and workshopping. Turturro's directorial debut makes it to the screen as an assured and soundly constructed tribute to the dignity of labour. A young Italian-American sets up a construction ﬁrm with his brothers. but is unaware how far his rivals will go to obstruct his endeavours. Each character has his or her own sense of rounded psychological depth. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Mad Dog And Glory (15) (John McNaughton. US. 1992) Robert De Niro. Bill Murray. Uma Thurman. 97 mins. After saving the life ofa loan shark. a cop is ‘given' a beautiful bamraid 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: GFT.
I Mallet (15) (Harold Becker. US. 1993) Alec Baldwin. Nicole Kidman. Bill Pullman. Hot-shot surgeon Baldwin provides the outsider element in yet another ‘married couple under threat‘ movie which makes you wonder if the formula thriller has ﬁnally run out of gas. Throw in a college setting and a few unsolved crimes. and the result still suffers front its amusingly predictable twists and turns. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. All UCls.
I Marvinttan W "New (PC) (Woody Allen. US. 1993) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton. Alan Alda. 108 mins. When her elderly neighbour dies mysteriously and suddenly. Carol Lipton (Keaton) does some amateur sleuthing along with the New York literary set. Allen returns to the comic formula that first made his name — neat plot. snappy one-liners - making this a much more approachable and enjoyable experience than his more serious work of late. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Mediterranoo (IS) (Gabriele Salvatores. Italy. 1992) Diego Abatantuono. Claudio Bigagli. Guiseppe Cedema. 90mins. A group of WW2 ltalian 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 Home: II Society (18) (Allen and Albert Hughes. US. 1993) Tyrin Turner. Jada Pinkett. Larenz Tate. 97 mins. A brutal but thoughtful tale of life in Watts. LA. where guns and drugs rule the day. Unlike other recent movies by young Black directors about inner city life. this
one concentrates on the criminal element typically dismissed. Superbly played and technically brilliant. it's depressing. disturbing stuff. But it's also the slap in the face we sometimes need. Recommended. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre.
I “ Wonderful (12) (Anthony Minghella. US. 1993) Matt Dillon. Annabella Sciorra. William Hurt. 97 mins. Gus wants to remarry. but the alimony he pays his ex-wife is killing him. The solution: ﬁnd her a new husband. a Mr Wonderful. But in the process. he discovers that he isn't ready to let go. An old-style romantic comedy with a bean. and a performance from Dillon that shows he's the only actor of his age who could carry off the working-class leading man role with any credibility. Great stuff that will leave you with a warm feeling inside. Glasgow: GFT.
I *3 BMW" (12) (Chris Columbus. US. 1993) Robin Williams. Sally Field. Pierce Brosnan. 125 mins. Separated from his wife and kids. out-of—work voice actor Daniel Hillard (Williams) dons make-up and body-padding to become a sexagenan'an nanny. Another top- notch comic performance by Williams. who makes the most of his split personality zest without becoming overly sentimental. Hugely enjoyable and well pitched with gags for the whole audience. General release.
I M Ado About Homing (PG) (Kenneth Branagh. UK/US. 1993) Denzel Washington. Kenneth Branagh. Emma Thompson. Keanu Reeves. 111 mins. A lusty. lively version of Shakespeare's comedy of love and deceit. set in the sun-drenched Tuscan hills. Barbed witticisrn fly across the screen as British thesps and American stars acquit themselves with honours. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Mutiny On The Buses (U) (Harry Booth. UK. 1973) Reg Vamey. Doris Hare. Anna Karen. 89 mins. Television comedy series hits the big screen in lacklustre fashion. with Vamcy teaching his brother-in-law the art of bus-driving and then heading off for Windsor Safari Park. Plenty of room for more laughs on top. Edinburgh: St Bride's.
I ltalred (18) (Mike Leigh. UK. 1993) David Thewlis. Katrin Cartlidge. Lesley Sharp. 126 mins. Johnny. a cynical drifter. wanders around the homeless of London spouting a bitter philosophy. An episodic. bleak. but bitineg funny portrait of90s Britain that suffers from a few characters who could only exist in a Mike
’ Leigh world. Scenes of sexual violence may be
difﬁcult for some audience members to sit through. but the virtuoso performance from Thewlis is magniﬁcent. Glasgow: GFT. Grosvenor. Central: MacRobert. Fife: Adam Smith.
