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There is a lot of intrigue surrounding the new Georgia indie film “euphonia.” A purposefully lowercase title… a tagline of “listen.” that also serves as an official synopsis… a mysterious and quick-cut trailer full of wild sounds… a 55-minute runtime that sits just inside the line of ‘feature’ classification. I have only now heard anything about the film– and I still don’t know much– but it is premiering as part of the Visions program at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival in March.Written and directed by Danny Madden and starring Madden’s younger brother Will along with a few other friends, “euphonia” was made…

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Instead of going with the usual speech about the subjective nature of film criticism and how one might see this as a weak year, another as a strong year– I’ll just say that it was a great year. Perhaps me getting into the swing of life as a critic helped me feel this way. Perhaps we just lucked out with a lot of great films being released in 2012. I can’t say, really, but I’m thankful to have seen so many good motion pictures. I’m particularly grateful that so many of them featured at festivals in Georgia. “Rabies” and “Restoration” were screened…

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Sam Claflin and Jennifer Lawrence star in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”Easily, the highest profile Georgia release of 2013 is “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” While the first film of the franchise was filmed in North Carolina, the second film was produced in two separate halves; first in Metro Atlanta, then in Hawaii. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci all return for the second feature and are joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Lynn Cohen and Amanda Plummer.Regardless of how the film turns…

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Tomorrow night, the 13th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Cobb Energy Centre. The opening night gala begins at 5:00 PM with an open bar and food from landmark Atlanta restaurants like Alma Cocina, South City Kitchen, Woodfire Grill and more. “Hava Nagila (The Movie)” serves as the opening night film and promises to be a very lively start to the festival. Come sing along with us! The film starts at 7:30 PM. Don’t have your ticket yet? What are you waiting for? Get them now at www.ajff.org!Film synopsis and trailer after the jump.Encapsulating 150 years of…

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“No Soliciting” is a new comedy from writer-director-actor Will Dove. Filmed in Atlanta in 2012, the movie earned a one-week run at the famed Plaza Theatre last week. Due to a great turnout, the run has been extended another week. Make sure you check the film out and support the local independent cinema scene. Trailer after the jump.

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The first leg of Georgia’s film festival circuit is about to kick off with the always robust Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. But after the AJFF begins and before it ends, another Georgia gem will take place. The 8th annual Macon Film Festival (MaGa) will run from February 14th through the 17th, just three weeks away! I saw some good films, met some fun people, ate some delicious food and took many great walks around town last February and look forward to getting to do it all over again this year.The Macon Film Festival is similar to the Rome International Film…

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Top: Jessica Chastain stars in “Zero Dark Thirty”Bottom: Chastain stars in “Mama” alongside Nikolaj Coster-WaldauIt’s hard to think of another film career that has begun with quite the same bang that Jessica Chastain’s has. After Meryl Streep transitioned from the stage to the big screen, it didn’t take long for the Academy Award nominations and leading roles to start stacking up. Audrey Hepburn’s star rose astoundingly quickly after her first Oscar-nominated performance in “Roman Holiday.” But neither Streep nor Hepburn can claim such a seemingly overnight ascent to the top in both the critical and the commercial realms.Chastain first turned…

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Gabrielle Union, John Slattery, Jena Malone and Zach Gilford star in “In Our Nature””In Our Nature” is perhaps the most disappointing film out of the 2012 Savannah Film Festival. Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery and Gabrielle Union comprise an accomplished cast that fails to produce any sentiment from a dry screenplay. The premise is there; an estranged father and son unexpectedly reunite at their family cabin with their respective partners. Unfortunately, “In Our Nature” is riddled with unpleasantness, from slow-as-molasses pacing to the complete joy vacuum created by scene upon scene of unlikeable characters performing unlikeable actions with no attempt…

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Jennifer Lawrence wins one of four GFCA awards for “Silver Linings Playbook”The 2012 Georgia Film Critics Association nominations were just announced Monday, but winners have already been declared. Just as “Silver Linings Playbook” led the pack with eight nominations, David O. Russell’s film walked away with four wins, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Ensemble.”Skyfall” was another big winner, taking home awards for Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Best Cinematography and Best Original Song. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” won two awards; Best Production Design and Best Score. Director Benh Zeitlin also took the…

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Tom Holland stars in “The Impossible”The harrowing true story of the Alvarez family’s survival of and reunion following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami makes a most compelling basis for a film. I imagine that it didn’t take Juan Antonio Bayona very long to stake out his plans after hearing such an incredible tale. The Alvarez family becomes the Bennett family through the performances of Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast.I’ll be the first to admit to my stone-hearted nature. I’m more inclined to be moved by a film’s trailer than I am during the film…

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