Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles (P(ii 0 (Simon \Vincer. l'S. 300D Paul Hogan. Linda Ko/Iovvski. Serge (‘ockburn 94 mins. If Mick Dundee vvas a Crocodile. he vvould be put dovv n. In this belated. lame third adventure Mick's longtime companion jourtio Sue ('harleton IKo/lovvski. aka Mrs Ilogaui is called to LA vvhen her father needs someone to edit a nevvspaper. The cotiplc head to (‘alifornia vv ith son Mickey ((‘ockburni vvhere they become embroiled in a smuggling operation involving dodgy-looking Iiast Iiuropean filmmakers. Mick goes undercover and finds vvork on the set of Let/ml Agent .i’. a sequel so bad that no one can understand vvhy it is being made (oh the irony! i. Let's just hope that no one comes tip vvith another sequel. or no. please a prequel. Selected release.
Cronos ( l8) 0... ((iuillermo dcl 'loro. Mexico. l‘)‘)3) ()2 mins. Possibly the strongest feature to emerge from Mexico in recent years. alongside Like Hitler For ('Iim-olute. In Itiin visuals. del Toro spans centuries in his tale of the human desire for an intricate mechanical device that prolongs life. A unique vampire movie that brings art to the vvorld of horror. ('aineo. Iidinburgh.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon I (2i .0... (Ang Lee. (‘hina/I'S. 2000) Michelle Yeoh. (‘hovv Yun-l-‘at. Zhang Ziyi. (‘hang ('hen. l2() mins. Jane .-\usten meets Bruce Lee in Ang ‘Senie And .S'envi'ln'li'rv' Lee‘s astonishing martial arts period drama. a fictionalised version of early l‘)th century ('hina. a vvorld of heroic vvarriors and deep philosophical values. Lee seamlesst intervveaves the stories of tvvo sets of lovers. and a revenge tale vv ith a feminist tvv ist. The fight scenes are groundbreaking. as choreographed by expert Yuen \\'o Ping. At once breathtaking and beatitiftil. (‘mueliineiiger‘s also a cinematic landmark: its fusion of the best elements from Iiast and West cinema has created something vvholly nevv'. Ster (’entury ('inema: Iidinburgh. lidinburgh.
Croupieri 15).... (Mike Hodges. I'K. l997) (‘Iive ()vven. (iina McKee. Alex Kingston. 9-1 mins. Jack (()vv'eni is a struggling vvriter who takes up a job in a London casino vvhere he quickly proves himself to be an accomplished croupier. Btit he finds himself assisting Jeni (Kingston). a South African gambler vv'ho's apparently in debt to a gang of criminals. llodges' tatit. intelligent and darkly amusing drama combines cinematic flair and thematic substance. unfolding in a dream-like. hall-of- mirrors vvorld. peopled by eon-artists. card- sharks. and inveterate liars. Propelled by ()vven‘s impressively vvatchful and poised central performance. it boasts a delicious ()edipal tvvist in its denouement. l'(‘l. (‘lydebank
Culloden ( I5) 0... (Peter Watkins. I'K. mm 73 mins. Watkins' first full length piece for television vvas an attempt to film a period conflict in the manner of a present day nevvsreel. and on the spot intervievvs blend vviili an impassioned and committed commentary. Lumiere. lidinburgh. Delicatessen ( lSi 000.0 (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc (’aro. lirance. IWI i Dominique
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Pinon. Marie-Laure Dougnac. Jean-('laude Dreyfus. 9‘) (runs. In a sepia vvasteland soiiievvhere in the future. a butcher feeds his neighbours vvith the juicy joints of his lodgers. Btit vvhen former clovv'n Louison (l’inoni arrives and falls for his daughter. an underground vegetarian resistance group come to the rescue. Hilarious blend of bi/arre characters. slapstick and comic tension makes for the first true cult item of the “)()s. (il’l‘. (ilasgovv': l7l'll Cinema. l‘alkirk.
