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Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football review – meet the Brazilian Mr Ripley

This gripping documentary tells an almost unbelievable tale about a man who conned club after club into funding his lifestyle as a football star in Rio

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This is a fascinating documentary from British film-maker Louis Myles about someone who in the 80s and 90s became a legend in the world of Brazilian football. Someone whose pure outrageousness was hiding in plain sight. His rackety career tells you a lot about human nature and people’s willingness to be fooled; about a media that saw its job simply as cheerleading; and about the Enronised nature of celebrity. It reminded me weirdly of The Talented Mr Ripley, or Bart Layton’s classic The Imposter, in that it’s about a sociopath and parasite. It is by turns bizarre, funny and desperately sad. It’s also about something
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Capsule Review – American Animals

The turning point where American Animals finally won me over and will for anyone else not entirely sold, boils down to a third act reveal that makes clear why writer and director Bart Layton has chosen to include documentary-style cutaway interviews to the real-life subjects of the Transylvania University art heist incident drip feeding different versions of the truth. Is it a little late to completely redeem the movie into something truly special? Yes, but by the end, there is no denying that Bart Layton (most known for the documentary The Imposter) has once again found a creative way to play with the structure of biopics and reality versus dramatization.

American Animals also has a terrific small ensemble of bright young actors, but it is Keoghan and Peters who stand out thanks to receiving the most material along with juxtaposed opposite lives despite their close friendship, and it’s great
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Stealing Books Made Thrilling in American Animals [Trailer]

Writer/director Bart Layton has a long career producing and directing reality television but in 2012 he made his feature film debut with the hugely entertaining documentary The Imposter in which a Spaniard claims to be son of an American couple who has been missing for 3 years.

For his follow-up, a narrative feature called American Animals, Layton isn't going too far from the documentary world choosing to adapt the real life story four teenagers in Lexington, Kentucky who tried to get rich by ripping off a book worth ten million dollars.

The plan is simple: break into the archives of the local college and steal a number of rare books. And no, it doesn't seem like they worked out how they were going to unload said books. That's thinking too far ahead for these teens.
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New trailer for ‘American Animals’

American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Written and directed by Bart Layton (The Imposter) and starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier, the film is released in UK cinemas on September 7th.

Centring on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures. Realising their lives may never be important; they organise the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer’s college, including Audubon’s Birds of America, valued at $10 million. Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness
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Trailer Binge: ‘Solo’,’ Ocean’s 8′, ‘American Animals’, ‘Hot Summer Nights’, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for ‘Ocean’s 8‘, ‘American Animals‘ and ‘Hot Summer Nights‘. Also we showcase trailers for the amazon studios Series ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ and ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle‘, along with a brand-new Tv spot for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘. Let the Trailer binge begin!

‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer #2

Gary Ross, the filmmaker behind The Hunger Games and Pleasantville, co-wrote the screenplay with Olivia Milch. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson,
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‘American Animals’ Trailer: ‘The Imposter’ Director Returns With Another Reality-Blurring Crime Story

After directing one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the century thus far with The Imposter, Bart Layton is back with his follow-up, another feature the blurs the line between reality and narrative. American Animals, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, tells the story of four friends who planned an art heist at their local college. Picked up by The Orchard, teaming with MoviePass for their first-ever release, the first trailer has now debuted.

“The rich genre of crime film in which dumbasses get themselves in way over their heads has a proud new entry with American Animals. Though premiering as part of Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, I’d strenuously argue that it is in fact a documentary that happens to be 90% reenactment,” Dan Schindel said in our review. “Hell, the movie itself even states in the opening chyron that it is a true story,
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Evan Peters plans the perfect heist in trailer for American Animals

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After it’s successful outing at this year’s Sundance film festival, Bart Layton’s feature, American Animals has received its first Us trailer.

The crime thriller follows four over-confident and entitled friends as they commit an audacious art heist. If the trailer is anything to go by it seems to be lacking any strong female roles.

