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The Mogul (MughaI-E-Azam) (PG) (K Asif. lndia. 1960) 173mm. Ten years in the making. this as the most extravagant indian film of its time. The story of a love affair between a court dancer and a prince which leads to war with the latter's father is punctuated with glittering song and dance routines aitd spectacular battle scenes. (il’l’. (ilasgow.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG) .0. (Joc1'/.wick.l'S.2002)Nia Vardalos. John (‘orbet. (ii (‘arides ()(imin. (iccky' (ireek-American Toula (\‘ardalos) is never going to get a man. A heavy girl with huge glasses. she is destined to work away lter spinster life in the family‘s restaurant. ‘1)ancing Airbus. Her family are ready to despair all they want is for her to find a nice (ircck boy so she can cook lots of food and pop out more little 7.oi‘bas. Then she finds a guy. lan ((‘orbcti. But he's not (ircekff Oh no. what are they going to do?! The film's jokes and its exploration of cross-culture is vaguely in the same vein as 15ml is Iain! or [lend i! like Berk/rum. btit without any of the hard edge. Syrupy sweet in parts. moments are as hard to swallow as a shot of ()u/o. 17TH Cinema. l‘alkirk. The Near Room ( 18) 0.. (David llay man. l'K. 1095) Adrian Dunbar. 1)avid ()‘llara. Julie (iraham. 89min. [inter a vision of (ilasgow where Mr Happy never smiles better and washed-up newspaper hack (’harlie (Dunbar) realises that the young girl he is searching for in a sewer of corruption and child pornography is his ow n long-lost daughter. Robert Murphy's screenplay throws a tight net over the characters. creating a world where the past hunts everyone down with a relentless. merciless inevitability. (il’l‘. (ilasgow. News from a Personal War ( 15) (Joao M Salles and K 1.und. Bra/i1. 1999) 57min. Hard-hitting documentary depicting life in Brazil‘s favelas. the shanty town slums riddled with drug dealing and violence. (ii-'1‘. (ilasgow‘.

Night of the Living Dead ( 18) O... ((ieorgc A Romero. IS. 1969) 90min. The original black and white version of horror auteur Romero's mmbie movie. part one of what became an infamous trilogy. Working on a low budget Romero really. ahcin. brought to life the terror of a bunch of flesh-eating undead rising from their graves. (‘(‘A. (ilasgow.

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands ( 15) 0... (Shane Meadows. l'K. 3001) Robert ('arly'lc. Rhys lfans. Shirley Henderson. l04min. When (ilasgow petty criminal Jimmy (Carlyle) sees his childhood sweetheart and ex Shirley (Henderson) on the Vanessa l‘elt/ show. he decides to take tlte proceeds of a bungch robbery and travel down to Nottingham to win her back from her geekish boyfriend l)ek (Ifans). There are. however. a few obstacles in the way for the avenging ‘cowboy'. including l)ek's his cra/y step sister (Kathy Burke) and her estranged ('t‘t\\'-obsCssetl husband (‘hai‘lie (Ricky 'I‘omlinsonl. Meatltiws directs his all— star cast with skill. aware that tlte best domestic stories are those that are told with simplicity and emotion. Moments in this lilm cart be clawing. not least the trcacle- ambushed ending. btit Meadows aim is generally true. l'(‘I. ('Iydebank.

One Hour Photo ( IS) .00 (Mark Romanek. 1S. 2002) Robin Williams. ('onnie Nielsen. liriq La Salle. 95min. Sy Parrish. a lonely photo technician who finds joy in the precious moments of other people's lives. most notably a picture- perfcct famin who've visited the Savmart mini-lab where Sy' works since the birth of their nine-year-old son. His own life devoid of colour and humanity. as represented by his working environment - the great white church of consumerism Sy' tries to take his place in the frame of the ideal family. When he finds the picture to be less than perfect. Sy takes matters into his own considerany psychotic hands. The casting of Robin Williams is inspired - likcable because he‘s good old Mrs Doubtlire and terrifying for the same reason. (‘oncerns that pop promo director Romanek has made a lilm that is style over substance is not so

