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Ride With The Devil (15) (Ang Lee, US, 1999) Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright, Jewel. 138 mins. Ride With The Devil is a dusty epic of Gone With The Wind proportions, set amid the bloody chaos of the same war. Jacob Roedel (Maguire) rejects his father’s Unionist beliefs to follow best friend Jack (Ulrich) in fighting the Confederate cause. Among their companions is black slave Holt (Wright), whose devotion to his master confuses his loyalty to his own people, whose bondage he is fighting to preserve. An Oscar-worthy and unashamedly traditional Hollywood war movie that benefits from Lee’s deft way with the intimate, the ambiguous and the morally complex. General release.

Romance (18) (Catherine Breillat, France, 1999) Caroline Ducey, Rocco Siffredi, Francois Berleand. 98 mins. Our female protagonist is very young and wears either nothing or a white frock throughout. She weeps constantly and nags her boyfriend for attention; denied this, she embarks upon a small-scale sexual odyssey. Long, static shots show a series of sterile, joyless physical encounters, while a morose and pretentious monologue describes her feelings. Terrible. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. The Rugrats Movie (U) (Norton Virgien/ Igor Kovalyov, US, 1998) Voices of: EC. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie. 80 mins. The weekly animated adventures of the un-cutesy, irritatineg voiced Pickles family is big among kiddies and adults in the States, but the movie is definitely more of a junior entertainment. The film’s message is well intentioned, and it might keep the little ones quiet for a while. Glasgow: UCI. East Kilbride: UCI.

Run Lola Run (15) (Tom 'I\vyker, Germany, 1999) Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu. 80 mins. Young Berlin punk Lola (Potente) has twenty minutes to raise 100,000 marks to save her stupid, but beloved boyfriend from murderous drug dealers. Not an easy task, but writer/director Tom 'l\vyker gives Lola three chances and helps her pound the

streets with a thumping, self-composed techno soundtrack. Using every style trick in the book, Nyker astounds with an adrenaline rush of a movie, and, no sooner has ’l\vyker whined through to one possible outcome, than he rewinds and plays out another scenario - twice more. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.

The Runaway Bride (PG) (Gary Marshall, US, 1999) Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Joan Cusack. 116 mins. Gere plays Ike, a hardened New York newspaper columnist who gets sacked from his job for writing an inaccurate piece on Maggie Carpenter (Roberts) who has jilted at the alter three times before and is set to marry again. He goes to her home town to write a revenge piece on her, only they meet and as plans for the wedding proceed, ’things’ start to blossom between the two. The set up isn’t a million miles away from Pretty Woman but the schmaltz-fest at the end is nowhere near as toe-curling as it could have been. Generai release.

Rushmore (15) (Wes Anderson, US, 1999) Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams. 93 mins. Bright, bespe-tacled and geeky, Max Fischer, scholarship boy at the exclusive Rushmore Academy in Houston, is irritating and endearing in equal measures, while his self-belief is awesome. In Bill Murray’s self-loathing millionaire steel tycoon, Max finds a soul mate, but when they both fall in love with the new teacher Miss Cross (Williams), their friendship turns sour. Wes Anderson’s quirky, original comedy puts most of Hollywood’s recent output to shame. Murray gives his best performance in years, while film debutante Schwartzman is simply astonishing. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.

Saving Private Ryan (15) (Steven Spielberg, US, 1998) Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon. 170 mins. Like no film in recent memory, Saving Private Ryan focuses its attention squarely on the brutalities endured by American soldiers in World War II. Central to this impact is the already legendary opening half hour,





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detailing with remorseless brilliance the carnage of the D-Day landings. Understandany enough, Spielberg finds it hard to follow up this bravura introduction. The actual meat of the story, in which Hanks is sent ofi with the remnants of his unit to locate the eponymous Ryan, is built on rugged rather than subtle lines. Nevertheless, this is a landmark piece of moviemaking. Edinburgh: ABC.

