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Widows (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.

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From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. "Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar (R) winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. "Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.


Viola Davis
as Veronica
Colin Farrell
as Jack Mulligan
Robert Duvall
as Tom Mulligan
Liam Neeson
as Harry Rawlins
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With a killer cast led by Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriquez and Elizabeth Debicki, director Steve McQueen turns four women and a heist into the powerhouse thriller of the year. You're in for a hell of a ride.

November 13, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

McQueen seems to be saying look again, look harder, because underneath the roiling tension of big money heists and the crunching of political gears is an examination about the ugly machinations of power, money and patriarchy.

November 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As always, Steve McQueen is an original and bold storyteller, delivering the goods with dazzling creativity.

November 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The ensemble is a blast. Everyone gets their moment and you come away feeling like you really got to know most of them, but it is Davis and her unforgettably searing intensity (and killer wardrobe) who owns "Widows" from start to finish.

November 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The director of "12 Years a Slave" has lost little of his talent for moral shock, and the new film retains a clear-eyed vision of what has changed, and just how much has not, in the contesting of American power.

November 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"Widows" is an unimportant movie.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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