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List of "N" Movies

Nacho Libre (2006) PG comedy

Director Jared Hess' follow-up to Napoleon Dynamite is this similarly whacked tale of a Mexican monk (Jack Black) who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. He pursues this dream in spite of risking getting kicked out of the monastery. There are plenty of goofy laughs to please comedy fans. This is one of Black's funniest performances. Starring: Jack Black, Hector Jimenez, Ana de la Reguera, Richard Montoya, Darius Rose. Directed by: Jared Hess. B

Nadine (1987) PG comedy

This entertaining comedy stars Kim Basinger as a woman who tries to confiscate compromising photos from a local photographer (Jerry Stiller) when he is murdered. She takes what she thinks are the photos from his dead fingers and flees the scene, but she soon discovers that she accidentally took the blueprints for a new highway. Her nearly divorced husband (Jeff Bridges) sees the business opportunity in this and begins making plans to buy some property surrounding the highway. Unfortunately, these blueprints actually belong to a high-stepping businessman (Rip Torn). Generally well done cat-and-mouse sequences and excellent comedic performances by the two leads are more than enough to keep this film fun. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Rip Torn, Gwen Verdon, Glenne Headley, Jerry Stiller, Jay Patterson, William Youmans, Mickey Jones, Norman Bennett. Directed by: Robert Benton. B+

Naked Lunch (1991) R comedy

David Cronenberg once again proves why he's awesome as he helms this film adaptation as the once-thought-unfilmable novel by William S. Burroughs. (I haven't read the book, but I understand that this isn't quite a literal adaptation of the book.) Peter Weller, in unusual casting, does a fine job as a soft-spoken bug exterminator who finds himself in the center of an exquisite conspiracy theory involving centipede meat. This film will confuse, disturb and delight the right viewer at the same time. This is not for the weak of heart! Starring: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Scorsiani. Directed by: David Cronenberg. A

Nanny McPhee (2006) PG comedy

Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and she stars this delightful and funny kiddie flick as a horrendously ugly nanny who is assigned to a half dozen or so rambunceous children who badly need to be taught proper manners. Meanwhile, the father (Colin Firth) whose wife died recently is having problems of his own. His mean mother-in-law (Angela Lansbury) is forcing him to remarry or his money will be cut off. While this film is no masterpiece, it is amiable and certainly something that children and parents would enjoy together. Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly MacDonald, Thomas Sangster, Patrick Barlow, Jenny Daykin, Raphael Coleman, Samuel Honywood, Holly Gibbs, Hebe Barnes, Zinnia Barnes, Phyllidia Law, Derek Jacobi, Eliza Bennett, Imelda Staunton, Celia Irmie. Directed by: Kirk Jones. B+

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) PG comedy

An anti-thesis of Dumb and Dumber, this film doesnít have hyperactive dimwits at its core but rather catatonic dimwits! And they donít go on a cross-country trip. They stay in their small Idaho hometown. Itís a unique film that contains enough chuckles to make watching it an utter delight. The script doesnít contain too many gags or one-liners, but itís flaky enough to be considered a true comedic gem. Comedy fanatics cannot miss this. Starring: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efrem Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrech Bader, Haylie Duff, Trevor Snarr, Shondrella Avery. Directed by: Jared Hess. A-

Nashville (1975) R drama

This is a classic character study and commentary on Americansí obsession with celebrity. It weaves in and out of the lives of dozens of people who prepare for a concert at the title location. This is considered one of the most important films ever to come out of the United States, and thatís a distinction well deserved. Starring: Henry Gibson, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert DoíQui, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, David Arkin, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, David Hayward, Michael Murphy, Christina Raines. Directed by: Robert Altman. A+

National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze (2003) R comedy)

The only thing interesting about this film is that tells nearly five dozen jokes and not one of them produces a laugh. National Lampoon should stop presenting movies. Starring: Tatyana Ali, Boti Bliss, Gable Carr, Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Marieh Delfino, Tony Denman, Danielle Fishel, Courtney Gains, Gregory Hinton, Edwin Hodge. Directed by: David Hillenbrand and Scott Hillenbrand. D

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) R comedy

The classic college comedy about the members of a fraternity full of underachievers and troublemakers. Together this lousy bunch must battle the dean who threatens to shut down their beloved and sloppy fraternity. This is very frequently imitated, yet never actually surpassed. It has least one chuckle per minute. Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Cesare Danova, Peter Reigert, Stephen Furst, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen, Sarah Holcomb, Bruce McGill, Martha Smith, Mary Louise Weller, James Daughton, Kevin Bacon, Mark Metcalf, James Widdoes. Directed by: John Landis. A

