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American Animals Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 28th

Experience the “smart, skittering, brilliantly constructed” true crime thriller that has everyone buzzing when American Animals arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 28 from Lionsgate. From award-winning writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) comes the fascinating true story of four young men who attempt one of the most outlandish and bold heists in recent history that is still listed on the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the film received a Grand Jury Prize nomination when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The American Animals Blu-ray and DVD include never-before-seen deleted scenes, featurettes, a director and cast commentary, and a still gallery, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Determined to escape their predictable suburban lives,
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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‘American Animals’ Heads For Blu-ray and DVD In August

The 2018 crime drama American Animals starring Evan Peters is making its way to in-home release. The film based on the craziest U.S. heist in recent history will hit Blu-ray and DVD on August 28 from Lionsgate. Get all the details below.

Experience the “smart, skittering, brilliantly constructed” true crime thriller that has everyone buzzing when American Animals arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 28 from Lionsgate. From award-winning writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) comes the fascinating true story of four young men who attempt one of the most outlandish and bold heists in recent history that is still listed on the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the film received a Grand Jury Prize nomination when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The American Animals Blu-ray and DVD include never-before-seen deleted scenes, featurettes, a director and cast commentary, and a still gallery, and will
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Film Review: ‘The Devil Outside’

There’s been repeated talk in Brexit-era Britain — much of it grimly reactionary — of long-silenced, tradition-bound communities raising their voices against a so-called “liberal elite,” yet rarely has it centered on matters of faith: Secularism has long been accepted as the standard in a society less steered by Christian fervor than the United States. Yet if Andrew Hulme’s agitated, symbol-riddled drama “The Devil Outside” is to be believed, that’s not a state of affairs with which the Church’s most extreme followers are content: A dark streak of socio-political warning cuts through this solemn coming-of-age story, in which an ultra-sheltered adolescent boy begins to assert an religious identity separate from that of his obsessively Bible-bashing mother, though the film stops cautiously short of a more decisive reckoning.

Intelligent and emotionally full-blooded, Hulme’s sophomore feature makes no claims for even-handedness. Inspired by the director’s own experience of
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Film Review: ‘The Devil Outside’

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Film Review: ‘The Devil Outside’
There’s been repeated talk in Brexit-era Britain — much of it grimly reactionary — of long-silenced, tradition-bound communities raising their voices against a so-called “liberal elite,” yet rarely has it centered on matters of faith: Secularism has long been accepted as the standard in a society less steered by Christian fervor than the United States. Yet if Andrew Hulme’s agitated, symbol-riddled drama “The Devil Outside” is to be believed, that’s not a state of affairs with which the Church’s most extreme followers are content: A dark streak of socio-political warning cuts through this solemn coming-of-age story, in which an ultra-sheltered adolescent boy begins to assert an religious identity separate from that of his obsessively Bible-bashing mother, though the film stops cautiously short of a more decisive reckoning.

Intelligent and emotionally full-blooded, Hulme’s sophomore feature makes no claims for even-handedness. Inspired by the director’s own experience of
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American Animals – Review

(l-r) Jared Abrahamson as Eric, Evans Peters as Warren, Blake Jenner as Chas and Barry Keoghan as Spencer in disguise, in Bart Layton’s American Animals. Photo courtesy of The Orchard.

American Animals opens with a screen showing the familiar words “this is based on a true story” but the text quickly changes to “this is a true story,” a hook sure to get your attention,

American Animals tells a strange but true story, of a daring daylight art heist, by four college students who attempt to steal a rare and valuable Audubon book from a Kentucky university, but it is the way it tells it – with the actual people involved periodically commenting on the story as the actors recrete the events like any crime film.

The combination of narrative film and documentary film techniques makes writer/director Bart Layman’s film unique. Sometimes a narrative film closely recreates real
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Tilda Swinton & Alan Cumming Feature Docs Eye Funding At Sheffield Doc/Fest

Tilda Swinton & Alan Cumming Feature Docs Eye Funding At Sheffield Doc/Fest
Feature documentaries from stars including Tilda Swinton and Alan Cumming as well as producers such as Searching For Sugarman’s John Battsek and Shooting Bigfoot’s Morgan Matthews are some of the high-profile projects searching for funding at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Major broadcasters including HBO and the BBC as well as a slew of European networks have come on board a raft of early-stage docs, which are searching for final funding at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket. The marketplace, which is whittled down from around 550 projects, entices over 300 decision makers including Netflix and YouTube as well as distributors including Neon, Submarine and Cinetic.

We Need To Talk About Kevin star Swinton’s On Drumduan Hill, which she will direct, is arguably the most high-profile project on offer at the event, held in the UK city between June 7 – 12. The film, which is produced by Lily Ford with a
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Watch the first four minutes of American Animals

Having screened at this year’s London Sundance Film Festival, Bart Layton’s American Animals is currently on limited release in the Us, and now The Orchard Movies, who purchased the film along with Us ticket subscription service MoviePass, have released the opening scene for you to watch online.

A bleeding of fact and fiction docudrama, similar in style to Layton’s critically lauded The Imposter , you can read our ★★★★ of American Animals here.

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
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – American Animals

American Animals, 2018.

Written and Directed by Bart Layton.

Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abramson, Udo Kier, Ann Dowd, Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Chas Allen, and Eric Borsuk.

Synopsis:

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but is it possible for homages to feel cheap and uninspired in a heist story where the characters are overly reliant on similar films to guide their art gallery robbery? Most regular readers of my content have probably gathered that I’m a massive fan of Quentin Tarantino, so the thought of these misguided college students in cahoots (attempting to pull this off for varying reasons) reenacting the iconic scene from Reservoir Dogs where every member of the group is given a color as a codename certainly tickles my fancy,
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Sundance London: ‘American Animals’ Review: Dir. Bart Layton (2018)

American Animals review: Bart Layton’s latest gets a UK debut as the surprise film at the 2018 Sundance London film festival.

