Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% Into the Darkness (De Forbandede År) (2020) If you have 152 minutes to sink into this morass of moral complexity and finely observed period detail, then it may well be worth it, although the ending is bizarrely, perplexingly abrupt. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes) (2020) Calamy really grounds the movie with her funny, generous performance. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/5 9% Backtrace (2018) The whole dreary thing looks as if it was put through an Instagram filter called Rotgut that makes everything look like it was soaked in weak coffee and bile. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Last Moment of Clarity (2020) The script is full of such daft coincidences you keep expecting there will be a clever twist to explain - but no, it really is that lazily written. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) It almost plays like a Highland Park hipster version of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, although as a family the O'Connells have way more angst and innate talent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/5 40% Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) The dialogue is execrable, which partly excuses the inert performances; the sets - including one that looks like a shop's filament bulb display - are more interesting to look at than the actors. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Gatecrash (2020) Perhaps this worked better on stage, but as film it's neither fish nor fowl, lacking neither the surrealism to give it a Lynchian dream logic, nor the psychological insight to make it work as realism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
2/5 67% Emperor (2020) It's merely watchable, a low-stakes contribution to the current renaissance of African American film-making. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/5 53% Shook (2021) It's all very 2021, and you can't help wondering how it will age, but as a launching pad for the director and her cast, it's a very serviceable platform. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/5 64% The Owners (2020) Berg, who has worked mostly in French TV and makes his feature debut here, has a knack for ratcheting up suspense and finessing the technicalities in order to maximise the creepiness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/5 76% Archenemy (2020) Small, imperfectly formed but quite entertaining all the same... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/5 88% Sator (2019) Graham uses darkness and a very sparse score/soundscape to create a truly disturbing work that relies not so much on gore as the uncanny in its most potent form: stillness, pools of darkness and just-visible figures. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 57% School's Out Forever (2021) If The Lord of the Flies crossed with The Road and a dash of Tom Brown's School Days sounds like your bag of blood, than this ruthless romp will be a kick in the head. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
8% Music (2020) While it has a few incidental felicities to admire, by and large Music is a sentimental atrocity so cringe-inducing it should come with an advisory warning for anyone with pre-existing shoulder or back injuries. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/5 65% Willy's Wonderland (2021) To its credit, the film doesn't take itself in the slightest bit seriously, because with a premise like that, really how could it? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet The Recce (2018) The end result feels limited and ultimately a little pointless. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
3/5 69% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) What's missing from this fecund brew, which you could imagine being twice as long, is any kind of judgment or analysis of the subjects. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
38% Users (2021) Users looks and sounds stunning, but remains thematically a little too diffuse for its own good as it meditates on our children and the future they will inhabit, where perfect machines replace imperfect parents. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
56% Mayday (2021) For viewers happy to go with the flow... this will be fun enough. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
91% Pleasure (2021) Grounded in years of meticulous research into the porn scene and cast with actors drawn entirely from that world except for Kappel herself, Pleasure is very persuasive in its evocation of the milieu. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
89% Bring Your Own Brigade (2021) Passionate, personal and profoundly moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
87% Censor (2021) Censor offers an admirable pastiche, spiked with black humor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2/5 90% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) Ultimately it is all a bit repetitive, derivative (particularly of other Asian horror pics) and somewhat sleep-inducing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 92% A Ghost Waits (2020) Chock full of delightful narrative surprises, imaginative genre tweaks, and warming performances from its two leads, this low-budget romcom-horror story is worth seeking out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Tokyo Dragon Chef (2020) It's playful and brisk, and what's not to love about any movie that has baddies who go around with giant eyeball masks on their heads, just like the immortal experimental punk band the Residents? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Turu, the Wacky Hen (La gallina Turuleca) (2020) Most of the nice, more-central-to-the-plot characters are very bland, while Turuleca herself is an emphatically hideous creation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
90% Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Green also offers a nuanced, thoughtful portrait of courageous if sometimes muddle-headed women fighting on the side of the angels. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/5 45% LX 2048 (2020) [A] quirky, low-budget science-fiction feature... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 26% The Doorman (2020) There's little humour or invention to leaven the deadened inertness of the script. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel) (2019) This is another film about a white European mixed up in a Middle Eastern war they barely seem to understand, but on its own terms it's a story well told. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 62% Hunted (2020) Unnerving in the right ways and flecked with colourful, unexpected specks of wit. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
2/5 64% The Call (2020) A fairly shonky assemblage of tired tropes, full of dropped connections and annoying static. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Let it Snow (2020) Nothing warms the anti-yuletide misanthropes' shrivelled hearts like a good old-fashioned Christmas-themed horror film wherein the evil inside human souls gets unleashed on happy-clappy hedonists. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/5 87% Yellow Rose (2020) Noblezada has great pipes and a natural screen presence that augurs well for her future career. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Seized (2020) Aside from the amusing dings, the movie is your standard issue, computer-game narrative... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
31% The Stand In (2020) This satire misfires. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
76% Audrey (2020) Even if you watch it alone on a laptop with a bottle of cheap beer and a dried-up turkey sandwich, Audrey is a pleasure. That's mostly due to the still-incandescent star power of its subject. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
No Score Yet Love & Stuff (2020) Honest and revealing, but not in an icky solipsistic way... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
100% Tove (2020) The film doesn't particularly require in-depth knowledge of Moominism and can be enjoyed for its bright performances, on-point costumes and sets, and empathic portrait of young love. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 98% Farewell Amor (2020) An auspicious start to a career that's likely to accelerate fast. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 28% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Altogether it's a rousing, passionate bit of film-making on a reasonably epic scale, with a cast of hundreds deployed for some big dusty battle scenes, which are duly impressive. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 67% Knuckledust (2020) Luridly coloured, handheld cinematography seems designed to distract from the shabbiness of the sets, while the muffled dialogue and too-loud backing tracks make it nigh on impossible to work out what the hell is going on. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Silent Night (2020) There is a derivativeness about the script that means the big twist is exasperatingly easy to spot early on. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
100% Ronnie's (2020) Minor-key, but a haunting melody. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Lost at Christmas (2020) [A] dully sentimental, unfunny romantic comedy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/5 98% Anything for Jackson (2020) Altogether, it's a richer devil's brew than you would expect, crisply edited and moodily shot - even if the last act doesn't quite hit the spot. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 100% A Girl from Mogadishu (2019) It's certainly a remarkable story, one full of tragedy, adventure, suspense and even moments of joy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2/5 50% Finale (2018) The climactic nastiness is hideously unpleasant, but there's some satisfaction in seeing the baddies bested - to a degree. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 95% Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009) Bricker has adeptly assembled a seamless bricolage of vintage 20th-century footage together with material from a doc made in the earliest years of this century... along with nifty new animation and interview snippets that bridge ideas and fill gaps. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
96% Dating Amber (2020) An adorable look at friendship between two queer kids. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020