Lost in Translation (15) 0000 (Sofia Coppola. L'S/Japan. 2003) Bill Murray. Scarlett Johansson. Akiko Takeshita. Kazuyoshi Minamimagm. l05min. Bill Murray plays it straight as an ageing movie star forced to shoot advertisements in Tokyo becattse they are so lucrative. This culture clash. fish out of water. pan-faced pseudo comedy marks Sofia Coppola's second outing as director. Part love story. part oddball lost weekend drama. Lost in Translation underlines the continuing leftfield talents of Murray and Coppola and. of course. the precocious Johansson. ('CA. Glasgow; Eilrnhorrse. Edinburgh.
Lost Love (Perduto amore) ( IS) (Franco Battiato. Italy. 2003) Corrado Fonuna. Donatella Finocchiaro. Gabriele Ferzetti. Anna Maria Gheradi. 87min. A lyrical account of a yottng Sicilian. Iittore Corvaja. written and directed by Franco Battiato. From an idyllic childhood in Sicily to the opportunities of the city of Milan. this film recounts the progress of Iittore in three evolvittg sections. Part of the Italian film festival. GET (r'lasgott': I'ilrnhouse. Edinburgh.
Lost Things (the) (Martin Murphy. Australia. 2003) Leon Ford. Charlie Garber. Lenka Kripac. Steve Le Marquand. Alex Vaughan. 83min. Four teenagers escape to a deserted beach for a weekend of discovery but things soon turn into a bit of a nightmare. Unsettling and clever horror made on a very limited budget. Pan of Dead by Dawn. Film/rouse. Edinburgh.
Mars Attacks! ( 12) .00. (Tim Burton. ['53. I996) Jack Nicholson. Glenn Close. Annett Bening. 105mm. Take some 50s alien invasion films. add the star bodycottnt of 70s disaster movies. round it off with the weird imagination of Tim Burton. and you have this expensive sci-ii spoof. The FTs literally are little green men. wreaking havoc on earth while disparate bunches of humans fight back. Good gags. great design and eye-popping computer animation. but it doesn't really connect as a complete Iiltn. Ster ('entrrrjv. Edinburgh.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (12A) 0000 (Peter Weir. LS. 2003) Russell Crowe. Paul Bettany. James D'Arcy. Iidward Woodall. Chris Larkin. 138mm. Ship Surgeon Stephen Maturin (Bettany) and Navy Capt Jack Aubrey (Crowe) get caught up in a battle of wits with a French Naval destroyer during the Napoleonic Wars in Weir’s first film as director since Tlte Truman Show in 1998. Based on the high seas adventure ttovels of Patrick ()‘Brian. this a rare and stirring treat which boasts great performances and some truly awe inspiring action sequences. Ster Century. Edinburgh.
Masti (the) (Indra Kumar. India. 2004) Ajay I)evgan. Aftab Shivdasani. Vivek ()beroi. Ritesh Deshmukh. Tara Shartna. Atnrita Rao. Genelia I)‘Souza.lnspired by Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Iteh. Masti is a musical comedy that sets out to describe the three different stages in the life of immature boys/men: youth. pre-marriage and post- tnarriage. For these different phases. the boys spon distinct and unusual looks. Choreographer Ganesh Acharva has done a
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great job adapting his performers to the tunes composed by Anand Raaj Anand. Masti has been vaguely controversial in its home country because of its slightly modish attitude. ()deon At The Quay. (ilasgott'; L'Cl. Edinburgh.
Medea ( 15) .0. (Pier Paolo Pasolini. Italy. 1969) Maria Callas. Giuseppe Gentile. Massimo Girotti. I l8min. ()pera diva Callas was a brave choice for the lead in Pasolini‘s version of Iittripides. bttt as the high priestess wreaking her revenge on the lover who betrays her. the expected sparks fail to fly. Still. the director's trademark barren landscape adds immensely to the film's distinctive visuals. Part of the Pasolini season. (ii-"II Glasgow:
The Missing ( l5) 0... (Ron Howard. CS. 2003) Tommy Lee Jones. Cate Blanchett. Iivan Rachel Wood. Jenna Boyd. Aaron Iickhart. 130mm. Maggie (Blanchett) is a healer and farmer in the American Southwest 1885. Her two daughters - Lilly (Wood) and Dot (Boyd) work the family smallholding under the tutelage of her live-in partner Brake (Aaron Iickhart). One day Maggie‘s estranged father wanders back into her life. having left her mother when she was young to go native with American Indians. At first hostile. Maggie soon realises she needs his help when Lilly is abducted by a murderous group of Apaches. Pretty fine take on the classic Western (noticeably The Sear'ehers‘) from Ron Howard and undoubtedly the best filtn he has ever tnade. (i171: Glasgow:
Mona Lisa Smile (12A) 00 (Mike Newell. CS. 2003) Julia Roberts. Kirsten Dunst. Jttlia Stiles. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ginnifer Goodwin. Dominic West. I 17min. In l950s conservative America. Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate teacher from California who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley Girl's College. The students are torn between the traditional wife bound repression and a longing for intellectual freedom. Dead Poet's Soeietv for girls. Yawn. Nice costumes though. General release.
