Movies with music written by Theodore Shapiro

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13 Going on 30

There's something irresistible about a displaced consciousness story, whether it's an adult occupying the body of a child, a child occupying the body of an adult, or a gender switch. 13 Going on 30 belongs to the same sub-genre as Big, although ma...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2004-04-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Christa B. Allen, ...
30 Minutes or Less

It would be possible to form a tragedy from the background inspiration of Ruben Fleisher's 30 Minutes or Less, but the filmmakers have not traveled that route. Instead of fashioning a heartbreaking tale about greed and inhumanity, Fleisher has app...

Run Time: 1:23
U.S. Release Date: 2011-08-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: COMEDY/ACTION
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, ...
Along Came Polly

Usually, the problem with romantic comedies is that, although the "romantic" part of the equation works, the "comedy" aspect falls flat. With Along Came Polly, it's the other way around. The film, written and directed by John Hamburg (Safe Men), ...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2004-01-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: John Hamburg
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ...
Arthur

It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur. The kindest thoughts I have ever experienced about the 1981 original occurred while I was watching Russell Brand and...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2011-04-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Jason Winer
Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, ...
Blades of Glory

Will Ferrell can be the most maddening of comedians. There are times when he's so funny it hurts to watch him. Then there are times when he's so unfunny it's painful in a different way. Consistency, thy name isn't Ferrell. Blades of Glory is pre...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2007-03-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Cast: Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, ...
Bombshell

As a dramatic re-creation of the events leading up to the July 2016 ouster of Fox News honcho Roger Ailes, Bombshell is effective cinema. However, for those familiar with the situation (either from reading about it or following it contemporane...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, ...
Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants (or, to use the full, far-too-long title, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie) gets the summer’s animated roster off to a low-key start. The first of four high profile big-screen cartoons to grace theaters over the n...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2017-06-02
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: David Soren
Cast: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, ...
Central Intelligence

Spoiler Note: The review reveals the name of a couple of high profile actors who make cameo appearances. I think these are supposed to be surprises, although they’re inconsequential. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to know, don’t re...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2016-06-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, ...
Collateral Beauty

It’s easy to understand why Collateral Beauty, at one time viewed as a potential Oscar contender, was removed from awards consideration by Warner Brothers. (They decided to dump it into theaters on the same day as Rogue One, possibly hoping no ...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, ...
Destroyer

Destroyer could earn Nicole Kidman some consideration for an Oscar nomination and the gritty neo-noir storyline about obsession, guilt, and betrayal is worthwhile for those who appreciate the genre, but the movie seems destined to be lost in t...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2018-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, ...