Jennifer Aniston. 97 mins. This pleasing comedy shares the same sense of humour as Burns's debut (The Brothers Melvin/1m) and focuses on the fraternal tensions between a pair of Irish-Americans in matters of love. sex and marriage. A gentle. witty. perceptive film with neat dialogue. fresh characters and nicely judged acting — US indie cinema as quality soap. Glasgow: ABC Film Centre. Showcase. UCI Clydebank. Iidinburgh: ABC. UCl. Strathclyde: liast Kilbride UCI. Shine (12) (Scott Hicks. Australia. 1996) (ieoffrey Rush. Noah 'I'aylor. Armin Miieller-Stahl. 105 mins. Winner of nine top awards at Australia's equivalent of the ()scars. S/iine is a remarkable and devastating film about the life of child prodigy and pianist David Helfgott. who was forced to retire from the stage due to a mental breakdown. but returned later in life. The performances show real love. while the recital passages are presented with a conviction that underlines the quality of the film as a whole. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay. Showcase. Iidinburgh: Cameo. UCI. Sleepers ( 15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1996) Jason Patric. Brad Pitt. Robert De Niro. Dustin Hoffman. Kevin Bacon. 157 mins. l-‘our boyhood friends are thrown into a juvenile detention centre when a prank goes wrong. and are sexually and psycliologicall abused by the guards. Years later. two of the boys murder the ringleader and their pals try to pull off a scam that will see them go free. In its film form. Lorenzo Carcaterra's controversial ‘ti'ue' novel becomes a nostaglic rites-of-passage tale. tough prison ‘iiiess‘age‘ picture and edge-of-seat courtroom drama rolled into one powerhouse of a movie. (ieneral release. Some Mother's Son ( IS) (‘l‘erry (ieorge. Ireland/US. 1996) Helen Mirren. Fionnula Flanagan. Aidan (iillen. 1].? mins. This gripping account of the IRA hunger strikes during the early 80s focuses on two fictional mothers. one a gentle pacifist. the other with a fierce hatred of soldiers. Terry (ieorge. writer of III The Name ()f'l‘lic l-liI/ii'r makes his debut as director and. while his film is not overly objective. it does recognise humanity on all sides. What impresses most. however. is the fine acting from lvlirren. Flanagan and a host of fresh and familiar faces. (ilasgow: Virgin.
The Song Of Bernadette (U) (Henry King. IFS. 19-13) Jennifer Jones. William Iiythe. Vincent Price. 156 mins. Hollywood milks as much sentiment as possible from the story of the peasant girl whose vision of the Virgin Mary started the transformation of Lourdes from sleepy town into the centre of Catholic tourism. Jones became an overnight star. lidinburgli: St Bride's.
Star Trek: First Contact ( I 2) (Jonathan Frakes. US. 1996) Patrick Stewart. Jonathan Frakes. Brent Spiner. Ill mins. The eighth and most impressive instalment in the series gives the Neil (intern/inn crew a chance to be fully centrestage. A brooding Captain Picard (Stewart) leads the fight against the half-flesh. half-machine Borg. who are intent on attacking Iiarth and changing history. (ieiiuinely scary iii parts. with fine performances throughout. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay. Showcase. UCI Clydebank. Iidinburgh: Cameo. UCl. Strathclyde: liast
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From Fri 21 February Filmhouse Edinburgh From Fri 28 February Glasgow Film Theatre
That Thing You Do! (P(i)('1‘oni Hanks. US. 1996) Tom liverett Scott. Liv Tyler. Tom 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 east. 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. (ilasgow: UCI Clydebank. lidinburgli: UCI. Strathclyde: liast Kilbride UCI. (ireenock. Irvine Magnum.
To Each His Own (U) (Mitchell l.eisen. US. 1946) ()livia de Havilland. John |.und. Roland Culver. 100 mins. De llavilland stars as an unmarried mother who begins to regret the adoption of her son. but meets him later in life in London. Rather meltxlramatic and soapy. it still won the actress an ()scar. lidiiiburgh: St Bride’s. Touch of Evil ( I 8) (Orson Welles. US. 1958) ()rson Welles. Charlton Heston. Marlene Dietrich. Janet Leigh. 108 mins. Welles made a return to Hollywood studio employment after a decade in the wilderness with this classic baroque thriller. In a sleazy border town. the murder of a Mexican bigwig causes friction between corrupt local detective Hank Quinlan (Welles himself) and upright Mexican narcotics agent Vargas (Heston). Amidst a gallery of Wellesian grotesques and expressionist camerawork the dialogue between truth and justice becomes progressively more garbled. Don't be late or you'll miss one of cinema's most famous opening shots. Central: MacRobert. Toy Story (PG) (John l.asseter. US. I995) With the voices of'l‘om Hanks. Tim Allen. Don Rickles. SI mins. It isn't just the state- of-tlie-art images that distinguish Disney's first computer-generated animation feature. it's got a cracking adventure story too. A tale of friendship and self-belief combined with an exciting rescue and against-the- clock tension. 'Iiiy Story is sprinkled with comic asides. Don't be fooled into thinking these toys are just for the kids. l-‘ife: St Andrews.
Trainspotting ( 18) (Danny Boyle. t‘K. I995) liwan Mc(iregor. liwen Bremner. 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 and fatal consequences of drug-taking. lidinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.
Trees Lounge ( 15) (Steve Buscemi. US. 1996) Steve Buscemi. Chloe Sevigny. Anthony l.aPaglia. 95 mins. Prolific US indie actor Buscemi comes up trumps in front of and behind the camera in this carefully detailed. character-driven movie that's more Cassavettes than 'I‘arantiiio. It's to Buscemi‘s credit as actor. writer and director that he encourages such sympathy
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for his barfly loser. whose self-pitying journey through (low) life is funny and unsentimental.The greatest. most phenomenal. small. unassuming film you're likely to see all year. lidinburgh: Cameo.
12 MonkeySI 15) (Terry (iilliam. US. 1995) Bruce Willis. Brad Pitt. i‘vladeleine Stowe. 129 mins. A convict from the future is sent to the past to discover the source of a lethal virus that has devastated humanity. but 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 (iilliaiii's ever-brilliant visual skills. It may at times stumble over its own inner logic. btit it‘s an odd. eccentric creation that engages the imagination. Iidinbui'gli' Cameo.
Twins 01 Evil ( IS) (.loliii Ilougli. CK. 1971) Madeleine Collinson. Mary Collinson. Peter Ctisliing. S7 mins. Picking real-life l’lriilmv 1 model twins to star as the newest members of a female vampire cult provided Hammer with the perfect fusion of sex and horror. The rest of the movie keeps the balance working nicely. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being ( I8) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day- l.ewis. Juliette Binoche. l.ena ()liii. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera's complex novel about a womanising C/eeh brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time with a doe-like small-town beauty at the time of the Russian invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given some spice and interest by an overwhelming eroticism. a beautifully judged evocation of Prague and
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