FILM INDEX continued
Shadow Conspiracy (15) (George P. Cosmatos. US. 1997) Charlie Sheen. Sam Waterston. Linda Hamilton. 102 mins. Sheen plays an advisor to the President (yeah. right) who‘s tipped off by a former college professor that there's a traitor in high levels of the government. Soon. he's running from a hired killer. Routine thriller that is rather tiresome. (ilasgow: Showcase. UCI Clydebank. Edinburgh; UCI. Paisley: Showcase.
Shine (12) (Scott Hicks. Australia. 1996) Geoffrey Rtisli. Noah Taylor. Armin Mueller-Stahl. 105 mins. Winner of nine top awzuds at Australia's equivalent of the ()scars. Slime 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. btit 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. Edinburgh: Cameo. l-‘ilmhouse.
Shorts Programme A ( 18) 90 mins. 'l‘he lesbian shorts programme in the I lth London lesbian and (iay liiliii Festival tour consists of seven works from the UK. Australia and North America. exploring first crushes. post-coital bliss and nose-rings. (ilasgow: (if-'1‘. Edinburgh: l‘ilmhouse. Shorts Programme 8 (18) 90 mins. A selection of gay shorts from Britain. New Vealand and America. with the added delights of two works by Belgium's Bavo Defurne. Eroticisiii and reality go side by side. (ilasgow: (il’l‘. Edinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse. Skin And Bone (18) (Everett Lewis. US. 1996) l 10 mins. 'lhree very different guys play out elaborate sexual fantasies for male clients. btit don't think of themselves as prostitutes. lewis‘s film examines the line between desire and performance. and some viewers may find scenes disturbing. (ilasgow: (ii-'1’. Edinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse. Smoke (15) (Wayne Wang. US. 1995) Harvey Keitel. William Hurt. Harold Perrineau. 108 mins. Novelist Hurt offers homeless lad Perrineau a place to stay after he is saved from being run over. Elsewhere. well observed Brooklyn characters hang out in the tobacco store where Keitel dispenses homespun philosophies. A delightful and compelling treat. based on the work of Paul Auster. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Sonic Outlaws ( 15) (Craig Baldwin. UK. 1996) 87 mins. Mixing interviews and variously sourced footage. Baldwin's film and \ ideo documentary works as a hot- wired introduction to the world of media hackers. Followed by a panel debate. (ilasgow: (il’l’.
Space Jam (U) (Joe l’y‘tka. US. 1996) Michael Jordan. Btigs Bunny. Wayne Knight. 87 mins. Nasty alien cartoons have captured Bugs Bunny and are going to enslave the Looney' Tunes 11) their amusement park on Moron Mountain. but Btigs 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 I-‘rtinit't/ Roger Rub/iii " and the pace of a real basketball game. Space Jam should divert the kids on Saturday mornings. (ieneral release.
Space Truckers ( l 2) (Stuart (iordon. US. 1996) Dennis Hopper. Stephen Dorff. Charles Dance. 92 mins. What should have been an off-beat science fiction comedy has ended tip as a clunky. predictable pot-boiler. Spaced-out cowboy Hopper. trainee trucker Dorff and exiled Noo Yaw k diner waitress Debi Mazar battle with intergalactic pirate Dance (a hilarious. self-iiiocking performance) and a consignment of bio- mechanical warriors. Nothing gels. and the effects sequences are tacky and unimaginative. (ireenock: Waterfront.
Star Wars: Special Edition (if) ((ieorge Lucas. US. 1977/97) Mark Hamill. Harrison liord. (‘arrie l-‘ishcr. 126 mins. A screen legend returns. slightly sotiped-tip 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 has become something of a period piece. However. for its conceptual imagination. its
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innocence of spirit and budget-stretching technical resource Lucas's movie milestone remainsjust that. Edinburgh: UCI. Stevenson College Showreel The annual exhibition of work by Audio Visual Technology students. chosen from different levels of the course. Reviewed next issue. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Telford College Showreel 'lhe HND Video Production students take on everything from the Abba experience to the underwater delights of Deep Sea World in this annual showcase of talents. Reviewed in two issues' time. Edinburgh: l‘ilmhouse. Tokyo Fist ( l8) (Shinya 'lisuakamoto. Japan. 1996) 87 mins. Having marked out his own vein of techno-horror pervo-grunge with twisted metal diptych 7i’lSIm.‘ The [run Man and Bru/yliunmier. 'l‘suakamoto heads into the mad carnage of the boxing ring. ()ccasionally perplexing and definitely not for the squeamish. the film dances along the serrated edge of eroticised violence. See review. Edinburgh: l‘iliiilitiuse.
Trigger Happy (15) (Larry- Bishop. US. 1996) Richard Dreyfuss. (iabriel Byrne. Jeff (ioldblum. 93 mins. In an unspecified era (which could be the 30s) in an unspecified North American mob-led city (which could be Chicago). head hood Vic (Dreyfuss) returns for prison with vengeance in mind. The phrase ‘all-star’ could well have been invented for the cast of a caper directed with verve and wit. See review. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay.
Turbulence (I8) (Robert Butler. US. 1996) Ray Liotta. Lauren Holly. Hector Elizondo. 100 mins. When murderous serial killer Ryan Weaver (Liotta) takes over a plane during a storm. terrified air hostess 'l‘eri (Holly) realises she is the only remaining crew member and has to take on the frightening responsibility of landing the plane. Although it is packed with thrills and suspence. this air-disaster movie is so predictable. it could have been made on auto-pilot. (ilasgow: Showcase. Paisley: Showcase.
