Movies – N

Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors was the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd show, with the famous Saturday Night Live team swapping personas for this bizarre excursion into the outer reaches of manic comedy. In his final film, Belushi played a suburbanite who, with his wife (played by Kathryn Walker) leads a staid, uneventful life. But all that changes with the arrival of Aykroyd and(...)

Net, The (1995)

Sandra Bullock's star charisma raises this mediocre computer-age paranoia fantasy to the level of watchable entertainment. The Speed (1994) heroine plays Angela Bennett, a lonely hacker who uncovers a criminal conspiracy, but how she copes with the threat of cyberspace annihilation from an unknown assassin turns an already slow-moving thriller into a predictable game of hide-and-seek(...)

Network (1976)

Ex-television writer Paddy Chayefsky turned on his old medium with a vengeance in this ferocious satire about a raving mad anchorman who becomes enormously popular. The film opens during a shift in corporate structure of the fictitious UBS television network. This fourth network is struggling for ratings and turns its news division over to the(...)

Never Let Go (1960)

What was intended to be a gritty insight into the brutality of the underworld ends up being a tatty melodrama in this mid-budget misfire from director John Guillermin. Peter Sellers is cast against type as the leader of a stolen car racket, whose ruthless methods prompt victim Richard Todd and street punk Adam Faith to(...)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

"Good to see you, Mr. Bond. Things have been awfully dull around here. Now you're on this, I hope we're going to have some gratuitous sex and violence" As likable and debonair as Roger Moore was there was always something missing with his Bond. Bringing Sean Connery - the original and best James Bond -(...)

Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

Crooked trade union leader Jake MacIllaney (James Cagney) will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot (Roger Smith) and Cabot's attractive wife, Linda (Shirley Jones), MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And(...)

NeverEnding Story, The (1984)

Fantasy adventure from the director of The Perfect Storm and Troy (here in his first English-language movie), starring Noah Hathaway and Barret Oliver. Barret Oliver plays Bastian; a lonely boy, saddened by the death of his mother, who takes refuge from bullies in an old shop and discovers a mysterious book depicting the land of Fantasia, populated by(...)

New Centurions, The (1972)

An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life. Kilvinski George C. Scott Roy Stacy Keach Dorothy Jane Alexander Gus Scott Wilson Lorrie Rosalind Cash(...)

New Jack City (1991)

Mario Van Peebles made his directorial debut with this hard-hitting mix of crime thriller and social drama, which is as indebted to the urban realism of Spike Lee as it is to gangster movies such as Brian De Palma's Scarface (1983) and the Blaxploitation pictures of the Seventies. Based on actual events, the film suggests that(...)

New York Stories (1989)

They say there are a million stories in the naked city. This triple header only tries to tell three - a trio of short movies by three great directors for the price of one. First up is Martin Scorsese's Life Lessons and it's Nick Nolte disguised as neurotic painter Lionel Dobie, struggling through the pretentious art(...)

New York, New York (1977)

Saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) andspirited USO singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) meet in Times Square on V-J Day and decide they're meant for each other. Slightly further down the line, Jimmy's controlling, selfish nature is well to the fore, and Francine is turned into a doormat. Then, when she's accompanying him to an(...)

Newsfront (1978)

Set in Australia in the late 1940s, before the coming of television, Newsfront opens with a spectacular montage of newsreel footage which establishes a rivalry between two newsreel companies - Cinetone and Newsco. The leading cameraman for Cinetone is Len Maguire (Bill Hunter). Around him are his ambitious brother, Frank (Gerard Kennedy), Frank's girlfriend Amy (Wendy Hughes) and(...)

Nice Girls Don’t Explode (1987)

April (Michelle Meyrink) is a girl who can make things explode, usually whenever she gets amorous - a curse she's inherited from her mother (Barbara Harris). With its unabashed lifts from Carrie (1976), this peculiar hybrid is rarely amusing and only distinguished by the presence of Harris, a delightfully quirky actress who is perhaps best remembered(...)

Nico: Above the Law (1988)

A slam-bang action film with martial arts hero Steven Seagal (in his film debut) as Nico Toscani - a karate-chopping cop out to mop up some Chicago drug dealers. Seagal developed, co-wrote, co-produced, choreographed, and debuted in this cop film with more attitude, and more plot, than its star had duties on the set. Toscani(...)

Night Moves (1975)

Night Moves is one of the great thrillers of the 1970s. Gene Hackman stars as former pro-football star Harry Moseby, now a small-time detective, who's hired by fading actress Arlene Iverson (Janet Ward) to track down her wayward daughter, Delly - a job that embroils him in the family's affairs. Moseby is emotionally distracted when(...)

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