Movies with music written by Stephen Trask

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Rabbit Hole

Numerous movies about grief miss the mark by a wide margin, sliding down a slippery slope of schlocky melodrama with overacting performers failing to convince us that their tears are real. Every once in a while, however, a film gets it right. In ...

Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2010-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, ...
Savages, The

The Savages is being described in some corners as a "dark comedy," but such a designation does a great disservice to Tamara Jenkins' picture. This is not a comedy but a drama. To the extent that there is humor, it emerges from the uncomfortable s...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2007-11-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Feast of Love

It's a little surprising to encounter a film like Feast of Love in multiplexes, because it is made for adults. After a summer of pyrotechnics and incredibly dumb scripts, it's a change of pace to find something that aspires to run for 100 minutes w...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Robert Benton
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Billy Burke, Jane Alexander, ...
In the Land of Women

In the Land of Women is enjoyable for a movie in which pretty much nothing happens. The things that occur during the course of Jonathan (son of Lawrence) Kasdan's debut feature are all subtle and character-based. This is the sort of motion pictur...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2007-04-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Jonathan Kasdan
Cast: Adam Brody, Meg Ryan, Kristen Stewart, ...
In Good Company

Universal Pictures is touting In Good Company as being "from the producers of About a Boy." While that's a true enough statement, let's not forget that the team of Chris and Paul Weitz were also responsible for the popular American Pie series. Th...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2005-01-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/COMEDY
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, ...
Sex Drive

Sometimes, even a hardened critic can be surprised by a movie. Based on the promotional material, Sex Drive appears headed down the worn track followed by a long line of formulaic teenage road comedies. I won't bother listing the titles - those w...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2008-10-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, ...
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

It doesn't seem all that long ago when musicals were one of Hollywood's most popular genres. Each year, studios would commit millions of dollars into lavish productions featuring some of the era's song-and-dance icons: Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2001-08-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, ...
American Dreamz

Is it possible to satirize something that, in and of itself, often crosses the line into self-parody? That's a question that American Dreamz attempts to address. The objects of Paul Weitz's lampoon are two ripe ones: American Bush and American Id...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2006-04-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Hugh Grant, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Sam Golzari, ...
Lovelace

Creating a bio-pic of Linda Lovelace (nee Boreman) comes with its own series of challenges. The chief of these is that no one, not even Lovelace (who died in 2002), has a consistent view of the salient facts of her life. So, basing a movie on her s...

Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2013-08-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, ...
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end? Apparently in the case of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, a loose adaptation of Darren Shan's Vampire Blood trilogy, the answer is "yes." Developed with...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ADVENTURE/HORROR
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Chris Massoglia, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, ...