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Chloe Grace Moretz

Review: 'The Equalizer' ★★

Review: 'The Equalizer' ★★

Based loosely on the 1985-1989 television series, on which Edward Woodward never stuck garden shears in an enemy's throat and never, ever stabbed anyone through the neck with a corkscrew, "The Equalizer" smells like a hit. But I wish it had one completely honest scene, where (for example) someone asks the avenging angel-hero: "Who are you?" And he answers: "I'm Denzel Washington. And Denzel Washington can make even this thing watchable."

More and more with action pictures, there's a test the filmmakers either pass or fail — a moral intelligence exam dealing with the way the movie rewards its customers with the stuff the people have paid to...