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Filius screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index cornpiled by Alan Morrison.

I Ace Ventin: When We Calls (PG) (Steve Oedekerk. US. 1995) Jim Carrey. Simon Callow. Ian McNeice. 94 mins. This puerile. stereotyped and occasionally brilliant follow-up to the surprise hit that launched Carrey's career finds the pet detective in Africa. The natives are defined by silly rituals and a war-like nature. the English as upper~class twits. and amongst it all. Carrey's hit-and-miss antics become wearisome. Glasgow: MGM Paikhead.

I All Dogs Go to Heaven (U) (Don Bliitli. US. I939) With the voices of Burt Reynolds. Loni Anderson. Dom [)eLuise. 84 mins. Likeable Alsatian Charlie Barkin is killed by his partner in small-time crime. but manages to trick his way out of the Afterlife to face earthbound adventure. Occasionally sloppy animation is more than made up for by the inventive story- line and an allusive sense of humour. Fife: MGM.

I m ( 12) (Patrick Read Johnson. US. 1996) George C. Scott. Charlie Talbert. Kathy Bates. 91 mins. A clumsy but clever teenagers struggles to fit in. even when he finds himselfdating the object of his affections. Growing up with raging hormones. as seen through Hollywood eyes. The soundtrack. however. is in with the in-crowd: Weezer‘. Ash. Green Day. etc. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: l‘Cl. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. 1.'(‘l (‘lydebank

I Apollo 13 (PG) (Ron HOvvard. US. 1995) Tom Hanks. Bill Paxton. Kevin Bacon. 140 mins. Three astronauts. stranded 200.000 miles from home: Howard's screen retelling is a big. epic adventure with a proudly patriotic stance. The space photography isjust fantastic and the acting as good as it gets. Great entertainment. if a little rich in the apple pie department. Glasgow: GET. I Me (U) (Chris Noonan. Australia. 1995) James Cromwell. with the voices of Christine Cavanaugh. Miriam Margolyes. Hugo Weaving.

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92 mins. An orphaned pig falls under the eye of a kindly collie and begins to think he's destined for glory at the regional trials. There‘s enough skewered humour (hail the psycho mice!) for adults to discover an unexpected cult hit. A triumph for the underpig. General release.

I m to In Future (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1985) Michael J. Fox. Lea Thompson. Crispin Glover. 1 16 mins. Desen'edly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with street- srnart 80s teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents. Borders: Pavilion.

I Balto (U) (Simon Wells. US. 1995) With the voices of Kevin Bacon. Bridget Fonda. Bob Hoskins. 78 mins. When the medical supplies to an isolated Alaskan town are threatened by a blizzard. half-husky/half-wolf Balto an outsider because of his mongrel nature comes to the rescue. Impressive action sequences ensure that Amblin's feature-length cartoon gives Disney a run for its money. Borders: Pavilion. Fife: Glenrothes. Strathclyde: Magnum. Odeon Ayr. UCI East Kilbride.

I Beautiful Thing (18) (Hettie MacDonald. UK. 1996) Linda Hery. Glen Berry. Scott Neal. 90 mins. Gay teen love grows on a London housing estate between Janue and Ste when they try to escape violence and tension in their respective homes. Bittersweet moments and an upbeat end make this an accessibly welcome take on modern romance. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Glasgow: GET.

I Beyond m (12) (John Boonnan. US. 1995) Patricia Arquette. Frances McDonnand. Spalding Gray. 100 mins. An American physician (Arquette) stumbles upon the lawless military dictatorship of Burma and the mass slaughter carried out there in the late 1980s. The sweeping landscapes have a powerful beauty. but ultimately the political lecturing becomes too much even for such an impressive canvas to bear. Strathclyde: Magnum.

