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Stepmom ( 12) ((‘hris Columbus. 19%) Julia Roberts. Susan Sarandon. lid Harris. 124 mins. Successlul fashion photographer Isabel Roberts moves in with boyfriend Harris and his two young children who resent their new 'stepmoin' as does Harris's ex-wife. supermum Sarandon. After numerous trials and tribulations. the mums and kids sort things out between one another. Jtist in time too. because Sarandon is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Great entertainment for schmaltz lovers. Everyone else will he left squirming uncomfortably in their seats. Kilmarnock: ()deon.

Stigmata ( 1 S) iii (Rupert Wainwright. US. 1999) Patricia Arquette. Gabriel Byrne. Jonathan Pryce. I": mins. Portentious. religious-themed supernatural thriller that's rips off the obvious genre classics: lhr' hunts! and The ()men. Pittsburgh hairdresser l'rankie Paige (Arquette) is afflicted w ith wounds that resetnble those suffered by (host on the cross. Her increasingly torturous condition cotnes to the attention of the Vatican. where devious Cardinal Houseman (Pryce) despatchcs investigator Andrew Kiernan (Byrne) to check on the validity of Paige's case. General release.

The Straight Story (U) innit (1)avid lynch. US, 1999) Richard l‘arnsworth. Sissy Spacek. Harry Dean Stanton. 111 mitts. Midwestern old timer Ah in Straight is hellbent on re uniting with his estranged. terminally ill brother so he takes to the road aboard his motorised lawnmower. 1".rrnswoitli's iead performance is honest. heart-felt and credible. while lynch maintains his fascination with the inherent strangeness of smalltov. ns and lost highways. But. in this sublime snail's pace odyssey. modern psychosis is replaced by old time decency. lidinburgh: ('ameo. (ialashiels: Pavilion. Summer Of Sam ( is) same (Spike Lee. 178. 1999) John 1 egui/amo. Adrien Brody. Mira Son ino. 1-12 mins. Summer 1977 in New York. Disco is the hottest new sound in the clubs. while the punk rock revolution has crossed the Atlantic. The city is also melting down under a record—breaking heatwav c. causing blackouts. looting and

riots. 01.“ in the Bronx. however. New Yorkers are concerned about something else: a murder spree by a serial killer dubbed by the media the ‘Son Of Sam‘. lee tackles intolerance once more. and it's his best shot at the subject since Do The Right Thing. Edinburgh: Filmhouse, Virgin Megaplex. Tarzan (U) *ttt (Kevin Lima and Chris Buck. US. 1999) Minnie Driver. Glenn Close. Nigel ilawthornc. 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. Tammi remains reasonably faithfully to Edgar Rice Burroughs 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. Glasgow: Showcase. UCl. Edinburgh: ABC. UCI. East Kilbride: UCl. Galashiels: Pavilion.

Taxi (15) ** (Gerard Pires. France. 1999) Samy Naeeri. Frederic Diefenthal. Marion Cotilard. so mins. Arrested for speeding by mummy's boy cop Emilien. taxi driver Daniel is forced to be his chauffeur and chase a group of German bank robbers who are terrorising Marseilles. Mismatched buddy movie. written and produced by 1.uc Besson. whose swiftly knocked-out screenplay is notable only for its inanity. high speed car chases. pile-ups and shoot- outs. Stirling: Carlton.

The Third Man (PG) “an ((‘arol Reed. l'S. UK. 1949) Joseph Cotton. ()rson Welles. 100 mins. Set in an unstable post- World War 11 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. St Andrews: New Picture House.





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Time Regained (18) *tttt (Raul Ruiz, France/italy, 1999) Marcello Mazzarella. Catherine Deneuve. Emmanuelle Beart. 162 mins. Marcel (Mazzarella) lies in bed thinking about his life, and reflects back less on his own actions than of those in the wealthy late 19th’ear1y 20th century salon culture in which he moved. Ruiz's adaptation of Proust‘s final volume of Remembrance Of Things Past captures brilliantly the tenuousness and subjectivity of memory aided and abetted by his trademark lateral tracking shots. technical correlatives to Proust's thinking. Glasgow: Gi’l‘.

Toy Story 2 (U) ***** (John Lasseter, US. 2000) Tom Hanks. Tim Allen. Joan Cusack. 95 mins. The new film expands on the original settings and themes: When Woody is not taken to Cowboy Camp by his owner Andy. he begins to question the meaning of his ‘Iifc‘. When he's subsequently stolen by a collector who plans to sell him to a Japanese you museum Buzz and the gang travel across town to rescue their pal. The emotive range of the animated characters is extraordinary; they say that computer generated images will never replace the real thing. but Toy Story 2 makes you wonder. General release. Trainspotting (18) (Danny Boyle. UK. 1995) Ewan McGregor. Ewen Bremner. Robert Carlyle. Jonny Lee Miller. 93 mins. John Hodge's screenplay perfectly captures the desperate humour of Irvine Welsh's novel. keeping the episodic structure of junkie scenes for the first half. before concentrating more on Renton in London in the later stages. Fast and stylish direction. creative soundtrack and acting that's off-the- rails excellent. A cinematic blast from beginning to end. which also shows a complex and true - understanding of the lure and fatal consequences of drug-taking. Edinburgh: Eilmhouse.

