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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 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.

‘Hit Man’ Review: Richard Linklater’s Sexy Comedy Makes a Star Out of Glen Powell

Playing out of competition in Venice, the film — costarring Adria Arjona — centers on a geeky academic who also works undercover for the police posing as a hit man.

‘Coup de Chance’ Review: Woody Allen’s French Film Is Competent but Forgettable

Starring Lou de Laage, Melvil Poupaud and Niels Schneider, the director's film about wealthy, adulterous Parisians played out of competition in Venice.