attention to local detail leels authentic. The plot has less going for it. being at heart a fairly hackrieyed story iii an heir to the throne liav mg to prove lie is worthy of the crown. The Lumiere. lidinburgh
Hum Ho Gaye Aap Ke (PU) ilndia. 200l i Indian cinema presentation. in Hindi w itliout subtitles, ()deon .-\t The ()uay. (ildsg'tiyk.
Inspector Gadget r t 'i 0.. 1 David Kellogg. 18. l‘)‘)‘)) Matthew Broderick. Rupert laverett. Joely I‘isher. 7‘) miiix. l)tstiey is take on the l'irt'ttc‘li kirls' cartoon follows the part human. part gi/mo (iadget's tBroderick i quest to become a proper. respected cop. I'nlortunately. the dastardly ('law tI'.\ct'ellt has a scheme for world domination. which includes creating an evil doppelganger of the trenchcoated wonder. The Inspector's many contraptions will delight younger v icw ers. and oldies will be amused by the plentiful self-referential moments. Selected release.
0 Intimacy t is) 0000 «imma- ('hereau. l'K/l‘rance. 200] ) Kerry liov. Mark Rylance. 'l‘imothy Spall. I20 minx. An erect penis. cellulite. vivid oral sex. regular but urgent intercourse in an emotional vacu- um between unhappy strangers in a grubby l.oiidoii flat on a dirty carpet. ('hereau‘s brave Iinglixh-language debut (adapted from Ilaiiif Kurexlii's short stories) iauntily flaunts it all. Intimacy offers riiucli more than a reassuring dose of voyeurisrii. A film composed of moments. it brilliantly turns the lens upon often overlooked relationships in middle-age. moms in on the use of sex as a powerful anaesthetic and captures the self- Ititllltlttg llittl Ulilt‘ll lives inside ()I‘ Ittsl. Selected release.
Jurassic Park III tl’(i) 000 (Joe Johnston. l'S. 2001iSam Neilfl‘ea l.eoni. \Villiam ll. Macy. ()2 minx. 'I'he flimsy e\cuxc to get the cast oy er to the Park is a young lad who has become stranded on the dinosaur island. :\n unofficial search party. headed by his parents (Macy and l.eoni ). Iioodvv ink palaeontologixt Dr (irant (Neil. reprising his role) into helping them out. Of course. things go wrong as soon as they arrive and they are attacked by a Spinosaur. a new and improved 'li-rev. lirom there on in the cast jump from one perilous situation to another. .-\ complete retread of the first two iiiov iex with even more dinosaur attacks. more ridiculous predicamcnts and bigger monsters. (ieneral release.
The King Is Alive t 15)....
ils'rixtiaii l.evring. l'S/Scandinavia. 2001) Jennifer Jason Leigh. Janet Mc'l‘eer. Roriiarie Boliringer. I00 iiiins. The films released under the Danish manifesto (this is the fourth) have enormous power in terms of capturing raw. often physical eriiotiori. In this category alone. I.ev'ring's film evcels beyond all expectation establishing the direst of circumstances: a motley crew of tourists are stranded in the middle of the desolate Namibian desert. 'l‘o lift the company‘s spirits while awaiting rescue. a retired actor suggests they stage a production of Shakespeare‘s most bitter tragedy. King I.ear. What follows is an impressive and dramatic descent into madness as thee desperate individuals frantically attempt to stay alive. (‘ameo. lidiiiburgh; Adam Smith 'I‘Iieatre. Kirkcaldy.
Kushi 1 I3) (India) lridiari cinema
presentation. in Hindi without subtitles. l'(‘l.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider t 12)
0.. rSimori West. [8. 2001 ) Angelina Jolie. lain (ilenn. Jon \'oight. mins. Jolie is ama/iiig as the globe-trotting adventurer pitted against v illairi Manfred Powell (Glenn) and a secret cult known as The Illuminati. Meanwhile. (‘roft's search for the ‘clock‘ of ages' is underpinned by an emotional quest 7 the my stery' surrounding the death of her father (Jolie's real-life father. Voight ). But the filrii betrays a complete lack of narrative logic. leaving a jerky. fragmented tale that jumps frorii one ‘level' to the nevi. Individual images. like the stone monkey warriors which spring to life inside the temple complev at Angkor “at are spectacular. but completely lacking in e\citement. ('ompared to the synthetic silliness of The Mummy. this just about
makes the grade. (ieneral release.
