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1/26/15 Warriors of Virtue  (Don Davis) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have a loyal collection of James Horner's children's fantasy scores of the early 1990's and seek his regular orchestrator's extension of the same sound in an early solo venture.
Avoid it... if you demand significant portions of the kind of instrumental and dissonant creativity that Don Davis would show later in his career, for this entry is comparatively generic in style.



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1/13/15 Predator 2  (Alan Silvestri) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if ten minutes of bravado in action and theme from the first score's glory can combine with a handful of Alan Silvestri's trademark, ballsy action rhythms to compensate for an otherwise challenging new atmosphere for this sequel score.
Avoid it... if you demand an even listening experience and brazen new identities, the narrative of Predator 2 somewhat disjointed in its ethnic techniques and containing several completely unlistenable passages of percussive, vocal, and synthetic manipulation.


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1/6/15 The X-Files: Fight the Future  (Mark Snow) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a transitional score that leads you from the early days of atmospheric suspense music in "The X-Files" to the later years of harmonic romanticism that poignantly emerged in the show.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear a score that truly embodies the electronic spirit and soul of the episodic scores that Mark Snow provided for the series on television, because the orchestral presence, as well as missing motifs from the show, set this work apart.


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12/24/14 Star Trek Into Darkness  (Michael Giacchino) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you adore John Williams' whimsy for patriotism and adventure like that which you'd hear in his countless rousing, stately concert pieces of the 1980's and 1990's.
Avoid it... if obtaining the occasionally rare score on album is not worth redundant and surprisingly flat-sounding Williams ideas that would be more finely tuned in future works.


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12/22/14 SpaceCamp  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you adore John Williams' whimsy for patriotism and adventure like that which you'd hear in his countless rousing, stately concert pieces of the 1980's and 1990's.
Avoid it... if obtaining the occasionally rare score on album is not worth redundant and surprisingly flat-sounding Williams ideas that would be more finely tuned in future works.


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11/2/14 The Lion King  (Hans Zimmer/Elton John) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the impressive 2014 "Legacy Collection" album from Disney if you desire a superior new mix of the scores and songs as they appeared in the film, especially with an impressive and fresh perspective on the important Hans Zimmer score.
Avoid it... on the commercial projects solely and also seek the leaked recording sessions or other available cues from bootlegs and promos if you desire a fuller selection of the immense amount of variations on the material recorded by Zimmer for this score.


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10/19/14 The Expendables 3  (Brian Tyler) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you have a firmly established desire to maintain a complete collection of the music from this franchise, because it's been a steady downhill journey in thematic satisfaction and the grandeur of the rendering since the 2010 entry.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear fresh action genre exploration or the Jerry Goldsmith-inspired theme in satisfyingly complete fanfare renditions, the lack of either yielding one of the most disappointing Brian Tyler scores.


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9/28/14 Deep Rising  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you never tire of stereotypical Jerry Goldsmith action and horror scores no matter how derivative and predictable they may be.
Avoid it... if you lament the lack of a distinct personality in many of the late-era Goldsmith autopilot scores, especially when he explicably became intertwined in trashy flicks.


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9/21/14 Good Will Hunting  (Danny Elfman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek the kind of small-scale, mystical, eerie, and withdrawn score in Danny Elfman's career that equals The Spitfire Grill for James Horner at about the same time.
Avoid it... if the occasional harmonic beauty that Elfman can create with acoustic guitars and pennywhistle can't substantiate less than half an hour of otherwise directionless pondering.


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9/14/14 Dennis the Menace  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you are a dedicated Jerry Goldsmith collector and do not quickly lose patience with the composer's nonstop slapstick comedy mode for a full orchestral ensemble.
Avoid it... if you found nothing special about the superior and very similar Looney Tunes: Back in Action score from Goldsmith or if you expect to hear his trademark electronics make more than a token contribution.


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9/1/14 Night Crossing  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a redemptive combination of Jerry Goldsmith's swirling fantasy atmosphere, brutal military themes, and complicated layers of orchestral lines in a very engaging and dynamic package.
Avoid it... if you expect an abundance of any of the three major themes from Night Crossing, two of which very strong in their addressing of the hopes and fears of those making the daring escape on screen.


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8/23/14 Empire of the Sun  (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a wide range of emotions from John Williams in one score, a work straining in its turbulent, sometimes sparse suspense material but redemptive in its famous theme and wondrous fantasy half.
Avoid it... if you require a strong sense of continuity and flow in your soundtracks, because the film's indecision about balancing the horrors of war and a boy's imagination translate directly into a disjointed listening experience.


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8/17/14 The Sum of All Fears  (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last robust action score, along with an unusually prominent contribution of original and source songs heard in the film.
Avoid it... if you expect more than fifteen minutes of truly unique, choral and solo vocal music from Goldsmith in a score otherwise defined by its occasional bursts of the composer's trademark action and predictable suspense material.



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