Brotherhood Of The Wolti tSi .0 (Christopher (ians. l‘rance. Ztltll l Santuel Le Bihan. Mark l)acascos. \‘incent
(‘assell. Monica Bellucci. limilie Dequenne.
13-1 ntins. In 18th centttry France a terrifying beast is terrorising the (levaudan region. ripping its victims to shreds. Adventurer and scientist lironsac lI.e Bihanl. together with his Native American companion. Mani tl)acascosl. is dispatched by the King to investigate the phenomenon. Aided by a mysterious Italian courtesan
(Bellucci l. lironsac's investigations uncover
a witch. a secret society and the sinister brother ((‘asselll of the beatitiftil noblewoman (Rns’t'tlu's I)eqttenne) with whom l‘ronsac is enamoured. 'I'his bi/arrc hybrid of film genres historical rotnance. martial arts. horror - is lavishly assembled. yet strangely muddled and empty. See review. Selected release.
The Cabinet 01‘ Doctor Caligari (PG) .0... 1 Robert Wicne. (ier'nany. 19W) Werner Krauss. (‘onrad Veidt. l.il Dagover. 90 mins. A landmark of expressionist cinema. feasting the eyes with bizarre. angttlar visuals despite its technical
crudity'. The acting and directing are superb.
and the story of a fairgrottnd hypnotist who uses a sleepwalkcr to carry otit murders still retains a tmiqtte sense of horror. l-"ilmhouse. lidinburgh.
Captain Corelti’s Mandolin t lSi .0. (John Madden. l'K/l 'S/l'rance. 2001 l Nicolas Cage. Penelope ('ru/. John Hurt. 120 mins. 'l‘his adaptation of l.otiis dc Bernieres' bestseller secs (ireecc taken by the Italian Army during World War II. (‘aptain (‘orelli and his squad of opera enthusiasts arrive on the island of (’ephallonia. causing much ttproar. And when the (‘aptain is billeted to Dr lannis‘ tllurtl house. ('oretti and the Doctor‘s beatitiftil daughter. l’elagia ((‘ru/l. fall in forbidden love. Madden has stuck to his guns and made a movie at once distinctly liuropean and likely to appeal to American
audiences. Commercial. unfaithful to the book. bttt still head and shoulders above any of the eye candy llollywood has to offer. Selected release.
Casper l t’( il 0.. lBrad Silbei'ling. l'S. l‘NSl (‘hi'istina Ricci. Bill Pullman. ('athy .‘yloriarty. till) mins. liveryone's favourite friendly ghost has been living with his three bad-tempered uncles in an abandoned mansion. When it's bequeathed to a moneygrabbing heiress who thinks it's tilled with hidden treasure guarded by unqtiiet spirits. (’asper comes ittto contact with ghost psychologist Pullman's tomboy daughter l Ricci ). A very messy amalgam of (ilmsI/mvtmiv effects. Ill/(IUHH l-imri/y' gotltic humour arid the sort of overblown feelgood Spielbergiana that revels in funny gadgetry and family values. (il’I‘. (ilasgow.
Cats And Dogs tl’(i) 000
(Law rence (iuterman. t'S. 2001 l Jeff (ioldblum. Elizabeth Perkins. Miriam Margoyles. 87 mins. 'l'his refreshing approach to cute talking pets films is a kind of subversive 1mm meets .lll.\.\lml.‘ [Ill/H).\.\f/)/¢'. These dogs don't just talk. they use surveillance equipment and have a solemn mission to protect scientist (ioldbluin as he invents a cure for dog allergies. The cats are ev il. hell-bent on conquering the world; their special agents have deadly ninja skills and vicious weapons. The animatronic effects are of a pretty high standard. btit it's tlte animal trainers you're in real awe of. The occasional wander into sentimental territory and slowing tip of pace cart be forgiven by the madly original idea. lively action sequences and knockabout humour. (ieneral release.
The Centre Of The World l IS)
0. t\\'ang Wayne. l‘SA. Ztllll l Molly l’arker. Peter Sarsgaard. mins. Young. successful computer engineer tread: geek) Richard Longman (Sarsgaardl proposes to rock hand drummer-cum-stripper l-‘lorence il’arkcri that he purchase a weekend in l.as
e umbrella presents in association with Dance Consortium
Mark Morris Dance Group
The sensational Mark Morris Dance Group brings a selection of new and classic works to Britain for a third national tour.
With breathtaking choreography. live music and an ensemble of virtuoso dances. this hugely talented company will delight with a magical mixed bill.
“some of the best dance in the world today” Thelndependenl
TH EATREROYAL GLASGOW 9 and 10 November 2001 Box Office 0141 332 9000 Tickets £6 - £20
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Julia Roberts and Billy Crystal play publicists to a pai
r of troublesome
Hollywood stars in the romantic comedy America's Sweethearts
Vegas with her. litlen Benjamin Wong‘s script then has emotionally imtnature Richard fall in love with emotionally
reticent l‘torcnce. which fucks tip. as it were.
their business arrangement. Wang contines the action to interiors. shooting largely in close-up using digital video. which gives the film a cheap. seedy feel. Ironically. the explicit eroticism is anything btit intimate. and while this is sort of the point. it makes for uninvolv ing viewing. t'(i(' Renfrew Street. (ilasgtm.
