Widows (15)



Thriller (2018)
130mins UK/US

Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer(s): Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Career criminal Harry Rawlins pulls off the daring theft of two million dollars with a three-strong team comprising Florek Gunner, Carlos Perelli and Jimmy Nunn. The heist goes bad and the four men are killed in fireball following a gun fight with SWAT officers. Harry's wife Veronica has barely buried her husband when she receives an unwelcome visit from crime boss Jamal Manning. He wants the widow to replace the stolen funds or she will suffer grievous consequences.

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Widows (15)

Desperate times demand resourceful women in Widows, a glossy heist thriller based on the 1980s TV series created by Lynda LaPlante. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, and director Steve McQueen co-write a script, which transplants the intrigue and betrayal from London to the gleaming apartments and deprived neighbourhoods of Chicago. They have sharp ears for snappy dialogue - "I'm in the driving seat, I just don't have a set of wheels"; "He should have loved you more and the bookies less" - and position powerful female protagonists at the centre of a muscular film that might otherwise be heavy on testosterone...

Widows. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Elizabeth Debicki as Alice Gunner, Viola Davis as Veronica Rawlins, Michelle Rodriguez as Linda Perelli and Cynthia Erivo as Belle in Widows, directed by Steve McQueen. Photo: Merrick Morton. All Rights Reserved.Two breathlessly staged robberies, which quicken the pulse, bookend the picture but it's a slow burn in between as the plot manoeuvres characters into position for a blood-spattered end game like pawns on a chessboard. McQueen cannot resist attention-grabbing flourishes. A politician's journey home by car from a campaign appearance could be accomplished without fanfare. Instead, the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave captures the drive in a single fluid take, seemingly positioning his lens on the bonnet of the car as it travels through city streets while we listen to audio of a heated conversation in the back seat. It's an impressive piece of camerawork but rather indulgent, and such excesses contradict the central female character's assertion that a group of women can pull off a robbery because they go unnoticed about their lives.

Career criminal Harry Rawlins (Liam Neeson) spearheads the theft of two million dollars with a three strong crew comprising Florek Gunner (Jon Bernthal), Carlos Perelli (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Jimmy Nunn (Coburn Goss). The job goes sour in a hail of SWAT team bullets and the robbers perish in an acetylene-fuelled fireball. The money is incinerated with them. Shortly after Harry's wife Veronica (Viola Davis) buries her husband, she receives an unwelcome visit from crime boss Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry). He is standing for election in the city's eighth district against Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell), son of crooked politician Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall). Jamal claims Harry stole the two million dollars from him and he wants Veronica to replace the missing funds or suffer grievous consequences at the hands of his sadistic brother (Daniel Kaluuya). Armed with a notebook containing plans for Harry's next robbery, Veronica assembles a new crew including Carlos's wife Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Florek's wife Alice (Elizabeth Debicki).

Widows is a stylish portrait of crime and punishment, distinguished by spirited performances from Davis, Rodriguez and Debicki. Tony Award-winning theatre star Cynthia Erivo is excellent in support as the babysitter recruited as a getaway driver. Strip away McQueen's brio and what remains is a high quality, conventional thriller with a couple of satisfying narrative twists.

- Kim Hu

Widows. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Elizabeth Debicki as Alice Gunner, Viola Davis as Veronica Rawlins, Michelle Rodriguez as Linda Perelli and Cynthia Erivo as Belle in Widows, directed by Steve McQueen. Photo: Merrick Morton. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 30th November
To Thursday 6th December

- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Caernarfon, Galeri Caernarfon
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Picture House
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Horsham, The Capitol
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lerwick, Mareel
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Poole, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Ramsgate, Granville Theatre And Cinema
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wolverhampton, Light House
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Worthing, Connaught 2 Screen Cinema
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 7th December
To Thursday 13th December

- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Barry, Memo Arts Centre
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, The Cube Microplex
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Clevedon, Curzon Clevedon
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, EYE Cinema
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Malmesbury, Malmesbury Town Hall
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peebles, Eastgate Theatre
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Ramsgate, Granville Theatre And Cinema
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Royston, Royston Picture Palace
- Saffron Walden, Saffron Screen
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wells-next-the-Sea, Granary Theatre
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham


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