Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of September 26th, 2014

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We’ve got an uninspiring Denzel Washington thriller and a gaggle of stop-motion monsters to close out the month of September. Thankfully, next week brings one of the first prestige releases of the Fall, Gone Girl.

The Equalizer: Denzel Washington re-teams with his hit-or-miss Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for this update of the 1980’s television series. Of course, things are a little more “Man on Fire than “lightweight, 44-minute CBS spy drama” here.

The film received the highest test scores for an R rated film in Sony history, although critics seem iffy on the whole thing.  Seems like something best watched on Starz in eight months.

Trailer: Youtube  Rotten Tomatoes: 58%  Metacritic: 57

Personal interest factor: 3

The BoxtrollsStop-motion thing of some kind. I don’t really care, do you? Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas instead.

Trailer: YouTube  Rotten Tomatoes: 71%  Metacritic: 63

Personal interest factor: 0

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Friday and Saturday evening and The Hustler (1961) Saturday and Sunday morning.

The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale is screening Carmen Jones (1954) and School Daze (1988) on Saturday as part of their African American Affinity Group Film Festival.  More details here.

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