accident that claims the lives of most of their children. an ambiguous lawyer with family troubles of his own comes to represent them in a compensation case.1he ﬁlm unfolds in a patchwork of ﬂashbacks and set-pieces. but it’s Holm's beautifully judged performance that‘s the bedrock of the ﬁlm. As a study of helpless grief. it‘s rarely been bettered. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Tartan Shorts (15) 60 mins. The award- winning (in fact. Oscar-winning) series co- funded by Scottish Screen and BBC Scotland presents its latest three short ﬁlms from Scottish-based ﬁlmmakers. This year. the female quotient is high. Lynne Ramsey offers Gasman. Hannah Robinson charts fairground love in Candy Floss and Kate Atkinson‘s script for Karmic Mothers plays out in a maternity ward. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Taxi Driver ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1976) Robert De Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. 114 mins. An alienated taxi driver in New York is so repelled by the squalor and the moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. One of the key ﬁlms of the Seventies with the Scorsese-De Niro partnership at its peak. Glasgow: GFI‘.
Temptress Moon (15) (Chen Kaige. Hong Kong. 1996) Gong Li. Leslie Cheung. Zhou Yemang. 130 mins. Opium addiction. incest and raging passions are the highlights of this complex love story mirroring the fate of a changing China dttring the 1920s. The ﬁlm shares the visual luxury of Kaige's Farewell My Coneubine. but sacrifices clarity by attempting to tackle a mountain of issues. Rich in period detail. this emotional storm of political and personal passion is perhaps too confusing for those unfamiliar with Chinese history. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (18) (Gary Fleder. US. 1995) Andy Garcia. Christopher Walken. Gabrielle Anwar. 115 mins. When a ﬁnal job for The Man With The Plan goes badly wrong. Jimmy The Saint is given 48 hours to get out of town. but sticks around to help save his associates. Garcia's calm presence balances with a host of colourfully eccentric character parts in a modern noir that's a million times more mature than the comic book gunplay of Pulp Fiction or the clever- clever twist of The Usual .S'usper'ls. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (18) (Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 1990) Antonio Banderas. Victoria Abril. Francisco Rahal. 101 mins. It's women on the verge of exploitation time as Almodovar has male loony Banderas kidnap porno queen Abril. tie her to the bed. pump her full of drugs and. lo. they fall in love. Look beyond the sordid details. however. and the ﬁlm creates its own moral logic based on mutual need between two very damaged characters. Glasgow: Gi-‘I'. Trainspotting (18) (Danny Boyle. UK. 1995) Ewan McGregor. Ewen Bremner. Robert Carlyle. Jonny Lee Miller. 93 mins. John Hodge's screenplay perfectly captures the desperate humour of Irvine Welsh's
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novel. keeping the episodic structure of junkie scenes for the ﬁrst half. before concentrating more on Renton in London in the later stages. Fast and stylish direction. creative soundtrack and acting that‘s off-the- rails excellent. A cinematic blast from beginning to end. which also shows a complex — and true — understanding of the lure and fatal consequences of drug-taking. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Galashiels: Pavilion. Twin Town (18) (Kevin Allen. UK. 1996) Rhys lfans. Llyr Evans. Dougray Scott. 99 mins. The quaint Ivor The Engine image of Wales is seriously derailed by Allen's anarchic comedy. When their father is refused compensation for a work accident. the badly behaved Lewis twins start an escalation of violence that blows open a drugs deal and leads. ultimately. to mass murder. The darkening plot stntcture pulls the ﬁlm away from its farcical early scenes into a brilliant combination of bizarre comedy. nasty brutality and poetic justice. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Up In Smoke (Lou Adler. US. 1978) Cheech Marin. Tommy Chong. Stacy Keach. I 17 mins. Two LA dopeheads attempt to drive a van made entirely out of marijuana back home from Mexico. Shambling festival of drug-related humour. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
Vacas ( 15) (Julio Medem. Spain. 1992) Emma Saurez. Carmelo Gomez. Ana Torrent. 96 mins. Part historical epic. part surreal fantasy. part lyrical love story. Vacas ranges across three generations of Spanish history from the 1830s to the Civil War. using images of cows as visual metaphors for Spain itself. A mysterious. haunting and resonant ﬁlm that brings its own rewards. Glasgow: GFT.
Volcano (12) (Mick Jackson. US. 1997) Tommy Lee Jones. Ann Heche. Gaby Hoffman. 103 mins. When Los Angeles is hit by a mighty earthquake. the tremor opens a volcanic cavity and soon a torrent of molten lava is heading downtown. Unlike other recent disaster movies. Volt-aim doesn't take itself too seriously and the effects are superb. Jones and Heche deliver far better performances than the script deserves. but Jones is given little opportunity to flash his cool. deadpan wit. General release.
