liners to win over the most hardened Branagh cynic. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Indian In The Cupboard (PG) (Frank 02. US. I995) llal Scardino. Litcfoot. David Keitlt. 96 mins. For his birthday. young Ortiri is given a magic cupboard that brings to flesh-and-bone life his plastic toys. principally Native American Little Bear. Excellent sfx bring Lynne Reid Banks' novel to life. btit aside front that. it doesn't really develop. apart from some trite moral lessons about showing respect for the lives of others. See review. General release.

I Land And Freedom ( I 5) (Ken Loach. UK/Spain. I995) Ian llart. Rosana Pastor. Iciar Bollain. 109 mins. A magnificent. moving. politicised epic on the Spanish Civil War by Britain's most committed director on the Left. Ari unemployed man (llart) leaves 30s Liverpool to fight with the POUM Militia. and sees first hand the betrayal of his cause by the Stalirtists. His story is told iii flashback. as his granddaughter reads his hidden letters home a link to the present day that proves these events have a strong relevance to today. Gla‘gow: (ii-'1'. I [can I IS) (Luc liesson. I‘rance. 199-1 ) Jean Reno. Nathalie Poriman. Gary ()Itlnian. I It) ttiins. 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. l.tic iiessort's first film in English is. nevertheless. a French film in terms of style. editirtg and its boldness iti story and theme. It's good to see that the director Iias finally got over the all-styIc-no- content obstacle. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I lite 0i Brian ( l 5) (Terry Jones. l'K. I979) Graham Chapman. 'l'etry Jones. John ('leese. Michael Palin. Eric Idle. 9} IIIIIIS. The Gospel According to Monty Python offended a whole host of religious dotttiriatioris upon its initial release. which rather obscured the fact that behind the controversy lay their most sustained humour to date. A host of very funny setpieces arid smart cameos from all the team climaxes in .i rather fetching musical crucifixion. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Living In Oblivion ( I 5) (Toni liit‘ilto. (:8. I995) Steve Buscemi. Catherine Keener. Dermot Mulroney. 98 mins. The boom keeps getting into the shot. the male and female stars are sleeping with each other. the smoke machine's on the blitik. the dwarf objects to his typecasting . . . all of the nightmares of low budget filmmakittg seem to have descended upon the head of Nick Reve (Btiscenii). DiCillo's hilarious follow-up to Johnny Sim/e has a very cool cast. who all bring a human touch to their roles. This isn‘t just for film buffs. it's for anyone who has struggled to achieve something in a group situation against the odds. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cartieo.

I McCaIIum ( IS) A special one~off preview of Seottish 'l‘elevisioii's pilot for a new drama series starring John Ilannah and written by Stuart llepbttm. McCalltttit is a forensic pathologist based iti London who's called iii when the body ofa Vietnamese banker is washed tip on the Isle of Dogs. See feature. Glasgow: Gi-‘I’.

I Miracle (In 34"! Street (PG) (Les Mayfield. (fS. 199-3) Richard Attenborough. Elizabeth Perkins. Dylan McDermott. lit) miiis. Kriss Kringle (Attenhorotigh) is a department store Santa who goes one better and claims he's the genuine article. ()iin by winning a court case and convincing one cynical little girl (Mara Wilson) can he ptit the joy and magic back into the festive period. A fairly unnecessary remake. btit this secular fable still sparkles with charm. Strathclyde: MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: MGM. Strathclyde; Cannon.

I Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Poi (Jacques 'tnti. France. I953) Jacques ’I‘ati. Nathalie Pascatid. Michelle Rolla. 91 mins. M. littlot. the bachelor with the accident-prone touch. attich at rijaunty coastal resort and devastation very soon ensues. (‘omic timing at its most iitesistii‘le. as Tati gets away with a number of memorable. slow- btirriirig gags. all undercut by the stabbing notion that we all have an uncle exactly like ll-ilot. Glasgow: Gi’l‘.

I Murder In The First ( IS) (Marc Rocco. ('8. I995) Kevin Bacon. Christian Slater. Gary ()ldman. ll7 tiiins. After three years of mental torture iii solitary confinement. Ilenri Young (Bacon) kills the fellow inmate who landed him there. The case looks pretty one-sided until tyro lawyer Slater reckons that it's really the harsh Alcatraz administration that's guilty and puts the US prison system on trial. A well-tiieaiiing (but at times over-emphatic) movie. with career» best performances from the two leads. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: LiCl. Strathclyde: liCls.

I Muriel’s Wedding (l5) (PJ. llogan. Australia. I994) Toni Collette. Rachel Griffiths. Bill lIunter. I05 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 Priscilla. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhousc.

i I My Darling Clementine (PG) (John Ford. US.

I946) Henry Fonda. Victor Mature. Linda

i Darnell. 97 mitts. l-‘otd actually met the real

j W) arr Iiat'p. btit it's not just authenticity that

i makes this take on the gunfight at the OK Corral

a classic western: a shoot-out-is a shoot-out. so

l-‘ord builds towards it with a finely orchestrated

set of incidents. The acting is excellent. front

I-‘orida's lawman to Mature's tormented Doc

liolliday. Glasgow: GET.

