THE CIR­CLE (M)

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“Know­ing is good, but know­ing ev­ery­thing is bet­ter,” de­clares Ea­mon Bailey, a Steve Jobs-like tech guru played by Tom Hanks in this mid­dling cy­ber-thriller. Things get in­ter­est­ing when one of Bailey’s young em­ploy­ees, Mae Hol­land (Emma Wat­son), takes his to­hell-with-pri­vacy pol­icy to danger­ous extremes. Based on a 2013 novel by Dave Eg­gers (A Heart­break­ing Work Of Stag­ger­ing Ge­nius), this film al­ready feels a touch too dated to be taken se­ri­ously as the cau­tion­ary tale for the dig­i­tal age it clearly wants to be. But when viewed as an en­joy­ably silly guilty plea­sure (the last act is full of hi-tech howlers), no one will be bored, that’s for sure.

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