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The Joy Luck ClUb (15)
12.30, 3.15, 6.00, 8.45pm (Late Nights Thur, Fri, Sat 11.45pm)
Short CUTS (18)
12.10, 4.00, 7.45pm (Late Nights Thur, Fri, Sat 11.55pm)
In the Name of the Father
(15) 12.50, 3.40, (both not Sun), 6.20, 9.05pm
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industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish employees by demanding they work in his factory rather than be sent to Auschwitz. Spielberg's magniﬁcent movie and Neeson's perfonnance capture this enigmatic brand of heroism. while depicting traumatic events in documentary-like black-and-white images. Psychologically complex. emotionally devastating and artistically impeachable. this is one of the best films ever made. General release. I The Secret Garden (1") (Agnieszka Holland. US. 1993) Kate Maberly. Maggie Smith. John Lynch. 102 mins. The unusual combination of the director of [Europa Europa and the writer of [Sr/wan! S(‘i.\‘.\'()I'/tullrl.\‘ conspires to create an authentic and affecting version of the children‘s classic novel. Shipped back from India. lonely orphan Mary makes friends with a local lad and her sickly cousin. exerting a magical recuperative process on the latter and a hidden walled garden. Touchng and uncontrived. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.
I The Servant ( 18) (Joseph Lost-y. ('K. 1903) Dirk Bogarde. James Fox. Wendy Craig. 115 mins. Bogard found one of his best screen roles in this now dated class drama as a rnanservant forcing role-reversal in the home of his decadent master (liox). Absurdin and tension is heightened by Harold Pinter's inimitable dialogue. Glasgow: Gl’l'.
I Shadowlands (PG) (Richard .-\ttenborough.
US. 1993) Anthony Hopkins. Debra Winger.
Joey Manelo. 131 mins. The true story of
Oxford don and children's novelist (‘.S. Lewis 5 who. late in life. man‘ied feisty American divorcee Joy Gresham. only to lose her to cancer
a few years later. Superlative acting from all concerned. with Hopkins opening his emotions more than usual and Attenborough showing that he can work effectively on a detailed. intimate canvas. Glasgow: ()deon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclydel. ()deon
Hamilton. All UCls.
I Short Cuts ( 18) (Robert Altman. (TS. 1993) Andie MacDowell. Tim Robbins. Lily Tomlin.
1 Tom Waits. et al. 187 mins. Long and absorbing. ; Altman's patchwork approach shifts Raymond
(‘arver's short stories to l.os Angeles. a city socially and geologically on the point of falling
apart. The stories cross over. character's lives
rub together. threads are picked up after receeding for a while — this is classy soap opera
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at its best. with ﬂawless acting and construction. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (PG) (Bill Duke. US. 1993) Whoopi Goldberg. Kathy Najimy. Maggie Smith. 107 mins. Her Whoopiness is back as Sister Mary Clarence. helping Mother Superior Smith and the other nuns knock some knowledge into San Francisco's underprivileged. But the baddies are about to close the school down and time is running out before the all-state choral championships . . . (‘liequebook cinema at its worst. predictably churning out a slew of musical numbers. but absolutely no jokes. General release.
I The Sound Di Music (U) (Robert Wise. US. 1905) Julie Andrews. Christopher Plummer. Richard Haydn. Eleanor Parker. Peggy Wood. 173 mins. In the late 1930s. vivacious nun Maria (Andrews) introduces the Von Trapp children to the joys of music. and their widowed father (Plummer) to the joys of love as Nazism begins to sweep Austria. ()ne of the great screen musicals. completely uncynical. and boasting a host of memorable songs and cliartn-sodden moments. And it's all based on a true story. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Stella Dallas ([3) (King Vidor. US. 1937) Barbara Stanwick. John Boles. Ann Shirley. 106 mins. Soap opera. Hollywood-style. as Stanwick sacrifices herself for her daughter by entering a loveless marriage. But her commonness makes her husband leave her for another woman. Stanwick breathes life into an extraordinary role. receiving her first of four Oscar nominations. Edinburgh: l‘ilmhouse.
I Stranger Than Paradise ( 15) (Jim Jannusch. l‘S/West Germany. 1984) John Lurie. Eszter Balint. Richard Edson. Cecilia Stark. Danny Roscn. 89 mins. In larmusch‘s debut feature. l.ur'ic (later to star in Down By Law) is a New Yorker playing reluctant host to his cousin from Hungary. When she departs to play cards with her ruad aunt in Ohio. he and his mate Edson follow her into the bleak. mid-western snow-scape. All very low-key and monochrome. but there's a wonderfully dry sense of hurnonr at play. (ilasgow: Gi’l‘.
. I Striking Distance (18) (Rowdy Herrington. I (S. 1993) Bruce Willis. Sarah Jessica Parker.
Dennis l-‘arina. 101 mins. A fifth generation Pittsburgh cop (Willis) is demoted when he accuses the department of covering up the murder of his father. Along with his new partner (Parker). he does a little investigation work of his own. It's all development and no pay-off as car and boat chases alternate with Broocie getting duffed up and some gratuitous snagging. A real disappointment. See review. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Odeon Ayr. All UCls.
I Super Mario Bros (PG) (Rocky Morton/Annabel Jankel. US. 1993) Bob lloskins. John Leguizamo. Dennis Hopper. 105 mins. The film of the video game featuring Italian pipe-menders plumbs new and tedious depths. In a parallel world. they try to rescue a princess from a lizard-like baddie. but our heroes are lost in over-designed sets and variable special effects. More holes than a drain-cover. Glasgow: Mercat.
