Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 No Score Yet Division 19 (2019) This low-budget, colour-drained sci-fi thriller is a curate's egg - one that's been overboiled and well past its sell-by date. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 100% Prophecy (2019) A fascinating watch for anyone interested in modern art. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Last Summer (2018) You get the sense that Jones truly understands and treasures the foolish heroism of young boys. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Once in Trubchevsk (Odnazhdy v Trubchevske) (2019) Sadilova's affection for these humble but still unique people is palpable throughout. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
89% Ice on Fire (2019) Putting quibbles about pitch and approach aside... as a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences this is pretty exemplary stuff. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
67% Liberté (2019) Discipline and Punish could have made a title for this instead of the near meaningless handle it has since it requires discipline to withstand and is a punishment to endure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) (2019) Ubeda clearly has a sharp eye, storytelling skills and a knack with coaxing performances from non-professionals that bodes very well for the future. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Not a moment in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is wasted, which suits a story about lovers without a moment to lose. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
52% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) In the end, Young Ahmed feels like little more than a pained shrug, elegantly made, yes, but vaporous and virtue-signaling an empathy that's more gestural than heartfelt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
60% Lux Æterna (2019) With all this visual and aural opulence to ogle, the story feels almost secondary, but there is one there, crafted perhaps with more deliberation than the staged shambles might suggest. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
85% The Whistlers (2019) Arthouse noir that's a cut above the usual. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
80% Oleg (2019) Oleg is consistently watchable as well as illuminating about an emerging social problem, although the clockwork runs down a bit towards the end. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Ama-San (2016) It's a style of film-making that's as traditional and in its way mannered as the head wraps and diving techniques that are being observed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 55% Ferrante Fever (2019) Straight-up documentaries about literary subjects are so rarely released theatrically, it's hard not to cheer when one makes it into cinemas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Exquisitely shot by Claire Mathon and lushly scored by Fatima Al Qadiri, the film pulls together some exceedingly strong components. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Against the Tides (2019) The whole thing resolves into a study in maddening ellipses, unexplained motivations and murky dramas that happen off-camera. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Litigante (2019) The movie often nails the fractiousness, fear and pain of caring for a dying loved one, driven home by immaculate performances from Sanin, Gomez and Sarria as two generations of women with more in common than they might like to admit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) As a cinematic character he's a bit underwhelming, despite his manifold accomplishments, gear inventions, designs for rescue gurneys and mountaineering achievements. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
49% A Dog's Journey (2019) It quietly boosts a message of resilience and self-belief to young girl audiences, advising them that it's always a smarter move to love nice boys and dogs rather than abusive jerks and pet haters. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Rupert, Rupert & Rupert (2019) This low-budget British effort throws comedy, drama, tired psychological thriller conceits and some broad satire to make a bag about as mixed as they come. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 38% Breaking Habits (2019) A little more nuance and historical depth would have been welcome, but this will be serviceable entertainment when it gets to streaming, as long as viewers have a supply on hand. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 67% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) A reasonably competent, mildly amusing monster mash. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Once Upon A Time In London (2019) If the intended audience for this is people who like true crime books with retro cover art then this will probably scratch their itch. But it's not hard to see that the budget was modest and spread as thin as it possibly could be. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) This is an elaborate Dadaist joke, the funniest part of which is that it's not in the least bit funny. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) This is a workmanlike iteration somewhat ploddingly true to its genre, from the style of lighting used for the interviews, to the sweeping, keening strings-led soundtrack, to the almost shocking moments of humour and honesty. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 83% The Journey (2017) Ghandour... is astonishing, holding the still centre of the story with an intense, underplayed performance that delivers just the right blend of anguish, bafflement and blankness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (2019) Arresting, occasionally straight-up but mostly fascinating reinterpretations of Mitchell's songs, performed by guest singers and an all-star house band. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 100% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Huber crafts a respectful, crisply told but depth-plumbing history of the label, drawing from original recordings, vintage audio of studio chatter, and talking heads interviews. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Cleft Lip (2019) For the most part, this is painfully amateurish stuff that doesn't offer many new or original themes apart from the modish concept of embryo adoption. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 75% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Over the long haul, it's all enough to drive you to hit the gin bottle. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Women of Mafia 2 (Kobiety mafii 2) (2019) Weirdly entertaining at times. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 100% Of Love & Law (2017) Director Hikaru Toda adroitly weaves together these various stories while always keeping an eye on the small details that reveal character... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Taking the Horse to Eat Chalebis (Ghode ko jalebi khilane le ja riya hoon) (2019) By turns delightful and moving, sometimes enervating and exhausting, but never dull. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
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
97% 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
88% 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
69% 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
93% 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
68% 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
94% 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
75% 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 38% 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