Movies with music written by Theodore Shapiro

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Trolls World Tour

2016’s Trolls, an animated confection based on the toy line, was a pleasant surprise, both in terms of its appeal and its box office prowess. The latter (as much as the former) determined that there would be a sequel. At one point, distribut...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-07-07
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Musical
Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, ...
Spies in Disguise

All animated films are not created equal. Some aspire for greatness, seeking to bring wonders to the screen that live-action can’t fully capture. Others exist for purely commercial means – cynical brand-management put together not to touch...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Cast: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, ...
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. Release Date: 2019-12-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, ...
Last Christmas

If Richard Curtis watches Last Christmas, he will likely do so with a smile on his face. In approach, tone, and intent, this is very much like the kind of film Curtis makes and bears more than a passing resemblance to his unlikely now-classic ...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, ...
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, ...
Simple Favor, A

There’s a trick to doing a psychological thriller right. Hitchcock understood it. So did Chabrol and the Coens. Paul Feig, however, needs to brush up a little more on his technique. Tone is one of the biggest problems with A Simple Favor, a...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2018-09-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, ...
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, ...
Snatched

In a curious way, Snatched is a little like an Amy Schumer stand-up routine: sometimes edgy, occasionally hilarious, and lessened by the bits that fall flat. Unlike Trainwreck, which featured strong writing and an opportunity for Schumer to di...

Run Time: 1:31
U.S. Release Date: 2017-05-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, ...
Why Him?

I’m not going to lie. I laughed - just not as frequently or as hard as I would have liked to.  Why Him? contains its share of effective humor, both of the clever and raunchy kinds, but it also suffers from two malaises that infect many mod...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: John Hamburg
Cast: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, ...
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, ...