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) PG-13 comedy

Chevy Chase does it again! He manages to turn another perfectly good family vacation into a living nightmare. This time, he invites his parents, his in-laws and uncle (and his infamous cousin, Randy Quaid, comes uninvited) to celebrate the Yule Time. The entire fiasco isn't all Clark Griswold's fault this time, his family mixes like oil and water. This is a humorous addition to the Vacation series--it's only slightly less enjoyable than Vacation itself. Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, John Randolph, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Mae Questel, William Hickey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Juliette Lewis. Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik. B

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) PG-13 comedy

This first sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation is an unsatisfactory one, unfortunately. This time, the Griswold family are on a two week tour of Europe. Does everything get screwed up? Sort of. Do we care? Not really. Monty Python fans will be delighted to know that Eric Idle makes several brief but humorous appearances. This was followed by National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which is substantially better. There are still some laughs to be had here, however. Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively, Eric Idle, Mel Smith, Ballard Barclay, Robbie Coltrane, John Astin, Shelia Kennedy, Trisha Long. Directed by: Amy Heckerling. C

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) PG-13 comedy

starts out pretty funny but keels over very quickly. No plot to speak of; it just pokes fun at such recent hits as Lethal Weapon, Silence of the Lambs, and more. The acting is horrible and the jokes are tasteless ripoffs of preceding spoofs, such as Airplane!. The only appeal to this film is its wide range of stars in its cast and a horrendous amount of explosions (which some people like). Starring: Emilio Esteves, Samuel L. Jackson, John Lovitz, Tim Curry, Kathy Ireland, Frank McRae, William Shatner, James Doohan, Charlie Sheen, Bill Nunn, F. Murray Abramham, Corey Feldman, Phil Hartman. Directed by: Gene Quintano. D+

National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995) R comedy)

Another screwy film from the National Lampoon library is about a dysfunctional senior class from a dysfunctional high school asked by the president himself to inform him about the faulty educational system. So the beer guzzling and recklessly crude bunch hops on a bus and head for Washington DC. A film where practically every joke misses, it is kept moving along by Matt Frewer's eccentric performance as the goofy principal. Starring: Matt Frewer, Valerie Mahaffey, Lawrence Dane, Thomas Chong, Kevin McDonald. Directed by: Kelley Makin. D+

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) R comedy

Chevy Chase stars in the first of four Vacation films. He decides to take his kids on a little road trip to Wally World, a movieland version of Disney World, that is a gazillion miles from home. Together they suffer through several inconveniences. This is a usually funny farce from director Harold Ramis and screenwriter, John Hughes. It's very enjoyable but uneven. Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, Christine Brinkley, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Brian Doyle-Murray. Directed by: Harold Ramis. B+

National Treasure (2004) PG-13 action

This is enjoyable fluff starring Nicolas Cage as a treasure hunter whose family had been chasing gold allegedly left by the U.S. founding fathers. Unfortunately for them, many of the clues the founding fathers left behind have since become significant landmarks and their quest involves stealing the Declaration of Independence among other things. Also unfortunately, there is another team of treasure hunters (the bad guys) after the same thing. Itís hardly essential viewing, but itíll give you something fun to watch for a rainy day. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, Hunter Gomez. Directed by: Jon Turteltaub. B

The Natural (1984) R sports

A magical film about a career-deprived baseball player, played by Robert Redford, who finally enters into the major league when he's middle aged. At first, the coach thinks he's worthless until he sees Redford hit! It's one of the better baseball films ever. The ending is breathtaking. Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farsworth, Joe Don Baker, John Finnegan, Alan Fidge, Paul Sullivan. Directed by: Barry Levinson. A-

Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (1984) PG animated

Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese animation guru and genius, directs this adventerous film about a princess who must save the world from an impending war, and a hostile nature-world featuring a posionous forest and giant, raging insects. Clearly not among Miyazakiís most mesmerizing works, but this is dang awesome entertainment just the same. He surely presents a fascinating and one-of-a-kind world. Voices of: Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos. Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki. B+

Neighbors (1981) R comedy

This bizarre comedy stars John Belushi as a bored middle-aged suburbanite whose life is rocked when a psychotic couple (Dan Akyroyd and Cathy Moriarty) moves next door. The script seemed like it was made up as it went along, but the film does have quite a few laughs and is effectively one of the most notable surrealist comedies I can think of. Starring: John Belushi, Dan Akyroyd, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Walker, Igors Gavon. Directed by: John G. Avildsen. B+

