FILM index

FILM INDEX continued

The Quest (18) (Jean-Claude Van Dammc. US. 1996) Jean-Claude Van Damme. Roger Moore. James Remar. 95 mins. Van Damme directs this period adventure yarn and stars as a Fagin-like street entertainer unexpectedly finds himself on a boat in the South China Seas under the command of gentlemanly English pirate Moore. The skull and crossbones elements are pushed aside. however. so that our hero can kickbox his way through a Tibetan fighting tournament. Big on crowd scenes and spectacle; low on intelligence. Glasgow: ABC Film Centre. Odeon Quay. Showcase. UCI Clydebank. Edinburgh: UCI.

The Quiet Room (PG) (Rolf de Heer. Australia/Italy. 1996) 91 mins. De Heer's follow-up to Bad Boy Bub/2y also tells its story from an innocent‘s point-of-view. but this time the focus is on a seven-year-old girl as she watches her parents' marriage disintegrate. Although she has withdrawn into herself and refuses to speak. we hear her thoughts as a voice-over. A special screening (on Sat 19 Jul) is followed by a discussion organised by Family Mediation Scotland on the subject ofchildren and divorce. Edinburgh: liilmhouse.

Quiz Show (15) (Robert Redford. US. 1994) Ralph Fiennes. John 'l‘urturro. Rob Morrow. 133 mins. When television was in its intimacy and America itself was riding on a wave of post-war/pre-Kennedy innocence. the disclosure of cheating on the game show Tit-wiry ()ne caused a national scandal and sense of shock. Redford sets up the inevitable collision ofethics and glamour. morality and profit. while Ralph Fiennes. John 'I‘urturro, Rob Morrow and Paul Schofield acquit themselves with style. Edinburgh: Cameo.

The Relic (18) (Peter Hyams. US. 1996) Tom Sizemore. Penelope Ann Miller. Linda Hunt. 109 mins. Never more than functional. but never less than mindlessly enjoyable. this surprisingly nasty horror movie blends elements of the haunted house. serial killer and monster mayhem

Hero worship: Alicia Silverstone, Geroge Clooney and Chris O'Donnell in Batman Robin

sub-genres as a mythical beast with enhanced DNA romps around a New York museum. Sizemore carries off his first leading man role with confidence. Edinburgh: Cameo. Glenrothes.

Richard III (15) (Richard Loncraine. UK. 1995) Ian McKellen. Annette Bening. Jim Broadbent. 103 mins. Updated to England during the 30s. Shakespeare's play is sensibly trimmed to concentrate fully on the crookbacked king's murderous rise to the throne. McKellen gives a commanding performance amidst some wonderful supporting turns. while Loncraine ensures that the bard has rarely been treated in such

splendidly cinematic terms. The fascistic


look of the costumes does help clarify some of the divisions in the text. Glasgow: GFI‘. Romeo And Juliet (12) (Baz Luhrmann. Australia/US. 1996) Leonardo DiCaprio. Claire Danes. Pete Postlethwaite. 120 mins. 'lhe Strictly Ballroom director‘s treatment of the Shakespeare tragedy is a magnificent

riot of colour. action and sexy teen romance.

without any need to sacrifice the text. An intoxicating. breathtaking mix of Catholic iconography. high camp and street violence that‘s both deliciously feverish and studiedly cool. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse. UCl.

Rumble In The Bronx (15) (Stanley 'l‘ong. Hong Kong. 1996) Jackie Chan. Anita Mui.

Francoise Yip. 90 mins. For his latest attempt to crack Hollywood. Chan has maintained the kind ofcontrol he exercises over films in his native Hong Kong and it works. He throws himself with gusto into an adventure that has him defending his uncle's Chinese supermarket in New York against a variety of street toughs. Violent macho tosh balanced by a sweet nature and a sincere. ifclunky. moral. (llasgow: ()deon Quay. Showcase. Virgin. Edinburgh: UCI. (ireenock: Waterfront. Paisley: Showcase. Scream (18) (Wes Craven. US. 1996) Neve Campbell. Courteney Cox. Drew Barrymore. lllmins. Rather than depart from the traditional devices. shockmeiser

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