Two new movies are opening in wide release this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the fourth part of the Twilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 directed by Bill Condon and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick and Ashley Greene. The film’s score is composed by Carter Burwell who has scored his second movie for the franchise. A soundtrack album with the songs from the film, plus one track from Burwell’s score has already been released by Atlantic Records. For audio clips and more information about the album, visit our previous article. The label will also be releasing a separate soundtrack featuring Burwell’s music on December 13. For the full details, check out our soundtrack announcement.

Also opening wide is the animated film sequel Happy Feet Two directed by George Miller and featuring the voice talent of Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams, Hank Azari, Benjamin Flores, Elizabeth Daily, Sofía Vergara, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia. John Powell has written the score and also produced the songs for the film. Some of the other composers well known in the film music community who are involved in the music for the project include T Bone Burnett and David Hirschfelder. A soundtrack album including both songs and Powell’s score has been released on Watertower Music. Audio clips and more details can be checked out in our previous news article.

Opening in limited release before expanding nationwide in the next couple of weeks is the comedy drama The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer and Matthew Lillard. The film is scored exclusively with Hawaiian music. A soundtrack album featuring the movie’s music is available on Sony Music. For audio clips of all tracks and more information, visit our soundtrack announcement.

Also opening in limited release is the French thriller The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch directed by Jérôme Salle and starring Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miki Manojlovic, Mélanie Thierry, Karel Roden and Gilbert Melki. The film’s music is composed by Alexandre Desplat. A soundtrack album has been released when the film opened overseas a couple of years ago and is available digitally on iTunes and as a CD import on Amazon. To watch the trailer and to learn more about the film, visit the official movie website.

The final limited release of the week is the indie comedy drama Another Happy Day written and directed by Sam Levinson and starring  Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy, Ezra Miller and Demi Moore. Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has written the music for the film. No soundtrack has been released yet, but Lynn’s theme from the film can be checked out here and a variation of the theme can be found on YouTube. Another Happy Day premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where the film has received a lot of attention, especially for  Barkin’s lead performance, which is being considered a strong contender during this year’s award season. To learn more about the film, visit the official movie website.