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The Local Lense: #GAfilm Updates 6/25 - Jennifer Garner, Daniel Radcliffe, Isla Fisher

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Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Daniel Radcliffe, Josh Brolin, Isla Fisher and more! Hosts Beth Keener and Greer Howard bring you the 411 on entertainment news in Georgia. Find out what’s filming, who’s here and what to watch! This week, catch up on the details of “Miracles from Heaven” with Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah (to film in Georgia this summer); “Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” with Josh Brolin and Danny McBride (filming in Georgia); and  “Young Americans” with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan (filming in New Orleans and Atlanta this fall).   Plus, catch some info on “The Magnificent Seven” with Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington, set to film in Louisiana. Find out where Isla Fisher ( “Keeping Up with the Joneses” ), Andrew Lincoln ( “The Walking Dead” ),  and Kanye West and OutKast were spotted around town! Check out TV updates from MTV’s “Finding Cater,”  Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” USA’s  “Complications” and SundanceTV’s “Rectify.”  Stay tuned to the end to see

Review: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (****½)

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Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke star in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” An adaptation of the same-titled novel by Jesse Andrews, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is about a self-aware and ‘gopher-faced’ (his words, not mine) high school senior named Greg (Thomas Mann) who is forced, per his mother’s request, to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who could barely be called an acquaintance, once she’s been diagnosed with cancer. And the result of that first, initial, forced hang-out is… well, it’s magic. And Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s direction is risky and wild and perfectly on point. He creates a world you want to live in and characters you want to believe in. Greg narrates his life, walking us through his doomed friendship with Rachel, broken up into chapter-like segments with titles like “The Part Where I Panic Out of Sheer Awkwardness.” Greg drifts untethered through high school, never forming any real relationships. He has curated and smarted a sense of bordered distance an

Review: "Inside Out" (*****)

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Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) star in “Inside Out.” Pixar, the studio that has brought us some of the most unique memorable and iconic films of the past two decades has a new instant classic on their hands. “Inside Out” is not only a return to form for the animation house—after a few years of sequels and somewhat uninspired films—but a reminder of just how powerful and profound the best Pixar films are capable of being. The story revolves around an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Riley loves her family, playing hockey and being a goofball with her friends. Riley also has a lot going on in her mind—which is where the majority of the story takes place. We’re introduced at the beginning of the film to Riley’s five core emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. Each of these emotions are characters working together to control how Riley feels about everyday situations. The film’s main protagonist is Joy. Amy Poehler voices Joy and gives the character so much life and ene

The Local Lense: #GAfilm Updates 6/15 - Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicki Minaj

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Tom Cruise, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington and more! Hosts Beth Keener and Greer Howard bring you the 411 on entertainment news in Georgia. Find out what’s filming, who’s here and what to watch! We are thrilled to be featuring The Local Lense  here at Reel Georgia! Every week, Beth Keener and Greer Howard host the Entertainment Buzz—giving you the complete #GAfilm rundown of what’s filming, what celebrities were spotted and which TV shows were locally-lensed and feature local talent. This week, catch up on the details of “Mena” with Tom Cruise (filming in Ballground); “Captain America: Civil War” with Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie (filming in Metro Atlanta); “The Founder” with Michael Keaton (filming in Canton); “The Do Over” with Adam Sandler and David Spade (filming in Savannah); “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” with Jennifer Lawrence (filming reshoots in Dawsonville); “Allegiant: Pa

Review: "Ex Machina" (****)

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Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac star in “Ex Machina.” Alex Garland’s provocative sci-fi/thriller “Ex Machina” hinges on three characters: Ava, Nathan and Caleb. Ava, played by the stunning Alicia Vikander (previously seen in “Anna Karenina,” “A Royal Affair” and “Seventh Son”), is our object of study, the artificially intelligent woman whose humanity—or lack-there-of—is called into question. Next we have Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a genius who at the mere age of 13 created Blue Book (think Wikipedia or Google), and has since become a loner of sorts living in a far-off land surrounded only by trees and green and the AI machines he creates. He’s authoritative and strong-willed and relentless when it comes to creating an artificially intelligent being, and Isaac plays this character to perfection. To act as Nathan’s counterbalance, we have Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson). He’s an inherently sympathetic and approachably handsome young programmer who works at Blue Book. After winning

Review: "Slow West" (**½)

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Editor’s Note: This review was written by the newest member of the Reel Georgia family—and someone I’ve been chasing after to contribute for quite a while—Jessica Hinckle. An expert wordsmith, script supervisor, film festival organizer and all-around human woman, I know that everyone will appreciate the wonderfully unique, clever and personal touch that Jessica will bring to her stories. -CM Michael Fassbender stars in “Slow West.” “Slow West” is the directorial debut of John Maclean and I can only imagine that he woke up one day with some kind of deep-seated need to combine his experience with unrequited love with his Wes Anderson fetish and then… make it a western? Or rather, whatever caricature of a western he’d conjured in a dream… a dream induced possibly by an absinthe bender. No, seriously. However, it’s difficult for me to fault this artsy bit of film (it’s 84 minutes) for blatantly defying the tropes of the typical western—that I can get on board with; westerns have been done

Review: "Ride" (**½)

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Brenton Thwaites and Helen Hunt star in “Ride.” Despite its earnestness, effort, and smooth cinematography, “Ride,” the sophomore effort from writer/director/star Helen Hunt, lands with a small and underwhelming splash. The film begins (and ends, really) with Helen Hunt’s character, Jackie, a shrill, iron-haired, nearly-unforgivable New Yorker; though, in all honesty, as the 90-minute feature slugs forward, Jackie becomes somewhat likeable… or if she doesn’t become likeable, she becomes, at the very least, sympathetic. The film opens with Jackie reading restlessly outside of her then-young son’s bedroom door in the middle of the night. She pages more than reads, and every few seconds she freezes, listening intently and wildly for her son’s small sleeping sounds. Jackie only sleeps soundly herself once she knows he’s doing the same. She falls asleep, angular and uncomfortable, on the hardwood floor leaning up against his bedroom wall. Despite how this film twists and turns and flops and