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Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Composed by Alberto Iglesias
  • Sony Classical / 2014 / 78m

Ridley Scott is back in historical epic mode for Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Moses (Christian Bale) leading the Hebrews from Egypt.  The film has courted controversy before release because apparently it does not strictly present the truth as reported in the Bible.  

The Imitation Game
  • Composed by Alexandre Desplat
  • Sony Classical / 2014 / 51m

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British mathematical genius who cracked the Germans’ codes and played a pivotal part in the Allies winning the second world war, widely considered the father of modern computing and shamefully prosecuted, castigated and chemically castrated in the early 1950s for the crime of being homosexual, before killing himself shortly afterwards (he finally received a posthumous apology from the British government in 2009).  

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Volume 1
  • Composed by Chris Tilton
  • Ubisoft Music / 2014 / 77m

The first installment of the ever-popular Assassin’s Creed franchise developed exclusively for the latest generation of consoles, Unity takes place in Paris during the French revolution and it looks set to continue the series’ success.  

The Homesman
  • Composed by Marco Beltrami
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2014 / 46m

Tommy Lee Jones’s fourth movie as director, The Homesman is a western in which he stars as a drifter taken on to accompany a woman (Hillary Swank) who has to transport three mentally ill women back east for treatment.  Concentrating on examining our helplessness against the vastness of nature, the film has attracted much praise, and the acclaimed actor seems to be emerging as a director of some note.  

Gorky Park
  • Composed by James Horner
  • Intrada / 2014 / 79m (score 43m)

Adapted from Martin Cruz Smith’s popular novel, Gorky Park follows a Russian policeman’s pursuit of the perpetrator of a triple murder, a pursuit that exposes a web of corruption and intrigue.  Directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Dennis Potter, and starring William Hurt, Lee Marvin and Brian Dennehy, it’s an excellent film, a refreshingly different thriller, and it remains a compelling watch over three decades later.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and Audiomachine Activision / 2014 / 76m 2014’s installment in the Call of Duty video game behemoth is Advanced Warfare, set a few decades in the future when a private army is dictating the direction of the world (as if that would ever happen).  

See No Evil

Composed by Elmer Bernstein Intrada / 2014 / 28m A reasonably well-received but now largely forgotten 1971 movie, Richard Fleischer’s See No Evil saw Mia Farrow play a recently-blinded woman who wakes up one morning unaware that the other members of her family have been murdered during the night.  

Automata

Composed by Zacarias M. de la Riva MovieScore Media / 2014 / 54m Automata is set in a post-apocalyptic future where robots are programmed to obey two laws – not to harm the few remaining humans and not to modify themselves in any way.  Antonio Banderas plays an insurance investigator who discovers that somebody may have done […]

St Vincent

Composed by Theodore Shapiro Sony Classical / 2014 / 36m A comedy-drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi, St Vincent stars the great Bill Murray as a grumpy old man who takes the 12-year old boy who’s just moved in next door under his wing and teaches him the ways of the world – and would you […]

Fury

Composed by Steven Price Varèse Sarabande / 2014 / 67m It’s been quite a year or so for Steven Price, after he was hired to do a few weeks’ work on sound design for 2013’s Gravity, which wasn’t going to have a score.  Not only did it get a score, he got to write it; and […]

Gone Girl

Composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Columbia / 2014 / 87m David Fincher’s latest glossy bridge from mainstream “airport bestseller” into critically-praised movie comes in Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel about a man whose life is turned upside down when his wife disappears, with him emerging as the prime suspect.  Fincher seems to […]

Dracula Untold

Composed by Ramin Djawadi Backlot Music / 2014 / 60m There haven’t been nearly enough Dracula movies, so it’s with great joy and anticipation that the world welcomes Dracula Untold, which is actually not yet another movie version of Bram Stoker’s novel but instead tells the famous character’s origin story.  It stars someone who looks even more […]

The Judge

Composed by Thomas Newman WaterTower Music / 2014 / 47m David Dobkin’s The Judge sees Robert Downey, Jr, play a lawyer who returns home from the big city to attend his mother’s funeral only to find that his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, stands accused of murder.  Needless to say, he ends up […]

Nightcrawler

Composed by James Newton Howard Lakeshore Records / 2014 / 51m Nightcrawler marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man drawn into the shady world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles (hence its title).  Early buzz for the film is very positive.  The director’s brother Tony Gilroy is […]

Destiny

Composed by Michael Salvatori, C. Paul Johnson, Martin O’Donnell and Paul McCartney Bungie Music / 2014 / 139m 2014 saw the release of one of the most eagerly-awaited video games there has ever been, Destiny, a new story from the makers of the extremely popular and successful Halo franchise.  The story sees the player travel around […]