Marisa IOIITCI. I ll trtins. A day on a sleazy New York tabloid (called T/H’ Sun): the news editor (Keaton) Iras to scoop back on the papers who scooped him the day before. his wife (Tomei) is very pregnant. his man-eating managing editor (Close) is pushing him to fill] an incorrect. better-selling version of the lead story. liasily accessible outside the world of journalism. 77W l’u/n'r. like is subject. forgettable but entertaining. Glasgow: Gl’l'.
I The Picture or Dorian Gray ( I 2) (Albert l.ewin. I'S. I945) lllll'd lIatfield. George Sanders. Angela Lansbury. ll() mins. Fxtiernely effective adaptatiort of Oscar Wilde's story about the soul-selling pact a young Victorian gentleman makes in order to stay beautiful. And. unlike many Hollywood versions of literary classics. it shows its respect for the original language by packing in a fair amount of erdean wit. Iidinbur'gh: Filmhouse.
I Pret-a-Porter ( l8) (Robert Altman, I'S. I994) Titn Robbins. Julie Roberts. Richard Ii. Grant. Lacking the insider bite of T/te’ Player and the skilfiil narrative weaving of Slmrr Cuts. this backstage glimpse into the world of high fashion will disappoint Altritarr fans. Ilowev er. as a fast- paced farce. set during the annual Parisian catwalk show and starring names as diverse as Sophia Loren and Kim Basinger. Naomi Campbell and Tim Robbins. it might make for a colourful. glossy night out. Glasgow: GFI'. I Pretty Woman ( IS) (Gart y Marshall. IFS. I990) Richard Gere. Julia Roberts. Ralph Bellamy. 120 mins. Iri this hugely succesful comedy-romance. Gete stars as an unfeeling financial wheeler-dealer discovering Ire is human after all when he spends a week iii the company of Roberts' downliorrre goodtime girl. Conversely. she tediscovers her self-esteem by flawlessly carrying off the role of his high society companion. so the audience cart feel happy for boilr of them. The outline might be as hackneyed as they come. but television veteran Marshall has just the right lightness of touch. Glasgow: GI’I‘.
I Priest ( l5) (Antonia Bird. IJK. 199.1) Linus Roache. Robert Carlyle. Tom Wilkinson. [03 mitts. Writer Jimmy McGovern (Cracker. Hear/v Arrrl .lIr/trli ) goes from strength to strength with another uncornprornising foray into an area of social contention. while director Antonia Bird (Safe) shows that she too is adept at balancing political and emotional impact. Priest‘s handling of homosexuality within the clergy is no excuse for tabloid scandal; instead. what emerges is a story of personal freedom. compassion and the struggle against hypocrisy. lidinburgh: Cameo. I les Princes ( IS) (Tony Gatlif. France. I982) Gerard Darmon. Muse Dalbray. Celine Militorr. IOO mitts. An urisentimental account of France's contemporary gypsy population. shot with grainy realism. Nara (Daimon) lives iii a slum with his mother and daughter. Ian his volatile personality forces them into a nomadic way of life. The message may be muddled and the style inconsistent. but it's a view of France that is rarely seen on the cinema screens. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Pulp Fiction ( I8) (Quentin 'I‘arantino. I'S. I994) John Travolta. Samuel Jackson. I'ma Thurman. Bruce Willis. I50 nrirrs. Much more ambitious than Rr'x‘r'n'oil' Dogs. the most awaited second feature of the 90s lras many scenes that crackle with 'I‘arantino wit. and a few others that fall flat as the writer-director bravely experiments. Interlocking stories iii the pulp crime manner concern Iritinen. ailing boxers. gang bosses and their molls. drug fiends. and assorted riff-i'aff. This year's surprise Carrrtes Palrrre d'()r winner is a trip. all the way. General release.
I Real To Reel A special afternoon event. hosted by Cardorrald College. and featuring works by new filmmakers. including those from Gaelic and Asian communities. Fri 28 only. Glasgow: GI’I’.
