Your Weekend Movie Preview: The Brave One, Mr. Woodcock, Eastern Promises, Dragon Wars

Jodie Foster goes “Death Wish” on some thugs (they had it coming), Billy Bob Thornton makes Seann William Scott’s life miserable (he had it coming), Naomi Watts crosses Russian mobsters in London (she had it coming), and Korean dragons attack Los Angeles (it had it coming). Basically, a lot of death and destruction and miseryheaped on the average citizen today at the box office, with four very disparate offerings. The most interesting has to be the Korean sci-fi actioner “Dragon Wars” (aka “D-War”), which has broken box office records in its native South Korea, despite being set in Los Angeles. Word has it that the film is all CGI and no story, but hey, since when has that been a bad thing? (Oh right, the Star Wars prequel…)

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The Brave One: New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fianc’ she adores. All of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fianc’ dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public’s attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Adams
Directed by: Neil Jordan

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Dragon Wars: A beautiful young woman possesses the power to transform a legendary giant serpent into an almighty dragon who can only ascend into heaven with the woman’s ultimate sacrifice. But the forces of darkness are out to claim the young woman as their own and her reincarnated lover and his aged mentor stand in their way.

Starring: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster, Chris Mulkey, Elizabeth Pena
Directed by: Hyung-rae Shim

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Eastern Promises: The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinead Cusack
Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Mr. Woodcock: John Farley, author of a best-selling self-help book about letting go of the past, violates his own advice when he returns to his small hometown to receive the community’s highest honor. While there, John learns, to his horror, that his widowed mother, Beverly, is engaged to be married to none other than Mr. Woodcock, the gym teacher whose sadistic exploits were the bane of John’s youth. Abetted by his nerdy old pal, Nedderman, John plots to break-up the relationship. But their well-laid plans go awry.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon, Kurt Fuller, Amy Poehler
Directed by: Craig Gillespie