most. however. is the fine acting from MIchn. Flanagan and a 110st of fresh and familiar faces. See feature and review. Glasgow: Odeon Quay. Showcase. Edinburgh: Cameo. Odcon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I Stalker ( IS) (Andrei Tarkovsky. USSR. 1979) Alexander Kaidarrovsky. Anatoly Solonitsyn. Nikolai Grinko. 161 mins. Tarkovsky's allusive adaptation of the Strugatsky novel about the aftermath of an alien visitation is visually splendid and intellectually provocative. The stalker is a man who is prepared to act as a guide through the contaminated area. but the director uses the Zone as a locale of very human desires and projections. ()ne of 'I’arkovsky's most accessible films. Edinburgh: Film Guild.

I Star trek: First Contact (I2) (Jonathan Frakes. US. I996) Patrick Stewart. Jonathan Frakes. Brent Spiner. 111 mins. The eighth and most impressive instalment in the series gives the Nut Ct'lrt'l'utimt crew a chance to be fully centrestage. A brooding Captain Picard (Stewart) leads the light against the half-flesh. half-machine Borg. who are intent on attacking Earth and changing history. Genuinely scary in parts. with fine performances throughout. General release.

I Starrnalter ( IS) (Guiseppe 'I'ornatore. Italy. I995) Sergio (‘astellitto. Ti'liana Lodato. Franco Scaldati. Il3 mins. Like his award-winning Cine/nu I’aradim. this film from Tornatore features beautiful cinematography. but this time the celebration of cinematic illusion is given a backseat role in favour of colourful characterisation. A conrnarr armed with a camera comes to I953 Sicily offering locals the possibility of fame in return for a paid-for screentest. btrt is touched by the personal stories his subjects relate. A magical and refreshing insight into the dreams and disappointments of everyday people. Glasgow: GI-‘I‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Stealing Beauty ( l 5) (Bernardo Bertolucci. ltaly/l-‘rance/UK. I996) Liv Tyler. Jeremy Irons. Donal McCann. I IS mins. A teenage American beauty (Tyler) visits her late mother's bohemian ex-pat friends in Tuscany with a mind to lose her virginity to the young man for whom she has had a lasting infatuation. Rivals for her affections are many. and her arrival rrrrsettles the balance of the house. The photography and handling of Bertolucci's first Italian-set frlm for fifteen years is characteristically masterful. although the storyline may contain a little too ruuch middle-aged male lechery. Strathclyde: East Kilbride Arts Centre.

I A Summer's Tale (U) (Eric Rolrmer. France. [996) Melvil I’opaud. Aurelia Nolin. Amanda Langlet. II3 mins. ()11 holiday in Dinard. young Gaspard stumbles into two-timing complications while awaiting the arrival of his nominal girlfriend. It's astonishing Irow rmrclr richness of insight and incident the French master packs into a relatively confined canvas. A witty and torrclringly humane portrait of youthful indecision. I‘idinburgh: Cameo. Central: .‘vlacRobert.

I Surviving Picasso ( l5) (James Ivory. UK. 19%) Anthony Ilopkins. Natascha MeElhone. Julianne Moore. 122 mins. Merchant-lvory‘s film is less interested with the secrets of Picasso‘s craft than a portrait of the artist as lover. The argument is that the chauvinism he showed the women itr his life was necessary to his genius. but there's no attempt to offer insight into his creativity. What almost redeerns the film. however. is llopkins's astonishing performance and physical transformation. See review. Glasgow: ABC Film Centre. ()deorr Quay. Showcase. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. UCI. Fife: New I’icture Ilouse. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (18) (Gary I-‘ledcr. US. I995) Andy Garcia. Christopher Walken. Gabrielle Anwar. IIS mins. When a filial job for The Man With The Plan goes badly wrong. Jimmy The Saint is given 48 hours to get otrt of town. btrt sticks around to help save his associates. Garcia's calm presence balances w ith a host of colourfully eccentric character parts in a modern noir that's a million times more mature than the comic book gunplay of Pulp Fiction or the clever-clever twist of The Usual Slil/H‘t‘h. ()ne of the most literate scripts the gerrte has seen. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (U) (Francois Girard. Canada. I993) (‘olm Feore. Derek Keurvorst. Katya Ladan. 93 mins. Partly a horrrage to the 32 sections of Bach‘s Cult/berg Variations. partly a radical approach to screen biography. this film tells the life story of piano genius Glenn Gotrld without resorting to cliched archive footage. The acting is superb. the structure fascinating. the music as vibrant as ever. Rarely has the act of artistic creation been presented on screen with such creativity. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Throne Of Blood (PG) (Akira Kurosawa. Japan. I957) Toshiro Mifune. Isuzu Yamada. Minoru Chiaki. IIO mins. It's Shakespeare‘s

