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Atlanta Film Society Announces First 14 Selections from 2017 Atlanta Film Festival

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After the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) in April of 2016 saw record-breaking numbers of works submitted, festival attendees and media impressions, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) immediately put plans in place to maintain the momentum. In preparation for the 41st ATLFF next spring, the organization is pleased to announce a first slate of programming comprising feature length and short films, narratives, documentaries, pilot episodes, music videos, animation, puppetry, experimental and virtual reality. “We are really excited to release a first wave of films that represents every category of our festival programming,” said ATLFS Executive Director Christopher Escobar. “ATLFF isn’t just one thing, and by including short films, pilots and virtual reality alongside features, we are presenting a greater picture of what to expect this year.” This group of fourteen films represents the first selections out of a new ATLFF record of 6,085 submissions. Hailing from Austria, Brazil, C

"American Pastoral" Review (***)

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Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly star in “American Pastoral.” Ewan McGregor made a bold choice in his directorial debut with “American Pastoral.” Phillip Roth is easily one of the best American authors of the past 25 years. His work is beastly. McGregor attempted to tame the beast. “American Pastoral” is simply a convoluted story about a man, his family and America during the tumultuous Vietnam era—and then some. The film boasts an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Uzo Aduba, and Dakota Fanning. Like most actors turned directors, McGregor gets a great performance from everyone. Jennifer Connelly is absolutely amazing throughout the entire film. The best part of the movie is the acting—Connelly, specifically. The rest of the film leaves something to be desired. The something missing is cohesiveness. “American Pastoral” feels like it is trying to be several different movies at the same time. There were so many things happening during the 1960s and 1970s. It is

"Lion" Review (***½)

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Editor’s note: I’ve been begging Alexandra James to write for Reel Georgia for months and months. Recently, Alex joined the team down at the Savannah Film Festival for a few days and I was able to coax her into finally writing a review. I think you’ll find that both the writer and her work are equally as charismatic and approachable as they are thorough and accomplished. I am thrilled to add Alex to the Reel crew. -CM Dev Patel stars in “Lion.” Familiar themes of displacement, familial dysfunction, a desire for resolve, and great cast performances all help Garth Davis’ debut feature film, “Lion,” evoke all the feels at all the right times. “Lion” is a poignant drama that takes viewers on a laborious personal journey that, fortunately, lands in inspiration and the aforementioned resolve. Though the film successfully plays on its viewers’ emotions, it does have its shortcomings in other areas. Are these shortcomings so prominent that they distract from the truly remarkable story that t

"Loving" Review (****½)

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‘Tell the judge I love my wife.’ Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in “Loving.” Jeff Nichols shows a solemn, moving picture of Richard and Mildred Loving’s life together. Richard and Mildred Loving lived in Virginia in the 1950s. They loved each other immensely. They married in Washington D.C. shortly after discovering they were expecting a child. Despite the marriage license—a binding legal document—cops entered their home in the middle of the night and put the Lovings in jail. Mildred spent five nights in jail; she was eight months pregnant. The law enforcement in their small country town prosecuted the Lovings because at the time, interracial marriages were against the law in Virginia. The judge forced them out of Virginia for the next 25 years, against the threat of a prison sentence. The film spans from 1958 to 1967. The audience gets to see the racism the couple experienced from both sides. The movie isn’t violent; it focuses more on the psychological threat the family faced. Nic