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ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL

For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 26, 2014

The expected box-office bonanza this week is a new Denzel Washington thriller, which, believe it or not, is a remake of an old TV series, along with an offbeat animated feature. Three art films are also opening, but only two are exclusive at Salt Lake City's art house, Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown. The other is at a multiplex in Sandy.

"The Equalizer" (R). The old TV show was an '80s mix of spy and private-eye action with Edward Woodward as a retired intelligence officer who helps people in trouble. The film new has Denzel Washington making like Liam Neeson as a former Special Forces operative who can't resist rescuing a young woman from Russian thugs, which unleashes the mob on him. Chloe Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo co-star.

"The Boxtrolls" (PG) are cave-dwelling, trash-collecting creatures that live below an English town with their adopted human boy. The animation looks like a blend of Tim Burton and Aardman (the "Wallace & Gromit" guys). Voice talent includes Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan.

"The Skeleton Twins" (R) is a comedy-drama about estranged twins ("Saturday Night Live" alums Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader) seek to mend fences while pondering their lives and where it all went wrong. Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell and Joanna Gleason co-star.

 

"Different Drummers" (PG) is an independent faith film playing exclusively at the Megaplex District Theaters in South Jordan, billed as a true story set in the 1960s of two elementary-school boys, one suffering from muscular dystrophy, and the other his hyperactive friend who concocts a scheme with friends and teachers to give the wheelchair-bound boy a boost.

"Love Is Strange" (R) is exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City, is a comedy-drama about a same-sex Manhattan couple (John Lithgow, Alfred Molina) that marries after 39 years together. But as a result, Molina is fired from his Catholic-school teaching job, so they can no longer afford their apartment. Humiliated, they seek out family members to put them up. Marisa Tomei co-stars.

"Pump" (PG) is playing exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons, of all places, a documentary about oil usage in America, suggesting that citizens unite to overthrow what the film refers to as the oil conspiracy.