The DiSh ( l3) O... (Rob Sileli. Atistralia. 2000) Sam .\'eill. Kevin Harrington. Tom Long. llll mins. It's 196‘). Apollo XI is about to land and .\'eil Armstrong is due to take the first human steps upon the moon. A bumbling team of country boy s. at l’arkes Radio Telescope Facility in .\'evv South Wales. are responsible for providing the images scheduled to appear on (son million television screens around the vvorld. I'nfortunately. they seem to have lost Armstrong in space. The resulting tension is high. the optimism infectious and the outcome astounding. With unfailingly quirky humour and sincere performances. the result Iias to be one of the most uplifting and entertaining history lessons ever filmed. ()deon. Iidinburgh; ()deon. Ay r. Dr Dolittle 2 (P( ii 0.. (Steve ('arr. I'S. 2()()l i Iiddie Murphy. Kristen Wilson. voice of Lisa Kudrovv. 87 units. A Malioso racoon turns tip at the doc's home and demands that he visit Beaver. (iodfather of the forest creatures. Beavers problem is that tvvo nasty humans vvant to ‘develop‘ their home. If only Dolittle can mate endangered species bear Ava (voiced by Lisa Ktidrovv i vvith circus dtide bear Archie. then by lavv the forest vv ill be protected. Simple. cheesy and eco-friendly. (ieneral release.
Driven (P(ii O (Renny Harlin. I‘S. ZIXJI i Sylvester Stallone. Burt Reynolds. Kip Pardue. I lb mins. Stallone. not content vvith giving tis years of bad perftirmances. has novv hoiked on the vvorId a script that makes l)uv,\ (2/ Thunder look like Zen And The Art Of .llulm't‘veli’ .llutltft'ltum't'. The story concerns veteran driver Beau Brandenberg (Til Schvveigcri battling it otit vv ith a young upstart Jimmy BIy (Parduei. Stallone plays Joe Tanto. a former vv'ild man employ ed to mentor Jimmy to the top. giving him racing tips and advice on love. Despite a couple of action packed race scenes this is drivel rather than Driven. Selected release.
Ed Gein ( ISI .0 ((‘htick Parello. I‘S. 3()()l i Steve Railsback. (’arrie Snodgress. Ryan Thomas Brockirigtori. 9t) (nuts. The true story of lid (iein Iias been the foundation for three of the finest horror mov ies in the canon. (‘oming at the tale of this simple man and serial killer extraordinaire in different vvay s. I’vvt'liu vvent for the domineering mum angle. The 'Iexuv ('Iiuinvuii .lluvvuere adopted the isolated nutter approach. vv liile The Silence ()t’ The [um/M fleshed out lid‘s .sls‘itt trade. In [ail (iein. there's a bit of all three. btit they ‘re all filmed in a ham-listed. campy and ultimately utterly banal vvay. MacRobert. Stirling.
Les Entants Du Paradis (l’(il 00.00 (Marcel ('arne. l‘rance. l‘J-l-l) Arletty. Jean- Louis Barrault. Pierre Brasseur. 195 mins. Paris in the lS-llls. Amid the seething heart of the I-‘rench capital's theatre street. a mime artist falls in love vv ith the delicious btit flirtatious (iarnace. ()ne of the cinema's most extrav'agaiitly enjoyable productions. this gorgeous elephantine vvallovv of a film is crammed vv ith incident and compellineg curious (iallic comic characters. Lumiere. lidinburgh.
Enigma ( 15).... (Apted Michael. 1K. 200] i Dougray Scott. Kate \Viiislet. Saffron Burrovv s. I I7 niins. Tom Jericho (Scott i. a crack WWII codebreaker. is called back from premature retirement to break the .\'a/is' nevv cypher. ()n his return. he discovers that (‘laire (Burrovvsi. the vvoman vvho broke his heart. has gone missing and. with the aid of her housemate (Winslet i. begins to discover that she vv'as not entirely vvhat she seemed. Apted‘s screen adaptation of Robert llarris‘s best- selling novel is. rarely enough. botli relatively faithful and rather good. thotigh scriptvv riter‘ Tom Stoppard increases the love interest and fiddles the plot a little. bill the mixture of cynicism and heroism that characterised Harris's characters is undiluted in the film. (iencral release.
