Quay. Iidinburgh: Cameo. l,'(.'l. liast Kilbride: UCI. (ialashiels: I’avilion. Kelso: Roxy

The Snapper ( I 5) (Stephen lirears. UK. l993) Colm Meaney. 'l'ina Kellegher. Ruth McCabe. 90 mins. Don‘t expect the plus-her production values of The ('unimnnrenls with this screen version of Roddy Doyle's central novel in the Barrytown trilogy. Instead. enjoy a hilarious comedy that never loses sight of its human heart. Sharon (.‘urley' announces her pregnancy but not the name of the father. setting the small community into uproar. btit bringing her family closer together. A gem. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

Some Mother‘s Son ( l 5) (Terry (it‘orgL‘. Ireland/US. I996) Ilelen Mirren. I-ionnula Flanagan. Aidan (iillen. IIZ mins. 'lIiis 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 In The Name 0/ The Father 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 Mirren. Flanagan and a Iiost of fresh and familiar faces. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

Space Jam (U) (Joe l’ytka. US. mum Michael Jordan. Bugs Bunny. Wayne Knight. 87 mins. Nasty alien cartoons Iiave captured Bugs Bunny and are going to enslave the Mummy 'I‘unes‘ in their amusement park on Moron Mountain. but Bugs has the brainwave of challenging them to a basketball game and enlisting the talents of Michael Jordan for his team. Lacking the class of Who Framed Roger Rabbit " and the pace of a real basketball game. Spare .lani should divert the kids on Saturday mornings. even though the jokes and effects are tired from over-rise. (ienei'al release. Star Trek: First Contact ( 13) (Jonathan l’rakes. US. I996) Patrick Stewart. Jonathan I’rakes. Brent Spiner. l|l mins. The eighth and most impressive instalment in the series gives the New Generation crew a chance to be fully centrestage. A brooding ('aptain I’icard (Stewart) leads the fight against the

Iialf-ersh. half-machine Borg. who are intent on attacking Iiarth and changing history. (ienuinely scary in parts. with fine performances throughout. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

Star Wars: Special Edition (t'i ((ieorge Lucas. IRS. l‘)77/‘)7l Mark Ilamill. Harrison l’ord. Carrie Iiisher. llo mins. A screen legend returns. slightly souped-up for the modern audience: sound is suitably thunderous. the minimal extra footage of largely anorak interest. and the additional digital effects rather obviously painted in. Set against today‘s blockbusters. it Iias become something of a period piece. However. for its conceptual imagination. its innocence of spirit and Midget-stretching technical resource Lucas's movie milestone remains just that. (Eeneral release. Surviving Picasso ( I St (James Ivory. tits’. I096) Anthony Hopkins. Natascha Mclilhone. Julianne Moore. l2: mins. Merchant-Ivory's film is less interested with the secrets of l’icasso‘s craft than a portrait of the artist as lover. The argument is that the chauvinism he showed the women in his life was necessary to his genius. but there's no attempt to offer insight into his creativity. What almost redeems the film. however. is Hopkins's astonishing performance and physical transformation. lidinburgh: ('ameo. Tales Of Mystery And Imaginaion (15) 82 mins. The best in gothic atiimation is brought together in an absolutely stand-out Programme as part of the .-\nrmation liestival. Jiri Barta’s creepy. unforgettable Pied Piper uses woodcut puppets and real rats to underline the cruelty of the tale; lidgar .-\Ilan I’oe features in both the Yugoslav Masque ()f The Rt'(/ Deal/r and .-\merican 'lell Izm- Hearl. narrated by James Mason; and the nightmares of childhood are rendered in expressionist terms in Paul Berry's 'I'lie Sam/man. See preview Stirling: Mac Robert.

