Wid­ows

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This en­thralling heist thriller kills it on ev­ery level. Vi­ola Davis, Michelle Ro­driguez and El­iz­a­beth Debicki are wid­ows who just lost their hus­bands in a high-stakes rob­bery gone hor­ri­bly wrong and, along with a gung-ho out­sider (Cyn­thia Erivo), de­cide to fin­ish the job. The im­pres­sive cast — which also in­cludes Liam Nee­son, Daniel Kalu­uya, Colin Far­rell, Robert Du­vall and Brian Tyree Henry — has never been bet­ter. (Kalu­uya makes his char­ac­ter so cold-blooded, the evil sub­ur­ban fam­ily from Get Out would be ter­ri­fied to go near him.) The en­gross­ing ac­tion rarely lets up, start­ing with a daz­zling open­ing se­quence. As for the twisty story? Ex­pect noth­ing less than taut ex­cel­lence from Gone Girl writer Gil­lian Flynn, who co-penned the screen­play with 12 Years a Slave direc­tor Steve McQueen.

This hol­i­day sea­son, re­venge is a dish best served su­per­charged and siz­zling hot. MARA REINSTEIN, MARAMOVIES.COM

The women “riselike a phoenix from the ashes,” says Davis. (In­set, costars Kalu­uya, left, and Henry.)

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