villains (three and a half if you count Mini- Me) once again turn to time travel to rid themselves of the interfering Powers. opting to go back into the past to kidnap Austin's dad. Nigel ((‘ainei. Heather (iraham. .Michael York and Robert Wagner return as. respectively. American agent l-‘elicity Shagwell. Austin's boss Basil Iixposition
atid Dr livil's Number Two. (ieneral release.
Bad Company ( 12) 00 (Joel Schmacher. LS. 2002) Anthony Hopkins. ('hris Rock. Peter Stormare. 1 16min. The first half of Burl (‘onipuny is I’v'eniulimi
Ilie Remit. Rock is the streetwise ignoramus who receives the sow‘s ear/silk purse treatment courtesy of Hopkins' (‘IA veteran who needs him to replace his dead agent twin brother and recover a stolen nuclear weapon. The action set pieces are remarkably subdued for a Jerry (Tllt’ Roe/(i Bruckbeimer production. Worse. Bad Company ham-iistedly reinforces the post- September I 1 man-in-the-street as saviour myth and in doing so shows America tip as an aggressor with its big fat white ass exposed fora spanking by whoever comes along. Discovery Theatre. Isle Of Bute. Balse-Moi (Rape Me) ( 18) O. (Virginie Despentes and (‘oralie Trinh Thi. France. 2002) Raffaela Anderson. Karen Bach. 87min. Based on a novel by Despentes. Halve-Moi depicts the sex-and- killing spree ()f two iiihilistic young women. rape victim Manu (Anderson) and prostitute Nadine (Bach). Blending real sex
Anderson and Bach come from professional hardcore backgrounds and deliberately stylised violence. liaise-Moi constantly references other movies. whilst being aware of its own shortcomings. (‘rudely shot on digital video. and accompanied by a thrash metal soundtrack. it lacks aesthetic finesse and intellectual rigour. btit its raw anarchic energy is undeniable. (‘(‘.-\. (ilasgow. Bend it Like Beckham ( 12) 0000 ((iurinder ('hadha. l'K. 2002) Parminder K Nagra. Keira Knightley. Jonathan Rhys-
Meyers. I 12min. The parents of Hounslow teenager Jess (Nagra) want her to concentrate on her studies. to learn how to cook traditional lndian food. and to marry a respectable young man. Jess. however. is far more passionate about playing football. and is asked by fellow schoolgirl Jtiles (Knightley) to join the local womens' team. As with Bliuji on the Bede/t and What's (’onkinef’. writer-director (‘hadha confidently uses comedy to explore social. racial and familial issues. with football a device to investigate what it means to be young. female and self-confident in contemporary Britain. (‘arnegic Hall. Dunfermline.
Black Box Germany ( 15) (Andreas \‘eiel. Germany. 2001) 107mm. lixploration of the domestic conflict in the 70s and 80s which threatened to destabilise the Federal Republic which juxtaposes the lives and deaths of two men: Deutsche Batik head Alfred Herrhausen. who was shot dead by the Red Army Faction in I989. and alleged terrorist Wolfgang (irams. who was killed by the police in 1993. Part of the (ierman Documentaries season. (ii-T. (ilasgow. The Blair Witch Project ( 15) 0.... (Daniel Myrick and Iiduardo Sanchez. LS. 1999) Heather Donahue. Josh Leonard. Michael Williams. 90min. 'I‘crrifying docu-horror movie that purports to be an edited version of the film and video footage that Donahue. Leonard and Williams shot in the days before they disappeared in the woods around Burkittsville. Maryland. While you're watching you're too sacred to think about the clever tricks with your mind. l‘ilinhouse. lidinburgh.
The Blue Light (Das Blaue Licht) (l’(i) (leni Riefenstahl. (iermany. 1932) Leni Riefenstahl. Mathias Wieman. Bcni l‘iihrer. 72min. Riefenstahl indulges her twin interests. nature and the occult. in this somewhat cliched drama. She play s a woman who. shunned by the locals as a
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witch. spends her time in a grotto communing with the Blue Light of purity. faith. blah. blah. Edinburgh l‘ilm (iuild. lidinburgh.
Blue Planet ll.) (Various, 200] ) Min tbc, An awesome trip around. above and beyond our planet on the IMAX giant screen which prompted the likrvliiiigion I’m! to w rite: ‘If a picture is worth a thousand words. one image from Blue Planet is worth a Iillion‘. lMAX. (ilasgow.
Boat Trip ( 15) (Mort Nathan. LS. 2002) ('uba (iooding Jr. Horatio San/. Roger Moore. 93min. Britt! 'l‘ri'p sccs (iooding playing a lov elorn sap w ho. after being dumped by his girlfriend. for throw ing up on her w hile hot air ballooning. is convinced by his best pal (Saul) to take an ocean cruise for single males. But when the trip turns otit to be organised by the Socrates (‘lub for happy homos. (iooding liiids himself pursued about the boat by a lecherous old queen (Moore — oh god. no. Roger?) Sounds more like [foul XIII-I. See review. (icneral release.
