Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:
Opening in most theaters is Disney’s new film adaptation of The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau and starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyongo’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken. The film’s original music is composed by John Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Elf, Iron Man 2). Walt Disney Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score, as well as the songs from the movie. Click here for the full album details. Also visit Variety and YouTube for interviews with Debney about his work on the project. Also click here for footage from the score’s recording sessions.
Also opening wide is the action thriller Criminal directed by Ariel Vromen and starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Furious 7) and Keith Power (Hawaii Five-0) have composed the film’s original music. Lakeshore Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composers’ score, as well as the original song Drift and Fall Again performed by Madsonik featuring Lola Marsh. Check out our previous article for the full album details. Also visit Film Music Magazine for a recent audio interview with both composers about their work on the film.
Also opening wide is the comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Nicki Minaj, Common and JB Smoove. Atlantic Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the songs from the film by Ice Cube, Common, CeeLo Green, Aloe Blacc, Earth Wind & Fire, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown & more. Click here for the full album details. The movie’s original score is composed by Stanley Clarke (Passenger 57, The Transporter). Sony Classical will release a separate soundtrack featuring the composer’s music in a couple of weeks. Check out our previous article for more information.
Opening in limited release is the musical drama Sing Street written and directed by John Carney and starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen and Mark McKenna. Decca Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the original songs from the film written by Carney and Gary Clark, as well as tracks by Adam Levine, The Cure, Motörhead, Duran Duran, The Jam & more. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to learn more about the Weinstein Company release.
Also opening in limited release is the horror thriller Green Room directed by Jeremy Saulnier and starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair and Kai Lennox. Brooke Blair & Will Blair (Blue Ruin) have composed the film’s original score. Milan Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composers’ music, as well as tracks by Corpus Rottus, Battletorn and the in-film group the Ain’t Rights. Check out our previous news article for the full album details.
Also opening in select theaters is the indie thriller The Adderall Diaries directed by Pamela Romanowsky and starring James Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater and Cynthia Nixon. The film’s original music is composed by Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, Bad Teacher). Position Music has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to learn more about the movie, which premiered on DirecTV last month and is being released by A24 Films.
Also opening in select cities is the historical thriller Colonia directed by Florian Gallenberger and starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist. Fernando Velazquez (The Orphanage, Hercules, The Impossible, Crimson Peak) and Andre Dziezuk have composed the film’s original music. No soundtrack album has been announced. Colonia follows a young woman whose desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, an ex-Nazi cult from which no one has ever escaped. The thriller premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and is being released in theaters and on VOD by Screen Media Films.
Another limited release this week is the documentary The First Monday in May directed by Andrew Rossi about the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through The Looking Glass. The film’s original music is composed by Ian Hultquist (Animals, My Blind Brother) and Sofia Hultquist. No word yet on a soundtrack album. Check out a recent interview with the composers about their score on Racked. The First Monday in May just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Visit the official movie website for more information.
Opening in Los Angeles today following a release overseas last year is the British comedy Bill directed by Richard Bracewell and starring Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. Andrew Hewitt (The Double, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Submarine) has composed the film’s original music. Varese Sarabande has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score last fall. Check out our our previous article for the full album details.