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Movie Review – The Equalizer (2014)

30 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Equalizer, 2014.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Meunier, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, David Harbour, and Robert Wahlberg.

Synopsis:

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

There’s a scene towards the end of The Equalizer where the stakes should be at their highest. The bad guy is about to kill an innocent man and, right on cue, in walks our hero, Denzel Washington. Water pours down from the sprinkler system overhead, he has a nail gun raised and poised to pull the trigger. The entire scene takes place in slow motion, the thunderous and obnoxious score blasts out, and I believe »

- Gary Collinson

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Denzel Washington's 5 best movies? Training Day, Man on Fire, more

28 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Denzel Washington is back on the big screen this week, reuniting with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for tough-as-nails thriller The Equalizer.

A two-time Academy Award-winner (with a further four nominations under his belt), Washington has achieved just about all there is to achieve in his glittering Hollywood career. Picking out his five best movies is a tricky job, but we've attempted to do it anyway. Read on to find out which Denzel movies we think are the absolute essentials...

Glory (1989)

Edward Zwick's American Civil War drama starred Washington as Private Silas Trip, a soldier in the first Union Army unit to be made up entirely of African-American men. Washington stole the movie from its leading man Matthew Broderick, and bagged a Supporting Actor Oscar win for his troubles. He was nominated two years prior for playing activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, but this was the movie that »

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Critical Mass: Denzel gets his hands dirty in 'The Equalizer'

26 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

My first question about The Equalizer after seeing the trailer was, “Why even bother calling it The Equalizer?”

After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.

The film doesn »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Equalizer Review

26 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Antoine Fuqua.

Starring:  Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz.

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

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Tsr Blog: ‘The Equalizer’ and Other Middle-Aged Men with a Particular Set of Skills

25 September 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”  – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken

When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys in 2008’s Taken, he was not just introducing himself to those who had nixed his daughter’s attempt to stalk U2 guitarist The Edge. He was inaugurating a new action hero archetype built of aged wisdom and burrowed brawn, the middle-aged vigilante assassin. (Vigilante applied here because as “one who undertakes law enforcement with legal authority,” while “assassin” fits to associations of precise violent skills.)

The success of Neeson’s mission as ex-cia guy Mills, that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars Taken took, confirmed the vitality of a middle-aged vigilante assassin, »

- Nick Allen

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‘The Equalizer’ serves up some action cliches, but mostly choice Denzel Washington

24 September 2014 10:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Equalizer

Written by Richard Wenk

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

USA, 2014

While Denzel Washington shares the same name as Edward Woodward’s character from The Equalizer television show, that’s exactly where the similarities end. The word equalizer isn’t even mentioned except for the credits. Further establishing differences between the two McCalls are the digs they occupy. Rather than roll around in a flashy Jaguar, Washington’s McCall takes public transportation and spends his days in anonymity working for Home Depot. He comes home to a fairly bare apartment in a lower-class corner of Boston. Nights when Robert can’t sleep he reads Cervantes in diners. This life is simple and it’s what he promised someone he loved.

His occasional conversation partner at this diner is a young girl named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz). She walks the streets, serving the interests of an Eastern Bloc crime syndicate. Robert knows, »

- Colin Biggs

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The Equalizer Review [Tiff 2014]

24 September 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Forecast: Odds Favor Denzel's 'The Equalizer' This Weekend

24 September 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Opening at 3,234 theaters, Denzel Washington action movie The Equalizer is going to easily take first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Laika Animation's The Boxtrolls will battle The Maze Runner for the runner-up spot.The Equalizer is based on the TV show of the same name, which ran for four seasons in the 1980s. It featured a former intelligence agent who uses a unique set of skills to help average people "equalize" the odds against them. The connection to the TV show should generate some curiosity among older moviegoers, though the primary draw here is star Denzel Washington. In the past decade, Denzel has starred in 11 movies which were released in to at least 1,800 theaters; all 11 of those took in north of $20 million on opening weekend. Remarkably, nine of those 11 movies were rated R. Without a doubt, Denzel is currently one of the most bankable stars at the domestic box office. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Spotlight on the Stars: Denzel Washington

24 September 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at pretty much one of the definitions of an A-list actor. He’s Denzel Washington, a two time Academy Award winning thespian and giant in the industry. Washington does more than just act of course, he’s an iconic movie star, there’s no doubt about that. If anyone is right for this sort of a spotlight, it’s him. Washington got his start in TV movies, but on the big screen he made his first mark with Cry Freedom, which also got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination of what would become a half dozen (and counting). That established him as an up and comer, leading to his television role on the show St. Elsewhere, which ran for half a decade. That would open up some major film roles, including Glory, where he received »

- Joey Magidson

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Denzel Washington keeps the 'walk away from an explosion' trope alive

23 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If an actor has played the hero or villain in an action film in the last few decades, there’s a good chance he or she walked away from an explosion and looked cool while doing it. There’s no shortage of examples—more than enough for Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island bandmates to make a music video about it—and many actors have pulled off the impressive and unrealistic feat multiple times.