I Natural Born Killers ( IS) (()liver Stone. US.

I994) Woody lIarrelson. Juliette Lewis. Robert

Dow ney Jr. l19mins. Stone's visual and aural

assault makes for one of the most remarkable

cinematic experiences iti years; his attempts to

marry st) le with content. and provide a damning

expose of the media adulation of serial killers is

; less successful. let down by his trademark overstatctiient. Violent. mesmerising.

hallucinatory and bold in its use of various film

formats. NBK is a landmark in M'I'V-infitienced

filtiimaking. Edinburgh: Cameo. I7Cl.

. Sttathclyde: ['Cls. I New Visions: Acts Of Memory (iii) A programme that comments on and embraces the

"home mos ie' method of telling stories. From

the \Cl ions to the Iitittiotons. front parody to

poetic. The films are: Andrew Kottirig's thttnt.

Aldo Paltimbo's llt'ot/ North. Jon Thomson's

\‘t‘itim/Iv .ilt'nrory. Ann Marie Copestake‘s

[)Iil't‘f. Tom Coritielly's The Sixth Continent.

I.;ii~iltii Ltt's Heart On S/r'r'vt'. Mandy

Mclritosli's Donkey Skin. Anton Dolders'

(‘tihtt’ttitt’fl 2. litian Kane's Home Movies and

I‘m/it t [loin/av. linima Davie's St'tli'ft’tt'.

Matthew Robinson's September [7 and Steve

Littitian's illrrit/stont' -. The Centre. Glasgow:


I The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) (llenry

Sclick. (IS. 1993) With the voices of Chris

Sarandon. Danny Elfman. Catherine O'Hara. 76 mins. Jack Skelliiigton. the skinny trickster king of Ilalloweentown. is restless with success and needs a new challenge, so he hatches a plot to

kidnap Santa and create a niixcd~up Yuletide

isn't quite what the kids of the world expected.

l’rtxlticed and based on a story and characters by

Tim Burton. this is a real imaginative treat deliciously dark stop-riiotion animation on the

big screen. Edinburgh: Cameo. Eilmhouse. I Nikita ( Iii) (Luc Besson. France. I990) Anne Parillaud. Tcheky Karyo. Jean-Hughes Anglade.

Jeanne Moteau. II~I niins. The latest exercise in stylish tosh front Gallic maestro Besson.

Parillaud stars as ajunkie waif resurrected from

her dreary existence by the enigmatic Karyo. an

agent for the goy'ernrtient's most secretive

: undercover organistaion. arid pretty soon she’s a

topnotch assassin. But does this make her any

more fulfilled? Edinburgh: Cameo.

I October (PG) (Sergei Eisenstein. USSR.

I928) Nikandrov. Vladimir Popov. Boris

l-ivanov. [64 mins. Commissioned to

commemorate the tenth anniversary of the

October Revolution. iiiscnstein's film is a

pulsating expression of the power of montage.

with a succession of dazzling images and the

elaborate use of visual metaphor marking this

i out as one of the Soviet cinema's great classics. liven if it is all a bit too much. Glasgow: Gi’l’.

I Phantom of the Opera (PG) (Rupert Julia. US.

I925) Lon Chaney. Mary Philbiri. Norman Kelly.

The best ever Phantom make-up by silent star

Chaney haunts this early version of the classic story. Many creaky moments that are easily forgiven when the highlights come along. Tragic love. monster style. Edinburgh: i‘iilithtfllSC.

(IS. I995) With the voices of Mel Gibson. Irene

liedard. Billy Connolly. RI iiiins. The true story

of Pocahontas is given a splash of Disney colour.

reducing her front heroine to lovesick bimbo as

she falls madly in love with white settler Captain

John Smith. The cliched beauty of the leads. the

cutesy ariitiials and talking tree make it a travesy.

and even the songs are ttineless warblirig ballads.

()nly the animation is worth a mention. General


I ll Postino (U) (Michael Radford. ltaly. I995)

Massimo Troisi. Philippe Noiret. Maria Grazia

Cticiriotta. l08 mins. When exiled Chilean poet

Pablo Neruda (Noiret) arrives on a remote island

off the Neapolitan coast. be aids local postmart

f Mario (Troisi) to woo the village barmaid.

Gently paced and full of Mediterranean sun.

Radford's film is nicely unsentimental. Sadly.

Troisi died the day after shooting was

1 completed. but he couldn't have left a finer

i legacy. Edinburgh: Cameo.

i I Prince or The Hit Parade (PG) (Juha

; 'I‘apaniricn. Finland. I99l) IOI riiins. Finnish

pop youth culture in the early 60s makes for a

cheerful backdrop to this teen drama. A girl wants to be an air hostess or. better still. a singer.

9 so she leaves town with her b0yfriend. a would-

; be racing driver. Glasgow: GET.

I Public Access ( IS) (Bryan Singer. US. 1993) Ron Marquette. Dina Brooks. Burt Williams. 90

mitts. Art enigmatic stranger arrives in the

t perfect small town in middle America and

begins unearthing hidden resentments via his



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