SOME MOTHER'S SON continued
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 Mirren. Flanagan and a host of fresh and familiar faces. Kirkcaldy Adam Smith.
Space Jam (U) (Joe Pyika. US. 1996) Michael Jordan. Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. 87 mins. The NBA meets Who Framed Roger Rah/ill." as America's most famous sportsman. basketball star Michael Jordan. is zapped off to help Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes characters beat a bunch of aliens. The real life/cartoon interaction is as fun as ever. but the overall appeal is limited. given the more marginalised nature of the sport over here. Special preview screenings across Scotland preceed the ﬁlm's opening on Fri 21 Mar. Review next issue.
Star Trek: First Contact (12) (Jonathan Frakes. US. 1996) Patrick Stewart. Jonathan Frakes. Brent Spiner. 111 mins. The eighth and most impressive instalment in the series gives the Next Generation 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 Earth and changing history. Genuinely scary in parts, with ﬁne performances throughout. Edinburgh: UCl. Total Recall (18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1990) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sharon Stone. Michael lronside. 109 mins. In Verhoeven's hugely expensive rollercoaster of violence. Arnie plays a construction worker whose vacational fantasy (implanted by Rekall Incorporated) is to pitch him into a netherworld of assassins andfenmiesﬁrm/es before unleashing the full truth about his nightmares of life on Mars. The crazy Dutchman's Martian chronicle. teeming with sicko incident. is powered along by bursts of gee-ain't-this- fun-brutality. but scores points for the playful ingenuity of the plotting. and Arnie looks like he's enjoying himself. Glasgow:
('I l N E M A FROM FRIDAY 7 MARCH
Portrait of a Ladym) 2.00, 5.35, 8.45pm
The CI'UCIDIG (15)
12.50, 3.40, 6.20, 9.00pm
Trees Lounge (15) 4.20 (not Sun). 9.20pm
1.40 (not Sun), 7.05pm FROM FRIDAY 2 I MARCH
Blood and Wine (15)
1.40, 4.20, 7.05, 9.20pm
The Crucible (15)
12.50, 5.20, 9.00pm
Portrait of a Ladym, 2.00 (not Sun), 5.35, 8.45pm
SEE LISTINGS FOR LATE NIGHTS AND MATINEES
30 TI'IELIST 7-20 Mar 1997
Toy Story (PG) (John Lasseter. US. 1995) With the voices ofTom Hanks. Tim Allen. Don Rickles. 8| mins. It isn't just the state- of-the-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. Toy Story is sprinkled with comic asides. Don't be fooled into thinking these toys arejust for the kids. Edinburgh: Odeon. Trees Lounge (15) (Steve Buscemi. US. 1996) Steve Buscemi. Chloe Sevigny. Anthony LaPaglia. 95 mins. Proliﬁc US indie actor Buscemi comes up trumps in front of and behind the camera in this carefully detailed. charactendriven movie that‘s more Cassavettes than Tarantino. It‘s to Buscemi's credit as actor. writer and director that he encourages such sympathy for his barﬂy loser. whose self-pitying journey through (low) life is funny and unsentimentaI.The greatest. most phenomenal. small. unassuming ﬁlm you're likely to see all year. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
12 Monkeys (15) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1995) Bnice Willis. Brad Pitt. Madeleine 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 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.
Two Days In The Valley (15) (John Herzfeld. US. 1996) Danny Aiello. Jeff Daniels. James Spader. 100 mins. Assassination, double-cross. kidnapping. murder — multiple characters pitch up for this modest. old-fashioned but perfectly enjoyable movie that's ﬁlled with disarming performances. Aiello's touching study in clawed-back dignity tops the bill. Edinburgh: Cameo.
The Unbearable lightness Of Being (18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day- Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena Olin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera's complex novel about a womanising Czech 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 gorgeous photography. Edinburgh: Cameo. The Van (15) (Stephen Frears. Ireland/UK, I996) Colm Meaney. Donal O‘Kelly. Ger Ryan. 105 mins. The ﬁnal instalment in the big screen treatment of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown triology is much darker and less funny than fans of The Commitments 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 male 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. St Andrews The White Balloon (U) (Jafar Panahi. Iran. I995) Aida Mohammadkbani, Mohsen Kaﬁli. Fereshteh Sadr Orfani. 84 mins. A young girl goes to the market to buy a goldﬁsh. but loses her money on the way. The material may be the most mundane of concerns. but 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 of cinema. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
The Wind In The Willows (U) (Terry Jones. UK. 1996) Terry 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. Kilmarnock.
