Denzel Washington

Fences

Denzel Washington takes the directorial reigns in the big screen adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of an African-American couple in 1950s Pittsburgh. Denzel knows this story, and knows how to stock the film with top-notch actors. After all, both he and Viola Davis won Tony awards in the Broadway revival, so it …

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The Equalizer

Based on the TV series of the same name, The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a retired special-forces agent of some sort, who faked his own death years earlier and is now living a very tidy, orderly life as a home-reno store employee in Boston. But when he’s not stocking shelves, he’s tapping …

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Malcolm X

Spike Lee’s sprawling labor of love Malcolm X was released in 1992, the same year as the explosive race riots prompted by the beating of Rodney King by L.A. cops. The film opens with the amateur footage of African-American Rodney King being pummeled by white cops, and for half a second, it seems a little …

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Training Day

Denzel Washington is just so damn good that he can play a bad guy so despicable and sleazy that it nonetheless takes most of a film for the audience to hate him. Talk about charisma to burn. As far as him winning the Best Actor Oscar for 2001 for Training Day, well, I’ll just say …

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Unstoppable

My friend and I, I’m sure, were the only people at the Unstoppable screening who high-fived each other in excitement at the mention of a train full of Molten Phenol. You may not know this, dear readers, but I have a “real” job that pays the bills. Long story short, a movie about a train …

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