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SPEAK TO THE ROCK

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Moses had to deal with difficult people.  Some things never change, because we all find ourselves dealing with difficult people.  In dealing with those people, our own flesh always wants to  rear its ugly head. Let's remind ourselves to speak to the Rock and not the people during these times of difficulty. Scripture readings: Exodus 3:1-4:17, Acts 7:22, Numbers 12:3, Exodus 17, Numbers 20:1-12, Deuteronomy 3:23-29, 4:21-22 Moses. What a fascinating character. Definitely one of the most amazing men of God. Yet, I'm intrigued by the fact that he didn't get to go into the Promised Land, even though he knew the Lord intimately and the Lord spoke to him “face to face as one does a friend.” As I was reading in Deuteronomy where Moses is coming to the end and is giving the instructions to the children of Israel, I was struck by his words, “Furthermore the Lord was angry with me for your sakes and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not ente

"Get Out" - Review (5 of 5 Stars)

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By Ali Coad, Senior Staff Writer This review does NOT contain spoilers. This is a movie that you don’t want spoiled. I promise, you don’t, and so I vow not to do that here. I might suggest, however, dipping out of this review for now. This movie is best served in the dark, with a bucket of popcorn and no context whatsoever. Come back and read on once you’ve watched “Get Out.” Let me start by saying, simply, I do not at all enjoy horror films. Never have I seen one in a theatre, nor would I choose that genre within the comfort of my own home. I don’t like being scared, because, well, then I’m scared. I’m not a huge fan of gore either; I find it to be mostly unappealing. “Get Out” neatly checks both of those boxes. And I can say, without doubt or hesitation, that Jordan Peele’s (of “Key & Peele”) “Get Out” is the best movie of 2017. The film starts in suburbia. Andre Hayworth (star of “Atlanta,” Lakeith Lee Stanfield), a young black man, attempts to navigate manicured lawns and larg

"Their Finest" - Review (5 of 5 Stars)

By Christina Nicole, Senior Editor It is not hard to say that Their Finest is a masterpiece. Lone Scherfig does a great job directing the film; it’s reminiscent of An Education from 2009. They are both very British with a strong female lead. Set against the early, yet devastating stages of WWII, Their Finest is delightful film about making a film and so much more. There so are many WWII movies. Their Finest is a WWII movie, but it is not a traditional strong-men-fighting in battles type of war movie. It’s about writing and making a military film during the WWII era.   It is more along the lines of The Book Thief . Most of the choices and situations are influenced by the war, but it isn’t dark and downtrodden; Their Finest is inspiring and optimistic. The Dunkirk film the characters of Their Finest are making is propaganda with a love story, where the heavy hand has a woman’s touch. The main character in Their Finest is Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), a witty and charismatic write

"After the Storm" - Review (3 of 5 Stars)

by Christina Nicole, Senior Editor A washed-up novelist turned private detective, Ryota, mourns his father, battles a gambling addiction and tries to get closer to his semi-estranged young son in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm . After the Storm is not necessarily a bad film, but I would not call it a good film. It is adequate, but it feels like it is less than the sum of its parts. It’s a drama, but isn’t particularly poignant or emotive. After the Storm feels like it is holding back; it’s as if the whole film is on Xanax. Xanax is great if you are having a panic attack, as it dulls the senses, but it isn’t great for a movie. The audience gets an honest, relatable glimpse at middle age after a divorce. Life is a sad struggle. It’s difficult to pay child support while maintaining a life, battling a gambling habit and mourning your father.   Ryota wants to be there for his son because he will always be Shingo’s father; but it’s harder to do when his ex-wife is seeing someone new a

"Waiting for B" - Atlanta Film Festival Review (4.5 of 5 Stars)

