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"Band Aid" - Review (4 of 5 stars)

My one-line description of Zoe Lister-Jones’s directorial debut, Band Aid : It is love, loss and so much laughter. Band Aid , which debuted at Sundance and was picked up by IFC, tells the story of Anna and Ben, a couple whose rocky marriage makes for some therapeutic rock n’ roll. Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, produced, directed and stars in the film, but it isn’t a one-woman show; she employed an entirely female crew. #GirlPower Band Aid is like the perfect marriage of Begin Again and Celeste and Jesse Forever. The original songs Zoe Lister-Jones wrote for the film are hilarious and honest. The scenes seem very organic and the film develops nicely. Lister-Jones also frames the shots crisply, providing the audience with a film that isn’t just fun, but beautiful. The acting in Band Aid is really good. The cast does a great job of balancing the humor and the sadness of the film. The range of emotion in the film is seamless and Adam Pally gives one of his best performances yet. Fred Armisen

JAEL, THE MOUNTAIN GOAT: Deborah, Barak and Jael, Part 2

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This next study is a very personal one for me.  Let me elaborate.  I didn't know until about fourth or fifth grade that I walked "funny." I was made fun of and became very self-conscious as a young girl.  At a time in our lives where we just want to blend into our surroundings, I felt like all eyes were on me with every step I took. My walk would come to define who I was. I wouldn't find out why I walked the way I do until I was in my forties.  And the details don't matter.  What does matter is that God taught me so many things that I wouldn't have known otherwise, simply because of the way I walk.  It began to have a parallel meaning of my walk with the Lord. Also, I don't have pretty feet. It's all related.  So when I was studying Jael, I made a discovery that really spoke to my heart.  You'll see in the lesson when we see that Jael's name means "mountain goat."  These mountain goats are surefooted climbers.  Their feet are designed

JEWELS FROM THE JOURNEY: Deborah, Barak and Jael, Part 1

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Many of us find ourselves embattled in intense, serious spiritual warfare.  Some of us find ourselves in the awful position of having the enemy in that war using our loved ones, sometimes our spouses as his instruments.  One of the devil's greatest tools is to get us to agree with him about our loved ones, or to get our loved ones to agree with him about us.  He is the accuser of the brethren and one of the ways he loves to accuse is through the mouths of people who are suppose to love us.  It was in one of these fierce battles of spiritual warfare that this lesson was born. One of the great things about the Bible is that we can study and study and still not exhaust what there is to learn from it.  Such is the case of the story of Deborah and Barak and Jael.  Deborah, of course, is one of the more well known women of the Bible.  Perhaps we can learn even more from another woman in the same passage named Jael.  So let's look at Judges chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 4 beg

Here is Where to Catch Free Outdoor Movies in Metro Atlanta This Summer

By Rebecca Daniel, Senior Staff Writer  Ready for a fun summer activity? Why not catch a free outdoor movie with your friends? All summer long, Georgia will have free movies throughout the state! So check out this list for movie and location information. Atlantic Station (Atlanta) This is always a great place to go for eating, shopping, and seeing a movie. But every Thursday evening, Central Park turns into an outdoor movie theater. June 8: The Fugitive June 15: The Little Rascals June 22: Sabrina June 29: Twister July 6: As Good As It Gets July 13: Pleasantville July 20: 10 Things I Hate About You August 2: Miss Congeniality The Avenue at Peachtree City This is a very family-friendly venue that has tons of fun activities including face painting, bounce houses, popcorn and giveaways! Be sure to get there by 6 PM, when the movie starts on these dates. June 12: Pete’s Dragon June 26: The Secret Life of Pets  July 10: Moana July 24: Storks B at the Movies (Various Locations) B98.5 is hos

"Wonder Woman" – Review (4.5 of 5 Stars)

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By Rebecca Daniel, Senior Staff Writer  Finally. As the lights went down and Wonder Woman began, I watched in awe. This was really happening. It’s an incredible feeling to watch a female superhero have her own movie. Heck, it’s an incredible feeling to watch a female character have her own action scene! Keep in mind these aren’t boring “I’m just gonna run around and hit something if it comes my way” action scenes. These are slow-motion, Matrix style action sequences. The second I saw them, I wanted to say, “thank you Patty Jenkins for directing this.” And “can we please rewind that?!” There’s no way to describe it. It has to be seen on the big screen.  After  Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman , and  Suicide Squad  it was hard to have faith that the DC cinematic universe could ever be good. One glimmer of hope we had in the mess was Wonder Woman’s small appearance in  Batman v. Superman . It turns out that wasn’t a fluke. Although in the past it’s been a gamble to take a chance on female

Macon Film Festival Releases Complete 2017 Film Lineup

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By Cameron McAllister The 12th annual Macon Film Festival—middle Georgia’s largest celebration of cinema—takes place throughout downtown Macon from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. While more information is still forthcoming on Opening Night, special guests/presentations and festival workshops, we’ve got the complete lineup of official selections. At least 16 feature films and dozens of short films are featured, highlighting Macon’s emphasis on Southern storytellers and music. These focuses are a perfect fit for a city like Macon, which has a rich musical history. Last week, much of the city came together for the funeral of Southern rock-legend Gregg Allman, who was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery. Check out the film lineup below. View the complete schedule here . NARRATIVE FEATURES BRAVE NEW JERSEY directed by Jody Lambert Brave New Jersey is a comedy about a small town on the night of Orson Welles’ legendary 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast – the hoax that terrified mi