Widows

Showed at Images 11/16/2018–11/29/2018

Starring: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Jacki Weaver

Showing on the Main Screen

Steve McQueen follows up his Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave with a gripping thriller about four women left with no options other than to pull off a daring multi-million dollar heist.

Viola Davis soars as Veronica, a Chicago union leader who has always turned a blind eye to her husband Rawlins’ less legitimate business arrangements. Among other things, Rawlins, played by with a gravel-tinged lilt by Liam Neeson, runs a three-man crew of thieves, and they are about to pull off a major job. When that job goes fatally wrong, however, Veronica is forced to reckon with the legacy of crime closing in around her. Her only way out: recruit her fellow widows—Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki—to finish what the men started and pull off an audacious heist on their own terms.

Although based on a 30-year-old British crime drama, Widows is marvelous, meaningful entertainment for our current #MeToo moment. McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, endow the classic planning-a-heist-film set-up with real world stakes and emotional resonance. While the men jockey for position through political posturing and braggadocio, the women solemnly take stock of the dire situation (that the men have left them in, needless to say) and quietly set about taking care of business. Through their preparations for the job, they discover their determination, their resourcefulness and their full potential. A powerful statement on the strength of women that also happens to be an explosive, livewire thriller, directed with wit and style, Widows is not to be missed.

  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Even as the anchor of this lavishly gifted ensemble, Viola Davis's talent for wounded dignity and quiet resilience, her ability to hold a closeup in complete silence, is deployed to unusually piercing, satisfying effect.... there is never any doubt that she owns this movie from beginning to end.”

– Los Angeles Times