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The Equalizer 2 Trailer #2 (2018) “There Is No Equal”

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 in The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2 Trailer #1 (2018) “All Enemies Are Not Created Equal”

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.

The Equalizer 2 Poster

Denzel Washington’s 10 Best Movies

Denzel WashingtonDenzel 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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Roman J. Israel Esq. Trailer #1 (2017) “Each One of Us is Greater Than The Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done.”

When you give Denzel Washington a script worthy of the talent that shoots out of every look he gives the camera, something special happens.  Conventional wisdom has had it that Gary Oldman has had Best Actor sewn up for months for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.  Then Roman J. Israel Esq. began making the rounds at festivals, and Denzel looks like he may be back in the hunt for his third Oscar (he should’ve won it for Fences last year).  He gained weight and uncapped his teeth to play an unconventional lawyer thrown into a series of increasingly dangerous and out-of-control events.  Directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and co-starring Colin Farrell, this just became appointment viewing for fans of Washington’s work and movies in general when it opens on November 3, 2017.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

This cast features also includes Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren, Hugo Armstrong, Sam Gilroy, Tony Plana, DeRon Horton and Amari Cheatom.

Roman J Israel Esq Poster

In Theaters This Week Christmas Edition-Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing, Fences

Passengers, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence

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 is a little different as Christmas falls on Sunday and studios are releasing films all through the week to catch vacationing filmgoers. Continue reading In Theaters This Week Christmas Edition-Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing, Fences