FILM INDEX continued
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (12) *** (John Hay, UK, 2000) Lewis McKenzie, Gina McKee, Robert Carlyle. 105 mins. Life could not be worse for 15-yearoold Jimmy Grimble (McKenzie). The poor lad dreams of becoming a professional footballer, but the moment he hits the pitch his skill deserts him. Everything changes when a tramp gives Jimmy an old pair of football boots, which turn him into a demon on the pitch and also affect everyone around him for the better, including his cowed PE teacher (Carlyle). Despite a title which proclaims the uniqueness of its hero, there’s nothing surprising or particularly individual about this cute urban fairytale. F'I'H Cinema, Falkirk.
This Is Spinal Tap (15) *tttt (Rob Reiner, US, 1983) Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, R.J. Parnell, Ed Begley Jr. 82 mins. Certainly the most ingenious, accurate and funny of all spoof rockumentaries, with wonderfully spontaneous dialogue, convincing fly-on-the-wall camera work, self-penned heavy metal parodies, and of course the amp that goes to 11. Odeon, Glasgow.
Thomas And The Magic Railroad (U) H (Britt Allcroft, UK/US, 2000) Voices of Alec Baldwin, Peter Fonda, Michael E. Rodgers. 79 mins. This adaptation of the Reverend Wilbur Awdry books is aimed squarely at under tens. Whilst children will be lapping up the tale of Thomas The Tank Engine aiding The Conductor (Baldwin) against the evil Diesel train, accompanying guardians will be wondering what happened to Allcroft's classic series narrated by Ringo Starr. Surely it was never this juvenile! Odeon, Ayr.
Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train (15) *it* (Patrice Chereau, France, 2000) Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pascal Gregory, Charles Berling. 122 mins. The minor painter, Jean-Baptiste Emmerich, has died. Despite living in Paris, his dying wish is to be buried in Limoges, and so catching the train to the funeral are a mixture of the dead man's friends, lovers, students and relatives. Chereau's first feature since La Reine Margot is a ﬁercely intense, yet cathartic melodrama which, with every character suffering some form of a personal crisis, keeps veering off in unexpected directions. Brilliantly shot, Those Who Love Me. . . is also marked by a host of vivid, heartfelt performances. Lumiere, Edinburgh.
Three Kings (15) ***** (David 0. Russell, US, 2000) George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube. 114 mins. At the butt end of the Gulf War, four US soldiers who have seen no action whatsoever and don’t even understand what the war is about, follow a treasure map to where Saddam Hussein has hidden stolen Kuwaiti gold. A masterpiece of inhumanity, Russell’s witty script and super sharp direction captures the futility of the situation. This ﬁlm begs some of the most pertinent political questions ever asked in an American movie - it’s amazing it got passed congress. Cameo, Edinburgh.
The Tigger Movie (U) *tit (Jun Falkenstein, US, 2000) 77 mins. Identical in many ways to 1977’s The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, this new yarn based on A.A. Milne’s characters ﬁnds Pooh, Piglet, Tigger et al still living a charmed life of tea parties and
Mon 6th Nov
There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble (12) 7:30pm Tues 7th Nov
Chicken Run (U)
11:30am & 7:30pm Sun 12th Nov
X-Men (12) 3:30 m
Emperor & The Assassin (1 ) 6:00pm
Tues 14th Nov
Miss Julie (15) 7:30pm
Tickets and further information from The Steeple Box office (Tel: 01324 506850)
or on the day from the hall
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afternoon naps. Only this time, the wee stripy fella’s decided being one of a kind isn’t quite as cool as he’d ﬁrst thought and so a literal quest for the Tigger Family Tree ensues. A happy ending eventually makes its presence felt, because even Tiger is smart enough to recognise that with friends like Pooh, Piglet, R00 and Eeyore, who needs family? Odeon, Edinburgh.
Titan A.E. (12) *i** (Don Bluth/Gary Goldman, US, 2000) Voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pulman, Drew Barrymore. 95 mins. Earth has just been creamed by the unspeakany evil alien Drej. Humankind’s fate rests (literally) in the hands of humble astro-mechanic Cale Tucker (Damon) who is part of the small number of human refugees sprinkled about the universe. A rip-roaring space adventure like they certainly never used to make ‘em, Titan A.E. (After Earth) is animation imitating live action, and is markedly post-Armageddon and Independence Day both in look and outlook. Odeon, Edinburgh.