I The Birdcage ( 15) (Mike Nichols. US. 1995) Robin Williams. Nathan Lane. Gene Ilackman. 1 19 mins. A remake of La (‘age Aux Fol/es with plenty to say about contemporary America‘s hypocrisy. Williams is superb (and more restrained) as the gay nightclub owner whose attempts to impress the right—wing parents of his son's fiancee go awry. Funny and sensitive. with excellent perfomiances. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Dominion. Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCIs.

I Blade Itllllel': The Director‘s Cut (15) (Ridley



Scott. US. l98m2) Harrison Ford. Sean Young. Rutger Hauer. 116 mins. Out go the pseudonoir narration and the tacked-on happy ending: in comes a more defined sense that Deckard himself may be a replicant. The look and feel remain as powerful. and the acting is superb. A flawed masterpiece is now a restored masterpiece. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Blood Sinle ( 18) (Joel Coen. US. 1983) John Getz. Francis McDoimand. M. Emmet Walsh. 99 mins. Auspicious debut from the Coen brothers‘ direction/production team. Walsh excels as the seedy Sheriff investigating a simple murder whose devilish Texan chronicle of double- crossing is anything but simple. An enthusiastic attempt at contemporary film noir. which keeps everyone guessing even after the final frame. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I mm (18) (Michelle Handelman. US. 1995) 77 mins. An A—Z of S&M set against the backdrop of San Francisco‘s dyke leather community. who sometimes feel marginalised within an already marginalised group. Serious issues are juxtaposed with bizarre images and passtimes. Shown on U-matic video. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Blue I The Face (15) (Wayne Wang. US. 1995) Harvey Keitel. Roseanne. Victor Argo. 8‘) mins. Using Keitel's cigar store manager‘s tangled love life as a loose narrative thread. the makers of Smoke returned to the set for an improvised portrait of Brooklyn and its residents. Witty celebrity cameos aplenty from Madonna. Jim Jamiusch and Michael J. Fox. in what is nothing less than a party on screen. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Blues Brothers ( 15) (John Landis. US. 1980) John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd. Carrie Fisher. 130 mins. Bloated, overlong anarchic Chicago comedy with the two stars on a mission from God to salvage the imperilled fortunes of an orphanage. Lots of guest stars. musical numbers and automotive destruction in a typical product of over-emphatic contemporary American humour. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: Magnum.

I Bram ( 15) (Mel Gibson. US. 1995) Mel Gibson. Patrick McGoohan. Sophie Marceau. 177 mins. Mel Gibson‘s long and bloody account of the life of Scottish wam'or hero William Wallace boasts some remarkable battle scenes and great performances. Unfortunately. the film‘s Scottish passion is tempered by a few Hollywood moments touches of sentimentality and ‘dramatic' historical inaccuracy. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: Cannon. ()deon Ayr. UCI Clydebank.

I Broken Arrow ( 15) (John Woo. US. 1995) John Travolta. Christian Slater. Samantha Mathis. 86mins. Bad guy pilot Travolta ejects his partner Slater from the cockpit while on a routine assignment and nips off with two live nuclear missiles. The script (by the writer of Speed) falls over itself in an attempt to set tip as many problems as possible for Slater to solve. but it also offers plenty of superior set pieces. And Travolta relishes playing the villain. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. I The BM: (15) (Scotland. 1996) Sandy Welch. Oliver Reed. Brian Blessed. A brave attempt to take on another slice of Scottish history Bannockbum but all the best intentions in the world can‘t obscure the truth that bad dialogue is bad dialogue wherever it occurs. Better than the filmmakers‘ previous effort. Chasing The Deer. but there's still a long way to go before their work can be heartily recommended as worthy of the general public's hard-earned cash. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.

I hMllS) (Neil Hunter/Tom Hunsinger. UK. 1995) 85 mins. Made at the no-budget end of the British film industry. this gay variation on The Big Chill follows three male couples all going through tempestuous times in their relationships as they spend a weekend in the country. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Glasgow: GET.

