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 September - December, 2013:





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12/30/13 The Matrix Reloaded  (Don Davis/Ben Watkins/Rob Dougan) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you were never satisfied with the favoring of harsh dissonance and metallic sound effects over the glimpses of redemptive harmony in The Matrix, a balance that is better resolved in both sequel scores.
Avoid it... on the original 2003 set if you have any interest in appreciating the more nuanced sequences in Don Davis' score, in which case the 2013 alternative is clearly superior.


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12/27/13 Wyatt Earp  (James Newton Howard) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate the spirit of Bruce Broughton and Basil Poledouris' expansive and highly motific music for the 1980's and 1990's resurrection of the Western genre, for James Newton Howard offers a worthy entry in this group of big sky adventure works.
Avoid it... only if you have clearly defined the Western genre as one that you cannot appreciate under any circumstances, even if it is approached from a direction of easily digestible romantic melodrama with clearly developed themes.


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12/24/13 Cocoon  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have always relaxed to James Horner's more lushly fluid dramatic themes but have never ventured back to his first official entry in that genre, one that has remained affably accessible in demeanor through time.
Avoid it... if even Intrada Records' expanded and remastered 2013 album for the score, which finally solves its lingering sound quality issues, is not worth hearing music that was largely regurgitated many times in the subsequent ten years by Horner.


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9/26/13 Les Misérables (2012)  (Claude-Michel Schönberg/Anne Dudley) - All New Review
Buy it... on either of the albums representing the film's soundtrack if you witnessed the movie and appreciated the performances of the leads, an outcome not guaranteed given the absolutely wretched singing of the badly cast actors when compared to their stage counterparts.
Avoid it... in its film adaptation completely and continue to enjoy the many far superior performances of the popular musical from its stage renditions, the 1995 10th anniversary concert version remaining the best all-around representation of this classic work.


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9/19/13 City of Ember  (Andrew Lockington) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a highly entertaining extension of Andrew Lockington's engaging action romanticism as heard in the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise.
Avoid it... if you've never been able to connect with Lockington's fantasy writing because of its sometimes awkward thematic formations and a nagging familiarity to David Arnold's vintage sound.


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9/12/13 Promised Land  (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you allow yourself to become absorbed in Danny Elfman's small, introspective dramatic scores, this one mundane in many parts but featuring a few engaging cues of rhythmic urgency and wholesome piano.
Avoid it... if you expect this score to evoke any true sense of Americana spirit, its drama tightly contained in a somber, lightly developed package without obvious themes.


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9/5/13 Die Hard With a Vengeance  (Michael Kamen) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2012 expanded album only if you are prepared for a mind-numbingly long and arduous listening experience despite the fact that this product necessarily replaced the hideously awful 1995 album, neither of which offering an easy presentation of the recordings made by Michael Kamen for this film.
Avoid it... if you're hoping that Kamen could exceed the quality of Die Hard 2 by providing significantly fresh original themes and structures for a score-crucifying director who basically refused to allow such evolution.







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