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Donnie Brasco ( )8) (Mike Newell. US. 1997) Al Pacino. Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen. l27 mins. Depp plays a federal agent who gains the confidence of mob underling Al Pacino as part of a major surveillance operation in late '70s New York. but their growing bond threatens the forthcoming bust. Through his eyes. we learn the language. ritttals. and economic realities of being a made man. The violence and setting might not be new. btit the filmmakers play with genre expectations. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay. Stirling: MacRobert. ET (U) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1982). Dec Wallace. Henry 'l'homas. l’eter Coyote. I IS mins. An alien creature gets stranded on earth (the opening sequence of threatening legs arid (lashing torches is beautifully done). where he is adopted by some kids. who help him construct a communication device to summon back his spaceship All the little guy wanted to do was go home. but Spielberg made sure he had lots of cute and agreeable adventures first. and slipped in the tnost tear-jerking psuedo—death since Bailoo the Bear in The Jungle Book for good measure. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay. Everyone Says I Love You ( )2) (Woody- Allen. US. l996) Julia Roberts. (ioldie liawn. Woody Alleit. l()l mins. Woody takes the plunge and makes a fully-fledged musical. with a story that (lips from New York to Paris to Venice. Various lovers burst into song and dance at regular intervals. gamely performing 30s and 4(ls standards with varying degrees of success. The director himself looks distinctly pained when he sings his number. btit his discomfort is nothing compared with ours when Julia Roberts opens her mouth to sing ‘All My l.ife'. A disappointing mislire. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

Fever Pitch ()5) (David livans. [’K. (9%) Colin Firth. Ruth (iemmell. Neil l’earson. l()5 mins. 'lhe film of Nick Hornby ‘s book switches the emphasis from the actual matches to the relationships which suffer due to one man‘s undying obsses'sion with

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football. Colin l‘irtlt plays schoolteacher Paul Ashworth. whose life is both enhanced and debilitated by his passion for Arsenal. and whose relationship with a colleague dips and peaks in direct proportion to the HRS/8‘) season. livans's film captures the wit and misery of the book: there is no substitute for this in the world of the football film. so don't miss it. Kelso: Roxy. Stirling: MacRobert.

The Fifth Element ( l 2) (Lite Besson. France/US. l097) Bruce Willis. Milla Jovovich. (iary ()ldman. l27 mins. New York City in the 23rd Century. and cabbie Korben Dallas (Willis) picks tip an unexpected passenger in the shape of Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) - an alien who holds the key to saving the world. Besson's seCond l-Inglish language film o following the excellent Leon is a colourful jumble of camp designs (by Jean-Paul (iaultier). self- indulgent performances and genre rip-offs which plays for laughs as genuine sci-fi ideas run dry. (ieneral release.

Fly Away Home (U) (Cat'oll Ballard. US. l‘)<)(i) Anna l’aquin. Jeff Daniels. Dana Delany. l()7 mins. When her mother is killed in a car crash. young Atny ('I'ln' l’imin‘s l’aquin) is sent to live with her estranged father in Canada. Soon they've hatched a plan to help a flock of baby geese migrate south for the winter by leading them in a modified glider. An orphaned kid. some fluffy animals -- btit this gets beyond the formula by injecting some credible emotional depth into the performances by the two leads (ilasgow: (ii-'l'.

The Funeral (l8) (Abel liei'rara. ('8. I995) Christopher Walken. Chris l’enn. Annabella Scioi'ra. 9‘) mins. ‘lhe troubled past of a gangster family merges with a current revenge plan ill lierrara's period movie. The visceral blood-letting and the threat of more to come make the initial impression. while Walken gives an airily haunted performance and Penn is riven by inner demons barely under control. But it's their wives (Sciori'a and Rossellini). all long-suffering looks and pragmatic pessimism. who tell the real story. Plenty to infuriate aitd enthral iii almost equal measure. (ilasgovv: (il-‘l‘. lidiiiburgh: l’ilmhouse.

Get On The Bus ( )5) (Spike Ice. ('8. (097) ()ssie Davis. Isaiah Washington. Charles l)utton, l3} mins. In October NUS. a group of black men take a three-day bits trip front South Central LA to Washington DC for the consciousness-raisiiig Million Man March. conceives the bits as a microcosm of black .-\inerica. but simply ticks off the issues (and the stereotypes) on an agenda. Holding the film together. however. is a performance of enormous dignity from veteran actor ()ssie Davis. lidinburgh. l‘iliiihouse.

