Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits. brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
Addicted to Love ( I 5) (Grifﬁn Dunne. US. I997) Meg Ryan. Matthew Broderick. 'l‘cheky Karyo. I00 mins. Hard-hearted Ryan teams up with romantic Broderick to spy on and sabotage the new partnership of their respective ex-Iovers. but discover that love might just be kindling between themselves. Ryan tinkers with her sweet image but it never really rings true. The cinematic equivalent of a frozen ready-meal — not turkey. but close — this is bland. predictable and convenient. bttt just about digestible. See review. Selected release. Alive And Kicking (I5) (Nancy Meckler. UK. I996) Jason Iilemyng. Antony Sher. Dorothy 'I‘utin. 99 mins. Playwright Martin Sherman of Ben! fame also wrote this story about a ballet dancer diagnosed HIV+ who is determined to carry on dancing. Meckler's direction is slightly theatrical (as was her ﬁlm debut. Sister My Sister). but the performances are great. particularly tip-and- coming star I-‘Iemyng and Sher as his ﬂawed. older lover. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse. Anaconda ( IS) (Luis Llosa. US. I997) Jennifer Lopez. Iiric Stoltz. Jon Voight. 90 mins. In the Amazon. a documentary ﬁlm crew and a mysterious stranger are pitted against a giant snake. which proceeds to pick them off with an admirable appreciation of star billing. The creature is not especially realistic-looking. but audiences might enjoy the whole ludicrous affair in all its camp glory. I-‘dinburgh: Cameo.
Basquiat ( I 5) (Julian Schnabel. US. I996) Jeffrey Wright. David Bowie. Michael Wincott. I06 mins. Schanbel's biopic of his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat truly captures the whims of the 80s New York art scene where hype mattered more than talent. The ﬁlm is packed with cameos and larger roles by celebs — notably Bowie's turn as Andy
Robin reliant: Chris O'Donnell in Bayman & Robin
Warhol — making it as much a ﬁlm about hangers-on as its subject matter. Iiast Kilbride: Arts Centre.
Batman 8t Robin (PG) (Joel Schumacher. US. I997) George CIooney. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Chris ()‘Donnell. I30 mins. Moving even further way from the Gothic melancholy of'I‘im Burton's first two ﬁlms. the fourth Batman movie brings in Poison Ivy (Uma 'I‘hurman) and disaffected scientist Dr I’reeze (ScImarzenegger). 'Iiiurman's scene-stealing performance saves the ﬁlm from total failure. while Clooney does exactly what‘s required. but no more. Noisy. empty and without a hint of wit or intelligence. General release.
Beavis And Butt-head Do America ( I 2) (Mike Judge. US. I997) Mike Judge. 8| mins. America‘s sIackest slackers go from the small to the big screen taking their toilet
humour with them and causing mayhem across the US in search of a stolen 'I'\’ and an unlikely opportunity to score. Needless to say things don't go as planned and the usual pant-obsessed gags follow. I-‘or devotees mainly. Motherwell.
Big Night ( IS) (Stanley 'I'ticci/CampbelI Scott. US. I995) Stanley 'I‘ucci. 'I‘ony Shalhoub. Ian Ilolm. I I() mins Brothers
Pri mo and Secondo l’ilaggi run a New Jersey Italian restaurant that's all but bankrupt because of Primo's pttnctilitnts attitude to his cuisine. so Secondo is persuaded to set up a ‘big night' for the famous singer Louis Prima. 'Ihe 50s setting is nicely but simply detailed. the characterisations strongly observed. and the dialogue gently humorous. A w arm and inviting independent movie that doesn't slip into easy resolutions. Iiast Kilbride: Arts
Centre. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.
Blade Runner (15) (Ridley Scott. US. I982) Harrison Ford. Rutger Hauer. Sean Young. I 17 mins. A tough cop tracks down a group of malfunctioning androids in this gritty hi-tech retread of Raymond Chandler. executed with Scott's customary visual ﬂair. and with strong performances. especially from Ford and Hauer. Bttt try following the confusing plot first time around. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Breaking The Waves (18) (Lars von Trier. Denmark/France. I996) [Emily Watson. SteIIan Skarsgard. Katrin Cartlidge. I58 mins. In a close-knit Calvinist community in the north of Scotland. at young woman faces banishment from the church when she makes a self-sacriﬁcing pact with God in order to save her husband‘s life. Unlike von 'I‘rier's austere arthouse works (Europa). this intimate melodrama is raw and exposed. Iimotional connection transcends everything else in one of the most moving ﬁlms ever made. Glasgow: GI’I'. Iidinburgh: Cameo. Broken English (18) (Gregor Nicholas. New Vealand. I996) Aleksandra Vujcic. Rade Serbedzija. Julian Arahanga. 90mins. Nina (Vujcic) and her family have fled the war in their native Croatia and settled in Auckland. bttt her father (Serbedzija) is over-protective to the point of violence. 'I'rouble brews when she falls in love with a young Maori man. Another variation on the star-crossed lovers theme. Broken English fails to gel. \"ujcic makes an impressive
debut while Serbedzija gives the ﬁlm its redeeming centre. See preview and review. Glasgow: (ilfl‘.
Citizen Kane (PG) (Orson Welles. US. I94I ) ()rson Welles. Joseph Cottcn. Agnes Moorehead. I I9 mins. Stunnineg successful biographical mosaic centring on a Hearst-like media tycoon. Welles' ﬁrst ﬁlm remains scintillating viewing for its sheer technicaI verve. narrative conﬁdence and spellbinding performances. Glasgow: GI’I'. I-Iast Kilbride: Arts Centre.
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