redneck Donnie Barksdale (Reevesi looks guilty. especially when local psychic Annie Wilson (Blanchetti has an incriminating vision. How ever. this being a supernatural whodunnit. all is not what it seems. Billy Bob 'l‘hornton's script leisurely introduces. but never stereotypes the white trash community. w hile Raimi's direction is admirably unobtrusive and the line cast does its job. But with a convoluted series of plot twists. ’/‘/i(' (ii/I feels too long. See review. (ieneral release.

Gladiaton 1m 0.. (Ridley Scott. ['5. 3000i Rtissell (‘row e. Richard Harris. Joaquin Phoenix. 150 mins. Just before dying (‘aesar Aurelius (Harris) charges (ieneral Maximus ((‘rowei with cleaning up his beloved. but politically corrupt Rome. Aurelius‘ son. (’omrnodus (l’hoenix t. doesn't take kindly to this and has his rival executed. Btit Maximus survives and. as a gladiator. works his way back to Rome intent on revenge. Parallels must be drawn w llll S/uirlri'uv and lien llm'. Scott’s is a handsome spectacle and exciting enough. but that‘s all it is. t'(}(‘ Cinemas. lidinburgh. The Gleaners And I (Les Gtaneurs et la Glaneuse) (H 0... (Agnes \‘arda. l‘rance. 200l i ()0 mins. l.ev (ilum'urs is a peculiar film. ()n the one hand it‘s a Jolly insight into the lives of an unknown social group in liurope. on the other it's a profoundly depressing document of a medieval method of survival that otight not to exist in let century liurope. The titular gleaners are those people who subsist on the leftovers of society. Varda joins her subjects on the glean around l‘rance. and paints an affectionate picture of the irigenious iiiethods Used to overcome hardship. A cheerful. often witty portrait of an unfortunately common practice. See review. (il’l'. (ilasgow.

Good Will Hunting ( t5) 0... ((itls Van Sant. l'S. 1997) Matt Damon. Robin Williams. Minnie Driver. (20 mins. A young college janitor (Damon) with a history of abuse is given the opportunity to fulfil his potential as a maths genius by a kindly therapist (Williams). Hot-shot Damon received ()scar nods as Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay. but its Williams in an understated performance who steals the show. An insightful script. tenderly acted. ('ameo. lidinburgh.

The Grace Moore Storyd't COO ((iordon Douglas. [S “)53) Kathryn (irayson. Merv (iriflin. Joan Weldon. l0| mins. Aka So This Is Love. this run-of-the- mill Hollywood musical biopic follows the events leading up to Moore‘s first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in l038. St Bride's ('entre. lidinburgh.

Grey Owl (PG) 0.. (Richard .-\ttenborough. l'K/l'SA. 2000) Pierce Brosnan. Annie (ialipeau. I 18 mins. Back in NW. when Lord Attenborough was just a wee lad in shorts. he saw a wildlife lecture given by the half Scottish. half native (‘anadian Indian Archie (irey ()vvl. Such was the impression that this charismatic trapper-turned-environmentalist made on the young boy , and audiences throughout Britain and ('anada. where he lived in the wilderness (i3 years later Attenborough made an adventure film about Belaney with 007's Brosnan in the lead. Attenborough's back on his favoured. if well trod ground biographical films about heroic men. we also (him/Iii and (’rv I'T't'Ul/UIH. ()deon. Kilrnarnock.

The Grinch (PG) 000 (Ron Howard. (S. 2000) Jim (‘arrey. Taylor Momsen. Jeffrey Tambor. l05 mins. Adapted from the work of the world's best-selling children's author. Dr Setiss. And beneath sfx magician Rick Baker's green costume (‘arrey' the world‘s highest paid comedian vvrec 's glorious havoc on his cloy ing sweet neighbours. the Whov'ians of Who-ville. Howard lays the book's moral A (‘hristmas is about family not presents _ and the sickly- sweet sentiment on pretty thick. Toy“ Story 2 got the cross generational appeal right; golly gosh lloward's (irincli hasn't. (‘arrey's great though. The (‘ircuit Cinema. Livingston. Hamlet ( 12) 0.. (Michael .-\lmereyda. [S 2000) lithan Hawke. Bill Murray. Kyle Macl.aehlan. Sam Shepard.

