way with a number of memorable. slow- )uming gags. all undercut by the stabbing notion .hat we all have an uncle exactly like llulot. Glasgow: GFT. I Ah nmmre (PG) (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 sexagenarian nanny. Another top- notch comic perfomiance 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 Inch Ado About llothing (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. Glasgow: GFT. I My Girl 2 (PG) (Howard Zieff. US. 1993) Anna Chlumsky. Austin O‘Brien. Dan Aykroyd. Jamie Lee Curtis. 98 mins. While off at her uncle‘s for the summer. Vada (Chlurnsky) researches the life of her deceased mother for a school project. This sequel to 1992‘s surprise hit opens the story out a little and still manages to be sweetly nostalgic and painfully honest in a young teen sense at the same time. Not to everyone‘s taste. but an uncommonly touching coming-of-age story. See review. Glasgow: General release. I haltedtl8) (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 ftrnny portrait of 90s 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 perfomiance from Thewlis is one of the best of the year. Central: MacRobert. I The leverenrling Story 2: The Next Chapter (U) (George Miller. US. 1990) Jonathan Brandis. Kenny Morrison. (.‘larissa Burt. John Wesley Shipp. 90 mins. Returning to the mysterious land of Fantasia via the magic book preserved in Mr Coreander's bookshop. Bastian Balthazar Bux (Brandis) meets up with friends old and new. and when imagination comes under threat. he once again participates in the struggle between good and evil. Lots of special effects and philosophical intricacies make this an entertaining and absorbing follow-up to the 1984 ori inal. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre. I nee Upon A Time In The West (15) (Sergio Leone. US. 1968) Henry Fonda. Charles Bronson. Claudia Cardinale. Jason Robards. 165 mins. Probably Leone's best film. this classic western details in operatic fashion the drive of crooked railroad magnate Fonda to cheat widow Cardinale out of her land. until lone stranger Bronson comes to town. Brilliant Monicone score. achingly slow pacing. and an enthusiastic use of the wide screen mark this out as an idiosyncratic gem. With Cowboys (18 mins). Edinburgh: Cameo. I Police Academy: Mission To Moscow (PG) (Alan Metter. US. 1994) George Gaynes. Ron Perlrnan. Michael Winslow. lnstalment seven. even if they‘ve dropped the numeral from the title. takes the buffoonish bobbies eastwards to stop a Russian mafia chief taking over the world. Being caught naked in a Siberian snowstomt is funnier. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: MGM. Strathclyde: Magnum. I Reality Bites (12) (Ben Stiller. US. 1994) Winona Ryder. Ethan llawke. Ben Stiller. 99 mins. Soon after graduation. Lelaina (Ryder) loses her TV job (and the chance to complete her autobiographical documentary). and so has to buy food for her Generation X flatmates on the credit card daddy gave her. Self-indulgent. middle-class American problems that are hard to relate to and impossible to sympathise with fill this movie. If this is reality. it sucks rather than bites. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. I Realm III (12) (Penny Marshall. US. 1994) Danny De Vito. Gregory Hines. Marky Mark. 129 mins. Unemployed advertising copy- writer Bill Rago (De Vito) is hired by the army to teach English to a bunch of recruits about to flunk their military training. Soon they're doing a rap Hamlet and Bill's becoming a nicer human being. Dead Poets Society in army fatigues. but with characters that eventually throw off their stereotypical shackles. this is bogged down by self-indulgent morality playing and point- making. See review. All Odeons. All UCls. I Reservoir Dogs (18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. I992) Harvey Keitel. Tim 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 Tarantino. whose stylish violence seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in every sense of the word. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( 18) (Jim Shannan. UK. 1975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. Meat Loaf. 100 mins. The cult film to end all others. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The film has its moments. and Cuny is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Funer. Edinbrugh: Cameo.

I Rom ls Bleeding ( 18) (Peter Medak. US. 1993) Gary Oldrnan. Lena Olin. Annabella Sciorra. Juliette Lewis. Corrupt cop Jack Grimaldi (Oldman) sells info on people in the Witness Protection Programme to the mob. bagging some extra cash on the way. But the tables are turned when lust draws him from both wife (Sciorra) and mistress (Lewis) to deadly female assassin (Olin). BIacker-than-black comedy. with Britain's bad boy obvioust enjoying himself. Fife: Adam Smith.

