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- Across the Universe 
- The Brave One 
- Crash 
- Eastern Promises 
- A History of Violence 
- In the Valley of Elah 
- Mr. Woodcock 
- Moving McAllister 
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Jodie Foster returns to the big screen this weekend in "The Brave One," as a woman who is assaulted and decides that revenge is the best way to deal with her feelings. The Oscar buzz has started around her performance, so it will be interesting to see how the public responds to a revenge movie with a woman in the starring role.
We have lots of photos and videos from the movie, so be sure to check out the links in the sidebar for those items, as well as reviews from our Featured Movie Critic and others.
Taking the leap from drama to comedy will land you in the domain of "Mr. Woodcock" and his gym class from Hell, with Billy Bob Thornton playing the man in red. Sean William Scott's character was terrorized as a boy in Mr. Woodcock's class, but he managed to channel those feelings into a successful self-help career. When he returns to his hometown, he finds that his mother is now dating Mr. Woodcock, and must face the prospect of calling him "Dad."If neither of these suit your tastes, there are 14 other movies in wide or limited release opening this weekend. Four are getting the most amount of publicity, while the others will have limited reach around the country.
Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood star in "Across the Universe," which has been described as a contemporary "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" for its use of Beatles music and off-beat approach. The two play star-crossed lovers who are swept up into the anti-war and counterculture movements of the 1960s. While outside forces tear them apart, they try to find their own way back to each other.
Viggo Mortenson teams up again with director David Cronenberg (the two worked together on "A History of Violence") in "Eastern Promises." When a Russian prostitute dies during childbirth, a nurse (Naomi Watts) investigates her past and stumbles into a Russian mafia prostitution ring.
Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron star in a movie about post-war effects on its soldiers in "In the Valley of Elah." The movie is directed by "Crash" director Paul Haggis, and also stars Jason Patric and Susan Sarandon.
The movie is getting attention because of its political ramifications of showing a negative side to war, but Tommy Lee Jones has been interviewed and he thinks that any scrutiny is welcomed if it means that people take the time to watch the movie and then judge it for its content, instead of blind judgement (which happens often with such movies). Unfortunately, in his reports from the Toronto International Film Festival, our Featured Movie Critic felt that the movie is less than perfect and actually wonders whether Haggis' success with "Crash" was just a fluke. Ouch.
Ending this overview on a much lighter note is "Moving McAllister," which doesn't tread on much new territory in its story about an eager intern offering to do a favor for his boss, with the favor being more difficult than he expected, and one that gets in the way of his own dreams and ambitions.
In this movie, the favor involves moving the boss' neice (played by Mila Kunis -- Jackie from "That 70s Show") across the country just days before his bar exam. Along the way, they run across Jon "Napoleon Dynamite" Heder who appears to single-handedly save the movie from complete boredom. Whether he's successful will be up to the viewer, so if you see this, please be sure to report back and write a Reader Review, OK?
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