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‘My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To’ Is An Emotional Slow Burn: Review

Underneath this twisted, bloodstained story, Jonathan and Michael Cuartas take viewers into the painful reality of a tight-knit familial space and the difficult obligations that come with it.

10 Films About Queer Joy To Watch This Pride Month

We asked our contributors to spotlight life-affirming films about queer joy that, on the whole, depict being LGBTQ+ as a positive, empowering experience with a happy ending. Here are their top picks.

Nursing student taps into own experience to reassure patient

The pandemic has restricted Kailey’s social world, pushing her mental and physical limits at times, but it reminds her of the reason she wanted to become a nurse: to connect with patients.

Caring for ourselves and each other, in Spanish

The result was Salud y Bienestar, a collective of faculty, students and community members who come together to honor the Spanish language and culture, while fulfilling social needs and focusing on improving their well-being.

“Goodbye Honey” Review

Filled with twists and turns around every corner, Goodbye Honey meticulously entangles viewers in a terrifying multisensory nightmare that shows a number of very real dangers with some of the most painful scenes being the montages of Phoebe’s time during captivity.

“The Banishing” Review

Its use of silence and minimal music make it particularly unnerving and alluring, allowing viewers to hear the creaks of the house and the shaking breath of each person who wanders in its halls.

The Mastermind and the Maniac: How ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’ Highlights the Dimensions of White Female Criminality in Media

Sue’s story reveals that despite the ways in which criminality divides white women into two categories, the beautiful mastermind or the unattractive maniac, female criminals continue to uphold a similar narrative that the root of their destruction stems from some form of emotional distress.

Dan Stevens To Replace Armie Hammer In Watergate Drama ‘Gaslit’

Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens is set to replace Armie Hammer in Starz’s upcoming series Gaslit, which also stars Julia Roberts (Erin Brokovich) and Sean Penn (Milk).

Five films to celebrate Women’s History Month

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.

“Breaking News in Yuba County” delivers a beautifully chaotic experience

Using Sue as an entry point into the world of Yuba County, the film meticulously weaves the lives of distinct characters until everything and everyone unravels in a pile of blood. 

“Willy’s Wonderland” Review

Less than 30 minutes into the film it becomes clear that Willy’s Wonderland was nothing more than an incomplete concept riding on the image of sinister animatronics and the reputation tied to Cage’s name.

Gynoids, Fembots, & Ava: Sci Fi’s Favourite Femme Fatale

Typically in these AI films featuring androids in female form, they represent what the men in their lives imagine the perfect woman as; beautiful, thin, white, and soft spoken. In the end, each of the female androids lead to the downfall of the film’s male protagonists. 

Colorfully flat: “I Care A Lot” fails to deliver a modern-day femme fatale

Marla is smart, confident, wicked and stylishly dressed, but that’s all there is. Her cruelty and toughness is constantly emphasized so much that she loses any personhood, becoming nothing more but a beautiful, evil woman.

Introspective Ramblings: “The Way I Look Tonight”

Introspective Ramblings is Amherst Wire’s poetry column, dedicated to showcasing student’s creative work.

Five (more) films to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Building off the list of films from last year’s roundup, here are five films that push the limits of representation in front of and behind the screen. Ranging from the United States to Chile, each of these films explores different lives, cultures and genres. 

COVID-19 Update(s): What we know right now

Rolling updates on Covid-19 and its impacts on UMass, Amherst and MA.

U-Más Fuerte Together: The UMass Racial Justice Coalition

As part of the Wire’s new series U-Más Fuerte Together (UMFT), we spoke with three members of the UMass RJC, Emily Steen, Zach Steward and James Cordero about the belonging to a mostly BIPOC organization, writing demands to create an anti-racist institution, navigating the administration and what students should know about the movement both at UMass and nationwide.

The Revolution is Now

Right now we are observing society unfold and blossom. Right now we are experiencing the power of unity and the beauty of diversity.

Quarantine reflection: An introvert’s guide to self-care

This guide is a reminder of the importance of self-care, especially during a traumatic event. Enjoy this guide and use it as inspiration to find what works for you.

10 binge-worthy Netflix shows to watch while you’re social distancing

Ranging from bold anime to fresh comedy sketches, these shows are sure to entertain all kinds of viewers.

COVID-19 Updates: Residential Life shares plans for housing

Jean Ahlstrand MacKimmie, director of residence education, and Dawn M. Bond, director of residential operations, explained that while ResLife is still “building out the logistics” for how students can retrieve their belongings while also practicing social distancing, no one — except authorized personnel — should be on campus.

COVID-19 Updates: Massachusetts implements new precautions

Less than a week after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, Mayor Marty Walsh declared a public health emergency in Boston on Sunday. Gov. Baker announced soon after a new set of restrictions for the state.

Gov. Baker announced soon after a new set of restrictions for the state. 

Classrooms one day, correctional facilities the next

“They’re not prisoners when they enter the classroom,” explains Ciolkowski. “They are individuals with thoughts and dreams and ideas about literature.”

The only one in the room: The cost of diversity for journalists of color

While newsrooms aim to create an inclusive and diverse workplace, journalists of color often struggle with imposter syndrome, tokenism and isolation.

“The Circle” takes catfishing to a whole new level

With seemingly almost no human contact, viewers watch as players develop their profiles and make connections in hopes of being voted as the most popular player so they can win $100,000. 

The Scorsese and Marvel debate: What defines cinema?

On Oct. 4, critically-acclaimed director Martin Scorsese called Marvel films, “theme parks.” As expected, these comments ignited a heated dispute amongst filmmakers and moviegoers alike. The debate whether blockbuster films can be arthouse productions — and vice-versa — is not new in the film community.

“The Politician” doesn’t play by the binary

Each character is distinct in their own fluidity and Murphy simply lets them live without any explanation. Some are gender non-conforming, gay, bi-curious, pansexual — or in many cases — have no labels whatsoever. In many ways, the students of Saint Sebastian are just as complex as the high schoolers of today. 

13 Spooky Halloween Tricks and Treats: Part I

It’s officially October, and that means it’s time for you to find your Halloween costume, carve some pumpkins and settle down to watch some classic horror movies and bump some spine-tingling music.

Five films to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Ranging from Spain to Brazil, each of these films explore different lives, cultures and genres. Regardless of your level of Spanish (and/or Portuguese), these films are sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love.

The EIC Podcast: “Hustlers” review and “Saturday Night Live” season premiere recap

Jonathan Kermah is joined by contributor Brianna Silva and assistant entertainment editor Julia Donohue to talk about the big and little screen.

Put your singles away, “Hustlers” is more than just a stripper movie

Unlike a typical stripper movie, “Hustlers” emphasizes the camera’s purpose as a vehicle of storytelling. It’s not there to watch these women, the camera is experiencing the world with these women. 

We may all float here, but “IT Chapter Two” falls flat

Much like its predecessor, the film sprinkles humorous scenes between scares. Yet there were several times where it was unclear whether the audience should be laughing at the film, the poor acting or bizarre effects.