True Romance (18) (Tony Scott, US, 1993) Christian Slater. Patricia Arquette. Dennis Hopper. 1 19 mins. Comic bookstore assistant Clarence meets. sleeps with and marries novice hooker Alabama within a matter of hours. then the lovebirds find themselves on the run with an accidentally stolen case of cocaine. Limelight-stealing cameos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces fire this excellent movie. the epitome of disposable pop culture for the fast-food generation. Edinburgh: Cameo. Vacas (15) (Julia Medem. Spain. 1992) Emma Saurez. Carmelo Gomez. Ana Torrent. 96 mins. Part historical epic. part surreal fantasy. part lyrical love story, Vacas ranges across three generations of Spanish history from the 18305 to the Civil War. using images of cows as visual metaphors for Spain itself. A mysterious. haunting and resonant film that brings its own rewards. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Vanya On 42nd Street (U) (Louis Malle. US. 1994) Wallace Shawn. Julianne Moore. Andre Gregory. 119 mins. Over a period of four years. stage director Andre Gregory worked with a group of actors for irregular ‘undress rehearsal' run-throughs of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle lirny'a. Mallc's film version is equally experimental: the camera moves in close as the lines are delivered in a naturalistic manner without props or costumes. Ultimately. however. the impeccable performances and Chekhov's drama win the day. resulting in a good film. but excellent theatre. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

The War Zone (18) *tit (Tim Roth. UK. 1999) Ray Winstone. Lara Belmont. Freddie Cunliffe. Tilda Swinton. 99 mins. Very little will prepare audiences for this raw. no-holds-barred adaptation of Alexander Stuart's controversial 1989 novel about incest and child abuse. The performances are roundly excellent and. particularly in the case of Winstone and Belmont. very brave. Roth and his cinematographer. Seamus McGarvey contrast claustrophobic tension within the walls of the family home with the wild elements outside to great effect. Painful. powerful drama. Falkirk: F'TH Cinema. Wayne's World 2 (PG) (Stephen Surjik. US, 1993) Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere. 95 mins. It's time to party on again with Wayne and Garth. now they've left home and decide to stage Waynestock, a

somewhat aver-ambitious concert. in Aurora. More of the same. with a higher babe factor (Kim Basinger and Drew Barrymore in cameos). Garth discovering the love of a woman. and another nasty turn by Christopher Walken. Schwing-time once more. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

Wayne's World (PG) (Penelope Spheeris. US. 1991) Mike Myers. Dana Carvey. Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere. 95 mins.'1‘wo heavy metal dorks hit the big time when their public access cable show is snapped up by a greedy TV exec for national primetime. Crammed full of TV and film pastiches. this US phenomenon has far more hits than misses. while Wayne and Garth revel in an even wackier vocabulary than cinematic first cousins Bill and Ted. 'lhey've shot. they've scored! Glasgow: Grosvenor.

The Wedding Banquet (l5) (Ang Lee. US/Taiwan. 1993) Winston Chao. May Chin. Sihung Lung. Ah-Lea Gua. 107 mins. A successful naturalised American lives happily with his gay lover in Manhattan until pressure from his parents in Taiwan forces him to marry a young Chinese artist in need of a green card. But when mum and dad jump on the next plane for the wedding celebrations. a farcical situation becomes emotionally tense. Funny and serious in perfectly balanced measure. Glasgow: Gl’l'. When The Pipers Play (PG) (Patrick King. UK. 1999) 52 mins. An examination of the nature and history of Scotland's national musical instrument. which Combines picturesque locations with archive footage and performances by traditional singer lsla St Clair and 100 pipers from every Scottish army regiment. 'l'om Conti narrates and there are contributions from Charlton Heston and Hannah Gordon. Glasgow: Gi’l‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Wonderland (15) intranet (Michael Winterbottom. UK. 1999) Gina McKee. Shirley Henderson. Molly Parker. 108 mins. At once both extraordinarily beautiful and desperately sad. this portrait of life in contemporary London is seen through the eyes of three sisters and their dysfunctional family. ll'onderlanrl is unrelentingly grim for the most part. yet the performances are so good that you can't help but be moved to tears. And Winterbottom utilises every trick in the Great Filmmaker’s Manual to create a visual treat worthy of its title. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cameo.

The World Is Not Enough (12) met (Michael Apted. US/UK. 1999) Pierce Brosnan. Robert Carlyle. Denise Richards. 128 mins. A nuclear scientist with shapely curves. an international terrorist impervious to pain. a slick British spy who delivers his innuendo with a touch of apology in his voice. The nineteenth Bond movie is distinguished by a number of plot twists not usually squeezed in between spectacular but uninspired action set pieces, which increases involvement with the peripheral characters. General release.

Yellow Submarine (U) (George Dunning. UK. 1967) The voices and music of the Beatles. 90 mins. The Fab Four save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. A real period piece these days. this exercise in garish psychedelic animation still remains a colourful (and safely non-addictive) trip for the kiddies. while everyone can sing along with the tunes. Glasgow: GET.

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