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This week on the big screen, an orphaned boy is taken in by cute and quirky Boxtrolls, Denzel Washington is out for vengeance as “The Equalizer,” and the Song of Solomon is the basis for a musical drama. Here’s a look at what’s opening in theaters this week.

THE BOXTROLLS

Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor | In Theaters 9/25 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 6+ | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels | TheBoxtrolls.com | Facebook | Twitter

From the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” comes this cute animated movie about a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who’ve lovingly raised an orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), dreams up a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground “into the light,” where he teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the voice cast also includes Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.

THE EQUALIZER

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references | In Theaters 9/25 (2D/IMAX p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 17+ | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | The Equalizer | Facebook | Twitter

If anyone can recapture the magic of the 1980s TV show starring Edward Woodward as a vigilante out for justice, it’s Denzel Washington and his “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua. Washington plays Robert McCall, a man with a mysterious past intent on living a quiet, peaceful life. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by.

Armed with special skills and good contacts, McCall comes out of retirement to seek justice. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, The Equalizer is ready to help. Also stars Marton Csokas, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo and Haley Bennett.

THE SONG

PG-13 for thematic elements, including some substance abuse, smoking and rude references | In Theaters 9/26 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | The Song | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

“The Song” follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and romance blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit.

Thrust into a life of stardom and temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s marriage begins to fall apart. Directed by Richard Ramsey, “The Song” blends a compelling biblical narrative (it’s based on the Song of Solomon) with a modern-day love story.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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