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Lair
  • Composed by John Debney
  • La-La Land Records / 2014 / 115m

An ambitious 2007 video game, Lair was released to great anticipation and with great hype only to become a great critical and commercial failure.  Sony used the game to pioneer its “remote play” capabilities, with the player able to play on the PlayStation Portable as well as the main console; and it made heavy use of the then-new motion controls for the PS3.  All of that led to great difficulties with the control system, forming the basis of many of the negative criticism.  The plot sees the player take on the role of Rohn Partridge (Alan’s brother – a-ha!) in a battle between two great civilisations, with much dragon-based combat.

Wicked Blood
  • Composed by Elia Cmiral
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2014 / 39m

A direct-to-video thriller directed by Mark Young, Wicked Blood sees two sisters trapped in their family’s life of crime; then one of them falls in love with a man at war with the head of their family.  All cheery stuff.  

Maps to the Stars
  • Composed by Howard Shore
  • Howe Records / 2014 / 39m

A Hollywood satire written by Bruce Wagner and directed by David Cronenberg, Maps to the Stars has appeared at a few festivals and has had a limited release in a small number of countries, where it has received generally mixed reviews but with good notices for its cast, led by Julianne Moore.  

Lock Up
  • Composed by Bill Conti
  • Varèse Sarabande / 2014 / 57m

Sylvester Stallone stars in Lock Up as a model prisoner nearing release who is unexpectedly transferred to a maximum security prison and singled out for harsh treatment by the sadistic governor Donald Sutherland.  

Ballet Boys
  • Composed by Henrik Skram
  • MovieScore Media / 2014 / 25m

A documentary directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, Ballet Boys follows three graduates of the Norwegian Ballet Academy as they decide whether to pursue their dreams of professional ballet or not.  

The Damned

Composed by Frederik Wiedmann Lakeshore Records / 2014 / 46m An American family in Colombia have a car accident and are stranded in a remote inn.  They discover a girl has been trapped in the basement, and so they rescue her.  This proves to be a mistake, because she is an ancient evil.  Whoops!  

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Composed by Brian Tyler Atlantic Records / 2014 / 73m After the three live-action films of the early 1990s and the CGI 2007 continuation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a cinematic reboot in 2014 courtesy of producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman.  Megan Fox stars, with support from Will Arnett, and the film has been […]

The Expendables 3

Composed by Brian Tyler La-La Land Records (USA) / Silva Screen (Europe) / 2014 / 60m Sylvester Stallone and chums are back for a third trip to the Expendables well.  The nostalgia-fuelled success of this vehicle for ageing action stars shows no sign of letting up; along with the big man himself, returning from the previous […]

The Giver

Composed by Marco Beltrami Sony Classical / 2014 / 49m Based on the popular novel for teenagers by Lois Lowry, The Giver focuses on a young man who, after being appointed the “receiver of memories” finds out he must escape from his apparently idyllic existence, where all is not as it seems.  The film’s got an impressive cast […]

All Good Things

Composed by Rob Simonsen Caldera Records / 2014 / 54m Based on the real-life story of Robert Durst, director Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things tells his chilling tale.  Durst’s wife disappeared in 1982 and he was strongly suspected of having killed her, but it was never proved; in 2000, after police had reopened the investigation, the woman’s friend […]

Into the Storm

Composed by Brian Tyler Varèse Sarabande / 2014 / 48m Into the Storm chronicles a day in the life of Silverton, an unremarkable town – but a remarkable day, as it is beset by an unprecedented assault by tornadoes.  Some people run away, others run towards them – stormchasers seeking (for them) the ultimate high.  Results are, […]

The Lion King

Composed by Hans Zimmer Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice Walt Disney Records / 2014 / 121m The extraordinary Disney revival of the early 1990s after a long time in the doldrums was fuelled by Alan Menken’s music to such an extent that it was quite a shock when the musical team behind The Lion King was announced […]

Red Sky

Composed by Timothy Williams Lakeshore Records / 2014 / 26m Directed by Mario Van Peebles, the cultural landmark Red Sky stars Cam Gigandet as a disgraced pilot called Butch Masters who finds himself lost in the desert after flying a secret mission over Iran with the aim of blowing up a weapon intended to be used by Kurdish […]

Lucy

Composed by Eric Serra Back Lot Music / 2014 / 63m It seems quite a while since there’s been a major high-profile movie directed by Luc Besson – he’s been involved in several such films as writer or producer but most of the movies he has directed since the turn of the century have slipped under […]

The Peacemaker

Composed by Hans Zimmer La-La Land Records / 2014 / 152m (score 93m) After Dreamworks SKG was launched to great fanfare, its first movie release was an escapist action thriller, 1997′s The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman trying to save the world from some rogue Russian army officers who steal some nuclear bombs.  Director Mimi Leder made […]