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So, you think you want to be a princess? Paradise Hills, will make you rethink that fantasy. Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the sci-fi thriller explores the societal divide and ideas about conformity and perfection. Set in a remote reform school style resort from hell, it follows a young woman (Emma Roberts) who awakes to discover that she’s been transported to the titular facility on an uncharted island, where she is treated relentlessly to etiquette classes and beauty treatments for a nefarious purpose. Danielle Macdonald, Awkwafina, and Milla Jovovich co-star in this heavily designed dystopian exercise—the feature debut of fashion photographer Alice Waddington.

Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, Fri., Oct. 25, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310)-478-3836, laemmle.com.

 

LA Weekly