I Red Beads ( I5) (lle Yi. China. I993) 90 mins. lle's debut feature is a vivid black-and-white dream that shifts between nightmare and black comedy when a male nurse in a psychiatric hospital becomes obsessed with a young female patient. Glasgow: GFI'.
I La Reine Margot ( IS) (Patrice Chereau. France. I994) Isabelle Adjani. Daniel Atrteuil. Jean-llughes Anglade. I45 mins. A forced wedding between the Protestant Henri de Navarre and the Catholic Marguerite de Valois can't calm I6th century France‘s religious wars or stop the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Chereau's breathtaking epic is perhaps a tad gor v for the costume drama crowd. bitt it's a subtitled spectacle that is remarkable in its scope. Iidinburgh: Carrteo.
I Reservoir Dogs ( l8) (Quentin 'l‘arantino. lIS. I992) Ilarvey Keitel. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. 100 mins. A gang of hoods. knowrt 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 frorn
'wi'iter-dir'ector 'l'arantino. w-IiOse stylish violence (seduces the audience into coriiplicity. Brilliant in (every sense of the word. Glasgow: ()deon. (MGM I’atkhead. Iidinbnrgh: ()deon. (I Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (l’t‘o (Stephen Somnieis. I'S. I99-l ) Jason Scott I.cc. il.ena lleadey. Sam Neill. ll: mins. Disney's [new live action version of Kipling's well-loved lstories doesn't Irave the appealing talking ;animals or songs of the I967 animated version. lbut it's a great matinee-style wheeze —- imagine (an early Tarzan movie crossed with an liidiaiia i.loues adventure. Jungle boy Mowin meets up again with the British army regitrrent for whom ‘his father was a guide. but finds himself forced to reveal to a group of soldier cads the
l whereabouts of some hidden treasure. Great fun. l All I'Cls. Glasgow: ()deon. MGM l’arkhead. .Strathclyde ()deon Ayr,
I SFW ( IS) (Jefety l.evy. I'S. l99-l) Stephen Dorff. Reese \\'illrersp(i(irr. Noseworthy. 9o I mins. lIeId hostage iii a convenience store by
terrorists. Cliff Spab (Doiffl emerges to becorrie an rrnwilling celebrity unable to cope w iIIi his
I newly found farrre. llistrionic performances and : over-emphatic direction turn an interesting idea
(w ith a scorching soundtrack) into superficial 90s nihilism for spiritually blank Generation Xeis who deserve better. Glasgow: (il-‘I’.
I Shallow Grave ( IS) (Danny Boyle. l ‘K. I‘)9~l) f Kerry l‘ox. Fwan McGregoi'. Christopher
thriller is bloody and intelligent enough to please
Iiccleston. 9() mins. Three Iidinburgh flatmates find their new co-habitant dead with a stack of money under his bed. so after performing a little DIY on the corpse. they reckon all their worries are over. Bill the cops are closing tn. there are
two thugs after the money. and tlte psychological
tension is beginning to show. Filled with dark humour and cy nrcaI one-liners. this Scottish
the crtlt audience while remaining accessible enough to be a mainstreairi liiI. Glasgow: GI’I. Iidiriburgli: l'llllllltltls'c‘. I‘Cl. Central:
MacRobeit. I The Shawshank Redemption ( I5) (I-iank
Dai'abont. I'S. l‘l‘I-lfl'im Robbins. Morgan Freeman. Bob Grrntoii. 143 mins. Banged up for
a crime Ire didn't commit (ain't they all?) quiet man Robbins plans a slow biit effective revenge
on the unnecessarily harsh prison regime.
Freeman excels as the fellow con with an uncanny knack for procuring desired items. IIIC filtrr is certainly overloiig. biit the apoayphal feel to the storytelling and the period detail are well handled in what is. ttltirriately'. a wry line movie indeed. Glasgow; ()deon. lidinbiirgli: ()deon. I'Cl. Stiatliclyde: ()deon Ayr. I'Cls.
