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Robin Swicord have added a touch of 90s post- feminisrn to give a contemporary relevence to their bonding and independence. A glowing view of family love. Glaasgow: GFT. I Menace ll Society (I8) (Allen and Albert Hughes. US. I993) Tyrin Turner. Jada Pinkett. Larenz Tate. 97 mins. A brutal brrt thoughtful tale of life in Watts. LA. where guns and drugs rule the day. Unlike other recent movies by young Black directors about inner city life. this one concentrates on the criminal element typically dismissed. Superny played and technically brilliant. it's depressing. disturbing stuff. But it's also the slap in the face we sometimes need. Recommended. Glasgow: Gl’l'. I Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (PG) (Bryan Spicer. US. I995) Parrl Freeman. Gabrielle Fitzpatrick. Amy Jo Johnson. 95 mins. A strictly juvenile big screen version of the TV show with the Angel Grove teenagers battling the evil Ivan Ooze. Wearing their colour-coded jumpsuits. they use good old-fashioned teamwork to rumble and kickbox their way through oodles of monsters. The lights are well- staged. but some of the effects are tacky. It's all panic-bland enough to keep the kids happy. General release. I Muriel’s Wedding (IS) (PJ. Iiogan. Australia. I994) Toni Collette. Rachel Griffiths. Bill Hunter. 105 mins. Ugly duckling Muriel decides to leave behind her boring life in Porpoise Spit and search for her Prince Charming in the big lights of Sydney. A bouncy Abba soundtrack and fairy tale ambiance add to the charm of one of the year's best crowd-pleasers. As sparkling. in its own way. as The Adventures Of l’rist‘i/la. Glasgow: Odeon. I Natural Born Killers ( I 8) (Oliver Stone. US. I994) Woody Harrelson. Juliette Lewis. Robert Downey Jr. I I9 mins. Stone's visual and aural assault makes for one of the most remarkable cinematic experiences in years; his attempts to marry style with content. and provide a damning expose of the media adulation of serial killers is less successful. let down by his trademark Overstatement. Violent. mesmerising. hallucinatory and bold in its use of various film formats. NBK is a landmark in MTV-influenced filmmaking. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: UCI. I Near Dark ( I8) (Katherine Bigclow. US. I987) Adrian Pasdar. Jenny Wright. Lance Herrriksen. 98 mins. A chance sexual encounter for a Texas youth leads to his abduction by a group of marauding bloodsuckers and his difficult transformation to their parasitic mode of existence. As vampire-biker westerns go. this is a pretty good one. Glasgow: OFT. I Out Of The Archives 4(18) In September I976. the BBC's Play Of The Month was John Osborne's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray. starring Peter Firth and John Gielgud. A critically acclaimed production. here introduced by Kim Atlrerton of the Glasgow GLC Project. Glasgow: Gl’f. I Outbreak ( l5) (Wolfgang Petersen. US. 1995) Dustin Hoffman. Rene Russo. Morgan Freeman. l22 mins. A deadly virus transfers from the Africanjungles to California and. in a terrifyineg short space of time. is threatening the entire world. Petersen's AIDS paranoia thriller starts out well enough. building on very real fears. but it does descend into a hardware shoot-'em-up. Okay as a slab of entertainment. but it fails to tap the potential of its subject matter. Central: MacRobert. I Pulp Fiction (18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. I994) John Travolta. Samuel Jackson. Uma Thurman. Bruce Willis. 150 mins. Much more ambitious than Reservoir Dogs. the most awaited second feature of the 90s has many scenes that crackle with Tarantino wit. and a few others that
fall ﬂat as the writer-director bravely experiments. Interlocking stories in the pulp crime manner concern hitrnen. ailing boxers. gang bosses and their molls. drug fiends. and assorted riff-raff. ~Last year's surprise Cannes Palme d'Or winner is a trip. all the way. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Ritchie BICh (PG) (Donald Petrie. US. I995) Macaulay Culkin. Jonathan Hyde. John Larroquette. 95 mins. The world‘s wealthiest child played by the world's wealthiest child actor - this comic strip turned m0vie has enough knockabout mayhem to keep the kids happy. Culkin is more confident and appealing than in his some of his other work. but it's Hyde's sarcastic butler who brings a better comic touch to the proceedings. Glasgow: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Hamilton.
I Rob Roy (15) (Michael Caron-Jones. US/UK. I995) Liam Neeson. Jessica Lange. Tim Roth. 130 mins. When he is betrayed by the Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) and a malicioust psychopathic Englishman (Roth). Rob Roy MacGregor is determined to win back the honour of his name. Alan Sharp's script is rich. witty and literate: Caton-Jones's direction injects a little action. but doesn't pander to Hollywood: and all the performances are wonderful. A stirring epic which refuses to compromise.
l HIT LIST I
Catch the best Film this fortnight.
I Waterworld You'll certainly get your money‘s worth with Costner's futuristic adventure. set in a world where the polar ice-caps have melted and society has reverted to Mad Max- stylc barbarisrn. General release.
I Crumb Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff has created a fascinating and personal study of his long-time friend, underground cartoonist and eccentric genius Robert Crumb. Glasgow: GFT.
I Batman Forever The tone might have been lightened considerably after the departure ofTim Burton. but there’s no denying that the non-stop action and cartoorrish villainy ofthis second sequel make for fun viewing. General release.
I little Women Gillian Armstrong's version ofthe much-loved novel is a warm family tale that adds a touch of contemporary relevence by sharpening the independent spirit of some of the female characters. Glasgow: OFT.
I Ed Wood An energetic and atmospheric tictionalised tribute to the king of crap filmmaking by fellow cinematic oddball Tim Burton. Central: MacRolrert.
I Near Dark A brilliantly fresh. grungey. sexy vampire tale of a gang wandering undetected across America until one falls in love with a mortal. Glasgow: OFT
making it one of the best frlrns about Scotland and the Scottish psyche ever made. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Tank Girl (l5) (Rachel Talahay. US. I995) Lori Petty. Malcolm McDowell. Ice-T. 104 mins. It‘s impossible to find enough abusive adjectives to describe how bad this boring. anodyne. utterly rnisconceived version of the Deadline comic strip really is. Shaven-headed punkette Rebecca (Petty) and gang of mutant kangaroos take on a bug-eyed villain (McDowell) in a futuristic desert Earth. Dull action sequences. last-minute insertions of animation. a thrown-together soundtrack: ﬂush this excrement down the nearest toilet. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Magnum.
I Waterworld (l2) (Kevin Reynolds. US. I995) Kevin Costner. Dennis Hopper. Jeanne Tripplehom. I35 mins. Forget all the pre- judgemental hype about a production disaster. this is adventure on an immense scale. The polar ice caps have melted and society srrrvives on man-made atolls. A bunch of biker-like pirates storm one of these floating fortresses to kidnap a young girl whose back shows a tattooed map to the mythical Dryland. Only The Mariner (Costner) can save her from the clutches of self- styled tyrannical messiah. The Deacon (Hopper). The action set-pieces are amongst the most spectacular ever put on film. General release.
U The List 18-24 Aug 1995