period epics or even the mysticism of Iii-caliber. this disappointing tale of Lancelot's (Gere) love for Guinevere (Oi'mond) despite her marriage pledge to King Arthur (Connery) is pretty leaden stuff. The rrratte Camelot landscapes are tacsy. Gere is nriscast and Ormond can‘t carry a role that‘s obviorrsly been beefed rip due to her recent rise to stardom. See review. General release.

I Four Weddings And A Funeral (15) (Mike Newell. UK. 1993) lltrgh Grant. Andie MacDowell. Kristin Scott Thomas. “7 mins. Sweet btit stuffy Englishman Charlie (Grant) is convinced that he is not the manying sort. but when he keeps meeting the alluring American Carrie (MacDowcll) at an assortment of church ceremonies. he begins to doubt his resolve. The sort ofchanning British comedy that was destined to storm America. but which adds a little grit to the glamour of the pretty settings thanks to Richard (Blackarliler) Curtis's script. Central: MacRobeit.

I The F0! and the Hound (l') (Frank Thomas. Ollie Johnston. Cliff Nordberg. L'S. IOSI ) With the voices of Mickey Rooney. Kurt Russell and Pearl Bailey. 83 rrrins. Sluggislr. rrnimagirrative Disney cartoon in which an orphaned fox crib and a loveable hunting hound puppy spend an idyllic childhood together until their traditional roles and enmity are reawakened. (‘irte in a very familiar fashion. General release.

I Friday (15) (Gary Gray. LS. 1995) lce Ctrbe. Chris Tucker. Bernie Mac. 92 mins. Don't expect the frowning. gun-tottin' Cube here: this is an attempt to find his lighter side. as he plays the unlikeliest victim of peer and parental pressure you could imagine. A different take on the 'hood. with the cliches slightly inverted and a script that keeps plugging away in search of a laugh. lt's pleasant enough. even when the pace sags. See review. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: UCl.

I Fun ( l8) (Rafal Zielinski. [TS/Can. l‘)‘)4) Alicia Witt. Renee llumphr‘ey. William R. Moses. l05 ririns. Two young teenage girls meet on a roadside. become firm friends and murder an old woman before evening. Yes. another case history of a senseless crime. another bleak portrait of our morally bankrupt society. btrt Fun is more distanced and thought-provoking than Heaven/y Creatures. The actresses create evasive. unknowable and compellineg real characters. See review. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. Edinburgh: Filmhorrse.

I Glen or Glenda? ( l5) (Edward D. Wood Jrrr‘. US. 1952) Bela Lugosi. Talbot. Daniel Davis (aka Ed himself). (rl mins. Also known as I Led Two Lives or even / Changed My Sex this

I well meaning expose of transvestite life is a quite unique mess. A seriri-autobiographical work by [Ed Wood. it swings from the bizarre to the surreal and experimental to the ludicrous and back again. Glasgow: Gl-‘l‘.

I A Great Day In Harlem (PG) (Jean Bach. t'S.

day in l‘)58 when photographer Art Kane assembled a congregation ofjazz luminaries for a photo call in New York. Gillespie. Mingus. Monk. Blakey. Rollins. Young. Mulligan. Basie i and friends all turned out in the tinfariiiliar

morning light. and were captured on the home

movie camera of bassist Milt llilton. lidinbiri'gh:


I Hoop Dreams ( l5) (Steve Jairres/l’red

Marx/Peter Gilbert. CS. W94) I75 nrins. liilmed

over four and a half years. Him/r Dreamy follow s

the hopes and disappointments of two young

black kids from Chicago whose ticket out of the ghetto is a basketball scholarship. You'll cheer

the games. you‘ll cry at farrrily traumas. you'll

get angry at a system that sets tip and snatches

away goals that mean more than life to the

participants. More than a remarkable

achieveiirent. this is great cinema. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. I i.d. ( 18) (Philip Davis. l'K/Gei'many. 1994) Reece l)insdale. Sean l’eitw cc. Richard Graham. l()7 rrrins. l'rrdeicover cop John (Diirsdale) discovers that he‘s enjoying himself a bit too much when Ire infiltrates a gang of football hooligans. Davis's hard-hitting movie has a sense ofgiitty reality. biit its character development is too simplified to ring true: the shift from copper to (hug comes too quickly. lidinbtirgh: l'Cl. I In The Mouth Of Madness ( 18) (John Carpenter. l'S. 109-1) Sam Neill. Julie Carmen. Jiii'gen Prochnow. 05 mins. Carpenter turns his hand to the world of HP Lovecraft. as insurance investigator Sam Neill tells how he was hired to solve the disappearance of a best-selling horror novelist. llis efforts lead him to the small town of llob's lind. where there's an apocalypse waiting to happen as the thin rrrerrrbrane between reality and the supernatural begins to break. The director aims for the atriiosplrere of The Fire rather than the out-and-orrt sfx of. say. The

.l’lrilig. Glasgow: MGM liilm Centre. All l‘Cls. I Interview With The Vampire ( lb') ( .‘s‘eii Jordan. LS. MW) Tom Cruise. Brad Pitt. Christian Slater. 123 mins. More faithful to Anne Rice's book than anyone had any right to expect. Jordan's blotxl-soaked movie never slries from the rirore gruesome aspects of varripii'ism. The homo-erotic qualities of the original may be

l‘)‘)4) An evocative documentary chronicling the


downplayed. btrt the morbid rrrelanclroly of lSth century New Orleans and the Grand Guignol set- pieces are well realised. making this the most rirrcoriipromisirrg studio horror filrrr since The Shining. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Into The West (PG) (Mike Newell. liiie/l'K. 1992) Gabriel Byi‘ne. lillerr Barkirr. Ciaran Fitzgerald. Rttaidliii Conroy. l()3 mins. Following the death of his wife. a former traveller (Byine) sets rip home with his two sons in a Dublin slum. But when a mystical white horse appears and the boys head off into the Irish countryside with it. he is forced to come to terms with his present life and past culture. A wonderful piece of family storytelling. blending ancient arid modern my tits. lidinbirigh: l‘ilmhousc.

