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38 THE LIST 1’; 'ii i -::t, j/‘Tj ;.'.
The Magdalene Sisters ( IS) 0... (Peter .\lullan. t'K. 2003i Anne-Marie Duff. Nora-Jane .\'oone. Dorothy Duffy. l 19min. Denounced by the Vatican and honoured by the Venice l-‘ilm Festival. Mullan‘s controversial film draiiiatises the outrageous true story of the Magdalene laundries. where the Irish (’atholic (‘hurch. state and family colluded to imprison young women for 'immoral crimes' ranging from being raped to giving birth out of wedlock. It's tough to watch. yet .\lullan‘s powerful film isn't as harrowing as it could be. Btit then this committed filmmaker doesn't want to dissuade people from seeing an important story. He's right. Iz'tli'nlna'gli I‘ll"! (italrl. lz'rli'nliurgli.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ( 12m 00..
(Peter Weir. l'S. 3003i Rllssell (‘row e. Paul Bettany. James D'Arcy. lidward Woodall. (‘hris l.arkin. 138mm. Ship Surgeon Stephen .\laturin (Bettanyi and Navy (‘apt Jack Aubrey ((iowci get caught tip in a battle of w its with a l-‘rench Naval destroyer during the Napoleonic Wars in Weir's first film as director since The Iranian Show in PMS. Based on the high seas adventure novels of Patrick O'Brian. this a rare and stirring treat which boasts great performances and some truly awe inspiring action sequences. (ieneral I'eleaye. Matilda (P(ii 0... (Danny De Vito. l'S. (09m .‘ylara Wilson. Danny De \‘ito, limbeth Dav ltlll. 08min. (‘apttiring the delicious wickedness of Roald Dahl‘s writing. director De Vito fully exploits exaggeration and playful camera work to tell the tale of a gifted child w ho (ises her super brain to outwit her neglectful parents. ()ffsetting the lov eable Matilda against a series of horribly inflated bad characters. the film's empowering message for children will appeal to the mischev iotis kid iii everyone. Nari/i [till/(ltlu'ult Arts ('enlre. lilinlnrrglt.
A Mighty Wind ( 12A) 0.. ((‘hristopher (itiest. IS. 3003) Harry Shearer. Michael \lc‘Kt‘Mi. ('ht'islophet‘ (iiiest. liugene Levy. Bob Balabaii. .‘vlarty Belafsky. Ulmin. \Vhen folk group agent
lrv ing Steinbloom dies. his son Jonathan (Balabani and the raggle tagglc collection of bands his father looked after decide to hold a commemorativ e night for hint at .\'ew York Town Hall. 'l‘here‘s .\Iitch atid Mickey (Levy and (‘atherine ()'llai'ai. a dysfunctional folked otit Sonny and ('her. there's the l‘olksiiien ((itiest. .\lcl\'ean and Shearer) and the Main Street Singers (John Michael Higgins. Jane Lynch atid Parker Posey l. a new age folk regiment. When this lot run into each other after all these years there is. of course. chaos. So so doctititetttat'y spoof from the S/n'nal lap boy s. ("we Renrrew Street. Glasgow: (amen. l'frli'iiliurgli.
My Life Without Me ( IS) 00.
(Isabel (‘oiset. Spain/('anada. 2003) Sarah Polley. Scott Speedmati. Deborah llarry'. Mark Ruffalo. Leonor \Vatling. l()2min. 'l‘i'ailer mom Ann (Polley i works nights doing a cleaning job at the local university. and has to put up with her crotcher mother (Harry J and diet-ohsessed ft'ietid Laurie (Plummeri. Btit despite all (his. her life with husband [)on (Speedmani and her two young daughters is a happy one. After suddenly collapsing. her doctor reveals she has incurable cancer and has only two months to live. Rather than telling people. she instead keeps it to herself and starts planning what she wants to do in the time she has left. both for herself aitd those she will leave behind. 'l'\' movie-sly le w eepie that never really catches alight despite the fine cast. It has. however. been a huge hit in the IS. Spain and ('anada. .\'o accounting for taste. is there'.’ (1 'l. ('lvtleliank.‘ I'( ‘l. lit/llllllll'ﬂll.
Noi the Albino (Noi Albinoi) ( lSi .0. (Dagu Kari. Iceland. 2003i Tomas l.emarquis. 'l’hrostui' l.co (itinnarsson. tilin llansdottii'. 95min. Set in the fro/en north of Iceland. Mn (Icinarquisi is an albino teenager \\ hose favourite pastimes seem to be w inding tip his school teachers and stealing from fruit machines so that he can afford a bottles of Super Malt. And then he sees her. his (llansdottiri. the new girl iii the petrol station. first time director Kari‘s
respective nods and winks to the cinema of Jarmusch ((ihau Dag) and Kaurismaki (Leningrad (‘aii'liavv (ia Ameriea) can get tiresome. btit there is just enough unsettling originality here to keep you watching. (amen, Edinburgh.
