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Patrick Harley


Patrick Harley has written on film since 2010. His work has been published on a variety of websites, as well as in programme notes and even one of those old fashioned book things.

Reviews: 25
Other Articles: 5


A remarkable true story becomes an adequate film.

La La Land

Damien Chazelle’s beautifully realised musical deals in both dreams and reality.

The Nice Guys

Neo-noir farce from the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. How much more Shane Black could this be? The answer is none; none more Shane Black.

52 Tuesdays

The structure is patchy, but the delivery sensitive and insightful in this coming of age drama about a teenage girl and her transgender parent.

Listen Up Philip

Cleverly constructed and intimately told, Alex Ross Perry’s comedy-drama is an acute study of narcissism and the reluctance to change.

Lost River

Ryan Gosling’s unfairly maligned directorial debut is visually stunning and well worth your time.


An adequate reimagining that suffers by comparison to both its predecessor and other modern imitations.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Endlessly unique, exhilarating and unpredictable. Luckily for us, director George Miller just might be madder than Max is.

The Duke of Burgundy

Peter Strickland takes inspiration from European erotica to craft a drama that is sensual, hallucinatory, poignant and – most of all – human.

Wild Tales

This darkly comic Argentine anthology has a promising set-up and good delivery, but lacks a satisfying punch line.


It’s been nearly two decades, but the influential ’90s emo act have lost none of their shine.


Big Eyes

Tim Burton eschews his own kitsch image to tell a story about mass produced art and domestic subjugation.

Black Sea

The concept is high and so is the tension as Jude Law leads a submarine crew on a quest for Nazi gold.

Nowhere Home

A documentary that sheds heartbreaking light on the situation facing Norway’s underage asylum seekers.

Frau im Mond

It may not feel like ‘serious’ sci-fi today, but in 1929 this comic book epic was as close as man could get.