By Christina Nicole, Senior Editor Who run the world? Girls. Beyoncé not only sings the song, but she is the girl who truly runs the world. Beyoncé is iconic. She is Queen Bey. Beyoncé is a ‘sweet dream and a beautiful nightmare’ either way she leaves her fans speechless and in awe. Getting tickets to a Beyoncé show is big deal and an even bigger expense. How long would you wait to be first in line for Beyoncé? What would you give to go to her concert? The Beyhive is worldwide. Waiting for B spans the two months preceding Beyoncé’s 2013 Sao Paulo concert; it shows the lengths that a group of friends in Sao Paulo are willing to go through, to be first in line for her concert. The film’s subjects are quite camp for two months outside of the stadium to make sure they’d get in first. One of the campers had sold his apartment to pay for his concert ticket and another worked three jobs. The majority of the Beyhive that “got in formation” to wait for B were gay men. While camping in front

"Ann" - Atlanta Film Festival Review (3 Stars of 5)

From the mind of Venezuelan director Carla Forte, Ann is a trippy and beautifully intimate experimental film. Starring only two characters (three if you count the lovable dog, Pancho), Ann follows a sculptor named Ruben (Jose Manuel Dominguez) who’s almost completely detached himself from reality in an effort to cope with the mundanity in his actual life. Ann, his wife, desperately tries to connect with him through conversations but struggles to actually snap him out of his apparent daze. Ann, who is played by Carlos Antonio Leon, is transgender. However Ann’s sexuality is irrelevant to the story being told and the film handles it in a refreshingly bold manner by not addressing it at all. Forte wanted to portray Ann and Ruben as being a normal relatable couple having true, genuine arguments. Largely filmed as intimate conversations between the arguing couple, the film is claustrophobic. Really the only time we ever cut away from our two leads is to showcase some gorgeous high frame rat

"Rat Film" - Atlanta Film Festival Review (3.5 of 5 Stars)

By Christo Stevens, Senior Editor Rat Film is a complex and layered documentary. From its mysteriously somber opening line, the tone of the film is firmly set. Theo Anthony crafts an utterly engrossing film about, well… rats. But to say Rat Film is just about rats would only be scratching the surface. Taking place primarily in Baltimore, the film first focuses on the massive infestation that plagues the city. We see shots of alley ways as dark little shadows scurry through the trash. We see tiny tails poking out of cracks in the walls. We see kids playing in the streets alongside the filthy rodents. But what really makes Rat Film a unique experience is its exploration into not only how and why we have a rat problem to begin with, but how it’s effecting lower class residents within the city. Conversations with individuals living in poverty and among these rats are alarming to say the least. Another crucial point of view we get throughout is from a local member of the Baltimore sanitatio

"The Zookeeper's Wife" - Atlanta Film Festival Review (4 of 5 Stars)

By Rebecca Daniel, Senior Editor Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl Directed by: Niki Caro Rated: PG-13  If everyone around you was suffering, but you had the power to save them would you do it? What if saving them meant risking your life in return? I hope we could all say yes if the situation demanded it, but it’s easy to comply when the question is theoretical.  The Zookeeper’s Wife  challenges us to look at the situation from the perspective of a courageous woman who could answer yes to the questions posed above, Antonia Zabinski. Antonina and her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenberg) run the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. It’s a place brimming with life as animals fill the grounds and people joyfully visit. When the Nazi’s invade the country, the zoo that was once so vibrant begins to lose its spirit. Jan and Antonina find they must report to Lutz Heck, (Daniel Brühl….yeah, he’s playing a Nazi again) Hitler’s chief zoologist. As Nazi presence looms, the treatment of local

"Jackson" - Atlanta Film Festival Review (4 of 5 Stars)

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By Christo Stevens, Senior Editor Jackson, Mississippi is home to the very last abortion clinic in the state. Surrounded by 38 crisis pregnancy centers, the last remaining clinic is hanging on by a thread. The film Jackson throws us into the thick of the battle between pro-lifers and pro-choicers at a crucial point for the clinic. The film primarily follows three women; the director of the abortion clinic, a single mother of five who struggles to keep food in her kids’ bellies, and the pro-life head of The Center for Pregnancy Choices. Jackson was directed by Maisie Crow and based on the recent documentary short The Last Clinic. Filming for nearly three years, Crow gets so up close and personal to all involved it’s mind blowing. We’re first introduced to the head of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Shannon Brewer. Brewer, as we see in a scene where she’s driving into work past protestors and picketers, is exhausted. Pro-lifers have posted up outside the clinic and it doesn’t