A taut thriller that contains a wealth of social commentary, EMILY THE CRIMINAL, opening at The Ross on Friday, September 16, is stolen by Aubrey Plaza's terrific work in the title role. But if EMILY THE CRIMINAL isn't always successful as a genre exercise, it's thoroughly gripping as a portrait of a woman always operating in survival mode. –Justin Chang, NPR A gritty and suspenseful LA noir that also serves to examine the structural issues that uphold wealth inequality in this country. But “EMILY THE CRIMINAL” isn’t trying to be preachy or political; it’s just authentic, and urgent. –Katie Walsh, The Wrap One of the pleasures of Plaza’s performance is the way she shows us a person working out her fight-or-flight instincts in real time, and in ever more dangerous transactional situations. –Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times EMILY THE CRIMINAL is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, September 16 through Thursday, September 29. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association has rated EMILY THE CRIMINAL R (Brief Drug Use|Some Violence|Language). Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a "dummy shopper," buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.