Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings TWO well-reviewed new films into wide release. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/27/2018): Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans GO To The Movies
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings, not one, not two, but THREE sequels in one weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/20/2018): The Equalizer 2, Mama Mia 2, Unfriended 2
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
In the first film, Denzel Washington starred as Robert 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.
Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Magnificent Seven) returns for the sequel, which also stars Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. Screenwriter Richard Wenk (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Expendables 2) also returned to write the screenplay.
Fuqua’s 2014 adaptation of the 1980s television series The Equalizer grossed over $192 million worldwide and co-starred Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.
*Text from Coming Soon.
The Equalizer 2 will open in theaters July 20, 2018.
Denzel Washington is one of only a handful of actors that I will go see literally anything that he does. He and Tom Hanks are, in my opinion, the two greatest actors of their generation, and probably the only two actors whose entire filmography I’ve seen. I don’t tend to like Washington’s pairings with Antoine Fuqua, though I did enjoy their update of The Magnificent Seven, and though it isn’t a great film, The Equalizer is a great revenge/action flick. It will also change the way you look at a Home Depot forever. Washington is returning to the role of Robert McCall. In The Equalizer 2, it looks like McCall’s past, hinted at in the first film, is coming home to roost, and in trying to tie up the loose end he’s considered…..well those people clearly didn’t watch what happened in that Home Depot in the first film or they’d have left him and his alone. The Equalizer 2 opens July 20, 2018.
Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks are, in my mind, the two best actors of their generation. Both started in TV, Hanks in comedy with Bosom Buddies, and Washington in drama on St. Elsewhere. Where Hanks’ career has exceeded Washington’s is not in talent, it is in project selection. Washington elevates anything he’s in, no matter how mediocre, but he’s unfortunately had stretches of his career where he’s picked projects way beneath his astounding talent level. Lately, though, Washington has been on a roll balancing commercial successes like The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven with astounding dramatic performances in films like Flight and Fences. Like the best actors, there is no limit to what he can achieve if paired with the right cast, project, and director. He can be eminently likable, intensely despicable, sympathetic, heroic, noble and fallen all with an ease that lulls the audience until he turns it up and he grabs the screen by the throat and sears a moment into your mind forever. Glory, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Flight, Fences, all of these films have moments that transcend what even great actors can do, and you realize that you’re watching someone whose work will be remembered as long as they’re showing films. He’s that good, and he keeps getting better. Washington is also a talented director, helming Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters, and Fences
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