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Musical moments for every taste

Don’t try these at home: must-hear moments that need the surround sound experience.

Black Panther (out now)

It’s no surprise that one of the most hyped films of the year comes with an equally hyped soundtrack. Co-produced by hip hop giant Kendrick Lamar, it features five tracks of his plus collaborations with heavyweights like The Weeknd, James Blake and Travis Scott. In an interview with NPR, director Ryan Coogler detailed how Kendrick was only going to do a few songs for the film...until he saw the movie: “The next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it.”

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Lady Bird (out 23 February)

A coming-of-age story with an endearingly eclectic soundtrack. Director Greta Gerwig had a hit list of songs from her own adolescence that she wanted for the soundtrack and wrote adorable personal letters to Justin Timberlake, Alanis Morissette and Dave Matthews to convince them to let her use them.

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Phantom Thread Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread (out now)

A film as visually sumptuous as Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest — set in 1950s London in the world of couture fashion — demands an exquisite soundtrack to match. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has scored all of PTA’s films since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, and this 18-song accompaniment, played by a 60-piece orchestra, has landed him an Academy Award nomination.

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You Were Never Really Here You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here (out 9 March)

That Jonny Greenwood’s been busy: after the glamour of Phantom Thread comes his score for Lynne Ramsay’s new film, which sees Joaquin Phoenix play an ex war veteran who rescues young girls from the sex trade. Greenwood and Ramsay worked together on a haunting score for 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin; here he uses synthesisers to full sinister effect, creating an eerie accompaniment to a revenge thriller.

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Ready Player One Ready Player One

Ready Player One (out 30 March)

Stephen Spielberg’s new sci-fi movie might be set in 2045, but it’s actually about a Virtual Reality world that’s packed with 1980s pop culture references - which is excellent news for the soundtrack. Grab your hairbrush for classics like Van Halen’s Jump, as well as tracks by Depeche Mode and soft rockers Rush.

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The Royal Opera: Carmen (out 6 March)

You don’t have to be an opera fanatic to enjoy Carmen, one of the most well-known and enjoyable operas out there. Even if you’ve never seen it, you’ll have heard the Habanera - and the Royal Opera’s spectacular staging combined with a big screen view is the best way to experience a full performance for the first time.

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An American in Paris An American in Paris

An American in Paris (out 16 May)

Musical lovers are in for a treat this spring when this Tony-award winning blockbuster (inspired by the Oscar winning film starring Gene Kelly) is broadcast on the big screen. The story of an American GI’s encounter with a young dancer in Paris after World War II has an irresistibly romantic Gershwin soundtrack, featuring classics like ‘They Can’t Take that Away From Me’ and ‘I Got Rhythm.’

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