I Terminator 2: Judgement Day (l5) (James Cameron. LS. 1991) Amold Swarzenegger. Linda Hamilton. Edward Furlong. Robert Patrick. 136 mins. The most expensive film ever ruade. In a reprogrammed role that says much about his changed image since the first movie. Arnie becomes the underdog fighting to protect mother and child from another more advanced cyborg. With an element of uncontrived human compassion lurking throughout the gloriously expensive action sequences. as Swarzenegger's cyborg develops human feelings. this is more than just a $100 million fairground ride. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Three Musketeers (PG) (Stephen Herek. US. 1993) Chris O'Donnell. Charlie Sheen. Kiefer Sutherland. ()liver Platt. 106 mins. Young D'Artagnan (O'Donnell) teams up with a trio of the king‘s bodyguard and together they set out to foil the evil Cardinal Richelieu's plans. save the monarcy. snog the wenches. drink their fill and do what 17th century French heroes have to do. Unpretentious value-for-money entertainment that bears a passing resemblance to a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Edinburgh: UCl.
I Turn And V1v(15) (Brian Gilbert. US/UK. 1993) Willem Dafoe. Miranda Richardson. Rosemary Harris. 125 mins. Not the most favourable portrait of the author of The li'usre/rmd. as the film centres on Eliot's role in the unnecessary committal of his wife in a mental asylum. However. the dialogue is stilted. the direction flat and the leads give uncharacteristically poor performances. One to avoid. See review. Possibly UCls.
I Tombstone (15) (George P. Cosrnatos. US. 1993) Kurt Russell. Val Kilrner. Sam Elliott. Bill Paxton. 129 mins. Events before. during and after the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral with a reasonably big name cast depicting the actions of the Earp brothers. Doc Holliday et a1. Old-fashioned style western with familiar story and style places the emphasis on OK. Edinburgh: UCI.
I Tommy (18) (Ken Russell. UK. 1975) Roger Daltry. Ann-Margret. Oliver Reed. 108 mins. A gloriously over-the-top rendition of The Who's rock opera. with Daltry as the traumatised kid who comes out of his self-inﬂicted stupor to become a new messiah. Fuelled by a succession of rnarvellously unsubtle cameos from the likes of Elton John. Tina Turner and Keith Moon. The art direction. by John Clark. has richly stylised sets. Part of the Designs Of The Times season. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Toys (PG) (Barry Levinson. US. 1992) Robin Williams. Michael Gambon. Robin Wright. 121 mins. When their father dies. Leslie Zevo and his sister Alsatia are left his utopian toy factory. but their nasty uncle decides instead to tum out war toys: it‘s militaristic madness against childish lunacy. Nice sets but. wow. is this a piece of gross self-indulgence from Levinson who doesn‘t seem to know if this is a kids‘ film for adults or an adults' film for kids. Edinburgh: MGM.
I True Romance ( l8) (Tony Scott. US. l993) Christian Slater. Patricia Arquette. Dennis Hopper. 119 mins. Comic bookstore assistant Clarence meets. sleeps with and marries novice hooker Alabama within a matter of hours. then the lovebirds find themselves on the run with an accidentally stolen case of cocaine. Limelight- stealing cameos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces fire this excellent movie. the epitome ofdisposable pop culture for the fast- food generation. Edinburgh: Cameo. Strathclyde: Motherwell.
I The Unbearable lightness of Being (18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena Olin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera‘s complex novel about a wornanising Czech brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time with a doe-like small-town beauty at the time of the Russian invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given some spice and interest by an overwhelming eroticism. a beautifully judged evocation of Prague and gorgeous photography. With short (it‘s not the size that counts) Dick. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Unforgiven (15) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1992) Clint Eastwood. Gene Hackman. Morgan Freeman. 123 mins. Clint returns to the saddle as a former killer. tamed by his late wife. but pressed into joining a bounty hunt which takes him to the town of Big Whiskey and into the presence of its sadistic sheriff(Hackman). A darkly disturbing western which destroys the genre's traditional notions of clear-cut good and evil. instead presenting violent acts as physically and psychologically painful for victim and perpetrator alike. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Wayne's World 2 (PG) (Stephen Surjik. US. 1993) Mike Myers. Dana Carvey. Tia Carrere. 95 mins. It's time to party on again with Wayne and Garth. now they've left home and decide to stage Waynestock. a somewhat over-ambitious concert. in Aurora. More of the same. with a higher babe factor (Kim Basinger and Drew Barrymore in cameos). Garth discovering the love of a woman. and another nasty tum by Christopher Walken. Schwing-time once more. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: l,'(‘1. Strathclyde: Magnum.
I White Angel (15) (Chris Jones. UK. 1993) Peter Firth. Harriet Robinson. Don Henderson. 92 mins. With a blonde-wigged woman killer on the loose. Ellen (Robinson) should think twice before renting a room out to lodger Leslie (Firth) - although she herself is a murder suspect. following the disappearance of her husband. Independently produced stab at commercial ﬁlmmaking by young Brits is competently shot and edited. but betrays a naively of narrative style. The serial killer theme merely recycles scraps from another table. See review. All L'Cls. I Wings Di Desire (15) (Wirn Wenders. W. Germany .1987) Bruno Ganz. Otto Sander. Solveig Dommartin. Peter Falk. 127 mins. Restless angel Ganz on duty over Berlin takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Falk on the possibilities ofcrossing over. and follows his mentor‘s path to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin. Gorgeous black-and-white photography and a sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin grace this thematically rich and uncharacteristically optimistic slice of Wenders enchantrnent. Highly recommended. With shorts My Baby Just Cares For Me and Night Visitors. Edinburgh: Cameo.
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20 The List 8—21 April 1994