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Directed by Bart Layton, the film stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

The film hits Us cinemas June 1st & UK 7th September.

American Animals Official Synopsis

The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in Us history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives,
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Heist film American Animals gets a trailer and poster

The trailer for the upcoming heist film American Animals has received a new trailer and poster. Based on a true story, the film follows four friends who decide to pull off an elaborate art heist. The film was directed by Bart Layton (The Imposter) and premiered earlier this year at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals. Check them out below…

The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in Us history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them start to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.

American Animals is written and directed by Bart Layton (The Imposter) and stars Evan Peters (X-Men: Dark Phoenix
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'American Animals' Trailer: Amateur Heist of a Rare Books Library Goes Off the Rails

'American Animals' Trailer: Amateur Heist of a Rare Books Library Goes Off the Rails
A group of college students mount a heist to steal $12 million worth of rare books from their school’s library in the pulsing trailer for American Animals.

The second feature from Bart Layton, whose con artist documentary The Imposter made a splash upon its 2012 release, dramatizes the true story of four students from Transylvania University in Kentucky who, drawing inspiration from Guy Ritchie’s film Snatch, staged the amateur robbery in 2004. Their aim: to steal the library’s original copies of John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, each of which has a...
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Fantastic First Trailer For The Incredible True Crime Heist Film American Animals

The first trailer has been released for the incredible heist film American Animals! I had the opportunity to watch this movie at Sundance earlier this year and it was my favorite movie from the festival. I think audiences are going to love this film! The movie tells a true story of four friends who attempt to plan and execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

I absolutely loved the originality and uniqueness of this movie and the trailer for it was crafted so well! I'm so happy to see that this movie ended up getting a great trailer which I hope sells you on watching this movie. I love how it escalates to the point of where we see stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson all decked out as old men and ready to execute the heist they've planned. Here's the
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Superb First Trailer for Bart Layton's Sundance Film 'American Animals'

"You're in, or you're out." The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for the indie drama-documentary mix titled American Animals, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to quite a bit of acclaim. American Animals is the next film from Bart Layton, more of a feature than a doc, but still a hybrid of both, similar to his last film The Imposter. Based on a true story, it stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson as four young friends who try to pull off a poorly-planned heist stealing expensive art books from a university library. Things don't go as planned, and lessons are learned. The actual real people they're playing also appear in the film in various scenes and interviews. The cast also features Ann Dowd and Udo Kier. It's a totally original film worth seeing for its uniqueness. And this trailer is dope!
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‘American Animals’ Trailer: Evan Peters Leads an Intense and Unique Heist Thriller

The Orchard has unveiled the first trailer for the heist thriller American Animals, which debuted at Sundance this past January to positive reviews. Directed by Bart Layton, who helmed the compelling documentary The Imposter, this film is based on the true story of four friends who attempted to execute one of the most daring heists in U.S. history, stealing a rare book from a college library’s secure archives. The film is a brilliant blend of fiction and non-fiction, as the actors’ true life counterparts appear sporadically throughout the film as talking heads, providing hindsight-infused context to …
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‘American Animals’ Trailer: Friends Try & Pull Off A Brazen Art Heist

In the age of would-you-like-to-supersize-that America, it may be apt to say that there is nothing more American than taking more than you need. In this way, “American Animals” is appropriately named. The true-crime thriller, written and directed by Bart Layton—the filmmaker behind the 2012 Sundance hit documentary “The Imposter“— follows four friends as they commit a heist because, well, they want to and think they can get away with it.
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‘American Animals’ Trailer: A Kinetic, Compelling Heist Drama

‘American Animals’ Trailer: A Kinetic, Compelling Heist Drama
After seeing Bart Layton‘s 2012 documentary The Imposter, we were excited to learn what he would be directing next. We had to wait a few years to find out, but it was worth the wait: he’s back with American Animals, a mesmerizing heist film based on the true story of one of the boldest heists […]

The post ‘American Animals’ Trailer: A Kinetic, Compelling Heist Drama appeared first on /Film.
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‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Discusses Audacious Doc-Fiction Hybrid — SXSW

