Movie Review: Fried Green Tomatoes

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Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes (A) offers a whistlestop whirlwind into the universal truths of friendship, sisterhood and possibly a whole lot more under the surface of women in the South. Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy are appealing in the framing modern-day empowerment story, but it’s the flashbacks centering on rascally restaurateurs played by Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson that really take hold of the imagination. Several subplots that aren’t fully sketched are eclipsed by the overall emotional impact of a journey that showcases the power of secrets and sacrifice.


Atlanta Film Festival’s Food on Film Event Returns with 25th Anniversary Presentation of Fried Green Tomatoes
The annual event will be hosted by Georgia-native, actor Jack McBrayer
The Atlanta Film Festival’s annual “Food On Film” event is going back to its Georgia roots with a special presentation of Fried Green Tomatoes and after party catered by Sweet Auburn BBQ and The Whistle Stop Café. The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) and Fried Green Tomatoes are both celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, 40th and 25th respectively. Georgia-native and NBC’s “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer will also return to his roots to celebrate with the festival by hosting the special screening of the Atlanta-made film.
This is the fourth year that ATLFF has hosted the foodie favorite “Food On Film” event, which pairs a food-themed movie with a delicious after party. The 2016 “Food On Film” 25th Anniversary Presentation of Fried Green Tomatoes will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Following the 12:00PM film screening at the Plaza Theatre, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host a good ole southern celebration, complete with fried green tomatoes and barbeque. Admission to the screening is free and tickets to the after party are $20.


The Academy Award-nominated film Fried Green Tomatoes was directed by Jon Avnet and stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker. The film was primarily produced in Atlanta and Juliette, Georgia. The Whistle Stop Café, which is featured in the film, stills stands in Juliette and will provide its famous fried green tomatoes at the “Food On Film” event.
2016 ATLFF “Food On Film” 25th Anniversary Presentation of Fried Green Tomatoes
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Screening – Hosted by Jack McBrayer
Time: 12:00PM
Location: The Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306)
Cost: Free
RSVP to Attend:
After Party – Catered by Sweet Auburn BBQ and The Whistle Stop Café
Time: Immediately following (approximately 2:00PM)
Location: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (980 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306)
Cost: $20
To Purchase Tickets:

The 2016 ATLFF will take place from Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 10, 2016. The 10-day event will feature more than 150 feature length and short film presentations, 37 Creative Conferences and over a dozen Special Presentations. For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival and full schedule of film screenings and events, visit Passes for the festival and tickets to individual screenings are available for purchase now on the website.
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About the Atlanta Film Festival
The Atlanta Film Festival, now in its fourth decade, is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeast United States. Over 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary and short films each year, selected from nearly 5,000 submissions from more than 120 countries. The Atlanta Film Festival is the chief annual operation of the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States, which enriches the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round. The Atlanta Film Festival was recently named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine. Major funding for the Atlanta Film Society is provided by XFINITY, MailChimp, REVOLT and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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