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Monster (18) 0000 (Patty Jenkins. US. 2003) Charlize Theron. Christina Ricci. Bruce Dem. Scott Wilson. Pruitt Taylor Vince. l09min. W‘Il tnade. if bleak and harrowing drama detailing the troubled. exploited life and death of US serial killer Aileen Wuomos. Theron is remarkable as Wuomos. who is learnt strong support front Ricci in a unshowy role as friend Selby. Patty Jenkins' measured grim control of this dyspeptic tale pays ultimate dividends. Selet‘led release. Muppets from Space (t.') on (Tim Hill. CS. I999) Dave Goelz. Steve Whitmire. Frank ()z. 88min. For their sixth big screen adventure. the focus of our Muppet attentions is Gonzo. that blue. hooked nosed . . . thing. No one is really sure what Gonzo is. so when he gets a message which he believes is from space. the race is on to make contact with his extra terrestrial brethren. Muppers From Spare captures the spirit of the first movie and the original TV series that the subsequent films never did. .Vorth Edinbrrrgh Arts Centre. Edirtburglt.
My Mother’s Smile (L’Ora DI Religionel ( 18) (Marco Bellocchio. Italy. 2001) Sergio Castellitto. Maurizio Donadoni. Piera I)ein Esposti. Toni Bertorelli. I03min. An atheist separated frotn his wife. Ernesto discovers that his late mother is to be canonised as a saint. Tension arises as his beloved son becomes engrossed in religion in spite of Ernesto‘s cold feelings towards the tnatter and to the memory of his mother. Part of the Italian liltn festival. GE]: Glasgow; Film/rouse. Edinburgh.
Notes Towards an African Orestes (Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana) (tbc) (Pier Paolo Pasolini. Italy. I970) ()3min. Pasolini‘s documentary is an itnprovised shred of a story for Italian television that covers his trip to Tanzania and Uganda. Here he singled out characters and places and combined contemporary material including wars. revolts and massacres. Part of the Pasolini season. Eilrnhouse. Edinburgh.
Now or Never (Ora 0 Mai Piu’) (15) (Lucio Pellegrini. Italy. 2003) Jacopo Beonvicini. Violante Placido. Edoardo
Gabbriellini. Elio Gertnano. 90min. Physics student David is thrown into confusion when Viola hands him a ﬂyer for protests against the (i8 summit in Genoa — what course will his future take now‘.’ A human story with political edge. Part of the Italian film festival. ("'72 Glasgow; Eilrnhouse. Edinburgh.
On Dangerous Ground (the) (Nicholas Ray. US. I952) 82min. Hard. withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside. Part of the Ray season. Film/rouse. Edinburgh.
One Point 0 (tbc) (Marteinn T horsson. US/Romania/Iceland. 2004) Jeremy Sisto. 92min. Reminiscent of a Philip K Dick plot. a computer boffin becomes entangled with a mysterious cardboard box. He begins to suspect that those around him are involved more than originally seems. A brave liltn about the power of society‘s outside influences. Part of Dead by Dawn. Eilrnhouse. Edinburgh.
Open Range (12A) oooo (Kevin Costner. US. 2004) Kevin Costner. Robert Duvall. Michael Gambon. l39min. Costner rides tall in the saddle again as director and star of this magnificent Western which tackles a number of the genre‘s big themes —
freedom. justice. loyalty. the cost of violence.
Costner‘s Charley Waite. a fortner gunman haunted by his violent past. now roatns the Midwest. herding cattle with veteran cowboy Boss Speartnan (Duvall. terrific). Their practice of free grazing brings them into conflict with Gambon's tyrannical rancher. Sotne may find the movie slow. comy even. but sympathetic viewers will find themselves gripped and moved as the narrative unfolds. and the bloody gunfight that spectacularly climaxes the film. in its fusion of the mundane and the brutal. could not be more grimly authentic. Seleeled release.
Orphee ( IS) (Jean Cocteau. France. 1950) Jean Marais. Marie Dea. Maria Casares. 95min. Cocteau creates an unrivalled cinema fantasy in this stunning modem version of the ()rpheus legend. replete with surprising technical tricks and the director's personal brand of poetry. Cameo. Edirtburgh. Osama ( 12A) 0... (Siddik Barmak. Afghanistan/lreland/Japan. 2003) Marina Golbahari. Arif Herati. Zubaida Sahar. 83min. Writer/director and editor Siddiq Barmak‘s debut feature film exposes the plight of ()sama (Golbahari) — a l2-year-old girl whose life under the Taliban is blighted by poverty and suppression. When her mother loses her job after the Taliban close down the local hospital. she becomes her mother and her grandmother‘s only chance of survival. Her mother chops off her hair and dresses her as a boy. At first the child finds sortie work in the shop owned by a friend of her father. But things start going wrong when the Taliban start training up the local boys in response to Bin Laden‘s call to arms against the infidel. ()nly street urchin Spandi (Arif Herati) stands between the girl and discovery. Stunning and frightening award-winning drama from Afghanistan. Eilrnhouse. Edinburgh.
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