The Bourne Identity ( 13A) 0.. (Doug Linian. LS. 2002) Matt Damon. l'i'anka l’otentc. (live 0“ en. (‘ltt‘is (‘oopcrl 1 18min. Damon plays a l'S-traincd master assassin who. during the film's opening. is fished out of the Mediterranean riddled with bullet holes and suffering from amnesia. As he attempts to piece together the jigsaw pu/lle of his past (with the help of l’otentc's (iernian trav cllcr Marie). liis Stateside bosses activate three more killers to silence him. Loosely adapted from Robert Ltidlum‘s 80s spy novel. this espionage thriller works to undermine the cliches of the genre. btit ultimately plays like a souped-down Bond film. However. Liinan keeps the action lively and beefed-up Damon acquits himself well. (ieneral release.
Braveheart ( IS) 0... (Mel (iibson. l'S. I995) Mel (iibson. Patrick .‘vic(ioolian. Sophie Marceau. 177mm. .Mel (iibson's long and bloody account of the life of Scottish warrior hero William Wallace boasts some remarkable battle scenes and great performances. Aiming to entertain on a wider scale than the more literate Rob Roy. Brave/team's Scottish passion is tempered by a few Hollywood moments — touches of sentimentality and ‘dramatic' historical inaccuracy. Nevertheless. it's a fine. full-blooded attempt to tap into the spirit that fires Scotland's history and heroes. Vikingar Cinema. Largs.
Cabaret ( l3) .C... (Bob home. [-8. 1972) Lin Minelli. Joel (irey. Michael York. l2-lmin. lti divinely decadent early l930s Berlin. singer Sally Bow lcs wows them at the notorious Kit Kat Kltib. encounters the beginnings of Na/ism and shares her pretty linglish boy friend with a gay baron. Stylish and invigorating Broadway musical turned ()scar-winuing cinematic landmark. Adam Smith. Kirkcaldy.
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(Lawrence (iutcrman. l‘S. 200i ) Jeff (ioldbluin. lili/abeth l’erkins. Miriam Margoylcs. 87min. This refreshing approach to cute talking pets films is a kind of
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subversive l.u.vv‘le meets .llissioii: lm/msvilile. These dogs don't just talk. they tise surveillance equipment and have a solemn mission to protect scientist (ioldblum as he invents a cure for dog allergies. The cats are evil. hell-bent on conquering the world: their special agents have deadly ninja skills and vicious weapons. The aniiiiatronic 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 tip of pace can be forgiven by the madly original idea. lively action sequences and knockabout humour. l’(i('. lidinburgh.
Chariots of Fire (Pt ;) 000 Hudson. l'K. 1981) Ben (‘ross. Ian ('harlcson. Nigel llav crs. 123mm. Worryingly iingoistic vision of the 1924 Paris ()ly inpics and the exploits of runners Harold Abrahains and liric l.iddell that. in its numerous slow -motion races. is to blame for \angclis soundtracks becoming synonymous with athletics. Nevertheless. it won a fair few ()sears. although writer ('olin Welland's legendary "The British are coming' warning to Hollywood prov ed about as prophetic as .‘vlanchcster's bid for the 2000 Olympics. St Bride's ('cnti‘c. lidinburgh.
Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry ( lb’) (l’aul Tickell. l'K. 2002) Nick Moran. Neil Stukc. Kate Ashlicld. Min the. The wide ltoy star of Luck. Shirk uml ‘Iii'u Slimline Barre/v. takes the lead in this adaptation of an obscure 70s satirical nov cl about a loopy accountant who takes the idea of dotiblc entry bookmaking to ridiculous evtrenics. Moran w ill be making a number of personal appearances to talk about the film. See Rotiin cuts. (‘(‘A. (ilasgovv; l‘ilmhousc. lidinburgh.
Clockstoppers (i’( t) 00. (Jonathan l‘rakes. LS. 2002) Jesse Bradford. l’aula (iarces. Michael Bichn. 94min. A futuristic wristwatch catapults high school student Zak (Bradford) into 'hypertinic'. where the world is fro/en. yet he and his beautiful Hispanic girlfriend ((iarces) can move around freely and have lots of innocent ftiii. l'ntil the evil head of Quantum Technologies (Biehn). who wants to take over the world. kidnaps and threatens to kill Xak’s science teacher Dad. For all its neat ideas. snazzy f/x and youthful energy. this is by-the-numbers kiddie sci-fi. See review. (ieneral release.
Club Le Monde ( is) 0 (Simon Rumley. l'K. 2002) Brad (iorton. Alison McKen/ic. Danny Nussbaum. 79min. This parody of cltib life begins with all the tisual gags: an ignorant bouncer. ridiculous rules for the guest list and an entry queue a tiiilc long despite the venue being empty. These aged gags arc the best part of the film. After the ptierile first ten minutes the movie disintcgi'atcs into a teen version of (fur/ice llill. At (thankfully ) a sliiii St) minutes. this is the longest adv crt for staying in with a good book yet to be \L‘L‘li. Director Rttttilt‘} will be appearing at l'(i(' chfrew Street on Wed 9 ()et 9th to take part in a Qty A after the screening. See review. Selected