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Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% Embrace (2016) It has an indisputably worthy message, and should be essential viewing for young people. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) Director Roger Ross Williams's immensely rewarding documentary tells the story of the Suskind family and shows how love, sensitive parenting and watching tons of kids' movies can save a life. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) As broad and brassy Irish comedies go (there have been quite a few of them lately), this one is reasonably palatable, striking a workable balance between knockabout slapstick, backchat, and proper storytelling and characterisation. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Holy Cow (2015) This is a pleasant, agricultural fable for our times, although be warned that it moves with the stately pace of a Friesian traversing a muddy field. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 29% Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015) A rebarbative mess - mirthless and shoddy like a disposable Christmas stocking novelty. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Heritage of Love (Geroy) (2016) This St Petersburg-Paris set drama is the very embodiment of the Russian notion of "poshlost", a kind of corny vulgarity that Nabokov dissected at length in his book on Gogol. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) Decidedly retro and spectacular to look at. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 60% The Incident (2015) Gedmintas impresses with the trickiest role of the three and makes up for her annoying turn as a cutesy love interest in the recent A Street Cat Named Bob, while Connor also compels with an alert, layered performance. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 24, 2016
2/5 78% Magnus (2016) There's scant input from chess experts to explain why he's so good, what's unique about his gamesmanship and the like, and the film has nothing interesting to say about chess in general in the modern age. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 24, 2016
82% The Founder (2017) The result is a wishy-washy take on both Kroc and McDonald's itself, which tries to play off its timidity as fairness, balance or some such. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2/5 79% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2016) So much of it is crushingly dull. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 100% My Feral Heart (2016) There's a lot to like here, including the thoughtful portrait of disability, director Jane Gull's knack with performers of all ability, and the shimmering cinematography by Susanne Salavati. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Ostatnia rodzina (2016) Thanks to inventive camerawork, mesmeric performances and incisive yet elliptical editing and storytelling, the claustrophobia becomes a feature instead of a liability. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2016
75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) What is especially honorable about the adaptation is that while it does try to show things literally from Bob's point of view from time to time, it's doesn't over-anthropomorphize him or ascribe to him any mystical or magical powers. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 17% The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016) Please, don't stand up on our account. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 27, 2016
5/5 No Score Yet Further Beyond (2016) For those who care about film-making that pushes against what's possible - and fundable - in an age of cautious, cookie-cutter comic-book franchises and safe-bet awards bait, this is essential viewing. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 100% Sonita (2015) The kid is a force of nature, and it's impossible not to be swept along by the powerful tide of her story. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 75% Yarn (2016) A scrappy but endearing documentary about mostly female artists and a traditionally feminine art form. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Arguably the best in the franchise so far. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 9, 2016
3/5 100% Driving With Selvi (2016) One can help wondering what darker details might have been left out of the final edit, but it's an effective bit of awareness-raising. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 89% Tharlo (2016) As a bit of anthropology offering a glimpse into Tibetan life today, it's perfectly serviceable. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) The set-up is a bit schmaltzy and the only guesswork is how bitter the bittersweet ending will be, but Haro coaxes strong performances from the cast ... ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 10% Dare To Be Wild (2015) At least the gardens are, as you would expect, spectacularly beautiful. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2016
75% Carrie Pilby (2016) A well-intentioned but imperfect young-adult-skewing comedy-drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Pregnant with possibility, but it fails to deliver. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/5 67% The Neighbor (2016) This rough and raw thriller is reminiscent of the sort of pleasingly tawdry fare they used to show at drive-in cinemas and grindhouses back in the day, in a good way. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 15, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) This is really a movie for upper-middle class hipsters who once fancied themselves firebrands and status quo-challengers in college, but now consider only buying organic food at Whole Foods and not vaccinating their kids to be radical acts. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) By sticking so slavishly to the original Blair Witch film's template, the result is a dull retread rather than a full-on reinvention, enlarging the cast numbers this time but sticking to the same basic beats. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
70% Sing (2016) A veritable farmyard of fun. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 88% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) An intensely flavoured slice of life, salty-sweet, rich with feeling. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 60% Black (2015) There's a lot to admire, from the honesty about the brutality of gang culture, its pungent sense of place and the vitality of its young cast. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) A telling scene where he gets worked up about the "criticism" of him on his Wikipedia page hints at a darker side to his character, and he doesn't take kindly to a journalist querying his vigilante methods. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 13% 400 Days (2016) Nearly all the spooky bits are achieved by pure aural assault, and the characters are such stock types, haunted by such predictable backstories, it's like watching Solaris performed by sock puppets. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Clean Hands (Schone Handen) (2016) Penning seemingly never met a heavy-handed symbol he didn't want to deploy, but he's good on action sequences. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) If ever there was a movie tailor-made to provide subtitle-reading training for the tween and teen kids of left-leaning parents, this is it. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet ID2: Shadwell Army (2016) Conceptually, the precarious core conceit might have worked, but the handling falls back on cliches too often, and Rivers makes for a lumpen, dull lead. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 11, 2016
72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) [Director Maiwen], her co-screenwriter Etienne Comar and the exceptional cast led by Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel have an acute enough eye for the manners and mores of these archetypes to make the material feel consistently fresh and alive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Animations, interviews and recordings of phone calls made at the time between Laura/JT and the various celebrities and literary figures she/he befriended flesh out the tale. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2016
89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) In the empowering tradition of Shut Up & Sing, Running From Crazy and Force of Nature, veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple serves up another portrait of female strength and resilience with Miss Sharon Jones! ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 21, 2016
96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Yeon Sang-ho has instantly transformed himself into Korea's go-to-guy for zombie movies. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3/5 82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) Like the mansion where most of the action unfolds, writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen's fourth feature brims with mutant creatures, bestial desires and warped family feelings. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 17, 2016
76% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Evoking some unholy cross between the satanic classic Rosemary's Baby and Lucile Hadzihalilovic's uncannily eerie Innocence, with an inky dash of Lost Highway, [Osgood Perkins' film] represents a remarkable debut. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) Full of striking images, especially of Catholic rituals and darkened, palatial rooms backlit with despair. But the core concept is kind of stupid. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/5 93% Notes on Blindness (2016) [A] richly evocative and thought-provoking film ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 1, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Traitor suffers somewhat in comparison with Night Manager: Feature length doesn't always suit the longform, dense storytelling of Le Carre's work. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 30, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) This breezy blast of bawdy jokes and Bollinger product placement should lift spirits in a post-Brexit Britain and earn a considerable pile of devalued sterling along the way. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 29, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) An ambitious gamble that looks like a sure bet commercially but which, artistically, shortchanges its source material. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Swedish Theory of Love (2015) It doesn't really add up to much of an argument, jollied along as it is by stylised editing and jaunty ironic music. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/5 82% Les Cowboys (2016) The Searchers, another story of an "abducted" child, is clearly meant to be a touchstone, but Bidegain cannily exploits and then subverts that connection, taking the story to unexpected places with twist after twist. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The main thing consumers will be looking for from Resurgence is bang-for-buck entertainment, and that it delivers reasonably successfully. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 21, 2016