Julia Stiles. Diane \‘enora. lll mms American indie director Almereyda thrusts Shakespeare's best-known play into the modern world. a New York of penthouse apartments and stretch limousines. of cut- throat big-business and claustrole(bia- inducing technology. Denmark is now a multi-national corporation. Macl.achlan‘s (‘latidius its new president having succeeded the recently deceased ('l‘.() and the dead man's son. llaw ke's moody llamlet. a (ieneration-X slacker. .»\lmereyda finds novel. off-kilter iuxtapositions ot words and images that detarmlrarise lines we'v e heard do/ens of times before. .\'oi everything works (the actors have variable success with the versei. but when the ideas come off. we see the play afresh. MacRobert. Stirling.

Hamlet ( I it 0.. (Lawrence ()liv ier'. l'K. I‘MST Laurence Olivier. lirleen llastre. Basil Sydney. ISS mins. .\'ot as stirring as his Henrv l'. but less embarrassing than his ()I/lt’l/(I. The gloomy mood is sustained. and there are some gems to be found in the smaller roles. l’avilioii. (ialashiels. Hannibal (18).... (Ridley Scott. l'S. 300! i Anthony Hopkins. Julianne Moore. (iary ()ldman. HI aims. The fol- low -up to I‘Nl ‘s ‘I'lu' .Si/cnu' ()r 'I'lu'lumliv places Dr llannibal l.ecter (llopkins glee- fully reprising his ()scar-winning rolei cen tre stage and makes the predator the prey as the ‘retired‘ cannibal killer is hunted down in l‘lorence by his only surviving but hideously disfigured victim. the millionaire Mason \"erger (a superb.uncredited and unrecognisable ()ldman). Verger's manhunt alerts ('larice Starling (Moore replacing Jodie l‘oster). whose l'Bl career continues to be hampered by male prejudice. to l.ecter's whereabouts. Though there are detours from the novel. most notably the extraordinary ending. here made more palat- able for cinema audiences. the perfor- mances. pacing and cinematography are flaw less. And though it's a conventional thriller rather than a chiller. it's still a hearty slice of modern (iothic. (ieneral release. Hard Boiled 1 l8) C... (John \Voo, llong Kong. 1993) ('how Yuri-Fat. Tony l.eung. 'l'eresa Mo. 120 mins. A tough cop nicknamed Tequila is driven by obsession to nail a Triad gun-runner in John \Voo's incomparable llong Kong gangster movie. The action sequences particularly the opening tea-house shoot-out and the climactic hospital finale show the action movie master at his best. as he takes moments of on-screen violence to levels of choreographed genius. See Rougli cuts. (il’l‘. (ilasgow.

Harry, He’s Here To Help ( IS) 0... (Dominik Moll. l‘rance. 2000i Sergi l.ope/,. Laurent l.ucas. Mathilde Seigner. Sophie (iuillemin. ll7 mins. Harassed young married couple Michel (Lucas) and (’laire (Seigner) are en route to renovate their summer holiday home when Michel bumps into llarry tl.ope/J. an old school acquaintance. llaving invited himself to dinner. llarry reveals his motto - a solution to every problem and promptly goes to work. Moll‘s well crafted blend of suspense and mischievous humour. assured pacing and line set pieces (not to mention an opening credit sequence Saul Bass would be proud of) places the film tip there with llighsmith and Hitchcock. Adam Smith Theatre. Kirkcaldy; MacRobert. Stirling. The House Of Mirth (Pm 00.0 (Terence Davies. l'K. 2000i (iillian Anderson. liric Stoltl. Anthony’aglia. 1-10 mins. Davies‘ superb screen adaptation of lidith Wharton‘s novel. filmed in (ilasgow. makes it clear that beneath the well-bred skin of New York society at the turn of the century lurks a remorseless savagery'. Socialite Bart (the excellent Andersom would appear to be a natural survivor. but through a combination of naiv'ety'. folly and bad timing she is brought low. Davies charts Lily's tragic descent with formal rigour. framing scenes with self- consciously painterly tableaux that evoke the era's fashionable artists. Btit. as with his other work. aesthetic control goes hand in glove with a deep compassion. (‘arnegie llall. Dunfermline.

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