Forget Paramount Network’s ill-advised TV update of Heathers: For a 21st century update on the “murderous high-school ennui” genre, you’re much better off with Thoroughbreds. Starring The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy and Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke as disturbingly emotionless upper-class teenagers who plot to kill one girl’s stepfather after rekindling their childhood friendship, the film was a favorite of our own A.A. Dowd at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where he called it a “razor-witted black comedy” that’s “superbly unpredictable, moving fluidly into thriller territory and back again.”
We’re giving our readers in Chicago a chance to catch the film before it opens on March 9; that screening will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). To register for passes, just follow this link. Be sure to arrive early to guarantee your seat, though, before it’s given away to someone else. It’s a cruel world out there.