To Have And Have Not (PG) **** (Howard Hawks, US, 1945) Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael. 100 mins. Bogart and Bacall worked together for the ﬁrst time in Hawks’ Hemingway adaptation, set in the Caribbean during the war, where Bogart’s ﬁshing-boat owner is drawn into the conﬂict by his (real life) love for Bacall. Lumiere, Edinburgh.
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 ‘life'. When he’s subsequently stolen by a collector - who plans to sell him to a Japanese toy 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. Odeon, Dunfermline.
La Vie Revee Des Anges (The Dream Life Of Angels) (15) iii (Erick Zonca, France, 1998) Elodie Bouchez, Natacha Regnier. 113 mins. Zonca’s ﬁrst feature follows Bouchez’s young backpacker who arrives in Lille without work. Managing to wrangle a menial job, she strikes up a friendship with fellow worker Regnier. who offers her a place to stay in the flat she's looking after. Top heavy with precedents, but there's always room for ﬁlms in acute sympathy with their leading characters. Lumiere, Edinburgh.
Wallace And Gromit (U) ***** (Nick Park, UK, 1989) 84 mins. All three -A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave — of the adventures of a Lancastrian cheese lover and his hound. Probably the funniest animation in the world. Lumiere, Edinburgh.
Water Drops On Burning Rocks (18) **** (Francois Ozon, France, France, 2000) Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Anna Thomson. 86 mins. Postmodern French provocateur Ozon adapts Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s unperformed play. Giraudeau’s middle-aged manipulative satyr, Leopold, seduces the youthful Zidi before moving onto his girlfriend. All the usual Fassbindcrian musical chairs, then, as people play games with others’ emotions. And yet, when the performers break into dance, and offer their pert butts in close up, we feel the presence of an altogether different, more exuberant talent at work. A kind of manic depressive meeting of two minds. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
What Lies Beneath (15) time (Robert Zemeckis, US, 2000) Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Miranda Otto, James Remar. 129 mins. A suspense thriller that plays teasineg between genres, though soon everything becomes clear: the ﬁlm is haunted by the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock. Pfeiffer's Claire Spencer lives with her genetics professor husband Norman (Ford) in an idyllic lakeside house in Vermont. But all is not well in their ideal home; where she‘s troubled by things that go bump in the night. Zemeckis turns the screw of suspense with an expert hand, building tension with a canny mix of Alan Silvestri's eerie score and even more ominous silences, while Pfeiffer involves us in every stage of Claire’s mental unravelling. General release.
The Wind Will Carry Us (U) an“ (Abbas Kiarostami, lran, 2000) 118 mins. You may feel the great Iranian director’s ﬁlm is
much ado about nothing. That this tale of strangers staying for a couple of weeks in a remote, high-perched village barely warrants its two hour running time. But once caught by its rhythm, its allusive and elusive possibilities and its ability to leave the audience thinking and feeling for themselves, you’ll realise this is a ‘nothing' about much do. Kiarostami brilliantly offers the sparest of narratives to offer maximum interpretative freedom. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
The Wings Of The Dove (15) hurt (Iain Softley, UK, 1997) Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alison Elliott. 108 mins. An intelligent, emotionally devastating adaptation of Henry James’s novel that conﬁdently side- steps the pitfalls of stuffy costume drama. Prevented from marrying her humble lover, Kate (Bonham Carter) plots to pair him off with a rich, sickly American. Everything about this ﬁlm emphasises quality, including the costumes, photography, use of Venice as a setting and — above all - the peerless performances. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Wonder Boys (15) think (Curtis Hanson, US, 2000) Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr. 111 mins. Grady Tripp (Douglas), one time celebrated novelist, now cynical creative writing professor is having a rough weekend. His third wife has just left him, his mistress, who also happens to be the College Chancellor's wife, is pregnant, manic depressive pupil James Leer (Maguire) has latched onto him and Tripp’s perverse agent, Terry Crabtree (Downey Jr), is coming with the sole aim of prooﬁng Tripp‘s (unﬁnished) new novel. Douglas is a revelation in this sophisticated comedy examining the chaos that ensues when intellectually stifled lives begin to move on again. Yet again Hanson (LA Conﬁdential) proves himself to be a dynamic ﬁlmmaker with powerful feeling for pace, style, rhythm and form. See review. General release. X-Men (12) *it* (Bryan Singer, US, 2000) Patrick Stewart, Ian McKelIen, Hugh Jackman. 104 mins. This adaptation of the popular Marvel Comic sees super-powered mutants outlawed in America of the near future. Magneto (McKelIen), the master of magnetism and Holocaust survivor, will not stop at mass murder to protect his own kind; Professor Xavier (Stewart), a telepath, seeks peaceful co- existence with humankind. To further their ends the two old foes employ rival teams of mutants in a deadly game of chess. It’s a difficult balance, satisfying the fans without alienating those unfamiliar with the comic book. X-Men pulls it off with speedy pacing, imaginatively staged action set pieces and a smart script full of witty dialogue and a message about race prejudice that's not overplayed. FI'H Cinema, Falkirk.
