I A Midwinter Night’s llrearn (PG) (Adrian Noble. UK. I996) Lyndsay Duncan. Desmond Batr'it; Alex Jennings. I05 mins. The rtrost fantastical of Shakespeare‘s cortredies. it offers ettdless scope for cinematic imagery. RSC‘ director Noble introduces an additional character into this most fantastical of Shakespeare‘s comedies. expressing the dream through the eyes of a young boy (()slrcerr Jones). However. Iris unease with the camera is evidertt. atrd any cinematic impact is spoilt tltrough use of minimalist wooden stage sets. a static pace arid disappointing performances. Glasgow: (il-‘I'.

I the Mirror Nas two Faces ( I5) (Barbra Streisand. l‘S. I990) Barbra Streisand. Jeff Bridges. Lauren Bacall. IZO rtrirts. Director

who meets stuffy matlts lecturer Bridges. btit is hampered in love by lrer overbearing mother (Bacall) atrd Itcr rtew amour's desire for a partner of the head. not the heart. A familiarly plotted romantic comedy that manages a surprising number of laughs. btit lacks a strong central dramatic relationship. Bacall steals every scene. (ieireral release.

I M! Reliable ( I5) (Nadia 'fass. Australia. I996) (‘olin ID‘ICIS. Jacqueline McKenzie. l’atil Sortkkila. I I3 rrtirts. Based on a true story that had the Australian nation gripped to their

telev rsroir screens. Itlss's oftbeat and ttpbeal

mov re is another success from Dovvit l'rtdei. During the NOS Summer of Love. petty criminal Wally Mellish's home is under siege: only in Australia could a situation teetering on tragedy end tn wedding hells. A marvellotrsly lively

the country. (‘eittialz MacRobert.

I Natural Born Killers ( [8) (()liver Stone. ('8. I994) Woody Ilarrelson. Juliette Lewis. Robert Downey Jr. ll‘) mitts. Stone's visual artd aural assault makes for one of the most remarkable cinematic experiences in years; his attempts to rtiarry style with content. artd provide a damning expose of the rrtedia adulation of serial killers is less succes‘sfril. let down by his trademark overstatertterrt. Violent. mesmeiisittg. hallucinatory arid hold irt its use of var iotis filrtr formats. A’BK is a lartdiirark in M'I‘V-irttluenccd filrrtittaking. lidirrburgh: ()deort.

I North By Northwest (Ptii (Aliietl Hitchcock. l‘S. I‘JS‘J) (‘ary (irartt. live .\1arie Saint. James Mason. l3(r mitts. Quintessential llitcltcock


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corrredy-actioner with Giant perfect as the everyday adrnan pitched into a free-w lrcelittg espionage adventure. Nobody believes llls‘ innocence. but he finds self-worth and romance along the way. Classic sequences ahorrrrd. including the crop-dusting plane and the Mount Rushmore climax. Brilliant entertainment. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I One False Moire ( l8) ((‘atl Franklin. ('5. l992) Bill Paxton. ('ynda Williartts. Billy Bob Thornton. I0(r mitts. 'I‘ight l‘rl crime thr'rller' in the Jim Thomson mould begins w tilt a brutal set of drugs-related slayings. but soon becomes a fascinating character study as a trio of crooks head towards a small town in Arkansas and the cops who await them. Iiscellerrt perfoirrtairces all round. particularly I’astoii as the over- zealous. but not wholly innocent. Southern sheriff holding his ow it against the boy s for LA. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I 101 Dalmatiansd'i (Stephen llerek. l‘S. I990) Glenn (Jose. Joely Richardson. Jcl'f Daniels. l03 mitts. Disrtey turns one of its favourite animated films into a live action pattroirrime vv itlt spodges of Monte Alone briffoortery. making sure there are plenty of dogs to make the kids go ‘aaalthlt'. The story remains pretty rtrtrclt untouched vile villairress (‘ruella De Vil ((‘Iosel kidnaps enough spotty pups to make a stunning coat. but the animal world gets the better of her - but so does the old-lashiorted morality. which stresses the sanctity of marriage and that a vvortran‘s place is by her man's side (ieneral release.

