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Lynn Shelton’s latest lags behind her other films. Plus, reviews of Force Majeure and the new-to-DVD Million Dollar Arm.

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Denzel Washington

I don’t remember watching full episodes of The Equalizer during its ’80s heyday, but I do have a dim memory of the ads that played between the shows I actually watched. As I recall, the generally featured lots of gunplay, the occasional explosion and the show’s gray-haired star, Edward Woodward, glowering into the camera. While I can’t accurately say if those “Next time on…” teasers accurately reflected the content of the show, they do more or less sum up what happens in the movie version, which offers two full hours of gunplay, explosions and Denzel Washington (taking over from Woodward) glowering into the camera. In that respect, The Equalizer could be considered an entirely faithful adaptation of its source material…or at least, the advertisements for its source material.

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The Iranian-born, London-based screenwriter Hossein Amini (his credits include Snow White and the Huntsman and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive) adds “director” to his resume with The Two Faces of January, a ’50s-era psychological thriller based on one of the lesser-known thrillers penned by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley among others). The movie, which is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters on Friday, stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a married couple who get in hot water while vacationing in Greece and Oscar Isaac as the low-level street criminal who lends them a hand…mainly so that he can cozy up to Dunst. I spoke with Amini before sitting down to talk with Mortensen for a Q&A that’s posted over on Yahoo Movies and you can read some excerpts from our conversation below.

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A Walk Among The Tombstones
Liam Neeson takes aim at a brainier kind of action movie in A Walk Among the Tombstones.

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for another magical mystery food tour.

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Quick takes on two smaller movies, now in theaters.

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Grooving on the unique musical stylings of the Swedish punk rock flick, We Are the Best!

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Bryan Singer gives the X-Men franchise, and his own career, a much-needed adamantinum shot in the arm.

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Oliver Stone’s Savages is one of the summer’s most purely enjoyable entertainments.  I definitely had more fun with this rollicking crime story than the leaden reboot The Amazing Spider-Man.  Check out my reviews from the last few weeks by clicking the links below.

Savages Review
The Amazing Spider-Man Review
Ted Review
Spider-Man Retrospective
Beasts of the Southern Wild Review
Spider-Man Cartoon

Pixar’s Brave is yet another sumptuously animated feature from America’s premiere animation house.  But is it one of the studio’s best works?  Read my review over at TWoP along with the rest of the week’s content.

Brave Review
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review
To Rome With Love Review
Woody Allen Press Conference
I Want My DVD
Pixar’s Best and Worst Heroines

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