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Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Forrest Gump" and the "Back to the Future" trilogy — will be the…
“Back to the Future” will race across the big screen just in time for the comic adventure’s 30th anniversary. Unlike some other anniversary celebrations, there’s a twist: The picture that made…
This year's prominent animated films yielded a varied lot of musical scores from mostly veteran composers. Randy Newman, Mark Mothersbaugh, Alan Silvestri and Joe Hisaishi all each loaned their tune…
A sold-out crowd filled the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, Calif., earlier this summer to celebrate the 35th anniversary of specialty record label Varese Sarabande. Among the parade of film music…
Despite a bigger-is-better philosophy, this globe-trotting action-comedy keeps real thrills and laughs at a modest trickle.
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Audiences buckle up for one kind of movie but end up strapped in for another in director Robert Zemeckis' welcome return to live-action after a dozen years away.
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