Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
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T-Meter Title | Year
92% Ali & Ava (2021) The performances make this worthwhile. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet The Ballad of Billy McCrae (2020) If the plot sounds like a reworking of classic film noir tropes, no one seems to have mentioned that to director Chris Crow and his crew. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/5 91% The Alpinist (2021) Leclerc's story goes in a slightly different, somewhat unexpected direction. The film-makers' enthusiasm for his clarity of purpose is all well and good, but it does leave the film prone to hyperbole... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/5 76% Percy vs Goliath (2020) Walken keeps you watching thanks to his inherent charisma, still undimmed in his late 70s. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
No Score Yet What Happened to the Wolf? (2021) The two lead actors... bring nuance and commitment to their performances, even if the script veers off into overripe dramatic excess. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
No Score Yet Uppercut (2021) Uppercut has a certain honest simplicity that suits the material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
88% Reflection (2021) The cruelty, for once, is not the point. There is a deeper, more nuanced story worked through here about betrayal and redemption, mercy and survival, all played out with great restraint thanks to Lutskiy's subtle performance... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/5 64% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) The result is predictably excessive, noisy and more than a little exhausting. But mostly in a fun way, as long as you're not bothered by gratuitous violence, incoherence and a deep streak of silly. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
100% Captain Volkonogov Escaped (2021) Flecks of jet-black humor add a wicked sparkle to an essentially tragic narrative. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/5 90% Together Together (2021) Together Together suffers a little from being too polite, as a comedy it lacks snarl, and as a drama it lacks, well, event. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
57% Encounter (2021) It's a surprisingly meaty work that works on several levels at once. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
4/5 80% No Man of God (2021) Both actors contribute knife-sharp timing and the kind of intensity needed to make this essentially two-man setup work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/5 92% Sweet Thing (2021) This small, delicate, late-blooming film is quite lovely, and a throwback to the 1990s/2000s craze for semi-improvised, rough and ready indie film-making. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins (2021) Say what you might about the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise - for example, that the films are boringly repetitive or that they wallow way too much in macho, estuary-accented crime-flick cliches - at least they're consistent. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
2/5 56% Come Play (2020) It's as if someone put the Slenderman meme, the scary girl from The Ring franchise, The Babadook and a few others through a woodchipper and sprayed the resulting mulch on to the screen. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Champion of Auschwitz (2020) A sturdy work, backed with a lovely full orchestral score. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Override (2021) This is an inane hodgepodge of sci-fi, political thriller and perhaps some kind of ill-considered satire - of reality TV, venal politicians? It's hard to divine the target when the attack is so scattershot. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
2/5 82% Bloodthirsty (2021) It's a testament to Beatty's talent as a performer that she puts it all across with a straight face, but there are times when the film's camp self-seriousness may make you laugh out loud. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
2/5 20% Crime Story (2021) The poor actors seem to be performing in quite different movies half the time, and it's hard to work out what Lipsius is trying to say with all these maudlin, roughly sketched storylines. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Purple Sea (2020) Powerful but painful to watch, this experimental documentary challenges viewers to avert their eyes from the tragedy unfolding before them. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days (Le tour du monde en 80 jours) (2021) It's hard to hate on this gentle, goofy interpretation, populated by simply designed animal characters with exaggerated features. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 96% Pig (2021) Cage is as mesmeric as ever, showing off his chops, as it were, with a slow performance to match a story about a character devoted to slow food and locavore authenticity. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
3/5 86% The Night House (2021) Hall colours in the character with every line reading and eyebrow flicker, so deeply present in each moment she barely needs co-stars. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
3/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) The ambitious but flawed Reminiscence spirals and coils around the beginnings and endings of stories, a veritable Möbius pretzel of meaty meta musings. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
4/5 77% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) Some might long for a deeper cultural analysis that explores the story's roots in late capitalist culture and the tech bro lifestyle, but informed viewers can look at the deep reporting here and draw their own conclusions. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
3/5 86% Jakob's Wife (2021) The film could have been a bit more audacious about tweaking Christian pieties, but you can't have everything. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
4/5 85% Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) González gets the tonal mix about right and this film suggests she'll be a name to watch out for in the future. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
4/5 94% I'm Your Man (2021) Schrader's empathy with performers is palpable in this generous, surprisingly moving science fiction-inspired fable. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/5 96% CODA (2021) Heder has finessed the story adroitly, putting a little more meat on the dramatic bones... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
4/5 80% Free Guy (2021) Not only is this possibly one of the smartest films about gaming and the gaming industry, it's perhaps the funniest comedy about intellectual property rights yet made - and maybe the only one in fact. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/5 93% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2021) Nordahl brings a woozy sensuality and strong sense of how this world might look through the eyes of a young woman, vulnerable to the predatory males around her, instead of a young man. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/5 86% The Courier (2020) A laudable if earnest early-1960s-set spy thriller based on actual events. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
2/5 9% Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021) If there were still shops around where one could rent or buy videos or DVDs, this is the sort of movie you'd expect to see in the straight-to-retail bargain bin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
3/5 94% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) An arch, multi-strand, multi-character three-ring circus... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
3/5 82% Bleed with Me (2020) Writer-director Amelia Moses makes her feature debut with this tautly constructed work of psychological horror which, although far from perfect, certainly suggests she's a talent to watch out for. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/5 100% Sette note in nero (Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes)(The Psychic) (1977) The clothes, interior design and general film-making flair are divine. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
2/5 20% Moonbound (2021) Derivative but adequate... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Man Under Table (2021) Money can't buy you good comic instincts, inventiveness or a sense of playful whimsy, but, fortunately, Taylor and his handful of collaborators have all that for free. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) A film considerably more entertaining than its predecessor, retaining the cold draught of bleakness that blows through the best of the DC Universe but with the visual brightness and romantic yearning that makes Gunn's work pop. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 85% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) A deeply sad documentary about fame, its casualties and exploitation of children. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) This is a much funnier, more buoyant movie than you might expect. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Canters joyfully through their biographies, pop history and - like all the best rock docs - an array of topics that intersect with the subject at hand. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The True Don Quixote (2019) A whimsical, good-natured romp, sure, but one that's only mildly amusing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3/5 41% Jolt (2021) Altogether, this is flyweight fun. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/5 100% Here We Are (Hine anachnu) (2020) Moving but unsentimental, this Israeli drama is a perfect example of how a cinematic story becomes paradoxically more universal by being very specific about people and places. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Rogue Hostage (2021) As cheesy as the dairy aisle, but decent fun to watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
2/5 23% The Birthday Cake (2021) Given its meandering script and absurdly grand guignol ending, it's astonishing that The Birthday Cake could attract such a starry cast. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
4/5 85% Werewolves Within (2021) This goofy horror comedy, based on an online game of the same name, just goes to prove that if you have a great cast, smart direction and witty script you can just about get away with murder. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2/5 53% Finding You (2021) Tiny specks of grit get entirely smoothed over in pearlescent sentimentality by the end, eased through by lashings of flute-and-fiddle noodlings on the soundtrack. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% The Innocents (2021) The lonely, uncanny and sometimes unthinkingly violent world of childhood is explored with chilling candor and exceptional skill in writer-director Eskil Vogt's arthouse horror feature The Innocents. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021