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

Tuesday, December 11

11:50am, 3:00pm, 6:10pm, 9:15pm

AMC La Jolla

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

Tuesday, December 11

1:05pm, 4:10pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

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

Tuesday, December 11

1:25pm, 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:20pm, 3:20pm, 6:20pm, 9:20pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:20pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:20pm, 9:30pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

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

Wednesday, December 12

2:00pm, 4:55pm, 7:55pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

12:15pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:15pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, December 13

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:10pm, 10:00pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:25am, 12:05pm, 2:20pm, 4:55pm, 7:10pm, 10:10pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:30am, 2:40pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:35am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:35am, 1:35pm, 4:35pm, 7:25pm, 10:20pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

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

Tuesday, December 11

11:45am, 2:50pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:45am, 2:50pm

Thursday, December 13

11:45am

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, December 12

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, December 13

10:35am, 1:25pm, 4:15pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

12:50pm, 2:30pm, 5:45pm, 8:50pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:50pm, 2:30pm, 5:45pm, 8:50pm

Thursday, December 13

12:50pm, 2:30pm, 5:45pm

Regal Escondido

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

Tuesday, December 11

12:30pm, 3:40pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:30pm, 3:40pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Regal Oceanside

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

Tuesday, December 11

1:05pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:05pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm

Thursday, December 13

1:05pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

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

Tuesday, December 11

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 12

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Thursday, December 13

11:55am, 2:55pm, 6:45pm, 9:45pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

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

Tuesday, December 11

12:10pm, 3:15pm, 6:35pm, 9:35pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:10pm, 3:15pm, 6:35pm, 9:35pm

Thursday, December 13

12:10pm, 3:15pm, 6:35pm, 9:35pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

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

Tuesday, December 11

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, December 13

12:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Tuesday, December 11

12:15pm, 3:30pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, December 12

12:15pm, 3:30pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

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

Tuesday, December 11

1:05pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm

Wednesday, December 12

1:05pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm

Thursday, December 13

1:05pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm

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