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The Luzhin Defence (2000)

It's disturbing that a movie adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's woeful tale of a Russian Chess grandmaster can be so trivialising.


Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)

In the hands of able actors, Shakespeare's 'taffeta phrases, silken terms, precise, three-piled hyperboles, and spruce affections' are a passport to the land of milk and honey.


Liam (2000)

Sadly, and perhaps realistically, 'Liam' never fills in its silent spaces.


Life as a House (2001)

Unfortunately, it only thinks it's American Beauty, and instead, ends up being Regarding Henry.


Last Resort (2001)

'Last Resort' is a deft and moving study of displacement and self-discovery.


Last Orders (2002)

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The Ladies Man (2000)

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Lies (2000)

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Limbo (1999)

Polar bears. Carved totem poles. Eskimo dolls on souvenir shop shelves. Salmon getting their heads chopped off on an assembly line. These are the images that welcome you to 'America's Last Frontier,' or more precisely, to the Juneau, Alaska of John Sayles's latest film, Limbo. As this opening sequence suggests, the frontier is less wild than it once was; nowadays, it's exploited and compromised, shaped and reshaped daily by routine and thoughtless violence.


Lantana (2001)

Proves that local storytellers no longer need loveable anti-heroes and a supporting cast of offbeat simpletons to get noticed.


The Legend of Drunken Master (Drunken Master II, or Jui Kuen II) (2000)

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The Luzhin Defence (2000)

It's disturbing that a movie adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's woeful tale of a Russian Chess grandmaster can be so trivialising.


The Lady Eve / Sullivan’s Travels (1941/2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

One gets the feeling that Preston Sturges shot his creative wad early on, then exhausted by fighting the suits' efforts to censor his work.


Lost and Delirious (2001)

Somehow, lesbianism (even girl-girl crushes or experimental sexual activities) is completely unheard of and so, much feared and mocked.


The Last Castle (2001)

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Light It Up (1999)

In the case of Light It Up, crossing-over occurs on several levels, not the least significant being the use of a famously hard rapper like Ja Rule to pitch a movie that argues against kids being hard. The slip-the-yoke-and-change-the-joke crossing over here comes in the soundtrack's brilliant marketing moves of the soundtrack crossover.


Liberty Heights (1999)

This sign, set outside a suburban Baltimore country club in 1954, appears early in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, establishing at once the irony of its title (the name of a suburban Jewish neighborhood where its protagonists reside) and the film's focus on the insidious workings of prejudice, ranging from conspicuous to subtle.


L.I.E. (2001)

PULL.


Legally Blonde (2001)

If you pay money to see it, 'Legally Blonde' presumes, you get the joke: all this foofiness is really just a way to sugar-coat Elle's steely resolve, admirable ingenuity, and fabulous moral fiber, and -- more importantly -- to indict the entrenched gender/class/race systems that put her in her place (on top, sort of).


Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance offers its characters what was missing in Chan-wook Park previous vengeance films: the hope of redemption.


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