Roman J. Israel, Esq. 1.0 stars

Roman J. Israel, Esq. movie poster

We open on our titular character reading along with an affidavit as it is spelled out across the screen, a thudding note of cinematic redundancy that sets the tone for what was to follow. Denzel is great, Denzel is good, let us honor Him with sainthood. The Equalizer brought him close to the edge, but Denzel Washington is one of the few respectable actors yet to embarrass himself onscreen. With an afro poking above his computer monitor and a shelving unit sticking out the rear end of his suit coat, he unflinchingly owns the presence and tenor of the reluctant litigator. One entered expected so much from writer-director Dan Gilroy and cinematographer Robert Elswit, the the creative team behind Nightcrawler. That film set the recent bar for transforming a city (Los Angeles at night) into a character. Israel is all talk (and talk, and talk) and no show. It didn’t help that the camera was positioned so far up Denzel’s nose that I felt like a dust mite. 2017.

Scott Marks

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

2:30pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

1:30pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

12:40pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

1:10pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:25pm

Friday, December 15

9:40pm

Saturday, December 16

9:40pm

Sunday, December 17

9:40pm

Monday, December 18

4:10pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, December 19

9:40pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

11:55am, 3:00pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

10:35am, 1:40pm, 4:50pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

3:00pm

Regal San Marcos

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Thursday, December 14

12:50pm, 4:05pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Thursday, December 14

1:00pm

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