June 23 – 28
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. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college Library. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory
Dir: Bart Layton / 2018 / US / 116 min
“A supremely-crafted doc/fiction hybrid which is genuinely innovative, pleasingly entertaining and deliciously more than the sum of its parts.” – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
“Director Bart Layton’s heist yarn is an exhilarating exercise in art imitating life (that was imitating art).” – J.R. Kinnard, Seattle Times
“Writer-director Bart Layton’s slick, music-fueled assemblage of recreated narrative and documentary manages to be as deftly comic and suspenseful as the bank job movies from which Layton, and the incident’s perpetrators, took inspiration.” – Robert Abele, TheWrap
SCREENING: SAT 6/23 9:00PM; SUN 6/24 7:30PM; TUE 6/26 4:00PM; THU 6/28 7:00PM
Tickets available at the box office 1/2 hour before showtimes.