Among the repeat walkers-away are Denzel Washington, who even ignored an explosion in the poster for Man on Fire. Washington will look to perfect his explosion walk (walksplosion? »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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The Equalizer review

19 September 2014 5:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Equalizer comes to the big screen with Denzel Washington in the lead. Here's Ryan's review of a bruising action thriller...

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 »

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Tiff 2014: Five things we learned at The Equalizer's press conference

10 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Denzel Washington was all smiles (as per usual) at the press conference for his newest film, The Equalizer, at the Toronto International Film Festival this Sunday.

The film, an adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name, reunites Washington with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua. It follows Robert McCall, a seemingly normal, quiet man who works at a home improvement store by day. At night, he reads the books his wife never got to before she died, and sits, drinking tea at a local diner. Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays a young woman named Teri, befriends McCall at the diner over the course of many nights.

But this isn't just two lonely people talking about "The Old Man and the Sea." McCall is an ex-special ops agent, and Teri is a Russian prostitute who's about to get in a whole lot of trouble.

Here are five things »

- Sasha James

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Review: Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' is more 'Home Alone' than 'Man On Fire'

7 September 2014 9:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The basic premise of the '80s TV series "The Equalizer" was just generic enough to survive on CBS in that decade of bland, and in making the jump to the big-screen, it appears to have survived with all of that bland firmly intact. While I personally didn't care for much of anything about the film, I don't think it's ineptly made or awful so much as just forgettable. It's a teflon film. It slid right off my brain pan just as soon as it made it in through the rods and cones, and even trying to summon up specific scenes or gags a few days later, I can already feel it slipping away. Part of the problem is just plain familiarity with the tropes of the film. Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, essentially. This isn't a character the same way Creasy in "Man On Fire" was a character. It's »

- Drew McWeeny

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Equalizer’

7 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Toronto Spotlight: Fleming, ‘The Equalizer’ Helmer Antoine Fuqua Share Man Love For Denzel’s Killer Acting Skills

7 September 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Tonight in Toronto, Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will launch a new franchise, The Equalizer, a drama loosely based on the TV series. Thankfully for fans of Washington’s action work, the film is a closer spiritual cousin to Man On Fire, with Washington playing a righteous character who is merciless on the bad guys. Here, Fuqua, who is also mounting a Magnificent Seven remake with Washington for MGM, discusses the star’s everyman appeal and what makes him capable of so many indelible performances.

Deadline: Watching The Equalizer made me feel like I’d gotten the Man On Fire sequel I never thought possible when John Creasy died after killing every kidnapper in Mexico. The spirit of the movie courses through The Equalizer. What is it about Denzel Washington killing bad guys that makes it feel like Christmas morning?

Fuqua: [Laughs]. I just think it’s »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Denzel Washington Is Waiting For Will Smith To Make Uptown Saturday Night Happen

6 September 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Denzel Washington, believe it or not, is a really funny guy. You might not know it due to the fact that he's more known for dispensing rough justice in films like Man On Fire and more recently The Equalizer. But before he was giving criminals a stern talking to, followed by a couple of bullets or blows to the chest, he was making people laugh in movies like Heart Condition and Much Ado About Nothing. Yet despite his mid career renaissance as an action hero with gravitas, he's still eager to make us laugh, and he's ready to do it again. The only problem is Will Smith is dragging his feet on making sure that happens. At least, that's what Washington himself said in his Reddit Ama yesterday afternoon. You see, he too remembers that Adam McKay's remake of Uptown Saturday Night is still in play, and he's eager »

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Latest Poster & Trailer For ‘The Equalizer’

3 September 2014 11:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

The Equalizer is released 26th September and stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo.

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam Is Guy Ritchie’s Choice For King Arthur

27 August 2014 5:06 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Hunnam is in final negotiations to play the man who pulls the sword from the stone.

Related: Will Guy Ritchie Pull Sword From Stone After All And Make King Arthur Movie At Warner Bros?

If you ever doubted whether Hunnam made the right call passing on playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, well, this story then is mean to convince you he is in pretty good shape. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Watch a supercut of Denzel Washington laughing

27 August 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Denzel Washington has received the supercut treatment, and it features a lot of laughing.

Next Movie has created the minute-and-a-half montage, which shows Washington showcasing his infectious laugh in many of his film roles.

The supercut features clips from across Washington's career, including Unstoppable, Training Day, Deja Vu and Man on Fire.

Whether you deem it a bit creepy or just hysterical, watching the video on a loop is sure to bring a smile, and possibly even a Washington-esque laugh, to your face.

Watch Denzel Washington in a slightly less cheery DS-exclusive clip from The Equalizer below: »

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Teen Wolf Recap: Grandma's Girl

18 August 2014 8:37 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Benefactor’s identity was finally revealed on Monday’s Teen Wolf, and it turned out to be the one person nobody was expecting. (Stop rolling your eyes, you did not guess this.)

Related The Teen Wolf Cast Howls at Coyote Sex Specifics, Previews New Romance and Evolving Creature Effects

Anyway, after accusing practically everyone they’ve ever met — including Lydia’s dead grandmother — the gang finally came face-to-face with the big bad, herself: Meredith! So not only is she alive, but I guess we also know why her hair is so big; it’s full of evil.

Lydia figured »

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