Two new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the thriller Killing Them Softly directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scott McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard. While the film doesn’t feature a full score, Marc Streitenfeld (Prometheus, American Gangster) is credited as providing piano pieces and musical ambiances. Lakeshore Records has released a soundtrack album featuring one track by Streitenfeld, as well as the film’s songs by artists including Carl Stone, The Velvet Underground, James Wilsey, Nico, Kitty Lester and The Wreckery. Check out our previous article for audio clips and the full soundtrack details.

Also opening wide is the horror thriller The Collection directed by Marcus Dunstan and starring Josh Stewart, Lee Tergesen, Christopher McDonald and Emma Fitzpatrick. Charlie Clouser (Saw series, Numbers) has composed the film’s original score. No soundtrack album has been released. The movie is a sequel to the 2009 horror film The Collector and is being distributed by LD Entertainment. Check out the film’s official website and our scoring assignment announcement to learn more about the film.

Opening in limited release is the indie drama California Solo written and directed by Marshall Levy and starring Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny Masterson. The film’s original score is composed by T. Griffin. A soundtrack album featuring the score, as well as the movie’s title song California Solo written by Adam Franklin and performed by actor Robert Carlyle has been released digitally. To listen to audio clips, to check out the full track list and to find out more about the indie production, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, check out our soundtrack announcement.

Also opening in select cities is the Chinese drama Back to 1942 directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Adrien Brody, Xu Fan, Zhang Guoli,Chen Daoming, Zhang Mo, Tim Robbins and Zhang Hanyu. The movie takes place during the devastating drought and famine in Hunan Province that occurred at the same time Japanese forces were invading China. Jiping Zhao (Farewell My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern) has composed the original score. No word on a soundtrack release. The film is being released in the US by China Lion Film Distribution.

Another limited release this week is the action film Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning directed by John Hyams and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski. Michael Krassner who scored the previous film in the series Regeneration has composed the film’s music with Will Hendricks and Robert Vining. The first two installments in the Universal Soldier series featured music by Christoper Franke and Don Davis. To find out more about the fourth movie, which is being released by Magnolia Pictures Magnet label and is also available on VOD, visit the official movie website.