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        2. Willow
       3. The Land Before Time
      4. Glory
     5. Legends of the Fall
    6. Apollo 13
   7. Titanic
  8. The Legend of Zorro
 9. Avatar
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
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11/29/15 Spy   (Theodore Shapiro)
All New Review
Buy it... for its entertaining play on the vintage James Bond title song and select individual moments in its competent but not particularly memorable Theodore Shapiro score.
Avoid it... if you expect Shapiro to really let rip with a full-fledged Bond parody score, his romance and action sequences rather tepid and favoring a more generic thriller genre ambience.
11/15/15 Chain Reaction   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're interested in exploring a slightly more romantic, optimistic, and instrumentally varied take Jerry Goldsmith's concurrently written and otherwise similar Executive Decision.
Avoid it... if any strictly procedural variation on merely average Goldsmith action material fails to compete with the composer's rich library of successful scores in the genre, a 2015 expanded product for this score a laborious experience.
10/23/15 Gremlins 2: The New Batch   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you've always appreciated the first Gremlins score but seek that foundation of style and themes with more robust orchestral structures, a devious sense of suspense, and a matured application of synthetic effects.
Avoid it... if you are deterred by Jerry Goldsmith's detours into the realm of pure silliness, for the personality of the sound effects and rhythmic mayhem in this sequel score, along with tons of source adaptations, is among the quirkiest of his career.
9/3/15 Batman   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have any affection for vibrant, exciting, and tragic superhero scores, for Danny Elfman's Batman is among the best ever recorded.
Avoid it... if Elfman's famous theme for the character has become too overexposed for your liking, or if you disapprovingly recall some of the passages that reveal the composer's inspiration from others' works.
9/1/15 Batman Returns   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you prefer your Batman score to better reflect the morbidly tragic sensibilities of Danny Elfman's dominant style in his early career works.
Avoid it... if you expect the same heroic power and resonance of the vastly superior orchestral performances, recording, and mixing you heard in the production of the music for Batman.
8/28/15 Magic   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are a devoted Jerry Goldsmith collector who never had the music previously available from Magic on the rare 1993 SPFM Tribute album.
Avoid it... if your film music funds are limited and you desire far better Goldsmith entries elsewhere in the Varèse Sarabande Club series.
8/22/15 Krull   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy any of James Horner's early action scores, for this one embodies his distinct 1980's style and foreshadows many of his later classic scores for blockbuster adventures.
Avoid it... if the derivative rhythms, motifs, and instrumentation of Horner's action style of this era have lost their appeal over the years for you as his music has cannibalized itself and matured.
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