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American Animals (2018)

American Animals is a 2018 crime drama film written and directed by Bart Layton. It stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on the true story of a library heist that happened at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 2004
The unbelievable but true story 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.
In its opening weekend the film made $140,629 from four theaters (an average of $35,157), finishing 24th.According to their own reports, MoviePass members made up 25–35% of the film’s opening weekend audience. Speaking about Animals, as well as MoviePass Ventures’ other film Gotti, one independent studio head told Deadline Hollywood: “It used to be in distribution, we’d all gossip whether a studio was buying tickets to their own movie to goose their opening. But in the case of MoviePass, there’s no secret: They’re literally buying the tickets to their own movie!
It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 and was released on June 1, 2018, by The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 159 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “American Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.”  On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”

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