The Sundance Film Festival may take place each January, but most Sundance movies these days come out during the summer, which means we start seeing Sundance trailers around this time of year. Right on cue, today has brought trailers for two of my three festival favorites, the fascinating documentary THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, and the gripping heist thriller AMERICAN ANIMALS.
No joke, Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers is the best film I’ve seen all year, period. The story is almost too good to be true — but it is. Without spoiling anything, the story follows three men who discover at age 19 that they are identical triplets who were separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The question is… why? You won’t believe the disturbing reason. Packed with twists and turns, this is an incredible story you won’t want to miss.
Three Identical Strangers won a Special Jury Award for Storytelling at Sundance, and you’ll finally get a chance to see it on June 29 thanks to Neon and CNN Films.
Meanwhile, The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures unveiled the first trailer for American Animals, which is a really clever heist movie about a group of college students who set out to steal $12 million worth of rare books from their school’s library.
Bart Layton (The Imposter) directed the film, which is based on a true story. Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan star alongside Jared Abrahamson and Blake Jenner. Their real-life counterparts also appear in the film, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
American Animals arrives in theaters on June 1, and I think you’re going to have a great time with it if you just give it a chance. I know it’s taking on some major blockbusters, including another heist film in Ocean’s 8, but this one really is a ton of fun.
Watch the trailers for both films below, and let me know in the comments section which one you’re more interested in seeing.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief