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Weekend Movie Guide: Jodie is back, pissed

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It's a fairly busy release schedule tomorrow with a few studio pictures and a bunch of indies hitting the screens. Neil Jordan directs Jodie Foster in The Brave One (or, as it was originally titled, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang: The Lady Bernie Goetz Story). Reviews are mostly positive and it does have the supremely underrated Nicky Katt (and the formerly underrated, now probably properly rated Terrence Howard), so I'll give it a look.

After winning an Oscar a couple years back for his remarkably simplistic Crash, Paul Haggis returns to the director's chair with In the Valley of Elah. Critical reception has been sharply mixed on the Iraq War-influenced murder flick, but even those who didn't particularly like the film have singled out the performance of Tommy Lee Jones for praise. Given the pedigree of all involved (especially Roger Deakins), I'll certainly check this one out.