Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

Expected to top the weeekend box office is the comic book adaptation Green Lantern directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Saarsgard and Mark Strong. The film’s music is composed by James Newton Howard. A soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score has been released by Watertower Music. For audio clips and more information, visit our soundtrack announcement.

Also opening wide is Mark Water’s family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll and Angela Lansbury. The movie’s score is written by composer Rolfe Kent. A soundtrack album with Kent’s score will be released by Varese Sarabande on June 28, 2011. To find out more about the soundtrack, visit our previous article.

Opening in around 600 theaters is the dramedy The Art of Getting By directed by Gavin Wiesen and starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts. Alec Puro has written the score for the indie film. A soundtrack album featuring songs from the movie and selections from the score has been released on Rhino Records. Check out our soundtrack announcement for audio clips and more information. A separate score album is also available exclusively on iTunes (click here for more details).

Opening in limited release is the documentary Buck. The film directed by Cindy Meehl follows real-life “horse-whisperer” Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. The movie is scored by David Robbins (Dead Man Walking, King of California). No soundtrack album has been announced. To learn more about the film and to watch the trailer, visit the official movie website and Facebook page.

Also opening in limited release is the documentary Jig. The movie directed by Sue Bourne about the story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championship features a score by Patrick Doyle. Varese Sarabande will be releasing a soundtrack album including Doyle’s score on July 12, 2011. To find out more about the album, visit our article from earlier this week.