Taking its cue from Jules Verne, Disney's latest animated tale has a group of Victorian adventurers discover Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Event Horizon i (xi 0... (Paul Anderson. I'S/I‘K. I997) Laurence l‘ishburne. Sam Neill. Joely Richardson. ()1 mins. The crevv of a rescue ship discover that hell has been unleashed inside a missing craft that reappears near Neptune. as their deepest fears begin to terrorise them in physical form. Iiffectively a hatmted house movie set in space. live/i! Ilorimn boasts stunning "l‘echno Medieval' design; but tight editing leaves the characterisation and story stripped to vvithin an inch of their lives. ()deon. (ilasgovv. Evolution (P(ii .0 (Ivan Reitman. I‘S. 2()()l i David Duchovny. Julianne Moore. ()rlando Jones. l()I mins. Reitman reprises his Slls mega-hit. (iliosr/nnierv. substituting IiTs for spooks. Ifi'ii/(iftrili‘s ‘alienbusters' are lead by Duchovny's Mid—West school teacher (the vvild card role that vvas previously Bill Murray‘s) and Moore's current government expert. The plot is pure high concept: a meteorite crashes on Iiarth leaking alien goo vv liicli kickstarts billions of years of evolution in a couple of day s. (‘uc (‘(il monsters - btigs. fish. amphibians. dinosaurs and apes - a non- startcr romance betvveen Duchonvy and Moore and some very lame jokes and you‘ve got a summer blockbuster package. Selected release. Fanny and Alexander i I’( it 000. (Ingmar Bergman. vaeden. I982) (itinn Wallgren. JarI Kulle. Iirland Josephson. IS") mins. Many of those familiar Bergman themes religious doubt. a puritanical father. the materialisation of(iod are present in this turn-of-the-century family saga. vvhich vv as 300 minutes long in its original TV format. The harsher semi-autobiograpliical references are softened by the fact that it captures some of the childiin joy of its young protagonist. particularly in the da/Iling ('hristmas scenes. l.(i(‘ Renfrevv Street. (iltisgovv. Fargo i 13) .0000 (Joel ('oen. t‘s. (Wm I‘rances McDoi'maiid. Steve Buscenii. William H. Macy. ‘)7 mins. See feature. ('ameo. Iidinburgh. The Fast And The Furious ( (Si 0... (Rob (‘oheii. l'S. 2(in i Patil Walker. \'in l)iesc|. Michelle Rodi'igtiel. Ills niins. Roaring off the start line in a cloud of burning rubber. ('ohen‘s stripped-dovv n illicit street- racing movie vvas a deserved ‘sleeper' success in the LS. delivering the pure. adrenalised entertainment that over-povv ered. poorly -tuned auto movies such as (in/re In (it) Serum/v and Driven only promised. Through the associated clothing. music and slang. it also captures the niulti-ethnic. tribal flavour of a distinctive urban sub-culture built around fast cars. sex and defying authority. That said. this is strictly ‘B' movie stuff. so don‘t go expecting originality. (iencral release. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (l’(ii O... (lliroiiobu Sakaguclii. Montonori Sakakibara. I'S/Japan. Ztitil i Voices of Ming-Na \Ven. Alec Baldvv in. Stev c Btiscenii. HIS mins. Iv’i'nul I'll/imvv unquestionably represents a quantum leap for animation. Adapted from the phenomenally successful Japanese role-play ing computer game series. The Spirits lIiI/Iiri tells a tievv story in vvhich the Iiarth of 3065 has succumbed to an alien invasion. ('o-prodticed by a Japanese and American crevv. co-directed by game creator Hironobu Sakagtichi and voiced by Holly vvood talent. the Iiastern spiritualism and questing element of the game is given the standard llolly vvood blockbuster tr'eatiiient. The results are mixed human movement is still problematic btit often
astonishingly believable. The future of film has arrived. Selected release.
