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. 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Inferno
3. The Accountant
4. The Girl on the Train
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. . 1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
2. Willow
3. The Land Before Time
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6. Apollo 13
7. Titanic
8. The Legend of Zorro
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. . 1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Wolf Totem
3. Mission: Imp. - Rogue Nation
4. Jurassic Park
5. The Martian
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for May, 2012:





5/29/12 The Prince of Tides  (James Newton Howard) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're looking for a score to reliably help you zone out, in this case representing James Newton Howard's light dramatic mode with saccharine, pleasantly innocuous consistency.
Avoid it... if you desire any of the plethora of songs you heard in the film or, for that matter, any orchestral depth as engaging as the main theme that John Barry famously wrote for this project before dismissing himself.


5/26/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


5/23/12 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2010 La-La Land or 2012 Intrada albums if you're interested in hearing a superior presentation of one of Jerry Goldsmith's most vibrant, thematically diverse, and arguably forgotten "Star Trek" scores.
Avoid it... on any of the albums if you want to hear the replacement music for the brainwashing sequences in the film or if you expect Goldsmith's material for those scenes and concepts to match the strength of the remainder of this otherwise entertaining entry.


5/20/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


5/17/12 Star Trek: First Contact  (Jerry Goldsmith/Joel Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of the available albums if you are a casual fan of the film and Jerry Goldsmith's work for the franchise, and especially if your interest in the music stems from the dramatically noble and pastoral "First Contact" theme.
Avoid it... on the 1996 album and seek the 2012 follow-up or one of the numerous bootleg variants of the 2000's if you are specifically interested in the occasionally interesting but generally not spectacular material missing from that initial product.


5/14/12 The Black Cauldron  (Elmer Bernstein) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate massively symphonic and surprisingly serious scores for your animated pictures and have lingering affection for Elmer Bernstein's obsession with the ondes martenot instrument.
Avoid it... if you are accustomed to hearing transparent themes, easy concepts, and mostly bright attitude in your animated film scores.


5/11/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


5/7/12 Firewall  (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you could satisfy yourself with the lesser cousin of Alexandre Desplat's score for Hostage, the same trademark action mannerisms not accompanied in Firewall by as many unique instrumental colors and tonal rhythmic passages.
Avoid it... if you have issues with how Desplat applies electronics to his scores, a problem in addressing the high-tech aspects of this film's plot and exacerbated by generic action sequences.


5/4/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


5/1/12 Hostage  (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you doubt Alexandre Desplat's capabilities in the mainstream suspense and action genres, Hostage remaining one of the most impressive expressions of overachieving lyrical complexity in an undeserving context of senseless death.
Avoid it... if you have never much cared for John Ottman's early melodic grace and instrumental creativity in the same genre, for Desplat's work here sounds in many regards like his own interpretation of the same approach towards intrigue and executions.







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