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Quadrophenia (18) *** (Frank Roddam, UK, 1979) Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Sting. 120 mins. Mods and rockers live it up on Brighton beach by swapping buckets and spades for chains and sticks. Lively first half has enough energy, music, violence and period flavour to carry it along, but all too soon it degenerates into some sort of treatise on the morality of youth, set to tunes by The Who. Edinburgh: Cameo. Rear Window (PG) **** (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr. 112 mins. Laid up with a broken leg, Slim Jim takes to neighbour-spotting with binoculars and camera at the ready. Before long, he's getting hot under the collar about the dirty deeds done across the yard. Is it murder? Or just naked voyeurism? One of Hitch’s darkest movies, with an intense, unrelenting claustrophobia derived from confining the lens to the apartment set. Edinburgh: Lumiere.

The Red Baron (PG) *** (Roger Corman, US, 1971) John Philip Law, Don Stroud. 97 mins. Schlockmeister Corman abandons Edgar Allen Poe for aerial combat in this tale of the Teutonic knight of the skies. Fine reconstructions of the dog fights in rickety old WWI biplanes. Edinburgh: Lumiere.

Regeneration (15) innit (Gillies Mackinnon, UK/Canada, 1997) Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller. 113 mins. Faithful to Pat Barker's source novel, Mackinnon’s film touches on trench life during World War I, but is mostly confined within the walls of Edinburgh‘s Craiglockhart Hospital, where psychiatrist Dr Rivers (Pryce) nurses the shell-shocked back to mental fitness. It’s a sober, mournful work, and most of the fireworks comes from the actors, all of whom excel. Glasgow: GilmorehillGlZ.

Restless Natives (PG) *** (Michael Hoffman, UK, 1985) Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Teri Nally. 89 mins. Quaint but silly Scottish comedy of dubious morals, in which a couple of lads from a housing scheme set out to make their fortune as highwaymen. On a 125cc moped, wearing masks stolen from the joke shop where one of them works, they raid Cotters coach tours, stealing from their American clients, who enjoy the touch of local flavour. After a car chase filmed in an around Edinburgh, they are cornered by international police, but there's a twist in the tail. Worth seeing, if only to spot local landmarks and actors. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

Return To Me (PG) *** (Bonnie Hunt, US, 2000) David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Joely Richardson. 115 mins. Heart transplant patient Grace (Driver) receives Bob‘s (Duchovny) dead wife’s (Richardson) heart. By sheer coincidence Bob and Grace meet and fall in love. Duchovny has a peculiar knack for underacting and Driver betrays her previous spunky roles (e.g. in Grosse Point Blank) by simpcring and stuttering. The quintet of elderly folks who inhabit the restaurant Grace works in are a hilarious distraction. These, however, are the scarce morsels of meat on these tired romantic comedy bones. See review and Frontlines. General release.

Rien Sur Robert (18) tit (Pascal Bonitzer, France, 1998) Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Valentina Cervi. 107 mins. The life of Parisian journalist Didier (Luchini) changes dramatically after he turns in a scathing review of a Bosnian film he hasn't actually seen. He‘s attacked by the intelligensia, cheated upon by his girlfriend (Kiberlain) and falls for another (two) women. Marvellously meandering pitch- black comedy. Edinburgh: l-‘ilmhouse.

A Room For Romeo Brass (15) *tttt (Shane Meadows. UK, 2000) Paddy Considinc, Andrew Shim, Ben Marshall. 90 mins. Meadows once more combines colourful regional characters with impish humour and kitchen sink drama to great effect, but adds to the mix a deeply personal autobiographical element. And he elicits impressively naturalistic performances from a cast of newcomers for the story of young Nottingham lads Romeo (Shim) and Gavin (Marshall) who are best mates until the arrival of oddball Morell (the astonishingly

dynamic Considinc). East Kilbride: Arts Centre.

Rosetta (15) ***** (Luc and Jean- Pierre Dardenne, Belgium/France, 1999) Emilie Dequenne, Anne Yernaux, Fabrizio Rongione. 91 mins. Rosetta (Dequenne) is seventeen and has one wish: to find a job that will enable her to move out of the caravan that she co-habits with her alcoholic mother (Yernaux). Despite continual disappointments in the job market Rosetta refuses to give up hope and battles on like a bull facing a matador. A marvellous exposition of the continuing importance of cinema in highlighting social barriers and conflict, Rosetta was rewarded with the Cannes Palme d’Or. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

Saving Grace (15) kt (Nigel Cole, Uk, 2000) Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson. 94 mins. Saddled with crushing debts after the sudden death of her husband, keen horticulturist Grace (Blethyn) transforms the greenhouse of her Cornish mansion into a marijuana plantation with the assistance of her Scottish gardener, Matthew (Ferguson). Already being touted as this year's feelgood British comedy, Saving Grace attempts to recapture the magic of the Ealing classics; instead it merely feels out of touch with modern life. General release.

Scarlet Street (PG) trial: (Fritz Lang, US, 1945) Edward G Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. 103 mins. Edward G is the meek cashier whose obsession with prostitute Joan Bennett drives him to distraction. Fabulously bleak and psychologically twisted film noir from one of its masters. Edinburgh: Lumiere. Scream 3 (18) **** (Wes Craven, US, 2000) Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette. 118 mins. The third instalment of the horror film parody expands the by now familiarjokey film references to satirise the industry that spawned the inspirational Halloween and Friday The 131/: series. The victims this time round are the cast of film- within-the-film, Stab 3, the final instalment of the exploitative dramatisation of the Woodsboro murders, which were the subject of the first film. An endless stream of amusing cameos and film references makes Scream 3 as entertaining as the first film. That said, it’s funnier than it is scary. Edinburgh: Odeon. Galashiels: Pavilion. The Secret Garden (PG) (Fred M. Wilcox, US, 1949) Margaret O’Brien, Helen Marshall, Gladys Cooper. 92 mins. Sumptuous MGM adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel about a young orphan girl staying with her crotchety uncle. Director Wilcox later went on to make Forbidden Planet. Edinburgh: Lumiere.

Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (18) “it (Gough Lewis, US, 2000) Annabel Chong. 86 mins. Chong became an international sensation by orchestrating the inaugural ‘World's Biggest Gang Bang' in which she had sex with 251 men in ten hours to provide her with Andy Warhol's fifteen minutes of fame. The sex feat also attracted the attention of Gough Lewis who spent the next year filming Chong as she came to terms with overnight celebrity status. A truly depressing picture of the human condition in which even Chong is not afforded the luxury of a sympathetic light. Yet despite the depressing tone, it is impossible not to be enthralled. Glasgow: GET.

Show Me Love (15) *** (Lukus Moodysson, Sweden, 2000) Rebecca Liljeberg, Alexandra Dahlstr‘m. 89 mins. A slight tale of two teenage girls falling in love in the small Swedish town ofAmal. Moodysson's film combines a cinema verite eye with some stock situations and characters. Creating tension and turmoil out of the rite of passage movie gets harder and harder, but Moodysson manages a modicum of freshness, and there are enough variables at work to keep the film going for an engaging hour and a half. Edinburgh: Lumiere.

Snow Day (PG) *** (Chris Kock, US, 2000) Chevy Chase, Pam Grier, John Schneider. 90 mins. Weatherman Tom Brandston‘s (Chase) ratings are sliding as the public reject his traditional routine in favour of slick network rival Chad Symmonz (Schneider). His network manager Tina (Grier) orders Tom to spice up