guilty. 'l'hirty-one years later. livers's wife persuaded a young District Attorney to reopen the case. A powerful true story. Reiner's film still fails to pack much of a punch. ()ur blood never boils because the film evades anything that might ruffle the feathers of complacent liberal whites. Coatbridge Showcase. (ilasgow: UCl. lidinburgh: UCl.

Giant (PG) (George Stevens. US. 1955) Elizabeth 'l‘aylor. Rock Hudson. James Dean. Carroll Baker. 2(ll mins. This sprawling saga of two generations of a Texas oil dynasty is very much the sort of picture they don't make anymore. Dean stands otit from a stellar cast in the role that was to stretch him most by asking him to pass into disillusioned middle age. Somehow director Stevens keeps it all going. though it is a long haul. lidinburgh: l5ilniliouse.

The Godfather ( IS) (l-rancis lord Coppola. US. 107] l .Marlon Brando. Al Pacino. James Caan. 175 mins. Mafia epic that follows the collapse of the Corleone empire under the old Don (Brando) and the struggle for power this causes between rival families and his own sons. Al Pacino is magnificent as the good son who has to turn had in order to regain family honour. Hugely enjoyable. violent movie is a landmark in American filnunaking. lidinburgh: Cameo.

The Godfather, Part II (It-h (l-‘rancis Coppola. US. 197-1) Al Pacino. Robert De .\'iro. Robert Duvall. 200 mins. Still the only sequel to win the ()scar for Best Picture. Coppola's extended gangster epic looks at the life of the Corleone family before and alter the events of the first movie. De Niro is superb as the young Vito. newly arrived from Sicily and making his mark in the Land of the Free; his son Michael (l’acino), now fully corrupted by absolute power. estends his critne empire. but at the expense of killing family and friends. A magnificent achievement. lidinburgh: Cameo.

The Godfather Ill ( I5) (lirancis I-‘m-d Coppola. CS. 199)“! Al Pacino. Andy (iarcia. Diane Keaton. ‘l‘alia Shire. too mins. 'l’he final instalment. we're assured. of

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the Coppola/Bum saga has Pacino's Michael Corleone struggling to keep the peace both within the family and throughout his Malia contacts. In an bid for peace of mind and stability. he turns to the Church and away from organised crime. but the demons of his past are not so easily left behind. l’ainted on the same broad canvas as its two prequels. this is a lavish and beautifully played gangster drama with a true note of tragedy. But there's a faint odour of formulaic remake. lidinburgh: Cameo.

Hamlet (U) (Kenneth Branagli. UK. 1996) Kenneth Branagh. Julie Christie. Kate Winslet. 238 mins. l-‘our hours long (with interval). but strong performances. visual delights and hearty portions of ses. violence. horror and intrigue all combine to make Branagh's Hunt/(’1 worthy of its extreme duration. The story of the paranoid prince's revenge on his murderous uncle is freshened by its updating to the I‘lth century. while the glorious widescreen photography and succession of clever cameos also keep the audience on their toes. Shown in 70mm. lidinburgh: l’ilmhouse.

Harriet The Spy ( l’(i) (Bronwen Hughes. US. (9%) Michelle 'l‘rachtenberg. Rosie O‘Donnell. (iregory Smith. l(l3 mins. Precocious schoolgirl Harriet. convinced she has a future as a writer. notes down the minutae of daily life in her journal; but

when her classmates discover her criticisms of them. she has to work hard to win back popularity. 'l‘rachtenberg gives a fresh. sparky performance. but the teacherly tone won't amuse accompanying grown-ups. Ayr ()deon.

High School High (15) (Mark Bochner. US. 19%) Jon Lovitz. Tia Carrere. Louise Fletcher. 8‘) mins. l.ovit'/. stars as the dim- wilted son of a respected headmaster. who takes ajob at an inner city school to fulfil his earnest and well intentioned desire to educate. liar from the freewheeling gagfest of Airp/um'.’ or the Naked (inn movies. High School High makes the mistake of spoofing a specific film ( Dangerous Mint/s) rather than a genre. liven when there are comedic opportunities. they are botched orjust banal. See review. (ieneral release.

The Hunger Artist ( l5) (Bernard Rudden. Scotland. l995) 45 mins. Based on a Kalka story. Hunger A 1'!in concerns a young man who treats his fasting as an artform and the female journalist who searches for him when he is kidnapped. Rudden's approach is tnore stream of consciousness than linear narrative. and as a result. the film is raw. gritty. metaphysical poetry on screen. lidinburgh: l5ilmhouse.

If ( I St (Lindsay Anderson. UK. (963) Malcolm McDowell. David Wood. Richard Warwick. lll mins. The kids are alright as

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anarchy and rebellion erupt with all the passion of an explosion at a stuffy English public school. Symbolic. allegorical stuff about the breakdown of society which didn't seem that far off twenty years ago. The final moment of machine-gun fire at prize day is not too dissimilar to contemporary events in Paris. Glasgow: (EFT.

It Takes Two (PG) (Andy Tennant. US. 1997) Kirstie Alley. Steve Guttenberg. 100 mins. The potentially cloying combination of romantic comedy and orphaned kids are strongly to the fore as case worker Diane (Kirstie Alley) and millionaire widower Roger (Steve (iuttenberg) are matchmade by identical girls. On paper. it all sounds very manufactured. with two stars who aren't exactly iii the premiere league. General release.

Jerry Maguire ( l 5) (Cameron Crowe. US. 199(3) Tom Cruise. Cuba (iooding Jr. Renee Xellweger. I38 mins. Cruise is perfect as sports agent Maguire. who suddenly finds himself out of a job when he writes a Mission Statement calling for his colleagues to rediscover the sincerity of their business. Willi only one client on his books (Gooding) and the loyal Dorothy (Yellweger) for affection and support. he soldiers on and of course. becomes a better person for it all. Crowe's picture of an America crippled by a lack of genuine intimacy gives the film a maturity that's rarely seen in feelgood star vehicles. Glasgow: ()deon Quay. Edinburgh: UCI.

Jungle 2 Jungle (PG) (John Pasquin. US. 1997) Tim Allen. Sam Huntingdon. Martin Short. l()5 mins. 'lhis Hollywood remake of French comedy l/n Im/ien Dans La Ville tells of a workaholic businessman unexpectedly reunited with his thirteen- year-old son who has been living amongst tribesmen in the Amazon jungle. But this is no [intern/(l l-‘ores/z instead the mood is closer to (.‘rocoi/ilt' [)lllltlt’l' as the eyes of an innocent adjust to the urban jungle. (ilasgow: ABC liilm Centre. City Centre ()deon. Virgin Parkhead.

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