THOROUGHBREDS

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Thriller. Af­ter killing her crip­pled horse with a knife, Amanda (Ready Player One’s Olivia Cooke), a high school learner from a wealthy fam­ily, is charged with an­i­mal cru­elty.

Her mother (Kaili Ver­noff) ar­ranges for her to have tu­tor­ing ses­sions with the more aca­dem­i­cally in­clined Lily (Anya Tay­lor-Joy from Split). As the two be­come friends Lily re­veals she hates her abu­sive step­fa­ther (Paul Sparks) and the two con­coct a plan to black­mail a drug dealer (An­ton Yelchin) into mur­der­ing him . . .

Cooke and Tay­lor-Joy are ex­cel­lent as dam­aged teenagers who be­come friends de­spite their dif­fer­ences.

Di­rec­tor Cory Finley’s taut de­but main­tains a sense of men­ace that keeps you watch­ing, but sen­si­tive view­ers might find this dark noir dis­turb­ing. – WILLEM MÖLLER 2017. 90 MIN. 16DLV. ALSO OUT ON DVD.

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