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Thoroughbreds

Friday 20th to Thursday 26th April

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Director: Cory Finley

Starring: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy

Rating: 15

USA 2018, 93mins

Electrifying duo Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke are Lily and Amanda, reunited when Amanda’s mum asks Lily to help her daughter study. Having personally euthanised the family horse, Amanda is notorious amongst the blue-blood community of her Connecticut suburb. It’s a fact Lily clearly finds fascinating. Neither is afraid to shock or offend, and their competitive trading in acerbic quips soon intensifies to the point where they jokingly plan to kill Lily’s loathsome stepfather Mark. However, in their attempts to impress each other, the plan soon becomes serious and together they dupe a small-time drug dealer (the late Anton Yelchin) into helping them.

Les Diaboliques and Heavenly Creatures are clearly reference points here, but Thoroughbreds is no imitation. Playwright-turned-debut filmmaker Cory Finley embraces cinema’s full potential, directing with muscular energy. Thoroughbreds is a pedigree treat.