THE EQUALIZER 2 — Review by Susan Granger

equalizer 2 posterIt’s been more than 20 years since the TV series The Equalizer (1985-1989) made its debut opposite Denzel Washington’s popular St. Elsewhere. Now Denzel has become shadowy Robert McCall, the ex-CIA Black Ops assassin-turned-vigilante. In the 2014 Equalizer, righteous McCall was a grieving widower determined to wreak vengeance for a victimized teenage prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz). Now he’s back, working in Boston as a laconic Lyft driver who, when his passengers are in danger, comes to their aid. Like when some spoiled, rich kids get their kicks by drugging and raping a defenseless woman. McCall brutally slices one with his own credit cards, muttering, “I expect a five-star rating.” Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Golden Globes and Wonder Woman, Space and Women Win Box Office – Brandy McDonnell reports

At the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, La La Land took all seven awards for which it was nominated, while Meryl Streep, honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, took on Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during his campaign. Streep called on the press to keep the powerful in check and for the Hollywood community to support the Committee to Protect Journalists. Wonder Woman, finally fighting her way to the silver screen, will open June 2. Hidden Figures and the blockbuster prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finished in a virtual tie for first at the domestic box office. Read all the details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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FENCES — Review by Susan Granger

Adapting a Broadway play for the screen is always a challenge – one that Denzel Washington found daunting, particularly since August Wilson’s iconic chronicle of a dysfunctional family is a Pulitzer Prize-winning glimpse into the essential African-American experience. Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the 1950s, it revolves around the relationship between a bitter, Negro League baseball player-turned-sanitation worker, 53 year-old Troy Maxon (Washington), and his long-suffering wife Rose (Viola Davis) Read on…

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FENCES — Review by Anne Brodie

Fences is a set in a tiny, cramped world in a small house and back yard but the human landscape is as big as the plains. A couple and their son struggle daily with frustrated dreams, money difficulties and the domestic balance of power. As Denzel Washington’s head of the house lashes out at the ones he loves, they cower and walk on eggshells. Abuse, pain, and yearning are this family’s lot in life. So why see it? Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Book of Eli – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

Eli (Denzel Washington) is headed west. No matter who asks him or what gets in his way, he keeps on—walking, walking, walking west. What he expects to find out there is unclear, as the world has been destroyed by “The Flash” some 31 years ago. Read more>>

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