American Animals (M18)
Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Udo Kier
Directed by Bart Layton
In this fascinating true-crime thriller, American Horror Story’s Evan Peters and Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan play bored college buds who concoct a crazy plan to steal a collection of priceless books books — including John James Audubon's Birds of America — from Kentucky’s Transylvania University.
How they plot the heist (they study Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs) is intercut with interviews with the real participants, and in one fourth-wall breaking moment, the actor even interacts with his real-life counterpart.
The fact-is-stranger-than-fiction tale starts out as a romp (think Bottle Rocket) but gets dark when the wannabe robbers realise that a life in crime is not all it’s cracked up to be. (***1/2)
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