composer as she dances her way towards madness. Remarkably serious treatment of the subject tnatter is helped by superlative design atid cinematography iii this classic piece of I’owelI/l’ressburger expressionism. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

The Reincarnation 0f Khensur Rinpoche (I’(i) (Tenzina Sonani. India. l()()l ) ()2 mins. A’l‘ibetan monk living in exile in a monastery in Southern India is given the task of finding the reincarnation of his spiritual master. This documentary follows his discovery of a four-year-old boy who fits the bill. (ilasgow: (EFT.

Ritchie Rich (PG) (Donald l’etrie. US. l995) Macaulay Culkiti. Jonathan Hyde. John Larroquette. ()5 mins. The world's wealthiest child played by the world's wealthiest child actor ~- this comic strip turned movie has enough ktiockabotit mayhem to keep the kids happy. Ctilkiii is more confident and appealing than in his some of his other work. btit it's Hyde's sarcastic butler who britigs a better comic touch to the proceedings. (ilasgow: (irosvenor.

The Rock ( I 5) (Michael Bay. US. l‘)‘)(i) Nicolas Cage. Sean Connery. lid Han'is. I35 mins. Psychotic army commander Harris takes over Alcatraz and threatens to decimate San Francisco in a poison gas attack; btit oti the goodies side are goofball chemical weapons expert Cage and Connery. the only man ever to have escaped ‘the rock'. Hyped tip M'l‘V-style direction. fast cuts. big explosions. Brain removal is recommended for ftill enjoyment. Cilasgow: (iilmorehill.

Romeo And Juliet t I?) (Hal. I.tihrniann. Australia/US. I996) Leonardo DiCaprio. Claire Danes. l’ete l’ostlethwaite. I30 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. To call it ‘M'I'V filmmaking' misses the point that the camera tricks and iii-jokes don‘t iii any way distract from the fact that Lulirmann Iias completer grasped the issues at the centre of the play. An intoxicating. breathtaking mix of Catholic iconography. high camp and street violence that's both delicioust feverish and sttidiedly cool. (ilasgow: ()deon Quay.

Roseland (PG) (James Ivory. US. W77) Christopher Walken. Joan Copeland. ltl-l mins. Ivory's little known film sets a trilogy of stories iii the famed ballroom of New York‘s West Side. The middle tale follows \Nttlketfs gigolo atid the relationship he has with a terminally ill former beauty. Glasgow: (il’l'.

Saturday Night Fever ( 18) (John nadhatti. US. l‘)77) John 'I'ravolta. Karen Lynn (iorney. Julie Bovasso. l l‘) mins. Remember the Bee (iees music. the white stiits. the days when ’I'ravolta was a promising young talent'.’ A teen rebellion/dance tiiini-classic in which an ordinary working-class youth finds the only meaning in his life during his energetic peregrinations on the weekend dance floor. The dancing theme is continued through the night with screenings of Staying xl/ii't' (the Saturday Night Fever sequel). Footloose and l‘fth/It/tlllt't'. (iIasgoyv: (irosvenor. Scream 2 ( IS) (Wes Craven. US. l‘NSl Ney'e Campbell. Courtney Cox. l.ei\ Schreibei'. l3(l mins. 'l'wo years after the Woodsboi'o murders. Sidney I’t'eseotl (Campbell) is now a college student. trying to piece her life back together. But when aii audience member is slashed to death during the premiere of horror moy ie Stub. the nightmare begins again. The film fails to fully integrate the many iii-jokey references to horror sequel conventions. btit it's still streets ahead of what passes for horror nowadays. Cieneral release.

Shall We Dance? (PG) (Masaytiki Stio. Japan. 1997) Koji Yakusho. 'l'amiyo Ix'usakari. I35 mins. The biggest Japanese hit ever at the US box office. this upbeat movie might grab some of the mainstream crowd in the same way as // I’mimo. Shoei leads a predictable life at work and at home tiiitil he is transformed by his new hobby ~- ballroom dancing. A real charmer. with a hidden sense of emotional maturity. Glasgow: (il’l’. Iidinburgh: l-‘ilmhotise. Sliding Doors ( I5) (Peter Howitt. UK. l9‘)8) Gwyneth I’altrow. John Hannah. John

Lynch. 9‘) iiiitis. Motisy -haired PR executive Helen gets fired .iiid discovers her handsome Irish boyfriend is a two-timer. Illonde I’R woman Heleti is more successful and dates a handsome Scot. 'l‘hts sharply obsery ed romantic comedy splits Helen's life in two when she misses/catches a tube train

