The Big Lebowski (18) 113 mins

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(12) 109 mins

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Kiss Or Kill

(18) 92 mins

With a script a slow iour-year-old would have rejected as too lame and a central parrrng you Just long to be seen put away, this rs a lrmp attempt at a hard-bolled road movre Wrth an underlyrng theme abOuI hour you never really know each other Most annoyrng of all rs the mrgrarne- rnducmg jump-cut technrgue as the cops get on the trarl of those they suspect of gorng around SOuth Australia, connrng drunks out of therr loot and therr lrves =Allrance' rBDr

A Thousand Acres (15) 101 mins

Take the rough outlrnes of the plot of Krng Lear and transfer :t to an A'nerrcan farm, \.‘.'here head of the


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(PG) 93 mins

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A Taste Of Cherry

(PG) 98 mins

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RENTAL The James Gang (15) 95 mins


Shoplifters of the world, unite: John Hannah and Helen McCrory in The James Gang

There's a fair amount of Scottish talent on both sides of the camera in The James Gang; but after its world premiere at the 1997 Edinburgh International Film Festival, the film didn't really get much of a chance to shine on Scottish big screens. That‘s a shame, because Helen McCrory gives an excellent performance that gets to the heart of what it means to be a mother in a modern-day, financially strapped world.

She plays Bernadette, who takes her family of four on the run when their Pilton home is fire-bombed. Husband Spendlove (John Hannah) is a professional waster, frittering away his money in London, so he’s not much help. And so Bernadette unwittingly finds herself on the Most Wanted list as she uses the kids as distractions when she turns to crime.

The Bonnie and Clyde myths that Spendlove sings about in a scuzzy karaoke bar are blown away by economic reality in Stuart Hepburn's script. There’s a touch of Roddy Doyle about some of the off-centre family values, but also a serious tone that lurks beneath the laughs. Bernadette’s mission is to keep her family together, no matter what, and her acts are never malicious they’re driven by desperation and love. Only when the film strays to a sub—plot involving policewoman Toni Collette does it lose its way.

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(15) 62 mins

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