I In (l') ( lired Sclreprsi. l'S. I‘M-l) Tim Robbins. Meg Ryan. Walter Matthatr. 96 mins. Brainy. ditzy matlrerrratician Meg Ryan is engaged to pompoiIs acaderrric Stephen l-‘ry. brrt she would be drawn to easy-going car rricclianic Tim Robbins if it wasn't for the fact that she

believes a good rrrarriagc is founded on a

meeting of minds. linter' her uncle. Albert

lziirstein (a brilliant comic caricature by \\ alter

Mattlratr) who decides to experiment with sexual

chemistry. A delightful period comedy that really does capture the old-fashioned spirit of

Capra and Stirrgcs. Strathclyde: Kelbirrne.

I Jack & Sarah ( l5) (Tim Sullivan. l'K. NUS) Richard [3. Grant. Sarrrantlra Mathis. Judi Detrclr. 105 mins. When his wife (lies shortly after

giving birth to a baby daughter. Jack (Grant) at

first rejects the child. but is persuaded to take on

his responsibilities by his family. In order to

keep his job as a City law yer. he hires Amy

(Mathis) as a live-in nanny. atrd so adds an extra complication to his life. A familiar scenario.

helped along by breezy supporting

perforrrrairces. suffers when it takes a turn into rircltxlrarriatic rorrrancc. General release. I Jaws (PG) (Steven Spielberg. l'S. l‘)75) Roy

Sclreider. Robert Shaw. Richard Dr'ey fuss. IZS rrrirrs. Cracking shark adventure from the days

when Spielberg movies were scary. See the citizens of Amity scream! Watch the bodycourit

pile up! Hear the authorities declare the water perfectly safe! lidiiibui'gh: l‘ilmlrorrse.

I le Jour Se leve (PG) (Marcel Carrie. lir'ance. l‘)3‘)) Jean Gabiir. Arletty. Jules Berry. Jacqueline Laurent. 87 mins. Starrdorrt

performance by Gabin as a doorrred factory

worker. holed tip with a gun in an attic.

surrounded by police. l’ClllCllllk‘lillg in flashback the circirrrrstances ofjealousy and murder that brought him there. ()ne of the rrrost rrrerirorable

exarirples of French poetic realism. Glasgow: Girl.

I Killer ( l8) (Mark Malone. US. l994) Anthony l.aPaglia. Mimi Rogers. Matt Craven. 98 mins. A hard-hearted assassin finds his life knocked out of balance when his latest job brings him into contact with a sexy woman with a death wish. Rogers and the under-rated LaPaglia make a great screen pair. as he searches for his lost soul in this rrroody existentialist hitman movie. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. lidinburgh: liilmhouse.

I Kiss Of Death ( l8) (Barbet Schroeder. US. l‘)‘)5) David Caruso. Nicolas Cage. Samuel L. Jackson. 100 rrrirrs. Back in pseudo-noirish territory for a renrake of the l‘)47 genre original. .\‘)‘/’I) Ir’lrie's Caruso returns to the big screen as a second drvrsiorr crook w ho reckons he's been double-crossed by the local Mr Big when in prison. Caruso is too low key. particularly in the

coiripany of the deliciously over-the-top Cage.

()kay as far as it goes w ithorit really going far

enough. lidinbui'gh: l'Cl. Str'athclyde: l'Cl


I leadtielly ( l5) (Gordon Parks. l'S. l‘)7(r) l27 mins. A rare opportunity to see this critically latrded period biography of innovative bltres singer llrrddie l.eadbettei‘. which plots his life from shaiecropper's son to prison inmate to fame and fortune. liiom the director of Slur/i. (ilasgow: (ilfl‘.

I lean ( 18) (law Bessorr. lirance. I‘M-1) Jean Reno. Nathalie Poitmair. Gary ()ldmair. ll() mins. When his neighbour 's family is wiped out by crooked cops on a bungled drugs bust. ice cool hitman Leon finds himself looking after the sole survivor -- twelve-year-old Mathilde. Ltic Bessori's first frlrir in linglislr is. nevertheless. a lireirch frlni in terms of style. editing and its

boldness in story and therrre. It's good to see that

the director has finally got over the all-style-no- content obstacle. lidinburgh: l'Cl. Central: MacRohert.

I little Rascals (l') (Penelope Spheeris. US. ION) Travis ’l'edford. Bug llall. Brittany Ashton lloltires. SI mins. After Beverly Hillbillies. director Spheetis does another TY remake. this time going fora bunch of smug brats who leave a trail of destruction behind them. liven kids who enjoyed the Home Alone level of mayhem might not take to the American sentiment and unnecessary low humour here. General release. I The Madness Of King George (PG) (Nicholas llyiner. CK. 1094) Nigel llawthoi‘ne. Helen Mirren. Rupert liverett. ll(l mins. Alan Bennett's adaption of his own stage play is a

great British filrrr in its own right with no

lingering sense of theatricality. Nigel

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