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Nicholas Jennings

Various artists - Into the Woods

woodsThe movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, which draws from several Grimm fairy tales, is certain to be a Christmas box-office smash. The soundtrack features a 69-piece orchestra and thrilling performances by such stars as Meryl Streep (the Witch), Johnny Depp (the Wolf) and Emily Blunt (the Baker’s Wife).
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Various artists - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

hobbitAfter 16 years and six epic films, Canadian-born soundtrack wizard Howard Shore brings the big-screen adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s celebrated novels to a stirring conclusion. The award-winning composer’s score ends with Billy Boyd (Pippin in Lord of the Rings), singing “The Last Goodbye,” an emotional ballad bound to bring goosebumps.
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Various artists - Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

mockingjayThe excitement around the soundtrack rivals that for the sci-fi series’ third instalment. Besides Charli XCX and Grace Jones, the album features Lorde, the collection’s curator, on the opening hip-hop jam “Meltdown,” the closing Bright Eyes ballad “Ladder Song” and two versions of her “Yellow Flicker Beat,” including a moody remix by Kanye West.
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Various artists - Wild: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

wild-soundtrackThis soundtrack for the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, features some inspired choices. Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Test,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and the Hollies’ “The Air that I Breathe” provide note-perfect accompaniment to a tale of survival and self discovery during a 1,600-km wilderness hike.
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James Brown - Get On Up: The James Brown Story

jamesbrownThe Godfather of Soul was an explosive, one-of-a-kind performer, capable of ecstatic gospel and frenzied funk. The new biopic, co-produced by Mick Jagger, sticks to his original music, including previously unreleased live recordings of “Please Please Please” and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” that capture all the legendary star’s raw power.
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Various artists - The Fault in Our Stars

faultinourstarsShailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group in the movie based on John Green’s bestselling young-adult novel. The film is a feelgood romantic comedy, so the soundtrack wisely features uplifting indie-rock. There’s plenty of young British acts, from Birdy to Jake Bugg, and highlights include “All of the Stars” by English hitmaker Ed Sheeran and “All I Want” by Ireland’s Coldplay-like Kodaline. But two of the best songs come from U.S. bands: Grouplove’s rousing “Let Me In” and STRFKR’s catchy “While ...
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Various artists - The Sapphires

variousartists-sapphiresThe film about four Aboriginal girls who find fame singing for U.S. troops in Vietnam is a feelgood hit, fueled by its cast belting out soul classics like “What a Man” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Especially strong is new star Jessica Mauboy, the outback’s answer to Aretha Franklin.
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