I nouiin 1(12) (lliroyuki Kitakubo. Japan. 1991) 78 mins. Based on a story by Otorno Katsuhiro. writer of the acclaimed Akiru series. this lacks the groundbreaking animation splendour of that movie. The story features a bed that will cook. feed. wash. exercise. entertain and toilet its elderly patient. but a sudden malfunction brings about the obligatory merging of flesh and technology. Cheer the wrinkly granddad hero. Edinburgh Odeon on Sat 16 only. I The Saint 0t Fort Washington (15) (Tim Hunter. US. 1993) Matt Dillon. Danny Glover. 103 mins. An absorbing but downbeat tale highlighting homelessness in America. and featuring stand-out performances from the leads and supporting cast. Dillon is the troubled. sensitive youth taken under the wing of the streetwise Glover: together they dream of apartments and jobs. but have to face the harsh reality of the Fort Washington shelter. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre.

I The Sandlot Kids (PG) (David Mickey Evans. US. 1993) Tom Gutry. Mike Vitar. Karen Allen. 101 mins. Summer in the early 1960s. and a group of young boys is looking forward to a holiday filled with baseball. Into the neighbourhood comes Scotty. a bit of an outsider who knows nothing about the game. And neither do most British kids. which will be a major sticking point in this rosy-tinted. retro-narrative memoir along the likes of Stand By Me. General release.

I Schindler's List ( l 5) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1993) Liam Neeson. Ralph Fiennes. Ben Kingsley. 195 mins. During WW2. Gemian 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. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: MacRobert.

I Serial MOI (I?) (John Waters. US. 1994) Kathleen Turner. Sam Waterston. Ricki Lake. 93 mins. Underneath the apple-pie ideals of the Sutphins' model suburban home. mom Beverly is going to deadly extremes to keep her family nest feathered. The sickest. funniest American comedy to hop the Atlantic for ages. Waters latest adds a zesty twist of cruelty to satire on family values. political correctness and America's adulation of criminals in the media. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Shadowlands (PC) (Richard Attenborough. US. 1993) Anthony Hopkins. Debra Winger. Joey Mazzelo. 131 mins. The true story of Oxford don and children's novelist CS. Lewis who. late in life. manied 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. Fife: Adam Smith.

I Sight And Some Comrade Debate 120 mins. Videos banned. tabloids blasting film characters as role models for real~life murders. a Government amendment on the way. Here is your chance to air your views on how much film and video should censor scenes of sex and violence. Participants will include Richard Falcon. senior examiner of the British Board of

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Film Classification. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse (Wed 27).

I Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (U) (Walt Disney. US. 1937) With the voices of Adriana Caselotti. Harry Stockwell.1.ucille La Verne. 83 mins. One of the most enchanting and influential of animated features. The central character is a mite wet btit the individualistic dwarfs. memorable songs. strperbly crafted backdrops and characters make this an essential cinematic experience. Now restored. frame by frame. with the colour as sharp as ever. General release.

I Stalingrad (15) (Joseph Vilsmaier. Gennany. 1993) Thomas Kretshmann. Dominique Horwitz. Joachen Nickel. Sebastian Rudolph. 137 mins. A convincingly hard-edged account of the seige of the titular city dtrring WW2. seen from a Gennan perspective. lacks the extra emotive dimension that would result in a genuinely heartfelt viewer response. However. the production values are stunning. giving the film an enveloping veracity even if the sentiments do stay at the war-is-hell level. See review. Glasgow: GFT. I Staggered (15) (Martin Clones. UK. 1994) Martin (‘lunes. Michael Praed. Anna Chancellor. 95 mins. Drugged at his stag night and dumped naked on a Scottish island. Neil (Martin Clunes) has only a couple of days to get back to London for his wedding. But nasty best man and supposed best friend Gary (Michael Praed) has put plenty more stumbling blocks in Neil's way. Staggered knocks about from one comic set- piece to another. with debut director Clunes making a good job of keeping the laughs coming. Glasgow: ()deon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCls.

