their own sensual world. their passion escalating until only death can provide the next orgasm. Masterly though necessarily extremely explicit look at the power of sexual arousal. which has attracted controversy throughout the world. Glasgow: GI'T.

I Jarnon. Jamon (18) (’Bigas Luna. Spairt. I992) Penelope Cruz. Anna Galiena. Javier Bardertt. 94 mins. 'Janton' equals ham; 'una rrtulicr jamona' equals hot hispanic babe. Ptrt them together and you've got this mix of reprehensible depravity and tease of social significance. As it tells of the desire of a pregnant woman for the bulgineg becrotelted Mantrel (with weiglttly strbplots involving various rnunts). you can't help feelrrtg it's aiming at too many targets. Sex. lecring and exploitation. btrt not necessarily a fine film. Glasgow: GI’I‘. Edinburgh: Idl'iiliOURC.

I The Joy luck Club ( IS) (Wayne Wang. ('5. I993) 'I'sai Cltirt. Ming-Na Wen. ’l‘amlyn 'l‘omita. H9 mitts. lntcrtwirtirtg tales of fotrr Chinese women and their Chinese-Arnericart daughters which use elements ofethnicity and the immigrant experience to highlight the more universal themes of mother/daughter relationships. Above all. it is a very llollywood- style movie. attempting to manipulate emotions and downplay rrttrch of the insight of Arrty 'l‘an's rtovel. btrt it will strike a cltord with many in the audience. artd not jtrst the women. Glasgow: Gl’l‘.

I Jurassic Park (PG) (Steven Spielberg. I'S. I993) Sartt Neill. Laura Dem. Jeff Goldblunt. A group of scientists are invited to give their approval to a theme park filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs. btrt the giant reptiles are soon rtrrtning amok. I'nsurpassed computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyingly believable (moreso than the PG certificate would suggest). btrt by the halfway point. it's more or less a chase movie with superior technology. Glasgow: ()deort. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.

I Kika (18) (Pedro Alntodovar. Spain I993) Veronique Forque. Peter Coyote. Victoria Abril. ll4 rrtins. A make-up artist is involved with an American writer and his photographer son; she's also avoiding the attentions of her lesbian maid. whose ex-porn star brother escapes front prison and ends up at the house. and a predatory ‘reality TV' reporter who takes a ghoulish delight irt other people's misfortunes. It all adds up to Pedro Almodovar's tenth feature. artd his blackest mix to date of sex. death and stylish kitsch. See feature. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Last Tango in Paris ( I8) (Bernardo Bertolucci. France/Italy. I973) Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider. I30 mins. A yourtg Parisienne meets a middle-aged man with whortt she develops an increasingly violent and purely sexual relationship. ()ne of the key films of its decade. Bertolucei's powerful drama is a

meditation on the expression and communication

of personal identity through intense sexual contact. Glasgow: GF'T.

I law of Desire ( i8) (Pedro Alntodovar. Spain. IOI rttins) Iiusebio Poneela. Carmen Maura.

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Antonio Baderas. IOl rttins. Notorious filmmaker Pablo moves through a decadent lifestyle of sensual pleasure. his only real concern for ltis transsexual brother-turned-sister. However. when he falls for government minister's son Arttonio. a nightmare of manipulation artd deceit is to follow. Flamboyant Spanish iconoclast Almodovar's exaggerated sexual fart'ago is interesting as a sort of overheated meltxlrama. though the lack of narrative control rtear the end does let the filnt dowrt. Iidinburgh: I-‘ilmhouse.

I leolo ( l8) (Jean—Claude I.auzon. Canada. I992) Maxime Collirt. Girtette Reno. Gilbert Sicotte. l()7 rrtins. A French Canadian boy escapes front the increasing insanity of his farttily life into a bizarre series of fantasies. irt which he is the offspring of his mother and a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato. l.auzort dives deeper into the darkly furtrty artd painfully sad aspects of sexual awareness and adolescence. A unique. beautifully visual treat. Glasgow: GITI‘. I lightning Jack (PG) (Simon Wineer. US/Aus. I994) Paul Ilogan. Cuba Gooding Jnr. Beverly D‘Angelo. 94 rrtins. Although he needs his reading specs. Lightning Jack Kane reckons he‘s a top bank robber and the fastest gun it) the West. Determined to get his name in the history books. he teams tip with a rrttrte sidekick. and sets out irt search of sortie pretty lame adventures. The rascally charm that Paul Ilogan brought to (‘rm‘odile Dundee is about all there is to recommend what is undoubtedly a feeble family comedy masquerading as a westem. See preview. Gerteral release.

I london (If) (Patrick Keiller. UK. 1993) 8.1 rrtirts. 'l’ltree trips across London. taking in the city's artistic and literary heritage and rubbing it against contemporary social and political events from I992. Presented as a fictional series of joumeys. narrated by Paul Seofield. it is a poetic. brilliantly photographed. insightful take on the capital. See review. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. Edinburgh: Iiilnthouse.

