Widows movie poster

A group of gangster widows, led with tigerish confidence by Viola Davis, find their husbands’ blueprint for a heist and decide to try their hands at robbery. Widows peaks when focusing on the crime at hand. Basing his story on a pair of six-part Thames Television mini-series from the 80’s, director Steve McQueen has a tough job of holding together all of the plot strings without overlapping into coincidence. (Fortunately for Elizabeth Debicki, the trio’s first meeting is being held on the same night that she decides to test the waters as a high-price call girl. That way, if she bails, it’s just a short cab ride across town and out of the plot contrivance.) The worse the bad guy, the better the picture. We could have used more of Daniel Kaluuya’s flagrant nastiness — his “rapping dumpster” shootings help to compensate for Robert Duvall’s moth-eaten performance as a racist politician. It could be the most thinly-sketched character ever presented him. Still, there’s enough quality action and surprises to keep it interesting. 2018.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

AMC Fashion Valley

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

Friday, December 14

11:20am, 2:40pm, 6:00pm, 9:10pm

Saturday, December 15

11:20am, 2:40pm, 6:00pm, 9:10pm

Sunday, December 16

11:20am, 2:40pm, 6:00pm, 9:10pm

Monday, December 17

11:20am, 2:40pm, 6:00pm, 9:10pm

Tuesday, December 18

11:20am, 2:40pm, 6:00pm, 9:10pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Friday, December 14

12:30pm, 6:40pm, 9:50pm

Saturday, December 15

4:20pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, December 16

12:30pm, 6:40pm, 9:50pm

Monday, December 17

6:40pm, 9:35pm

Tuesday, December 18

12:30pm, 6:40pm, 9:50pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Friday, December 14

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Saturday, December 15

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Sunday, December 16

12:00pm, 3:10pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Friday, December 14

12:05pm

Saturday, December 15

11:30am

Sunday, December 16

12:05pm

Monday, December 17

12:05pm

Tuesday, December 18

12:05pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Friday, December 14

4:05pm, 9:50pm

Saturday, December 15

4:05pm, 9:50pm

Sunday, December 16

4:05pm

Monday, December 17

1:50pm

Tuesday, December 18

1:50pm, 4:50pm, 7:50pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Friday, December 14

9:30pm

Saturday, December 15

9:30pm

Sunday, December 16

9:30pm

Monday, December 17

11:50am, 9:50pm

Tuesday, December 18

11:30am, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Friday, December 14

4:05pm, 10:10pm

Saturday, December 15

6:05pm, 9:15pm

Sunday, December 16

6:05pm, 9:15pm

Monday, December 17

6:05pm, 6:55pm, 9:45pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, December 18

6:05pm, 6:55pm, 9:45pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, December 19

6:05pm, 6:55pm, 9:45pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, December 20

1:30pm, 4:35pm, 10:45pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Friday, December 14

1:50pm, 8:00pm

Saturday, December 15

2:30pm, 9:30pm

Sunday, December 16

1:50pm, 8:00pm

Monday, December 17

12:30pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, December 18

12:30pm, 3:35pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Friday, December 14

3:35pm, 9:10pm

Saturday, December 15

12:35pm, 6:10pm

Sunday, December 16

3:35pm

Monday, December 17

12:20pm

Tuesday, December 18

12:20pm, 3:40pm

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