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featuring hits made famous by

Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran


Mon 12 to Sat 17 Oct

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a classic farce starring Britt Ekland, Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland


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Mon 19 to Sat 24 Oct

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a vibrant and original musical

‘Five guys and a girl who really know how to party’ TIME OUT

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Mon 26 to Sat 31 Oct

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Sun 1 Nov at 7.30pm

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by Arthur Miller

directed by Kenny Ireland

‘Possibly the best American play of this century’

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Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits. brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Miles Fielder.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (PG) (Steve ()edekerk. US. 1995) Jim Carrey. Simon Callow. Ian McNeice. 94 mins. This puerile. stereotyped and occasionally brilliant follow-up to the surprise hit that launched (.‘arrey‘s career finds the pet detective in Africa. The natives are defined by silly rituals and a war-like nature. the linglish as upper-class (wits. and amongst it all. Carrey's hit-and-miss antics become wearisome. (ilasgow: (irosvenor.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (U) (Michael (‘urti/. US. 1938) liirol Flynn. ()livia De Havilland. Basil Rathbone. 103 mins. Sparkling. ()scar-vvinning excitement as My no and his merry men fight the evil Prince and the wicked Rathbone to help the poor and capture the hand of the fair l)e Havillaiid. Peerless sword-play and an infectious sense of high spirits. Stirling: MacRobert.

All About Eve (PG) (Joseph 1. Mankiewicz. 1'8. 1950) Bette Davis. Anne Baxter. (ieorge Sanders. Marilyn Monroe. 138 mitts. has is and Baxter are on top form iii this tale of back-stage back-biting and conniving and a young Marilyn makes a big entrance in a small part. A witty and intelligent film. (il;lsgovv:(il71..

Anastasia (1.") (Don Bluth/(iary (ioldman. 1’8. I997) Voices of Meg Ryan. Christopher Lloyd. John ('tisack. 94 niins. With this \\lt1s‘.\v‘l'L‘L‘ll romantic musical adventure. animator l)on Bluth olfcrs a film that rivals l)isne_\. Rewriting history somewhat. evil magician Rasputin puts a curse on the 'l'sar‘s famin and causes the 1917 Resolution. The child princess Anastasia survives. but grows as an orphan. unable to remember her past. Willi extraordinary action sequences. exquisite characterisations and beautiful songs. (ilasgovv; ()deon ()uay.

Angels With Dirty Faces (P(i) (Michael ('iirti/. 1'8. 1933') James Cagney. Pat O'Brien. Humphrey Bogart. 97 mins. The classic gangster movie and with a mesage to boot. 1va slum kids - ('agney and O'Brien - grow tip together. One becotnes a hood. the other a priest. The local kids look up to ('agney ‘s glamorous. violent ways. but his childhood friend is on his case. pushing him do“ n the path of redemption. lidinburgh: i'lilllilt‘llsL‘

Apocalypse Now! 1 l.\‘i (l-ranci's ('oppola. 18. 198(1) Martin Sheen. Marlon Brando. Robert l)ii\all. Dennis Hopper. 153 mins. Vietnam as ’lhe l‘ltimatc 'li‘ip. We follow ['8 Army assassin Sheen dovv nrivei' and deeper into the Heart of Darkness ruled over by Brando's mad ('olonel ls'urtz. Alternater pretentioiis and visually overpowering (the Valkyries helicopter attack. for example). its grandiloqtient folly somehow pierces right to the bone of the conflict. lilinburgh: ('aiiieo.

The Apostle ( l 3) (Robert 1)uval|. 1'5. 1997) Robert l)ti\all. Farrah havveett. Miranda Richardson. 1-13 niins. Actor Dnvall turns vs riter-dii'ectoi‘ for this gently absorbing (ale ol a charismatic Pentecostal pre.ic|iei”s tall lioiii grace and search tor redemption I)ii\.i|l‘s acknowledged inspiration is Ken |.o.ich. with whose work this shares a generous. non-iudgemental iiattiralism Slightly ovei‘long. btit moving and thought-provoking nonetheless. (ilasgovv: (i171.

Arizona Dream 1 15) (limir Kusttirica. l‘rance/l'S. 1993) Johnny Depp. l-‘aye l)una\say. Jerry lewis. 135 mins. We‘re talking the '1ogic of dreams‘ here. so it's useless to attempt a plot synopsis. Let‘s just say it has l)epp as an NYC fiin inspector out w est. a bi/arre love triangle w ith wacko Dunavsay and her weirdo daughter. caddy salesman 1.L‘\sls. liskimos and a flying machine. Sometimes inspired. often infuriating. mostly impenetrable. l-idinbui'gh: (anieo.