The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream lb) .0. ((‘hristine lid/ard. l'ls'. 2001) HS mins. livcryone and tlteir mother has been attempting to re-imaginc Shakespeare for. y"know. kids: MTV Rumr'r) .‘llH/Jll/ft'l. shrews beitig tamed ill American high schools 1 It) Things I Illllt' About You). But this version of Shakey's romantic fantasy gets that bit closer to the kids by filling it's cast of princes. queens and fairies with. yep. kids. ()rdinary' kids from ordinary schools taking a shot at Shakespeare. l’ull marks. Lumiere. lidinburgh.
Chocolat t 12) O. tl.asse llallstrom. l'S. 2001 l Juliette Binoche. Johnny l)epp. Judi l)ench. l2] mins. Adapted from Joanne llarris's novel. ('lim'olul unfolds ‘once Upon a time' in a tranquil l‘rcnch village w here sexy unwed single mother Vianne lliinochel opens tip a chocolaterie dttring Lent. ller magical confections are soon having a liberating effect on various locals. though lter actions incur the wrath of the reigning count (Alfred Molina). who fears that the traditional order may be irrevocably damaged. t'nfortunately. llallstrom's t'l'lu' (it/er Home Rules) feelgood fairytale relies on its calculatcdly costitopolital‘. cast and glossy production valties to disguise its lack of substance. Brunton 'I‘heatre tk (‘ameo. lidinburgh.
The Circle (Dayereh) (Hit .00. tJafar l’anahi. lran/ltaly. Ztltlt l tiereshteh Sadr ()rafaei. .\'arges Mami/adeh Ra/lighi. ()1 mins. 'I'hrough a series of quotidian incidents. l’anahi (The White Ital/mm) presents a devastating yet profoundly empathetic portrait of Moslem women's stunted lives iit Iran. Nobody could fail to be angered by the casual cruelties. wicked discrimination and blatant hypocrisy shown here. Yet. by the same token. nobody could fail to be impressed and inspired by the cottrage and resilience of these women. Linked only by their depressineg similar fates. the women rebel against the circle of discrimination. bravely denying their second-class status. l'(i(' Renfrew Street. (ilasgow.
The City Of Lost Children l 15) O... tJean-l’ierre Jettnet/Marc ('aro. l‘rance. 1995) Roit l’erlman. Daniel limilfork. Judith \‘ittet. 112 mins. ()n a mist- sltrouded oil rig. mad scientist Krank ages
prematurely because he cannot dream. and so he kidnaps children from the local port and steals into their sleeping hours. A visually wonderful. wacky lairy tale from the makers of [)t'flt‘tllt’.\.\(’ll. that brims over with cinematic imagination. l-‘l‘ll ('inema. lialkirk.
Code Unknown l l5! 00000 (Michael llancke. lirance. 2001 l Juliette Binoche. ()na l.u Yenke. Luminita (ihcorghitt. llti mins. llanekc tl‘llllll)‘ (imnml asks how can we start to think and feel more about others and a less about ourselves‘.’ llc answers by showing tis scini-atomised tnodern living in modern day l’aris. focusing on a handful of characters
w hose actions have chain reactions btit who are oblivious of their effect on others. But he prov ides no easy answers for his audience. instead llaneke presents a series of perfectly realised but unfinished dramatic scenes - ‘incomplete journeys' he calls them - which leave Us to draw conclusions for ottt'sel\'es. lixtraordinary. [fast Kilbridc Arts Centre. liast Kilbride.
The Colour Of Lies (Au Coeur Du Mensonge) t lxi COO i(‘lautlc ('habrol. lirance. le‘l Sandrine Bonnaire. Antoine de (‘atines. Jacques (iamblin. l 13 ntins. A more straightforward thriller than we‘re Used to from ('habrol. (iamblin is a struggling. ageing artist. Rene. implicated in the murder of a tert- year-old girl. But if Rene looks guilty. what about his wife. Viviane lBonnaircl‘.’ .\'ot guilty of the crime of course. btit of a lesser offence. of embarking on an affair with an undeniably ohno\iotls media celebrity. (iermain tde ('atinesl. ('habrol settles here less for psychological depth than the width of social culpability. and offers tip an impressive study in toxic milieu. l’itmhouse. lidinburgh. crazy/beautiful t 12 l 00 (John Stockwell. l‘S. Ztltll l Kirsten Dunst. Jay llernandcl. Bruce Dav ison. 95 mins. Rich kid Nicole tl)tlllstl meets poor kid (‘arlos illernandc/l whilst doing community service on an LA beach. and it‘s not long before the two are snogging in the bighschool darkroom. The question in t'mrv/ln'uuti/ir/ is therefore itot so much how to bring the two together as ltow. once together. they can reconcile their different lifestyles. Schmalt/y. despite occasional moments of wonderful satire. though in the end tltc mot ic succumbs to cliche. Selected release.
Cries and Whispers t lxi 0000 ilngmar Bergman. Sweden. l‘)73)) llarriet .-\nderson. lttgrid 'l‘hulin. l,iv t'llmann. ‘)l mins. At the turn of the century. a middle-aged spinster lies dying of cancer. Her two sisters. one frigid. one suicidal. come to watch over her. Mounted in the sty le of lidvard Munch. Bergman's bleak and harrowing \ ision of suffering and Sven Ny kvist's ()scar winning photography in various tones of red combine seamlessly to form a quite hypnotic confrontation with mortality. t'(i(‘ Renfrew Street. (ilasgow.