The Kitchen 0.0 stars

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Synopsis

Writer-director Andrea Berloff, working from a graphic novel by Ollie Masters, knows the story she wants to tell: one of sisters doing it for themselves and sticking it to the Man. And she has the tools to tell it in stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. She even has a solid setting: New York’s mobbed-up Hell’s Kitchen of the late ‘70s (the title thus becomes a cleverish play on “A woman’s place is in...”). But what she doesn’t seem to have is much of an idea of how to tell it. At the outset, our heroines — and they are offered as heroines here, no matter how heinous their behavior eventually becomes — find themselves in a bind: their Irish gangster husbands have been sent away for three years, and the new guy in charge won’t even cover their rent in the meantime. But it turns out he’s also not great at providing the protection that the neighborhood shops are paying for, so the ladies step in to take over his operation. — and then some. What follows is a weird little fantasy that seems uninterested in anything but empowerment by any means necessary. (The line “You do what you have to do” is dutifully uttered near the end.) The direction is flat (actors taking turns speaking their lines instead of actually conversing, etc.), the characterization baffling, the plot mechanics incredible — as in, not to be believed.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Rated: R

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

    7:45 p.m.

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    7:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20

    7:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21

    7:45 p.m.

AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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    5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

  • Monday, Aug. 19

    12:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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    7:05 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

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    11:20 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:25 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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    6:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

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    3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

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    3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21

    3:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:10 p.m.

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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    7:25 p.m.

  • Monday, Aug. 19

    5 p.m.

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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    7:25 p.m.

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    6:20 p.m.

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    6:20 p.m.

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    6:20 p.m.

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

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    8:45 p.m.

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    8:45 p.m.

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    8:45 p.m.

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    8:45 p.m.

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway. 858-646-9423

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    4:30 p.m.

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    8:45 p.m.

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    4:30 p.m.

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

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    7:25 p.m.

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    7:25 p.m.

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    7:25 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

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    10:30 p.m.

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    2:35 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    2:35 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

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    7:05 p.m.

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    2:40 p.m.

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    2:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m.

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    2:40 p.m.

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    2:40 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

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    7 p.m., 10 p.m.

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    7:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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    7:20 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

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    6:45 p.m., 10:15 p.m.

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 760-603-8638

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    5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

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    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 9 p.m.

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    12:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista. 760-945-7469

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    7:50 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

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    7:50 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

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    7:50 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

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    10:10 p.m.

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    2:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    2:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m.

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    10:15 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 619-465-3040

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    10:45 p.m.

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    10:10 a.m., 10:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20

    10:10 a.m., 10:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

    10 p.m.

  • Monday, Aug. 19

    10:35 a.m., 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20

    10:35 a.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

    9:20 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

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    2:50 p.m.

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido. 760-291-0119

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    7:55 p.m.

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    11:35 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 7:55 p.m.

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    11:35 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 7:55 p.m.

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    11:35 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 7:55 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 5:05 p.m.

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

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    7:40 p.m.

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    1:55 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

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    7:50 p.m.

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Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

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    2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 10 p.m.

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

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    6:10 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

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    3:25 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

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    3:25 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

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    3:25 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

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    5:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 10:35 p.m.

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    12:25 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 9:25 p.m.

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    12:25 p.m., 3:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21

    3:15 p.m., 9:35 p.m.

  • Thursday, Aug. 22

    2:55 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

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    4:55 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 10:20 p.m.

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    1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

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    1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

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    1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

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    1:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. 619-685-2841

  • Sunday, Aug. 18

    5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

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    11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.

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