This well-paced story is tense and thoughtful, and is anchored by a trio of terrific performances.
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The East

THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or "jam." But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 6.28.13 - 7.18.13
Music Hall, 6.28.13 - 7.04.13
Claremont 5, 6.14.13 - 6.20.13
NoHo 7, 6.14.13 - 6.27.13
Town Center 5, 6.14.13 - 7.04.13
Playhouse 7, 6.07.13 - 7.11.13
Rated PG-13
Web Site: https://www.theeas...
Runtime: 116 min
Language: English

Director: Zal Batmanglij
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Jason Ritter, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson
FEATURED REVIEW: Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Eco-terrorism drives the plot of The East, but this propulsive thriller is laced with a humanism that trumps any political agenda. Brit Marling, who wrote the script with director Zal Batmanglij, is hunting bigger game than summer escapism. She and the skilled Batmanglij, who collabo...