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The Aids Memorial

Critics, Film, Film of the week, Widowed and wed to a life of crime

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A dream cast, led by Viola Davis on Oscarworthy form, plan the perfect heist in Steve McQueen’s inspired reworking of Lynda La Plante’s 80 s TV drama

Widows
(130 mins, 15) Directed by Steve McQueen; starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

“Our lives are in danger; our husbands aren’t coming back; we’re on our own”. Transposing Lynda La Plante’s groundbreaking TV series from 80 s London to present-day Chicago, this latest from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is an empowering, electrifying thriller with an ensemble cast to die for.

Co-scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn , it follows a disparate group of women who are forced to pick up the criminal baton from their recently deceased husbands. Intelligent, engrossing and fiercely emotional (without resort to sentimentality), Widows is a sinewy treat that seamlessly intertwines close-up character studies, big picture politics and audaciously reimagined heist-movie riffs.

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