Monday, November 20

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Movie review: ‘Justice League’

“Justice League” takes the stereotypical, end-of-the-world superhero movie plot and manages to make it even more predictable. With an overly straightforward plot, “Justice League” is the most recent film in the DC Extended Universe following the release of the critically acclaimed “Wonder Woman.” Although the film does adopt some of the strong humor and plot development that made “Wonder Woman” so successful, “Justice League” certainly does not do justice to the standard set by the earlier release. Read more...

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Newly widowed Victoria (Tyne Daly) looks at a family photo album with her son Mason (Scott Kradolfer) while reminiscing about her late husband. (Courtesy of Chris Whitaker)
Newly widowed Victoria (Tyne Daly) looks at a family photo album with her son Mason (Scott Kradolfer) while reminiscing about her late husband. (Courtesy of Chris Whitaker)

Bruin Rhythm Operation’s Oct. 15 rehearsal was their first tap rehearsal of the year in Kaufman Hall. The session included heel-toe rhythms and tap dance moves like pull back and draw backs. Many dancers wore sleek, metal-bottomed shoes and ruffled or patterned socks. (Photo by MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin, photo illustration by Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)
Bruin Rhythm Operation’s Oct. 15 rehearsal was their first tap rehearsal of the year in Kaufman Hall. The session included heel-toe rhythms and tap dance moves like pull back and draw backs. Many dancers wore sleek, metal-bottomed shoes and ruffled or patterned socks. (Photo by MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin, photo illustration by Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

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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...

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Album review: ‘Phases’

Angel Olsen’s “Phases” sends listeners through cycles of love and longing set against hypnotizing guitar chords. At first listen, the album sounds like a random mix of songs without any rhyme or reason. Read more...

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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...

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(Courtesy of Merie Wallace/A24)


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