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Yet another artifact of the long stagnation of Hollywood, which has been remaking the same movies over and over and over again for the past 30 years. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Do you remember the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, in which Edward Woodward played a mysterious former intelligence operative who did little private-eye vigilante jobs for people in trouble in New York City? No? Perhaps you remember the supercool electronic theme music (it was written by Stewart Copeland of The Police!)? Still nothing?
Never mind. Doesn’t matter. If this movie wasn’t entitled The Equalizer, you’d never guess it was meant to be a reboot of the series. That don’t mean it ain’t constructed of recycled junk! Nope, this is but one more artifact of the long stagnation of Hollywood, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sdff is bookended by two high-profile films.
In between, Sdff will feature gala presentation screenings, which include Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz as a teen who befriends an older woman (Keira Knightley) fleeing her responsibilities, with Sam Rockwell playing Moretz’s single dad.
Moretz also pops up, as a sex-trafficking victim, in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington and Marton Csokas, while Knightley does double duty starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game,” a biopic about Brit computer pioneer Alan Turing. And Witherspoon stars in Philippe Falardeau’s drama “The Good Lie.”
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- Variety Staff
Readers of a certain vintage might remember The Equalizer, the 80s television series starring Edward Woodward, but it’s unlikely they’ll remember it being quite as action-packed and brutal as Antoine Fuqua’s full-blooded film adaptation.
Denzel Washington replaces Woodward as Robert McCall, a Diy store worker with a chequered past. Living alone in his modest Boston apartment, McCall barely sleeps and spends the greater proportion of his nights at a 24-hour diner, reading classic literature, arranging the condiments in neat rows and quietly brooding away the hours before dawn.
One of the diner’s few other patrons is Elena, a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz. When she’s viciously beaten up by her Russian pimp, Slavi (David Meunier), McCall leaps to her defence, using a »
Toronto - When an actor wins an Academy Award he or she usually tries to work with the director who helped guide them to the top of the mountain again. Often, it has great results. After winning a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" Jack Nicholson reunited with James L. Brooks on "As Good As It Gets" and won best actor. Jennifer Lawrence immediately worked with her "Silver Linings Playbook" maestro, David O. Russell, on "American Hustle" which resulted in back to back nominations. Diane Weist won her first Oscar for Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and her second for his comedy "Bullets Over Broadway." That's just one reason it's somewhat surprising the prolific Denzel Washington took 12 years to reunite with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer." Barely based on the late 1980's TV series of the same name, the new movie finds the »
- Gregory Ellwood
Critics of Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-man 2 complain that the sequel was overstuffed, with characters who didn.t get proper treatment because they had to be shuffled along to serve a larger mythology . the OsCorp narrative. Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) often are cited as significant characters who were shortchanged by the sequel.s pacing. I, however, wanted to know more . a Lot more . about Ravencroft.s mad scientist, Dr. Kafka, who appeared to have a significant role until most of his footage ended up on the cutting room floor. And the actor who played him is annoyed by this. While attending the Toronto International Film Festival, I interviewed Marton Csokas, the actor who played Dr. Kafka in Marc Webb.s second Spider-Man film. The demented doctor, as you may recall, had two noteworthy scenes in the movie . one where he interrogates Foxx.s Electro »
After serving as a black ops commando for a number of years, McCall (Denzel Washington) does not fear a group of Russian mobsters in an extended clip from The Equalizer. Justified star David Meunier is featured in this scene as gangster Slavi, who is offered a large sum of money to let a young girl go. When Slavi refuses to accept the deal, McCall springs into action, although he falls quite short of his "15 second" goal for neutralizing these treacherous bad guys.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloe Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. »
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
Running Time: 128 Minutes.
Synopsis: McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
There are a few things that stick in ones mind as we look back at the great 1980s TV series that was The Equalizer. A juddering, memorable theme tune, sweeping vistas of the New York skyline, scenes of reprobates lurking on the subway/ random lifts, and a silhouetted Edward Woodward stood, »
- Paul Heath
Among all the many, many films that have screened in Toronto over the last few days, one of the oddest festival fits might be "The Equalizer. A big studio remake of an 1980s action TV show that they're so confident in a sequel's already being written, it's not the kind of film that traditionally needs a festival bounce, especially with major movie star like Denzel Washington in the lead role. But nevertheless, Sony chose to premiere "The Equalizer" at Tiff, and with the film's wide release sneaking up, a few more clips have been released to entice audiences further. One sees Washington squaring off against the film's villain, a Russian mob enforcer played by Marton Csokas, and the other sees him meeting Chloe Moretz, playing a teenage prostitute and aspiring singer. But wait, there's more! There's also a short featurette that focuses on Washington's special abilities and fighting techniques. We »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After receiving joking acknowledgment in The Wolf of Wall Street last year, awareness of ‘80s TV series The Equalizer is probably now as high as it was ever going to be. It’s hard to imagine any fans of the series clamouring for a film version more than two decades later, and even harder to say whether they’ll approve of Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation, which carries over the names of the series, but little else. A one-man A-Team,the titular Equalizer is Robert McCall, an ex-covert operative with a particular set of skills he uses to atone for a shady past, one hard-luck case at a time.
