by Michael Dunaway, published on July 3, 2013 - 10:41 AM|
The cinematic year of 2013 has already brought us the return of an established master (Richard Linklater, with Before Midnight) and the potential emergence of a new one (Shane Carruth, with Upstream Color). The second half of the year is likely to provide us with more great moments, but for now, here are our favorites of the year so far.
24. The East (Zal Batmanglij)
Director Zal Batmanglij and Actress Brit Marling join forces again as co-writers in their fast-moving followup to 2012s Sound of My Voice. The East is the story of a private-firm intelligence agent (Marling) looking to infiltrate a shadowy group of anticorporate terrorsists, and its fun to see her on the other side of the ledger (she was the leader of the group being infiltrated in Sound). Marling is wonderful as always, Alexander Skarsgaard is appropriately mysterious as the leader of the group, and Ellen Page turns in her best performance in years. The film was produced by Ridley Scott (and executive produced by his late brother Tony), and the Hollywood pedigree shows; Batmanglij seems to be making his bid for the brass ring here, and he should get it.Michael Dunaway