Three new movies are opening wide this Easter weekend:

The period drama Water for Elephants directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and Hal Holbrook features music by James Newton Howard. A soundtrack album including the original score, as well as a couple of songs from the film has been released by Sony Masterworks. Check out our soundtrack announcement for audio clips and more information on the album and the movie.

Also opening wide is Tyler Perry’s comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family starring Perry himself, as well as Loretta Devine and Bow Wow. The film’s score is by Aaron Zigman as announced earlier this year. While Tyler Perry’s movies usually get a soundtrack album, no release has been announced so far.

Disney Nature’s documentary African Cats is also receiving a nationwide release. The film’s score is by composer Nicholas Hooper (check out our news article on the assignment). No word a release of the score so far. The title song The World I Knew, performed by Jordin Sparks is available to download on Amazon. For a few quotes from Nicholas Hooper on his score for the film, check out this article on Emanuel Levy’s page.

Opening in limited release in Los Angeles is the drama Meek’s Cutoff, which already opened in New York a couple of weeks ago. The film’s music is composed by Jeff Grace and has been released by Milan Records. To download the score and listen to audio clips, visit Amazon, where you can also order the physical CD, which is coming out on April 25. Meek’s Cutoff is directed by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) and stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton and Paul Dano. For more information on the film, check out the official movie webpage.

Also opening in limited release is the Canadian film Incendies, which was one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. The film’s score is written by Gregoire Hetzel. Two tracks from the score are available to download on Amazon. To learn more about the film, visit Sony Pictures Classics’ official movie webpage.

Also coming from Sony Pictures Classics is the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The film is directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and the music is composed by Jon Spurney. To get more information on the documentary about the world of product placement, visit the official movie webpage here.

Finally, also receiving a limited release is the drama The Bang Bang Club. The film directed by Steven Silver is based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. The movie stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch. The film’s composer is Philip Miller (Catch a Fire). No soundtrack has been released, but a lengthy audio clip from the score can be found on the composer’s webpage. Also visit the movie’s official webpage for more details on the film.