Grace Of My Heart ( )5) (Allison Antlers. US. l‘)‘)(i) llleana l)ouglas. John 'l'urturi'o. Matt Dillon. ll5 mins. Loosely inspired by the life Carole King. (Juice ()1 .ll_\' Ilmri is no standard biopic. btit a heartfelt statement about a woman‘s determination to find her ow n voice within a male-dominated environment. llleana l)ouglas glows with personality as she takes singer-soiigw i'itcr Denise Waverly through a tempestuotis decade of personal and professional heartache and triumph. The period design and songs are superb. adding to a film that has the scope of an old-fashioned epic. htit an independents sensibility. (ilasgovv. (il’l‘. Harriet The Spy (l’(i) (lironvven Hughes. US. l‘)()(i) Michelle 'l'rachtenberg. Rosie O'Donnell. (ii‘egory Smith l()3 mins. Precocious schoolgirl Harriet. convinced she has a future as a writer. notes down the minutae of daily life in her journal; but vvlteii her classmates discover her criticisms of them. she has to work hard to win back popularity. ‘l’rachienberg gives a fresh. sparky perfoi'iiiance. btit the teacherly tone won't amuse accompanying grow n-ups. Central: MacRobert.

His Girl Friday (ll) (Howard Hawks. US. I‘HU) Cary Grant. Rosalind Russell. Ralph Bellamy. 93 mins. llavvks's dynatiiic comedy is one of the best Hollywood ever made. (irant atid Russell are simply fantastic as the sparring newspaper editor and top reporter drawing battle lines in their professional and personal lives. lleclit and MacArthtii's script. from their original play The I’lmil I’tiet'. spits otit a series of rapid

fire quips and cross-cutting gags. but allows the supporting characters to have their scene-stealing moments too. Don’t miss it. lidinburgh: I-‘ilmhouse. Stirling: MacRobert. It Takes Two (PG) (Andy 'l'ennant. US. l‘)‘)7) Kirstie Alley. Steve (itittenberg. l()() mins. 'lhe 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 (itittenberg) are matchmadc by identical girls. ()n paper. it all sounds very manufactured. with two stars who aren't exactly in the premiere league. (ilenrothes. Jungle 2 Jungle (PCi) (John l’asquin. US. l‘)‘)7) 'lim Allen. Sam lluntingdon. Martin Short. l()S mins. This Hollywood remake of French comedy (hi lll(/f('ll I)mi.v [xi 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 I’m't'si; instead the mood is closer to ('mcmli/t' DHIlt/H’ as the eyes of at) innocent adjust to the urban jungle. (ilasgow: UCI Clydebank. Virgin. lidinburgh: UCI. Ayr: ()deon. liast Kilbride; UCl. (ialashiels: Pavilion. (ireenock: \\'aterfront.

Kids Return ( l S) ('l‘akeshi Kitano. Japan. WW») Masanobu Ando. Ken Kaneko. Leo Morimoio. l()7 mins. 'l‘wo high-school pals start out by extorting pocket-money from their classmates. btit soon drift into the boxing ring and flirt with the malign outskirts of yakuza activity -- all way stations on the road to nowhere in particular. Shot it) blue-grey tones with an unobtrusive camera. the film's slight lack of narrative momentum is balanced by performances that ring true all round. See preview and review. lidinburgh: liilmhouse.

Lady And The Tramp (ll) (llantilton l.uske. US. WSS) “ith the voices of Peggy Lee and Bill lilolllpsoll. 75 mins. Disney‘s first animated feature in cinemascope has mongrel 'l‘ramp helping pedigree pooch l.ady otii ()I a sticky situation and falling in lurve along the way. Richly drawn with humiiiable tunes and endearing characterisations. this is the classic Disney mix as before. Lovely spaghetti-eating sequence (ieneral release.

Liar Liar ( l 3) (Tom Shadyac. US. l‘)‘)7) Jim Carrey. Jennifer 'l'illy. Amanda l)onohoe. S7 mins. After the bcvv ilderingly ill-focused ('(i/v/c (iiiv. Jim Carrey delivers a likeable. effective. but decidedly mainstream comedy with a set-up that's blissfully simple - a birthday wish by Cari‘ey ‘s son means lawyer dad must stop telling lies for a single day. A very workable springboard for Jim Carrey's usual repertoire of play -doh facial tics and energetic slapstick. (icneral release.

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