I the Piano ( IS) (Jartc (‘aiitprorL Australia/New Zealand. I‘NJ) Holly Hunter. Sam Neill. llarvey Keilel. IZIIIIIII1\.J(tltC ('airrpiorr's‘ masterpiece follow s mute Scotsvvorttarr Ada (Ilurtter'l as she travels to I‘JIII century New Zealartd witlt lici' piatro and daughter to enter irtto an arranged tirar'iiagc. Soon she begins a passionate aitd erotic affair with her illiterate neighbour as the means of regaining her treasured instrument. lirrpeccablc perfoirtranccs lift this highly charged piece to the realm of classic cinema. undoubtedly one of the best films of the 90s. (ilasgovv: (ilrl'

I The Pillow Book ( IS) (l’clci (iieeiiaw .iy-. l'K/Netheilands/Fiance. I‘l‘lft) Vivian Wu. Iivvart .\Ic(iregor. Yoshi ()ida. llb mitts. (irecriaway's distinctive style of frames w rlliiit frames and test scrolling across the screen reaches its (Cllllll in this v rsual iiiasteiprecc. A Japanese model chooses lter lovers on rltc strength of their calligraphic skills. and slowly she puts it) motion a revenge plan against the man who ruined hcr fatlter. .\lc(iregoi co-stats as a bisexual translator whose kit is more oil than on. btit the graphic rrtrdity is sensually handled. Acltirrgly gorgeous images make for sheer cinematic poetry. lidrrtbutglt: ()deorr.

I Piranha ( l8) (Joe Datrtc. I'S. l‘)7Sr Bradford Dillirtatt. lleatlter Menzies, Kevin .\Ic(‘ait|iy. ‘H rrtirts. Roger (‘orman‘s stable was always qrrick to dive in on a trend. so it's no surprise that lie followed Speilberg's Jun \ vv rtlr an L‘\|)It)|l;lllt)ll thriller featuring smaller fish vv rtli just as deadly a bite. A triad scientist has been creating these mutant killers for use in the Vietnam War. but they escape into the local iiver (iiverr that the script is by John Sayles. you should evpcct fun without total crassness, Glasgow: (HI

I The Preacher's Wife (1') (Penny Marshall. US. I996) Denzel Washington. errtrtey llustotr. (‘oui‘trtey B. Vance. I24 mins. A remake of l‘)47's whimsical fantasy The Bit/top} ll'r/t' rather like It'v A ll'urrrlt'r/rt/ Life irt a dog collar this tale of a devoted parish priest whose faith is restored arid marriage saved by an angel sent to [Earth is somewhat cloyiiig. The setting and all- black context gives Iltiston the evcuse for indulging irt gospel numbers. but it‘s all too sentimental to ntakc much of an impact. ('ierreial


I Quadrophenia ( tsr (l‘ianc Roddam. tiK. l979) l’ltil Daniels. Leslie Ash. Stittg. I20 mitts. Mods arid rockets live it upon Brighton beach by swapping buckets and spades for chains and sticks. Lively first ltalf has enough energy. music. v iolerrce and period flavour to carry it along. but all too soon it degerrerates itrto sorrre sort of treatise on the morality of youth. set to tunes by The Who. See feature arid review. (ilasgovv: Show case. lidinbtiigh: liilmhouse.

I the Rocky Horror Picture Show ( IS) (Jim Sharman. l K. I975) 'I'im (‘rirry. Susan Saiaridort. Barry Bostwrck. I00 mitts. 'l‘he ctrlt lrlm to end all OIIICIS. this rock spoof of (rltl horror movies Itas created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and regularly packs them in at late shows everyvv Irere The film Itas its iiioirreirts. and ("tiny is splendidly cartrp as the bisesual l-rarrk .\' I‘dlllL‘l'. Iidiiibtiigh: ('amco.

