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  • 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...
  • Lambert & Stamp
  • Lambert & Stamp (R)

    First-time documentary maker James D. Cooper looks at Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, the aspiring British filmmakers who, in 1964, adopted a fiery but directionless R&B band in North London and molded it into the guitar-smashing pop-art sensation we know as the Who. more...
  • Land Ho!
  • Land Ho! (R)

    In this engaging, low-key character study, two lonely old guys from Kentucky pair up for a tour of Iceland, where their friendship deepens even as their prospects for romantic adventure diminish. more...
  • The Last Circus (R)

    Spanish cult director Alex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, El Crimen Perfecto) delivers his darkest work to date, an ultraviolent saga set during the last days of the Franco regime. more...
  • The Last Station (R)

    Adapted from a novel by Jay Parini, this lively costume drama chronicles the last days of Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer), presented here as a knock-down, drag-out battle between his longtime personal secretary, Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), who wants Tolstoy to make good on his political beliefs by leaving his copyrights to the Russian people, and Tolstoy's wife of 48 years, Sofya (Helen Mirren), who isn't having any of that. more...
  • A Late Quartet (R)

    A beloved string quartet that's been performing together for 25 years (Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir) begins to crumble after the cellist (Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. more...
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  • Lebanon (R)

    Confusion, terror, shock, and remorse threaten to rip apart a four-man unit of inexperienced Israeli soldiers jammed inside a tank during the first war in Lebanon. more...
  • Let the Right One In (R)

    Like George A. Romero's horror classic Martin (1977), this Swedish shocker mixes vampire mythology with adolescent melancholy, and just as the earlier film was rooted in reality by its run-down Pittsburgh locations, this one draws heavily on its working-class setting, a drab suburb of Stockholm. more...
  • Leviathan (R)

    On the page, this might sound like a straightforward condemnation of Putin's Russia: a stoic family man tries to stop the seizure of his coastal property by the wealthy mayor, thereby rousing the combined wrath of government officials, law enforcement, and the Orthodox Church. more...
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  • The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (R)

    If Wes Anderson's Rushmore recalls J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and his The Royal Tenenbaums offers a touch of Franny and Zooey, this 2004 feature by Anderson feature suffers from the mannerist self-consciousness of Seymour: An Introduction. more...
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  • Life Itself
  • Life Itself (R)

    Steve James's documentary portrait of Roger Ebert alternates between a spirited account of the film critic's life and a sobering chronicle of his final months, when he continued working as his body disintegrated from cancer. more...
  • The Little Hours
  • The Little Hours (R)

    At this point, satirizing the sexual hypocrisy of the Catholic church is like shooting fish in a barrel, but at least Jeff Baena, writer and director of The Little Hours, does it with an antique firearm. more...
  • The Lives of Others (R)

    I spent only an afternoon in East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell, but the fearful silence in public places left a lingering impression. more...
  • The Lobster
  • The Lobster (R)

    The Lobster, the first English-language feature from Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos, takes place in a dystopian world where single people are hunted with tranquilizer darts and, when captured, must secure a suitable mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal. more...