Wives take control of gangster operations in 'The Kitchen'

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Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy in “The Kitchen.”

The women aren’t fooling around when it comes to gangster life in the film “The Kitchen,” releasing to theaters this weekend.

Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Tammy” and “Spy”), Tiffany Haddish (“Nobody’s Fool” and “Girls Trip”) and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaids Tale” and “The One I Love”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI.

According to the film’s production company, the ladies, left with little but a sharp ax to grind, take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition — literally.

The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), James Badge Dale (“Only the Brave”), Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight”), with Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Oscar winner Common (“Selma” and “Marshall”) and Bill Camp (“Vice”).

Andrea Berloff is the director and screenwriter for the film, which is rated R for violence, language throughout and some sexual content. Berloff was also the screenwriter for “Straight Outta Compton.”

Other films releasing to the box office this weekend include:

n “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” directed by James Bobin and staring Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena and Eva Longoria. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever — High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading a rag tag group on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

The film is rated PG for action and some impolite humor.

n “The Art of Racing,” directed by Simon Curtis and staring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker and Martin Donovan. A heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift, an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

The film is rated PG for thematic material.

n “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” directed by Andre Ovredal and staring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush and Austin Abrams. It’s 1968 in America. Far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.

The synopsis for each film comes from rottentomatoes.com.

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