wildlife photography. St Bride's (’entre. lilinburgh.
Road to Perdition t IS) 000 Mendes. 1S. 2002) Tom Hanks. Paul Newman. Jude Law, I l7mm. .A Depression era gangster picture with solid American family \‘ttllic‘s. It may also. like Mendes' absurdly overrated ()scar-w inner Amrru‘un Beauty. fool cinema-goers into consting its moody self-iiiiportance for profound insight. For here are Big Stars. Big Themes tl-‘athers and Sons. Loyalty and Betrayal. Sin and Salvation) and Heavy Symbolism (Water = Death). Through (’onrad Hall‘s darkly glistening cinematography. many of the individual tableaux are impressively staged and stunning to behold. If only Mendes' empty. over-dressed spectacle had done itistice to the line photography and performances. l,'G('. lidinburgh.
Rockets Galore! tl’( ; ) (Michael Relph. 17K. IUSX) 94min. Based on one of the stories of ('onipton Macken/ie. this film follows the residents of a small island in the llebredies and their attempts to prevent the RM" building a rocket base on their island. St Bride‘s ('entre. lidinburgh.
Romeo and Juliet t )2) 00000 llla/ l.uhrinaiin. Australia/ITS. l‘)‘)(i) Leonardo l)i(’aprio. (‘lare Danes. l20iiiin. The Strict/y Ballroom director's treatment of the Shakespeare tragedy is a iiitigiiilic‘eiit not of colour. action and sexy teen romance. without any need to sacrifice the text. To call it "M'l'V filmmaking‘ misses the point that the camera tricks and iii-jokes don't in any way distract from the fact that Luhriiiann has completely grasped the issues at the centre of the play. An intoxicating. breathtaking mix of ('atholic iconography. high camp and street violence that's both deliciously feverish and studiedly cool. (‘('A. Glasgow.
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(Michael l.embeck. ISA. 2002) Tim Allen. lili/abeth Mitchell. Judge Reinhold. 104mm. Did we really need a Santa ( 'quie sequel‘.’ Apparently so. as Santa has to find a wife
before ('hristmas or else he loses his _|t)h (‘ineworld. l‘alkirk
Search and Destroy: Great Hits oi American War Propaganda t )5) «Variousi l00min, Timely compilation of American military propaganda films. dating World War II. the ('old War and beyond. Gl-‘l’. Glasgow.
Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) 1 IX) 0... tGaspar No . France. IWS) 93min. Hardcore penetrative sex and a nauseating scene in w hich a pregnant woman is repeatedly punched in the stomach. Disturbing and graphic .’ Yes. Gratuitous shock tactics" No: only material of such unciiiiiproniising brutality can bring the viewer close to the utter desolation felt by the mam character. an unemployed 50-year-old butcher who has been slammed into a dead-end CUNICIICL‘. ('aineo & l‘iliiihouse. lidmburgh.
Spirit: Stallion oi Clmarron it‘)
0.. tKelly Asbury and Lorna (‘ook. (S. 2002) Matt Damon. James (‘romwell. Daniel Studi. X-tmin. Spin! is an animal fable in which none of the non-human characters speak. We do. how ever. get inside the heart and head of the movie‘s eponymous equine hero thanks to narration by Matt Damon (conveying Spirit‘s thoughts) and songs by Bryan Adams this feelings). Above all. Spirit. a wild mustang living in the Old West. yearns to run free until a lasso lands him in the hands of the [S cavalry. While some viewers will be roused by Spirit's questioning of the [S myth of Manifest Destiny. others will be stirred by the quality of the animation. which seamlessly integrates traditional hand-drawn animation with computer-generated images. North lidiiiburgh Arts ('entre. lidinburgh.
Star Trek X: Nemesis t 12A) .00 tStuan Baird. IS. 2002) Patrick Stewart. Tom llardy. Brent Spinner. I loiiiin. In this latest warp factor adventure. rumoured to be the last to feature the Next Generation cast. the bare bones of an adventure to do the Enterprise crew proud are there. The script by John
Alex Cox’s anarchic interpretation of the Jacobean drama Revengers Tragedy
Logan tthe ()scar-wining writer of Gladiator) employs the ktiid of classical storytelling devices that lifted the original television series above the level of mere space soap opera. Drawing on the Greek tragedy (lei/[pm Rex. Logan‘s script has (‘aptain Jean-l.uc Picard (Stewart) face his ultimate nemesis: a younger version of himself who turns out to be a clone engineered by the Roman-like warrior race the Romluans. l'nfortunately. this interesting set- up builds to nothing more than an extended climax involvinga dog ﬁght in space. There
might be plenty of in Jokes for the fans and an open ending that's sequel friendly. but as a piece of cinema spectacle. Nemesis disappoints. MacRobert. Stirling.
‘I’he State I’m In t IS) ((‘hristian Pet/old. Germany. 2000) Julia lluminer. Barbara Auer. Richy Muller. l07min. A pair of former German terrorists have spent the past fifteen years hiding from the authorities in Portugal. but the married couple's daughter yearns for the everyday friendships other kids enjoy. Part of the German Film l't'sllWll. (ii-T. Glasgow,
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