I '03 M (18) (Katherine Bigelow. US. 1987) Adrian Pasdar. Jenny Wright. Lance Henriksen. 98 mins. A chance sexual encounter for a Texas youth leads to his abduction by a group of marauding bloodsuckers and his difﬁcult transformation to their parasitic mode of existence. As vampire-biker westerns go. this is a pretty good one. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Ilﬂll On Earth (15) (Jim Jamiusch. US. 1992) Winona Ryder. Beatrice Dalle. Gena Rowlands. Giancarlo Esposito. 129 mins. Los Angeles. New York. Paris. Rome. Helsinki. Five cities. ﬁve taxi rides. ﬁve chance encounters. The director of Mystery Train and Down By Law pushes aside narrative and goes instead for visual uniformity in a claustrophobic setting. Character studies with a mildly philosophical aftertaste. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The (15) (Alex van Wamerdam. Netherlands. 1992) Leonard Lucieer. Jack Woutcrse. Alex van Wamerdam. 108 mins. Underneath the stoicism of an isolated Dutch community runs a vein of pure abnormality. conjured up by a disfunctional group of characters. Slightly overlong. it has post-Peaks weirdness written all over it in huge Lynchian letters. For anyone with a subtle sense of irony and the seriously strange. See review. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I A Perfect World (15) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1993) Kevin Costner. Clint Eastwood. Laura Dem. 138 mins. Career criminal Butch Hayes (Costner) springs himself from the pen and takes a young boy hostage; pursued by a grizzled Texas Ranger (Eastwood) and a criminologist (Dem). he fomrs a close relationship with his captive. who begins to enjoy an adventure previously denied him. Unfortunately overlong. due to too many plot strands. there are still enough personal demons present to give it a compelling edge. Edinburgh: UCl.
I Peter's Friends (15) (Kenneth Branagh. UK. 1992) Kenneth Branagh. Stephen Fry. Emma Thompson. 102 mins. A decade after their last performance together. a varsity revue team reunite for a New Year break and discover that career security is no match for happy relationships. A highly assured. extremely funny and deceptively touching character drama. whose only fault is that it sends up Branagh's
media image a little too knowingly. Edinburgh: Cameo. I la Ileglo Du Jeu (PG) (Jean Renoir. France. 1939) Marcel Dalio. Nora Gregor. Jean Renoir. 113 mins. A weekend shooting party for the assorted bourgeoisie results in a welter of romantic intrigue and a hint of tragedy. Suppressed during the war because censors objected to its portrayal of French moral degeneration. Renoir's celebrated comedy can now be seen as a triumph of bleak satire and ﬂuid cinematic technique. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Remains of the Day (U) (James Ivory. UK. 1993) Anthony Hopkins. Emma Thompson. James Fox. 134 mins. A butler rerninisces on the pre-WW2 days he spent in Darlington Hall. when he turned a blind eye to his employer's dealings with the Nazis and his own feelings for the housekeeper. One of Mcrchant~1vory's best. with'Hopkins the epitome of English emotional repression. Glasgow: Odeon. Grosvenor. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. UC‘l. I Reservoir Dogs (18) (Quentin 'l‘arantino. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel.'1‘im 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 'l‘arantino. whose stylish violence seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in every sense of the word. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCl C Iydebank. I A film MThrough It (PG) (Robert Redford. US. 1992) Craig Sheffer. Brad Pitt. Tom Skerritt. 124 mins. A ﬁne. lyrical piece by director Redford describing the love and loyalty of two contrasting brothers in Montana early this century. Based on Norman Maclean's semi- autobiographical novel. it fuses the Scots Presbyterian lifestyle of American settlers with an true understanding of nature. Wonderful performances. beautiful photography: altogether a perfectly crafted ﬁlm about human relationships. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I Robbery (PG) (Peter Yates. UK. 1967) Stanley Baker. James Booth. Frank Finlay. 113 mins. A pretty decent dramatised version of the Great Train Robbery. with Baker and other 605 thesps holding up the Glasgow to London overnight mail. Yates seLs up a fair amount of action in an atmospheric adventure. Edinburgh: St Bride's. I ﬂooll‘t lloorl: Man it Tiﬂtlx (PG) (Mel Brooks.
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