Director Denzel Washington hits ‘Fences’ out of the ballpark

One could simply listen to a recitation of the amazing words of August Wilson and be far more entertained than by most dramatic films of this era. To have actors of the caliber of this cast performing Wilson’s writing in a film that works very hard to be accurate in its visual presentation; is a treat for the eyes and ears.

‘2 Guns’ fires high-velocity action

Paula Patton is Denzel Washington's control officer and lover in '2 Guns'
Paula Patton is Denzel Washington’s control officer and lover in ‘2 Guns’

“Bobby” (Denzel Washington) takes “Stig” (Mark Wahlberg) with him across the border into Mexico, for a meeting with the leader of a drug cartel that Bobby had made a deal with.  Bobby would give “Papi Greco” (Edward James Olmos) some fake passports that would not be detected and in return he would get $100,000 worth of cocaine.  But for some reason, Papi Greco gives him the cash and refuses to exchange it for cocaine.

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Denzel Washington soars to new heights in ‘Flight’

Denzel Washington delivers in 'Flight'
Denzel Washington delivers in ‘Flight’

[rating=4]Starring:  Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Nadine Velazquez,
Director(s):  Robert Zemeckis
Writer(s):  John Gatins

Flight, the latest film from ace director Robert Zemeckis, is about a flight and a plane crash but that’s just the beginning.  The real story is in the aftermath as the pilot avoids confronting a central reality in his life, that he is an alcoholic.

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Danger! Stay out of the ‘Safe House’

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in 'Safe House'
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in ‘Safe House’

[rating=2]Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson
Director(s): Daniel Espinosa
Writer(s): David Guggenheim

A safehouse is vernacular in the FBI/CIA/generic spy agency lingo for a location that’s kept ready always in case there is a need to house someone safely.  Being the caretaker of a safehouse is among the most blase jobs there are in the intelligence trade.

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‘Man on Fire’ has a strong story, but Tony Scott made it overly stylized

[rating=3]Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin, Mickey Rourke
Director(s): Tony Scott
Writer(s): Screenplay by Brian Helgeland; Based upon the novel by A.J. Quinnell

Denzel Washington struggles to save Dakota Fanning in 'Man on Fire'
Denzel Washington struggles to save Dakota Fanning in ‘Man on Fire’

I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. I think he’s one of the best actors around, and I’m always willing to watch a film if he’s in it. I can say the same for Tony Scott, who I think is a visually talented director and strong storyteller.

With Man on Fire, I liked Washington’s character, John Creasy, a burned-out former CIA agent. He was dark and sympathetic, and I liked that the film really doesn’t tell you much about the character. You learn all you need to through watching his actions as he exacts revenge against the men and women responsible for the death of the young girl he was hired to protect.

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‘John Q’ effectively attacks America’s health insurance problem

John Q is the story about an everyman John Q. Public if you will. John Q is a man forced with a decision that millions of Americans are forced to make every day. What do you do when your child needs a life-saving operation and your health care provider will not provide that service You have a choice to make. You can either work within the system or you can buck it…