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Atlanta-made movies make list of worst-reviewed in 2015

Georgia's booming film industry churns out lots of winners - "Mockingjay part 2" and part 1 and "Catching Fire" before it, "Selma" and "Goosebumps," to name a few. But some movies filmed here don't do so hot and a number of locally produced projects have landed on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes' list of flicks that flopped this year.

Critics weren't taken with "Taken 3."

"Taken 3," with Liam Neeson earned a sad 9 percent approval rating on the "Tomato-meter" (a calculation that represents the number of critics who give a movie a positive review) and this harsh verdict: "Hampered by toothless PG-13 action sequences, incoherent direction, and a hackneyed plot, 'Taken 3' serves as a clear signal that it's well past time to retire this franchise."

"Vacation," the reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate with Chris Hemsworth in a ridiculously raunchy role, earned a somewhat better 27 percent rating. But even cameos by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo failed to warm critics to the project. "Borrowing a basic storyline from the film that inspired it but forgetting the charm, wit, and heart, 'Vacation' is yet another nostalgia-driven retread that misses the mark," was the RT critic consensus.

Atlanta native Ed Helms posted this sweet photo with his "parents" on the "Vacation" set but critics didn't love the reboot.

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"Lila & Eve" earned a 36 percent rating. In the words of one critic, the drama starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez "deteriorates into a tawdry shoot-'em-up whose screenplay takes an ill-advised surreal twist that propels the movie deep into the ozone."

"A Walk in the Woods" with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte earned a 44 percent rating. Not terrible but not great, either. Much like the film itself. Critic consensus: "Amiable yet less compelling than any road trip movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte should be, 'A Walk in the Woods' is ultimately a bit too pedestrian."

Nick Nolte and Robert Redford in a scene filmed at Louise's Restaurant near Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta. Photo: Frank Masi, SMPSP / Broad Green Pictures

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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