boy l'riend and moIoIhIke to take oy er his house. linglishinan abroad Nutley eII'ectiyely dissects the racism and bigotry of a small community \‘.lll1 much humour. litlinhurgh: l‘ilmhouse.

I Shot Andy Warhol I IS) I.\laI'y llarron. US/l'K. l‘N‘I l,Ill lay lor. .lai‘ed Harris. Stephen llorll, lll,I nuns, Radical lesbian feminist Valerie Solanas Is an unlikely candidate tor a biopic and. \\ ere ll not I'm Taylor‘s astonishingly energetic and witty [X'ilorinanctz she might haye IeInaIned so. The period backdrop and \\'aihol‘s l'actory entourage are presented as a decadent but decidedly unglainorou‘. lot In hIch Is probath close to the II‘thI. while the director's hattery oI Iilin techniques llllll'ttl\ the ccntial character's shitting mental torment. Stirling: .\1.icl<ol\ert. Independence Day I III iRolanII l1IIIIIII‘IIclI. US. WW») Will Smith. JcI'I (ioltlhlnm. lill l’ullman. 15'! 111111\ l‘ay ()nc. alien ships ll()\t'l‘ti\k'llllt‘\\i‘ll\l.\1lli1|i'1t'lllc'\ llay 'l'wo; they attack. |)a_\ lhree. Inankmtl goes into hokum I\\t‘l'tlll\t' and gears up to lack some alien ass. .\ N's-sly 1e Inyasion 11-moer \\IIll‘Nl\ state-III Hlk‘iHl clltk‘ls.

IIII/I‘ln'III/I'm (' lln'i. l\[‘i11\‘t'111\lllllt‘-lUl- money at us \er liest. .r\ }'l'l[\|3111}.‘ scare scenario that kllK‘\ll.l take Itscll too seiiously. throw \Ill\«illlt‘c'till\|‘11;tc'} theories and rounds It oIl \i. Ith the most Ileyastatmg IlIsasIcI' scenes e\er put on llllll, Stu ling. MacRoheIt.

International Sweethearts Of Rhythm (1311(ircta Schiller’;\ntlreaWeiss. liS. l‘lxoi 30 mins. Schiller and \Veiss's documentary on the only .'\111t‘1'1c‘.111llllllll‘l‘llt‘ltll.illl-lt‘llllllt‘ jal/ band ol the .111s uses archive clips ol the gals and other gieats. such as (’ount llasie and l.oIIIs .'\l’lll\ll(‘ll}_'. .v\lso \\llll Schiller's 'limxlIa/li’u/ii.‘//('.’."/)iiu:'111mm:\sluch I'ocuses on two or the hand. trumpeter lirnestine ‘Imy‘ 1)a\ Is and her lover. pianist and drummer. Ruby l)a\ Is l'dmhin‘gh' liilmhouse.

Irma Vepi151i()li\iei'.\ssayas. l’I‘ance. 190(1) Maggie (‘hcung ,lean- Meme 1 eand. Natalie Richard ()8 mins l'lclli‘llill Iilm director Rene \‘Itlal lines Ieal lile llong Kong


actress Maggie ( 'heung IoI a Ieniake o1 pulp tl'llllt' diama lmai lip l‘uI he looses Interest In his 111m and Instead becomes Incieasmgly

obsessed \\lll1 his oriental star. 1 he lilm's real

drama Is an expose oI IIlInInalang. ‘-‘-lll\'ll l\ lar more cynical than. say. l‘om 11I('Illo's similar l.1\ me /I: (1/fo a”; [he ohsei'yations are assured and lull oI insight. which makes l'oi lascinating \Ieyying gieat lilminakmg about an lul Iilmmakmg See lt".1t'\\ lidinhurgh. l'IImhouse.

James And The Giant Peach 11' ‘llt‘lll\ Schck. l'S. WW1! l’uil leii'y. Susan Sarandon. Simon (Xillou "’ 111111\. 1 It‘ll] the director ol '/.'n.' [fit/form //:I .\.I'\'/.'.'l'ftilt' lie/mt- (‘liriifnaix comes .I \‘.t‘lltlt‘llllll_\ colourlul adaptation oI Roald llahl‘s much- loy ed novel. The action tops and tails the story. but lor the most part. It's qu times \\lll1 stop-motion puppets lly turns lunuy

and scary. It stays [Inc to l‘ahl‘s surreal and \\llllll\lt‘.‘ll\1\litll.Sl||l111;! \l;icl\’ol\eit,

Fridy Hril - Glasgow Film Theatre

Fortunes of war: Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas in The English Patient

Jerry Maguire 1 15) «Cameron (‘i-Ime. I'S‘. 19%) Tom ('ruise. ('uba (iooding Jr. Renee /.ellwegcr. 13S mins. ('ruise is perl'ect as sports agent Maguire. who suddenly finds hiinsell out ol a ioh when he \\ rites a .\ll\\1011 Statement calling for his colleagues to rediscmcr the sincerity of their business. With only one client on his books ((ioodingl and the loyal Dorothy t/ellweger) lior .Illection and support. he soldiers on and -< ol' course. becomes a better person for it all. (‘iowe's picture of an America crippled by a lack ol genuine intimacy giyes the lilm a maturity that's rarely seen in l'eelgood star \ehicles. (ieneral release.

Jesus Of Montreal 1 IS) (Denys Arcand. ('anada. WSW l.othaire llluteau. Catherine \\'ilkening. .lt)ll;lllllL‘-.\lill‘lc 'l‘remblay. 131) nuns llircd to revamp a (‘atholic passion play. llluteau enlists lour actors from ih\erse sources. casts himself as .le\'us, and sets to work on a stunningly radical \crsion

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of his own. Arcand uses twists. surprises and incisive satire to draw parallels between the Biblical story and persecution of the actors. Finely acted. elegantly filmed and always intriguing. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Larger Than Life (PG) (Howard Franklin. US. 1996) Bill Murray. Janeane Garafalo. 'l‘ai the elephant. 93 mins. Popular theraptist Jack Corcoran (Murray) inherits his father's circus elephant Vera. and aims to sell her to a heartless Hollywood animal trainer. But on Iheirjourney across America. Jack becomes a better person. This loosely plotted odyssey is drowned in mindless elephant worship there are only so many times you really want to see a performing pacliyderm stand on three legs and the results are truly desperate. (ilasgow: ABC Film Centre. Odeon Quay. UCl Clydebank. Edinburgh: UCl. (ialashiels: Pavilion. (ireenock: Waterfront.

The Man With The Golden Arm (15) (Otto l’reminger. US. 1955) Frank Sinatra. Kim Novak. lileanor Parker. 119 mins. An lilnier Bernstein score (discussed after the screening). Saul Bass's opening titles and Sinatra at his most intense as an ex-con junkie trying to become a jazz drummer what more could we ask for. Notably Hollywood movie that broke taboos in its portrayal ol‘ heroin addiction still stands up today. (ilasgow: (ii-'1'.

Mars Attacks! (12) (Tim Burton. US. 109(1) Jack Nicholson. Glenn Close. Annette Bening. 105 mins. Take some 50s alien invasion films. add the star bodycount of 70s disaster movies. round it off with the weird imagination of'l'im Burton. and you have this expensive sci-Ii spoof. 'l‘he li'l‘s literally are little green men. wrecking havoc on liarth while disparate bunches of humans fight back. (iood gags. great design and eye-popping computer animation. but it doesn't really connect as a complete l'ilm. General release.

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