grumpy satyr (Danny DeVito) as his coach. Classical purists might grumble, but this is one of the studio‘s most dynamic and entertaining features. Kilmarnock: Odeon. High Fidelity (15) *A‘k‘k (Stephen Frcars, US, 2000) John Cusack, lben Hjejle, Jack Black. 113 mins. Nick Hornby's story of a vinyl junkie who's more interested in his music collection than his relationships with women is practically a British institution. Yet, Cusack and co-writer/producer pals D.V. DeVincentis and Steve Pink have drawn on their own pasts to make a film that's as funny and profound as the book. But the great script, cast and music wouldn‘t have meant a thing without a filmmaker of Frears' calibre taking charge. See review. General release.

The Hi-Lo Country (15) iii (Stephen Frears, US, 1999) Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, Patricia Arquette. 114 mins. Having successfully mastered the American crime movie with (irifrers, Stephen Frears tries his hand at the Western. Unfortunately, his latest film fails to transcend the clichés that litter a genre in which there now seems little new to say. The drama, solidly elegiac in tone, is set in the post-World War Two New Mexico community of Iii-Lo, where two cattlean defend the traditional ways of the cowboy in the face of encroaching mass commercialisation. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Holy Smoke (18) ** (Jane Campion, US, 2000) Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Ilamilton, Pam Grier. 114 mins. Winslet courageously throws herself into the role of Ruth, a spirited young woman who falls under the spell of a Guru in India, and then finds herself confronted by an American Exit Counsellor (Keitel) enlisted by her Australian family to lure her back home. Holy Smoke is packed with provocative ideas, but Campion‘s failure to explore them and, more damagineg, her heavy-handed attempts at comedy, wipe out any interest the film might hold. Stirling: MacRobert. Home Alone 3 (PG) ** (Raja Gosnell, US, 1997) Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt. 95 mins. Instead of Macaulay Culkin. here comes Alex D. Linz (Michelle Pfeiffer‘s kid in One Fine Day), but this film is not a patch on the un-PC slapstick and reckless stunting of the original. Stuck at home with the chicken pox, Alex discovers a gang of hi-tech international criminals trying to locate a top secret microchip, so he sets up increasingly elaborate and sadistic traps. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (PG) **** (Gary Trousdale. Kirk Wise, US, 1990) With the voices of'l'om llulce, Demi Moore, Kevin Kline. 90 mins. Young Quasimodo is kept prisoner in medieval Paris's great cathedral by the evil Judge FroIIo, but when the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda comes on the scene, the boy's heroic instincts save the day. Strong vocal performances, stunning cityscapes, grand songs and an expertly mature handling of adult themes make this an instant classic with plenty to say about moral hypocrisy. Glasgow: ()deon At The Quay.

The Hurricane (15) it (Norman Jewison, US, 2000) Denzel Washington, John Ilannah, Deborah Kara Unger. 140 mins. An engaging and wholly Oscar-worthy turn from Washington isn‘t enough to salvage Jewison's controversial biopic of the boxer Rubin Carter. The facts of Carter's triple murder case have been massaged into cinematic shape to the extent that gaping holes mar the film's narrative, a cowardly tactic that simplifies and finally discredits its message about institutionalised racism in America. The nuts and bolts of the case are glossed over in favour of a fawning glorification of Carter, who is painted as a quasismythic martyr saint. Edinburgh: Lumiere. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith. Motherwell: Moviehouse.

In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai No Corrida) (18) ***** (Nagisa ()shima, Japan, 1970) 'I‘atsuya Fuji. Eiko Matsuda. 105 mins. At last deemed fit for certification. ()shima's shockingly erotic film can now be publicly screened. In the militarist Japan of 1930. a couple enclose themselves in their own sensual world, their passion escalating until only death cart provide the next orgasm. Masterly though necessarily extremer explicit look at the power of sexual arousal, which has attracted

controversy throughout the world. Glasgow: GFI‘.

In Too Deep (18) *** (Michael Rymer, US, 2000) Omar Epps, Nia Long, LL Cool J. 93 mins. Epps' Cincinnati cop, Jeff Cole, goes undercover, but finds himself getting all too close to Cool J's drug lord who likes to be called God. Long is the girlfriend who tries to make Epps see sense, while Pam Grier and Stanley Tucci are wasted in the background as regular cops. Edinburgh: UGC Cinemas.

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (PG) tit (Steven Spielberg, US, 1989) Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliot. 127 mins. The third and supposedly final instalment of Spielberg's blockbuster series, in which the archaeological adventurer is joined by his father (Connery) for a romp through the Middle East in search of the Holy Grail, hotly pursued (as ever) by the Nazis. A rather dodgy quasi-Christian morality and a more-of-the-same-ish plot are offset by strong performances from Ford and Connery and technical bravura. Edinburgh: UGC Cinemas.

Inspector Gadget (U) Hut: (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 (Everett) has a scheme for world domination, which includes creating an evil doppelganger of the trenchcoated wonder. The Inspector's many contraptions will delight younger viewers, and oldies will be amused by the plentiful self-referential moments. Dunfermline: Odeon. International Velvet (PG) t** (Bryan Forbes, US, 1978) Nanette Newman. Anthony Hopkins, Tatum 0' Neal. 126 mins. The Elizabeth Taylor character from the 1944 classic is now a grown woman with a niece following in her hoofprints as a would-be Olympic competitor. Decent horse opera and family entertainment, ignored in its time but given some distinction by the calibre of the cast. Glasgow: GEL

Iron Giant (U) *itti (Brad Bird, US, 1999) Jennifer Aniston, Harry Conick Jr, Vin Diesel. 86 mins. In this animated film adaptation of'l'ed Hughes's classic children‘s story about a boy who befriends a 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. Dunfermline: ()deon. Motherwell: Moviehouse.