Whisky Galore (PG) (Alexander Mackendrick. UK. 1949) Basil Radford. Joan Greenwood. Jean Cadell. 82 mins. Much-loved lialing 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Wilde(15) (Brian Gilbert. UK. 1997) Stephen Fry. Jude Law. Vanessa Redgrave. 117 mins. The casting of Fry as Victorian wit. novelist and playwright Oscar Wilde seems almost inevitable. and it pays off. with the actor getting beyond surface details to the intelligent. kind man beneath. Gilbert's ﬁlm is gritty in its portrayal of homosexual relationships than most British period dramas. but first and foremost it is a moving story of tragic. obsessive love. Glasgow: City Centre Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
The Witches (PG) (Nicholas Roeg. US. 1990) Anjelica Huston. Mai Zetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92 mins. Nine year-old Luke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the everpresent threat posed by witches. which isn't much help because within the next half hour he stumbles on their annual convention in a small [English hotel and gets himself changed into a mouse. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl‘s children's story has director Roeg (in unusually straightforward manner) creating a superior kids movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way. Stirling: MacRohert.
Woman of the Dunes (l8) (Hiroshi 'I'eshigahara. Japan. 1964) liin ()kada. Kyoko Kishida. 127 mins. Unavailable for many years in the UK. Teshigahara's cruel and erotic thriller is a visual masterpiece. An entomologist is trapped by mysterious villagers and is forced to live with a beautiful but inarticulate woman 111 an escape-proof sandpit. Glasgow: (ii-T.
Film Listings are listed by city, then alphabetically b cinema. Film listings comptle by Helen Monaghan.
ABG, MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road. Muirend. 0141 633 2123.
Info: 0141 637 2641. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon—Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon—Thu). Child/OAP: £2.
FRIQAY 24—THLJRSQAY 3Q
The Peacemaker (15) Daily: 5.15. 8.15.
Sat & Sun mat: 2.00. A Life Less Ordinary ( 15 ) Daily: 6.00. 8.35.
Sat mat: 1.00.
Sat & Sun mat: 3.30. Hercules (U)
Sat mat: 1.25.
Sat 8; Sun mat: 3.55. The Full Monty (15) Daily: 8.45.
FRIDAY 31—THLLRSDAY 6
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 637 2641 for details and times.
1186 FILM CENTRE: GLASGOW
326 Sauchiehall Street. ()141 332 1592. Info: 0141 332 9513. CC booking: 0141 332 1592. £4 (£3.20 before 5pm). Student: £3. OAP: £3. Child: £2.70.
The Peacemaker ( 15)
Dailv: 1.45. 5.00. 8.15.
A Life Less Ordinary t 15) Daily: 1.10. 3.35. 6.00. 8.30. Hercules (U)
Daily: 1.15. 3.40. 6.00. 8.45. A Simple Wish (U)
Daily: 3.15. 5.45.
The Game ( 15 )
Men In Black (PG)
Daily: 4.30. 7.50.
FRUDAY 31—THURSDAY 6
Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 332 9513 for details and times.
Gilmorehill Centre for Theatre. Film and Television. 9 University Avenue.
FRIDAY 24 OCT
Pusher ( 18) 6.30. 845.
Key to Film Listings
 indicates that wheelchair access is available. though prior notification is advisable. [E] indicates the availability of an induction loop for the convenience of hearing aid users.
AMIPM is not given in Film Listings. 12.15 is between noon and 1pm.
00.30 is between midnight and 1am.
DAILY refers to screenings which take place on all seven days of the week.
MAT refers to an additional matinee screening. starting before 6pm.
EVE refers to an additional evening screening.
LATE refers to an additional late-night screening, starting after 10.30pm.
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FIRST RUN ‘ _ ' ‘l -‘ LA. Confidential Crime and corruption lurk beneath the surface glamoUr of 19505 Los Angeles in this magnificent version of James Ellroy’s novel. The best American film this year. See feature and review. General release.
A Life Less Ordinary It's not Trainspotting but it is an impressively imaginative romantic comedy with Ewan McGregor and hostage Cameron Diaz on the run across America. See feature and review. General release.
Ma Vie En Rose When seven-yearoold Ludo decides he wants to be a girl, it causes all sorts of problems for his parents in this visually inventive and delicately handled drama. See preview and review. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Wilde Stephen Fry perfectly embodies Victorian writer Oscar Wilde's intelligence and inner turmoil as he‘s brought to trial for his homosexuality. General release.
Shooting Fish Kate Beckinsale is smarter than her conmen bosses think in this sparkling British comedy that‘s set to a bouncing pop soundtrack. General release.
Nil By Mouth No punches are pulled (literally) as Gary Oldman gets behind the camera to depict the alcoholism and domestic violence of life in working- class London. Selected release.
Hercules The Greek hero finds new labours, new dangers in a Disney cartoon that works perfectly for just about any age group you could imagine. General release.
The Sweet Hereafter A small community comes to terms with tragedy in Atom Egoyan's moving portrait of human grief, starring the magniﬁcent Ian Holm. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
SATURDAY 25 OCT Pusher(18) 6.30. 8.45.
SUNDAY 26 OCT Pusher(18) 6.30. 8.45.
FRIDAY 31 OCT Quadrophenia(15) 5.45. Lost Highway(l8) 8.15. SATURDAY 1 NOV Quadrophenia (15) 545. Lost Highway(l8) 8.15. SUNDAY 2 NOV
Quadrophenla (15) 5.45. Lost Highway(18) 8.15.
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