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  • Naked

    Brilliant, problematic, and hyperbolic, Mike Leigh's postapocalyptic look at post-Thatcher England may look like allegory, but only because the picaresque story line, this time involving lone individuals rather than families, seems to sprawl more randomly than usual (which, incidentally, makes the customary clash of acting styles all the more glaring). more...
  • The Naked City

    A first-rate police thriller (1948) directed by Jules Dassin when he was still in his prime and before he was blacklisted, shot memorably in New York locations. more...
  • The Naked Island (NR)

    A moving tale of patience, heartbreak, and endurance, this 1960 Japanese drama takes place mostly on a tiny island in the Seto Inland Sea, where a married couple and their two small boys eke out a modest living as farmers. more...
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  • The Naked Kiss

    What can I tell you about a film that begins with a bald prostitute beating a man unconscious with her handbag? more...
  • Naked Lunch

    This David Cronenberg masterpiece (1991) breaks every rule in adapting a literary classic—maybe “On Naked Lunch” would be a more accurate title—but justifies every transgression with its artistry and audacity. more...
  • Naked Spaces—Living Is Round

    Significantly, when Vietnamese filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha gives herself a director's credit in her remarkable 1985 meditation on West African life and architecture, she places an X over the word "directed." more...
  • The Naked Spur

    An uncharacteristically nasty James Stewart plays an obsessive bounty hunter with Robert Ryan in tow in one of the very best Anthony Mann westerns—which means one of the very best westerns, period. more...
  • The Namesake

    After trying her hand at Thackeray with Vanity Fair, director Mira Nair found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture. more...
  • Nancy Drew

    A good half century has passed since I've read any Nancy Drew mysteries, an endless series that's been appearing since 1930, and frankly I wasn't expecting Andrew Fleming's 'Scope movie, written with Tiffany Paulsen, to stir up many memories of them. more...
  • Napoleon Dynamite (PG-13)

    With its horribly geeky and painfully needy characters, this black comedy by Jared Hess bears a certain resemblance to Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse but steers clear of Solondz's punishing nihilism, allowing its hopeless misfits some genuine comfort in one another's friendship. more...
  • The Narrow Margin

    An engaging, exciting noir thriller (1952) set almost entirely on a train going from Chicago to Los Angeles, with a gruff cop (Charles McGraw) guarding a saucy prosecution witness (the underrated Marie Windsor). more...
  • Nashville (R)

    Robert Altman, the cinema's Walt Whitman of failure and self-deception, lands in the ultimate metaphor for success in America—and the result is a technical masterpiece (1975) replete with self-consciously allegorical overtones rising to a politically simpleminded din. more...
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  • Nasty Baby (R)

    Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva is well versed in the easy indolence and fragile well-being of the upper-middle class: his acclaimed 2009 drama The Maid slyly satirized a rich family's emotional exploitation of their longtime domestic servant, and this U.S. production unfolds among the comfortable bohemians of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. more...
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