Never Forget (1991) NR drama

Leonard Nimoy proves that he has formidible acting abilities after all. He gives a fine performance in this effective television movie as Mel Mermelstein, a Jew in the early eighties who previously had his entire family killed in the infamous gas chambers of German concentration camps during World War II. When Neo-Nazis start a campaign saying that the Holocaust never happened, Mr. Spock takes it personally. Starring: Leonard Nimoy, William H. Bassett, Thomas Bellin, Joseph Chapman, Dabney Coleman, Blythe Danner, Jack Eiseman, Steve Franklin, Michael Goorjian, Ben Gregory. Directed by: Joseph Sargent. B

Never Say Never Again (1983) PG spy

Sean Connery returns as an older James Bond in this 1983 remake of Thunderball. Bond must save the world from a rich, evil-genius who threatens to destroy the earth with nuclear warheads. Connery himself is all right and a pleasure to watch, but it is uneven and usually tedious. Certainly not one of the best Bonds ever made, but fans (especially Connery fans) are sure to enjoy this one. Some people don't consider this a "true" James Bond flick since Albert Broccoli had nothing to do with it. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is in this! Starring: Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey, Alec McCowen, Rowan Atkinson, Edward Fox. Directed by: Irvin Kershner. C

The NeverEnding Story (1984) PG fantasy

A triumph of old-fashioned storytelling and then-modern special effects. A little boy, who is completely hooked on books, swipes one from an old man and reads it in an abandon room in his school building. However this isn't a normal book. It's about the mythical land of Fantasia being annihilated by "nothingness," a strange incomprehensible force that is destroying the land. The only thing that can save Fantasia is a warrior, a boy named Atreyu. The film does a great job switching back and forth between reality and fiction. Nearly 25 years on, this is still a great fantasy flick for kids and manchilds. Starring: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Gerald MacRaney. Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen. A

The New World (2005) PG-13 drama

The high quality cinematography and musical score cannot save this bloated film about the 1607 founding of Jamestown. Colin Farrell stars as John Smith who becomes the first European to become involved with Native Americans. He falls in love with a lovely princess Pocahontas (Qíorianka Kilcher). It wasnít a bad effort; this film is sometimes breathtaking. It was just misfired. Starring: Colin Farrell, Qíorianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, Jonathan Pryce. Directed by: Terrence Malick. C

Next Stop Wonderland (1998) R comedy

A bit of an indie-classic, Next Stop Wonderland is a charming film. A Boston woman (Hope Davis) is dumped, and her mother (Holland Taylor) puts a personal ad in the paper without permission. Sheís against it at first, but pretty soon, she starts checking the responses. Meanwhile, an aquarium maintenance worker (Alan Gelfant) wants to be a marine biologist. Itís very light and makes a pretty good date film. Starring: Hope Davis, Alan Gefant, Victor Argo, Cara Buono, Holland Taylor, Jose Zuniga, Robert Klein. Directed by: Brad Anderson. B+

Night at the Museum (2006) PG comedy

Ben Stiller stars as man desperately in need of a job. He finds one as the night guard at the New York Museum of Natural History, but he takes the job before he realizes the exhibits come alive at night. This is a goofy concept that works well in the first half, but melodramatics take over after that point, which makes it lose its irrelevant charm. Nonetheless, this is a perfectly likable family film with plenty of funny moments. Starring: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Jake Cherry, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Kim Raver, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Mizuo Peck. Directed by: Shawn Levy. B

A Night At the Opera (1935) NR comedy

This freakishly excellent comedy shares the spotlight with Duck Soup as being the best Marx Brothers flick of all time. Groucho, Chico and Harpo end up in an ocean liner and scheme their way to helping their friend, an underdog, becoming an opera star. The laugh-a-minute script is virtually unbeatable and the Marx trio (without Zeppo) is as funny as ever. Apart from the occasional musical number, this stuff hasn't aged a day since its release. Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Walter Woolf King, Sig Rumann, Margaret Dumont, Edward Keane, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Gino Corrado. Directed by: Sam Wood. A+

Nighthawks (1981) R action

Sylvester Stallone stars as a police officer assigned to track down a ruthless terrorist (Rutger Hauer). Some very taut action sequences and Hauerís great performance as the villain makes this a highlight of the action genre. The ending was excellent. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer, Nigel Davenport, Persis Khambatta, Lindsay Wagner. Directed by: Bruce Malmuth. A-

