American Animals 4.0 stars

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Synopsis

Why would a quartet of 20-year-old desperados (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, and Blake Jenner) choose to knock over a university’s special collections library? Try $12 million dollars in rare books, with only one old lady (Ann Dowd) guarding them. For every great documentary that’s been spun, there are dozens of cine-illiterate, shoot-now-figure-it-out-later examples that exist solely to spit out talking points in choking closeup. In pleasant contrast, American Animals is a narrative drama wherein beats the heart of a documentary. The one outstanding difference is, having served over seven years apiece for their participation in the failed robbery, our four card-carrying ex-cons are given supporting roles, adding their own onscreen commentary track of sorts. Writer/director Bart Layton (The Imposter) knows full well the the difference between dramatic reenactment and TV docudrama, and he shrewdly blows any similarities to the latter out of the water.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

  • Saturday, June 23

    10 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 24

    10 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 10 p.m.

  • Monday, June 25

    10:50 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

  • Sunday, June 24

    10 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

  • Monday, June 25

    10 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 26

    10 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 27

    10 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 28

    10 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Saturday, June 23

    9:50 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 24

    11:25 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Monday, June 25

    11:25 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 26

    11:25 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 27

    11:25 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 28

    11:25 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:50 p.m.

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

  • Saturday, June 23

    9:45 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 24

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Monday, June 25

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 26

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 27

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 28

    10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

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