L'tterly entertaining. and one of the best British movies of I‘NS. (iencral release Something To Believe In (I’(il (Jottti Hotigh. UK/ltaly. l‘NSi William McNamara. Maria l’itillo. 'l‘om Coiiti. ll.‘ tiiins. Two young Americans cross paths while on separate pilgrimages to Naples: one in search of a miracle cure. the other on the way to a piano competition. The story. characters arid dialogue are so corny they are embarrassing. and font Conn and Ian Bannen are risible as a pair of Italian priests Ilnl‘ielieyably bad (ilasgow. Showcase Star Kid tl’(ii (Manny Coto. l'S. l‘l‘l7i Joseph MaHeIIo. Richard (iillilaiid. Cot tnne liohrer. ltlf) mins. Shy. bullied Speiicei (.liirusyit‘ I’tirk's Mal/ellol discoyers an alien Cyberstiit a \otce and personality of its own Climbing inside. he gets back at his school neniisis. btit finds himself tip against a deadlier foe when he faces intergalactic tough iitits. the Brootlwai'i'toi's Clearly aimed at pic-adolescent boys w ho want to fill otit their underdog fantasies. Slur Kid is a better than average kids itioy ie. See review. Cieneral release.

The Story Of The Late Chrysanthemums (I3) (Kenji Mi/ogtichi. Japan. I” W) H) mins. ()ne of the earliest works in the \Ii/ogtichi season. it‘s also one of the iiiost accessible. giyen that the directors loitiial style is to some extent brightened by the story's sentimentality :\ yottiig Kabuki actor is persuaded by a maid to try harder at the art which has made his family famous. 'Iheir ensuing affair is not. however. to liis father's Iikitig. (ilasgow: (ill.

The Sweet Hereafter t l5! t :\tottt ligoyati. Canada. I997) lati Iloliii. llrttce (ireenwood. Sarah I’olley. Ill) mins. When a small community is torn apart by a school btis 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. The liliii unfolds in a patchwork of flashbacks and set-pieces. btit it‘s Holm's beautifully iiidged performance that's the bedrock of the filtii As a study of helpless grief. it's rarely been bettered I’alkiik. low it lIalI

Sweet Smell 0f Success t ISlf.'\Ie\;lfltIet‘ Mackendrick. l'S. I‘l57t Iltirt lancastet‘. Tony Curtis. Susan Harrison. no iiiitis. Iialing comedy director .\I.'ickendrick's first American tiiox ie is a dark-centred conspiracy thriller with a superb evocation of fear and paranoia. shot on the streets of New York. Lancaster stars as a powerful

journalist obsessed with destroying his

sister's marriage. while Curtis is the gossip hack whose willingness to oblige leads liitii itito a web of trouble Stirling: MacRobert Terry Gets Married tl‘ls'. I‘NSI 5U iiiins 'l'his BBC Scotland 'XS‘ documentary examines the racial and generational culture clash inherent III the traditional wedding of art Iiditibtirgh-born Sikh w ho considcts himself Scottish 'l'he liliiiiiiakeis will be present for an audience discussion lidinhtirgh: l‘ilinliotise.

Titanic I ll) (James Cameron. l'S. I‘I‘J7l Leonardo DiCaprio. Kate Winslet. llilly Zane. I‘J-I mins. Cameron tackles the story of the doomed ocean Illlet‘ through a touching love story that isn't oyerwlieltiied by the awesome special effects Rich girl Rose (Winslet) is unhapptly engaged to arrogant Cal (Zane) btit falls for third-class passenger Jack (DiCaprio). lose blossoms as the ship hits an iceberg iii the North Atlantic. In all its oti-screen glory 'Iittiiiit' does indeed look like the most expensiye filiii ever tnade. conveying both the scale of the disaster and the feeling of clatistropliobia as the water rises. (ieneral release

Toy StOfy Il)(il Litillll l..lsselc‘l'. I IIIIISy With the \oices of Tom Hanks. I itii .-\llen. Don Rickles. SI tiiitis. It isn't itist the state- of-the-art images that distinguish Disney 's first comptiter-generated animation feature. it‘s got a cracking adventure story too. A tale of friendship and self-belief combined with an exciting rescue and against-the-clock

tension. 'Iiit Stot't is sprinkled with comic asides Don‘t be fooled into tliitikiiig these toys are itist for the kids. I-alkit'k. Town


