Sony Classics’ acquisition of David Michod‘s Animal Kingdom is an obvious change of pace. When was the last time Tom Bernard and Michael Barker had anything to do with a crime flick involving drugs and murders and cops? I spotted the similarities to At Close Range soon enough when I saw it at Sundance. My only hang-up was James Frecheville‘s too-subdued performance as the young lead; to me it suggested either retardation or a lithium overdose.