Notting Hill ( lSi 0.. (Roger Michell. t'K. 1999i Jtilia Roberts. Hugh (irant. Hugh Bonneville. l23min. In a now prohibitively expensive part of London. (irant's lowly bookseller literally btiiiips into Roberts' film star. 'l‘hereafter. they engage itt romantic pursuits and eventually put class and culture clashes aside to live happily ever after. The leads don‘t strain themselves. but Richard (‘uttis' script is filled with witty jokes. particularly about national stereotypes. ('(i(' Reltli‘eii' Street. Glasgow: C) Osama (12m 0000 (Siddik Barmak. Afghanistan/lreland/Japan. 2003) Marina (iolbahari. Arif llerati. Zubaida Sahar. 83min. See preview. page 26 and review. page 2‘). (ii-“I: (ilaxgau:
A Page of Madness ( lSi ('l‘einostike Kinugasa. Japan. 1926) (illllllll. Stylish account of an old sailor who gets a ‘job as a janitor in an asylum to stay close to his insane wife. A challenging. avant-garde piece that uses a wealth of expressionist distortions to create a succession of visual shocks. (it/ntnreltillU/g. (iluxguii; Paycheck ( l2:\) .. (John \Voo. [S 2003) Ben Affieck. Aaron Iickhart. t'ma ’l’hurman. Paul (iiamatti. (‘olm Peore.
1 10min. Jennings (Affiecki. an electrician who has had part of his memory erased struggles to find clues to his whereabouts for the past two years. Pretty abysmal amnesia thriller in the lam! Reeall vein based on an original story by the great Philip K Dick and directed by John \Voo. \Vhat happened John‘.’ (iet thee back to [long Kong and start making decent movies again. (ieneral l’('/('U.H'.
People I Know ( lSi .0 (Daniel Algrant. t'S/(iermany. 2002i Al Pacino. Kim Basinger. Ryan ()'.\'eal. Tea l.eoni. Richard Schiff. Bill Nunn 100mm. See review. page 30. Seleeterl release.
Peter Pan (i’(ii .0. (Pl Hogan. t'S. 3003i Jason lsaacs. Jeremy Sumpter. Rachel llurd-\\'ood. l.udivine Sagnier. ()livia Williams. Richard Briers. 105mm. (‘lap your hands if you believe in fairies? One hundred years on from the original play. J .\t Barrie's enduring classic is brought to life by .»\ustralian director P J llogan (.llia'i'el‘s Her/(ling. .llv lies! l‘ri'enil's Bet/(ling i. Sumptuous in its production. the effects dreamed up by .\loulin Rouge‘s director of photography are magical. btit the real hook (if you'll pardon the pun) is in the characterisation. where Hogan goes rigltt lo the heart of Barnes psychological issues. Wendy and Peter on the cusp of childhood and adulthood struggle with their conﬂicting instincts for innocence. adventure. freedom. love and maturity. Strong performances front the kids and grownups. and a patticularly nice cameo role for Richard Briers as Smcc. ensure you'll be cheering for ’l‘inkerhell as ltcr fairy -lights fade. (ieneral release.
Pilton Video (l’(ii (Various. t'k’. 2003i (iSmin. A programme of short films produced in 3003 by students on Piltoii \‘ideo's recently developed (‘reative .‘vtedia Practice access course in association with Q.\ll'('. l‘our fictional pieces and a documentary on the making of the films include the story of an obsessive compulsive woman struggling to post a letter. aitd an elderly couple shopping for a pair of shoes and a nice blue vase. I'ilrnliairve. lz'tlinlmrgli. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ( IZAi .... ((iore Verbinski. 18. 2003) Johnny Depp. (ieoffrey Rtish. Orlando Bloom. Keit'a Knightley. Jack Davenport. 133mm. Rattliitg good pirate yarn from the director of .llairselianl. Jack Sparrow (Deppi and Will ’l‘urner (Bloom) brave the ('aribbean Sea to stop a ship of pirates led by ('aptain Barbossa (Rtishi. Nari/i lz‘rli'iilna'glt .'ll'l.\ ('enire. lzilt'nlmreli.
The Quiet American ( 15! .00. (Phillip Soy cc. l‘S/t'ls'. 2002) Michael ('aine. Brendan l‘t‘aser. Do 'l‘hi llai Yen. l()()min. The IUSS adaptation of (iraham