Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Abba The Movie (U) (Lasse Halstrom. Swe/Australia. 1977) ABBA. Robert Ilughes. Tom Oliver. Bruce Barry. 95 min. Made at the height of their populatrity. the wafer thin plotline consists of the four Swedes being pursued across Oz by a Sydney DJ. Dancing Queen. Waterloo. S. 0.5.. etc. Takes you back eh? Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Ace Ventrn: Pet Detective (12) (Tom Shadyac. US. 1994) Jim Carrey. Sean Young. Courtney Cox. 86 mins. When Snowﬂake. mascot of the Miami Dolphins. goes missing. there's only one man for the job — Ace Ventura. a cross between Phillip Marlowe and Dr Doolittle. Another American TV comedian to successfully make the transfer to the big screen. Carrey's wacky persona doesn‘t outstay its welcome in this funny and bizarre movie. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: MGM. All UCls.
I The Adventrres Of lhclt Finn (PG) (Stephen Sommers. US. 1993) Elijah Wood. Courtney B. Vance. Robbie Coltrane. Jason Robards. 108 mins. Woods. America‘s best male child actor. carries his role at the centre of this appealing Disney version of Mark Twain's classic. Teaming up with a runaway slave. Huck heads down the Mississippi. meeting two riverfront rouges: The Duke (Coltrane) and The King (Robards). Fine entertainment for all the family. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCls.
I The Age (If We (U) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1993)Danie1 Day-Lewis. Michelle Pfeiffer. Winona Ryder. 138 mins. Up-and-coming lawyer Newland Archer risks the wrath of 1870s 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. with no release from the intemalised pain of passion. Edinburgh: UCI. I Alien ( 18) (Ridley Scott. US. 1979) Sigoumey Weaver. Ian Holm. John Hurt. 116 mins.
I Aliens (18) (James Cameron. US. 1986) Sigoumey Weaver. Michael Biehn. 137 mins. Edinburgh: Cameo
I Antonia: Voices PM The Rainiorest (PG) (Brazil/US/Columbia. 1991) 70 mins. It's not surprising that a documentary chronicling the last 500 years of the Amazon should press the urgency of its ecological message against deforestation. But while there's sadness at the decline in indigenous tribes. there‘s hope in their use of the media to bring their case to the world. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The mm (U) (Wolfgang Reithennan. US. 1970) With the voices of Phil Harris. Eva Gabor. Sterling Holloway. 78 mins. A street- wise alley cat woos an upper-class feline against the backdrop of tum-of-the-century Paris. Loads of loveable cats. dogs. mice detectives and human adversaries. alongside some of Disney's more under-rated songs. Edinburgh: MGM. A11 UCls.
I Beetlwven'slod (U) (Rod Daniel. US. 1993) Charles Grodin. Bonnie Hunt. Debi Mazar. Chris Penn. 89 mins. lt's love at ﬁrst sight when cinema's favorite St Bernard sees Missy. looking delectable with a pink bow in her hair. Pretty soon. this Beethoven has produced a not-so- musical quartet of pooping pups. whose ability for mischief is matched only by their sickening cuteness. Cloying stuff. certain to be lapped up by kids and people who smile at Andrex adverts. Fife: Glenrothes. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All UCls.
I Behind The Rainbow (15) (Herwig Kipping. Germany. 1991) 89 mins. Extravagent stuff. depicting East German childhood during the Stalinist era. set to an overblown Mahler soundtrack. Glasgow: GFI".
I Ielle (18) (Irma Achten. Netherlands. 1992) Wivineke van Groningen. 99 mins. Lyrical and erotic ﬁlmmaking from the Netherlands. Irma Achten's feature follows the love of a young woman for her family's maid. Shot in crisp black-and-white. it's arty but not inaccessible. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I M's Video (18) (Michael Haneke. Austria. 1992) Arno Frisch. Angela Winkler. Ulrich Muhe. 105 mins. With wider social concerns
than other ﬁlms that link images and acts of violence. Benny's Video tells of a teenage boy who has been emotionally de-sensitised by both his avid watching of violent videos and his parents' obsession with social conformity. A demanding ﬁlm. but one which rewards one's intellectual engagement with provocative images and telling insights. Glasgow: GFT.
I Blllﬁ (18) (Michael Apted. US. 1994) Madeleine Stowe. Aidan Quinn. James Reemar. 106 mins. A woman who has been blind since childhood is given a corneal transplant and is the sole witness to a murder. although the fuzzy image only slowly begins to reveal itself to her. Investigating cop Quinn is suspicious. but he's distracted by her body. Apted's classy. intelligent suspenser is emotionally involving and ﬁnely acted. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Blue Velvet (18) (David Lynch. US. 1986) Kyle MacLachlan. Dennis Hopper. Isabella Rossellini. 120 mins. 1n 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: FIlmhouse.
