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Movie Review – The Kitchen (2019)

The Kitchen, 2019.

Written and Directed by Andrea Berloff.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common, Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, E.J. Bonilla, Wayne Duvall, Annabella Sciorra, and Myk Watford.


The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.

For a movie that tosses three women into the oven known as Hell’s Kitchen, a man’s world as the soundtrack reminds us over the opening credits, success sort of comes easy for the trio. That’s a shame considering these women (who are struggling financially after the FBI raids their mobster husbands placing them in jail for three years each) should be facing an uphill battle for obvious reasons; they are women in the 70s not just trying to work, but
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UK box office preview: Brad Pitt aims for the stars with ‘Ad Astra’

UK box office preview: Brad Pitt aims for the stars with ‘Ad Astra’
Other openers include ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘The Kitchen’.

James Gray’s astronaut drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt will look to hit new heights for the space genre on its first weekend in UK cinemas, released through 20th Century Fox.

The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, launched on Wednesday in over 300 venues. It is one of a slew of recent space-themed stories, following on from Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man last year, and with Alice Winocour’s Proxima starring Eva Green and Shelagh McLeod’s Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfus to hit cinemas in the coming months.
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Bo Report: ‘The Nightingale’ opens while ‘The Australian Dream’ rallies

The Nightingale.’

While Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale has achieved an 86 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since the world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, many critics have described the tale of rape, murder and revenge as harrowing and bleak.

So in that context the film’s opening in Australia last weekend via Transmission Films was quite respectable – and some exhibitors expect it will have a leggy run.

Meanwhile Madman Entertainment’s The Australian Dream had a buoyant second weekend, helped by word-of-mouth and the two-for-one ticket offer to Afl members.

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach advanced to $3.8 million after nabbing $305,000 in its fourth weekend, easing by 31 per cent for Universal Pictures. Kriv Stenders’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan dipped by just 16 per cent to $250,000 in its fourth, delivering $2.5 million for Transmission Films.

The Nightingale grossed $98,000 on 32 screens, bringing the total including festival screenings to
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The Kitchen Movie Review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Written and directed by Andrea Berloff and based on a DC Vertigo comicbook miniseries published in 2015, "The Kitchen" is a tale of crime and punishment.

It is a light-but-not-really-comic drama of three women who become masters of their hellbent fate and the underworld, after their husbands are disposed of to jail after being nabbed for attempted robbery.

The title has a dual meaning. It refers to the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood where the story is set, and also the room where brutal chauvinistic men think women belong to.

Set in 1978 in New York City, the narrative centres around three sort-of-friends, living in varying states of marital accommodation to low-rung mobsters.

Kathy (Melissa McCarthy) considers her bond with Jimmy (Brian d'Arcy James), her husband and father of her two kids, as a solid one and looks anguished when the judge sentences him for three years.

Claire (Elisabeth Moss) on the other hand,
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‘The Kitchen’ Filmmaker Andrea Berloff on How She Knew She Was Ready to Direct

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‘The Kitchen’ Filmmaker Andrea Berloff on How She Knew She Was Ready to Direct
Andrea Berloff brought the horror and trauma of the 9/11 terrorist attack to the silver screen in 2006 as the writer behind “World Trade Center,” starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña. In 2015, she showcased N.W.A’s rise to success in “Straight Outta Compton,” earning an original-screenplay Oscar nomination and striking a cultural chord in the hip-hop community and beyond. Most recently, she made her directorial debut with “The Kitchen,” featuring Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy as 1970s housewives who become mobsters after their gangster husbands get locked up.

What were you most scared of when you wrote “World Trade Center”?

I had to adhere to the truth of what happened to the two men that I was working with. I think more than anything, when I set out to tell a true story, the position is “Motto: First do no harm.” When you’re working with real people
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‘The Kitchen’ Serves Melissa McCarthy a New Box Office Low One Year After ‘The Happytime Murders’

  • The Wrap
On paper, Warner Bros./New Line’s “The Kitchen” seemed to have a lot going for it, especially with box office draws Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish on board. But after poor reviews, Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut is flopping hard at the box office, grossing only $5.5 million from 2,765 screens in its opening this weekend.

Heading into the weekend, analysts who spoke to TheWrap said that an opening of around $10 million was expected. While far from a strong opening, it was at least projected to outperform Fox’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which opened this weekend to just $8.1 million.

Also Read: 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' Set to Become Another Flop in Fox's Rough Box Office Year

There were a lot of reasons for audiences, particularly female moviegoers, to be intrigued. It was the first film directed by Berloff, who earned an Oscar
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Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Beats ‘Scary Stories,’ ‘The Kitchen’ Gets Burned

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Despite plenty of new nationwide offerings, Universal’s blockbuster “Hobbs & Shaw” pulled ahead of the competition to maintain its reign at the domestic box office.

The “Fast & Furious” spinoff — starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — collected $25.4 million during its second weekend of release. Those ticket sales mark a 58% decline from its inaugural outing, on par with past franchise entries. After nine days in theaters, the tentpole has earned $108 million in North America and $224 million overseas.

