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The Equalizer: Denzel Washington’s power tips the scale in his favor

3 out of 4  stars Denzel Washington’s performance in The Equalizer has made his point perfectly clear: He deserves his own franchise – now. Liam Neeson, 62, has Taken. Sylvester Stallone, 68, has The Expendables. And when Die Hard 6 […]

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The Equalizer: Denzel Washington’s power tips the scale in his favor

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3 out of 4  stars Denzel Washington’s performance in The Equalizer has made his point perfectly clear: He deserves his own franchise – now. Liam Neeson, 62, has Taken. Sylvester Stallone, 68, has The Expendables. And when Die Hard 6 […]

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‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ makes good use of grim source material

2 ½ out of 4 stars Today's films owe a lot to some of the staples that came out of the 70’s. Key themes of disaster, crime, and sexuality became staples of

From left, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Phillip Driver put the “fun” in “dysfunctional” as the Altman family in This Is Where I Leave You. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

‘This Is Where I Leave You’: Family reunion worth attending

From left, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Phillip Driver put the “fun” in “dysfunctional” as the Altman family in This Is Where I Leave You. (Courtesy

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Gordon Ramsey puts the Hell in his kitchen

Whether it’s tears of laughter or fear, Gordon Ramsey has the undeniable power to make you cry. Hell’s Kitchen’s contestants quickly learn that there’s a fine line between fear

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Life of a TV extra on Investigation Discovery’s Season 3, Blood Ties

If you think TV work is glamorous, think again. Fun, interesting, laborious, exhausting - yes. Just not glamorous. I've been an extra now on a few shows here in the

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Simpson Marathon: Falling off the grid for 12 days

The Guillermo del Toro couch gag (Wikipedia) It’s September and the world appears to be cast under a sinister, gloomy cloud. Before today, there was a bright, blissful yellow object in the

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Oscars: An early glimpse of potential gold

The deadly August movie dip is coming to an end and the smell of Oscar bait already pervades the air.  The best part about this time of year is

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‘When the Game Stands Tall’ lives up to lofty expectations

3 out of 4 stars Hollywood, for as long as film's been in the camera, has loved telling the story of triumphant underdogs. The Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, Major League and

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Old movies and reflections of the past

Another Silent Flick A couple days ago, a certain venue was screening The Docks of New York, a ravishing silent film that I watched long ago and never forgot. In

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The Expendables 3: Great cast, terrible plot

2 out of 4 stars In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone sent boxers sprawling to the canvas. In Rambo, he killed every dictator. In Judge Dredd, he brought every criminal to justice. But Stallone’s

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