Three new movies are opening in wide release this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the comedy The Three Stooges directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and starring Chris Diamantopolous, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso in the title roles, alongside Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Larry David, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko and Carly Craig. John Debney has composed the film’s original score. No soundtrack album has been announced yet, but check out our previous news article for a video from the orchestral recording sessions of the score. Also visit YouTube for another video from the recording of the comedy’s music in Debney’s studio.

Also opening wide is the horror thriller The Cabin in the Woods written by Joss Whedon, directed by Drew Goddard and starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. The film’s music is written by  David Julyan (Memento, The Prestige). Varese Sarabande has announced a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score, which is set for a release on CD on May 1, 2012. For the full album details, visit our soundtrack announcement. Also visit Film Music Magazine for a recent interview with Julyan about his score for the film.

The final wide release of the week is the sci-fi thriller Lockout directed by James Mather & Stephen St. Leger and starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare and Tom Hollander. Luc Besson co-wrote the script and is executive producing the film. Alexandre Azaria (Transporter 2 & 3) has composed the movie’s original score. No soundtrack album announcement has been made. To learn more about the film about a falsely convicted ex-government agent whose only chance of freedom is to accept a mission to rescue the president’s daughter from rioting prisoners at an outer space maximum security prison, visit the official movie website.

Opening in limited release is the drama The Lady directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. The film has already received an Oscar-qualifying release in Los Angeles last December and is now opening in more cities.  The director’s regular musical collaborator Eric Serra has written the music for the film.  A soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score, as well as the song Soldier of Love by Sade has been released overseas by Strategic Marketing Group. Visit our previous article for the full album details.

Also opening in select cities is the football drama Touchback written and directed by Don Handfield and starring Kurt Russell, Brian Presley, Melanie Lynsky, Christine Lahti and Marc Blucas. William Ross (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ladder 49) has written the film’s score, which was recorded with a 55-piece orchestra at Air Studios in London. Varese Sarabande has announced a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music, which is scheduled for a release on May 29, 2012. Check back on this site for an announcement of the full album details and visit the official movie website to learn more about the film.

Also receiving a release in select markets is the indie comedy L!fe Happens directed by Kat Coiro stars Kate Bosworth, Krysten Ritter, Rachel Bilson, Jason Biggs, Jason Kirk and Kristen Johnson. The film’s score is composed by Mateo Messina (Juno). No plans for a soundtrack album have been announced yet. In the film, three roommates in Los Angeles juggle boy drama, job stress and life plans when one of their one-night stands leads to a brand new baby. For more information about the film, visit the official movie website.

Another limited release this week is the indie drama Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day directed by Neema Barnette and starring Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Nicole Beharie and Pam Grier. The film’s score is written by Mark Kilian (Tsotsi, Rendition). No soundtrack album is currently available. The film follows a couple whose daughter is kidnapped and they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart. To watch the trailer and learn more about the drama, visit the official movie website.

Finally, also opening in limited release is the Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar directed by Philippe Falardeau and starring Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Émilien Neron, Danielle Proulx and Brigitte Poupart. Martin Leon has written the film’s music. No soundtrack album has been released, but a track from the movie’s score can be downloaded on the film’s official site. Also click here for an interview with the composer (in French). The drama follows a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec who jumps at the opportunity to replace a Montreal elementary school teacher who committed suicide one night after class. The film was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards.