psychological melodramas. After her boss Connery catches her robbing his safe, he becomes attracted to her and the two marry, but her frigidity in the bedroom hides a much darker secret. The usual late Hitch mixture of carelessness (those backdrops!) and technical virtuosity. A playground for veteran Freudians. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
The Matrix (15) (The Wachowski Brothers, US, 1999) Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lawrence Fishbume. 139 mins. In the future, reality is actually an illusion - the human race is enslaved by a computer virus which has taken over the world. Computer genius Neo (Reeves) is one of the few people who doesn't believe his eyes, so it’s up to him and a couple more cyber commandos to save the world. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (PG) (Michael Hoffman, US, 1999) Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiﬂ’er, Calista Flockhart. 115 mins. Hoffman, cautious that the text’s classical Greek setting might distance his audience, has relocated to Tuscany at the turn of the century and draws upon those changing times to highlight the conﬂict between the old and young generations in the story. Kline stands out in the role of Bottom, while the lush world of nymphs, satyrs, centaurs and Medusas is a beauty to behold. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Edinburgh: UCI.
Mifune (15) (Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Denmark/Sweden, 1998) Anders W Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt, Iben Hjejle. 98 mins. On the eve of his wedding, Copenhagen yuppie Kresten learns that his father has died and reluctantly returns to the remote, neglected family farm. Unable to cope with his mentally handicapped brother, Rud, he advertises for a housekeeper, and is delighted when the beautiful Liva arrives to take on the job. But Liva too has a secret. Kragh-Jacobsen’s ﬁlm, the third made under the Dogma banner, distinguishes itself by telling a simple, linear story with a minimum of formal fussiness. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Mighty Joe (PG) (Ron Underwood, US, 1998) Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton. 114 mins. Whichever way you cut it, Mighty Joe is just another big monkey movie. Despite infinitely more sophisticated effects than its 1949 predecessor, this version is far less involving or entertaining - it’s so predictable you would think the monkey wrote it. Edinburgh: ABC. Kilmamock: Odeon.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (PG) (Bryan Spicer, US, 1995) Paul Freeman, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Amy Jo Johnson. 95 mins. A strictly juvenile big screen version of the TV show with the Angel Grove teenagers battling the evil Ivan Ooze. Wearing their colour-coded jumpsuits, they use good old-fashioned teamwork to tumble and kickbox their way through oodles of monsters. The ﬁghts are well- staged, but some of the effects are tacky. It’s all panto-bland enough to keep the kids happy. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
Mouchette (PG) (Robert Bresson, France, 1967) 82 mins. Bresson's adaptation of French Catholic novelist George Bemanos’s story is a heartbreaking account of an
This is your life, and
inarticulate peasant girl condemned to a life of hopeless harshness in provincial France. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.
The Mummy (12) (Stephen Sommers, US, 1999) ) Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah. 115 mins. The secret of the ﬁlm's success lies in its reinvention as an Indiana Jones-style adventure in which rugged hero Fraser, luscious librarian Weisz and comic sidekick Hannah scour 1930s Northern Africa for the fabled City of the Dead and unwittingly resuscitate dead Egyptian priest, who immediately busies himself with ravaging the land with apocalyptic plagues. Galashiels: Pavilion.
Muppet Treasure Island (PG) (Brian Henson, US/UK, 1996) Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Billy Connolly. 102 mins. Young Jim Hawkins, along with his friends the Great Gonzo and Rizzo The Rat go hunting for treasure with Captain Flint’s map, meeting up on the way with Long John Silver (Curry), and Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy et al as various Stevenson characters. Faithful to the book, but hilarious in its extraneous details - especially in the opening section - this is one time everyone can enjoy Hollywood’s plundering of British literature. Edinburgh: Odeon.
Nargess ((PG) (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Iran, 1992) 100 mins. In this daring Iranian film, the relationship between divorcee Afagh and her petty criminal lover Adel is put to the test when Adel meets Nargess and gets ideas about leading a ‘normal life’. Glasgow: GFI‘.
Never Been Kissed (12) (Raja Gosnell, US, 1999) Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan. 107 mins. As journalist Josie Geller, Barrymore is given her first undercover reporting assignment: to go back to high school as a student to find out about modern education from the inside. Needless to say Jessie has some problems adjusting to the priorities of her new life and, at school first time around, Josie was far from Miss Popular. Capitalising on the considerable charm of its star, Never Been Kissed is a cheery, upbeat affair, enjoyable enough for the popcorn cinema audience. Edinburgh: UCI.
Notting Hill (15) (Roger Michell, UK, 1999) Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts. 110 mins. Screenwriter Richard Curtis's eagerly awaited follow-up to Four Weddings And A Funeral has Grant playing William Thacker, the divorced owner of a travel bookshop into whose life walks Hollywood megastar Anna Scott (Roberts) and, before you know it, they kiss. Paisley: Showcase.
The Omega Man (PG) (Boris Sagal, US, 1971) Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash. 98 mins. Great, great slice of 703 sci-f1 (they rarely make ‘em like this anymore) based on Richard Matheson’s book, I Am Legend about a futuristic plague that makes vampires of the population and leaves the only man with immunity besieged in his apartment in the city. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Once Upon A Time. Cinema (U) (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran, 1992) 98 mins. A monarch with 84 wives and who knows just how many children hates cinema, but upon seeing his ﬁrst silent movie abandons all to become an actor. The Iranian 1001 Nights. Glasgow: GFI‘.
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