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Big Hero 6
Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1
The Theory of Everything
The Equalizer
The Maze Runner
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Guardians of the Galaxy
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
How to Train Your Dragon 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Rio 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: Winter Soldier
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Lego Movie
300: Rise of an Empire
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
The Monuments Men
Winter's Tale
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Saving Mr. Banks
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Book Thief
Thor: The Dark World

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5/18/15 King Solomon's Mines  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you own and love Jerry Goldsmith's very similarly rendered score for Supergirl, though while King Solomon's Mines shares the same lofty, enthusiastic spirit of adventure, it bubbles along without the obnoxious electronics of the previous score.
Avoid it... if the style of Rózsa's Golden Age romanticism if you have little tolerance for scores that cannot decide whether to treat the subject matter seriously or like a parody, for King Solomon's Mines could be too cheeky in its overly positive tone for some listeners to appreciate its otherwise decent constructs.

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5/12/15 Fedora  (Miklós Rózsa) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... without hesitation on either rare CD pressing if you are a Miklós Rózsa collector and wish to hear his trademark, nostalgic 1940's style in superior sound quality during the final years of his career.
Avoid it... if the style of Rózsa's Golden Age romanticism for a badly misplaced late-1970's film doesn't compute with your digital era ears, or if your interest in the album is too casual to justify the price of either collectible album.

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5/3/15 Gorky Park  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you groove to James Horner's style of drum pads and synthetic rhythms in Commando and could tolerate an earlier, more dissonant and brutally raw variation on that distinctive sound.
Avoid it... if extended performances of the alluring orchestral love theme in this work are your primary target, for they occupy only a quarter of the score's otherwise tedious running time.

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4/19/15 The X-Files (TV)  (Mark Snow) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the comprehensive 2011 and 2013 4-CD sets spanning all of the seasons of Mark Snow's impressive contributions to the concept if you desire most of the noteworthy and prominent cues heard within the context of the show.
Avoid it... on those pricey sets and instead seek the 1996 single-CD release if you have no interest in the more dynamic, humorous, and strikingly beautiful music from the show's later seasons and instead want the darker, atonal, and atmospheric music from the first three seasons.

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4/12/15 A Far Off Place  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only for James Horner's lyrical primary theme if you're a sucker for the grand romanticism that results from the composer's typical expressions on broad strings.
Avoid it... if ten minutes of that pleasant, sometimes impressive lyricism does not merit an entire score of poorly developed instrumentation for the locale and lackadaisical action motifs.

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4/1/15 Fantastic Voyage  (Leonard Rosenman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are already explicitly aware of Leonard Roseman's score for the film and, like many collectors, waited decades to hear its alternately challenging and revolutionary techniques on album.
Avoid it... if you don't care for the consistently messy layers of atonal dissonance that Rosenman can often produce, especially considering the relative rarity of the album releases for the score.

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3/29/15 The Last Starfighter  (Craig Safan) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you gravitate towards the best of the noble and heroic themes for bold brass that seemed to be everywhere in 1980's science fiction movies.
Avoid it... if cheesy 1980's ray gun sounds and other obnoxious electronic accents in the rest of the underscore are simply too much vintage arcade ambience for your evolved ears to handle nowadays.

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3/20/15 Filmtracks announces its 2014 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2014 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 2014 are:

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3/17/15 Tarzan  (David Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you long lamented the absence of David Newman from view in the action and adventure realm, for Tarzan is a triumphant return and evolution of the composer's style into the blockbuster mould of the 2010's.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate even the best incorporations of temp track influences in your film music, because while Newman expertly balances fresh ideas with the derivative desires of the filmmakers, learned ears can still hear the connections.

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3/12/15 Mr. Peabody & Sherman  (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you easily absorb the positive energy that exudes from Danny Elfman's more mainstream children's music, this entry an entertaining diversion saturated with amusing in-jokes.
Avoid it... if you demand truly memorable moments of awe or a neatly sustained narrative, neither of their absence fatal to this work but both nagging flaws.

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