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A Wrinkle In Time
  • Composed by Ramin Djawadi
  • Walt Disney Records / 76m

I not only have a child, apparently I was once a child myself, but I’ve never heard of A Wrinkle In Time despite it apparently being a “hugely popular” children’s book.  It’s directed by Ava DuVernay and its big stars are Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, and follows a young girl (Storm Reid) who goes off on an intergalactic quest to find her missing father.  Despite the apparent popularity of the book, the film looks like it’s going to be quite a turkey given its vast budget, with reviews not being at all kind.

The Hurricane Heist
  • Composed by Lorne Balfe
  • Filmtrax / 42m

A heist takes place in a hurricane in Rob Cohen’s latest film, The Hurricane Heist.  When I saw a trailer for it on tv I thought it was going to be a Sharknado-type self-referential tv movie but to my (and everyone else’s) amazement it’s actually a film being released in cinemas.  

Red Sparrow
  • Composed by James Newton Howard
  • Sony Classical / 76m

A spy thriller which seems eerily appropriate at the time I write these words, Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian secret agent trained at the “Sparrow School” which teaches female agents how to seduce their male targets.  Quicker than you can say “#MeToo” she’s got her kit off and is doing her best with a CIA agent played by Joel Edgerton.  Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film has got mixed reviews but Jennifer Lawrence has generally been singled out for praise.

Tomb Raider
  • Composed by Tom Holkenborg
  • Sony Classical / 72m

Most films based on video games are cinematic masterpieces and the two Tomb Raider films which starred Angelina Jolie are no exception.  I remember both of them – they starred Angelina Jolie and, oh wait, I don’t remember anything else.  (OK, I remember that bit when she got onto the boat.)  Still, I’m sure this new one will really be great – how could it not be?  It’s 3D!  Alicia Vikander steps into Jolie’s shoes as Lara Croft, and the plot sees her raiding various tombs.

  • Composed by Laurent Eyquem
  • Varèse Sarabande / 31m

With an amazing ensemble cast featuring Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and many others, Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia is one of those films that follows various people and the ties that link them together, the connection this time being loss.

Death Wish

Composed by Ludwig Göransson Sony Classical / 55m A remake of Michael Winner’s most famous film, Death Wish sees Bruce Willis step into the role made so famous by Charles Bronson in 1974.  I am writing these words on the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony honouring the best films of 2017; I have little […]

Black Panther

Composed by Ludwig Göransson Hollywood Records / 24 1/2 years (actually 95m) It’s political correctness gone mad: not content with remaking Ghostbusters for women (the horror), we’ve now got The Pink Panther remade for black people.  Chadwick Boseman takes over the Peter Sellers role and Michael B. Jordan has the unenviable task of following Herbert […]

The Blue Planet

Composed by George Fenton Silva Screen / 55m The BBC had been producing magnificent natural history documentaries for a number of years but The Blue Planet, first shown in 2001, was a bit of a game-changer.  Producer Alastair Fothergill took a coffee table book approach, looking for magnificent visuals that could be turned into engaging […]

The Cloverfield Paradox

Composed by Bear McCreary Sparks and Shadows / 75m The story of this film’s release ended up exciting a lot of people more than the film itself did.  Retrofitted into the Cloverfield universe, The Cloverfield Paradox (originally called God Particle) was to be released theatrically by Paramount.  Like the previous two entries in the series, […]


Composed by Benjamin Wallfisch Varèse Sarabande / 45m Mully is a documentary about Kenyan philanthropist Charles Mulli: abandoned by his family aged six, he made an improbable rise to head a business empire and then, when he’d made enough money, started giving it all away to help street children.  Nearly 25,000 have benefited so far. […]

The Rendezvous

Composed by Austin Wintory Varèse Sarabande / 55m A globetrotting action/adventure film, The Rendezvous takes its cue from the classics of the genre from years gone by.  The two lead characters – played by Raza Jaffrey and Stana Katic – get tangled up in various mysteries as they first try to solve the riddle of […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Composed by Henry Jackman Sony Classical / 61m I don’t think expectations were particularly high for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so it has come to be seen as a success given its middling reaction.  A sequel to the Robin Williams film, with Dwayne Johnson now taking the lead, the board game takes on a […]

12 Strong

Composed by Lorne Balfe WaterTower / 71m To suggest that Hans Zimmer is the most influential film composer of his generation is probably as uncontroversial as it gets; in recent years, particular influence seems to have been exerted by his scores for Christopher Nolan films.  The approach to the Batman trilogy had a large impact […]

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Composed by James Horner La-La Land / 2015 / 78m Telling the true story of the early life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, Searching for Bobby Fischer follows the boy as he learns the game from vastly different methods – a tutor who encourages him to play like the legendary Bobby Fischer, and share his […]


Composed by John Powell La-La Land / 2017 / 61m The latest from Ice Age producers Blue Sky Studios, Ferdinand is based on a true story and follows a giant bull whose pacifism leads to him refusing to take part in bullfighting… until he is forced into the ring to fight the world’s greatest bullfighter […]