A L'attaque t 15 i .0 (Robert (iuediguran. liraiice. 300| i .-\riane .-\scaride. (ierald Meylan. Jean-Pierre Darroussm. 90 mills. Two screenwriters struggling with
w riter's block hit on the idea of creating a film about the toil of a working class family. desperately trying to stay afloat in the face ol dirty capitalist pigs. But the interspersion of the w riterx' scripting process severer detracts from any serious message that the film attempts to convey. That said. (iuediguian uriderclasx tMaririx ct Jennette and A La Place du ('oeur). the self- appoiiited champion of Marseilles' is poking fun at himself. The l‘llltllttﬂlu‘. lidinburgh. Les Biches 1 IS) 0000 i(‘l;iude (‘habrol. l-‘rance/ltaly. WM) Jean-l.ouis 'I‘riritignant. Stepharie .-\udrari. Jacqueline Sassard. 9t) minx. An architect falls in love with both halves of a lesbian couple. but the emotional crueltiex which result bring about horror and despair. (‘habrol loads ati apparently superficial story with his distinctive w it and thll :1 bleak. obsessiu' darkness which gives it Iiidden depths. MacRobert Arts (‘entre. Stirling.
Les Carabiniers 4 t8) 0.. (Jean- l.uc (iodard. lirance. 1963i Marino Mase. Allk‘l’l .lttrriss. 8U mitts. 'I‘H’t) young peasants leave home to join the army. but their bravery is betrayed when a peace treaty is signed. Although it seems to be about the horrors of any war. the (iaullixte authorities took exception to this impassioned piece of Brechtian cinema and promptly banned it. The Filmhouse. Iidinburgh.
The Little Vampire rt') 00. it'll lidel. l'K. 2000) Rollo Weeks. Richard Ii. (iranl. Jonathan I.ipnicki. 05 mins. Tony tl.ipnicki ). fresh from the orange groves of California. moves with his family to beautiful Scotland. Ile quickly becomes the most unpopular kid in his class. but finds a playmate when a :eii-year-old vampire conveniently falls down his chimney. (‘ari Tony join in the quest for the missing amulet and help the fanged Rudolph and his family becoriie human’.’ l)espite its Hollywood re— vamp. Angela Sommer-Bodeiiburg'x well- loved novel emerges with its sense of fun intact. However. while this film certainly doesn't suck. ultimately. it lacks real bite. (irosv'enor. (ilasgow'.
Me, You, Them (Et, Tu, Eles) (PG) 0.. l:\litlrllCIIil Waddington. Bra/il. 2001 ) Regina ('ase. Lima Duane. Stenio (iarcia. I06 mins. Me. You. 'Ihem was apparently inspired by a real-life study of a Bra/ilian woman who lived with her three husbands under the same roof for a decade. In different hands this might have been turned into a Iristy. bed-hopping farce. yet director Waddingron and screenwriter lilena Soare/ have carefully fashioned a low-key and gently amusing fable about an alternative family unit and the way its members cope with the day-to-day' business of cohabiting iii a menage a quartre. (‘ase. a huge television star in Bra/il. deserves the plaudits for her portrayal of the earth mother figure. whose appetite for life isn't diminished by uriprepossessiug material circumstances. See review. (ilasgow l-‘ilm Theatre. (ilasgow.
Le Mepris t 15) O... (Jean-[arc (iodard. France. 1963) Brigitte Bardot. Jack‘ l’alancc. Michel l’iccoli. 103 niins. (iodard's comment on international lilmmaking is re- released in a new print. A scriptwriter ix increasingly despised by his wife as he tries to set up a film in Rome to be directed by Fritz Lang. The breakdown of a marriage contrasts with the chequebook wedding that marked so much collaborative filmmaking during the (i0s. while the Mediterranean photography makes this the most handsome film Godard ever made. The l‘TllliItthsL‘. Edinburgh.
Mysteries Of Egypt I U (Bruce Neibaur. ('8. 3001 ) ()mar Sharif. Kate Maberly. mins. ()mar Sharif stars in the first National (ieographic film to appear in IMAX. imparting tales of tombs. treasures and the amazing achievements of this anicent civilisation. lM.-\.\' Theatre. (ilasgow.