American Animals review by Scott Davis.

American Animals review

Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? One of the more successful and indeed thrilling sub-genres of cinema, there’s an immediate allure to them in that somewhere in the dark recesses of our minds, we wonder whether we could have the foresight and intelligence to pull it off as convincingly as those on-screen. The answer is probably firmly in the negative category but the thrill and excitement that comes with such things is what keeps us coming back to the cinema equivalent. In writer/director Bart Layton’s first semi-narrative feature, he takes us into such a world where a group of young men believed that they have the necessary skills over a decade ago but found real-life much more unforgiving.
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Director Bart Layton on ‘American Animals’ and Reaching Out to the Real Criminals

From writer/director Bart Layton (The Imposter), American Animals tells the wild and unbelievable true story of four young men who attempt one of the boldest and riskiest heists in U.S. history – taking some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of the Transylvania University library in Kentucky. The story unfolds from multiple perspectives and innovatively incorporates interviews with the real men at its heart, as Warren (Evan Peters), Spencer (Barry Keoghan), Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas (Blake Jenner) go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs while learning that there’s …
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Blake Jenner on ‘American Animals’, Its Crazy True Story and Unconventional Narrative

From writer/director Bart Layton (The Imposter), American Animals tells the wild and unbelievable true story of four young men who attempt one of the boldest and riskiest heists in U.S. history – taking some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of the Transylvania University library in Kentucky. The story unfolds from multiple perspectives and innovatively incorporates interviews with the real men at its heart, as Warren (Evan Peters), Spencer (Barry Keoghan), Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas (Blake Jenner) go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs while learning that there’s …
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Evan Peters on ‘American Animals’ and Why ‘Dark Phoenix’ Is a “Powerful” X-Men Movie

From writer/director Bart Layton (The Imposter), American Animals tells the wild and unbelievable true story of four young men who attempt one of the boldest and riskiest heists in U.S. history – taking some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of the Transylvania University library in Kentucky. The story unfolds from multiple perspectives and innovatively incorporates interviews with the real men at its heart, as Warren (Evan Peters), Spencer (Barry Keoghan), Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas (Blake Jenner) go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs while learning that there’s …
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'American Animals' Review: Who Likes Doc Hybrids About Dumb Criminals?

'American Animals' Review: Who Likes Doc Hybrids About Dumb Criminals?
You'd call this heist film un-fucking-believable, except that American Animals really is rooted in fact – that is, whenever the British documentarian Bart Layton, in a mightily impressive narrative feature debut, doesn't mess around too much. "This is not based on a true story," reads a title card at the start ... before the words "not based on" slowly vanish from the screen.

It's 2004 in Lexington, Kentucky, when homeboys Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) and Warren Lipka (Evan Peters), students at local Transylvania University, decide to pull off a robbery. They don't need the money,
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“American Animals” is a vibrant directorial showcase

You don’t often see filmmakers alternate between documentary and narrative fare. Most of the time, a director of docs sticks with nonfiction cinema, with the same being true on the flip side. Those who move between worlds are rare beasts, indeed. Even more so, documentarians who go narrative often end up with workmanlike projects. This week, the exact opposite is the case. American Animals is hitting theaters and it’s a stunningly good showcase for filmmaker Bart Layton’s talents. Once a hot doc maker because of The Imposter, now he just has to be considered a hot director in general. He’s certainly got the goods, going by this work. This film is a heist drama/thriller, based on a true story. IMDb sets you up like so: “Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S.
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Featurette For The Incredible Film American Animals Focuses on The True Story its Based On

American Animals is one of the best and most entertaining films that I've seen this year. It's a little indie film that tells the true story of four friends who attempt to plan and execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

Today we have a featurette for the film to share with you that focuses on the true story that inspired the film. Director Bart Layton talks about how he wanted to include the actual people who were involved in the heist, and this video introduces you to those individuals and examines their story. I liked how the real people involved with this whole thing were implemented into the film.

The movie stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson and this is the synopsis:

American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one
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‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Signs With CAA

‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Bart Layton, the award-winning filmmaker whose latest movie American Animals wowed at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW earlier this year, has signed with CAA.

The British director made his feature debut in 2012 with the critically acclaimed doc The Imposter, about a Spanish man, Frédéric Bourdin, who claimed to be a missing Texas teenager, boldly deceiving the family and authorities. Layton won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for the film.

American Animals is Layton’s narrative debut, but it similarly tracks a stranger-than-fiction tale of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in Us history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own. The film stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan,
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New Trailer For The Crazy and Incredibly Entertaining Heist Film American Animals

I've got a great new trailer for you to check out for the upcoming unbelievable true crime heist film American Animals. I saw this movie at Sundance earlier this year and so far it's still holding strong as one of my favorite movies of the year. It was just such a wonderfully entertaining movie.

The film tells the true story of four friends who attempt to plan and execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. This story was told in such a fun, original, and unique way. I really hope people go and see this movie because it's quite a wild ride.

The movie stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson and this is the synopsis:

American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.
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New ‘American Animals’ Trailer Featuring Evan Peters

American Animals is the new film from Bart Layton who directed the intriguing documentary The Imposter. The film is based on a true story of four friends who attempt to steal a rare book from a college library.

The film stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoughanm, Ann Dowd, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson.

Check out the newest trailer below:

The official synopsis:

American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists – suffering. His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way.
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