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Saving Mr. Banks
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Book Thief
Thor: The Dark World
Der Medicus (The Physician)
Captain Phillips
Ender's Game
Romeo & Juliet
The Wolverine
Pacific Rim
Now You See Me
The Lone Ranger
Monsters University
World War Z
Man of Steel
White House Down
Star Trek Into Darkness
After Earth
Iron Man 3
The Bible (TV)
The Croods
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Oz the Great and Powerful
Jack the Giant Slayer
A Good Day to Die Hard
Hobbit: Unexpected Journey

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4/13/14 Star Trek: Nemesis  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek to complete your collection of all five of Jerry Goldsmith's feature Star Trek scores, for this entry is by far the least dynamic and engaging without good reason.
Avoid it... on the expanded album presentations if you expect more than just a couple of minutes of memorable material; the rest of the additional music is largely redundant and compounds the stylistic weaknesses of the work.

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4/6/14 Runaway  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you desire to hear Jerry Goldsmith's first all-electronic score and are prepared for a badly dated and harshly grating rendering that firmly roots the work in its era.
Avoid it... if you expect the quality of Goldsmith's underlying composition to compensate for the irritatingly raw electronic tones employed to give the film a futuristic edge.

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3/26/14 The Abyss  (Alan Silvestri) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2013 2-CD set if you enjoyed the magnificent final twelve minutes of choral majesty in the original version of the film and desire some additionally strong music from earlier in the story that was ultimately rejected.
Avoid it... if the dynamism of those twelve minutes, along with a handful of vintage 1980's Alan Silvestri action cues, aren't worth extended sequences of mundane and sparse electronic atmospherics that sustain most of the score.

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3/16/14 Vibes  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you maintain an absolutely complete James Horner collection and wish to seek this score's historically elusive album for half an hour of rhythmic, flute-led jungle funk and odd ambient textures.
Avoid it... if Horner's early, improvised, electronically experimental works serve more as a curiosity for you rather than a necessity, in which case Vibes isn't worth your time.

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3/8/14 Superman Returns  (John Ottman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are prepared for a nearly perfect exhibition of intelligent balance between loyalty and originality in a superhero score that entertains in a multitude of ways.
Avoid it... if you are bothered by the idea of wholesale adaptation of John Williams' original 1978 score in this resurrection despite John Ottman's best attempts to integrate that classic identity into a fresh, new environment.

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3/2/14 Poltergeist II: The Other Side  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2003 or 2013 albums to rectify the issue of incomplete presentations with prior products if you desire one of Jerry Goldsmith's more noteworthy horror scores.
Avoid it... on the 2013 Kritzerland album specifically if you expect to find significant new material beyond that of the 2003 offering, or if you prefer the intensity of the action sequences heard during Goldsmith's first Poltergeist score.

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2/22/14 The Hunt for Red October  (Basil Poledouris) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the DVD and watch the film if you want to hear Basil Poledouris' intelligent blend of orchestra, synthetics, and choir in the dynamic, crystal-clear sonic environment in which they were intended to be heard.
Avoid it... if you expect much of the majesty of the score to carry over from the film onto the muffled and dry presentations on any of the currently available commercial and bootleg albums, including the official 2013 expansion.

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2/16/14 Days of Thunder  (Hans Zimmer) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you desire a cross between Hans Zimmer's later bad-ass attitude and electric guitar-dominated style of Drop Zone and the easy-going romantic sensibilities of Green Card.
Avoid it... if the composer's somewhat dated, early hard rock material leaves you as cold as Days of Thunder does for those not interested in moody hunks and ridiculous cars.

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2/4/14 Filmtracks announces its 2013 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2013 with its annual nominees and winners in the categories of "Top Film Scores," "Top Composers," and "Top Film Cues." The nominees for "Top Film Scores" in 2013 are:

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