I W III! (I2) (Roland Emmerich. US. I996) Will Smith. Jeff Goldblum. Bill Pullman. ISO mins. Day One: alien ships hover over the world's major cities. Day Two: they attack. Day Three: mankind goes into hokum overdrive and gears up to kick some alien ass. A SOs-style invasion B-movie with 90s state-of-the art effects. Independence Dav deserves every penny it has taken at the box office. A gripping scare scenario that doesn‘t take itself too seriously. throws in some conspiracy theories and rounds it off with the most devastating disaster scenes ever put on film. See feature and review. General release.
I T“ “a I“ w (PG) (Frank 02. US. I995) Hal Scardino. Litefoot. David Keith. 96 mins. For his birthday. young Omri 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. but aside from that. it doesn't really develop. apart from some trite moral lessons about showing respect for the lives of others. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. IWII‘TIOMPOOGMUHHenry Selick. US. I996) Paul Terry. Susan Sarandon. Simon Callow. 79 mins. From the director of Tim Burton It The Nightmare Before Christmas comes a wonderfully colourful adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s much-loved novel. Live action tops and tails the story. but for the most part. it‘s fun times with stop-motion puppets. By turns funny and scary. it stays true to Dahl‘s surreal and whimsical vision. General release.
I H (U) (Joe Johnston. US. I995) Robin Williams. Jonathan Hyde. Kirsten Dunst. l0I mins. Trapped for 26 years in a jungle board game. Alan Parrish (Williams) is released only when two modem-day kids throw the dice themselves. But they also unleash a stampede of monkeys. crocodiles. elephants. rhinos and other unfamiliar beasts into small town America. The story manages to get beyond its repetitive limits with a brilliantly original central idea and post- Jurassic Park computer effects that make it state-of-the-art cinema spectacle. Glasgow: Virgin Parkhead. Central: MacRobert.
I “(12) (Peter and Bobby Farrelly. US. I996) Woody Harrelson. Randy Quaid. Bill Murray. "5 mins. Bowling's golden hope Roy Munson (Harrelson) loses his hand when a hustle goes badly wrong; seventeen years later. he‘s an alcoholic sleazebag. but with Amish protege Ishmael (Quaid) by his side. he‘s got a chance to win back his self-resoect at a
competition in Reno. Bad taste humour hits at too many easy targets. and the gag rate isn't as fast as the Farrelly's debut. Dumb And Dumber. Dull. unfunny stuff. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I Lech law) (John Henderson. US. I995) Ted Danson. Joely Richardson. Kirsty Graham. l00 mins. An American scientist comes to Scotland to disprove the existence of Nessie. but is chamied by the place and the people. So far. so Local Hem. But in its later stages. this family movie leaps into action. keeping you on the edge of your seat. Better than you might expect. but not remarkany special. Glasgow: GFT.
I m: (PG) (Brian De Palma. US. I996) Tom Cruise. Jon Voight. Emmanuelle Beart. llO mins. Unlike the fondly remembered TV series which pushed the notion of teamwork. this lavishly produced Hollywood thriller is driven by Cruise‘s solo star power. As the only survivor of a hit on his espionage team. he races across the world. setting up double bluffs to flush out a mole. There are a couple of dazzling set pieces. but they're padded out by yards of complicated plot. Slick. but cold. General release.
I m Treason bill (PG) (Brian Henson. US/UK. I996) Tim Curry. Kevin Bishop. Billy Connolly. |02 mins. Young Jim Hawkins. along with his friends the Great Gonzo and Rizzo The Rat go hunting for treasure with Captain Flint‘s map. meeting up on the way with Long John Silver (Curry). and Fozzie. Kermit. Miss Piggy et aI as various Stevenson characters. Faithful to the book. bttt hilarious in its extraneous details - especially in the opening section - this is one time everyone can enjoy Hollywood's plundering of British literature. Glasgow: Virgin Parkhead. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. UCIs.
