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Arnie's back, and he's hardly changed a bit

The Last Stand (15)

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Dir: Kim Ji-woon

With: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker

Runtime: 107mins

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger's first leading role since 2003 is not that dissimilar to those he was taking prior to his sojourn in politics. There is action by the bucket-load, cheesy one-liners, a knowing sense of the ridiculous and plenty to entertain. The plot has a classic Western vibe, albeit updated to present day, and finds Arnie playing a Gary Cooper/John Wayne-type sheriff who stands up against a formidable enemy and his heavily-armed henchman, in this case a ruthless drug cartel boss (Eduardo Noriega). South Korea's Kim Ji-woon directs the ensuing mayhem with considerable flair while frequently accentuating the absurd (grannies killing mercenaries etc), thereby recalling his work on The Good, The Bad, The Weird, while predictably uneven support comes from Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville. But this is unquestionably Arnie's show and while certainly older and less nimble, he's clearly having fun rolling back the years to satisfying effect.

Reviewed by Rob Carnevale

Alien R/I (15)

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Dir: Ridley Scott

With: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

Runtime: 117 minutes

THE 1979 film that changed the face of science fiction horror forever is given a re-release in ultra-detailed 70mm. Rejoin Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her crew as things go bump in the spaceship's vent system, and brace yourself for John Hurt's "indigestion" scene.

Glasgow Film Theatre, January 27, 4.30pm

Withnail and I (15)

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Dir: Bruce Robinson

With: Richard E Grant, Paul McGann

Runtime: 107 minutes

FOR sheer grubby charm, Bruce Robinson's 1987 cult comedy is still one of the finest tonics available to humanity. Richard E Grant and Paul McGann are the resting actors who rashly quit Camden for the joys, or otherwise, of the countryside.

Glasgow Film Theatre, tomorrow 11pm

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