Though “Hobbs & Shaw” retained the box office crown, CBS Films, eOne and Lionsgate’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” came within striking distance, debuting at No. 2 with a strong $20.8 million from 3,135 theaters. The PG-13 thriller, adapted from the popular children’s horror book series, was directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro. “Scary Stories” tied 2012’s “The Woman in Black” as CBS Film’s biggest opening to date.

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The Kitchen Review

The mobsters in The Kitchen leave the gun and make the cannoli. The year is 1978. The place is Hell’s Kitchen, Brooklyn. And the three heroes – played by Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish – are as inseparable as a three-leaf-clover. They cook together. Eat together. And most importantly for an Irish family, drink together. But when their husbands go to jail for a robbery gone wrong, it’s their turn to work together and take over the family business.

Sound like Widows? It basically is. Only, this one is less a rehashing of Steve McQueen’s empowerment tale and more of a send up to the DC comic book of the same name. Okay, yes, it does steal from Widows and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at similar twists and turns. Don’t get it twisted, though: this is nothing like McQueen’s superior film. Andrea Berloff
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The Kitchen | Review

The Kitchen, God’s Wife: Berloff Doesn’t Bring the Heat in Halting Melodrama

Hell may as yet have no fury like a woman scorned, but the alchemy of Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut The Kitchen rarely raises above a simmer despite the tense elements and meaty narrative at its disposal. Based on a 2015 comic series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, Berloff, who was notably one of the scribes behind F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton, the pulpy source material certainly lands squarely in the ‘female of the species is more deadly than the male’ scenario. In a set-up which compares unfavorably to Steve McQueen’s 2018 slow burn genre piece Widows, itself based on a 1980s UK mini-series, three wives of Irish mobsters in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen are forced to scrabble together resources when their husbands get locked up for four years following a failed robbery.…

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The Kitchen: Finding the Cast, Look, and Soul of a 1970s New York Crime Drama

Valerie Complex Aug 9, 2019

Director Andrea Berloff told us about getting the world of The Kitchen right and not taking no for an answer.

The narrative of women in gangster films is something seldom explored. That’s why director Andrea Berloff wanted to adapt The Kitchen, a 2014 comic by Ollie Masters and Becky Cloonan, into a film because rarely does this genre explore the brutality and survival from the women’s perspective. The women of The Kitchen go through the gauntlet as they tackle organized crime, gentrification, and domestic violence in order to build a network that provides a means of survival. The ladies must work together to make their small syndicate work, while thwarting both cops and other mobsters in the process.

The women of The Kitchen are living in three separate spheres of life. Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy) is married to Jimmy (Brian d’Arcy James), a loving husband
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The Kitchen – Review

(L-r) Elisabeth Moss as Claire, Tiffany Haddish as Ruby and Melissa McCarthy as Kathy in New Line Cinema’s mob drama “The Kitchen,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Alison Cohen Rosa. © 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

You’ll want to stay out of The Kitchen, not due to the heat but because of the stink. The Kitchen had all the right ingredients for a good crime thriller: a cast including Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Margo Martindale, and Common, a setting in the 1970s in New York’s gritty Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, and a femme-centric crime thriller premise about the wives of criminals taking to crime themselves when their husbands are no longer there to provide financial support. Yet is takes all that and turns it into a true stinker.

The Kitchen is based on a DC comic but the premise sounds rather like the top-notch 2018 neo-noir Widows,
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Film Review: ‘The Kitchen’ is Once Upon a Time in New York City

Chicago – It’s the ladies turn to harken back to the badass 1970s, more precisely 1977 in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. In an adaptation of a DC Vertigo comic series, “The Kitchen” features Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss finding their destiny in taking over mobster duties.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

That part of the story is the most unlikely, but it makes for a nice parallel feminist fantasy alongside the women’s movement of the era (as adapted and directed by Andrea Berloff). It’s the performances that make this gritty film accessible, especially Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaiden’s Tale”) from the lead trio, who embodies and embraces every character she takes on. The supporting roles, mostly male, is highlighted by character actor fave Bill Camp, alongside Domhnall Gleason, James Badge Dale and Common (looking like the Common of now rather than trying a 1970s look). It’s
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‘The Kitchen’ Director Andrea Berloff Wanted to Fight Being Desensitized to Gun Violence

‘The Kitchen’ Director Andrea Berloff Wanted to Fight Being Desensitized to Gun Violence
In “The Kitchen,” writer-director Andrea Berloff’s three women anti-heroes flip the mob-movie script when they take control of the criminal racket that runs the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in ’70s New York. But one gangster-film hallmark remains omnipresent: violence.

While Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss participate in dismemberment, blood, and graphic gun violence, Berloff said she took lengths to portray those brutal acts in a less-glorified light.

“I was very conscious about how I was creating the violence,” she said at a post-screening Q&a in Los Angeles this week. “I did not let the women go to firearms training because I wanted them, when they held the guns, to look awkward. I didn’t want the guns to look cool.”

Berloff also opted to crank the volume of the gunshot sound effects, which she hoped would make the audience jump.

