'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), s…
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