Scream (18) (Wes Craven, US, 1996) Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore. 111 mins. The teenagers of Woodsboro know they’re typical stalker fodder, so when a killer hits town, they gather in an enormous house to watch horror movies as the real bad guy gets closer. Self- oonscious references are good fun, the opening sequence is genuine white-knuckle material, and if you know the rules you'll find it perfectly scary and funny. Edinburgh: Cameo.

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (U) (John Ford, US, 1949) John Wayne. Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson. 103 mins. The second in Ford's trilogy of cavalry Westerns centres on Wayne ’3 retirement from military service following Custer’s Last Stand. While not as gripping as Fort Apache or Rio Grande, it has a mellow elegance and a visual brilliance which won cinematographer Winton Hoch an Oscar. Edinburgh: St Bride's.

Sitcom (18) (Francois Ozon, France, 1998) Adrien de Van, Marina de Van, Evelyne Dandry. 85 mins. How funny one finds the idea of a strait-laced family suddenly given to incest, sado-masochism and bisexuality depends on how close one feels to the conventions Own mocks - and how scandalised one is by that mockery. One feels that Sitcom ’s 31-year-old director is sharper than the film’s more obvious moments suggest. Edinburgh: Film Guild at Filmhouse.

The Sixth Sense (15) (M. Night Shyamalan, US, 1999) Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Olivia Williams, Toni Collette. 107 mins. Nine-year-old Cole Sear (Osment) has a terrible secret: He can see the dead walking the earth; they’re around him all the time and it’s scary as hell. Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) takes his case and spends all of his time, at the expense of his marriage to Anna (Olivia Williams), attempting to help the boy. Shyamalan's clever script suggests much and explains little, keeping the audience guessing. Like Cole Sear’s hideous predicament, The Sixth Sense is an often terrifying experience. General release. South Park: Bigger. Longer a Uncut (15) (Trey Parker, 1999, US) Voices of: Trey

Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes. 80 mins. The premise reeks of the kind of smug self- referentiality you’d expect from hypemeisters Parker and Stone: the influence of a movie starring flatulent Canadians Terrance and Philip ups the little fellas’ foulmouthery; their clean-minded parents spearhead a bloody attack upon Canada; a few audacious leaps of crcdulity later, humanity is at the brink of destruction. Along the way there’s enough profanity, perversion and scatology to make chard Manning blush - plus an alarming foray into hi-tech animation, and a glimpse of Kenny sans hood. Edinburgh: Odeon. Irvine: Magnum Theatre. Largs: Barrficlds Cinema. Rothesay: Winter Garden.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (U) (George Lucas, US, 1999) Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman. 132 mins. On the surface, the plot structure isn’t a million light years away from the original Star Wars. ln visual terms, The Phantom Menace stands alone in the cinematic universe. At times you’d think there was more animation than live action on screen - and maybe it’s this toning down of the human element that has left the film lacking soul. General release.

Straw Dogs (18) (Sam Peckinpah, UK, 1971) Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warner. 118 mins. An mild-mannered American brings his English wife back to her home village, only to have violence flare in this inbred Cornish community. Long tarred with the 'gratuitous' brush, Peckinpah's contemporary horror/thriller still retains its power. Edinburgh: Lumiere. Tarzan (U) (Kevin Lima and Chris Buck, US, 1999) Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Nigel Hawthorne. 88 mins. Disney has finally turned its attention to the second most filmed character in Western cinema (Dracula is the first) and has created some astonishing images. Storytelling-wise, Tarzan remains reasonably faithfully to Edgar Rice Burrough’s original. Shipwrecked on a tropical island, baby Tarzan looses his human parents to a terrifying tiger and is adopted by an ape clan. All grown up, the Ape Man is reunited with man and womankind when a trophy hunting/ anthropological expedition arrives and Tarzan meets Jane. General release.

10 Things I Hate About You (12) (Oil Junger, US, 1999) Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger. 98 mins. It could have been horrible. But this high school-set reworking of Shakespeare ’s The Taming 0] The Shrew is not only faithful to its source, but is a funny, charming and enjoyable film in its own right. Purists may be aghast at the hijacking of such a literary