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After winning over critics with both Another Earth and Sound of my Voice in 2011, Brit Marling returned to the Sundance Film Festival this past January and once again bowled over the Park City, Utah audiences with The East. And now, after making stops at the Phoenix and San Francisco Film Festivals, as well as SXSW, the movie is gearing up to come to a theater near you with its latest trailer, which comes to us courtesy of Apple.
Not only is that an impressive preview for the film - and the first we've seen since January - it's worth noting that our own Katey Rich loved the movie when she saw it at Sundance. In her review she called the movie a "welcome respite from the usual drone of Hollywood genre-- and yet another example of how Sundance breakout stars can get only better as their careers get bigger."
Co-written and directed by Sound of my Voice helmer Zal Batmanglij (who will always get bonus points in my book simply because his last name has "Batman" in it), the new film centers on Sarah Moss (Marling), an investigator for a private intelligence firm that has been hired to track down and infiltrate a secretive anarchist group known as The East that has been attacking major corporations. The heroine ends up being successful in her deceit, but finds her mission start to go sideways when she begins to fall for the collective's leader, Benji (Alexander Skarsgard). The impressive supporting cast includes Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Jason Ritter, Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson, and the movie will be in theaters on May 31st.