clear cut. however. ('ineworld. lialkirk. The Pianist ( 15) .0. (Roman Polanski. 1'K/1’rance/( ierniany/Nelherlands/ Poland. 2002) Adrien Brody. 1-‘rank l-‘indlay. Maureen l.ipman. 1-19min. An intensely personal film front acclaimed Polish director Polanski. as he himself survived the Krakow ghetto. The Pianist follows the persecution of the Jews in Warsaw during World War II. The locus is on brilliant Polish pianist Wladyslaw S/pilman (Brody) who escapes deportation to an extermination camp and is left struggling for survival in the wasteland that's left of Warsaw. Adapted from S/pilman's memoirs and making me of Polanski‘s own childhood memories. "The Pianist is undoubtedly a brave and ambitious project. Althotigh rewarded by its winning the Palme d'()r at last year's ('annes l‘ilm l‘cstival. it is. however. debatable whether this film won on its worthiness rather than it being a coherent and compelling narrative. See review. Selected release.

The Pledge ( 15) 0... (Sean Penn. IS. 2001 ) Jack Nicholson. Robin Wright- Penn. Sam Shepard. 123mm. In the cold mountain reaches of Nevada the body of a little girl is found. raped and murdered. A simple-minded Native American is swiftly taken into custody and a confession is extracted. following which the man kills himself. An open and shut case . . . for everyone but Jerry Black (an admirably low key Nicholson). a retiring police oflicer who thinks they have the wrong man. (‘ouched in the conventions of a thriller. Penn's third film as director is first and foremost a compelling psychological study of a middle-aged man attempting to give his life meaning post-retirement. Jer/y and Mary ()lson Kromolowski's script. adapted from l’riedrich l)tirrcnmatt's novel. keeps things ambiguous. Penn counters this. directing with an even hand and casting a sombre mood over the proceedings. lidinburgh Film (itltltl. lidinburgh.

Psycho ( 15) 0.... (Alfred Hitchcock. IS. 1960) Anthony Perkins. Janet Leigh. Vera Miles. John (lavin. Martin Balsam. John Mclntire. 109mm. llitch's misogynistic masterpiece has a young secretary take off to hicksville with a bagful of her boss‘s money. l'nfortunately for her she chooses to put tip at the Bates' Motel. run by that nice Norman boy. The ironic dialogue (‘Mother‘s not quite herself today") make it a joy to catch anytime around. We liked it didn't we mother . . . mother'.’ (‘inew-orld. l"alkirk.

The Quiet American ( IS) 0000 (Phillip Noyce. l'S/I'K. 2002) Michael ('aine. Brendan Fraser. l)o Thi llai Yen. 100mm. The previous 1958 adaptation of (iraham (ircene's novel excised the book's critical comment on America‘s early involvement in Vietnam and (lreene hated it. This new version retains the comment. so it'd be interesting to see what he would have made of this film. smartly scripted by Brit ('hristopher Hampton. impeccably directed by Atissie Phillip Noyce and featuring a career best performance by (‘aine. In fact. (‘aine. whose performance is remarkably restrained and beautifully modulated. based his part. Thomas Fowler. a jaded British newspaper correspondent in Saigon at the end of the French 1ndo-(‘hina colonial period. on (lreene himself. ()deon ('ity (‘entrc. (ilasgow; MacRoben. Stirling. Rabbit Proof Fence (PG) 0000 (Philip Noyce. Australia. 2002) liverlyn Sampi. Kenneth Branagh. David (ittlpilil. 04min. It's the humanity of Noyce's storytelling which is the most salient feature of this film about Atistralia's Stolen (leneration. The didacticism of this true story of the abduction of three aboriginal children from their tribe. and their resettlement at a prison-like camp for the

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