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Movie Review: The East
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The East Poster

The East
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Writer(s): Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rated R | 116 minutes
Release Date: June 21, 2013

Directed by Zal Batmanglij, The East stars Brit Marling as Sarah Ross, a former FBI agent who becomes an undercover operative for the private intelligence firm Hiller/Brood. Sarah’s latest assignment: infiltrate The East, an anarchist collective that targets multinational corporations and their corrupt CEOs.

Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd and Ellen Page co-star as Benji and Lizzy, leaders of The East who use “jams” to expose pharmaceutical companies and energy conglomerates that destroy the planet. These agents of chaos aren’t just environmental activists, but victims of the system. Take for instance the East’s doctor, played by Toby Kebbell, who used a “miracle” antibiotic while on an aid mission to Africa. The drug ravaged his nervous system; he has to use superglue to treat wounds because his hands are too shaky to make stitches.

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Movie Review: Sound Of My Voice
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Sound of My Voice PosterSound of My Voice
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Written by: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij
Starring: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling, Richard Wharton
Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: May 25, 2012

“Somewhere in the valley, there is a woman living in a basement. She’s actually amassing followers. these people believe that she will actually lead them to salvation, or whatever. And yes, she’s dangerous – but we have to see this thing through. All the way.”

Sound of My Voice is a suspenseful, mesmerizing work by first-time feature director Zal Batmanglij.

The film follows Los Angeles journalist Peter (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius) as they attempt to infiltrate a cult in hopes of exposing its leader as a charlatan.

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