I Rudyard Kipling's the Jungle Book (I’G) (Stephen Somittcrs. I'S. [99-1) Jason Scott I.ena Ileadey. Sam Neill. IIZ mitts. Disney's live action version of Kipling's well-loved stories doesn't have the appealing talking animals or songs of the WM arriritatcd version. but it's a great iriatrnec-style whee/e imagine art early 'l‘ar/an movie crossed vvitlt art Indiana Jones adventure. Jungle boy .\lowgli meets up again with the British arrrry regiment for vvhoitt his father was a gtridc. btit finds himself forced to reveal to a group of soldier cads the whereabouts of some lttdderi treasure. Great fun. (‘eritial: ABC.

I Scarface ( l’(il (llow ard llaw ks. I‘S. I932) I’aul .\luitl. Ann Dvorak. (ieorge Raft. 9t) mitts. 'I‘he subtitle ‘Shamc ()f'l‘hc Natiort' arid a tagged on morality errdrrrg is evidence tltat. on its release. Ilawks‘s fictiortalrsatroir of the Al (‘aporte story hit a chord w itlt the cartrpaigttcrs who through the burst of gangster movies coming oirt of Hollywood were too violertt for their ow it good. How ever. this is a frnc piece of frlritmaking. vv itli a classic plot structure. dark themes and a great look. (ilasgovv: (El-'I'. lidritbur‘glr: I'lllltllOtls‘C.

I The Secret 01 Roan lnish (Pt‘. 1 (John Say res. l'S/lrelaitd. I‘M-l ) Jerri (‘ourtrteyu liilecit (‘olgaiL Jolrrt l.yitch. I(l.l ntirrs. .\laster filmmaker Sayles delivers a wonderfully wistful ('eltic fantasy that should appeal to older arid yourrget viewers alike. ('apruring the rrrood of rural Ireland and the legend of the half-lrurtiair. half-seal selkies. ltc spins .r rich tale of everyday rrragic vvlrrclr taps irtto the ctrltrrral identity of the setlirig

w itlrout a hint of corrdesceiisiori. (‘eritralz \IaicRobcrt.

I Secrets 01 A Soul (l’( i) ((;.w'. t’alisr. (ieiittany. WIS) ‘)() mitts. 'I'hc tartipant espressronisirr of silent (ierman cirterrra is given more of art intellectual perspective as I’abst weaves llt themes of l'lCtltIIttlt psychoanalysis iitto the story of a piolessor 's frustrated desires to becorrte a father. [he dream sequences provide the evctrsc lot retrrarkable visual set pieces. lidinbuigh: l-"rlm (itllltl. '

I Set II (III t ltv'l (Ii (iaiy (iray. l'S. I‘Nbl Jada l’irrkelt. ()rrccrt |.atifah. \‘iv tca A box. Kiiitbetly lilrse. Ill mitts. Bringing the 70s exploitation market into lrnc of a somevv hat parodic and self- conscrotrs post lint: X The I/nut/ action flick. Set I! ()I/ follow s four women who decide to pull a bartk robbery. The pro-feriiinist message is sullied by the decidedly male directrori style. leav rrtg a confused message. How ever. the action is slick and some of the acting good. See review. Glasgow; ()dcort Quay. Show case. lidirrburgh: l'(‘l.

I the Seventh Veil (l’( i) (( 'oriiptorr Bennett. l'ls'. I945) James Mason. Ann 'l‘odd. Ilerbctt ‘)-l lttllts. A concert pianist wrtlt psychological hang-ups is cured by a shrink. who reckons her problems are rooted iii



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unfulfilled romance (that is. sexuality). I:I'ClltII;lll melodrarrra front the broody British school of film luvvies. Glasgow: GI'T.

I Shallow Grave ( l 8) (Danny Boyle. UK. I994) Kerry Fox. Ewan McGregor. Christopher Ecclestorr. 90 mins. Three [Edinburgh flatmates find their new co-hahitant dead with a stack of money under his bed. so after perforitting a little DIY on the corpse. they reckon all their worries are over. Filled with dark humour and cynical one-liners. this Scottish thriller is bloody and intelligent enough to please the cirlt audience while rerirairiing accessible ertouglt to be a trraiitstt'earrr hit. (ilasgow: (il’l'.

