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Leslie Felperin

Contributing Film Critic

Leslie Felperin is a Contributing Film Critic at The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining THR, Felperin wrote reviews for Variety and Moving Pictures and was the Deputy Editor of Sight and Sound. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Financial Times and the Independent, among others. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Language and Literature, and has taught English and Film Studies at Goldsmiths College and Middlesex University.

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‘The Kitchen’ Review: Daniel Kaluuya’s Directorial Debut Is a Compellingly Dark Futurist Vision of London

Co-helmed by Kibwe Tavares, the closing night gala selection for the BFI London Film Festival is an absorbing study of survival.

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ Review: Aardman’s Birds of a Feather Flock Together for a Spirited Sequel

With a voice cast including Thandiwe Newton, Bella Ramsey, Zachary Levi and Imelda Staunton, the film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival before it starts a run on Netflix.

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 15 Best Films of the Fall Fests 

Career highs for Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, a delicious Frederick Wiseman doc, a poignant gay ghost story and two knockout dramas about the refugee crisis in Europe are among THR critics’ 15 faves from Venice, Telluride and Toronto.

‘Housekeeping for Beginners’ Review: A Delightful Dramatic Comedy About a Blended Family of Queer and Roma Outcasts

Winner of the Queer Lion in Venice, Goran Stolevski's film revolves around a set of characters living together in a house in North Macedonia.

‘Gasoline Rainbow’ Review: The Ross Brothers’ Teen Road Movie Is a Pleasurable Ride

The latest from Bill and Turner Ross is about a group of high-school friends who set out to see the Pacific.

‘Coup!’ Review: Peter Sarsgaard Is a Winning Impostor in a Droll and Breezy Take on Class Conflict

A collaboration between writer-directors Austin Stark and Joseph Schuman, the class-conflict-themed comedy is set during the flu epidemic of 1918 and also stars Billy Magnussen and Sarah Gadon.

‘Shoshana’ Review: Michael Winterbottom’s Deft Exploration of Love and Activism Under British Rule of Palestine

Irina Starshenbaum, Harry Melling and Douglas Booth star in the British director's politics-inflected romance.

‘One Life’ Review: Anthony Hopkins Is in Peak Form in a Stirring, if By-the-Numbers, Period Piece

James Hawes' drama about the effort to save children from the Holocaust co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Flynn.

‘Pet Shop Days’ Review: Two Young Men Fall in Love and Do Drugs in Olmo Schnabel’s Grating Directorial Debut

The film, directed by the son of Julian Schnabel and starring Jack Irv, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Willem Dafoe and Emmanuelle Seigner, played in the Horizons Extra strand at Venice.

‘Holly’ Review: A Teenage Girl Becomes Aware of Her Power in an Intriguing Belgian Drama

Young star Cathalina Geeraerts plays a high-schooler who seems to have magical healing abilities in Fien Troch’s Venice competition entry.

‘Io Capitano’ Review: Tragedy and Grace Are Marbled Together in Matteo Garrone’s Moving Migration Drama

The 'Gomorrah' director's latest stars newcomer Seydou Sarr as a Senegalese teenager who leaves home on a quest to reach Europe.

‘Green Border’ Review: Agnieszka Holland’s Knockout Drama Follows Refugees Stuck in Limbo

The Venice Film Festival competition entrant revolves around various people trying to cross the border from Belarus into Poland.