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  • La Bamba

    50s rocker Ritchie Valens, ill-fated flight companion of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, is the subject of this pop biopic cum consciousness raiser by Latino-crossover specialist Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit). more...
  • The Legend of Suram Fortress

    After more than a decade of officially enforced inactivity, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov (in collaboration with Georgian actor Dodo Abashidze) returned to the world of archaic folk ritual and “reactionary” nationalistic myth that got him in trouble with the authorities in the first place (1985). more...
  • Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a pair of ill-matched LA cops (Gibson's an overwired killing machine, Glover a paragon of police respectability) who get involved in a drug-smuggling case and the usual action-movie carnage. more...
  • Light of Day

    Paul Schrader's perennial fascination with subterranean states of grace (Mishima, American Gigolo) takes a responsible Cleveland vacation in this family problem drama about an underemployed factory hand (Michael J. Fox) caught between the twin ferocities of rock 'n' roll rebel sis (rock performer Joan Jett) and spiritual zealot mom (Gena Rowlands). more...
  • The Lightship

    A moody, carefully crafted film by Jerzy Skolimowski (Moonlighting) set aboard an isolated U.S. Coast Guard ship, where captain Klaus Maria Brandauer, a German-American with a military black mark against his name, is confronted by a band of hijackers led by a menacing Cajun (Robert Duvall). more...
  • Lily Tomlin

    Documentary on the popular comedienne and actress, which follows Tomlin around as she prepares for her one-woman Broadway hit The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. more...
  • Link

    Psycho II director Richard Franklin's stopover at the Bates Motel must have addled his brain: there's no other plausible explanation for the infantile turn of his next two features (this and the equally regressive Cloak & Dagger). more...
  • The Little Valentino

    This 1979 debut feature by Andras Jeles marked a sharp turning away from the dutiful social realism and geriatric melancholy that familiarly define Hungarian cinema, though on the evidence of subsequent work by Szabo, Meszaros, Kezdi-Kovacs, Makk, et al, Jeles's has been an example more acclaimed in principle than imitated in practice. more...
  • The Living Daylights

    Timothy Dalton stars as the 1987 model James Bond in this 15th entry in the series, with the usual assortment of dope smugglers, KGB operatives, and criminal psychos providing a few anxious moments at the welcoming party. more...
  • Lord of the Dance/Destroyer of Illusion

    Tantric initiates dance to the rhythms of the universe in this documentary on Tibetan Buddhism, filmed on location in the Himalayas, the mystical imagination's favorite Shangri-la preserve. more...
  • The Lost Boys (R)

    A mother and her two sons move into a strange California community only to discover that all the neighborhood teens are vampires. more...
  • Love on the Ground

    Another of Jacques Rivette's airy formal riddles, involving role-playing artifice, Borges-like fantasy, and suggestions of the magical in a world that resists decoding (1984). more...