Everybody's Fine (13)((iitiseppe 'I‘ornatore. Italy. 1990) Marcello Mastroianni. Michele Morgan. Marino Cenna. 126 mins. Matteo (Mastroianni). a retired civil servant. deCtdes to venture forth from the seclusion of his Sicilian village and pay a series of surprise visits on his five Children who are spread all over Italy. But he finds that the half-truths they have used to keep him at arm‘s length destroy his cosy fantasies. An unabashed weepie from the director of ('uimna l’arat/im. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Face/Off ( IS) (John Woo. US. 1997) John 'l’ravolta. Nicolas Cage. Joan Allen. 133 mins. FBI agent Sean Archer ('l'ravolta) tmdergoes radical surgery to become terrorist Castor 'I'roy (Nicolas Cage); btit when 'I'roy comes out of a coma and undergoes a similai operation. he too is able to slip into his enemy ‘s domain - domestic and professional l’art horror. part sci-fi. full-on action. with a cast that's uniforme excellent. Edinburgh: (.‘ameo. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

Fairytale: A True Story (U) (Charles Sturridge. UK. 1997) Florence Hoatli. Elizabeth Earl. I’aul Mc(iann. 98 mins. 1n telling the story of two Edwardian girls who cause a sensation when they capture a photographic image of fairies. Fairytale manages to be more coherent and less downbeat than the similar Photographing Fairies. A carefully judged film that provides moving entertainment for the family audience Edinburgh: ()deon. Largs: Barrficlds. Stirling: Carlton.

Fallen Angels ( 15) (Wong Kar-Wai. llong Kong. 1995) Leon I.ai. 'l‘akeshi Kaneshiro. Michele Reis. 94 mins. Similar in setting and style to aithotise hit ('liungking lit/mass; this tale of love and death in the neon- soaked nights of Hong Kong is much darker in tone. with characters that seem just a little more psychologically disturbed. Overlapping lives of a hitman. his female boss. a petty thief and a distraught woman are filmed in a distinctive style that skewers both the frame and the emotions. Glasgow; (ill.

52 Pick Up ( 18) (John Frankenheimer. US. 1986) Roy Scheider. Ann-lvfargaret. John Glover. l 14 mins. 'I‘his decent enough screen version of Elmore leonard's novel shifts the action to LA where a married man's affair sets him tip for blackmail and. subsequently. as a murder suspect. Excellent performances give life to the rich characters. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

Fists In The Pocket ( l 2) (Marco Bellocchio. Italy. 1965) Lou Castel. I’aola I’itagora. Lilona (ierace. 113 mins. Bellocehio‘s sensational. autobiographical debut influenced a generation of filmmakers. with its story of a blind widow and her children. two of whom are epileptics. Intense and claustrophobic. it's a scathing attack on bourgeouis family life. Presented in a new print. Italian Film Festival. (ilasgow; (El-'1‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Flubber (L') (Les Hayfield. LS. 1997) Robin Williams. Marcia (iay Harden. Christopher McDonald. 93 nuns. 'l’his remake of 1961 Disney favourite ’l‘ln' Absent .llim/ei/ l’mfi'smr casts a subdued Williams as a scientist who invents a gravity defying goo. but may well lose his fiancee iii the process. Combining many of the worst. most annoying attributes of films designed to have ‘family appeal'. Hub/arr merely flops when it should fly. Glasgow: L'Cl Clydebank. Edinburgh: ()deon. L'Cl. Ayr: ()deon. East Kilbride: L'Cl. (ialashiels: Pavilion.