I Brighton Rock (PG) (John Boulting. UK. 1947) Richard Attenborough. Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell. 91 mins. The pre- luvvie Attenborough brings a menacing delinquincy to Pinkie. who has to sweet-talk a waitress who witnesses one of his murders. The seaside atmosphere is essentially English and somehow sordid in this ﬁne adaptation of Graham Greene‘s novel. which has lost none of its power to thrill. Glasgow: GFT.
I A Bronx 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. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. WMR.
I A Canterbtn Tale (U) (Michael Powell. UK. 1944) Eric Portman. Sheila Sim. John Sweet. 124 mins. An odd wartime piece from Powell and Pressburger in which a British and American soldier. along with a land girl. who make their own pilgrimage to Canterbury. and succeed in unrnasking a local man who pours glue on girls' hair in the night. The counUyside is ﬁnely rendered in Erwin Hillier's photography. Glasgow: GFT.
I “ll Coeur En 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 forrner'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. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Costs and See (18) (Elim Klimov. USSR. I987) Alexei Kravchenko. Olga Mironova. 142 mins. Klimov's epic account of an atrocious Nazi massacre in Byelorussia in 1943 is one of the genuinely great ﬁlms of the decade. The horriﬁc events are seen through the eyes of a young boy (Kravchenko). who ages visibly throughout a remarkable performance. Not simply a meditation on Russian history. but an epic about mankind. at once harrowing and visionary. which demonstrates that ﬁlm can still take on the most monumental of issues in a serious fashion. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Cool Ruining: (PG) (John Turteltaub. US. 1993) Doug E. Doug. Leon. John Candy. 99 mins. Speculative comedy based on the ﬁrst-ever Jamaican bobsled team at the last Winter Olympics is hannlessly amiable. but unfortunately cranks up too many moralistic messages complete with appropriate accompanying music. Still. audiences seem to like its easy-going nature. making it an affectionate tribute to the late John Candy. Glasgow: Cannon. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. UCI. I Cries I'll WNW ( 18) Ingmar Bergman. Sweeden. 1972) Harriet Anderson. Ingrid Thulin. Liv Ullrnann. 91 mins. At the turn of the century. a middle-aged spinster lies dying of cancer. Her two sisters. one frigid. one suicidal. come to watch over her. Mounted in the style of Edvard Munch. Bergman's bleak and harrowing vision of suffering and Sven Nykvist's Oscar winning photography in various tones of red combine seamlessly to form a quite hypnotic confrontation with mortality. Glasgow: GFT.
I II Cries (15) (Colline Seneau. France. 1993) Vincent Lindon. Patrick Timsit. Annick Alame.
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95 mins. The director of Trois Hommes Er Un Coiﬂ‘un and Romuald And Juliette plays for farce-style laughs the story of a man who loses his job and his wife in a day. A ﬁstful of contemporary issues are thrown up. but one or two ﬂashes of inspiration aside. these personal disasters are a pretty weary ride. Fife: Adam Smith.
I The W (18) (Alex Proyas. US. 1994) Brandon Lee. Ernie Hudson. Richelle Davis. 101 mins. Infamous as the ﬁlm on which martial arts star Bruce Lee's son Brandon was killed by a defective stunt gun. this is the most consistent attempt yet to create on ﬁlm the distinctive feel of the graphic novel. The characterisation and plot development may be slight - a rock star comes back from the dead to wrech revenge on the gang who killed him and his girlfriend - but stylistically. it's a gem. See review. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCls.
I Daens(15)(Stijn Coninx. Belgium. 1993) Jan Decleir. Gerard Desarthe. Antje de Boeck. 134 mins. The economic success of a 19th century Belgian mill town has been won at the cost of appalling conditions for the workers. so socialist priest Adolf Daens sets out on a crusade and wins a seat in parliament. to the disgust of the Conservative Catholic Party. Decleir‘s rugged authority carries the movie. which is decent middlebrow viewing with unimpeachable intentions. Glasgow: GFT.
