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backseat role in favour of colourful characterisation. A conman armed with a camera comes to I953 Sicily offering locals the possibility of fame in return for a paid-for screentest. but is touched by the personal stories his subjects relate. A magical and refreshing insight into the dreams and disappointments of everyday people. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse.

I Stealing Beauty (15) (Bernardo Bertolucci. ltaly/France/UK. l996) Liv Tyler. Jeremy Irons. Donal McCann. II8 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 an'ival unsettles the balance of the house. The photography and handling of Bertolucci‘s first Italian-set film for fifteen years is characteristically masterful. although the storyline may contain a little too much middle~aged male lechery. Fife: New Picture House. I That Thing You not (PG) (Tom Hanks. US. l996) Tom Everett Scott. Liv Tyler. Toni Hanks. 107 mins. Tom Hanks‘s foot-tapping debut as director follows the rise and fall of a young rock 'n‘ roll band in the 60s as they move from early setbacks to fame and inter-band rivalries. It‘s well cast. with fresh-faced newcomers aptly playing the wannabes. and the numbers are catchy enough. However. for originality. look elsewhere as the success vs ambition theme is an Over-documented theme. See preview and review. General release. I 'fhings to no In Denver When You’re Dead (18) (Gary Fleder. US. I995) Andy Garcia. Christopher Walken. Gabrielle Anwar. l 15 mins. 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 F ic‘lirm or the clever-clever twist of The Usual Suspects. One of the most literate scripts the genre has seen. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Tin Cup ( l 5) (Ron Shelton. US. I996) Kevin Costner. Rene Russo. Cheech Marin. I35 mins. Unpredictable. washed-up golfer Costner tries to pull himself together and win the heart of his adversary's girl by entering the US Open. Shelton comes up with the funniest sports film since his own baseball move Bull Durham. while Costner turns in an immensely appealing performance. Good humour. good insight. Central: MacRobert.

I Trainspotting ( l8) (Danny Boyle. UK. 1995) Ewan McGregor. Ewen Brernner. Robert Carlyle. Jonny Lee Miller. 93 mins. John Hodge's screenplay perfectly captures the desperate humour of Irvine Welsh‘s novel. keeping the episodic structure of junkie scenes for the first half. before concentrating more on Renton in London in the later stages. Fast and stylish direction. creative soundtrack and acting that's off-the-rails excellent. A cinematic blast from beginning to end. which also shows a complex - and true - understanding of the lure Eanr fatal consequences of drug-taking. Glasgow:

I TRIM (I8) (Luis Bur‘iuel. Spain/ltaly/ France. 1970) Catherine Deneuve. Fernando Rey. Franco Nero. 105 mins. Toledo in the

19305. and an old guardian seduces his young ward. but is unable to possess her due to surrealistic lurches in time and reality. Bufiuel at his most mockineg sensible and black. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Tm (PG) (Jan De Bont. US. 1996) Helen Hunt. Bill Paxton. Jami Genz. “3 mins. A meteorologist and his estranged scientist wife get together again while chasing the biggest tornado to hit Oklahoma in decades. The plot is slight. but the characters are interesting and. of course. the special effects are amazing. But the structure is too repetitive each storm is a little bigger. each encounter a little closer - for this to be something really special. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I the “MI” 01 Gherbourg (PG) (Jacques Demy. France. I964) 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 creaks. Glasgow: GET.

I The Van (I5) (Stephen Frears. Ireland/U K. 1996) Colm Meaney. Donal O‘Kelly. Ger Ryan. l05 mins. The final instalment in the big screen treatment of Roddy Doyle‘s Barrytown triology is rnrrch darker and less funny than fans of The ~C0mmimrenrs and The Snapper might expect. Concentrating on the tensions that grow between two men who go into the fast-food business. it's really a serious look at tnale mid- life crisis and long-term unemployment. Meaney sparkles once again. but overall the swearing becomes intrusive. the drama lacks a punch and the pace is faulty. Fife: Adam Smith. I W8 And Peace (PG) (Sergei Bondarchuk. USSR. I967) Ludrnilla Savaelyeva. Sergei Bondarchuk. Vyacheslav Tikhonokov. 357 mins. Bondarchuk's truly epic version of Tolstoy‘s novel expansiver recounts the story of aristocratic romance during Napoleon‘s l8l2 invasion of Russia. but also manages to blend the spectacle with a breathtakingly fluent array of stylistic flourishes. Majestic stuff. On the minus side: dubbed and shortened from 507 mins version. On the plus side: shown in 70mm. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Welcoue To The Dollhouse ( 15) (Todd Solondz. US. I995) Heather Matarazzo. Brendan Sexton Jr. Matthew Faber. 87 mins. Heather Matarazzo delivers an unforgettable performance as Dawn Wiener a lonely. softly- spoken child subjected to constant abuse at school and virtually ignored at home. This Sundance Grand Jury Prizewinncr presents the world of high school as far closer to the bone than the usual sanitised version. probing an inner world of frustration and anger with scathing humour and understanding. See review. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Where Is My Friend‘s lloose? (PG) (Abbas Kiarostami. Iran. l987) 90mins. The director of Through The Olive Trees chronicles a boy‘s efforts to return his schoolfriend's notebook after unwittingly taking it home. Simple problems escalate into huge obstacles in this deceptively simple film. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The White Balloon (U) (Jafar Panahi. Iran. I995) Aida Moharnrnadklrani. Mohsen Kafili. Fereshteh Sadr Orfani. 84 mins. A young girl goes to the market to btry a goldfish. bttt loses her money on the way. The material may be the most mundane of concerns. btrt this film. which unfolds in real time. is as nerve-wracking as any Hitchcock thriller. With its truth to detail. stylistic simplicity and wonderful depiction of innocence and purity. it reawakens faith in the medium ofcinema. Glasgow: GFT.

I the Wind In The Willows (U) (Terry Jones. UK. 1996) Ten‘y Jones. Eric Idle. Steve Coogan. 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. However. the characters and atmosphere will probably charm a younger audience not yet into their more cynical teens.

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