Directed by Steve McQueen; 2018 (130mins), in English

The 58th New York Film Festival opens tonight, with drive in and virtual screenings of Steve McQueen Lovers Rock, one of five films about the West Indian experience in London between the 1960s and 1980s. Co-written and directed by the Oscar winning filmmaker of 12 Years a Slave, the collection is called Small Axe. It was made for the BBC and Amazon. Respected in art galleries as much as he is on the big screen, McQueen is known for his stylish, cool to the point of algid touch. Until you have a chance to see Small Axe, we highly suggest taking a look at his last (and underappreciated) feature, Widows (2018).

A product of the unlikely combination between the artsy British director and the best-selling American thriller novelist Gillian Flynn, Widows brings to McQueen’s detached world a good dose of pulp. It is a heist film in the classic tradition, against a backdrop of political corruption in Chicago, with four formidable actresses (Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki) playing unknowing wives left with a most unpleasant inheritance by the sudden death of their husbands.

Widows can be watched on Amazon Prime.

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