Movies with music written by Rob Simonsen

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(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer is a romantic comedy for those who don't often like romantic comedies. Or, to put it another way, it's for those who appreciate the emotions but are unenthusiastic about the clichés and formulas that contribute to the cookie-...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2009-07-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
Age of Adaline, The

Note: This review includes spoilers for the movie Interstellar, believe it or not. The Age of Adaline wants viewers to think of it as a modern-day fairy tale. Such a conceit, however, can be seen as an excuse for slipshod writing. The need to judg...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, ...
All Good Things

On paper, the story of Robert Durst makes for fascinating drama, even though it's missing an ending and several parts of the middle. When someone is writing a nonfiction book or making a documentary, such things have limited importance. But when ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2010-12-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Andrew Jarecki
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, ...
Captive State

The scenario presented in Captive State would almost certainly have worked better in a mini-series format. The filmmakers’ low-budget approach of minimizing special effects might have allowed for an expansion of the narrative over a six or ei...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast:
Foxcatcher

Like Raging Bull, Foxcatcher is a dark drama masquerading as a sports movie. Also like Raging Bull, Foxcatcher is based on a true story. Although such comparisons risk overselling Bennett Miller's new movie, Foxcatcher isn't afraid of venturing int...

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2014-11-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, ...
Front Runner, The

The Front Runner attempts – and partly achieves – two goals: to provide a chronicle of events leading to the downfall of one-time Presidential candidate Gary Hart and go illustrate the power of the press to do harm. While there have been n...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, ...
Gifted

Here’s a piece of advice: don’t watch a trailer for Gifted prior to seeing the film. This warning has nothing to do with spoilers; the trailer makes the movie seem like a cloying, paint-by-numbers story that no one in their right mind would...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, McKenna Grace, ...
Going in Style

Just call it Grumpy Old Crooks. This quasi-remake of a 1979 caper film (which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg) makes wholesale changes to the structure of its forebear – unfortunately few of them are for the better. An in...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Thriller
Director: Zach Braff
Cast: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, ...
House of Tomorrow, The

The House of Tomorrow is ripe with metaphors, from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome house to the omnipresent sounds of punk rock and all the music genre represents. The film depicts a radical coming-of-age for wallflower Sebast...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2018-05-25
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Peter Livolsi
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, ...
Love, Simon

Love, Simon is, at it’s core, a crowd-pleaser about an “average” high school guy who finds love in the most unlikely of places. Part romantic-comedy, part coming-of-age story, it recalls the more innocent “high school” films of the p...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, ...