Jam Session (PG) rink (Makoto Shinozaki, Japan, 2000) 93 mins. Rarely screened documentary about Japan's greatest filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, filmed while he was working on his last film, Kikujim. Glasgow: GI'T. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.

Jesus' Son (18) **** (Alison MacLean, US, 2000) Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary. 109 mins. Just occasionally a film about drugs can contain something of the magic and warmth of an addict's high. Fuckhead (Billy (frudup) is a likeable young bum in 70‘s Iowa with a roaring drug problem, a crazy girlfriend (Morton) and a consuming need to help everyone he comes across, usually with dire consequences. This soulful diary of a ‘head' is everything the grossly contrived 'l'rainspotling was not: intelligent, playful and full of big-hearted

love. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Jurassic Park (PG) ***~k (Steven Spielberg, US, 1993) Sam Neill. Laura Dern. Jeff Goldblum. 127 mins. A group of

scientists are invited to give their approval

to a theme park filled with genetically

engineered dinosaurs, but the giant reptiles

are soon running amok. Unsurpassed computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyineg believable (more so than the PG certificate would suggest).

but by the halfway point, it's more or less a

chase movie with superior technology. I-‘alkirk: I’I‘II Cinema.

Kadosh (Sacred) (15) *ttt (Amos (iitai,

Israel France Italy, 2000).\1ettal Barda, Yael

Abecassis, Yoram Hattab. 112 mins. Both a respectful study of the milieu, and a critique of the damage it does to women‘s lives, Gitai details, but never allows us to comprehend the Hassidic experience. Certainly the knowledge of Gitai‘s earlier work (Field Diary and A House In Jerusalem), and also of the director‘s left wing stance will point the viewer in a particular direction. Nevertheless, this is as subtly effective as one-sided cinema is likely to get. See review. Glasgow: GFI‘.

Kill Me Again (18) iii (John Dahl, US, 1990) Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Michael Madsen, Jonathan Gries. 96 mins. All the markers of a 405 film noir are set against the bright, neon-washed landscapes of 80s Nevada, as Whalley-Kilmer fakes her death to escape the clutches of her ex- boyfriend and the mafia, both of whom lay claim to the suitcase of money that is her favourite possession. No classic, but a passable double-cross special that should keep crime thriller addicts more than amused. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

Kind Hearts And Coronets (PG) at“: (Robert Ilamer, UK, 1949) Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson. 106 mins. Blacker than black Ealing comedy has a suave and sophisticated Price killing off an entire family tree (all played by Guinness) in order to move himself closer to the d'Ascoyne family title. low-key cynicism and disarming callousness make it a true gem of British post-war cinema. Edinburgh: Lumiere.

Kitano Celebration Day See Rough cuts. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

The Limey (18) **** (Steven Soderbergh, US, 1999) Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Luis Guzman. 89 mins. Stamp's criminal cockney reject, Wilson is off his manor and in Los Angeles to avenge his daughter‘s death in Soderbergh's take on ()()s cinema and the British crime movie. But this is no simple revenge caper, although the action thrills and the one-liners are smart.

The casting ()0s icons Stamp and Fonda as

Wilson‘s nemesis, record producer Terry ’alentine, is inspired. Edinburgh: UGC

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The Long Good Friday (18) ***** (John McKenzie, UK, 1980) Bob lloskins, Helen Mirrcn, Pierce Brosnan. 114 mins. Ilarold Shand (Hoskins) 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 Muni, Cagney, and Edward G. With Iloskins as its driving force and to-die- for dialogue its fuel, the film motors along from one set piece to another. The violence, though shocking (even now) and brilliantly staged, is never allowed to overwhelm the characters, leading this minor classic to its subtle but devastating climax. Edinburgh: UGC Cinemas.

le-Z (15) *i* (John Woo, US, 2000) Tom Cruise, 'Ihandie Newton, Dougray Scott. 124 mins. Evil ex-super spy Sean Ambrose (Scott) has stolen a lethal chemical weapon, and he wants big bucks not to unleash it. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is charged with retrieving it and enlists beautiful cat thief and Ambrose's ex- lover Nyah Hall (Newton). M.‘I 2 works best and is most faithful to the spirit of the original Mission: Impossible while the operation remains covert, but Woo blows it with a clumsy all-out action finale. General release.

Man On The Moon (15) ***** (Milos Forman, Us, 2000) Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love. 119 mins. Carrey was unfairly snubbed at the Oscars: as comedian Andy Kaufman (Latka in Taxi), Carrey gives a career best performance. 'Ihat Kaufman was best known in the UK as Latka and little known for his astonishing, often sadistic practical jokes works in the film‘s favour. Forman and his screenwriters from Larry Fly/1!, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, have crafted a film that plays as many tricks with its audience as Kaufman did with the American public. And that's the highest honour the film could have paid Kaufman. Kirkcaldy: Adam Smith.

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