complex. Edinburgh: ABC, Dominion. Dunoon: Studio Cinema.

The Rugrats Movie (U) (Norton Virgien/lgor Kovalyov, US, 1998) Voices of: 8.0. 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. Largs: Barrfields Cinema.

Run lola Run (15) (Tom Twyker, 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 Twyker gives Lola three chances and helps her pound the streets with a thumping, self-composed techno soundtrack. Using every style trick in the book, Twyker astounds with an adrenaline rush of a movie, and, no sooner has he whizzed through to one possible outcome, than he rewinds and plays out another scenario - twice more. Edinburgh: Cameo.

The Runaway Bride (PG) (Gary Marshall, US, 1999) Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Joan Cusack. 116 mins. Gere plays lke, a hardened New York newspaper columnist who gets sacked from his job for writing an inaccurate piece on Maggie Carpenter (Roberts) who has jiltcd 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. General release.

Sachs' Malady (15) (Michel Dcville, France, 1999) 107 mins. A country doctor, who spends his days dealing with the anxiety of human relationships, becomes acutely aware of his own shortcomings and begins to suffer from the syndrome of the title. Writing medical notes becomes his therapy until he meets a woman named Pauline. Part of the French Film Festival. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. 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- conscious 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: Odeon.

Short Cuts (15) 80 mins. The French filmmakers of tomorrow air their wares in this compilation which includes: Laurent Paty's Euroland, Patrick Halpine’s Le Cadeau De Maman, Jacques Mitsch’s Le Petit F rére D ’Huguette, Alexandre Gavras's Tueur De Petits Poissons and Jean-Philippe Labadie's El Paolito. Pan of the French Film Festival. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: 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 Sense is an often terrifying experience. General release. Small Faces (18) (Gillies Mackinnon, UK, 1995) lain Robertson, Joseph McFadden, J.S. Duffy. 108 mins. Co-written with producer brother Billy, Gillies Mackinnon’s marvellously detailed study about the growing pains of a boy caught in the fringes of Glasgow’s gangland violence in the 605 emerges as a warm and accurate portrayal of working-class family life. Centring on three

brothers, it avoids the pitfalls of the Glasgow hard man movie, instead becoming a superior rites-of-passage tale. Edinburgh: Cameo.

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. In 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. Glasgow: Odeon At The Quay, UCl. Edinburgh: ABC, UCl, Virgin Megaplex. East Kilbride: UCl.

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. Taxi ( 15) (Gerard Pires, France, 1999) Samy Nacéri, Frederic Diefenthal, Marion Cotilard. 86 mins. Boy-racer Daniel quits being his pizza-delivery job to drive a souped-up taxi around Marseilles for a living. Arrested for speeding by mummy’s boy cop Emilien, Daniel is forced to be his chauffeur and chase a group of German bank robbers who are terrorising the city. Mismatched buddy movie, written and produced by Luc Besson, whose swiftly knocked-out screenplay is notable only for its inanity, it even fails to offer memorable action sequences, despite its procession of high speed car chases, pile-ups and shoot- outs. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (l8) (Tobe Hooper, US, 1974)) Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger. 84 mins. A group of kids travel to a broken-down house in the middle of nowhere and meet cannabalistic degenerates who pick off the cast one by one. Perhaps the most relentless slice of terror ever put on screen Edinburgh: Odeon. The Thin Red Line (15) (Terrence Malick, US, 1998) Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Sean Penn. 170 mins. This is very much a director‘s film, with the mythic and revered Malick as the star. Movie A-list types make cameo appearances, while the bulk of the action centres on the boys from Company C, the luckless outfit charged with taking a vital hilltop stronghold in the battle for Guadalcanal. Glasgow: GFI‘.

The Third Man (PG) (Carol Reed, US/UK, 1949) Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles. 100 mins. Set in an unstable post-World War II Vienna, Holly Martins has been invited to the city by his old chum Lime, who is now in the grand-scale drug-dealing business, only to discover that he is dead. Except, he isn’t of course, and a multi-layered cat and mouse scenario is triggered. So, what’s so good about it? Well, you have a stirring zither score by Anton Karas, the ferris wheel and the 'cuckoo clock' speech yet possibly it's greatest triumph is to cram so much wonder into so little time. Edinburgh: Cameo.

The Tichborne Claimant (PG) (David Yates, UK, 1998) Robert Pugh, John Kani, Sir John Gielgud. 98 mins. The most confident British film debut in years brings the most sensational court case of the Victorian Age brought to the screen. 1866. When the long lost heir to the English thhbome fortune is sighted in Australia, the family's African servant, Bogle is packed off down under to retrieve him. Years later, a neglected and dejected Bogle returns with a man claiming to be the heir. Clinging to their family jewels, the Trchbomes refute the claim and a court case of scandalous proportions ensues. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

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