I ﬁlly ET I. M ( l 5) (Claude Sautet. France. I994) Emmanuelle Bean. Michel Serrault. Jean-Hughes Anglade. IOS mins. Sautet‘s first film after Un Cueur En Hirer is another delicate yet complex study of human relationships. A woman in her twenties. unlucky in love. meets a retired magistrate and friendship blossoms when she takes a job helping him write his memoirs. Central: MacRobert.
I Print F08 (l8) (Gregory Hoint. US. I996) Richard Gere. Laura Linney. John Mahoney. 130 mins. Arrogant lawyer Gere takes on the case of a bewildered young teenager accused of killing the Archbishop of Chicago. but finds himself in court tip against his former lover. Instead of
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slides into Hollywood dross and romantic rivalry. The American line between justice and entertainment continues to blur. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I I“ “to (PG) (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. UK. I948) Anton Wallbrook.
. Marius Goring. Moira Shearer. I33 mins.
Ballerina Shearer is torn between an autocratic impressario and a starving young composer as she dances her way towards madness. Remarkably serious treatment of the subject matter is helped by superlative design and cinematography in this classic piece of Powell/ ﬂessburger expressionism. Glasgow: GFT. I the hack (r5) (Michael Bay. us. I996) Nicolas Cage. Sean Connery. Ed Harris. I35 mins. Psychotic army commander Harris takes over Alcatraz and threatens to decirnate San Francisco in a poison gas attack; but on the goodies side are goofball chemical weapons expert Cage and Connery. the only man ever to have escaped ‘the rock'. Hyped up MTV-style direction. fast cuts. big explosions. Brain removal is recommended for full enjoyment. General release. I Serra-era ( l8) (Christian Duguay. Canada. I995) Peter Weller. Roy Dupois. Jennifer Rubin. l08 mins. It's 2078. and on the mining colony of Sirius 68. a ground war has degenerated into stalemate because of nasty flesh-chopping fighting machines called Screamers. Weller is the Colonel who disobeys orders and tries for peace. Moments of tension and nightmare- inducing horror are let down by poor dialogue and holes in the plot. It‘s based on a story by Philip K. Dick. but his enduring themes were better handled in Blade Runner. Strathclyde: Magnum. I Seven ( l8) (David Fincher. US. I995) Brad Pitt. Morgan Freeman. Gwyneth Paltrow. l27 mins. The outline is familiar - two cops track down a serial killer —- but Seven is a step ahead of its rivals. From its opening title sequence onwards. it's an extremely dark movie which winds through the most twisted recesses of human nature. Each death is a graphic interpretation of one of the seven deadly sins. giving Alien 3 director Fincher the material for an intense stylistic exercise in horror. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Snail Faceatl8) (Gillies Mackinnon. UK. I995) Iain Robertson. Joseph McFadden. J.S. Duffy. l08 mins. Co-written with producer brother Billy. Gillies Mackinnon's marvelloust detailed study about the growing pains of a boy caught in the fringes of Glasgow's gangland violence in the 60s emerges as a warm and accurate portrayal of working-class family life. Centring on three brothers. it avoids the pitfalls of the Glasgow hard man movie. instead becoming a superior rites-of-passage tale. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: MacRobert. I Sane like ll Ilot (PG) (Billy Wilder. US. I959) Tony Curtis. Jack Lemmon. Marilyn Monroe. l20 mins. Two impecunious male musicians inadvertently witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre and take refuge in Florida with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators. an all-female band. Brilliant. brittle. crackerjack farce with all concerned at a peak in their careers. Outdoor screening. Edinburgh: Inverleith Park. I Spolm (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock. US. I945) Ingrid Bergman. Gregory Peck. Lco G. Carroll. I l l mins. Complex. not entirely satisfactory suspenser as psychiatrist Bergman comes to the aid of mentally disturbed amnesiac Peck. who is passing himself off as Dr Edwardes. lt transpires that he has witnessed a murder. This is the one with Salvador Dali's dream sequences. amateur Freudian analaysis. lush Miklos Rosza music and a particulary wooden perfonnance froni Peck. Still of interest. Glasgow: GFT. I The W (PG) (John Landis. US. I996) Tom Arnold. Jessica Lundy. Christopher Lee. 94 mins. America's dumbest family stumble onto what they think is a massive rubbish theft scam. but is really a ploy by military baddies to sell arms to world criminals. Again Hollywood says thick-is-cool in an embarrassing bout of farcical foolishness that stumbles over some woeful jokes. See review. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. IThlngaTaoahoenvarWhenTeu'reoeatl (l8).(Gary Fleder. US. I995) Andy Garcia.