I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Baz Luhnnann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Moricc. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. Dancefloor hopeful Scott Hastings incurs the wrath of the Australian Dance Federation by using his own steps in competition. loses his partner and his friends. but finds love and artistic integrity with the local wallflower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Thelma a louise ( IS) (Ridley Scott. US.

1991 ) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsen. 129 mins. The buddy/road movie genres are turned on their heads as Sar'andon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. ()n one level. the film is the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and ptrt the stars on the cover of lime magazine; just as importantly. it's an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The 39 Steps (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1935) Robert Donat. Madeleine Carroll. Godfrey Teale. 81 mins. Undoubtedly the best film version of John Buchan's novel. as Donat evades a spy ring across the length and breadth of the country. with marvellous set pieces in the London Palladium and the Forth Bridge. Hitchcock at his action-packing peak. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Three Colours: Blue ( IS) (Krzysztof Kieslowski. France. 1993) Juliette Binoche. Benoit Regent. Charlotte Very. 100 mins. A young woman tries to isolate herself from friends and any notion of affection following the death of her composer husband and child in a car crash. but she cannot escape from the fragments of his unfinished composition. in which she played a major part. An expressive and symbolic film that is also emotionally satisfying. Binoche's award-winning perfonnance. in a film of profound beauty. is the best of her career. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Three Colours: White (15) (Krzysztof Kieslowski. France/Switszoland. 1993) Zbigniew Zamachowski. Julie Delpy. Janusz Gajos. 91 mins. Another masterful piece of cinema by Kieslowski. much less lyrical and visually poetic than his most recent works. This titne the theme of the trilogy is ‘equality'. as a Polish hairdresser sets out to get revenge on his French ex-wife. Glasgow: Gl-T.

I Three ilinia Kid: (U) (Jon Turteltaub. US. 1993) Victor Wong. Michael Treanor. Chad Power. 84 mins. Three mini-martial artists use their grandfather‘s training to help their FBI agent dad nail a baddie. Sort of Home Alone meets the Turtles (minus the suits) as the youngsters in the audience cheer their on-screen heroes as they kick the poo-poo out of a startlingly inept adult world. Glasgow: GET.

I Thu-hello: (U) (Don Bluth. US. 1993) 87 mins. Animator Bluth comes close to rivalling Disney with this charming fairytale filled with little folk. princes. easy-to-follow messages and a Barry Manilow soundtrack. Young kids will love it and even the cynically hard-hearted may soften. See review. General release.

I Tie Io Up! Tie Ate Dowel (l8) (Pedro

Almodovar. Spain. 1990) Antonio Banderas. Victoria Abril. Francisco Rabal. 101 mins. It's women on the verge of exploitation time as Almodovar reveals his most provocative confection to date with a bare outline that reads like sexist trash: male loony Banderas kidnaps porno queen Abril. ties her to the bed. pumps her full of drugs and. 10. they fall in love. Look beyond the sordid details. however. and the film creates its own moral logic based on mutual need between two very damaged characters. 1n the end. Almodovar manages creditany to wring moments of emotional resonance out of the most unprornising material. Followed by debate. Glasgow: GF'T.

I True Romance ( 18) (Tony Scott. US. 1993) 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 ofcocaine. Limelight- stealing cameos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces fire this excellent movie. the epitome of disposable pop culture for the fast- food generation. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: Allanpark.

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 borne .

Fife: Adam Smith.

I What's love Get To Do With It? (18) (Brian Gibson. US. 1993) Angela Bassett. Laurence Fishburne. 118 mins. The life of Tina Tumer presented as inspiration for women trying to escape from domestic abuse. While suffering from the usual short cuts and polishings as any biopic whose subject is still alive. it boasts two magnificent central perfonnances from Bassett and Fishbume. who brings the right level of seductive nastiness to Ike. Songs and period detail are good. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Witches (PG) (Nicholas Roeg. US. 1990) Anjelica Iluston. Mai Yetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92mins. Nine year-old Luke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the everpresent threat posed by witches. which isn‘t much help because within the next half hour he stumbles on their annual convention in a small English hotel and gets himself changed into a mouse. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl's children‘s story has director Roeg (in unusually straightforward manner) creating a superior kids movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way. Central: MacRobert.

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