachlan. Dennis Hopper. Isabella Rossellini. 120 mins. In small-town Middle America. would-be boy detective MacLachlan ﬁnds a severed car on some waste ground. When the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of his own. A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare. B-movie detection and brutal sex to deconstruct our complacent vision of normal society. This is ﬁlm-making of remarkable imagination and skill. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Bodies. llest 8 Motion (15) (Michael Steinberg. US. 1993) Bridget Fonda. Tim Roth. Eric Stoltz. Phoebe Cates. 94 mins. Four restless twentysomething Americans criss and cross over a couple days as they search for love and meaning in their lives. The acting is a little self- satisﬁed. but the script and direction are spot-on. capturing wit and snatches of insight in a stylised mildly philosophical manner. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I In. 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 1 version is not the strict Stoker adaptation that 1 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.
I I BM! Tale (15) (Robert De Niro. US. 1993) Robert De Niro. Chazz Palminteri. Lillo Brancato. 124 mins. After witnessing a fatal shooting. a young boy is taken under the wing of a local hood; but this bad angel‘s influence is balanced with advice from his honest. hard- working father. An atmospheric. subtly rendered coming-of-age tale set in the 60s. with De Niro showing ample talent before and behind the camera. See feature. Glasgow: Odeon.
I Carlito’s Way (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. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: MGM. A11 UCls. I Celia (18) (Anne Turner. Australia. 1989) Rebecca Smart. Nicholas Eadie. Maryanne Fahey. 103 mins. Set in the 19505 in Australian suburbia. Turner's excellent debut feature (similar in spirit to My Life as a Dog) follows the bitter rites of passage of nine-year-old Celia from the death of relatives and pets to doling out cruelty and violence on ‘Communist’ neighbours. A unique blend of childhood paranoia and political nous. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I chinatown (Roman Polanski. US. 1974) Jack Nicholson. Faye Dunaway. John Huston. 131 mins. Private eye Jake Gittes takes on a routine case in 1937 LA and ends up uncovering more than he bargained for. Splendid conspiracy thriller with a handsome period look and a quite
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superlative cast. Despite rumours spread by Nicholson and Polanski. though. the nose-slitting scene was faked. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Close To Ellen (15) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1992) Melanie Grifﬁth. Eric Thal. Tracy Pollan. 109 mins. Soft-focus thriller by Sidney Lumet as he places ‘streetwise' cop Melanie Grifﬁth amongst New York's Hasidic community; she learns about their culture. while tracking down a killer. Interesting aspects. but it isn't Homicide or Witness. and will somebody please tell Hollywood that squeaky-voiced Grifﬁth isn't cut out to be an action heroine? Glasgow: GFT.
I III 0m Ell 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 6001:, The Thief, llis Wife And lier lover (18) (Peter Grecnaway. UK. 1989) Michael Gambon. Helen Mirren. Alan Howard. Richard Bohringer. Tim Roth. 120 mins. A superb ﬁlm which nonetheless contains something to offend everybody. Beautifully photographed. directed. written. acted and art-directed (with lavish costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier). its subject matter is at once bizarre. repulsive. romantic and compelling. Centring on Greenaway's obsessions with food. decay and inﬁdelity. it's an unforgettany stylish tale of forbidden love and brutal revenge. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Crying ﬁne (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. unpredictable ﬁlm that has plenty to say about notions of personal and sexual identity. If only all British movies were as good as this. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I have (12) (Ivan Reitman. US. 1993) Kevin Kline. Sigoumey Weaver. Frank Langella. 110 mins. It's one of those eternal Hollywood myths: an ordinary Joe — or in this case. Dave — ﬁnds himself in the White House and. despite the powers that be. decides to give US politics a liberal heart. Kline is at his most appealing. Weaver nicely underplays the supporting role. Comfortable old-fashioned ﬁlmmaking that's a bit like soaking in a warm bath. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Decadence (18) (Stephen Berkoff. UK/Ger/Lux. 1993) Stephen Berkoff. Joan Collins. Christopher Biggens. 108 mins. A spectacularly inept celluloid transcription by Berkoff of his own play. which tells us nothing we didn't know already about the scumbag nature of the Mayfair set and nouveaux riche. Shapeless structure. barely coherent editing. inelegant mise-en-scene. One of the worst ﬁlms of the decade. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Delicatessen (15) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro. France. 1991) Dominique Pinon. Marie- Laure Dougnac. Jean-Claude Dreyfus. 99 mins. In a sepia wasteland somewhere in the future. a butcher feeds his neighbours with the juicy joints of his lodgers. But when former clown Louison (Pinon) arrives and falls for his daughter. an underground vegetarian resistance group come to the rescue. Hilarious blend of bizarre characters. slapstick and comic tension makes for the ﬁrst true cult item of the '90s. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
.5 I Month 13 (18) (Francis Coppola. US.