Armageddon ( 13) (Michael Bay. [1%. l9.\'.\‘) Bruce Willis. Billy Bob lilUl'lllUll. Steve Btiscenn l-l-l niins, Billed as “Ii/1c /)II'I\ /)(l.'('ll in space‘. Michael Bay 's sci-l'i

movie delivers what this year's other event movies - Deep Impact. Godzilla. Lost In Space only promised: $125 million worth of relentless. retina-scorching. high- testosterone action. Bnice Willis leads a team of roughneck oil drillers who must save the world from an asteroid the size of Texas that's on collision course with Earth. We are not talking reality here: we are talking superior formula film-making. General release.

Backbeat (15) (lain Softley. UK. 1993) Stephen Dorff. Sheryl Lee, lan Hart. 100 mins. Back before The Beatles were a musical phenomenon. they werejust five young lads knocking out rock 'n' roll hits in seedy Hamburg. Softley's film pushes the music aside and concentrates on the odd three-sided relationship ofJohn lennon. painter and ‘fifth Beatle' Stuart Sutcliffe and (ierman photographer Astrid Kirchherr. The period detail and acting is superb. particularly from Hart in his second excursion as Lennon (following The Hours .‘1Il(/7illl(’.\'. lidinburgh: Pilmhouse. Barney's Great Adventure (U) 72 mins. A kids 'l'V phenomenon, Barney the purple dinosaur‘s big screen debut finds him down on a farm with a trio of kids in search of a magic egg. The all singin'. all dancin' Barney struts his way through the simple story with regular singalongs. making the film perfect for under-fives. Glasgow: UCl Clydebank. lidinburgh: UCl. East Kilbride: UCl. Wishaw: Arrow Multiplex.

Bean (PG) (Mel Smith. UK. 1997) Rowan Atkinson. Peter MacNicol. Pamela Reed. 97 mins. Bean the movie makes an attempt to broaden the range ofAtkinson's tremendously successful TV sight-gag character by sending him off to California to be mistaken for an art expert. Most gags are agreeably daft; several are tiresomer lavatorial; eventually. however. the film upholds family values and true blue American schmaltz. You'll like it if you like the TV show. Real grown-ups should stay away. Kilmarnock: ()deon.

The Big Lebowski (18) (Joel Coen. US. 1997) Jeff Bridges. John Goodman. Steve Buscemi. 113 mins. The Coen brothers give their unique twist to a Chandler-esque LA noir. as 7()s hippy throwback Jeff "the Dude' Lebowski (Bridges) is drawn into the sordid affairs of his millionaire namesake. Suddenly he has to sleuth his way through disorganised crime. Trademark oddball characters. surreal imagery and excellent performances grace this virtuoso comedy. St Andrews: New Picture House.

Blade Runner ( l5) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982) Harrison Ford. Rutger Hatter. Sean Young. 1 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 Hatter. But try following the confusing plot first time around. Edinburgh: Pilmhouse.

Bonnie and Clyde (18) (Arthur Penn. US. 1967) Warren Beatty. Faye Dunaway. (iene Hackinan. Michael J. Pollard. 111 mins. This stylish and gritty account of the relationship and activities of two self- publicised bank robbers was a late-1960s- milestone in making extreme screen violence curiously fashionable. (ireat performances from Hackinan and Dunaway. a genuine sense of the thrill involved in their nefarious activities. and telling period detail make this one of Penn's best. lidinburgh: l’ilmhouse.

Das Boot (15) (Wolfgang Petersen. (iermany. 1981) Jurgen Prochnow. Herbert (ir'l'nmeyer. Klaus Wennemann. A hunter- killer sub is unleashed on Allied stripping in the North Atlantic. but the captain shares few of the Nazi ideals of his superiors. A visceral. twisty action drama. which redefines ensemble realism and shines with claustrophobic brilliance. Glasgow: ()deon Quay.

Le Bossu (15) (Philippe De Broca. France. 1997) Daniel Auteuil. Vincent Perez. l’abiice Luchini) 128 mins. ()riginally written in the form of a nineteenth century serialised novel. lx’ Buvxu has an abundance of plot. with the action centering on the exposure of an aristocrat’s dastardly bastard brother. and the restoration to wealth of an heiress. It's never easy to engage with