Movies with music written by Patrick Doyle

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Artemis Fowl

What is it about fantasy novels that makes them so difficult to translate effectively to the silver screen? It’s not impossible – J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings adaptations are proof that i...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2020-06-12
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, ...
Murder on the Orient Express

Like most Agatha Christie stories, Murder on the Orient Express is all about the “whodunnit?” Once that question has been answered, there’s little reason to revisit the story. Christie never cared much about character development and her ...

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2017-11-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, ...
Emoji Movie, The

When reviewing The Emoji Movie, “poop” is definitely appropriate. Or a frowny face. Or both.Oh, I suppose it’s not as bad as all that. After all, if one considers that this was made with the 7-10-year old group in mind, it passes muster....

Run Time: 1:26
U.S. Release Date: 2017-07-28
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Tony Leondis
Cast: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, ...
United Kingdom, A

A United Kingdom, Amma Asante’s chronicle of events that eventually led to the birth of The Republic of Botswana, serves three purposes: to provide a historical primer (somewhat fictionalized to make for more compelling cinema) of events in the Afr...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2017-02-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Amma Asante
Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Terry Pheto, ...
Cinderella

The re-interpretation of an animated film into a live-action version is a tricky and difficult process - one made more uncertain when the movie in question is one of the classics. Cinderella, released by Disney in 1951, has been beloved by three gene...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2015-03-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: FANTASY/ROMANCE
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Lily James, ...
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Probably the best way to approach a Jack Ryan movie is to look at it like a James Bond film. The lead actor keeps changing, the supporting actors are rarely the same, and the time period varies. Bond is Bond, whether he's played by Sean Connery, Ge...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2014-01-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Pine, Kiera Knightley, Kevin Costner, ...
Brave

At first glance, Brave seems much like an old-fashioned animated Disney princess film done using new-fangled technology. Most of the elements are in place: the plucky heroine, the faithful animal companion, a mysterious wizard, and a character-buil...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2012-06-22
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: ANIMATED
Director: Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews
Cast: (voices) Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, ...
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes represents Fox's attempt to reinvigorate a dormant franchise. The new movie is technically a prequel to the 1968 Planet of the Apes; however, it ignores the various sequels and spin-offs (including a TV series) that d...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2011-08-05
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, ...
Thor

Note: Thor is available in both 2-D and 3-D formats. I chose to see it in the former because of my growing dislike for the latter. I'm satisfied with the decision. Thor is not a native 3-D production; it was converted after the fact. By all accoun...

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2011-05-06
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Colm Feore, Idris Elba, ...
Sense and Sensibility

It's a curious thing that the best 1995 adaptation of a Jane Austen book happens to be of her worst novel. Sense and Sensibility was the author's first published work and, as is often the case with early writing efforts, displays an undeniable shal...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 1995-12-13
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: DRAMA/ROMANCE
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, ...