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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Laggies
  • Laggies (R)

    A stalled twentysomething (Keira Knightley), smothered by her old clique from high school and sucked into a wedding engagement with her feet-of-clay boyfriend (Mark Webber), befriends an offbeat high schooler (Chloë Grace Moretz) and moves in temporarily with her and her perplexed but accommodating father (Sam Rockwell). more...
  • The Landlord (PG)

    Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire. more...
  • Larry Crowne (PG-13)

    Tom Hanks collaborated with Nia Vardalos on the screenplay for this middle-aged rom-com, and it plays like one of her lonely-girl comedies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins, I Hate Valentine’s Day) with the focus shifted to the male love interest. 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 Elvis (NR)

    Armando Bo cowrote and directed this Argentine comedy-drama (2012) about a middle-aged Elvis impersonator who reassesses his life after a personal tragedy. more...
  • Last Weekend
  • Last Weekend (NR)

    This tepid indie comedy lacks a consistent tone; directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams can't decide whether to satirize or sympathize with their wealthy, self-regarding characters. more...
  • Laughter
  • Laughter

    The stock market crash was nearly a year old by the time this razor-sharp Paramount comedy hit the screen in 1930, which can't have done much for its thematic currency: the heroine (Nancy Carroll), a former showgirl, begins to pull away from her husband (Frank Morgan), a filthy rich broker, after her former lover (Fredric March), a penniless composer, comes back into her life. more...
  • Le Grand Chef

    Two modern-day chefs compete to determine who should be rightful successor to the last royal chef of Korea's Chosun dynasty. more...
  • Le Week-end (R)

    As light entertainment for grown-ups, Le Week-End has a fair amount going for it: fine lead performances from Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, pleasant touristic views of Paris, and plenty of epigrammatic wit in the Noel Coward tradition. more...
  • Learning to Drive
  • Learning to Drive (R)

    Going through a messy divorce, a New York literary critic (Patricia Clarkson) enters into a friendship with the gentle Sikh Indian (Ben Kingsley) who's teaching her to drive. more...
  • Let It Rain (NR)

    I've read more than one review that refers to the movies of French writer-director Agnes Jaoui as "middlebrow," which may be meant as a respectful euphemism for "middling." more...
  • Levantamuertos
  • Levantamuertos (NR)

    Iván (Daniel Galo), the hero of this 2013 black comedy, works for the local coroner, retrieving corpses from crime and accident scenes; death is their business, and in the modern Mexico of the drug cartels, business is good. more...
  • Liberal Arts (NR)

    College is supposed to prepare you for adult life, which doesn't explain why so many graduates fantasize about going back to college. more...