I Shine ( 12) (Scott Ilicks. Australia. l99b) Geoffrey Rush. Noah Taylor. Armin Mueller Stalrl. I05 rttirts. Winner of nirre top awards at Australia's equivalent of the ()scars. Shine is a reirratkahle and devastating filitt about the life of child prodigy and pianist David Ilelfgott. who was forced to retire front the stage due to a mental breakdown. btit returned later in life. The perforitrances show real love. while the recital passages are presented with a conviction that underlines the quality of the film as a whole. (ilasgow: (il’l'. Show case. lidirtburgh: ('amco. I Showgirls ( IS) (l’aul Veihoevcn. US. I995) Iilizabeth Berkeley. Kyle .\I.'tcl..'ich|aii. Girta Gerslron. 130 mitts. Director VCIIItX‘VCll and writer Joe liszterhaus combine again for an unbelievably crtrde ‘cspose' of [as Vegas pond life. with an .rmbttous young woman moving tip in the world front a ltlprtltlllv‘ttlg‘ dive to a casino icv‘rrc. A catalogue of exploitation cliches. cltrrrky dialogue and gratuitous topless set pieces that will tio dotibt ltave a life on the video shelves with the sticky hanky brigade. lidirrbuigh: liilrtthousc.

I Sleepem IS) ( Barry Levinson. trs. woo) Jason I’atric. Brad Pitt. Robert De Niro. Dustin Hoffman. Kevin Bacon. I57 rtrins. l5our boyhood friends are throw it into a juvenile detention centre when a prank goes wrong. and are sexually and psycltologicall abused by the guards. Years later. two of the boys rtrurder the ringleader arid their pals try to pull off a scartr that w ill see them go free. In its film form. Loren/o (’arcaterta's controversial ‘ti'ue' novel becomes a nostaglic t'ttes‘of-passage tale. tough prison ‘mcssage' picture and edge-of-scat v‘Uttt‘llOUlt) drama rolled into one powerhouse of a movie. General release.

I Some Mother’s Son ( l5) (‘t‘eny (ictttgc. lielattd/l'S. I996) llclctr Mitten. I‘ltrttltttltl I‘lanagart. Aidan Gilletr. llZ mitts. 'l'liis gripping account of the IRA hunger strikes during the early 80s focuses on two fictiortal mother's. one a gentle pacifist. the other vv rtli a fierce hatred of soldiers. 'I‘crry (icorgc. w r iter' of In The Name ()7 The Father makes his debut as director and. while his film is not overly objective. it does recogrtise hurtiairrty on all \ltICs‘. What irtrpt'esses most. however. is the firre acting fr'oiri Mitten. I‘Iaitagart and a host of fresh and familiar faces. Glasgow: (il’l‘. Giosverioi. Showcase. lidrnbtrigh: (‘ameo. ()deon. l'(‘l. Strathclyde: ()dcorr llantiltorr. l‘(‘ls.

I Star trek: First Contact ( I 3) (Jonathan I:IilI§L‘\. l'S. I‘J‘Kr) Patrick Stewart. Jorratltart l-‘rakes. Brent Spirier. lll units. The eighth arid nrost impressive irrstaliitcnt iii the series gives the Net! (imrerurr’mr crew a chance to be ftrlly cenlrcstage. A broodiitg (‘aptaiii l’rcard (Stewart) leads the fight against the half-flesh. half-rtrachine Borg. who are intent on attacking Earth and changing histoi y. (ienuinely scary iii parts. with fine per‘forrtrances throughout. (ierteral release.

I Starnialter ( l5) ((itriseppe 'I'ornatore. Italy. I995) Sergio ('astellitto. 'I‘iziarra l.o(lato. lirarico Scaldati. IIJ rrrirts. Like his aw aid-winning ('rm'mtr l’ur'urliw. this filtrr front IOIIIIIIUIL' features beautiful cinertratogiaphy. btit this trrtre the cclcbratiort of cinematic illusion is given a


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