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First annual Milledgeville Film Festival takes place this weekend!

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Bridging the gap between the spring and fall legs of Georgia’s film festival circuit, the first annual Milledgeville Film Festival takes place this weekend! It began yesterday, April 25th and runs through Sunday, April 27th. Things kicked off at 6 PM on Friday with a red carpet, followed by an opening night gala featuring keynote speaker Stevie Lynn Jones and a film presentation of “Young Americans.” Today, panels for producers, directors, actors, agents and casting directors began at 10 AM and run through early afternoon when film screenings start. Narrative Shorts screen at 2 PM, followed by International Shorts at 4 PM and a feature presentation of “The One Who Loves You” at 6 PM. A free screening of “The Spectacular Now” takes place on the Greenway at 9 PM. On Sunday, features “Heroes of Arvine Place,” “Paradise Garden” and “The Wingman” screen at 12 PM, 4 PM and 6:20 PM respectively. A second narrative shorts block takes place at 2 PM on Sunday, and 2013 Atlanta Film Festival Audi

Atlanta Review: "The Unwanted" (**½)

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Hannah Fierman and Christen Orr star in “The Unwanted” “The Unwanted”—written and directed by Bret Wood—is based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s graphic novella. The story follows Carmilla, a young woman who travels to a small town in an effort to uncover the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance. Carmilla meets, and soon falls in love with, a troubled local girl who lives with her over-protective father. While he holds the answers to Carmilla’s questions, he also hides some terrifying truths about her mother. The lead characters, played by Christen Orr and Hannah Fierman, are both compelling enough. Neither, however, are able to save the weak script that keeps them from ever being fleshed out as real people. Creepy at times but hopelessly uneven, the film never grounds itself in any sort of believability due to its lack of focus or direction. The film loses more and more steam with each bizarre twist and turn. With an interesting concept and an ending that is just as bat-shit crazy a

Atlanta Review: "Joe" (****)

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Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage star in “Joe” Few directors are able to jump from genre to genre as successfully as David Gordon Green. With one of the most unique directing resumes ranging from stoner comedies all the way to quiet passion projects, Green has continued to challenge himself as a filmmaker. His latest is “Joe”, which stars an almost unrecognizable Nicolas Cage and semi-newcomer Tye Sheridan. Joe, played by Cage, is a well meaning but hot-tempered ex con whose life of impulsivity and bad choices have turned him into a hardened and lonely man. Between the alcohol, prostitutes and never-ending stream of cigarettes, Joe seems to have little drive or purpose. That is until he meets young Gary (Sheridan). Gary is a hard-working young man whose drunk, penniless father has given him no choice but to take matters of providing for the family into his own hands. As they both are forced to come face to face with their own problems, Joe and Gary find a friendship in one another and a p