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    The Definitive Religious Movies: 50-41

    As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of […] More

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    ‘The East’ is a riveting exploration of the space between idealism and terrorism

    Environmental terrorism occupies a strange place in America’s security situation. The danger of pollution should be a scientific issue, not a political one, but of course it has become both. As with most political issues, there are those who would resort to violence and those who would not, and the real question is how a person decides which group they’re going to be in. The East, co-written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and directed by Batmanglij, answers that question just about as well as any movie can. More

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    ‘The East’ demands we see how easily white-collar crime escapes culpability

    Regrettably introducing the rogue collective as wacky miscreants, the believability of the script picks up once it shelves a number of sensational rituals designed to showcase The East as much more mysterious and nefarious than they are. While this imagery is tactically used online to intimidate the corporate leviathans they stand against, it hardly seems like a way to gain sympathizers once the cameras are turned off. More

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    ‘The East’ Image Gallery

    Fox Searchlight has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Zal Batmanglij’s (Sound of My Voice) eco-terrorist thriller The East, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jason Ritter. Writers Batmanglij and Marling spent two months in 2009 practicing freeganism and co-wrote a screenplay based on […] More

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    ‘The East’, compellingly blasts corporate greed

    The East Directed by Zal Batmanglij Written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij 2013, USA  A taut thriller invested in its characters’ complex moral decisions, The East demands we see how easily white-collar crime escapes culpability and provocatively questions how a people’s revolution can better civilization without resorting to explosive ends. The ruthless, money-hungry businesses […] More

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    ‘The East’, actress and writer Brit Marling’s newest feature, releases its first trailer

    Brit Marling has already worn multiple hats during her short film career, choosing to carve out her own opportunities in Hollywood, rather than settle for what came her way. She turned heads in 2011 with the indie feature Another Earth, which she starred in and co-wrote, and continued to garner interest with supporting turns in […] More