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90 Minutes/ Rated R
Directed by: Cory Finley - St. Louis Native
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin


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  • Monday, March 19 - Thursday, March 22:  (5:45), 8:00

Childhood friends Lily and Amanda 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 resume; 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, 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, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.

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'Thoroughbreds' is a thrilling ride with a fine cast

• Three stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Written and directed by St. Louis native Cory Finley, “Thoroughbreds” is a stylish exploration of criminal behavior among the privileged class. Finley evokes a vision of a morally compromised world that allows Amanda and Lily to indulge their worst impulses.

Although the film is a bit too schematic in its updating of film noir, it also signals a talent to watch. And Finley elicits fine work from his cast.

Cooke is particularly impressive, imbuing Amanda with a chilling misanthropy. Taylor-Joy plays Lily as a bit too sympathetic, but she nails the character’s cluelessness. And Yelchin, who died in 2016 at the age of 27, turns in a performance that’s as quirky as it is memorable.

“Thoroughbreds” should put Finley on the fast track.

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Rated R/ 120 Minutes
Directed by: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh


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  • Monday, March 19 - Thursday, March 22:  (4:30), 7:00


Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X - a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.  From the director of Ex Machina and based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy.

'Annihilation' is smart science fiction

• 3½ stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Annihilation” may strike some viewers as a hybrid of “Arrival” (2016) and “Alien” (1979), but it’s very much its own thing — a science-fiction flick that’s at once intellectually ambitious and extremely frightening.

Working from a screenplay that he adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, director Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) creates a strange, intriguing world in which none of the usual rules apply. This is a film that gets under your skin and stays there.

Portman is eminently watchable as Lena, who slowly realizes that she’s in way over her head. And “Ex Machina” star Isaac virtually redefines creepiness.

No doubt “Annihilation” will get a lot of attention for showcasing a mostly female cast. But the film is best appreciated as a smart entry in an often challenging genre.

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