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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. 

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.

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.
Getting Through with WandaVision

Getting Through with WandaVision

Lifestyle's Pick of the Week
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor March 4, 2021
This series would simply not be complete without mentioning a tv show that is readily available for your viewing pleasure. This week is the season finale of Marvel’s latest installment, "WandaVision," so you still have time to catch up on the eight episodes that have been released on DisneyPlus. With episodes around only thirty minutes long, it’s the perfect quick binge to get you through the week.
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“Minari” tells a familiar, but unique story of the American dream

The American dream isn't a story of rags to riches, it's a story of difficult choices and constant survival.
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor March 3, 2021
Director Lee Isaac Chung broke my heart, but then stitched it back together multiple times throughout watching this movie.
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“The World’s a Little Blurry”: Billie Eilish’s world of her own

The 19-year-old superstar’s rise-to-fame documentary proves dreams can become a reality
Sean Dunham, Music Entertainment Editor February 28, 2021
Going from an ordinary, music-crazed teenager to a worldwide icon, Eilish's documentary takes viewers on an emotional journey through her life and career.
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Ari Aster: The mind behind “Hereditary” and “Midsommar”

With the announcement of Joaquin Phoenix starring in Aster's next film, take a look at his early shorts.
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor February 27, 2021
Even before a Hollywood budget, horror director Ari Aster was making some of the most horrific films.
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