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Thoroughbreds Review

To be young in America, according to Cory Finley, is to be in over your head with ideas of extremeness, looking for that unlikely friendship to lash it all out on. Thoroughbreds relies on the stark differences between two former friends and the murder most foul that will absolve them of problems. They have fallen out of favour with one another, and it is clear to see why. They are from different backgrounds. While their outlooks and upbringing are different, they are brought together, presumably by hobbies and activities they share with one another off-screen. It does not matter all too much to the story Thoroughbreds wishes to spin. Nothing much does matter to Finley and his simple-yet-cutting narrative.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review

We all lose people. That message is rather absent from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, or at least, it wouldn’t be had the film not set itself up with a chirpy tone and a retinue of boring narrative tropes. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, appearing rather discontent with the genre on hand, does everything in his power to pull some semblance out of the thankfully short-lived coming-of-age style that found itself set in the suburbs of America, developing the youth that stagnated there. Olivia Cooke and Thomas Mann lead this futile effort, but rather than accept their fate and become cannon fodder for the Perks of Being a Wallflower crowd, Gomez-Rejon and his cast try something slightly, ever so faintly different. 

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