Latest reviews of new albums:
Alien: Covenant
  • Composed by Jed Kurzel
  • Milan / 2017 / 59m

Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, wasn’t a particularly well-liked film but its 2012 box office performance was still strong and so Scott returns to the series which he started back in 1979 with a follow-up.  Michael Fassbender returns from the previous film, part of the crew of a ship – the Covenant – which makes a rather unsettling discovery on an uncharted planet.  Scott hasn’t lost any of his visual flair over the years, so we can be sure of a film that – if nothing else – looks spectacular.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Composed by Tyler Bates
  • Hollywood Records / 2017 / 44m

I thought James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the more entertaining entries in the Marvel series so far, gleefully refusing to take itself seriously, and audience reaction in general was overwhelmingly positive.  A sequel was inevitable, and Gunn has returned along with the cast led by Chris Pratt, whose character Peter Quill meets his father (played by Kurt Russell) and goes on a journey to find himself.  It will doubtless be very successful – and a third film is already in the works.

Born in China
  • Composed by Barnaby Taylor
  • Walt Disney Records / 2017 / 64m

The seventh in Disney’s series of big-screen nature documentaries aimed at children, Born in China follows the fortune of a snow leopard and her cubs, a golden snub-nosed monkey, a giant panda and her daughter and a herd of Tibetan antelope.  While these types of thing are inevitably anthropomorphic, I thought some of the earlier entries went rather too far and ended up being a little insulting to the intelligence, gorgeous though they are to look at; I don’t know if this one fares any better. 

Their Finest
  • Composed by Rachel Portman
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2017 / 35m

A WWII-set romantic comedy, Their Finest stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy and follows a British film crew making a morale-boosting film to cheer people up during the Blitz. 

Power Rangers
  • Composed by Brian Tyler
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2017 / 78m

A reboot of the popular 1990s superhero series for kids, Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and is actually the third movie featuring these characters, some time after the second one.  Reviews have been predictably mixed and the box office probably not strong enough to launch the planned series (apparently five sequels had already been mapped out). 

Viceroy’s House

Composed by A.R. Rahman Filmtrax / 2017 / 44m Viceroy’s House is the Upstairs, Downstairs of the Indian partition.  Set in the Delhi palace of Lord Mountbatten in 1947, the film explores the relationships unfolding in the servants’ quarters.  Starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as the English masters and Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi […]

A Cure for Wellness

Composed by Bejnamin Wallfisch Milan / 2017 / 49m A psychological horror directed by Gore Verbinski, A Cure For Wellness charts the strange goings-on at a Swiss rehab centre.  A box office bomb, it has received little praise except for its arresting visuals. 

Tulip Fever

Composed by Danny Elfman Sony Classical / 2017 / 43m Set in Amsterdam in the 17th century, Tulip Fever tells the story of a painter who falls in love with the married woman whose portrait he is commissioned to paint.  Filmed in the summer of 2014, the film’s release has been postponed numerous times, most […]

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection

Composed by John Williams Sony Classical / 2017 / 209m When Steven Spielberg says that John Williams is the single most important collaborator of his career, he really means it.  And the reverse holds.  Jaws was their second film together and propelled both of them to the top of their professions; Close Encounters of the […]

Kong: Skull Island

Composed by Henry Jackman WaterTower Music / 2017 / 57m Twelve years after his last big-screen appearance, King Kong is back, with an “origin story” (everybody needs one of those these days).  Kong: Skull Island is set in the 1970s and stars Tom Hiddlestone, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson, as a government agency […]

The Game of Thrones Symphony

Composed by Ramin Djawadi Silva Screen / 2017 / 69m Highly lauded on its debut in 2011, HBO’s Game of Thrones has only got bigger and more popular as time has gone on, with its seventh season set to be shown this year.  Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the […]

The Lego Batman Movie

Composed by Lorne Balfe WaterTower Music / 2017 / 94m (score 54m) The Lego Movie was so successful back in 2014 that further instalments were inevitable.  Batman appeared briefly in it and now gets his own spinoff, featuring all the characters you’d expect, lots of wit and frenetic energy and pop culture references galore. 

Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass

Composed by Christopher Wong MovieScore Media / 2016 / 40m A successful film in its native Vietnam, Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass tells the story of two young brothers whose close relationship begins to break apart when a girl arrives on the scene.  Based on Nguyễn Nhật Ánh’s novel and directed by Victor Vũ, […]

The Great Wall

Composed by Ramin Djawadi Milan / 2017 / 66m All the way from China and starring one of the country’s most popular stars Matt Damon, The Great Wall is a monster movie set in the Song Dynasty a thousand years ago, events previously filmed in the tv series Dynasty starring John Forsythe and Linda Evans.  […]

The Space Between Us

Composed by Andrew Lockington Sony Masterworks / 2017 / 75m Asa Butterfield stars in The Space Between Us as the first human born on Mars.  He’s now 16 and has been in the very small colony all his life – and he would like to go to Earth, in particular to meet a girl he’s struck […]