The Lost World: Jurassic Park (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. I997) Jeff (ioldblunt. Julianne Moore. Pete Postlethwaite. 129 mins. (ioldblum and Co drop onto a second dinosaur-filled island. which is disrupted by a mixed bunch of capitalists and safari hunters. sending the carnavores on a rampage. The story is far better than .lm'usvtt‘ Par/t. making for a thrilling adventure with impeccible effects that renders tlte original as good as extinct. Watch out for the certificate though: sustained scenes of terror sttggest it should have been a 'IZ'. See review. (ieneral release.

Madame Butterfly (PU) (Frederic Mitterand. l-‘rauce. I996) Ying Httang. Richard 'I‘roxell. Richard Cowan. I35 mins. liven those with only the skimpiest knowledge of opera will be familiar with Puccini's tragic love story between philandering American sailor Pinkerton attd ill-fated Japanese siren Cio-Cio San. so it's disappointing Mitterand didn't take a more radical approach to the piece. What we get is a realist. meat-and-two-veg rendition in picture postcard Japanese settings. liven beginners would be better off seeing a live production. (ilasgow: (ill.

The Magic Flute (U) (Ingmar Bergtnan. Swedett. I974) Josef Kostlinger. Irnta lfit'rila. llakan Hagegard. I35 mitts. ()riginally made for Swedish TV. Bergman's version of Mo/art is set in an actual theatre where a modern audience watch an Ib’th century performance. The result is sympathetically attuned to the talents of his performers but still a fairly frothy addition to the Swede‘s canon of faithless anguish. (ilasgow: (il’l'.

Manhattan ( l5) (“body Allen. US. l()79) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton. Mariel Hemingway. 96 mins. Woody wanders through the female jungle of New York in search of a perfect soulmate after the demise of his marriage. Sublime comic delight with a soulful (iershwin score. (ilasgow: (il’l‘. Mars Attacks! (12) (Tim Burton. LIS. I996) Jack Nicholson. (ilenn Close. Annette Bening. I05 mitts. 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-fi spoof. 'I'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 film. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay.

Marvin's Room ( I 2) (Jerry Zaks. US. I996) Leonardo DiCaprio. Meryl Streep. Diane Keaton. Robert De Niro. 98 mins. Bessie (Keaton) and Lee (Strcep) are reunited for the first time in twenty years when the former is diagnosed with leukemia. but the rift between them is healed when she fortus a relationship with her sister‘s disturbed son lDiCaprio). The tragedy here does not make you feel manipulated. bttt genuinely sad. due to the

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subtlety of the characters and the effectiveness with which they are portrayed. lidinburgh: Cameo.

Mary Reilly ( IS) (Stephen l‘rears. US. I995) Julia Roberts. John Malkovich. (ilenn Close. l()S mitts. Malkovich delves into the darker side of the human psyche as the Jekyll/Hyde dual personality while Roberts the housemaid watches front the wings. The doctor's transformations merge with memories of her drunken father's abusive affections. grafting a disturbing bttt potent sexual edge to the story. Wonderfully atmospheric and thematically brave. btit Roberts’s lack of acting ability is shown tip for what it was all along. With Scottish archive short Il'uver/ev Steps. I‘Zdinbttrgh: l’ilmhouse.

Microcosmos (U) (Claude Nuridsany/Marie Perennou. France. I995) 75 mins. A bug-eyed look at the world of insects. this I-‘rench one—off falls somewhere between a narrativeless dmumentary and an ensemble piece for its array of tiny characters. What unfolds is a kind of life-in- a-day between the blades of grass in an overgrown meadow. 'Ihe award-winning macro-photography and imaginative sound evoke and surpass the artificial worlds created in all those science fiction movies. Stirling: MacRobert.

Mother Night I I5) (Keith (iordotl. US. I996) Nick Nolte. Sheryl Lee. Alan Arkin.

I I3 mins. At the outbreak of WW2. Howard Campbell (Nolte) is a successful American playwright resident in (iermany. recruited by his country to send coded transatlantic radio broadcasts back to America while posing as a rabid Nazi sympatltiser which causes probletns after the war. A beautifully layered. constantly surprising story adapted from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut. with Nolte at his magnificent best. Stirling: MacRobert.

