Zal Batmanglij
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//Reviews

Personal Vendettas Are Made Public in 'The East'
31 May 2013 // 1:00 AM

Insomuch as firm principles drive the activities of the central figures of the East, those principles are undergirded (and undermined) by wounded resentment and personal vendettas.

"Sound of My Voice' Combines Indie Drama and SF Overtones
18 May 2012 // 1:00 AM

Brit Marling's low-key charisma comes in handy for scenes of the cult's meetings, where Maggie's claims sound absurd, yet also weirdly tantalizing.

//Blogs

"The East's" Patricia Clarkson Lowers the Boom
30 May 2013 // 2:00 AM

A Statuesque favorite, the effervescent, irrepressible Oscar-nominated actress reminds us that "you have to speak up and you have to engage in whatever way you can".

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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