When a final job for The Man With The Plan goes badly wrong. Jimmy The Saint is given 48 hours to get out of town. but sticks around to help save his associates. Garcia's calm presence balances with a host of colourfully eccentric character parts in a modem noir that's a million times more mature than the comic book gunplay of Pulp Fiction or the clever-clever twist of The Usual Suspects. One of the most literate scripts the genre has seen. Edinburgh: Carueo.
I Trainspotting ( I8) (Danny Boyle. UK. I995) Ewan McGregor. Ewen Bremner. Robert
Carlyle. Jonny Lee Miller. 93 tiiiris. John Hodge's screenplay perfectly captures the
Christopher Walken. Gabrielle Anwar. I I5 mins.
I Independence Day Alien invasion on a scale never seen before. as state- of-rhe-art effects make the destruction of the world‘s major cities startlingly realistic. Cinema as popcorn spectacle. General release.
I Dead Man The measured pace of Jim Jarmusch's existential western adds to the dreamlike atmosphere as Johnny Depp goes on an epic journey. Glasgow: GFT
I James Anti The Giant Peach Roald Dahl’s much-loved children's book is brought to bright and colourful life in the stop-motion animation style of The Nightmare Before Christmas. General release.
I The Hunchback 0t Intro Ilarne Disney doesn't skim on the adult themes of Victor Hugo's novel. while the animation and songs prove strong enough to keep the kids spellbound. Another instant classic. General release.
I Blood Sllllplo Murderous intrigue in the sweaty heat of Texas as a strip bar owner plans to kill his wife and her lover. A stylish modern noir that marked the debut of the Coen brothers. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Godfather Part II Coppola expands upon the themes and scope of the original with two parallel stories with Robert De Niro as the young Vito Corleone and Al Pacino
reprising his role as Michael. New print. Edinburgh: F ilmlrouse.
desperate humour of Irvine Welsh's novel. keeping the episodic structure ofjunkic scenes for the first half. before concentrating more on Renton in Loudort iii the later stages. last and stylish direction. creative soundtrack and acting that's off-tlte-rails excellent. A cinematic blast from beginning to end. which also shows a complex — and true — understanding of the lure and fatal consequences of drug-taking. Glasgow: Odeon. Virgin. Edinburgh: ABC‘. Cameo. (1(‘l. Borders: Roxy. Strathclyde: L'Cls.
I The Truth About Cats And Dogs ( IS) (Michael Lehmann. US. I996) Uma 'I'hurnuru. Jitneaue Garofalo. Ben Chaplin. 9-1 mins. Art insecure radio host asks her beautiful neighbour to help her woo a Britislt photographer. Modern female take on Ct'rann De Bergerac. which keeps things moving in pleasant romantic comedy manner with plenty of sight gags and one-liners. Bill the whole concept is guarenteed to split audiences between those who agree beauty is only skin deep and those who reckon it's only right to be disappointed if your date turns otrt not to be Uma Thurman. General release.
I TwistortPG) (Jart De Bout. US. I996) Ilelen Htrnt. Bill Paxton. Jami Gertz. ll.) mins. A meteorologist and his estranged scientist wife get together agairt while chasing the biggest tornado to hit Oklahoma iii decades. The plot is slight. but the characters are interesting and. of course. the special effects are amazing. Brit the structure is too repetitive - each storm is a little bigger. each encounter a little closer - for this to be something really special. General release.
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