'The Equalizer 2' (Jul. 20)
Funny how sequels don't seem like such a paycheck thing when they star Denzel Washington. This second Equalizer film, again directed by the regular collaborator Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Magnificent Seven) is actually Washington's first sequel. How did the filmmaker persuade him to return to the role of retired special-ops agent Robert McCall who heaps rough justice on criminal scum? Fuqua reported that Washington read the script and thought it was "different and better." Sometimes it's that uncomplicated.