Tarkovsky Tribute r tSi no mins. Irina Brown. Artistic Director of (ilasgow 's 'l‘ron 'I'heatrc. hosts a special tribute to Russian director Andrei 'I'arkovsk)’ on the tenth anniversary of his death. The programme

includes a screening of Tart-mo '\ ('nienia. a BBC film by Nigel l-"inch. Video projection. (ilasgovv: (ilfl‘.

The Third Man (l’(}) ((‘arol Reed. tfls'. l‘)-I‘)) Joseph Cotten. Alida Valli. ()rson \\'e||es. IIIJ mins. I’ost-war Vienna. and pulp writer (‘otten moves through corruption on every corner to try to find his old mate Harry Lime. who turns out to be not everything his friend expected. Nigh- perfect screen experience with strong plotting and characterisation from (iraham (ireene's screenplay. Anton Karas's memorable lither music and. of course. the truly electrifying presence of Welles at his peak as the enigmatic lime. lidinburgh: l'ilmhouse.

Trojan Eddie (I5) ((iillies Mackinnon. l'S. l‘)‘)()) Richard Harris. Stephen Rea. Aislin Mc(iuckin_ I05 mins. ’lhc authoritative kingpin of a traveller community (Harris) falls in love with and marries a beautiful young woman. btit she absconds with her lover and their wedding booty. and amiable market stall trader ’I'rojan liddie (Rea) is Ireld responsible. Mackinnon never loses his grip on the subject. and his handling brings a mythic resonance to the tale. The acting is wonderful. with Harris in particular a commanding presence. See feature and review. (ilasgovv. (il’li.

The Truth About Cats And Dogs ( lfli (Michael |.elimann. liS. I996) lima 'I‘hurman. Janeane (iarafalo. Ben ('haplin. 94 mins. .-\n insecure radio host asks her beautiful neighbour to help her woo a British photographer. Modern female take on (‘vrano Ile Beret-me. which keeps things moving in pleasant romantic comedy tnanner with plenty of sight gags and one- liners. But the whole concept is guarentced to split audiences between those who agree beauty is only skin deep and those who reckon it's only right to be disappointed if your date turns out not to be l’rna 'Ihurman. Iidinburgli: ('ameo.

12 Monkeys ( IS) ('l‘erry (iilliam. l'S. MUS) Bruce Willis. Brad Pitt. Madeleine Stowe. III) mins. :\ couv ict from the future is sent to the past to discover the source of a lethal

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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 (iilliam'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. lidinburgh. Iiilmhouse.

The Van ( l5) (Stephen l'it‘ears. Ireland/UK. I906) (‘olm Meancy. Donal (l'ls'elly. (ier Ryan. HIS mins. The final instalment in the big screen treatment of Roddy Doyle's BatTytown triology is tnuch darker and less fumiy than fans of The ('omninnrenrs‘ 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 unempon merit. Meaney sparkles once again. but overall the swearing becomes intrusive. the drama lacks a punch and the pace is faulty, (ilasgovsi (il-‘I‘.

Watership Down (ll) (Martin Rosen. Ills. I978) With the voices of John Hurt. Richard Briers. Ralph Richardson. 92 mins. Richard :\dams's best-seller is transformed into this pretty animation adventure that lacks most of the tension and unique viewpoint of the book. When their warren is threatened by man. a group of rabbits decide to find a new home riiany miles away. Remembered (unfortunately) for .'\rt (iarlunkcl's Number ()ne hit 'Bright liyes‘. Stirling: .‘sIacRobert. Welcome To The Dollhouse ( I5) ('l‘odd SoloritII. l'S. I‘NS) Heather .'\Iatara/./o. Brendan Sexton Jr. Matthew I’aber. S7 mins. Heatltcr Matara/xo delivers an unforgettable performance as Dawn Wiener a lonely. softly-spoken child subjected to constant abuse at school and virtually ignored at home. This Suridance (irand Jury I’ri/ewinner presents the world of high school as far closer to the bone than the usual sanztised version. probing an inner world of frustration and anger with scathing humour and understanding. lidinburgh: (Enrico.












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