American Animals director Bart Layton talks making the jump from documentary film

Based on a true story, American Animals follows four young friends (American Horror Story’s Evan Peters, Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan, Glee’s Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) who plot to steal millions from Transylvania University in an ill-conceived attempt at rebelling against their suburban upbringings. At the…

The cast of American Animals has some thoughts on social media addiction

Based on a true story, Bart Layton’s American Animals follows four young friends (American Horror Story’s Evan Peters, Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan, Glee’s Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) who make an ill-conceived attempt to steal millions from Transylvania University, preoccupied with their value in the world and…

The director and stars of American Animals talk the challenges of portraying real people on film

Based on a true story, Bart Layton’s American Animals follows four young friends (American Horror Story’s Evan Peters, Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan, Glee’s Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson) who plot to steal millions from Transylvania University in an ill-conceived attempt at rebelling against their suburban upbringings. At…

Stuck between documentary and drama, American Animals can't make sense of its true crime

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The line that once clearly separated documentaries from fictional narratives has eroded so much that certain films are tricky to classify. Errol Morris’ Wormwood, for example, is generally considered to be a doc, even though much of its four-hour running time consists of actors performing scripted scenes. On the flip…

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will stick with American Horror Story for season 7

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are such integral pieces of the American Horror Story puzzle at this point that doing a season without them would be like having a day without sunshine, a pizza without cheese, or a serial killer without a spooky clown mask. Nobody’s interested in any of that, so it’s a good thing that…

AHS: Roanoke starts rolling and doesn’t stop, no matter what

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“We rolling? The camera never stops, no matter what,” reality-show creator/producer Sidney Aaron James (Cheyenne Jackson) tells his crew. “Even if I tell you stop, keep rolling.” It’s a relief that American Horror Story: Roanoke has finally started playing its much-promised second reel, and an even bigger relief that…

AHS: Roanoke finds itself in a hole, keeps digging—into its past

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Trust American Horror Story to build the house, then worry about what it rests on. When Edward Phillippe Mott (Evan Peters), an enviably rich man even by the standard of his plantation-owning peers, hauls another clutch of precious art to his nearly completed house—the very house Matt and Shelby Miller have learned to…

American Horror Story: Hotel ends as it began—as a stylish mess

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Even in its finale, American Horror Story: Hotel can’t decide what it’s about. Is it Sally’s ordeal of overcoming addiction and loneliness, Liz Taylor’s heartwarming story about chosen family, or John Lowe’s cynical manipulation as he brings a pestering celebrity psychic to Devil’s Night? The tonal whiplash of “Be…

American Horror Story: Hotel commits the most grievous sin of all

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“The Ten Commandments Killer” opens by repeating last week’s action: Having led Det. John Lowe out of the psychiatric hospital, Wren dodges into the path of an oncoming truck. The driver insists he couldn’t have missed her, and he’s right. She stepped out toward the death that eluded her for so long. “She’s dead,” an…

American Horror Story: Hotel is addicted to its own sprawl

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“Take any piece you like,” James Patrick March (Evan Peters) tells the intruder he catches pocketing jewelry. “None of it has any meaning for me.” Like March with his possessions, American Horror Story is lavish with its storylines, allusions, and characters—and like March, it doesn’t seem to particularly prize any of…

Evan Peters continues his American Horror Story perfect attendance record

While Jessica Lange has made it very clear that she’s had it up to here with Ryan Murphy’s ongoing exercise in turning a promising start into a chaotic mess, others have yet to give up on American Horror Story. Kathy Bates, for instance, has decided to double down on the bearded ladies and racist slaveowners by coming…