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Patrick Harley

Bio

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.

5 May 2017

Harmonium


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A tense meditation on the nature of crime and punishment.

27 Jan 2017

Lion


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A remarkable true story becomes an adequate film.

17 Jan 2017

La La Land


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

4 Jun 2016

The Nice Guys


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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.

15 Sep 2015

52 Tuesdays


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

24 Aug 2015

26 Jul 2015

Listen Up Philip


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

17 Jun 2015

The Legend of Barney Thomson


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Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut is sure to put bums in seats, but unlikely to have many perched on the edge of them.

1 Jun 2015

Lost River


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

22 May 2015

Poltergeist


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

20 May 2015

13 May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road


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

27 Apr 2015

The Duke of Burgundy


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

23 Apr 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron


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Fun, but a little rote, Marvel Studios’ second major crossover feels more like a comic book event than a film.

21 Feb 2015

Wild Tales


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