Looney Tunes - Back in Action (PU) .. (Joe Dante. LS. 3003) Brendan Fraser. Jenna lilfman. Steve .Martin. 'Iimothy Dalton. Heather Locklear. 90min. Bugs Bunny and the gang return for this feature length mixture of live action and animation. Loads of iii-jokes but no genuine laughs beleaguer the usually reliable Dante's attempts to pay respect to the cartoon heroes and animators of yore. (ienerul I'(’/(’(l.\¢'.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ( 13A) ..... (Peter Jackson. L'S/NX. 300.“) lilijah Wood. Billy Boyd. Ian McKellen. (‘ate lilanchett. Orlando Bloom. \"iggo Mortensen. ('hristopher Lee. 2 l0min. A remarkable end to a remarkable series of films. the journey of l-‘rodo. Sam and (iollum is the pilice de rlisistance of the trilogy. 'l'he tension-filled journey forces both (iollum and Sam to show their true colours as l-‘rodo suffers under the burden of the ring. .-\l| arotmd is war as .-\ragorn fights to reclaim what is rightfully his. Jackson‘s vision is awesome. The Return of the Kine is some kind of beautiftil. some kind of masterpiece. l'nmissable. (ieneru/ I‘e/euve. Lost in Translation 1 IS) 0000

(Sofia (‘oppola. l'S/Japan. 2003) Bill Murray. Scarlett Johansson. Akiko Takeshita. Ka/uyoshi Minamimagoe. l05min. liill Murray plays it straight as an ageing movie star forced to shoot advertisements in Tokyo because they are so lucrative. 'l‘his culture clash. fish otlt of water. pan-faced pseudo comedy marks Sofia (’oppola's second outing as director. Part love story. part oddball lost weekend drama. Lost in 'I‘I'unslutinn underlines the continuing lef'tfield talents of Murray and ('oppola and. of course. the precocious Johansson. (ieneml release.

Love Actually l 15) 000 (Richard ('urtis. l'K. 2003) Bill Nighy. (iregor l-‘isher. litiin (irant. (‘olin l‘irth. Martine Mc('utcheon. Liam Neeson. limma 'I'hompson. l l0min. ('urtis sets out to prove the fairly anodyne point that love is actually all around Us in all its many forms. but to do this he indulges a huge cast and several different story strands. So we see a new prime minister bachelor ((irant) fall in love with a Number 10 tea girl (Mc('utcheon). And then there is the story of the broken-

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Nora-Jane Noone. Dorothy Duffy. 1 19min. Denounced by the Vatican and honoured by the Venice l-‘ilm l‘estival. Mullan’s controversial film dramatises 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 Mullan's powerful film isn't as harrowing as it could be. But then this committed filmmaker doesn't want to dissuade people from seeing an important story. He‘s right. l-[ilinlIure/t l-‘i/nt (iuilil. Iii/inburgli.

Man Dancin’ ( IS) 0. (Norman Stone. l'K. 2003) Alex l‘erns. 'I'om (ieorgeson. Kenneth (‘ranhanr James (‘osmo. Jenny l’oulds. (ierald Lepkowski.

1 13min. lix-(ilasgow hard man Jimmy Kerrigan (l‘erns) is out of jail after nine years. He says he has renounced violence but his former crime boss Donnie (James ('osmo) and corrupt detective \‘illers ((‘ranhaim don't believe him. Meanwhile. Jimmy is being press-ganged into appearing in his local church's passion play by the benign liather (iabt'icl l‘lynn (’l‘om (ieorgeson) a bizarre e\perience that will change Jimmy's life forever. Weird. charmless and cliched drama from the writer of American ('uuvinsSee review. page 30. ('(i(‘ I’ut‘k/u’iul. (i/m rum; (ilitygriiit

Marion Bridge ( Ix) (Wiebke von (’arolsfcld. ('anada. 2002) Molly Parker. Stacy Smith. Rebecca Jenkins. Iillen Page. 00min. l'pon receiving news of her alcoholic mother's failing health. Agnes (Parker) and her two estranged sisters (Jenkins. Smith) return to their childhood home in Sydney. Nova Scotia. With each of the women having their own psychological issues to confront. the stress caused by their mother dying sends Agnes spiralling into a whirlwind of conflicting ettiotiotts. heightened by the emergence of family secrets that threaten to shatter the sisters' fragile relationship. Warm. emotive drama. Glasgow I'ilin 'I'lieutre. (iluyemv.

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novels of Patrick ()‘Brian. this a rare and stirring treat which boasts great performances and some truly awe inspiring action sequences. .S‘lmweuse Cinema. ('mttbrt'dge. Glasgow; ShUlH'lM’F ('inenut. Paisley. Paisley“.

Matilda (PG) 0... (Danny [)e Vito. l'S. l996) Mara Wilson. Danny [)e Vito. Iimbeth Davidtz. 98min. (‘apturing 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 who tises her super brain to outwit her neglectful parents. ()ffsetting the loveable Matilda against a series of horribly inflated bad characters. the film's empowering message for children will appeal to the mischevious kid in everyone. North Edinburgh Arts ('entre. Edinburgh. The Matrix Revolutions: IMAX (15) 0... (Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski. LS. 2003) Keanu Reeves. Laurence liishburne. (’arrie Anne Moss. Monica Belluci. l38min. Big. in fact huge. screen edition of the second instalment of the Matrix films. Prepare to feel like you are really part of the action. IMAX Theatre. Glasgow.

A Mighty Wind ( IZA) COO ((‘hristopher (iuest. LS. 2003) Harry Shearer. Michael McKean. (‘hristopher (iuest. litigene Levy. Bob Balaban. Marty Belafsky. 91min. When folk group agent Irving Steinbloom dies. his son Jonathan (lialaban) and the raggle taggle collection of bands his father looked after decide to hold a commemorative night for him at New York Town Hall. There‘s Mitch and Mickey (Levy and (‘atherine O'Hara). a dysfunctional folked out Sonny and (her. there's The Folksmen ((iuest. McKean and Shearer) and the Main Street Singers (John Michael Higgins. Jane Lynch and Parker Posey). a new age folk regiment. When this lot run into each other after all these years there is. of course. chaos. So so documentary spoof from the Spinal 721/) boys. Ster (‘enturv ('inenut. Edinburgh.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ( 12A) 0... (Peter Weir. LS. 3003) Rtissell (‘rowe. Paul Bettany. James D'Arcy. lidward Woodall. ('hris Larkin. 138mm. Ship Surgeon Stephen Maturin (Bettany ) and Navy (‘apt Jack Aubrey ((‘rowe) get caught up in a battle of wits with a lirench Naval destroyer during the Napoleonic Wars in Weir's first film as director since The Truman Show in 1008. Based on the high seas adventure

, gcthctrmhewor .. ' Fmost’ “celebrated. “choreographer...for RICHARD ALSTON' DANCE 'COMPANY'SC return visit to Glasgow. eleven superb dancers immerse themselves in music by Rameau. Ravel and American master of

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