This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: PLANES
VOICE CAST: Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui
DIRECTOR: Klay Hall

From above the world of ‘Cars’ comes ‘Disney’s Planes’, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer.
But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps HIM qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit.
Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration
to soar.

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Brit-Marling-in-'The-East'FILM: THE EAST
CAST: BRIT MARLING, ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, ELLEN PAGE, TOBY KEBBELL, SHILOH FERNANDEZ, JULIA ORMOND, PATRICIA CLARKSON
DIRECTOR: ZAL BATMANGLIJ

‘The East’, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling (‘Another Earth’, ‘Sound Of My Voice’), stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss.

Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele.
Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company’s head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity.
Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or “jam.”

But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.

Aspiring filmmakers Marling and Batmanglij met in 2009 as students at Georgetown University, eventually settled in Los Angeles, where they decided to set off on a singular adventure. The pair, who would go on to create the Sundance Film Festival sensation ‘Sound Of My Voice’, wanted to build their next project around alternative lifestyles.

“We had read about ‘Buy Nothing Day’ and tried it – there was something liberating about not buying anything for a day. So we thought we might try a buy nothing summer.
We’d heard about the freegan movement – people desiring to live simpler, more community based lives. We wanted to know what that was like first hand,” says Marling.

They took this idea as a call to action and Batmanglij and Marling hit the road with backpacks and bedrolls to spend a summer living off the grid.
Like Sarah, the protagonist of their ‘The East’, they hopped trains, crashed in tent cities and abandoned buildings with groups of other young nomads, and became acquainted with a growing subculture that had rejected conventionality.

“We discovered anarchist and freegan collectives all over the country and lived with some of them for a while,” Marling says. “We got to know people who had interesting ideas about how you might live your life – learn to grow your own food, to fix your own car, to defend yourself, to live in small communities, share things with each other, teach each other how to become radically autonomous beings again.

We weren’t thinking at the time that a movie would come out of the experience. We were just living our lives and the story gradually began to take shape.”