An audacious, gorgeously stylized doc-fiction hybrid premiering at Sundance, where it was acquired by The Orchard and MoviePass for a summer release, Bart Layton’s American Animals continues its successful journey along the festival circuit this week at SXSW. Based on a true story, the film follows four men who, mistaking their lives for a movie, attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. For Layton, who stopped in today at Deadline’s SXSW Studio, the story…
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‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film: Nine Directors Ready to Bring America’s Favorite Crime Family to the Movies

‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film: Nine Directors Ready to Bring America’s Favorite Crime Family to the Movies
The Sopranos” is back. David Chase and Lawrence Konner’s script for a prequel film titled “The Many Saints of Newark” has been picked up by New Line, and now everyone wants to know who will be the director tasked with bringing one of America’s favorite crime families back to life.

The film is set during the 1960s riots in Newark, New Jersey and deals with the war between the African-American and Italian mafias. While story details are not confirmed, characters such as Tony’s father and mother are reportedly involved. Chase himself could very well end up in the director’s chair, although he’s only listed as a co-writer and producer and is said to be closely involved with the hiring process.

Considering “The Sopranos” prequel film will be a period gangaster drama, Martin Scorsese is the no-brainer option every fan of the series would go crazy about,
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The Orchard, MoviePass Give 'American Animals' Spring Release

The Orchard has dated Sundance acquisition American Animals for a June 1 North American release.

The indie distribution company partnered with ticketing service MoviePass for the heist movie. American Animals marks the first acquisition for MoviePass, which recently announced that it will lower its price from $9.95 to $7.95 and is bundling its service to include free access to Fandor, a streaming service for independent films.

American Animals, which is based on a true story, was written and directed by Bart Layton. Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson star in the pic as a group of young men who pull off...
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The 2018 True/False Film Fest Lineup

Around every corner is a new and revealing story. In the case of True/False, you never know if it will come in the form of a film, music performance, art installation, or discussion with a filmmaker or attendee about the truths and untruths around us.

The four-day festival in Columbia, Mo is one of the premier documentary film festivals in the United States. The festival has attracted new and returning talent over the years – even high-profile names like Spike Lee, who attended simply to see a short film made by three Missouri School of Journalism students in 2016. You can watch the short film here. One of the most intriguing elements of the festival is that the festival encourages films that walk the line between nonfiction and fiction (hence, the title of the festival). Previous lineups included fictional films like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the 2012 horror smash V/H
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The Orchard Acquires Sundance Winner ‘We The Animals’

The Orchard has acquired North American rights to We The Animals, the Jeremiah Zagar movie that took the Next Innovator Award at the just-wrapped Sundance Film Festival. A 2018 theatrical release is planned for the pic, a coming-of-age tale based on Justin Torres' debut novel. It is the second Sundance deal for The Orchard which also teamed with MoviePass Ventures to seal a deal for North American rights to Bart Layton's heist thriller American Animals, a pact worth $3…
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Sundance: 'American Animals', 'Blindspotting' sell to North America

Sundance: 'American Animals', 'Blindspotting' sell to North America
The Orchard teams up with new player MoviePass Ventures on Bart Layton debut; Lionsgate take Blindspotting.

The Orchard and new distributor MoviePass Ventures have teamed up on North American rights to Bart Layton’s acclaimed heist film American Animals, while Lionsgate has acquired highly regarded Blindspotting.

The Orchard and new distributor MoviePass Ventures struck the American Animals deal with UTA Independent Film Group, Film4 and AI Film on the same day it emerged that Stx had acquired UK rights from Sierra/Affinity.

Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier star in the in U.S. Dramatic Competition entry about a group of youngsters who in 2004 attempted an audacious art-theft.

Film4 co-financed and developed the Raw production with AI Film. Katherine Butler, Derrin Schlesinger, Dimitri Doganis, and Mary Jane Skalski produced, and executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik, David Kosse, Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek, and Tory Metzger.

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