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#GAfilm Review: "Baywatch" (2.5 of 5 Stars)

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By Jamie Traner, Senior Staff Writer Georgia-lensed “Baywatch” is one of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters of 2017, but perhaps the Georgia community is buzzing a little extra. The film, set in Broward County, Florida, was filmed in Miami and Deerfield Beach, Florida, as well as in our very own Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. What to expect of “Baywatch:” think Wendy Peffercorn (of “The Sandlot”) joins “21 Jumpstreet.” The lifeguards of the Bay don’t seem to quit beyond the sand. A job that is “clearly a job for police” only seems to encourage Mitch Buchannon, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and his cohorts, team and recruits alike. “Baywatch” follows as the trainees and long-time veterans form a unit and try to take down villain, fresh from the Hollywood screen Victoria Leeds (played by Priyanka Chopra). So, we open on a serene beach scene, with early morning yoga and a soft color palette that makes you wonder why you haven’t yet booked your one-way ticket to th

#GAfilm Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2.5 of 5 Stars)

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By Rebecca Daniel, Senior Staff Writer I sit in a packed theater. The previews begin. 5 minutes. 10 minutes. 20 minutes. Are these really still going on? “Dunkirk.” “Alien.” “Valerian.” “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “Thor: Ragnarok.” I’ve already eaten all the candy that I snuck in to the theater. No movie snack during the movie because these previews are so dang long. After 35 minutes of previews, the movie is actually starting. I watch as the Guardians of the Galaxy get involved in their space shenanigans. Bradley Cooper says something angry in a Joe Pesci-esque New York accent. The audience roars with laughter. It’s funny because he’s a raccoon, you see. The man sitting next to me repeats every line the Bradley Cooper raccoon says. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the wrestler man meet up with Kurt Russell in a CGI wonderland. “I am Groot” says the baby tree voiced by Vin Diesel for the 15th time. How long have I been in this theater? Is it possible we’re approaching 3 hours? Will I ever

WILDERNESSES AND SOLITARY PLACES

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I lost my precious mother a few days ago.  The ten days leading up to her death were long and draining.  I suffered as I watched my mother suffer, as I watched my sisters and brother suffer.  We spent most of the time everyday of those ten days together, with hospice nurses and CNAs coming in and out.  There was hardly any time to be alone—alone with my thoughts—alone with My Lord.  I thought of this post that I had planned next,  WILDERNESSES AND SOLITARY PLACES. I thought of my own times in the wilderness and my own need of that solitary place.  When those times of wilderness happen, it's usually pain that leads us there.  In our wildernesses, we almost always initially feel abandoned... like God has forsaken us... like He doesn't care.  Then, after a while, we begin to realize that He is calling us to a more intimate place with Him.  We begin to see that those are the sweetest times with Him... that He, through His Word, is whispering sweet truths and promises to us that p

"Graduation" – Review (3 of 5 Stars)

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By Christina Nicole, Senior Staff Writer “Graduation” comes from writer-director Cristian Mungiu. It played a Cannes last year and is getting a wider release this month. The future is unknown; it is scary yet hopeful. It is where all hopes and dreams live and flourish. We work to see our dreams come true, but things happen that can cause us to lose sight of what we want.

James Ponsoldt's "The Circle" - Review (2 of 5 Stars)

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By Ali Coad, Senior Staff Writer “The Circle” is the newest James Ponsoldt film to hit theaters. Ponsoldt is a celebrated Georgia filmmaker. Not only is he Athens, GA-born, he filmed his 2013 Atlanta Film Festival marquee film, “The Spectacular Now” here in Georgia. And as a person particularly interested and attuned to the writing process of moviemaking, I believe it apt to mention that Ponsoldt was also a 2008 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition winner. Needless to say, we’re big Ponsoldt fans here in Georgia. He’s someone who celebrates stories, who somehow manages to create a lovely intimacy between characters and viewers, who makes you want to root for the little guy or gal. Which is why I found “The Circle” to be somewhat of a disappointment. This movie was penned by both Ponsoldt and by Dave Eggers, the man who wrote this film’s novel counterpart. “The Circle” tells the tale of Mae Holland (played by the ever-affable, ever-charming, Emma Watson), a young and unimpressiv

GOD'S GLORY

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A few years ago I watched a program on Day of Discovery. It was about a twenty year old girl named Lygon Stevens who was a mountain climber and had died in an avalanche while climbing with her brother. Lygon did not sound like your typical twenty year old. We get a glimpse into her walk with the Lord through her journal that her brother salvaged during the accident. She seemed to have found all the things that young girls are looking for in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But after her death, her family was left to deal with their huge heart rending loss. Their suffering was horrific. More of the story can be found on the website http://www.timetoliveisnow.org/ . The takeaway in this story for me is an illustration that came from Lygon's mother. She had been asked to speak somewhere and had gone to a place of solitude to gather her thoughts. It was still very hard to carry this whole thing around with her...the loss of her daughter, but the story of a