I Metropolis (PG) (liritz Lang. Germany. I926) Brigitte llelm. Alfred Abel. Gustav Frolich. 124 mitts. ()ne of the greatest films of all time. here in its longer-length. uncolorised versiort. free from Giorgio Moroder's tacked-on rock soundtrack. The cityscapes remain unsurpassed. although the allegory against totalitarianism is a bit naive. Glasgow: Gl’l'.

I Monsieur Hire ( 15) (Patrice Leconte. France. I989) Michel Blane. Sandrirte Bonnaire. 82 rttirts. An elusive neighbourhood recluse (Blartc). whiles away his evenings spying on his alluring neighbour Alice (Bonnaire). Gradually. he becomes entangled in an unsolved murder and a passionate romance. Based on a Simenon novel this sensitive and enthralling film. which was almost overlooked in Britain. Edinburgh: I-‘ilmhouse.

I Mr Wondertul (12) (Anthony Minghella. US. 1993) Matt Dillon. Annabella Sciorra. William Hurt. 97 rrtirts. Gus wants to remarry. btrt the alintony 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

Darkness comes ofage.

comedy with a heart. 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 sttrff that will leave you with a wantt feeling inside. Strathclyde: L'Cl Clydebank.

I Mrs Doubttire (PG) (Chris Coltrrttbus. l'S. I993) Robin Williams. Sally Field. Pierce Brosnan. I25 rttirts. Separated front his wife and kids. out‘of-work voice actor Daniel Ilillard (Williams) dons make‘up arid btxly-padding to becortte a sexagenarian nanny. Another top. notch comic performance by Williams. who makes the rttost of his split personality rest without becoming overly sentimental. Ilugely enjoyable artd well pitcltcd with gags for the whole audience. General release.

I Naked Gun 3: The Final Insult ( )2) (Peter chal. I'S. I994) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. l-‘red Ward. 87 mitts. l‘rank Drebin comes otrt of retirement to go undercover arid stop the bombing of. horror of horrors. the Academy Awards. Lame one-liners artd inspired sight-gags are underlined by unnecessary double-takes. and while the editing is none too sharp. the result is amusing enough. Brit note the numeral: even vinyl becartte obsolete. Iidinburgh: I'CI. Stratltclyde: Magnum. l'Cl (Wydebank.

I Painted Heart ( l5) (Michael 'I'aav. l’S. I992) Bebe Neuwirth. Robert l’astorelli. Will Patton. 9) ntirts. Childhood beatings front art alcoholic fatltcr ltave a disturbing psychological effect on painter artd decorator Willie. especially when his workrttate takes a fancy to his wife. (‘liched sntalltown movie with a couple of moments of bizarre comedy that never really finds its tone artd has an annoyingly patronising view of American working-class life. Glasgow: Gl-‘I‘.

I Pennies From Heaven (Ilerbert Ross. ('8. I98l ) Steve Martin. Bernadette Peters. Jessica IIarper. SI rttins. Condensed US film version of Dennis Potter's epic television play. which manages to retain the essential mix of humour. musical fantasy artd harsh social realities which distinguished the original. and does so with considerable style. Entertaining. if not equal to the British version. Iidirtburgh: I"ilmhouse.

I Philadelphia (I2) (Jonatltan Dentnte. L'S. I993) Tom Hanks. Dench Washington. Jason Robards. I25 ntirts. A lawyer takes his forrtter employers to court. convinced that lte ltas been sacked because lte is suffering front AIDS. Demme's filnt goes as far as arty mainstream llollywood ntovie on this subject could it) the current clirrtate. but for all its compromises. it should be applauded for avoiding arty notiort of manipulative death-bed sensationalisrtt. Ilanks. for once. is allowed to break free front liglttweigltt comic roles. and delivers a moving performance. Central: MacRobcrt.

I The Piano ( I 5) (Jarte Campiort. Australia/New '/.ealand. I993) Holly Hunter. Sam Neill. Harvey Keitel. I20 mins. Jane Carnpion's masterpiece follows rtttrte Scotsworttan Ada (llunter) as she travels to 19th century New Zealand with lter piano artd daughter to ertter irtto an arranged rrtarriage. Soon she begins a passionate and erotic affair with her illiterate neighbour as the


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I Faraway, So Close! After an exhilemting opening and stunningly photographed sequences. Wim Wendcrs‘ sequel to Wings OfDesire flounders in its narrative. Never boring. however. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Staggered Men Behaving Badly‘s Martin Clunes directs and stars in a cross-country stag night prank movie that keeps British cinema comedy on a roll. Glasgow: Odenn, MGM Par/dread. Edinburgh: ()deon. UCI. Strathclyde: U Cls.

I Three Colours: White Less lyrical and visually stylised than his recent works. Kieslowski's second instalment in his trieolour trilogy is a very human comedy set in France and Poland. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Painstakingly restored to its former glory, Disney’s classic can now be discovered by a new generation and enjoyed again by older viewers. General release.


I Henry: Portrait or A Serial Killer A chillingly presentation ofthc murderer’s psyche which doesn't make any claims to a moral standpoint. Glasgow: GFT

I The Secret Garden A delightful new version of the classic children‘s story. beautifully designed with Gothic trappings. Glasgow: GFT Fife: Adam Smith.


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