Frigidaire (PG) ((iiorgio Fabris. Italy. I997) 9| mins. In this delightful fairy tale for all the family. a boy lives is a magic circus and decides that he must find a gift for the sad girl he spots in the audience. On the moon. he discovers her sorrow can only be cured by love. Italian Film Festival. Glasgow: Gl-‘l‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

The Full Monty (15) (Peter Cattaneo. UK. 1997) Robert Carlyle. Tom Wilkinson. Mark Addy. 92 mins. Carlyle plays Gary. an unemployed Sheffield steelworker who. along with an odd mix of former colleagues. decides to go one better than the Chippendale troupes that fill the local halls. Cattaneo's laugh-out-loud film comes from the same tradition as Brasserl 0))“. mixing comedy with a strong social conscience and

showing unemployment as an emasculating experience. It's the ordinariness of these blokes that gives the film both its humour and its depth. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

The Game Bag (15) (Maurizio Zaccaro. Italy. I997) 94 mins. Three Italians visiting a Balkan game reserve are caught up in the early stages of war. and their nightmare trip is recorded by a sports journalist. A fresh take on recent European conflicts. Italian Film Festival. Glasgow: GI’I'. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (l8) (Vittorio De Sica. Italy/West Germany. 1970) Dominique Sandra. Lino Capolicchio. Helmut Berger. 95 mins. 'I‘he’winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar screens in a restored print. A rich Jewish family retreat behind their walls as Fascism approaches. and the younger members find their lives complicated by politics and war. A haunting. tragic testament to Italy's involvement in the Holocaust. Italian Film Festival. Glasgow: (if-'1". Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Gattaca (15) (Andrew Niccol. US. 1997) Ethan Hawke. Uma Thurman. Jude Law. 106 mins. In the future. discrimination isn't based on the colour of a man's skin. but its genetic make-up. ‘Normally‘ born Vincent (Hawke) forms a pact with crippled Jerome (Law) to use his genetic identity iii an attempt to become an astronaut. 'lhe photography is washed by coloured filters and the retro-future design is as distinctive as Blade Runner. Bold ideas develop at their own pace and. despite the intrusive ‘Hollywood‘ moments. (iattaca emerges as a true individual in an industry of clones. Glasgow: Odeon.

George Of The Jungle (U) (Sam Weisman. US. 1997) Brendan Fraser. Leslie Mann. Holland Taylor. 91 mins. Loincloth-clad hero (ieroge (Fraser) saves San Fransican socialite Ursual (Mann). but his trip to the urban jungle is shortlived when he hears of the kidnap of his hairy sidekick. Ape (voiced by John Cleese). The plot is the usual blend of humour. action. slapstick. adventure and. of course. romance. while the knowing and punchy script is easily tip with the best of modern Disney. General release.

Get Shorty (15) (Barry Sonnenfeld. US. 1995) John Travolta. Danny DeVito. Gene Hackman. Rene Russo. l 10 mins. Loan shark Chili Palmer ('l‘ravolta) shifts from Miami to LA and. being a movie buff. decides to get into the film business. With its sharp dialogue. quirky characters and offbeat humour. this is probably the best adaptation yet of an Elmore Leonard novel. 'l‘ravolta shows his true star quality he's as cool as milk and as deadly as a rattlesnake. Glasgow: (3171‘.

GI. Jane (15) (Ridley Scott. US. I997) Demi Moore. Viggo Mortensen. Anne Bancroft. 125 mins. 'I'ough. smart Jordan O'Neil (Moore) becomes the first woman to be accepted for training by the US military's elite commando unit. the Navy SEALs. but her arrival at camp is met with barely concealed hostility. Scott's overwrought movie purports to show that women have as much right as men to be dehumanised by the military and turned into killing machines. What it doesn't question is why anyone male or female should want to do so. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Good Burger (PG) (Brian Robbins. US. 1997) Kel Mitchell. Kenan Thompson. Sinbad. 95 mins. A spin-off from US cable channel Nickelodeon's daytime series All That. this kids comedy is likely to fail through unfamiliarity. Two blokes working in a burger joint fight off the advances of the fast-food chain across the road with their new sauce recipe. The next Big Night? I don't think so. Glasgow: Showcase. Greenock: Waterfront.

Good Will Hunting (15) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1997) Matt Damon. Robin Williams. Minnie Driver. 126 mins. A young college janitor (Damon) with a history of abuse is given the opportunity to fulfil his potential as a maths genius by a kindly therapist (Williams). Hot-shot Damon and co-star Ben Affleck won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. but it's Williams in an understated performance who steals the show. An insightful scn'pt. tenderly acted. General release.

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