“I wanted you to notice the gunshots going by,
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The Kitchen Review: Female Gangster Flick Fizzles

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The Kitchen Review: Female Gangster Flick Fizzles
The Kitchen is the film adaptation of the DC Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The premise gives a female perspective to the traditional, machismo infused ethnic gangster flick. Unfortunately, we don't get Goodfellas with gals. A vacuous plot and utterly predictable execution wastes the formidable talents of a top tier cast. The film's female empowerment message becomes contrived with its megaphone delivery. The Kitchen follows the same gangsterism 101 recipe audiences have seen countless times. Having women as the crime bosses is refreshing, but a gender swap alone does not make a good movie.

The film takes place in New York City's Hell's Kitchen during the late seventies. The Irish mob runs the unions, protection, and loansharking rackets. An FBI agent (Common) has three local heavies under surveillance. Jimmy (Brian d'Arcy James) is a good family man, but an inept criminal. Rob (Jeremy Walsh) is a violent
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‘The Kitchen’ Review: Melissa McCarthy’s Mob Drama Is Undercooked

‘The Kitchen’ Review: Melissa McCarthy’s Mob Drama Is Undercooked
Oh, what a movie The Kitchen could have been. It seems impossible to screw up a crime thriller starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as mob wives who turn the tables on the men who done them wrong. On paper, it’s a great idea to have Andrea Berloff, the Oscar-nominated co-writer of Straight Outta Compton, make her feature directing debut with this adaptation of DC Vertigo comic book series by writer Ollie Masters and artist Ming Doyle.

Though the time is 1978 and the place is New York
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Video Review – The Kitchen

The Kitchen, 2019.

Directed by Andrea Berloff.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Common, and Bill Camp.

This week sees the release of The Kitchen, a new film from Andrea Berloff based on the Vertigo comic book. In the video below, Flickering Myth critic Ej Moreno shares his feelings on McCarthy and Haddish’s shockingly dramatic turns in the movie; watch it here, and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more reviews and exclusive videos…

The Kitchen stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…
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The Kitchen Review

Tapping into the anger of our era is not enough to fuel The Kitchen, a sadly empty movie that brings star power but not much else.




Fan favorites Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss do their best to cover for an awkward script that cannot quite decide if it’s a hardboiled crime thriller or a fun summer shoot-‘em-up movie. Written and directed by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton), The Kitchen has plenty of good ingredients, but its low drive and unwillingness to commit to any one trajectory ultimately weakens what could be a smart update of its several confused genres.

In Hell’s Kitchen in 1978, three members of the Irish mob are sent to prison by the FBI (including Common as Agent Gary Silvers), leaving their “war widows” to accept whatever scraps they get from the gang for the next three years while the men are locked up.
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‘The Kitchen’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss Lead a Mafia Misfire

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‘The Kitchen’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss Lead a Mafia Misfire
Across the long history of gangster movies, women have usually been relegated to molls, mothers, or voices of conscience; sometimes tough, but never in control. “The Kitchen,” a violent gender corrective set in an Irish mafia-run ’70s New York, has other plans, eager to present its trio of Hell’s Kitchen wives — Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss — as badass, bloodthirsty bosses in their own right.

It’s an exploitation flip whose time has surely come, but what writer-director Andrea Berloff has cobbled together around this concept (based on a DC/Vertigo comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle) is little more than another tone-challenged stumble through mob clichés as prevalent as the trash, graffiti and flared threads dominating the period design.

Coming a year after “Widows” disappointingly wrestled with a similar scenario of women taking on their husbands’ lawbreaking, “The Kitchen” has some of the same
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‘The Kitchen’: The Inspired Trio Of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish & Elisabeth Moss Cannot Save This Dull Blunt Instrument [Review]

More of your standard heavy than a killer hitman, Warner Bros.’ new ’70s-set drama, “The Kitchen” is all about blunt force instead of skill. The directorial debut of “Straight Out of Compton” co-writer Andrea Berloff, “The Kitchen” takes a blackjack club to the traditionally male-driven mafia drama skull, with a trio of female crime bosses taking over New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen in the late 1970s.

Continue reading ‘The Kitchen’: The Inspired Trio Of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish & Elisabeth Moss Cannot Save This Dull Blunt Instrument [Review] at The Playlist.
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Film Review: ‘The Kitchen’

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Film Review: ‘The Kitchen’
When two movie studios launch projects built on a suspiciously similar concept — it could be asteroid-hitting-the-earth thrillers or animated bug comedies, biopics about Truman Capote writing “In Cold Blood” or reboots of classic old monster franchises — it’s sometimes a coincidence and sometimes a case of flat-out imitation (which is the nice word for it). So I won’t speculate as to which of those two scenarios describes the relationship between “The Kitchen,” a light-but-not-really-comic drama about a trio of mob wives in Hell’s Kitchen in 1978 who become players in the Irish underworld after their husbands are nabbed during a robbery and sent to the slammer, and “Widows,” last year’s drama about four criminal wives who become masters of their hellbent fate when their professional-thief husbands are chased down during a robbery and killed.

The Kitchen,” written and directed by Andrea Berloff, is based on a DC Vertigo
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