Les Valseuses ( l8) (Bertrand Blier. l-‘rance. 1974) (ierard Depardieu. Patrick Dewaere. Miou-lvliou. Jeanne Moreati. 1 18 mins. Undeniany offensive early feature by Blier. Two youths go on a spree that involves sex. car theft. sex. robbery and a bit of sex thrown in for good measure. Halfway between romantic fugatives and bawdy delinquents. they eventually develop into something approaching human beings. while Blier's direction just manages to stay on the right side of controlled mayhem. (ilasgow; (if-'1‘.
When We Were Kings (U) (Leon (iast. US/Africa. 1996) Muhammad Ali. (ieorge liorman. Norman Mailer. 84 mins. An Oscar-winner in the Best Documentary category. this splendid account of the historic 'Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and (ieorge Forman gets beyond the punches thrown in the ring to convey the sense of black pride being born. Amazingly dramatic. Edinburgh: UCl.
Whisky Galore (P(i) (Alexander Mackendrick. UK. 1949) Basil Radford. Joan (ireenwood. Jean (‘adell 82 mins. Much-loved Ealing comedy by the late Sandy Mackendrick. A ship carrying a cargo of whisky is shipwrecked off a Scottish island during wartime. so the locals decide it's time to wet their thirst. Full of wit and charm that others can only hope to emulate. (ilasgow: (il’l'.
Wings Of Desire ( l 5) (Wim \s‘entlers. \y’. (iermany .1987) Bruno (ianr. ()tto Sander. Solveig Dommartin. 127 mins. Restless angel (3am. on duty over Berlin takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Peter l’alk on the possibilities of crossing over to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin. (iorgeotis black-and-white photography and a sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Work ( l 8) (Rachel Reichman. LS 1996) 93 mins. A bittersweet btit slightly overlong first feature about a married woman who falls in love with her young. black. self- asstired next-door neighbour. A realistic. funny and at times jaunting take on lesbian relationships. (ilasgow: (if-'1‘. Edinburgh; l’ilmhouse.
Film Listings are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Helen Monaghan and Miriam Duffield.
NATIONAL CINEMA DAY
On Sunday 15 June. all tickets to all screenings at all cinemas will cost only £1, subject to usual regulations and availability. For programme details see listings
ABC MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road. Muirend. ()141 633 2123.
Info: 0141 637 2641. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon—Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon-Thurs). Child/()AP: £2.
FRIDAY 13 JUN—THURSDAY 19M
The Fifth Element (PG)
Daily: 5.40. 8.30.
Sat & Sun mats: noon. 2.50.
Con Air ( 15)
Daily: 5.50. 8.35.
Sat mats: 12.05. 2.45.
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America
(l2) Daily: 5.55. Sat & Sun mats: 12.25. 3.00.
The Relic ( IS)
Daily (except Sun): 8.35. Lady And The Tramp (U) Sun mats: noon. 1.50. 3.45. Private Parts ( l8)
Stiii eve: 8.20.
FRIDAY 20 JUN—THURSDAY 26 JUN
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone ()141 637 2641 for details and times.
New film due to open on Fri 20:
Private Parts ( 18)
ABC FILM CENTRE: GLASGOW
326 Sauchiehall Street. ()141 332 1592. info: ()141 332 9513. CC booking: 0141 332 1592. Bar. £4 (£3 before 5pm). Student: £3. ()AP: £3. Child: £2.50.
FRIDAY 13 JUN—THURSDAY 19 JUN
The Fifth Element (PG) Daily: 1.45. 5.10. 8.10.
Con Air ( IS)
Daily: 5.45. 8.25.
Daily mat (except Sun): 1.30. Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (12)
Daily mats: 1.30. 3.40.
Daily (except Sun): 6.00. 8.55. Scream ( 18)
Daily: 1.45. 8.30.
Daily (except Sun): 5.50.
Liar Liar ( I2)
Daily: 1.45. 4.00.
Absolute Power ( I5)
Daily (except Sun): 8.15.
H it List trees we
FIRST RUN . Private Parts Unlikely as it might seem, this biopic of outspoken radio 'shock jock' Howard Stern burns with an anti- censorship fervour. See review. General release.
National Cinema Day Catch the movie of your choice for only £1 on Sunday 15 June as cinemas screen favourites from the past, present and future. See listings. Everywhere.
Big Night Warm nostalgia and gentle comedy are the main ingredients in a delightful tale of two Italian brothers struggling to achieve their dream of running a restaurant in 505 America. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo. Crash When the dust of controversy settles around David Cronenberg’s version of the 1.6. Ballard novel, what remains is a detached and disturbing study of human sexuality. Glasgow: Grosvenor, Odeon Ouay. Edinburgh: Cameo, UCI.
Female Perverslons Tilda Swinton takes on her first American role in a complex and powerful feminist drama about behaviour and sexuality. Glasgow: GFT. FESTIVAL
Lesbian And Gay Film Festival The 1 1th London LGFF comes up north with a strong selection of features and shons, proving again that some of the independent sector’s most exciting work deals with sexuality outside the mainstream. See review. Glasgow: GFl'. Edinburgh: Fi/mhouse.
Shine The life story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. whose promising career was devastated by mental illness, provides the basis for this exceptional film. Remarkable performances at every level, including Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush. Edinburgh: Cameo, Filmhouse.
Sex pistol: Ellen Barkin in Trigger Happy