The Yards (15) **** (James Gray, US, 2000) Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan. 116 mins. Leo (Wahlberg) is just out of prison and welcomed back into the fold in his old neighbourhood in Queens, New York. Longtime friend Willie (Phoenix) gets uncle Frank (Caan), who wields inﬂuence in the New York City subway yards, to get Leo a job, but business ain‘t what it used to be. Business is pay-offs, sabotage and murder, and when Leo don't play ball this time round he incurs the wrath of his powerful and corrupt family. A top class thriller that‘s less about chases and shoot-outs, instead drawing its thrills and suspense from the shifting family allegiances. See review. Selected release.
Friday 10 November
When we went to press. some of the cinemas had not finalised their programmes for the week
beginning Friday 10 November.
The following new releases are likely to be opening on Friday 3. These will replace some of the films running until Thursday 9 November.
The Golden Bowl (12)
The Yards (1 5)
Harry. He's Here To Help (1 B) Pitch Black (15)
Film Listings are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Henry Northmore.
ABC, MUIREND: GLASGOW
380 Clarkston Road, Muirend, 0141 633 2123. Info: 0141 637 2641. £2.80 (£2 before 5pm Mon-Fri). Student: £2.20 (Mon-Thu). Child/CAP: £2.
Billy £lliot(15) 5.55, 8.30. Dinosaur (PG) 5.55.
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (12) 8.35.
What Lies Beneath (15) 5.30, 8.15.
Billy Elliot (15)
Daily: 5.55, 8.30.
Matinee Sat & Sun: 12.55, 3.40. Purely Belter (15)
Daily: 5.45, 8.40.
Also matinee Sat & Sun: 1.45. The Little Vampire (U)
Matinee Sat & Sun: 12.25, 3.10. What Lies Beneath (15)
Daily: 5.30, 8.15.
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Programme likely to be similar to the previous week. Phone 0141 637 2641 for details and times. New ﬁlms due to open on Fri 10 Nov:
Disney's The Kid (PG)
Pitch Black ( 15)
BOMBAY CINEMA: GLASGOW
5 Lorne Street, lbrox, 0141 419 0722. Tickets £5 (£3).
For this week’s programme times please contact the cinema on 0141 419 0722.
9 University Avenue, 330 5522. Tickets £4.50 (£3.50). Children’s ticket £2.
TUESDAY 7 NOV The Mother Of Kings (15) 6.30.
TUESDAY 14 NOV Diary For My Father And Mother (18) 6.30.
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
12 Rose Street, 0141 332 8128. Cafe/bar. All performances bookable. [D]. [E]. Evenings: £4.75 (£3.25). Matinees: £3.75 (£2.25). Wed (before 5pm): £3.75 (£1.75). Double bill £5 (£3.50). Family fun matinees: £2.25.
THURSDAY 2 NOV
1. In The Mood For Love (PG) 2.30, 6.30, 8.45.
2.PolaX(18) 3.00, 6.00. Tropicola (ibc) 9.00.
FRIDAY 3 NOV
1.The Golden Bowl (12) 12.30, 8.15. Memento(15) 3.15, 5.45.
2. In The Mood For Love (PG) 1.30, 3.30, 6.30, 8.45.
SATURDAY 4 NOV
1. In The Mood For Love (PG) 12. The Golden Bowl (12) 3.00, 5.45. Memento (15) 8.30.
2. The Borrowers (U) 1.00.
One Way Or Another (15) 5.00. Havana Mi Amor (PG) 7.00.
In TheMood For Love (PG) 8.45.
SUNDAY 5 NOV 1. Not One Less (PG) 12.45.