I The CGIIIIOIII ENNIS) (Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman. US. 1995) 102 mins. Mixing archive clips and perceptive. often witty. interviews. this informative study of the coded gay characters and themes in the history of Hollywood is undeniably entertaining. Unfortunately. it's like ()-t.evel ‘Gays In Film for those who know anything about the subject and the analysis of modern gay movies lacks both context and intellectual rigour. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Chariots Of Fire (PG) (Iltigh Hudson. IX. 1981) Ben Cross. Ian (‘harleson Nigel Haveis. 123 mins. Wonyingly jingoistic \rsion of the 1924 Paris Olympics and the exploits of runners Harold Abraharns and Eric Liddell that. in its numerous slow-motion races. is to blame for Vangelis soundtracks becoming synonymous with athletics. Nevertheless. it won a fair few Oscars. Fife: New Picture House.

I Clea Encourters of the Third Kiid: Special Editifl (PG) (Steven Spielberg. ITS. 1977/80) Richard breyfuss. Francois Tniffaut. Teri Gan. 132 mins. There may be additional effects and


Ill Fargo Another top notch thriller from Joel and Ethan Coen. the makers of Blood Simple. Here they swap the sticky heat ofthe south for the murderous chills of Minnesota. See feature and review. Limited general release.

I I Secrets And lies After the bitterness of Naked. Mike Leigh opts for more emotive material as an adopted young black woman searches for her white working-class mother. This year‘s Palme D’Or winner at Cannes. Limited general release.

III Kids A bleak. disturbing look inside the lives of a group of New York teenagers. whose lives revolve around sex and drugs. despite the threat of AIDS. Raises serious issues. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: Film/rouse. UCI.

I Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead He‘s only got 48 hours to get out of town or into a coffin. but Jimmy The Saint sticks around to help his gangster pals. Andy Garcia is quietly dignified in this superb modem film noir. General release. REPEIITOIIY

I llorth By Northwest ()ne of Hitchock‘s best. with Cary Grant on the run in a case of mistaken identity. Watch out for those crop planes! Edinburgh: Film/rouse.

I Sci-ti Classics and B Movies As an off-shoot of the Plan 9 From Outer Space Festival. the Cameo offers an asteroid belt of oddities ranging from the brilliant Metropolis to the bizarre sight of giant rabbits in Night Of The I.epus. Sec listings. Edinburgh: Cameo.

an extended ending inside the alien spacecraft. biit the Special Edition isn't overlong. mainly because Spielberg tightened the central section detailing Dreyfuss’ growing ()h\C\\1()n with Devil's Tower. A magnificent movie. the master at his best. Strathclyde: Kelbuine

I The Confessional ( IS) (Robert l.epage. Canada/I 'K/Fiancc. I995) l-otliaire Bliiteau. Patrick Goyettc. Kristen Scott 'I homas. 100 mins. Acclaimed theatre director Lepage makes his film directorial debut with a complex. biit marvelloust visual tale that clashes past against present. l’ienc (Bliiteaii) 1L‘1llltls to Quebec and his quest for identity merges with flashbacks to the time Hitchcock came to town to shoot I Confers. See prc\ iew and IC\ icw Glasgow: (il'I‘. Edinburgh: I‘llllIIlt‘)tl\‘t‘.

I Copycat ( IS) (Jon .-\micl. 1S. 1996) Sigourney Weaver. Holly Hunter. Ilaii y (‘onnick Jr. 123 mins. A criminal psychologist (Weaver). who suffers from acute agoraphobia after an attack. is threatened by a copycat killer alter a female cop (Hunter ) tires to draw her out of retirement. A redundant. reprehensible \IICC ot schlock that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. General release.

I Cutthroat ISIZIII (15)(Renny Harlin. l‘S. I995) Geena Davis. Matthew Modine. Frank Langella. 133 mins. The daughter of an infamous pirate inherits his ship. crew and mean reputation as she searches for an island and

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