Tuesday, January 23


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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)

Fourth-year Asian American studies student Justine Banal has been dancing hip-hop since she was in eighth grade. Banal, who struggles with depression, said rehearsals can be a therapeutic outlet of expression and that dance serves as a means for her to maintain her mental health, as it provides her relief from the stresses of everyday life. (Edward Figueroa/Daily Bruin)

Dance allows student to embrace identity, find support from community

The concrete floors and booming music of parking lot dance practices are major sources of stress relief for Justine Banal. The fourth-year Asian American studies student, who has danced competitively since high school, said her rehearsals are a therapeutic outlet for her depression. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year Asian American studies student Justine Banal has been dancing hip-hop since she was in eighth grade. Banal, who struggles with depression, said rehearsals can be a therapeutic outlet of expression and that dance serves as a means for her to maintain her mental health, as it provides her relief from the stresses of everyday life. (Edward Figueroa/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year Asian American studies student Justine Banal has been dancing hip-hop since she was in eighth grade. Banal, who struggles with depression, said rehearsals can be a therapeutic outlet of expression and that dance serves as a means for her to maintain her mental health, as it provides her relief from the stresses of everyday life. (Edward Figueroa/Daily Bruin)


Third-year film and television student Elon Zlotnik directed "Never Leave Me," which portrays a toxic relationship in which main character Sage, played by fourth-year political science student Emanuela Boisbouvier, must rediscover her sense of self. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

‘Never Leave Me’ shines sepia-tinted light on emotional abuse

Elon Zlotnik tries to portray the dangers of emotionally abusive relationships in just three minutes. The third-year film and television student wrote, directed, produced, filmed and edited his three-minute-long silent film on a 16 mm film camera as a fall class project for Film and Television 52: “Cinematography.” The class required him to use a 16 mm camera, which adds a grainy, sepia undertone to its shots and creates an ethereal effect distinct from the more realistic look of digital video. Read more...

Photo: Third-year film and television student Elon Zlotnik directed "Never Leave Me," which portrays a toxic relationship in which main character Sage, played by fourth-year political science student Emanuela Boisbouvier, must rediscover her sense of self. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Third-year film and television student Elon Zlotnik directed "Never Leave Me," which portrays a toxic relationship in which main character Sage, played by fourth-year political science student Emanuela Boisbouvier, must rediscover her sense of self. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Director Jesse Bonnell said the emotional responses of the members vary after each reading. Sometime they are indifferent to the material, while other times they have stronger reactions. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

LA acting ensemble performs theatrical rendition of its members’ group therapy

Poor Dog Group will participate in therapy on stage as part of their latest show, “Group Therapy.” The contemporary LA-based theater ensemble will premiere its latest show Thursday at UCLA’s Little Theater until Jan. Read more...

Photo: Director Jesse Bonnell said the emotional responses of the members vary after each reading. Sometime they are indifferent to the material, while other times they have stronger reactions. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Director Jesse Bonnell said the emotional responses of the members vary after each reading. Sometime they are indifferent to the material, while other times they have stronger reactions. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)