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) PG animated

A highly creative stop-motion picture from Tim Burton, and it is among his best works to date. Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Holloweentown, goes wandering into the woods and stumbles upon Christmastown, a different kind of world where, unlike Holloweentown, people are actually kind and pleasant. Extremely creative characters makes this film a delight and the songs, while not being the best, are above average. A must for children, but adults will probably like it more. Voices of: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadiz, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Ed Ivory, Susan McBride, Debi Durst. Directed by: Henry Selick. B+

9 to 5 (1980) PG comedy

Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda team up in this hilarious comedy that devotes is message to "not mess with us ladies!" These three work in an office with strict and tight rules running it. Even worse, it's run by a sexist S.O.B., played nicely by Dabney Coleman. When Coleman gets too carried away, the women get angry, kidnap him and make him wish that he was a bit nicer. This comedy is not one to miss. Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman, Marian Mercer, Ren Woods. Directed by: Colin Higgins. B+

1984 (1984) R sci-fi

George Orwell's famous novel brought to the big screen is technically well made but doesn't quite paint the whole story. The film takes place in the future where Winston, a man trapped in its oppressed environment, indulges in pleasures that the government forbids. The film is clever and interesting but is inappropriately lackadaisical and somewhat confused. This film is certainly worth a look, because it's intriguing. This marked Richard Burton's final role. Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher. Directed by: Michael Radford. B

1941 (1979) PG comedy

Steven Speilberg proves that he cannot handle spoofs in this overblown extravaganza with a plot that zigzags all over the place. Fortunately, he makes good use of his big budget with an all-star cast, good special effects and entertaining slapstick. Itís not a very rewarding flick, however. Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen, Robert Stack, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Christopher Lee, John Candy, Warren Oates, Babbo DiCiccio, Diane Kay, Murray Hamilton, Lorraine Gary, Slim Pickens, Eddie Deezen. Directed by: Steven Speilberg. C

Ninotchka (1939) NR romantic comedy

Iím not sure why everyone seems to regard this film as the funniest thing to ever to hit the cinemas, but it is a very pleasant diversion. The plot concerns a stubborn Soviet diplomat (Greta Garbo) who goes to Paris to sell fancy jewelry to buy food for the people. But she meets a freewheeling count (Melvyn Douglas) and falls in love with the western way of life. This is the kind of Anti-Communist propaganda that I like! Keep it coming! A Hollywood classic, and the kind of romantic comedy that modern day Hollywood continually tries but fails to produce. Starring: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi, Sig Rumann, Ina Claire, Alexander Granach, Gregory Gaye, Rolfe Sedan, Richard Carle, Florence Shirley, Harry Semels, Alexander Schoenberg, Tamara Shayne. Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch. A

Nixon (1995) R drama

Director Oliver Stone managed to make a pretty fascinating movie with JFK, but this similar-minded biography of Richard Nixon is a disappointing follow-up. For a film that is sensationalized, it isnít very fascinating. The dramatic scenes are overplayed and the filmís atmosphere is ineffectively dark and drab. To top that off, Anthony Hopkinsí portrayal of the vulgar title character isnít done with enough heart despite his intentions. This three-hour movie isnít too difficult to sit through; thereís not really a good reason to. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, E.G. Marshall, Paul Sorvino, Sean Stone, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Tenney, Ronald Von Klaussen, Victor Rivers, Marilyn Rockafellow, George Plimpton. Directed by: Oliver Stone. C

No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) NR thriller

A realistic and chilling look at the short and demented life of a serial killer. Rod Steiger is perfectly cast as the murderer and George Segal is flawless as the cop who tries to track him down. Don't miss this if you found Silence of the Lambs fascinating. This one is just as good except less gross. Starring: Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal, Eileen Heckart, Murray Hamilton, Michael Dunn, Barbara Baxley, Ruth White, Doris Roberts, David Doyle. Directed by: Jack Smight. A

Noises Off! (1992) PG-13 comedy

A frustrated play director (Michael Caine) tries to put on a British farce, but the cast cannot seem to work together. The script is sharp and punchy, and the cast seemed perfectly suited for their roles. Nothing else needs to be said; just watch this. Starring: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott, Marilu Henner, Julie Hagerty, Mark Lin-Baker, John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Nicollette Sheridan. Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich. A

North (1994) PG comedy

A low-brow film that partially redeems itself through its enjoyable top-notch cast. Elijah Wood stars as the "perfect kid" who excels in sports, academics, arts and manners. Everybody in the world appreciates him; that is, except for his parents. So he divorces them and sets out to find new ones. However, in the event that he isn't in his new parent's arms by Labor Day, he is sent to an orphanage. It ought to be enough to please the kiddies, but parent's don't have much to look forward to. The jokes and the plot are pathetic, but the wide range of stars are otherwise worth the while. Starring: Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Bruce Willis, Jon Lovitz, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Faith Ford, Graham Greene, Reba McEntire, John Ritter, Abe Vigoda, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Ben Stein. Directed by: Rob Reiner. C+