Scottish play. Japanese-style. as samurai Mifune is spurred on by his wife and the spirits to murder his best friend and then his master. Although the barest plot and striking images remain from the original. Kurosawa's atmospheric settings in mist-shrouded forests give the film a brooding power. Glasgow: GI’T. I totrsles Martin: on Mondettzr (Alain Corneau. France. 1992) Gerard Depardieu. Guillaume Depardieu. Anne Brochet. 114 mins. The story of 17th century viol de gamba virtuoso Marin Marais (told in flashback using Depardieu pare etfils) acts as a background for conflicts between music and musician. art and artiste. Ilugely successful on home territory. it marks an impressive debut for young Guillaume. who‘s likely to set beans racing from Toulouse to Tollcross. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Truth About Cats And Dons ( I5) (Michael Lehrnann. US. I996) Uma Thunnan. Janeane Garofalo. Ben Chaplin. 94 mins. An insecure radio host asks her beautiful neighbour to help her woo a British photographer. Modern female take on Cyrano De Bergerac, which keeps things moving in pleasant romantic comedy manner with plenty of sight gags and one-liners. But 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 out not to be Uma Thurman. Central: MacRobert. I Twelfth Night (U) (Trevor Nunn. UK. I996) Imogen Stubbs. Helena Bonham Carter. Nigel Hawthorne. 135 mins. There's a dark cloud hanging over the happy ending in this splendid Shakespeare adaptation by ex-RSC top man Nunn. The farcical action brought about by the cross-dressing plot never loses sight of the pain at its core. and the joke on Malvolio has a cruel edge. Performances are excellent. with Ben Kingsley an inspired choice. bringing weight to the role of the fool Feste. Fife: Adam Smith.

I 12 Monkeys (15) (Terry Gilliam. US. I995) Bruce Willis. Brad Pitt. Madeleine Stowe. 12‘) mins. A convict from the future is sent to the past to discover the source of a lethal virus that has devastated humanity. btrt even he begins to wonder if the images in his head are merely delusions. A complex time-travel fantasy. with liberal subplots and a decent mystery edge. that‘s lifted by Gilliam's ever-brilliant visual skills. It may at times stumble over its own inner logic. but it's an odd. eccentric creation that engages the imagination. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Umbrellas 0t Cherlrotrrg (PG) (Jacques Derny. France. I904) Catherine Deneuve. Anne Vernon. Nino Castelnuovo. 92 mins. Romance between a shopgirl and a garage attendant is rekindled when they meet again after years apart. Delightful screen operetta using only sung dialogue. with deftness of camera movement and delicious production design maintaining the interest when the plot cr‘caks. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Usual Suspects ( 18) (Bryan Singer. US. I995) Gabriel Byrne. Kevin Spacey. Stephen Baldwin. 106 mins. There‘s a good sense of noir fatalisrn hanging over The Usual Suspects, which is guessing game cinema at its best. A perfectly matched tearrr of crooks discover that their chance meeting wasn‘t so random after all: they're being used in an intricate vendetta by legendary gangster boss Keyser Sose. So stylish. it sends a tingle down the spine. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I When The Cat‘s Away ( I5) (Cedric KIapish. France. I996) Garance Clavel. ()liver I’y. Zinedine Sorralern. 95 mins. The magic of Paris is captured perfectly in this sparkling. unpretentious movie which is deep in emotion. btrt light in touch. When her feline friend goes missing. Chloe (Clavel) gathers together her neighbours to search for the errant moggy and discovers more about life on the way. A low key joy. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Wind In The ltmlorrrs (U) (Terry Jones. UK. 1996) Terry Jones. Eric Idle. Steve Coogarr. 88 mins. When Mole‘s home is destroyed by weasel property developers. he enlists the help of Rat. Badger and egotistical Toad to uncover a conspiracy. Jones's Python-for-kids adaptation of the classic novel is a tad self-indulgent. with some awful songs and lacklustre pacing. Ilowever. the characters and atmosphere will probably charm a younger audience not yet into their more cynical teens. Central: MacRobert.

I the Witches (PG) (Nicholas Roeg. US. t990) Anjelica Huston. Mai Zetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92 mins. Nine-year-old Ltrke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the ever- present threat posed by witches. which isn't much help because within the next half hour Ire stumbles on their annual convention in a small English hotel and gets himselfchanged into a mouse. A pleasing adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's story has director Roeg (in unusrrally straightforward manner) creating a superior kids movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way. Glasgow: GFT.




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