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  • The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

    In Frank Tashlin's first CinemaScope comedy (1956), which pulses with his characteristically vivid colors and bittersweet observations, a Beverly Hills writer and World War II hero expects to be drafted back into the air force, so his leggy young wife reenlists to be near him; he winds up 4-F, and she becomes a lieutenant. more...
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  • Life, Above All (PG-13)

    Adapted from a novel by Allan Straton, this 2010 feature combines deftly executed melodrama with an eye-opening look at the ills confronting poor rural women in South Africa. more...
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  • Life and Debt

    Stephanie Black's eye-opening 2001 documentary focuses on how the International Monetary Fund has devastated Jamaica's agriculture and industry, but it also powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries around the world. more...
  • 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 in a Box

    As the singing comedy duo Y'all, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and James Dean Jay Byrd were folk music's gay ambassadors, combining intricate harmonies and homosexual lyrics with shtick harking back to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. more...
  • Life in Color

    Set in a small Spanish town as Franco is dying, this 2005 feature by Santiago Tabernero focuses on a moody 13-year-old (nicely played by Junio Valverde) who's ostracized by his male peers because his mother sends him to Catholic rather than public school. more...
  • Life Is Sweet

    This 1991 film is British writer-director Mike Leigh at his near best—that is, not quite as good as High Hopes, but still a must-see. more...
  • 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...
  • Life Leaves Stains

    A handsome young truck driver connives to hide his gambling from his wife, an unemployment counselor to a clientele whose misfortunes only remind her of her own. more...
  • Life of Riley
  • Life of Riley

    Alain Resnais died just a few weeks after this final work premiered at the Berlin film festival in February 2014; the theme, fittingly enough, is preparing for death, but the execution is breezy and good-humored. more...
  • Life, Twisted

    Kai-duc Luong describes his Vacant as “texturalist,” an adjective that might easily be applied to other shorts on this densely packed program. more...