North By Northwest (1959) NR thriller

This first-rate Hitchcock thriller proves to be a classic of cinema that is completely exciting and perfect! Cary Grant stars as a man who is mistaken for another by underground spies and gets tangled in a tremendous mess. Contains the classic scene atop Mt. Rushmore. It's a wonderful film that should please everybody. A must for movie buffs. Watch for this classic movie screw-up: when Cary Grant is in the Mt. Rushmore dining area you can see a little boy covering his ears right before Eva Marie Saint shoots her gun. Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau, Jessie Royce Landis, Philip Ober, Adam Williams, Josephine Hutchinson, Edward Platt. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. A+

North Country (2005) R drama

This is another pretentious story about mankind's (or in this case womankind's) ever-struggling fight for equality. Charlize Theron stars as a woman trying to be a coal miner in the late '80s and struggles to overcome sexual abuses from her male co-workers. It's a well-acted film, but it is too transparent. Starring: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek, Rusty Schwimmer, Jillian Armenante, Thomas Curtis, Elizabeth Peterson, Linda Emond. Directed by: Niki Caro. B

The Notebook (2004) PG-13 romance

This sappy romance has James Garner reading a story from an old notebook to a woman (Gena Rowlands) in a nursing home. This story (which takes up most of the screen time) involves the difficult romance between a poor driven young man (Ryan Gosling) and a fiery young rich woman (Rachel McAdams). Itís heavily manipulative, but itís engaging. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen. Directed by: Nick Cassavetes. B-

Nothing to Lose (1997) R comedy

Merely a so-so pairing of Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. Robbins plays a successful advertising exec who discovers that his wife (Kelly Preston) is having an affair with his boss (Michael McKean). Enraged, he gets into his car and drives around when a hapless carjacker (Lawrence) tries to rob him, but Robbins was feeling a bit suicidal anyway. Lawrence's antics are entertaining overall, but the film lacked its needed sense of comraderie and too much of it isn't all that funny. Starring: Martin Lawrence, Tim Robbins, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, Kelly Preston, Michael McKean, Rebecca Gayheart. Directed by: Steve Oedekerk. C

Notorious (1946) NR thriller

Certainly one of director Alfred Hitchcock's best, this is an exciting thriller starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Cary Grant is an intelligence agent who oversees the actions of Ingrid Bergman who married Claude Rains to spy on him and figure out what wicked things he's been up to. It's thrilling, and it's definitely recommended. Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Mme. Konstantin, Reinhold Schunzel, Moroni Olsen, Ivan Triesault, Alexis Minotis, Wally Brown, Gavin Gordon. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. A+

Nuns on the Run (1990) PG-13 comedy

This is an enjoyable comedy about a pair of gangsters on the run with two suitcases full of money. In order to keep hidden from the cops and any "bad guys" after the dough, they disguise themselves as nuns in a convent. Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane do a fine job in their rolls despite the poor script they had to work with. Starring: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman, Doris Hare, Lila Kaye, Robert Patterson, Robert Morgan, Winston Dennis, Tom Hickey. Directed by: Jonathan Lynn. C+

The Nun's Story (1959) NR drama

Overly dramatic and powerful look at Sister Luke, played by Audrey Hepburn, and her difficulties with nunhood. She struggles with the demand of her convent while carrying out what she's most suited for: medicine and surgical work. An engaging film with terrific acting. A must for Hepburn fans. Starring: Aurdery Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock, Colleen Dewhurst. Directed by: Fred Zinnemann. B+

The Nutty Professor (1996) PG-13 comedy

Eddie Murphy stars in this funny remake of Jerry Lewis' 1963 comedy as Sherman Klump, an excessively overweight college professor, who takes a dose of his own medicine -- a formula he's been working on that will alter a person's DNA structure to make him/her more thin. Thus emerges Buddy Love, Klump's wild, crazy and thin alter-ego. One thing about the formula: it wears down and Prof. Klump must constantly replenish himself -- that is, if he wants Buddy Love to return. This is a funny alteration of the Jekyll and Hyde story that features Eddie Murphy playing not only Sherman Klump but also his six relatives. One of Murphy's best films that is good for laughs. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, James Coburn, Dave Chapelle. Directed by: Tom Shadyac. B+


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