While there are no movies opening wide this weekend, a number of films are receiving a limited release:

The most talked about movie opening this week is the drama Shame directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie and Hannah Ware. The film’s score is composed by Harry Escott. A soundtrack album featuring three tracks from the score, as well as several songs from the film performed by artists including Blondie, Howlin’ Wolf and actress Carey Mulligan will be released on December 6 by Sony Music. Visit our soundtrack announcement for the full album details, including audio clips.

Receiving an Oscar qualifying run this weekend before opening wider next year is the drama The Lady directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. The film’s music is written by the director’s regular musical collaborator Eric Serra. 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. No domestic release has been announced yet, but to find out how import the album and learn more about the album, visit our previous article.

Also opening for Awards qualification this weekend (followed by a wider release in January) is the drama Coriolanus based on Shakespeare’s play and directed by Ralph Fiennes who also stars in the film alongside Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox. Ilan Eshkeri has written the music for the movie. No soundtrack album has been announced at this point. To learn more about the film, which is released by the Weinstein Company, visit the official movie website.

Also opening in select cities is the indie drama Answers to Nothing directed by Matthew Leutwyler and starring Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey, Kali Hawk and Zach Gilford. The film’s score is composed by Craig Richey. A soundtrack album featuring both the composer’s score and various songs from the film is set for a digital release on December 20 and a physical release on January 31, 2012 by Lakeshore Records. For more information about the album, check out our soundtrack announcement.

Another limited release this week is the Australian drama Sleeping Beauty directed by novelist Julia Leigh who makes her directorial debut on the film, which stars Emily Browning and Michael Dorman. Ben Frost is the composer of the movie. No soundtrack album has been released. The movie about a young University student who is drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival. For more information about the drama, visit IFC’s movie website.

The final limited release of the weekend is the sports drama A Warrior’s Heart directed by Michael F. Sears and starring Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Chord Overstreet, Gabrielle Anwar, William Mapother and Adam Beach. Alec Puro (The Art of Getting By, Higher Ground) has written the score for the film. No soundtrack release plans have been announced. The film revolves around a high school lacrosse star who overcomes his father’s death through a new love interest and a renewed passion for the sport. To watch the trailer, visit Apple/iTunes’ trailer site.