Ulee's Gold t l5i (Victor Ntiiiel. I'S. I‘I‘Fi l’eter l’onda. l’atrtcta Richardson. Tom Wood I I l iiiitis l’onda proves himself back on form with this film about a bee-keeping widower and Vietnam yet who is yanked out of his solitary existence to search for the missing wife of his imprisoned son While atmospheric photography reinforces the meta” mood. a gripping crime intrigue plot drixes the story along l-onda's admirable performance is also both iiioyiiig and honest. largs liarrfields

Under The Skin t IS) (Carine Adler. lil's'. I‘M—7t Samantha Morton. Claiie Rtislibiook. Rita 'ltishttiehaiii SS iiiins Sistets Iris (Hollow and Rose thishbrookt are deyastatct! when their mother t'l‘tishingliami dies from a brain tumour. and his resorts to a series of incieasiiigly high-risk sexual encounters w hich alienate her from both family and friends Director Adler allows her three lead actresses to establish ftill and rounded characters with i'eiiiarkable simplicity. btit her plotting is wayward. Stirling MacRobert.

US Marshals t I 3) (Stuart Baird. l'S. I‘NSI 'l'otniiiy .lones. Wesley Snipes. Irene Jacob. l.ii iiiiiis Tommy Lee Jones reprises his ()scat'-\s inning role as relentless I‘S Marshal Samuel (ieraid iii this half-decent sequel to The liter/tic. 'IIiis time. it's CI:\ agent Snipes w lio has been framed foi iiiitrtlet and is on the run Snipes is a bit of .i stipei tiiati compared to his predecessor (who had to iely solely on his “NH and this lessens the drama somewhat (ietiet'al ielease.

Welcome To The Dollhouse t I St t‘t‘odtl Solond/. l‘S. l‘NSi Heather Matara/lo. llreiidaii Sexton .lr. Matthew I-aber. S7 mins. Heather .‘ylatara/lo delivers aii unforgettable performance as Days ti Wiener a lonely. softly -spokeii child stibtected to constant abuse at school and y irttially ignored .tt home This Stiiidatice (irand Jury

I’ri/ew inner piesents the world of hiin school as far closer to the bone than the usual sanitised \ei‘sion. probing an inner


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world of frustration and anger with scathing humour and understanding. lidinbtirgh: Cameo.

When We Were Kings (to tl.eoti (last. US. 100m .‘yftihamtiiad .-\li. (ieorge l—‘oriiian. Norman Mailer. 3-1 iiiitis. .-\n Oscar winner in the llest Documentary category. this splendid account of the historic Rumble In The Jungle boxing match between .-\h and l-‘orman gets beyond the punches thrown iii the ring to convey the sense of black pride being born Amazingly dramatic. Stirliiig' Carlton.

Wild Things t IS) (John McNaughton. US. l‘l‘l7l Neye Campbell. Denise Richards. Matt Dillon lll iiiins .'\n ‘ei'otic thriller‘ that crams in more plot twists than the lixerglades has water courses. this effort fioiii Henri." Portrait ()1 .-l St'riti/ A'i/t’t r directoi .\Ic.\'aughton has little to i‘ecoiiitiiend it Spoilt schoolgirl and goth outsider accuse teacher of rape. btit the frame is rcyealed iii court » atid further complications follow. “its is commercial western cinema at its worst: glossy and crude, See rey iew. (ieneral release

The Winter Guest t l5) (Alan Rickiiiaii. l7lx'. I‘J‘I7i l’hy llida litnma 'l'hoiiipsoii. (iai'y Hollywood llll mins. 'l'het'e‘s something about the way Rickman's directorial debut iiioy es from one pair of characters to the next that suggests it's based on a play. btit that's not a criticism. The film works otit themes of loss and emotional dependency against a snow -covered Scottish landscape. w easing its icy metaphor through the characters' inner lixes and the film‘s s'titll[\lllc'l"elllltllleetl images The cast is excellent. With Law proyitig herself one of the country 's hidden treasures. (ilasgow': llCI Cly‘debank.

Wrapped Reichstag (J. Daniel/W. IIissell. (ierinany. I‘Noi 93 mins. One of the most cotitroyersial artistic events of the 90s -- the wrapping of the llerlin Reichstag by artists Chi'isto and Jeanne—Claude v is captured in lls entirety in this docuiiientai'y. The artists' greatest struggle was against political bureaucracy. as the (ieriiian I’ai'liament debates the idea. (ilasgow; (il’l'. lidinbiirgh; l’iliiihotise.





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