Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) The dream-team pairing of Abbott and Wasikowska, two of the most interesting, subtle and risk-loving performers of their generation, is a huge compensation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% Greener Grass (2019) Doesn't quite sustain high-pitch hilarity for its entire 102 minutes, but at its best it's still pretty freaking funny. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% Hail Satan? (2019) Wickedly funny, fascinating and niftily made, this crowd-pleaser will reign at festivals and prove, yet again, that the devil always has the best tunes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
90% The Hole in the Ground (2019) [W]hile this is more generically conventional than Jennifer Kent's breakout thriller, it still taps potently into parental anxieties and primal fears. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
67% Paradise Hills (2019) It's best to assume the filmmakers have their tongues at least somewhat in cheek, and just embrace the crazy as a pulpy camp indulgence, like some kind of post-feminist Barbarella meets The Handmaid's Tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% Animals (2019) Why does the end result feel so inert and contrived, even if it's exceedingly pretty to look at? - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
75% Judy & Punch (2019) A tonally complex comedy-drama about spousal abuse, infant mortality and misogyny told with magic tricks, puppets and slapstick. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
54% Them That Follow (2019) The cast commit gamely to the material although the script is a bit underwritten, making sudden shifts in character a little odd and a bit random. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Any way you slice it, and even if you're not entirely in agreement with the various subjects' positions on Medicare for all or the Green New Deal, this film is a winner by a landslide. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
93% The Report (2019) [A] bracingly dry, talky but ultimately fascinating work... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) A touching, nostalgia-infused portrait that's imbued with affection for its horny, ornery but consistently charismatic subject. And yet, remarkably, it never comes across as fawning or hagiographic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
74% Untouchable (2019) Told with clarity, respect and empathy, and not just for the women on whom Weinstein preyed, Macfarlane's film offers a timely and fascinating overview of his story, one that's almost emblematic of the pathology of serial sexual abusers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
No Score Yet This Is Personal (2019) Sisterhood is powerful, but also sometimes problematic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) A bit of a bum-numbing bore, both overwritten and sketchy at the same time, as it strains to namecheck key historical moments and distribute attention equally in such a way that none of the characters develop more than half a dimension. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Hey Duggee at the Cinema! (2019) It's not hard to see why the series is so treasured by fans of all ages. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Underdog (2019) Virtually indistinguishable from any other low-budget, straight-to-DVD American story about, as the title so ploddingly spells out, an underdog. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [T]his intoxicatingly stylish work is all over the place, a hot mess at times so ravishing it sends shivers down to the toes. Unfortunately, it's also at times just plain crass and silly. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Midnight Express' meets 'Ong-Bak,' and that's a good thing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Keepers of the Flame (2018) A dense, wordy wodge of history: significant, hefty and worthwhile, but scratchy and a little dry in storytelling terms. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 83% Theatre of War (Teatro de guerra) (2018) Redemptive and psychodrama-inclined. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Amá (2018) The multi-stranded story examines how the systematic programme of sterilisation of Native Americans in the 1960s and 70s, a policy that resulted in the eradication of a whole tribe - has affected several people's lives. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Becoming Animal (2018) [An] extremely ascetic, so-boring-it-becomes-fascinating documentary... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 91% The Price of Everything (2018) Input from an impressive lineup of art-world megastars... gives the film heft and scope. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Movement (2018) The film makes itself practically criticism-proof thanks to the abundant evidence that it was crafted with a fierce commitment to truth telling, entirely righteous fury at the appalling abuse of refugees, and an ambition to help somehow. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This documentary by Morgan Neville reveals that he really was just what he seemed to be at first innocent sight: a kind-hearted, square but saintly man who genuinely loved and understood children in a pure, sincere way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet King of Crime (Milk and Honey: The Movie) (2018) Film school teachers could use it to demonstrate what not to do, starting with screenwriter Linda Dunscombe's atrocious screenplay. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Evelyn (2018) [A] raw, unfiltered view of the fragility of family dynamics is exposed movingly, and sometimes comically, throughout. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 76% Bad Reputation (2018) The big treat is seeing Jett herself talk and watching her still-strong bond with producer and best friend Kenny Laguna: two leather-clad old mates, constantly bickering but inseparable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The School in the Cloud (2018) Like a good classroom topic, the film will inspire debates beyond the room where it's seen. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 97% 1945 (2017) [A] sombre, accomplished but somewhat heavy-handed work... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 61% Us and Them (2018) All in all, the effect is like Guy Ritchie has remade Michael Haneke's Funny Games after huffing old copies of the Socialist Worker. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 78% Apostle (2018) This is a timely tussle with a nation's collective sense of shame. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 97% Tehran Taboo (2018) [An] impressive debut feature... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 36% Blue Iguana (2018) It is a story seemingly meant to be funny but only fitfully successful in this mission, and way too pleased with its own brand of deadpan wisecracking. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 89% Jealous (Jalouse) (2017) Viard, a gifted, protean actor who was terrific in the cop-drama Polisse and has done excellent work in dozens of French films, has incisive comic timing and also shows us a likable fragility beneath her character's bitterness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
53% The Notebook (2004) A honey-dipped love story with a surprisingly tart aftertaste, The Notebook is a better-than-you'd-expect adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel of the same name. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 77% Anchor and Hope (2018) It's a thoughtful, honest and touching work, especially for women who love women, and also love canals. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Factory (Zavod) (2018) Altogether, the package harks back to classic film noir, right down to the budget-maximizing use of just a handful of locations and symbolic shafts of light. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
44% Vision (2018) The soporific pace and twee quasi-environmentalist, semi-mystical guff about life cycles and dreams foretold will annoy some viewers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
83% Core of the World (2018) A drama suffused with tenderness in every sense of the word... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) The assembled dames are so smart, witty and strong-willed, it's a wrench to have to part company from them at the end of the film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Nureyev (2018) Like any great biography, it casts a light through its prismatic subject, whose unique story refracts out colourful strands touching on art, politics, history, identity and so much more. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
43% Tell It to the Bees (2019) It's hard to dislike this pleasant, earnest work. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Island (2017) An extraordinarily honest, unblinking, ruthlessly unsentimental look at the process of death. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) You might argue that the script is perhaps too tidy and neat, but the rich sense of place and multidimensional characters are too seductive to resist. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Lie (2018) Honestly quite good, but telling cruel truths. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% Skin (2019) The performances across the board are outstanding, with Bell first among equals... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
92% Wild Rose (2019) Entirely delightful, fresh as a Scottish summer evening. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
54% Out of Blue (2019) Out of Blue is one of those films you're not sure if you really enjoyed viewing, but you're immensely glad that it exists, cheered to know the film industry still has room for maverick, boundary-smudging work like this. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Rosie (2018) A quietly, gradually heartbreaking portrait of regular people coping with a desperate situation... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018