I Dangerous Game (18) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1993) Harvey Keitel. Madonna. James Russo. 107 mins. Keitel is directing a movie called ‘Mother Of Mirrors'. starring Madonna and Russo; as ﬁlming continues. the relationship between him and his female star increasingly parallels that between Ferrara and Madonna. A ﬁlm about three people tearing each other apart while making a movie about the same thing. as intense and claustrophobic as Ferrara's best work. but with more meaning for those involved than anyone else. See review. Glasgow: GF'I‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The M Ill“ (18) (George A. Romero. US. 1993) Timothy Hutton. Amy Madigan. Michael Rooker. 120 mins. An attempt to literally bury his pen-name goes fatally wrong for novelist Thad Beauth when a physical manifestation of his pseudonym starts stalking his household. An inventive twist on the Jekyll and Hyde scenario. with enjoyany overblown effects. which makes for one of the better mainstream horror movies in recent years. Glasgow: Odeon. All UCIs.
I Dellﬂrtful Dyltes E lovely Lewes (18) 98 mins. Cutting edge work on zero budgets from across the world. including Sadie Bening's Girl Power. Alison Murray's K issy Suzuki Suck. Harriet Storm's She Can Probably F it It and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's masterfully titled Great Dykes OfHolland. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I ECA Deuce 5300' Graduation ﬁlms and videos from Edinburgh College of Art. ranging from drama to animation to experrnimental television. Further details on content from Robert Dodds at the College. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Glasgow: Odeon.
I Faster M681! Kllll Kllll( l 8) (Russ Meyer. US. 1966) Turana Satana. 83 mins. Three gogo dancers release their tensions by driving sportscars through the desert and behaving aggressively towards men. Classic Meyer cult- trash. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I rm (15) (Remy Duchemin. France. 1992) Ken Higelin. Jean Yanne. Francois Hautessene. 81 mins. A teenage orphan gets a gig as an apprentice tailor with an old-school tradesman. comes up with a series of fantastical couture designs and captures the heart of a winsome lass. The movie's undeniable but slight charm isn't much to offer. but it won't make you unhappy. See review. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I FeariessUS) (Peter Weir. US. 1993) Jeff Bridges. Isabella Rossellini. Rosie Perez. 122 mins. Convinced of his own immortality after surviving a horrendous plane crash. Max Klein's reaction to his near-death experience has a metaphysical bent reminiscent of director Peter Weir's early work. Bridges is magniﬁcent as his character reassesses the details of daily living. bringing pain to his family and hope to fellow survivors. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I TH mm M (15) 135 mins. A: The Days Go By: Images 0] Russia (Marie Andre. Belgium. 1993) focuses on everyday life in 903 Moscow. with the personal touch of a ﬁlmmaker who is granddaughter of a Russian exile. Hunting The Wolves (Zlatinka Rousseva. Belgium. 1993) follows the return to Siberia of
I The Grow A rock star comes back from the dead to wreak revenge in cinema’s most consistent and stylish attempt yet to re-create the distinctive look and feel of the graphic novel. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayn UCls.
I Four Weddings And A Funeral A very British style of romance hits batchelor Hugh Grant as he keeps meeting Andie MacDowell at church ceremonies. General release.
I What’s Eating Gllbert Grape? Johnny Depp is the face of normality amongst some strange people in smalltown Iowa in this intelligent and sympathetic take on romance and neuroticism. Edinburgh: Cameo. REPERTMY
I The Third Man/Brighton lloclr A restored print double bill of classic British thrillers based on novels by Graham Greene. Glasgow: CF]:
I laborious Fritz Lang’s epic silent vision of the struggles between bosses and workers in the future never fails to impress. Shown here in the most complete version available. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Three Colours: Blue An opportunity to catch Juliette Binochc’s career best performance in the ﬁrst of Kieslowski’s trilogy. with the second instalment about to open in June. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I You. Me 8: Harley Made for the BBC. but an award-winner at the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival. this tale of young joyriders in Belfast is both rebellious and tragic. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
two fonner labour camp prisoners. Glasgow: G17 T.
I For: Weddings And A PM (15) (Mike Newell. UK. 1993) Hugh Grant. Andie MacDowell. Kristin Scott Thomas. 117 mins. Sweet but stuffy Englishman Charlie (Grant) is convinced that he is not the marrying sort. but when he keeps meeting the alluring American Carrie (MacDowell) at an assortment of church ceremonies. he begins to doubt his resolve. The sort of charming British comedy that was destined to storm America. but which adds a little grit to the glamour of the pretty settings thanks to Richard (Blm'kudder) Curtis's script. General release.
I Full Metal Jacket (18) (Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1987) Matthew Modine. Dorian Harewood. Lee Ermey. 109 mins. Technically effective and narrativer balanced depiction of raw Vietnam
. recruits as they endure basic training and the
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