Murder At 1600 ( IS) (Dwight Little. US. I997) Wesley Snipes. Diane Lane. Alan Alda. l()7 mins. With the tone of a Sum/m Sport headline and the credibility of the kind of story you'd find underneath. this Presidential thriller tells of the brutal murder of a pretty secretary in the White House and the profotmd implications this has fora beleaguered President. Not so much a whodunit then as a ‘who cares who done ill". with Snipes and Lane as the typically ‘mtsmatched' couple and more red herrings than a defective kipper factory. See review. (ieneral release.

Nadia (IS) (Michael Almereyda. US. I994) liluta I.owensohn. Peter l‘onda. Martin Donovan. 90 mins. 'I’hc esotically beautiful daughter of Dracula (Hal Hartley star Lowensohn) searches New York for her estranged brother while pursued by paranoic Van Ilelsing (l-‘ondal. A self-conscious. black and white. arty horror movie whose concept is overstrcached. with only moments of quirky humour from l’onda. Pixilvision sequences evoke the impressionistic. dream-like night world of the vampire and give the film a distinctive

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cruise. Despite modern trappings like cellular phones. One Fine Day is a defiantly old-fashioned film. but Clooney‘s cocky charm and Pfeiffer's comic skills are so beguiling that it will charm all but the most cynical of viewers. General release.

The People vs Larry Flynt ( l 8) (Milos Forman. US. I996) Woody Harrelson. Courtney Love. lidward Norton. 130 mins. Following the rise of pornography publisher Larry l-‘Iynt from humble beginnings through court cases and an assassination attempt. The People vs Larry Flynr is about a lot more than politics. That's not to dismiss the film's central argument that the right of free speech is absolute - but it is Courtney Love as Flynt's junkie wife Althea that you won't be able to take your eyes off. Iidinburgh: Cameo. liast Kilbride: Arts Centre.

Preaching To The Perverted ( )8) (Stuart Urban. UK. I997) Guinevere 'l‘urner. Christien Anholt. 'I‘om Bell. 100 mins. A devout Christian is ordered by his MP employer to infiltrate London‘s fetish club underworld. but becomes infatuated with an American dominatrix. Pitched somewhere between Personal SUI'I'ICUS. Confessions Of A Cunt/nuns Rexeurelter and Carry On Spanking. you get the feeling that this one hasn't quite boarded the political sleaze bandwagon. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay. UCI Clytlcbatlk.

Private Parts ( IS) (Betty Thomas. US. I997) Howard Stern. Robin Quivers. Mary McCormack. I09 mins. 'I‘his autobiography ofAmerica's leading ‘shock-jock' Howard Stern is as abrasive. loud and raunchy as you might have anticipated; but it's also highly intelligent. ironic. downright hilarious at times. and burns with an anti- censorship fervour that's really cheering to see. Stern plays himself. and by the end. we‘ve rooted for him in his struggle against airwave bureaucracy and the repressive network powers-that-bc. Glasgow: ()deons. Showcase. lidinburgh: UCI. liast Kilbride: UCI. Kelso: Roxy. Paisley: Showcase.

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The Neverending Story (tf) (Wolfgang Petersen. [IS/W. (iermany. I985) Barret ()Iiver. Noah Ilathaway. Moses (iunn. 94 mins. Lonely young boy Bastian starts to read a mysterious book. arid is miraculously drawn into the pages to undergo an exciting and dangerous adventure in a land of fantasy. Passable adaptation of the Michael Iinde bestseller. w ith plenty of cute furry folk to engage the kiddies (ilasgow: (irosvenor.

One Fine Day (PU) (Michael Hoffman. t'S‘. 1996) Michelle Pfeiffer. (ieorge (‘Iooneyx Charles Durniug. l()9 mins. An ambitious architect/single mother and a wisecracking newspaper coltttunist/every-other-weekend father spend a hectic day together when their kids miss their school‘s field trip ferry

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