Juliette, Julianne, Margo and Tracy — In August: Osage County, the Year’s Best Ensemble Tackles Unhealed Family Wounds, Secrets

You won’t find a better acting ensemble this year than the sprawling cast of August: Osage County, the new film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, about an extended—and highly dysfunctional—southern family reuniting on the Oklahoma plains after the patriarch’s death. This…

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Into the Gray Zone: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Explore Personal and Political Intersection in The East, the Year’s Most Provocative Movie

In two films together, writer-actress Brit Marling and writer-director Zal Batmanglij have explored issues of identity, and both spiritual and cultural alienation. Distinct and intelligent, both 2011’s Sound of My Voice, about a mysterious Los Angeles cult leader (the transfixing Marling) and their new…

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