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Crossroads (P( l) O. (Tamra l)avis. LS. 2002) Britney Spears. Kim ('attrall. Dan Aykroyd. 94min. It's very difficult It) I'L'VIL‘W ('I‘rnyl‘mu/y its ills not it normal film. but simply another part of the Britney Spears World Domination Plan. And. disappointingly. this is not the turkey we secretly hoped for. Britney doesn't act so much as pretend to be someone she’s not she's built her career on it. and has become very good. Yes. this is cheesy and completely lacking in originality. but then this is a teen movie. If you go to see this film. you‘re not coming for the film. but for an extra large dose of Britney. And that‘s exactly what you‘ll get. l'(i(‘. lidinburgh: (inc-world. l-‘alkirk.

Danny the Champion of the World (I') 0.. ((iavin Millar. I'K. 1980) Jeremy Irons. Robbie ('oltrane. (‘yril ('usack. Samuel Irons. ()7min. Roald Dahl‘s tale of a corrupt property baron and pheasant-slayer (Coltrane) given his come- uppancc by resourceful nine-year old Danny becomes a family movie in more ways than one. Millar. whose past work includes Dennis Potters disturbing Lewis (’arroll piece /)I'('(1Ill('lll/(/. has gone for wholesome entertainment this time. and cast father and son as father and son in the central roles. with young Sam's grandpa (‘usack as the avuncular I)oc Spencer. ('harming and warmhearted. with enough subtlety to keep the grow n-ups amused. Arts ('entre. liast Kilbride.

Desktop Icons 1 .0 (the) (Various) 70min. Anthology of short digital films made by Scottish and international artists. l‘ilniliotise. lidinburgh.

lI)evdas (l’(i) (Bansali. India. 2002) min the. Asian presentation. l'(i(‘. lidinburgh: l'(i(‘ Renfrew Street. (ilasgtm.

Dinner Rush ( 15) 000. (Bob (iiraldi. LS. 2002) Danny Aicllo. Vivian Wu. lidoardo Ballerini. ()Rmin. New York restaurateur Bob (iiraldi has made a mouth-watering movie about one night of business and pleasure in a popular Italian eatery in New York (‘ity. And this self- stylcd w ise-guy has set the whole drama (reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain's restaurant memoir Kile/ten confidential) in his own downtown establishment in Trillcfa. It's to (iiraldi‘s credit. and his writers Rick Shaughnessy and Brian Kalata. that they weave a number of plot strands together like a big. tasty bowl of spaghetti. Their film is fully satisfying. Selected release.

Divided we Fall ( l2) 0.. (Jan Hrcbcjk. (‘Iech Republic. 2000) Boleslav l’olivka. Anna Siskova. ('songor Kassai. 123mm. ('zech black comedy that harks back to the good old days of Milos l-‘ortnan's A I’m'mm) '.\ Bull and Jiri Men/el's ('lme/v ()lm'rvul Trains. .\'a/i held (‘Iechoslovakia is a strange place to be especially if you take in lodgers. (iliT. (ilasgow.

Q Dogtown and Z-Boys ( IS) .0... (Stacy l’ct'lala. LS. 200] ) 80min. “but makes Downwn and /-Ifnv.s so desperately exciting'.’ It is a documentary feature. one that tracks the key events that

led to the birth of the now ubiquitous ‘modern vertical' or ‘vert' style of skateboarding. Maybe it’s the way that director and original X—Boy. l’eralta cuts together still photographs. vintage film footage and new interview material to form a fluid and vibrant narrative. Maybe it's the kick-ass punk rock soundtrack featuring the likes of Iggy and The Stooges. Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin that punctuatcs the story. giving energy and raw power to the low-slung skate style of the X-Boys. It could. however. be that Domain) perfectly captures the fuck-off- and-die attitude that propelled twelve kids from the wrong side of town into the public consciousness. See review. I'(i(‘ Renfrew Street. (ilasgow; (’ameo. lidinburgb.

Dolphins ([7) (Various. LS. 2000) min the. The producers of the most successful [MAX movie ever. live/1's]. take us undersea into the aquatic home of dolphins. With narration by Pierce Brosnan and music by Sting. IMAX. (ilasgow. Everest ([7) (Various. 2002) min the. IMAX big screen presentation. IMAX. (ilasgow.

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (l’(i) 0. (Brian Levant. LS. 2000) Mark Addy. Stephen Baldwin. ()lmin. This prequel shows l-‘red (Addy) and Barney (Baldwin) in their bachelor days when they first court Wilma (Johnston) and Betty (Jane Krakowski ). They are abetted in this by a little green alien called (la/oo (Alan (’umming). but are hampered by the rival attentions of Wilma’s slimy aristocratic chum (’hip Rockefeller (Thomas (iibson ). And they all live happily ever after. without a trace of originality. zip or lest. (‘ineworld. lialkirk. 40 Days and 40 Nights ( IS)

0.. (Michael Lchmann. LS. 2002) Josh Hartnett. I’aulo (‘ostan/o Shanny'n Sossamon. 95min. ()n the rebound from a long-term relationship. a San l‘rancisco web-designer gives tip sex for Lent. His newly made vow is challenged when a ravishing beauty comes his way. The attraction‘s mutual. but can he last'.’ l‘alling into the recent spate of LS sex comedies. 40 40 manages to stand a cut above the rest. With a snappy and sharp dialogue. this film is surprisingly likeable. (ieneral release. From Hell (18)... (Allen and Albert Ilughes. l'S. 200l ) Johnny Dcpp. Heather (iraham. Robbie Coltrane.

I2 1 min. As a (iothic thriller in the Hammer mould. l’mm Hell works just fine. Blood is splattered about with the enthusiasm of an abattoir attendant. and there's not an opportunity missed to wreath scenes in mist and shroud them in shadow. However. as an investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders. From Hell is a disappointment. It brings nothing new to the plethora of conspiracy theories surrounding the brutal slaying of five Whitechapel prostitutes in I888. But then it was always going to be a tall order. adapting Alan Moore and Eddie (‘ampbell's exhaustive graphic novel investigation into the crimes. ()deon. Ay'r.