Thursday, March 21

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Movie review: ‘The Commuter’

“The Commuter” feels like a familiar face you would see every day on a bus ride home. Starring Liam Neeson, the film marks the actor’s fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, and echoes their last transit-based thriller, “Non-Stop.” In both films, Neeson’s character receives instructions via his cell phone that threaten the safety of other passengers in a race against time. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Jay Maidment)

(Courtesy of Jay Maidment)


Alumnus Shen Heckel helped direct the play "Rotterdam," which is about two women in a relationship who must redefine their relationship when one of them comes out as transgender.  (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumnus helps direct play that aims to normalize transgender identity

Shen Heckel didn’t get the lead in “Rotterdam,” but the opportunity to work on a play about transgender identity made him determined to join the production. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus Shen Heckel helped direct the play "Rotterdam," which is about two women in a relationship who must redefine their relationship when one of them comes out as transgender. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumnus Shen Heckel helped direct the play "Rotterdam," which is about two women in a relationship who must redefine their relationship when one of them comes out as transgender.  (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA alumnus Jesus Martinez worked as the layout and animation manager on the film "Coco." Drawing on his knowledge of Mexican culture, Martinez shared with his crew details and materials such as videos that would increase the cultural authenticity of the film. (Photo courtesy of Debby Coleman, illustration by Amy Fang/Daily Bruin illustrator)

Q&A: Alumnus describes working on “Coco,” seeing self represented on film

Jesus Martinez knew instantly that he wanted to work on “Coco” – it was one of the first times he saw a character on the big screen who looked like him when he was a kid. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus Jesus Martinez worked as the layout and animation manager on the film "Coco." Drawing on his knowledge of Mexican culture, Martinez shared with his crew details and materials such as videos that would increase the cultural authenticity of the film. (Photo courtesy of Debby Coleman, illustration by Amy Fang/Daily Bruin illustrator)

UCLA alumnus Jesus Martinez worked as the layout and animation manager on the film "Coco." Drawing on his knowledge of Mexican culture, Martinez shared with his crew details and materials such as videos that would increase the cultural authenticity of the film. (Photo courtesy of Debby Coleman, illustration by Amy Fang/Daily Bruin illustrator)

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Album review: ‘reputation’

Taylor Swift’s “reputation” is more than just an album – it’s a story, and not the one listeners might expect. In what may be her most deliberate album yet, Swift interweaves two stories: her fall from grace in the public eye and a complex, difficult love story. Read more...

Photo: (courtesy of Big Machine Records)

(courtesy of Big Machine Records)

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Second Take: “Crazy Rich Asians” casting raises questions on Asian identity, representation

“Crazy Rich Asians” is one of the few recent Hollywood films about Asians that doesn’t feature Matt Damon or Scarlett Johansson as the lead. Jokes aside, it is incredibly rare to see an American-studio produced, ensemble film about Asians that doesn’t feature a white actor – a feat that hasn’t happened since the 1993 film, “The Joy Luck Club.” But such a rare accomplishment is not without controversy, and the debate that “Crazy Rich Asians” sparked about its casting of British-Malaysian actor Henry Golding struck a chord with me as a biracial woman of Japanese and Italian descent. Read more...

Photo: (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

(Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Akiva Nemetsky (left) and Keaton Heinrichs (right) produced "Bad Match," a modern-day thriller about a Tinder relationship gone wrong, which premiered Friday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Students produce thriller focusing on online dating, avoid overused themes

“Bad Match” crams every fear that comes with online dating into one movie. The film, produced by fourth-year film and television students Keaton Heinrichs and Akiva Nemetsky, tells the story of a playboy who finally meets his match in a mysterious woman he meets online. Read more...

Photo: Akiva Nemetsky (left) and Keaton Heinrichs (right) produced "Bad Match," a modern-day thriller about a Tinder relationship gone wrong, which premiered Friday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Akiva Nemetsky (left) and Keaton Heinrichs (right) produced "Bad Match," a modern-day thriller about a Tinder relationship gone wrong, which premiered Friday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)


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