Glasgow-born actor Gerald Butler follows in the footsteps of Bela Lug playing the lord of the undead in Dracula 2001
love; but. while trying to prove himsell as a soldier. he uncovers a dastardly plan to llood the colony. Ant: is brightly coloured and lull ol'gags, so adults will chuckle while kids are pulled in by the slick computer animation. (‘ineworld. l-‘alkirk.
Atlantis (PU) 0.. tl.uc Besson. France. l‘)()l ) 76 mins. Ambient underwater antics from the man who brought you Nikita and The Big Blue. Besson and his small crew capture a subaquatic world that at times resembles documentary footage of another planet. No actors. no dialogue: just impressive photography and liric Serra‘s score to guide you through the not-so-mui'ky depths. The Lumiere. lidinburgh.
Autumn In New York 1 IS; 0..
(Joan (’hen. lfS. 2001 ) Richard (iere. Winona Ryder. [05 mins. Actress (‘hen made her directing debut in (‘hina three years ago with the bleak but moving Xiu Xiu: T/lt‘ Sent-Down (iirl. Autumn In New York. her first ﬁlm for Hollywood. could not be more different. This Love .S‘tmjv-sty'le weepie stars (iere as a playboy restaurateur who goes from girlfriend to girlfriend until he meets kooky hat designer Ryder. When he reels off his standard cop-out line. ‘We have no luture.‘ she surprisingly agrees. She has a dodgy heart. But can she teach him about love before she dies'.’ See review. General release.
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Before Night Falls t IS; 000. (Julian Schnabel. l'S. 200]) 130 mins This biopic ol the gay (‘uban author Reinaldo Arenas has been garlanded with praise and awards. including a deserved Oscar nomination l‘or leading actor Javier Bardern. It's more recognition than its subject achieved in his lifetime. an irony the persecuted Arenas might have found wryly amusing. Schnabel's lilm is based on the memoirs Arenas dictated in exile in New York. terminally ill with Aids. before his suicide in I990. The painter turned director linds a style in keeping with the man and his work. mixing truth. poetic hyperbole and magic realism to dizzying
ettect. See rey te\\. (ii‘vl‘. (ilasgow. ('anieo. lidinburgh.
Best In Show t ll; 00..
1(‘hristopher (itiest. l'S. ZtNll i ('hi'istophei' (iuest. Parker l’osey. Michael \cheatt “it turns. Directed. co-w i'itteii by and starring (‘hristopher (iuest tbetter' know n as \igel Tut’nel the rock gurtai‘ist whose amp goes up to eleyen in “In /\_\/tlltt1/ Iii/H. Ii't-si In Xliim adheres to the spool documentary tormat ot [up The largely iinpr'oy ised action i‘eyolycs around a bunch ot dog~
on itig oddballs who dream ol their canines winning the prestigious .\l.:y tlow er Dog Show. He’s! In Slum is hilarious because it plays the humour straight \o pause toi laughter. this is comedy without the punchline. and it's delinitely the better lot It. Selected release.
0 Big Eden t lﬁi iTlioriias lie/ticha. l'.\'. 2000) ll7 niins. l-‘eelgood gay comedy about a successtul New York artist who returns home to an idyllic \lontana town to care for his unwell grandlather Twenty years on not much has changed. but lite takes an unusual turn when the artist's unrequited love for a childhood trierid is rekindled. l’art ol the London lesbian .’\lltl (iay liilm Festival on tour. (ilasgow l‘lllll “heatre. (ilasgow.
Billy Elliott lSi O... iStepheii Daldt'y. l‘k. 3000i Jamie Hell. Julie Walter's. (iat'y l,ewis. l|l mins. Billy (superb newcomer Belli linds release ll‘tilll lil‘e's daily drudgery. and tiltiiiiately sell- l'ullilrnent. through ballet dancing. As unlikely a leisure pursuit as that might be tor a teenage boy grow ing up III the recession-hit Yorkshire oi the 3th land that's the point). it becomes young Billy ‘s ticket out ol' hard times, Making his liliii debut. theatre director Daldry handles the political backdrop and dramatic toregiound with equal assurance. The dance routines provide much of the ﬁlm's humour and quite overwhelming l'eelgood lactor'. ()deon. (ilasgow.
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