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The Dutch Room after the heist, photographed by the FBI on March 18, 1990 / This Is a Robbery (Netflix)

Netflix’s “This Is a Robbery” Director Colin Barnicle decodes the greatest art heist of all time

“This Is a Robbery” explores the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s unsolved 1990 robbery
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 7, 2021
“You hear, ‘Oh, you can't move the art because it's very iconic,' but it's only iconic if people know what it is. If there's no coverage on it, and all the pictures are in black and white, when they are covered, then they're not iconic, and they can be moved.” 
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Netflix’s “Behind Her Eyes” is a psychological thriller that will blow your mind

Reminiscent of "You" and "Stranger Things," this new series has an abundance of plot twists
Kaci Madden, Contributor April 26, 2021
This Netflix original series follows Louise Barnsley as she has an affair with her boss while also becoming very close friends with her boss's wife.
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Bob Odenkirk transforms into a real action star in “Nobody”

If John Wick was played by Bob Odenkirk, you would get "Nobody."
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor April 23, 2021
After a real-life break in and three years of training for the role, Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell who seeks revenge on the two robbers that steal his daughter's kitty cat bracelet.
(Alex Qi poses with one of Frank Catalano’s lightsabers, exchanging his PVC saber for a red, light-up blade. Photo submitted by Rebekah Panaro.)

Lightsaber duels transport UMass to a galaxy far, far away

The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
Rebeca Pereira, Writer April 21, 2021
The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
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Getting Through with “The Wilds” 

An epic coming of age saga with a twist
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor April 15, 2021
There are eight girls in total who are stranded on the island, each with their own past that follows them wherever they go. It’s a thrilling, emotional saga that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful plot and artful storytelling. 
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If you liked “Sky High” as a kid, you’ll love “Invincible” as an adult

"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman reinvents superhero series just as brutal as his AMC hit
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor April 3, 2021
The animated show is a mix of "Sky High" and "My Hero Academia" with a dash of violence akin to "The Walking Dead," another franchise from the series' creator, Robert Kirkman.
Getting Through with Umbrella Academy

Getting Through with Umbrella Academy

It's anything but predictable
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor April 1, 2021
During a year that’s been stressful and depressing for many, including myself, Umbrella Academy is a welcome escape, but it is not mindless television.
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Terrible acting ruins the important message of Eddie Huang’s “Boogie”

If you liked "Fresh Off the Boat," Eddie Huang's theatrical debut will fall short of expectations.
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor March 27, 2021
"Boogie" tells an underdog story of an Asian American high schooler that dreams of joining the NBA. This is the movie that America needs right now, but it still falls short of its potential in being a great movie.
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Five films to celebrate Women’s History Month

Five films all directed by women.
Brianna Silva, Editor-In-Chief March 27, 2021
While there is a long road ahead to improve the representation of women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people in Hollywood, this list provides a small glimpse into some of the most powerful stories directed by women from as recent as 2018 to as far back as the 80s.
Getting Through with Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Getting Through with Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Spoiler Alert!
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor March 25, 2021
Even though some scenes were the same, it felt like a completely different film from start to finish. It felt like what Justice League should have been. 
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“Breaking News in Yuba County” delivers a beautifully chaotic experience

Filled with both lively and dark characters, the comedy-drama makes for a great watch.
Brianna Silva, Editor-In-Chief March 16, 2021
Immersive from the first to the final scene, “Breaking News in Yuba County” is a refreshing and exciting watch for all kinds of movie lovers.
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Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival goes remote amidst the pandemic

The online event will be available until March 22.
Olivia Capriotti, Contributor March 8, 2021
The Springfield Jewish Community Center bridges the gap between social distancing and sociability through an online film festival.
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