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  • L.A. Confidential (R)

    Crooked reporter Danny DeVito and vice cop Kevin Spacey set up sensational stories for a Los Angeles scandal sheet in the 50s and become enmeshed in the investigation of a multiple murder. more...
  • La Chienne (NR)

    Jean Renoir's first sound feature (1931) and one of his best, about a bored banker (Michel Simon) who becomes hopelessly smitten with a prostitute (Janie Mareze). more...
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  • La La Land
  • La La Land (PG-13)

    When Damien Chazelle tried to resurrect the movie musical with his debut feature, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), he was constrained by the modest means of a Canadian indie; now, having made a name for himself with the Oscar-nominated jazz drama Whiplash (2014), he returns to the challenge with $30 million behind him, and the result is dazzling. more...
  • La La Land: The IMAX 2D Experience (PG-13)

    When Damien Chazelle tried to resurrect the movie musical with his debut feature, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), he was constrained by the modest means of a Canadian indie; now, having made a name for himself with the Oscar-nominated jazz drama Whiplash (2014), he returns to the challenge with $30 million behind him, and the result is dazzling. more...
  • La Playa DC

    This Colombian mean-streets drama (2012) suffers from a rather jumbled script, but it's rescued by its easy authenticity and Luis Carlos Guevara's magnetic lead performance. more...
  • Ladies in Lavender

    Veteran British actor Charles Dance (Gosford Park) makes his debut as writer-director with this three-hanky drama about elderly sisters (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith) living quietly on the English Channel before World War II. more...
  • The Lady and the Beard

    Many of Yasujiro Ozu's films have topical interest, but few are as novel as this 1931 silent comedy about the westernization of a conservative young hero. more...
  • The Lady and the Duke

    My favorite Eric Rohmer features are mainly his period films—Perceval, then The Marquise of O (despite its emotional toning down of the Heinrich von Kleist novella), and now this fascinating antirevolutionary take on the French Revolution. more...
  • The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch

    This 2005 documentary vividly chronicles the career of actor-writer Charles Busch, the cross-dressing star of such camp hits as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, and The Lady in Question. more...
  • The Lady in the Van
  • The Lady in the Van (PG-13)

    The homeless, mentally ill woman who spent 15 years camping in the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett has given him material for a short story, a play (staged in the West End and adapted by BBC Radio), and now a film, starring Maggie Smith in a role that seems tailor-made for her drollery. more...
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Lady Macbeth (R)

    This shocking period drama, the feature-filmmaking debut of British theater director William Oldroyd, reminded me of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave in the way it lays bare the repressive attitudes of the 19th century (and, by extension, their vestiges today). more...
  • The Lady of the House

    Reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, this 1999 Indian drama centers on a petulant middle-aged woman (Kirron Kher) who lives out her days in a decaying villa, consumed by arrogance and sorrow. more...