I Singin’ In The Rain (l'r (Gene Kelly a Stanley Donen. I'S. I950) Gene Kelly. Donald ()‘Connor. Debbie Reynolds. Cyd Charisse. l()2 rntris. Hollywood undergoes the transition front the silent era to the talkies and reputations rise and fall. Absolutely wonderful musical entertainment. with the slickest of snappy dialogue. endurineg catchy numbers. a cast of
genuine cliarisrrta. and an engaging picture of the
industry in transition into the bargain. Quite splendid. Iidinbirigh: St Bride's Film Festival. I Star Trek Marathon (I’m (Rolictl w‘lse. Nicholas Meyer. l.eonard Niriroy. William Shatiier. David Carson. I‘S. I979--9-li William Shatner. l.eonai'd Nimoy. Del-oresr Kelley. Patrick Stewart er ul. l3] rriiris195 mrns'. HIS mins; I I9 rrrins; I()7 nritis; I I() iriiiis'. I I7 mins.
'I‘iekkie-maniacs should consider beaming tip for
this marathon voyage to the Final Frontier and beyond; others too may enjoy watching the hairs turn grey over fifteen years of boldly flogging the flagging horse [inter/trio where each instalment has gone before, l’arts l—‘l on Sat 29. Parts 5--7 on Sun 3f). lfdrnburgh: MGM.
I Stargate (PG) (Roland Iinrmeiich. I'S. I994) Kurt Russell. James Spader. Jaye Davidson. I33 rnrns. Was Faith visited centuries ago by aliens. Seems like it. particularly when ligyptologist Spadet' solves the key to a huge engraved circle forrtld at the pyramids and unlocks a doorway to another planet. Along w III) a military tearlr led by Russell. he encounters totalitarian space god Ra (Davidson) and reverses l'S foreign policy by helping the locals. Big budget science fiction with gleefully ridiculous story: arid brilliant effects. Glasgow: Giosvenor Iidinbiitgh: Cameo. Central: Allanpai'k.
I Straw Dogs ( IS) (Salli I’eckinpah. (K. 197] I Dustin Hoffman. Susan George. David Warner. IIS rrrirrs. An mild-mannered American brings his Iinglisli wife back to her home village. only to have violence Ilaie iii this itibicd Cornish community. l.ong tailed with the 'gratuitotis' biiisli. Peckinpah's contemporary horror/thriller still retains its power. Iidinbiuglr: Filitiliouse.
I The Stolen Hours (I ') (Daniel l’etrie. I'S. I903) Susan llaywald. Michael Craig. Diane Baker. 97 mins. A slushy. meIixlramatrc remake of Dark l'ir‘turv. iii which a dyitrg woman (Hayward) falls forth British doctor (Craig ). lidiiibiirgh: St Bride's Film Festival.
I The Strange Boutique A otle off night of magic. myths and liarrnoniiims. created by Drew Mulliolland. Film works include llatis Richter 's
I Dadaist fantasy (Ilium Before Break/int. while
I the unique Jane Boirt Bane contributes original
( songs aitd grown-up fairytales. Thurs -I only.
‘ I Terminal Velocity ( l5) (Detan Sarafrn. I'S.
I995) Charlie Sheen. Nastassja Kinksi. James
( Gandolfini. I02 mins. Join-the-dots. action-
thriller hokrini in which heroic dork Sheen saves
the world from cliched post-Cold War Russians
l by jumping out of planes a lot. Kinski's the good
Russian spy ~ a sassy and believable blorrde
Bond. liver'ywherc else. the wild stunts ensure
that baddies die spectacularly and horribly. All
I‘Cls. I Thin Ice ( l2) (I-iona Cunningham Reid. I‘K.
I994) Sabra Williams. Charlotte Avery. James
Dreyfuss. SS mins Weeks before she is due to
enter the Gay Games in New York. ice dancer
Steffi (Williams) is dumped by her partner.
Knowing that a report on the event will break
her and her writer friend into niainstreatii
ionrnalisrri. she quickly teams up with straight skater Nathalie (Avery). and an unlikely lo\ e affair blossoms. l‘nlikc most gay movies which
seem to dwell on pain and sadness. this is a positive. lightweight romance. and. as such. a
breath of fresh air. See review. lidinburgh: l‘llll)ll()tlst‘.
