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    Exclusive Video: How Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Made 'The East' Look Like a Big Budget Studio Thriller

    Two years after "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" catapulted her to indie-icon status at Sundance, Brit Marling reunited with her "Sound of My Voice" director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij for the Fox Searchlight thriller "The East," now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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    Watch: 2 Alternate Endings For 'The East' Starring Brit Marling & Alexander Skarsgård Plus Win A Copy On Blu-Ray

    It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for you to pick up the latest releases on DVD and Blu-ray. While you could just pick up the latest blockbuster—“World War Z,” in this case—the stylish, though divisive, eco-terrorist thriller “The East” would be a more worthwhile purchase. And if you haven't seen ...

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    WATCH: Two Alternate Endings to 'The East' with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard

    Zal Batmanglij's "The East" could have ended dramatically differently, judging from one of the two alternate endings to the punkish episonage thriller, both posted below.

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    Exclusive: Malcolm Gladwell Discusses 'The East' With Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling In New Featurette

    Well, here's an intriguing step out of the ordinary. While film featurettes usually present the principal cast and crew talking about the making of a movie, it's rare they'll bring in someone from the outside to probe a little bit deeper. And it's even rarer they'll bring in someone like celebrated ...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Hannah Arendt' Leads New Openings, 'The East' and 'Kings of Summer' Open Just OK

    Early summer specialized releases are falling short of the initial grosses of breakout films from the last two years. But several films representing a range of audience appeal (primarily younger-oriented) are showing varying levels of strength. A surprisingly strong New York gross from the German fi...

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    What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Kings of Summer,' 'The East,' 'After Earth' & 'Now You See Me' All Coming

    The summer season is upon us and, despite the lack of J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations, it's all magic and monsters moving forward. For this weekend, at least. Between the magician cons, straight up cons, Euro spies, underground terrorist cells, underground plastic surgeons, lethal mutant creatures, and p...

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    Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

    The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voi...

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    The East

    Two years ago, Brit Marling was the talk of Sundance: a newcomer with two movies in competition which she co-wrote and costarred in.

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    Weekend Preview: Head to 'The East' and Must-See 'Hannah Arendt'; Critics Skewer Shyamalan's 'After Earth'

    If you live in a "limited release" city, then you've got a fine array of moviegoing options for the weekend. Zal Batmanglij's "The East," starring co-writer Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, is a smart anti-establishment thriller gaining good reviews from critics. Same goes for Sunda...

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    Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Making 'The East,' Harnessing The Power Of Young Filmmakers & Creating An Anarchist Collective

    With "The East," director Zal Batmanglij crafts a combination of spy thriller and intimate romance against the backdrop of eco-terrorism, pitting the titular anarchist collective against the faceless corporations polluting the environment. It's a group facing an established system -- exactly how Bat...

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