Zal Batmanglij
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//Reviews

Personal Vendettas Are Made Public in 'The East'
31 May 2013 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 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 // 1:00 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".

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//Blogs

'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

// Short Ends and Leader

"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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