in New York playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s film debut, the perceptive drama You Can Count On Me
Toy Story 2(1') 0000. (Jolm l.asseter. 2000) Tom Ilanks. Tim Allen. Joan ('usack. 95 iiiins. The new film expands on the original settings and themes: When Woody is not taken to (‘owboy (‘amp by his owner Andy. he begins to qtiestion the meaning of his 'Iife'. 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. btit 'liiv Story 2 makes yoti wonder. l'(‘l. (ilasgow'.
Traffic ( l8) 0... (Steven Soderbergh. ITS. 2000) Benicio Del Tot‘o. Michael Douglas. ('atherine Zeta-Jones. l47 inins. This ambitious. multi-layered epic drama exposes the confusion. hypocrisy and sheer futility of America's war on drugs. Three interwoven storylincs involving decent cop Del Toro. conservative ()hio judge Douglas. the country's newly appointed new drug czar. and well-heeled society wife Zeta- Jones —- show how the drug trade touches and corrupts every level of society on both sides of the IFS-Mexico border. l'sing different film stocks and techniques. Soderbergh provides each of these stoi'ylines with a distinct look while linking them with persistent use of hand-held cameras. which gives the film aii air of documentary authenticity and gripping immediacy. Intelligent and provocative. 'l'mﬂit‘ avoids sermonising. but in scene after scene. the message gets through. (ieneral release. Transition ( 15) 000 (Andy Mackinnon. UK. 2000) 75 units. Mackinnon's labour of love is an ambitious and technically brilliant project. l7sing specially developed titne lapse photography as well as super 8 film. 'l'runsi'ii'mi aims to explore the chaiigitig Scottish landscape: contrasting the natural beauty of the country‘s wildest places with the industrial cityscape. L'nfortunately. 'Ii'tinsirion will only reinforce the image of Scotland awash in its own sentiment. MacRobert. Stirling. Unbreakable ( 12) 0000 (M. Night Shyamalan. IS. 2000) Bruce Willis. Samuel 1.. Jackson. Robin Wright Penn. 100 units. David l)unn (Willis) crawls from the wreckage of a train crash. the sole survivor of the l 18 passengers. Dunn's miraculous escape is the catalyst for three events: him and his estranged wife Audrey (Penn) re- think their impending split: eccentric art collector and sufferer of a debilitating brittle bone condition lilijah Price (Jackson) pesters Dunn about his medical history: and Dunn's son Joseph (Spencer Treat (‘lark) takes hero worship a little too far. Once again Shyamalaii (The Sixth Sense) takes a preposterous story ftill of crazy revelations and grounds it with low key plotting and a spare style. making a Hollywood blockbUster in the style of an art house film. Adam Smith Theatre. Kirkcaldy.
Vertical Limit ( 12) 000 (Martin Campbell. US. 2000) (‘hris O'Donnell. Robin Tunney. Bill Paxton. I24 mins. It‘s vapid. vertiginous thrills all the way tip this
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ioin-lltc-tlols mountain-cliiiibitig movie. Still haunted by the death of his father in a climbing accident. ()'l)onnell is forced back into crainpons when his sister (Tunney) gets buried by an avalanche during an assent of K2. Accompanying ()'I)onnell on his foolhardy rescue mission are wild-haired mountain man Scott (ilenn and a few disposable extras. The clock is ticking because they iiitist reach the stranded climbers before hypothermia sets in. Preposterous tosh of the highest order. this nevertheless has its breathless. seat—grabbing moments. ('ameo. lidinburgh.
Watch With Mother: Children’s TV Classics (1') moo (Various. l'K. 1070) 70 iniiis. (‘lassics from the (iolden .-\ge of children's TV: .N'oggin The Mic. The (‘lungt'iiy (ii/mini l’ugu‘uvli. Bug/nus. (‘rvsiu/ 'Ii/i/is .'lll(/.’l/f.\'lllfl‘. and The [.i'st's favourite Mr Benn. They really don't make ‘em like this no more. (il’l'. Glasgow.
The Watcher(15)00 (Joc (‘harbanic. l'S. 200l) Keanu Reeves. James Spader. Marisa Tomei. 97 mins. Reeves plays a serial killer in this derivative movie as a favour to ('harbanic. who tnade several pop promos for his rock band. Dog Star. but phones iii his performance. long-distance. By contrast. Spader and Tomei. as a haunted es—cop and his lonely shrink. add a human dimension to the hackneyed scenario. \‘eteraii cinematographer Michael (‘hapman (7210 Driver, The I-‘itgilii'm adds undeserved class to the cityscapes and over-designed interiors. btit (‘harbanic's penchant for MTV-style flashbacks and shaky-cam killer's-point-of-view shots. merely induces headaches. (ieneral release.
