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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.

‘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.

‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland and Jake Lacy in William Friedkin’s Swaggering Final Film

The late director's movie also features Jason Clarke, Monica Raymund and the late Lance Reddick in an updated interpretation of Herman Wouk's play.

‘The Killer’ Review: Michael Fassbender Is an Unsettled Assassin in David Fincher’s Wry, Pleasingly Pulpy Thriller

The director's latest work for Netflix also features Tilda Swinton in a genre exercise that couldn't be more different than 'Mank.'

‘Explanation for Everything’ Review: A Timely Look at Culture Wars in Central Europe

Premiering in Venice's Horizons sidebar, Hungarian director Gabor Reisz's latest is reminiscent of the naturalistic films that have come out of neighboring nation Romania recently.

‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch in Wes Anderson’s Mini-Marvel of a Roald Dahl Adaptation

Set to premiere on Netflix next month, the 40-minute film also features Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Dev Patel and Richard Ayoade.

Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 10 Best Films of 2023 So Far

THR’s reviewers choose faves from the first half of the year, including a Michelle Williams-Kelly Reichardt collab, Miles Morales’ latest adventure and an aching love-triangle drama.

‘Rosalie’ Review: A Bearded Lady Blossoms in an Accessible French Romantic Period Piece

Stephanie di Giusto's film stars Nadia Tereszkiewicz and Benoît Magimel as partners in a marriage tested by the bride's unusual physical condition.

‘Little Girl Blue’ Review: Marion Cotillard Plays a Troubled Mother in Powerful and Personal Doc/Psychodrama Hybrid

The French Oscar winner plays writer-director Mona Achache's own mother in this film exploring the complexities of mother-daughter love.

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 20 Best Films of Cannes 2023

Favorites included Scorsese’s wrenching true-crime epic, two riveting French courtroom dramas, a chilling Holocaust film like no other, a handcrafted Moroccan documentary, and the latest from veteran auteurs Aki Kaurismaki, Wim Wenders and Victor Erice.

‘The Mother of All Lies’ Review: An Inspired Moroccan Documentary Tackles Family Secrets and a Nation’s History

Helmer Asmae El Moudir won the best director prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section for her film, which uses figurines to represent family, friends and neighbors.

‘Kubi’ Review: Takeshi Kitano’s Busy, Brutal Queer Samurai Epic

Hidetoshi Nishijima from 'Drive My Car' co-stars as a warlord trying to protect his male lover in the latest genre film from the legendary Japanese director.