While no new movies open wide this weekend, four movies are receiving a limited release to qualify for Acadmy Awards consideration. All movies are expected to expand over the next couple of weeks.

Peter Weir’s The Way Back starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris opened in a single location on Wednesday. The movie is scored by Burkhard Dallwitz. Check out our article announcing the soundtrack release on Varese Sarabande Records to get more information.

Also getting a limited release by The Weinstein Company is Blue Valentine. The film directed by Derek Cianfrance stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, both of which have received a Golden Globe nomination for their performances. The film’s music was written by Grizzly Bear. A soundtrack album has been announced from Lakeshore Records and will be released on February 1, 2011. The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. Blue Valentine has been getting a lot of press for its initial NC-17 rating, which has been changed to an R-rating since. To find out more about the movie and watch the trailer, visit the official movie webpage.

Also opening in limited release is Mike Leigh’s comedy drama Another Year starring Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent. The movie centers around a married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years and are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. The film’s score is written by Gary Yershon, who previously scored the director’s 2008 comedy Happy-Go-Lucky. No soundtrack album has been announced at this point. The movie which premiered in Cannes earlier this year is released by Sony Pictures Classics. For the trailer and details on the movie, visit the film’s webpage.

Finally, Biutiful starring Javier Bardem also opened earlier this week. The film directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu (21 Grams, Babel) received a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign language film. The movie is scored by Gustavo Santaolalla and no soundtrack album has been announced at this point. For a lengthy video interview with the film’s team including Santaolalla, visit Movie City News. Biutiful is released domestically by Roadside Attractions. Visit the official movie webpage to watch the trailer and find out more about the film.