The Watchmaker Of St Paul (L’Hologer de Saint-Paul) (PG) 0... (Vittorio De Sica. Italy. l‘)~l3) Philippe Noiret. Jean Rochefon. Sylvain Rougeric. 105 mitts. Bertrand Tavernier was involved in this adaptation of the novel by (ieorges Simenon. It‘s a solidly-told and well-acted tale about a watchmaker whose tranquil life is shattered when his son is accused of murder. Iidinburgh l-ilm (iuild at l-‘ilmhouse. lidinburgh.
Watership Down (t') 000 (Martin Rosen. l'K. 1078) With the voices ofJohn “011. Richard Briers. Ralph Richardson. Roy Kinnear. 92 mins. Richard Adam's best-seller is transformed into this pretty animation adventure that lacks most of the tension and unique viewpoint of the book. When their warren is threatened by man. a group of rabbits decide to find a new home many miles away. Remembered (unfortunately) for .-\rt (iarfunkel‘s Number One hit. ‘Bright liyes'. (iilinorehillG l 2. Glasgow.
West Side Story (PG) 000. (Robert Wise ck Jerome Robbins. L'S. l‘)()l ) Natalie Wood. Richard Beymer. Russ Tainblyn. Rita Moreno. I55 inins. Romeo And Julie! revisited against a background of New York gangs. (ireat songs of course. but the playing of the stylised dancing against a realistic background contrives to make it all look rather camp these days. Still. it's about as exuberant as musicals get. and beautifully filmed. And. man. like dig that credit sequence. (irosvenor. Glasgow.
What Lies Beneath ( 15) .000 (R()Ik‘l1 Xc'tliec‘kls. [75. 2000) Michelle Pfeiffer. Harrison Ford. Miranda ()tlo. James Remar. I23) iniiis. .-\ suspense thriller that play s teasineg between genres. though soon cv ei'ything becomes clear: the film is haunted It} the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock. Pfeiffer's ('laire Spencer lives w ith her genetics professor husband Norman (li‘ord) iii an idyllic lakeside house in Vermont. But all is not well in their ideal home; where she's troubled by things that go btiiiip tn the night. Xenieckis turns the screw of suspense with an evpert hand. building tension with a canny llii\ of .-\Ian Silu‘sll'hs eerie score ttlltl even more ominous silences. while l’leiflei' involves (is in ever} stage of ('laii'c's mental unravelling Adam Smith 'l'heatre. Is'irkcaldy.
What Women Want( 12) 00.
(Nancy Meyers. IS. 2001) Mel (itbson. Ilelen Iltiiit. I27 mins. (iibson‘s divorced. playboy advertising e\ccutivc is a testt)stcrone-ftielled chauv intsl \\ hose brand of tits 'n' ass ad campaigns have long e\cectletl their sell—l1} date. Ills company. how ever. wants to reach female consumers and has given the top job to a woman
(llunt ). But. follow iiig an accident. the c\ec wakes tip to discover he's able to llL‘ill‘ women's unspoken thoughts. a gift which scores Iiiin brownie points all round. (iibson twinkles roguishly in the lead role and handles the film's scenes of screw ball farce well. But he's let down by a lack of chemistry with his co-star. (ienei'al release. What You Never Knew (Aunque tu no lo Sepas) COO ('ordoba. Spain. 2000) Silvia Munt. (iai'y I’iqtiei'. Andres (iet‘ti'udis. I00 mins. Intimate drama recounting an interrupted romance that spans 25 years of Spanish history. l.ticia and Juan meet and fall in love during the dying day s of l-‘i'anco's regime. but class tears them apart. Years later they meet again and Lucia wonders if they can rekindle their feels‘.’ Part of the ;\’ival Spanish I'ilm I'cslival. (il’l‘. (ilasgow‘. l‘ilmhouse. Iidinburgli.
Withnail & I ( l5) .0.” (Bruce Robinson. l'K. 1987) Paul Mc(iann. Richard Ii. (irant. Richard (irifliths. I07 mins. Two out-of—work actors surviving lWi‘) l.ondon giro squalor take a break in a picturesque Lake District cottage. where one of them suffers the attentions of the ageing hoiiiosesual owner. lintertaining British comedy has a second stab at glory. and it's the bleaker cnd-of—tlie-decade elements that have lasted best. (‘ameo. lidinburgh.
The Yards ( 15) 000. (James (iray. IS. 2000) Mark Wahlberg. Joaquin Phoenix. James (Xian. l I()111l11s. l.co (Wahlberg) is just otit of prison and welcomed back into the fold in his old neighbourhood in Queens. New York. Longtime friend Willie (Phoenis) gets uncle lii‘ank ((‘aan), who wields influence in the New York ('ity subway yards. to get l.eo a job. but business ain't what it used to be. Btisiness is pay -offs. sabotage and murder. and when l.eo don't play ball this time round he incurs the w rath 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. The Lumiere. lidinburgh.
You Can Count On Me ( 15) 0000 (Kenneth l.onergan. I'S. 200l 1 Laura l.inney. Mark Ruffalo. Matthew Broderick. I l 1 mins. Single mother Sammy (l.inney) enjoys an orderly existence in upstate-New York town. Scotlsville. She works ill the local bank. devotedly brings tip her kid Rudy (Rory ('ulkin). and attends the local church. However. the arrival of her brother and fellow orphan Terry (Mark Ruffalo) turns her cosy world upside down. Written and directed by New York play wright l.onergan. You ('un ('nun! on .lle is a touchineg perceptive portrayal of a sibling relationship. Accompanied by an elegant chamber music score. and lilmed with quiet. naturalistic assurance. l.onergan's debut is notable for the depth of the writing and impressively modulated performances. (il’l'. (ilasgow.
Films are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Film Listings compiled by Henry Northmore
(l5) (Juan Vicente
ABC, Muirend: Glasgow
380 ('larkston Road. Muirend. 014l (v.33 2l23. Info: 01-11 ()37 2o4l. £2.\‘() (£2 before 5pm Mon l‘ri). Student: £2.20 (Mon Thu). ('liild/(MP: £2.
Bom Romanticilﬁi ().l0. .s'.40. ProoiOiLiteilsi 5.00. s00. TheGiftttSI 5.10. s20.
FRIDAY ltS—ATHURSI )AY 1213’
Born Romantic ( 15)
Digital Monsters: Digimon The Movie (l’(i)
Matinee Sat & Sun: l2.l0. 2.45. Enemy At The Gates ( 15) Daily: 5.00. s00.
Also matinee Sat s Sun: Proof 0i Lite ( 15)
The Emperor’s New Groove (1') Matinee Sat s Sun: I245. 2.50. The Gift ( 15)
Daily: 510. S20.
FRIDAY 2(3~THURSDAY 2‘.)
Programme likely to be similar to the Prev iotts week. Phone (ll-ll ()37 2(i-ll for details and times. New Iiliii due to open on Hi 23 Mar:
Fifteen Minutes ( ls)
Bombay Cinema: Glasgow
5 l.oi‘ne Street. Ibi'o.\. (ll-ll 41‘) 0722. £5 (£3).
FBlDAY. 1.6TT.H,UBSDAY 22_MAR
l‘oi' this week’s programme times. Please contact the cinema on (04] 41‘) 0722 for details.
() l'niversity Avenue. 330 5522. Tickets £4.50 (£3.50). (‘hiltlren‘s acket£2.
THURSDAY 1:3 MAR
Kishlwada Bad Boys ( Is) 730.
SATURDAY 17 MAR Watershlp Down 0') 1 I.00am.
THURSDAY 22 MAR All UnderThe Moomlsi 7.30.
SATURDAY 24 MAR 510') I l.00am.
THURSDAY 29 MAR Tora-san, My Uncle ( 18) 7.30.
Glasgow Film Theatre
I2 Rose Street. 0I~H 332 8128. (’afe/bai‘. All performances bookable. |I)|. |li|. livenings: £4.75 (£3.25). Matinees: £3.75 (£2.25). Wed (before 5pm): £3.75 (£1.75). Double bill £5 (£3.50). Family fuii matinees: £2.25.
THURSDAY 15 MAR
1. Chocolat(12) 1.00. 3.30. 6.00.
8.30. 2. Best In Shotiii(12) 1.00. 3.00. 9.00.
FRIDAY 16 MAR
1.Audition(1t<) 1.00. 3.30. 8.30. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ( 12) 6.00.
2.Ghocolat(12) 2.00. 6.30.
Best In Showo2) 4.30. 9.00.