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* NAKED IN NEW YORK - Life is full of opportunities for Jake and Joanne, and their problem is deciding which ones to pursue. Should they continue their ardent love affair, or should Jake concentrate on becoming a playwright while Joanne cultivates her photography career? This comedy by first-time director Dan Algrant is modest in all respects, and its moments of sex and nudity will put it off-limits for some moviegoers. But it has a few good laughs and much splendid acting by Eric Stoltz and Mary-Louise Parker, two of today's most reliable young performers. The first-rate supporting cast includes Ralph Macchio and Kathleen Turner, plus Tony Curtis in a delicious bit as a high-powered producer. (Rated R)


Danny DeVito plays a former advertising hustler who reluctantly takes a job with the United States Army, teaching Shakespeare to a group of slow learners on the theory that improved literary skills might help them get through basic training. The implausibilities of the plot are equaled by both the shallowness of the acting (despite a generally attractive cast), and the clumsiness of the filmmaking by Penny Marshall, who's still refining the talent she showed in ``Awakenings'' for reducing a worthwhile subject to a puddle of mawkish, manipulative mush. (Rated PG-13)

* WHITE - Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski began his marvelous ``Three Colors'' trilogy with the expressive drama ``Blue.'' He continues it with this very dark comedy, about a Polish man who rebounds from an unhappy marriage in France.The man returns to his native country and determines to outdo its new breed of capitalists by becoming more slippery and shady than the worst of them. At once an offbeat romance and a sardonic parable of post-Communist woes, the movie is less resonant than Kieslowski's best work but always intelligent and engaging. (Not rated)

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