Film Listings are listed by city. then alphabetically by cinema. Listings compiled by Penny Sherman.
ABC MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road. Muirend. 0141 633 2123.
Info: 0141 637 2641. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon—Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon—Thurs). Child/OAP: £2.
FRIDAY 7—THURSDAY 13 MAR
Mars Attacks! (12) Daily: 5.40. 8.35.
Sat mats: 12.30. 3.00. Sun mat: 3.00. She's The One (15)
Daily: 5.45. 8.45.
In Love And War ( 15) Daily: 5.30. 8.30. 101 Dalmatians (U) Sat mats: 12.30, 3.00. Sun mat: 3.00. Harriet The Spy (PG) Sat mats: 12.25. 2.55. Sun mat: 2.55.
FRIDAY 14—THURSDAY 20 MAR
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 637 2641 for details and times. Possible new ﬁlms 0 ning on Fri 14 Mar:
e English Patient (15) Evening Star (15)
ABC FILM CENTRE: GLASGOW
326 Sauchiehall Street. 0141 332 1592. Info: 0141 332 9513. CC booking: ()l4l 332 1592. Bar. £4 (£3 before 5pm). Student: £3 (Mon—Thurs). ()AP: £3. Child: £2.50.
FRIDAY 7—THURSDAY 13 MAR
Daily: 1.15, 6.15.
Mars Attacks! ( 12)
Dail : 1.10. 3.30. 6.00. 8.30. ShesThe One(15)
Daily: 1.15. 3.35. 6.00. 8.40. Blood And Wine (15)
Daily: 1.10. 3.30. 6.00. 8.40. Ransom(15)
Daily: 1.15. 5.20. 8.15.
FRIDAY 14—THURSDAY 20 MAR
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 332 9513 for details and times.
Possible new ﬁlms due to open on Fri 14
Mar: The English Patient (15) GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
12 Rose Street. 0141 332 8128. Cafe/bar. All performances bookable. [D]. [E]. Matinees £3.25 (concs £2). Evenings £4.25 (concs £3 except Sat evening). All double bills — evening prices apply.
FRIDAY 7 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Bound(18) 2.00. 4.15. 6.15. 8.30.
SATURDAY 8 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Lads On Film(PG) 2.00. Bound(18) 6.15. 8.30.
SUNDAY 9 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Red River/l Was A Male War Bride (PG) 1.30.
Bound(18) 6.15. 8.30.
MONDAY 10 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Bound(18) 2.30. 9.00.
The best films this fortnight.
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise gives what's probably his best screen performance yet as a sports agent whose decision to bring a little dignity back into the profession gets him the cold shoulder from his peers. See feature and review. General release.
The English Patient The Booker Prize- winning novel becomes a lush wartime romance as Ralph Fiennes heads a top international cast. See feature and review. General release.
The Crucible Arthur Miller adapts his play, one of the greatest of the 20th century, for the screen, and it loses none of its complexity or power in the process. Selected release.
Bound Watch the steam rise in the cinema as this stylish lesbian noir thriller twists and turns its way through a tightly constructed plot. Selected release.
Trees lounge Actor Steve Buscemi also writes and directs this warm and honest character-driven drama about a Long Island barfly. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Brassed Off One of the best films of last year, now making a name for itself abroad, Mark Harmon’s portrayal of a Yorkshire pit community perfectly balances laughs and drama. Edinburgh: Fi/mhouse.
Monkey Business Another classic from the golden age of Hollywood and director Howard Hawks finds Cary Grant causing chaos with a youth drug. Others in the Hawks retrospective this issue are Red River, I Was A Male War Bride and Gentlemen Prefer B/ondes. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Fi/mhouse.
TUESDAY 11 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Bound(18) 2.30. 6.15. 8.30.
WEDNESDAY 12 MAR
1. Trees Lounge(15) 3.00. 6.30. 8.45. 2. Bound(18) 2.30. 6.15.
The Day The Earth Stood Still (PG) 8.30.
THURSDAY 13 MAR
1. Trees Lounge (15) 6.30. 8.45. 2. Trees Lounge (15) 3.00. Bound(18) 6.15.
Blade Runner: Director's Cut (18) 8.30.