Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. Hidden Figures
4. La La Land
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for March, 2013:





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3/29/13 The Fury  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a relatively obscure gem in the ranks of John Williams' fully symphonic expressions of brute force, not to mention some very keen adaptations of Bernard Herrmann's most challenging styles into a more accessible form.
Avoid it... on the 2013 La-La Land album if you are content with the sound quality and presentation of the 2002 Varese product, for the additional remastering and supplemental bonus cues on the later set are not significant improvements to this melodramatic listening experience.


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3/24/13 In Country  (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on the 2013 Intrada Records album if you desire one of James Horner's most poignant single career cues, a long, orchestral powerhouse of solemn but beautiful melodrama for this film's memorable final scene.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate Horner's rather stereotypical application of trumpet versus shakuhachi flute for an American veteran dealing with the Vietnam War, the solo elements of the score somewhat uninspired without the full ensemble's gravity.


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3/22/13 Testament  (James Horner) - Expanded Review
Buy it... on the Romanian bootleg release containing both Testament and the 1989 score for In Country if you appreciate James Horner's more somber, humbling dramatic works for solo instruments over very basic orchestral accompaniment.
Avoid it... if only the quality of the finale from In Country is worth the trouble of finding that rare collection of early Horner music, because while Testament is an interesting score, it is a frightfully depressing listening experience when separated to a presentation on its own.


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3/17/13 Winged Migration  (Bruno Coulais) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you relax to expansive orchestral and vocal creativity with an extremely optimistic personality and international flavor for an IMAX-like setting.
Avoid it... if the dominant sounds of bird calls and other nature effects in the mix of several cues, as well as the lack of a satisfyingly dominant thematic presence, deters you from a truly unique experience.


3/12/13 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on either of the similar expanded products if you are a dedicated collector of John Williams' albums and are interested enough in the franchise to hear the minimal amount of unique music left off of the 1992 commercial album.
Avoid it... on any album if you own the original Home Alone score and are less than thrilled with it, for this sequel score so blatantly reprises the previous material that it's almost a completely redundant accompaniment to the predecessor.


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3/7/13 The Relic  (John Debney) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you seek a complete John Debney collection, for his mainstream debut in the horror genre is as pedestrian and underachieving as the film itself.
Avoid it... if you expect Debney to offer something beyond the usual, stock horror slashes and ensemble hits that define the genre's most tiresome cliches, occasionally borrowing shamelessly from Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann along the way.


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3/2/13 Dave  (James Newton Howard) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have fond memories of the film's charming wit and seek the translation of that likeable personality into James Newton Howard's thematically rich orchestral score.
Avoid it... if you require something other than just a more comedic and outwardly playful sibling to Marc Shaiman's The American President.







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