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  • Law of Desire

    Pedro Almodovar's vibrant treatment of gay life in post-Franco Madrid has a lot to recommend it, but little of this has to do with its contrived plot, which bears a queasy resemblance to the earlier Fatal Attraction and resorts to hackneyed devices such as amnesia. more...
  • Lay Down Tracks

    Danielle Lombardi and Brigid McCaffrey used a 16-millimeter Bolex and nonsynchronous sound to make this spare, pensive travel film about five professional loners: a carny, a female trucker, a troubleshooting railroad executive, a chimney sweep who spends his leisure time surfing, and a nun who's also the country's first female riverboat pilot. more...
  • Layer Cake

    J.J. Connolly adapted this UK crime thriller from his novel, and you can tell: it's crammed with exposition, and its web of double crosses rivals The Godfather, Part II. more...
  • Leap Year

    Marking off the calendar days until February 29, a young woman in Mexico City (Monica Del Carmen) spends the daylight hours freelance writing for a business publication and her nighttime hours bringing home a series of young men for one-night stands. more...
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  • Learning to Swallow

    For years Patsy Desmond, subject of a January 2005 Reader cover story, was an enfant terrible of the Chicago boho art scene, semilegendary for her outrageous antics. more...
  • 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...
  • Left Field (NR)

    Inadvertently fascinating, Ben Steger's documentary about Humboldt Park's boozy, irony-saturated adult kickball league gives new meaning to the term "tragically hip." more...
  • The Legend of the Evil Lake

    South Korea's Lee Kwang-hoon scores with this vigorous hybrid (2003), equal parts supernatural chiller, martial arts flick, and historical epic. more...
  • Legendary Weapons of China

    Hong Kong action director Lau Kar-leung usually neglected plot and character development; his films are series of breathtaking kung fu sequences, and the pacing suggests a musical whose song-and-dance numbers continually threaten to interrupt the story. more...
  • Leila

    Dariush Mehrjui continues his exploration of gender relations in Iran with this 1997 film about a childless couple contemplating polygyny. more...
  • Lemming

    Brilliantly conceived and competently executed, this disturbing psychological thriller by German-born French filmmaker Dominik Moll (With a Friend Like Harry) has been compared to David Lynch's Lost Highway, in part because of its uncanny two-part construction. more...
  • Lemon Tree

    The striking Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) stars in this ironic 2008 melodrama, as a widow whose humble citrus groves make global headlines. more...