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Daphne Pollard. 80 mins. Stan and Ollie head north of the border to collect an inheritance. but end up in a Scottish regiment fighting in India. .\'ot a touch on L and H's shorts there’s an unnecessary romantic subplot but features enough of the slapstick stupidity to make it worth watching. Lumiere. Edinburgh.

Bringan Up Baby (PG) 0000. (Howard Hawks. L'S. I938) Cary Grant. Katharine Hepburn. Charles Ruggles. I02 mins. Zany gal Hepburn causes timid zoolo- gy professor Grant to lose a valuable dinosaur bone and mislay a pet leopard within the course of one screwball evening. Archetypal Thirties crazy comedy with one outlandishly hilarious scene following another within the progression of an unerr- ingly logical narrative. Both stars at their charismatic best. See Rough cuts. GFT. Glasgow.

Buona Vlata Soclal Club (L') 0000 (Wim Wenders. Cuba. 1999) Ry Cooder. Ibrahim Ferrer. Ruben Gonzalez. 104 mins. Cuba looks a little like the land that time forgot. A theme Wenders brings out both in the over-exposed images of Havana and also in the musical brilliance of these octogenarian and nonagenarian musicians who have for so long been neglected. And it‘s ironically thanks to an American. Wenders’ regular musical collaborator Ry Cooder. that their careers have been resurrected. MacRobert Arts Centre. Stirling.

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(Lawrence Guterman. CS. 2001 ) Jeff Goldblum. Elizabeth Perkins. Miriam Margoyles. 87 mins. This refreshing approach to cute talking pets films is a kind of subversive [.ussie meets Mission: Impossible. These dogs don't just talk. they use surveillance equipment and have a solemn mission to protect scientist Goldblum as he invents a cure for dog allergies. The cats are evil. hell-bent on conquering the world: their special agents

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have deadly ninja skills and vicious weapons. The animatronic effects are of a pretty high standard. but it's the animal trainers you're in real awe of. The occasional wander into sentimental territory and slowing up of pace can be forgiven by the madly original idea. lively action sequences and knockabout humour. Ster Century Cinema. Edinburgh.

Chlckon Run (L') 0000 (Nick Park/Peter Lord. CK. 2000) Voices of Mel Gibson. Julia Sawalha. Miranda Richardson. 85 mins. For their first feature Aardman studios have re-written the WWII POW. experience as an Orwellian satire. albeit

with laughs. So. Stalag 17 becomes a battery

farm and the camp commandant farmer Tweedy's domineering wife. while in the hatches. Ginger rallies her fellow hens to fly their coop. Though the characters aren't as established as Wallace and Gromit and the feature length running time slows the action. Aardman continue to work real wonders with their familiar Plasticine animation. Odeon. Dunf'ermline; Odeon. Kilmarnock. Chlldron Of Shatlla/Frontlora Of Dream. And Foam (PG) (Mai Masri. Palestine. 2001) 50/57 mins. Double bill of documentaries from Masri. Children concerns the efforts of the youth of a refugee camp to overcome the trauma of massacre and starvation. Frontiers follows children from the same camp three years on after liberation from Israeli occupation. Part of the Palestine At The Pictures season. Filmhouse. Edinburgh.

A Chrlatmaa Carol - The Movlo (L') 0 (Jimmy T. Murakami. CK. 2001) Voices of Kate Winslet. Nicolas Cage. Simon Callow. 80 mins. Despite the advances made in computer-generated imagery. there is still a case for the traditional form. Sadly. it's not one made by this poorly executed film; the animation is flat and static. scarcely better than that found on Saturday morning kids' TV. .\'or does the storytelling do Charles Dickens

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justice. sweetening and softening an already sentimental original. The final straw. however. is the introduction of a pair of cute. slapstick mice. Bah. humbug. General release.

Chmnlclo Of A Dlaappoaranco (L') (Elia Suleiman. Palestine/Israel/L7S. 19%) 88 mins. Suleiman makes a trip home from the LS to Palestine and. through a series of vignettes mixing fact and fiction in Jertisalem and Nazareth. describes what it means to be a Palestinian today. Part of the Palestine At The Pictures season. Filmhouse. Edinburgh.

Clnoma Paradlao (PG) 0000 (GiUseppe Tornatore. Italy/France. I988) Phillipe .\'oiret. Jacques Perrin. Salvatore Cascio. 123 mins. Told largely in flashback. the winner of the I990 ()scar for Best Foreign Film traces young Salvatore's infatuation with his village cinema. and his growing friendship with its projectionist (played to perfection by Noiret). Essentially. it‘s Tornatore's lament for the joyous movie-going experience of his youth and a recognition of the price we pay for our maturity.

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