The original series was set in New York, while the film version has driven a few hours up the I-90 to move the surroundings to Boston. While the change of leading man, from proper Brit Edward Woodward to all-American-ly handsome Denzel Washington, »
- Sam Woolf
Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for. Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, “The Equalizer” still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.
Although he shares a character name and skill set with his TV predecessor, Washington’s Robert McCall is otherwise, literally and figuratively, an Equalizer of a different »
- Scott Foundas
When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.
And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).
So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."
But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »
- Drew Taylor
Former black ops agent McCall delivers a pair of broken and bloodied sunglasses to a Russian mob member, threatening his boss as the search for a missing Russian prostitute continues in the first of three clips from the upcoming action thriller The Equalizer. Denzel Washington stars as a trained killer in hiding who is forced out of retirement to help a young girl on the streets. Here, we also see McCall's kinder side as he helps a friend clean-up fire damage which may have been caused by the gangsters he is hunting. The third and final clip introduces Chloe Moretz as Teri, a beat-up prostitute looking for solace, which she finds in a very understanding McCall. Check out this buffet of footage before The Equalizer hits theaters later this September.
Robert McCall is a solitary, ex-special ops, monastic figure who despises injustice and devotes himself to helping victims of criminals. »
Hitting cinemas in the UK and the USA on the 26th September, The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington play Robert McCall, a role made famous by the late, great Edward Woodward in the superb 1980s original series of the same name. Updating the story for and directing for a modern audience is acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), while Robert Wenk (16 Blocks) tackles the screenplay.
Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. »
- Paul Heath
With just over three weeks to go before Denzel Washington takes on the role of Robert McCall for The Equalizer, Sony has dropped a new poster and trailer for the thriller, which reunites Denzel with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua…
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Gary Collinson
Denzel Washington's new rock-'em sock-'em thriller "The Equalizer" is the unlikely opener of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, a lavish, ten-day-long affair that features hundreds of movies, of every flavor, texture, and genre from all over the world.
This is a festival that caters specifically to its audiences, though, with the audience award winners usually going on to capture Oscar gold as well, and in that respect, "The Equalizer" is a perfect choice -- it's going to get the people whooping. In our exclusive clip, though, which takes place in the calm before the storm, you'll get to see Denzel bonding with a young prostitute, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.
The sequence is just a minute long, although this might be the only minute in the entire movie when Denzel Washington isn't brutally kicking someone's butt. Washington plays a lowly worker at a Home Depot-style home improvement store »
- Drew Taylor
The cinematic adaptation of hit Edward Woodward show The Equalizer is almost upon us. With Denzel Washington giving it his Man On Fire Best, the film looks to be a decent and brutal action film in which a former black ops agent comes out of retirement to rescue a young girl. The title comes from the fact he likes to restore the balance somewhat, kind of like Darth Vader when he throws the Emperor down that chasm. Antoine Fuqua reteams with Washington, and if Training Day is anything to go by then this looks set to be a hard hitting and explosive film. Hell, it even has Washington being a cool guy and not looking at explosions.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
The film will make its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) next month, before it opens the San Sebastian Film Festival, also in September, a few days after it debuts at Tiff, before Sony Pictures releases it Stateside on September 26, 2014. Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas and Melissa Leo, co-star with Denzel Washington in the film, which is directed by Washington's "Training Day" helmer, Antoine Fuqua, from a script written by Richard Wenk. The reportedly $50 million project is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr Washington - hence, if this first film does »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After debuting a TV spot for The Equalizer on his YouTube page last month, Eminem has now released the third trailer for this action-packed reboot, which features his latest single 'Guts Over Fear'.
Based on the hit TV series of the same name, Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer as McCall, who is trying to start a new life in Boston. When he encounters a teenage prostitute (Chloe Moretz) in trouble with the Russian mob, McCall puts his special skills to use. Check out the latest footage before this action-thriller hits theaters September 26.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloe Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, »
A new trailer and poster is now online for Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington. The film is a remake of the '80s CBS series, starring Edward Woodward made famous on the '80s CBS series.
In "The Equalizer," Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, »
- Kellvin Chavez
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
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