I The Thing From Another World (l’(i)
(Christian Nyby. I'S. l95l ) Kenneth Tobey.
Margaret Sheridan. Robert (‘orntliwaite S7
( miris Another from the honour roll of great sci
3 fi films. in which a group of scientists in the
Aritaitic are confronted by a flying saucer and its deadly occupant. A superb buildup of tension and menace. Gor'ily remade as The ’I‘lrrrie iii I982. Indiribnigh: Cameo
I Three Colours: Blue ( I St ( Ktzy s/lol
Kieslow ski. France. l993‘iJulietle Binot he.
Benoit Regent. Charlotte \‘ery'. I()() niins A
young woman tries to isolate herself from
friends and any notion of affectrorr follow mg the
death of her composer husband and cltild in a car
crash. but .she cannot escape from the fiagtiients , of his unfinished composition. iii which she
played a major part. An expressive and symbolic film that is also etrrotionally satisfying Binoche's aw ard<w inning perforrirancc. in a film
of profound beauty. is the best of her career.
Glasgow: (il’l‘. I Three Colours: Red ( I 5) (Kr/.y s/tof Kieslowsk‘i. I’iarrce/Swill/Poland, l99«ll Irene
Jacob. Jean-Louis 'I‘iintignant. 9o niins
Kieslowsk’i's tricoloitr trilogy comes to a close
with w hat may be his greatest masterpiece, A
Swiss model (Jacob) discovers that a retired judge ('I‘r'intignant) is listening in to his neighbours‘ phone conversations; bitt instead of denouncing him. she too opens up her innennost secrets. Superficial details are stripped away as the director concentrates on parallel lives and interwoven destinies. Glasgow: Gl-‘f. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse. Central: Allanpark.
I Three Colours: White ( I5) (Kr'zysltof Kieslowski. France/Switljl’oland. I993) '/.bigniew Zamaehowski. Julie Delpy. Janus]. Gajos. 9| mins. Another masterful piece of crrrema by Kieslow/ski. much less lyrical arid visually poetic than his most recent works. This time the theme of the trilogy is ‘equality'. as a Polish hairdresser sets out to get revenge on his French ex-wife. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I War Of The Worlds (PG) (Byron Ilaskin. l'S. I953) Gene Barry. Ann Robinson. I.cs 'I'remayne. 85 mins. II.G. Wells's classic is hijacked by the Americans and transported to California in the l95()s. thereby giving it that distinctive post-atomic sci-fi feel. The ()scars (still pretty iirtpressive) wort ()scars in their day. and it is stirring to see these vast cityscapes under attack from Martian spaceships. lidinbiirgh: l-‘ilmhouse.
I Way Out West (13) (James Ilorne. I'S. I937) Stan Laurel. ()Iiver llardy. James l-‘inlaysoii. (it) mins. The comic duo find themselves ‘()n The Trail ()f The Lonesome Pine' as they head out to hand over a gold-mine deed. Plenty of good gags in this fast-paced western spoof. Iédinburgh: St Bride's Film Festival.
I The Wedding Banquet I IS) (Arlg l.ee. liS/I’aiwan. I993) Winston Chao. May Chin. Siliung Lung. Ali-lea Gira. “)7 mins. A successful naturalised Arrrer‘ican lives happily with his gay lover iri Manhattan until pressure fiotn his parents in Taiwan forces him to marry a young Chinese artist in need of a green card. Brit when mum and dad jump on the next plane for the wedding celebrations. a farcical situation becorrres emotionally tense. Funny and serious in perfectly balanced measure. Iidinbirrgh: Cameo. I Winter Ade Il’itrter l’rtreivell (Ilelke Misselwitz. Iiast Germany. I988) IIS mins. Mrsselwitz is one of the few liast German dixumentary filmmakers to have risen to prominence. Here she studies women of different age and from different social backgrounds. and hints that the official image of equality in the GDR was far from perfect. Glasgow: Goethe lnstitut.
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