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Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Composed by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman
  • Hollywood Records / 2015 / 78m

The eleventh film in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, Avengers: Age of Ultron brings all the heroes together again as they face a technological foe, Ultron, hell-bent on destroying humanity.  Needless to say, lots of tall buildings are destroyed amongst witty quips.  Joss Whedon’s film is bound to make a fortune and, incredibly, the next eleven films in the series (including a two-part sequel to this) have already been announced, running all the way up to 2019.

Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Composed by Craig Armstrong
  • Sony Classical / 2015 / 54m

Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd about a farm owner who attracts a trio of very different suitors hasn’t been short of cinematic adaptations over the years; the first recorded was a hundred years ago in 1915.  The most famous is probably John Schlesinger’s 1967 version with Julie Christie and Terence Stamp.  It received a modern reworking recently as Tamara Drewe.  The 2015 version comes from BBC Films, stars Carey Mulligan and is directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who co-founded the Dogme 95 movement with Lars Von Trier.

Furious 7
  • Composed by Brian Tyler
  • Back Lot Music / 2015 / 77m

Apparently the most financially successful franchise in the history of Universal Studios (yes… really…) these Fast & Furious movies are likely to keep on coming with no sign of any diminishing enthusiasm from worldwide audiences.  There’s a different director this time (James Wan took over from Justin Lin who had made the previous four) but otherwise the formula remains intact.  There was one big change though, of course: Furious 7 was being shot when one of its stars, Paul Walker, died in a car accident and filming was completed with his brothers being used as stand-ins and his face and voice digitally inserted in some moments.  At the time of writing this, the movie has been released for three weeks and is the sixth highest grossing movie of all time.  (All time!)

Legends of Chima volume 2
  • Composed by Anthony Lledo
  • MovieScore Media / 2015 / 32m

A cartoon series based on the Lego range for youngsters, Legends of Chima is set in a mystical land populated by anthropomorphic animals and follows their adventures.  Each season is a self-contained story arc and it has been very popular with its target audience and I daresay many parents are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to purchase some of the toys to placate their little ones, but it seems that the show has now run its course and no new episodes are forthcoming.

Last Knights
  • Composed by Martin Tillman and Satnam Ramgotra
  • MovieScore Media / 2015 / 64m

A medieval adventure movie starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, Last Knights follows a group of warriors who rise together against an oppressive foe in order to avenge their fallen master.  It is fair to say that the film is unlikely to be figuring prominently when awards season comes around.  

The Gunman

Composed by Marco Beltrami Silva Screen / 2015 / 64m An action thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel, The Gunman stars Sean Penn as an assassin whose murder of a Congolese minister comes back to haunt him when he returns to the Congo years later.  The film has been a disaster both critically and commercially.  

Home

Composed by Lorne Balfe and Stargate Relativity Music Group / 2015 / 40m A group of aliens decide to move to Earth and call it “home” in Home, a Dreamworks animation with the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.  It was not very well reviewed, but still made lots of cash.  

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Composed by Robert Gulya MovieScore Media / 2015 / 54m The latest adaptation of Mark Twain’s great stories, Jo Kastner’s Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn struggled to find distribution and sat on the shelf for several years before finally appearing in cinemas in a small number of countries in 2014 and finally released online in America in […]

Child 44

Composed by Jon Ekstrand Lakeshore Records / 2015 / 63m Based on Tom Rob Smith’s popular novel, Child 44 is set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union and follows the investigation of a series of murders of children.  It’s got a poor critical reception and the main talking point has been the decision to ban it in Russia […]

Robot Overlords

Composed by Christian Henson MovieScore Media / 2015 / 63m Some nasty robots from overseas come and enslave us all in Robot Overlords, with humanity confined to the indoors.  Needless to say, some resistance ensues.  The film stars Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley and reviews suggest it is as good as you might expect a film called […]

The River Wild

Composed by Jerry Goldsmith Intrada / 2015 / 79m (score 62m) A surprisingly good “family in distress” action film, The River Wild sees action heroine Gail (Meryl Streep) go off for a nice trip along the river with husband David Strathairn and their son, only to find themselves – as often happens on family vacations – being […]

The River Wild (rejected score)

Composed by Maurice Jarre Intrada / 2015 / 76m (score 51m) During the 1990s, a number of great film composers – contemporaries of each other, having grown to dominate film music in the 1950s, 60s and beyond – found themselves suddenly seeing things start to go wrong.  John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre – it […]

The Great Human Odyssey

Composed by Darren Fung Varèse Sarabande / 2015 / 64m A three-part Canadian tv series about humanity’s spread from Africa and evolution (and some near-misses when the species was at risk), The Great Human Odyssey aired earlier this year as part of the long-running The Nature of Things series.  

Broken Horses

Composed by John Debney Lakeshore Records / 2015 / 63m A contemporary western, Broken Horses – written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra – stars Anton Yelchin and Chris Marquette as a pair of brothers – one enslaved in a life of crime, the other a violin prodigy chasing his dream to become part of the New […]

Effie Gray

Composed by Paul Cantelon Lakeshore Records / 2015 / 42m Effie Gray is the true story of a Victorian woman who feels increasingly isolated from her new husband, famous art critic John Ruskin, and goes on to fall in love with the painter Everett Millais.  Ultimately it probably received more attention for the lawsuits it attracted (two […]