The Fly ( IS) .0... (Dav id ('ronenberg. I'S. 1986iJeff(}oldbluin. (ieena Davis. l()() mins. Brilliant reconceptualisation of the camp I‘JSS classic. vvith (ioldblum highly effective as the scientist vv hose experiments in teleportation go disastroust vvrong. and his vvife Davis no less impressive as the love of his life. Special effects superlativer revolting. tension sustained throughout. ()deon. (ilasgovv'.
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(Tom (irccn. LS. 3001 i 'Iom (ircen. Rip Torn. Drevv Barry more. 87 mins. Wacky comedian (ireen first got noticed vvith his cringe- inducing radio broadcasts in vvhich he vvould. among other tilthiness. talk about his parents' sex life. In his first starring role (you may remember him as the obscene nerd in Rout! 'I'I'i/i. or Barrymore's ‘cruinpet' in (‘liurli'e iv Ange/v i. (ireen plays a man vvho's forced to return home to live vvith his parents and then gets to like it. (iage the level of (ireen‘s humour vv ith a visual gag in which he milks a cow . . . vvith his mouth. Sliovv case. Paisley. Free Willy 3: The Rescue ( ta .0. (Sam Pillsbury. LS. 1997) Jason James Richter. Atigtist Schellenberg. Annie ('orley. 86 mins. Boy and killer vv'hale team tip again to drive home an environmental message for the ‘)().s vv hen Willy the orca and family are threatened by the hunters on a vvhaling boat. Better than its lilatitl predecessor. l‘il't’t' iii/Iv A, develops the usual formula. and benefits from moulding the character of the main antagonist as an old-style hunter rather than the corporate villains ofprevious instalments. l'(i(' Renfrevv Street. (ilasgovv; I'(}(‘ ('ineinas. Iidinburgh.
Free Willy ( l 'i 0.. (Simon \Vincer. l'S. l‘)‘)3i Jason James Richter. Lori I’etty. Michael Madsen. l 13 mins. After moving from one set of foster parents to another. young Jesse finds himself helping otit vvith chores at a marine amusement park vv here Willy the orca vv hale has also been separated from his family. Land and sea rebels become soul-mates. and the plot heads dovv n a distinctly If'lllike path. liasy -to-grasp adventure for the kids; a little too simplistic and manipulative for a more sophisticated audience. l'(3(‘ Parkhead. (ilasgovv.
Gilda (l’(i) O... ((‘harles \‘idor. I'S. l‘)-l(ii Rita llay vvorth. (ilenn l‘ord. (ieorge Macready. Joseph (’alleia. I It) mins. A bi/arre and disturbing IIIt’IIUL’t' a truly btiilds tip in Argentina bctvveeii roving card-sharp lord and the couple (llay vvorth and Macready i vv ho ovvn the casino vv here he finds himself. Plenty innuendo and sexual ambiguity from the lens that vv as later to bring tis luv! Iii/ten In Paris. l-‘ilmhouse. lidinburgh.
Ginger Snaps ( IS) 0000 (John liavvcett. ('anada. 200] i Katharine Isabelle. liniin Perkins. Mimi Rogers. ltih‘ mins. Writer—director liavv cett's sardonic treatment of the .-\merican bourgeoisie gives this horror movie the feeling of an acutely observational romp. Isabelle's blossoming nymph sprouts a tail after a vverevvolf attack. btit after much perplexity begins to bear it vv ith fortitude spreading her infection vv ith her sexual favours. :\s her .slav islily devoted sister tries to intervene. (linger transforms from
cmpovv cred teen to tragic monster. Despite Holly vvood's long flirtation vv ith lycanthi'opy. l-‘avvcett‘s funny. tragic film still contriv es to be original. l‘ilmhouse. lidinburgh; ('inevvoi'ld. lialkirk.