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‘The Equalizer’: Washington, Fuqua apply ‘Training’ to elevate TV show action thrills

‘The Equalizer’: Washington, Fuqua apply ‘Training’ to elevate TV show action thrills

Take a moderately successful 1980s TV crime drama, drop in the “Training Day” director and star and set it in Boston and you get … an occasionally thrilling flick.

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 27-28

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 27-28

What the Fluff? Marshmallow Festival; 5th Annual New England Americana Festival and Bull McCabe’s Roots to Reggae Outdoor Music Fest; “Back to the Future”; Lori McKenna CD release concert; and the Third Annual Festival of Dumplings.

Bookends of disaster, comeback: Friedkin brings two films to Harvard Film Archive

Bookends of disaster, comeback: Friedkin brings two films to Harvard Film Archive

What makes an artist and even a whole generation capable of the highest achievements suddenly wander into a creative desert? You can ask William Friedkin yourself.

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

What Rory Kennedy has rendered is so subtle and poignant that it sneakily stays with you – the true test of an effective documentary.

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

The latest from Kevin Smith signals something of a return to form and a bit of a surprise – a hefty slab of comedy atop a serial killer thread that alleges to be based on “actual events.”

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

From its enigmatic title to the startling open sequence to the psycho-sexual implications of its bizarre finale, this is a kind of shocker that’s all but vanished from U.S. screens.

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

What could have been a maudlin, Hallmark exercise instead is a haunting slow burn of an elusive woman at a crossroads after tragedy.

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 6-7

Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 6-7

Pleasure Pie Launch Party and open mic; “Divergent”; Somerville Rock And Roll Yard Sale; Cambridge Carnival International; and Strike Up the Bands event.

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

We know of Robyn Wright from “The Princess Bride” and “Forrest Gump,” but her career never quite took off. “The Congress” changes that uniquely.

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

“Crime” is enjoyable enough, but it’s more an appetizer than a meal that will make you wanting a second helping of “Jackie Brown” or “Out of Sight.”

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