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The Circle also known as “El círculo,” “O Círculo,” “A kör,” “Ring,” “Krag,” “Ratas”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use.

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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi Thriller Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2017
USA Release:
April 26, 2017 (festival)
April 28, 2017 (wide—2,800+ theaters)
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seemingly well-intentioned innovations that seem to solve valid problems (such as catching criminals), but actually have a sinister underlying agenda

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dangers to personal freedom and privacy posed by powerful tech and social media companies and governments—watching people through many technical means and tracking each person's family history and activities

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What would it be like to live in a surveillance society?

The company makes people believe that “secrets are lies,” “privacy is theft,” “sharing is caring.”

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ANTI-CHRIST AND THE BEAST—Compare similarities between the goals of The Circle company and the goals and probable tactics of the prophesied Anti-Christ who will form a TOTALITARIAN GLOBAL REGIME with vast knowledge (data), resources, and economic and political control—a power monopoly, claiming (and seeming to most people) to be good and vital. Having stripped people of privacy, and ultimately controlling all buying and selling through the mark of “the beast,” Satan’s Anti-Christ will use surveillance and all this formidable power to identify, find and attempt to destroy all the people of God—those who refuse his mark.

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foolishness of refusing to listen to warnings of danger

attempting to go off-the-grid for privacy and safety

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This film is based on the 2013 novel by San Francisco-based writer David Eggers, published by Vintage. Eggers is part of the postmodern and post-postmodern literary movement. In 2008, “he was named one of ‘50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World’ by Utne Reader.”


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Featuring: Emma WatsonMae Holland
Tom HanksEamon Bailey, the head and founder of The Circle
Patton Oswalt … Tom Stenton, co-founder of The Circle
Bill PaxtonMae's father
Glenne Headly … Mae's mother
Karen Gillan … Annie, a member of The Circle, one of Mae's co-workers
John Boyega … Ty / Kalden
Ellen Wong … Renata
Ellar Coltrane … Mercer, Mae's ex-boyfriend
Elvy Yost … Sabine
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Director: James Ponsoldt—“The Spectacular Now” (2013)
Producer: Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ [UAE]
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Distributor: STX Entertainment

“Knowing is good. Knowing everything is better.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘The Circle’ is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime.

As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.”


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