1963) Luana Anders. William Campbell. Bart Patton. 81 mins. Made with some spare ﬁlm stock while working in Ireland with Roger Corman. Coppola's debut is a surprisingly enjoyable shocker. which throws into the pot gothic castles. axe murderers and black lakes. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. ITheliiscreetCharuoitheBotwgeoisieUS) (Luis Bunuel. France. 1972) Fernando Rey. Delphine Seyrig. Stephane Audran. 105 mins. A group of friends ﬁnd their dinner gathering interrupted by a series of bizarre. mosdy dreamt- up events. Not as savage a satire as Bunuel's earlier work. but he is certainly more assured as he ﬁres at his constant targets - the church. the state and the army. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Mailedth Bessel! (15)(Jaime Humberto Hemosillo. Mexico. 1985) Arturo Meza. Marco Antonio Trevio. Guadalupe del Torro. 91 mins. Occasionally ponderous but generally likeable gay Mexican satire in which the strong-willed matriarch Dona Herlinda ensures that her son is a happily married husband and father despite his ongoing passionate affair with young music student Ramon. Edinburgh: Cameo.
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FIBS'I' IIIJI IleThellanteOiTheFatherDaniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite excel as Gerry and Guiseppe Conlon in Jim Sheridan’s controversial account of the Guildford Four convictions. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: Cameo. All UCls.
I The lienains 01 The Day Anthony Hopkins has never been better in this Merchant-Ivory tale of an emotionally repressed butler. Glasgow: Odeon. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Dominion, Odeon. UCI. I A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro is in total control in front of and behind the camera in this atmospheric coming-of-age story about a boy torn between his hardworking father and a local hood. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCIs.
I The Age til Innocence The hypocrisies and longings of 19th century New York society are rendered in sumptuous detail by Martin Scorsese. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Strathclyde: U Cl Clydebank.
I Groundhog Day Bill Murray relives the same day over and over in the best American comedy of recent years. Glasgow: GFT Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Four llorsenree 0i Tire Apocalypse The grimness of war contrasts with the spectacle of tango in the silent classic (with live piano) that made Rudolph Valentino a star. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I llear Dark Superior vampire movie from Kathryn Bigalow. centring on a nomadic group of bloodsuckers led by Lance Henriksen. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Douglas Macltinnon Showcase (15) Subtitled ‘From Skye To Sunhill'. this programme by Scottish ﬁlmmaker Douglas Mackinnon (who will be on hand to introduce his work) consists of his NFI‘S graduation ﬁlm Ashes. his Gaelic short Sea/ladh (The Vision) and a recent episode of The Bill. which he directed. Tue 22 only. Glasgow: GF'I‘.
I F8 And Away (12) (Ron Howard. US. 1992) Tom Cruise. Nicole Kidman. Thomas Gibson. 140 mins. If you've seen the trailer. you'll know the story of the plucky duo ﬁghting adversity to gain their place in the American Dream. Oirish accents. suppressed lust. bare knuckle ﬁghts. all looking sumptuous in Panavision Super 70mm wide-screen format. Other than that. it's sentimental tosh. as corny as they come. Edinburgh: MGM.
I meell I! Wile (15) (Chen Kaige. China. 1993) 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
The List 11—24 February 199419