101 Reykjavik r )8) COO. tBallasar Korriiakur. Iceland. 200]) Ililmir Srizer
(iudnasori. Victoria .-\bril ob minx Illynur i(iudnasoni is a twenty something who still lives at home with his single mother. drinking the long days away and surfing the internet for pornography But lllynur gets the wake up call or his lite when he beds his mother's beautiful Spanish friend. l.ola r.-\briI ). only to discover she‘s his mum‘s lesbian lover, \\ Iieii the infidelity ix revealed. the film becomes a comedy of unease. charting similarly queasy territory as Dav id ()_ Rrisscll tSpanking The Monkey i It's a smarting black comedy w ith a snow- white background and the pulsating score by Damon .-\Ibarn emphasises the film's cool credentials. (ant-world. liilkii'k.
102 Dalmatians t t ) .00 (KC\ lll l.inia. l'S’l'l's'. 3000) (ilcnri ('lose. (ierard l)epardieu. loan (iruftudd. 00 niins. (‘ruella's back. .-\nd this time she's I-.Ila. Thanks to a shot of mind-altering l’av Iov iaii treatment during her stay at Her Marest 's l’leasure. the larger than life baddie is released into the community as an animal- loving philanthropist. ()nly when Big Ben strikes twelve does the spell snap. letting her revert to character. her passion for Dalmatian fur renewed. I02 is a generation on from the original cute canines. but the shape of the story is virtually identical. while the script'x too caught up in the machinations of the human world to give the dogs enough of a look in. l’(i(‘ (‘inenias. (ilasgow; l'(i(‘ ('ineiiiax. Iidinburgh.
A One And A No (Yi Yi)iI5iOOOO tIidward Yang. Taiwan. 200] i \Vu Xian/hen. 'l‘nag Ru-yun. lilairie Jiri. I73 niins. Remarkable study of a middle class 'l‘aiwanese family in crisis. .-\()ne And A Two unfolds in present day 'I’aiw an. where company e\ec NJ is having woman trouble: his iiiother-in-law ‘x in a coma. his w ife'x left him for a religious sect and an old flame has appeared after it) years. Meanwhile. Nl's son is having trouble at school and his daughter's finding her first Iov e. l)eserv edly the winner of the Ilest Director l’ri/e at
(annex l‘he liilriihouse. lidinburgh
The Parole Officeri 1:) 0.0 John Duigan. l'Is'. ZtNll i Steve (‘oogaiL Um I’uri. l.ena Ileadey "5 riiinx .-\s with many ot ("oogan's better known television characters. The Parole ()tticer. concentrates on the comic possibilities that result from someone not being up to their rob Simon Garden is a hopelessly inept probation olticer who has only helped three people go straight So (iarden‘x employ ers transfer Iiirii to the Manchester ottice. where Iie promptly gets trained lot murder and has to pull oil a bank robbery to prov e his innocence I‘ntortunately. what would be a tine ('hristmas TV special doesn't have enough gloss lot the I‘lg \ct‘t‘ett. vlt'st‘tlc the l‘est etforts ol the brilliant ('oogan See rev ievv (ieneral release.
Planet Of The Apes I II) 1 Ion Iiurton. IX. 2001 i Mark \\ahlberg. Tim Roth. llelena llonhani ('arter Ill niiris I’iev iew of Tim Burton‘s ‘re-imagining' ot the oils science fiction allegory classic in which an astronaut crash lands on a planet populated by intelligent but brutal apes The original liliii'x references to then current concerns race riots. Vietnam. nuclear war - might now be lost. but Burton is Hollywood's most visionary fantaxist. so e\pectations are Iiigli .-\nd however impressive the ape makeup was in I‘loh'. e\pect to be blown away by the new look xirniaiis. See feature. (ieneral liL'lCil\C.
Pokemon 3: The Movie it) 000 tMichael llaigiiey. l'S/Japan. 300] ) Voices of Veronica 'laylor. Iiric Stuart. Rachel |.il|ix. 0o inins. .-\x with the previous lilrii. I’okemon 3 comes with a short. l’ikachu The Movie 200| - l’ikachu :\iid l’ichu. which teaturex the popular. electricity vpow ered yellow l’okeriion and his brother. The main leature. Spell ()f The l‘nknow n. concerns an orphan girl who's home is turned into a crystal castle by alphabet-like I’okemon the l’novvn. who then makes her every w iin come true. Still. one for ktrls only. General release
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