Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

“Thoroughbreds,” which premiered at Sundance, is the film debut of Cory Finley, an acclaimed playwright with St. Louis roots. Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her résumé; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily's contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark (Paul Sparks), and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another's most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim (the late Anton Yelchin in his final role), and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight. Indiewire hails the film as “tense and tightly coiled,” and on, critic Brian Tallerico describes “Thoroughbreds” as “a razor-sharp horror/satire that plays like an update of ‘Heavenly Creatures’ for the era of the Kardashians.”

90 min.

Directed by

Cory Finley

Film Category

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