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Heart Breakers - Girls' Shorts (15) (Various, 1999—2000) 63 mins. New lesbian short films, with an emotional range from comedy to pathos. The programme includes Abigail Severance's Pump, Maeve Murphy's Salvage, Sarah Turner's Cur, Carla Drago's Above The Dust Level and Sam Bakhurst and Lea Morment's 4PM. Part of The Lesbian And Gay Film Festival On Tour. Glasgow: Gl’l‘.

Honest (18) ** (Dave Stewart, Uk. 2000) Nicole Appleton, Natalie, Appleton, Melanie Blatt. 105 mins. liurythmics guitarist Stewart directs three quarters of All Saints in this ()()s London-set gangster film. The Saints play three sisters living in the East End who attempt to better themselves by dressing tip in drag and robbing the West End's rich. Local criminal hard nuts and a handsome American student pose very different problems for the girl's career improvement efforts. but they pull together for that one last job . . . See review. General release.

House! (15) **** (Julian Kemp. UK. 2000) Freddie Jones. Kelly Macdonald. Jason Hughes. 89 mins. The staff of a crumbling bingo hall in Wales battle impending bankruptcy when a bingo megaplex opens a mile down the valley. a plot lifted from 1957‘s paean to cinemas. The Smallest Show ()Il [furl/i. At the heart of this assured debut is the rebellion of a small community against encroaching modern business practises. a conflict which embodied many a classic Lialing comedy. Galashiels: Pavilion.

Inspector Gadget (U) iii (David Kellogg. US, 1999) Matthew Broderick. Rupert Everett. Joely Fisher. 79 mins. Disney 's take on the French kids' cartoon follows the part human. part gizmo Gadget's (Broderick) quest to become a proper. respected cop. Unfortunately. the dastardly Claw (liverett) has a scheme for world domination. which includes creating an evil doppelganger of the trcnchcoated wonder. The inspector's many contraptions

Disney might have updated its 1940 classical music tribute with new animated sequences and re-issued it as Fantasia 2000, but it’s the studio's original creations that endure: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (pictured)

will delight younger viewers. and oldies will be amused by the plentiful self- referential moments. lidinburgh: ()deon.

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The Iron Giant (U) *ivtirak (Brad Bird. US. 1999) Jennifer Aniston. llarry Conick Jr. Vin Diesel. 80 mins. In this animated film adaptation of Ted llughes's classic children's story about a boy who befriends a

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50ft. robot from outer space, the action is transported from rural England to small- town America in the late 1950s. The resulting film is a fast-moving thrillfest featuring bongo-beating beatniks, a great rockabilly soundtrack and explosive destruction on a grand scale. This being a kids film. through. it's violence with a conscience. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

Kevin 8: Perry Go Large (15) ** (Ed Bye. UK. 2000) Harry linfield. Kathy Burke. Laura Fraser. 82 mins. This big- screen spin-off for one of the sketches from TV's Hurry Ifnjielrlsiml Chums follows its two teenage characters on a quest to lose their virginity and become top DJs. The key influence here is the Curry ()Il series. so prepare yourself for a stream of erection. urinating and vomiting gags. There are some enjoyable performances. but there's a nagging sense that. with this predictable satire, [infield and chums are milking a cash-cow. General release.

Kundun (15) *tit (Martin Scorsese. US. 1997) 1-10 mins. Scorsese‘s biography of the fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a painstaking record of a culture close to extinction. The beauty of Tibet anJ gentle nature of the people is disrupted by invasion by China. but the Dalai Lama remains true to the ideal of non-violence. A highly cinematic. though heavily wrought film. Kimtlun also features a pulsating music score by Philip Glass. The first hour. while beautiful to watch. does seem to pass very slowly. but. by the end. it has a curious calming energy all of its own. Edinburgh: Cameo.

Lake Placid (15) their (Sieve Miner. US. 2000) Brendan (ileeson. Bridget Fonda. Bill Pullman. ()livcr Platt. 82 mins. Big monster eating people in a lake in Maine. Local sheriff. game warden. scientist and hunter team tip to kill it. Plenty of extras get iiiiinched. Doesn't sound particularly appetising we've seen it all before in Jam. :1 lligulor. Pint/mu. etc. except Lake Placid has the smartest. funniest dialogue you're likely to hear all year: "The sooner we catch this thing. Sheriff. the sooner you cart get back to sleeping with your sister.' Goes for cheap belly laughs and gets ‘cm every time. lidinburgh: Cameo.

Lies ( lh‘) **~k** (Jang Sun Woo, Korea. 2000) 11.1 mins. .-\rt house smut or blatant Pornography 1’ Who cares? What movies are this ballsy. provocative and filthily erotic you know it's great to be alive. Y is a high school Lolita who finds herself in a sexual dance into oblivion with 33-year-old n‘izljntoi.‘ \\".ii!c consent: tiliii' i‘Il tire

sadomasochistic progression of the lovers, the film allows essential truths about Korean society to seep through. but never overpower its lusty narrative. Edinburgh: l’ilmhouse.

‘I’he Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (U) ***** (Michael Powell & limeric Pressburger. UK. 19-13) Roger Livesey. Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook. 163 mins. ()ne of the great British films, this is an ecstatic, uplifting celebration and. paradoxically. critique of the essence of Britishness. ()utwitted through ‘cheating' in a 19-12 Home Guard exercise. General Clive Wynne-Candy reflects on his life. military career and love of a special woman. concluding that his gentlemanly notions of ‘fair play' have become outmoded. E Magnificent. Edinburgh: Lumiere. Lone Star (15) iii”): (John Saylcs, US, i 1996) Chris Cooper. lilizabcth Pena. Kris i Kristofferson. 135 mins. When a modern- 1 day Texan sheriff investigates a decades-old i murder. past clashes with present and local i mythologies have to be re-examined. Sayles's various sub-plots don't distract from each other: in fact. they re-inforce and counterpoint, building a complex social. historical and political backdrop to the riveting thriller on the surface. Another masterpiece from America‘s greatest independent director. l-‘alkirk: l-‘l‘ll Cinema. the Long Good Friday (15) ***** (John McKenzie. UK. 1980) Bob lloskins. Helen Mirren. Pierce Brosnan. 114 mins. Harold Shand (iloskins) is an unforgettable creation. at once the perfect embodiment of his time and place (London. 1980) and a throwback to the monochrome gangsters of the thirties ~ .\ltllii. Cagney. and l-dvvartl (i. With lloskins as its driving force .lilvl to- dic-for dialogue its fuel. the film motors along from one set piece to another, The violence. though shocking (0 en now i and brilliantly staged. is ncxci .iIIowed to overwhelm the characters. this minor classic to its subtle btit th\;ts[;iling climax. See preview and icy icw. lidinbur‘gh: l-‘ilmhouse. Lumiere.

Looking For Richard ( ISi *‘k* (.\l Pacino. CS. 1990) Al Pacino. \Vrnona Ryder. Alec Baldwin. 1 1.: mins. Pacino investigates his passion for Shakespeare by scurrying around New York. interviewing ordinary people and Lotions tliespiaiis about the Bard's appeal. \\ hen he gets togetlici his chums to chew over the text and to enact some scenes from Richard II however. his offbeat film goes sadly off the rails and resembles a Higher linglish lesson. .\ noble

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