Watch at Home: ‘The Kitchen’ & more from female filmmakers

(L-R) TIFFANY HADDISH as Ruby, MELISSA McCARTHY as Kathy and ELISABETH MOSS as Claire in New Line Cinema’s mob drama “The Kitchen,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/8/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • The Kitchen – Andrea Berloff (director/writer)
  • Teslafy Me – Janja Glogo (director)


This week’s selection is The Kitchen. The Kitchen is about a trio of wives who take over protecting the neighborhood while their husbands are serving time in jail.

The Irish mafia runs Hell’s Kitchen, running the course of 20 blocks between 8th Avenue and the Hudson.  They offer protection in exchange for money.  The film starts when a trio of men, Jimmy (Brian d’Arcy James), Kevin (James Badge Dale), and Rob (Jeremy Bobb) are taking out a hit only to get caught by the FBI.  While the husbands sit in jail, the Irish mafia leave their wives out to dry.  No money for food or rent is obviously going to be terrible business.  Meanwhile, Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy), Ruby O’Carroll (Tiffany Haddish), and Claire Walsh (Elisabeth Moss) decide to take over the neighborhood.  They get some help from a hitman, Gabriel O’Malley (Domhnall Gleeson).  It is not a surprise to say that things get very bloody.  Thankfully, the film doesn’t let us see the worst of the violent images but there may be a cringe-inducing moment or two.

While the women take to the streets and bring their own version of change, some of the old guard refuse to let go.  One of them in particular is Ruby’s mother-in-law, Helen O’Carroll (Margo Martindale).  You can always count on her to be rude to Ruby while remaining ever so loyal to Kevin.

You can read my full review here.

© Danielle Solzman (11/8/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from The Kitchen EPK
Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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