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“The soundtrack to Divergent, the first film adapted from Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel series, reflects the story’s high-tech future — in which people are separated into factions based on their virtues — in its mix of EDM and hip-hop. Even if the EDM craze had peaked somewhat by the time of the film’s 2014 release, [...]

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“Like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights before it, American Hustle‘s music celebrates the epic feel of ’70s pop, rock, and disco and uses it to give its story extra heft. David O. Russell’s tale of con men, Feds, and the mob has a lighter touch than either of those two movies, however, and this is reflected [...]

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“Providing the music for a film about the making of one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals is no easy task, but Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning composer Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) offers up an evocative score for the John Lee Hancock-directed historical comedy-drama that manages to invoke both the despair and whimsy that surrounded [...]

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“Inside Llewyn Davis gains its power through precision as the whole idea of the project is capturing a specific point in time, the great Folk Scare of the early ’60s, when Kingston Trio and Peter Paul & Mary were having crossover hits, the time just before Bob Dylan arrived in Greenwich Village….[I]t winds up as [...]

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“Based on author James Thurber’s fantastical 1939 short story of the same name, the 2013 big screen rendering of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features Ben Stiller in the role of the mild-mannered protagonist with incredibly lucid daydreams, and the music that accompanies those reveries reflects the actor’s innate quirkiness.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom… actually makes its own musical journey through the decades alongside Mandela’s. Beginning sparsely with African folk instruments, the score expands into full orchestral territory as Mandela’s story deepens (and darkens), then adding electric guitars and synths as things get nearer to the present, all of which gives this presentation a kind of [...]

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“The soundtrack to 2013′s Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall features a collection of indie pop cuts by the likes of Passion Pit, Neon Trees, and Rogue Wave. Since many of the tracks here are by bands that lean toward mixing atmospheric synthesizer pop with some post-U2 guitar uplift, it leaves the general impression of being [...]

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“[I]t’s easy to tell that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a more lavish affair than its predecessor just by looking at its soundtrack, which features some of pop and rock’s biggest names….The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a solidly entertaining soundtrack.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Buying into Luhrmann’s vision is always the issue, but here, the music is crafted enough, inspired enough, and deep enough that it’s worth diving into without reservations. Luckily, you can wring all that disappointment and despair out of your fine, stylish suit after surfacing.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Whether moved by the documentary or simply interested in a one-disc anthology of Rodriguez’s work, the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is a thoughtfully curated celebration of this devastatingly underrated artist.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Working in traditional instrumentation from the protagonist’s native India, while maintaining an accessible, emotional center, Danna stays true to the story’s spiritual underpinnings, resulting in a moving yet unassuming score that supports the film’s lush visuals without resorting to bombast.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Tarantino relies on selections from spaghetti Westerns, including the theme from 1966′s exploitation classic Django (quite explicitly the inspiration for QT’s titular character), ’70s funk and pop, ’60s exotica, heaps of quoted film scores, and a hefty dose of new songs that deftly tweak these very sounds… It spans decades and styles but it’s held [...]

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“As with The Lord of the Rings films, the music is lush and richly orchestral — with the occasional choir — utilizing similarly pastoral themes for the hobbits and rhythmic, suspenseful ones for the threatening creatures and characters.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Victor Hugo’s 19th century French historical novel Les Misérables found its way to the stage in 1980 as a remarkably successful musical, and finally the big screen in 1996 sans all of the singing, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the two mediums would finally meet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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On The Road

“[S]elections from the likes of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Son House, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and vocalese master Slim Gaillard effortlessly set the tone, while composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) appropriately sparse and percussive score perfectly encapsulates the book’s willful nonconformity.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick — and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow — Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as [...]

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“Since Breaking Dawn is the final installment of the Twilight Saga, it’s fitting that the film’s soundtrack is dominated by ballads that feel like a long goodbye to Bella, Edward, and Jacob….While Breaking Dawn isn’t one of the more dynamic Twilight Saga soundtracks, it is one of the more emotive ones, and just may help [...]

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Hugo: The Original Score

“Director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, adapted from the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, presents composer Howard Shore, working on his sixth Scorsese film, with distinct requirements that he fulfills ably. The story is set in 1930s Paris, and it is concerned with magical and childlike elements, also taking in the early days [...]

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