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Naam Hai Akira (2016)

AR Murugadoss directs this remake of the 2011 Tamil Film Mouna Guru, starring Sonakshi Sinha as a girl who can kick ass but would rather just go to college. In Hindi. (NR)

None stars

Naam Shabana (2017)

If you liked Baby (2015), have we got a spin-off for you! (NR)

None stars

Nabucco: Teatro Alla Scala (2013)

The Jews' defeat, occupation, and exile by the Babylonians gets the operatic treatment from Verdi. (NR)

None stars

Nacho Libre (2006)

Nothing if not esoteric: a backhanded salute to Mexican wrestling movies -- campy superhero adventures of masked luchadores with names like Santo and Blue Demon -- and, more broadly, the whole south-of-the-border wrestling subculture. Odd, offbeat, outlandish as it is, it makes a fitting, albeit unforeseeable, followup to Napoleon Dynamite ... (PG)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Nadine (1987)

Robert Benton, director of Kramer vs. Kramer and Places in the Heart, tries to lighten up with a comic thriller that's sort of like Hitchcock crossed with Leo McCarey (or, in short, sort of like Stanley Donen). But he hedges his bet by still retaining Nestor Almendros as cameraman. Photography ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Nadja (1995)

Slow, arty, pretentious vampire film, but hip and flip and facetious, too, a deadly blend. The lesbian menstrual midnight snack perhaps merits a footnote in studies of the genre. The restorative plasma from the blood of baby Mexican shark embryos surely does not. Shot in high-contrast black-and-white, with inexplicable shifts ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Nairobi Half Life (2012)

A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity. (NR)

None stars

Naked (1993)

For fans of Mike Leigh (High Hopes, Life Is Sweet), a bitter disappointment. It shows no letdown in his sense of character and environment: to wit, totally individualized and vivid caricatures, set off against a realistic backdrop -- an effect not unlike the cartooned Roger and Jessica Rabbit afoot in ... (NR)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Naked Gun (1988)

Cop-film spoof from the Airplane team: a high-speed mix of the stupid and the clever -- into something either cleverly stupid or stupidly clever. The team does get some hits, but the overall batting average is low. Leslie Nielsen's imposter baseball umpire comes closest to the status of a "classic" ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

Busy, undiscourageable cop comedy, with helpfully low standards, and more often ingratiating than truly amusing. Particularly ingratiating in its readiness to barge onto the op-ed page, with trigger-happy views on current events, politics, ecology, education ("You're part of a dying breed, Hapsburg. Like people who can name all fifty states"). ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

A parody of Brian De Palma's parody of Eisenstein in The Untouchables gets things off to a hopeful start. But it's only a dream, and Lt. Frank Drebin (ret.) soon wakes up, and then it's back to the grind: gags on the assembly line. With Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Fred ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Naked in Ashes (2005)

India's holy men, the yogis, in their own words, but in the voices of English dubbers. There are at present thirteen million of them (a dying breed, according to one), and video documentarist Paula Fouce can focus on only a small handful, principally Shiv Raj Giri, chosen for authenticity and ... (NR)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Naked Lunch (1991)

David Cronenberg carries on his dubious search to find "straighter," more respectable outlets for his creature-feature schlock tactics: this time, the William S. Burroughs novel of the same name, although the movie is not a direct adaptation of it, but rather a reconstruction of the (highly drugged) state of mind ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

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