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Beth Accomando

Arts & Culture Reporter

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Beth Accomando covers arts and culture around San Diego for KPBS News. Beth studied film at UCSD and had her student film Writer’s Notebook screened as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s "Forty-Two Emerging Artists" showcase in 1981. She has edited the sequels to "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and video documentaries on Billy Wilder and roller hockey.

Beth is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She is the festival director of Film School Confidential: A Showcase of San Diego Student Filmmaking. In the past she has served on the film selection committee for the San Diego State University Student Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 years and began at KPBS in 1987. Since 1997 she has been covering independent and international cinema as well as pop culture for National Public Radio and Public Radio International’s The World. She has received numerous Society of Professional Journalist Awards and San Diego Press Club Awards for her radio and web site work at KPBS. She has also received 11 southwestern area Emmy Awards in the categories of producing, writing, and sound design for promotional spots as well as national Pro Max and Telly Awards while working at Fox.

She has a passion for Hong Kong cinema, Japanese monster movies, horror, and film noir. She collects movie posters and toys, and loves putting on a haunted house every year.

Recent Stories

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Review: 'Dom Hemingway'

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Richard Shepard has a way of reinventing actors. He did that with Pierce Brosnan in "The Matador," now he does the same for Jude Law and Richard E. Grant in "Dom Hemingway" (opening April 18 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

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Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

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Pac-Arts kicks off its fourth annual Spring Showcase on Thursday. KPBS' film critic Beth Accomando gives a preview of the film lineup.

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Remembering The Ken And 'Rocky Horror'

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For many in San Diego, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at The Ken Cinema will always be something special to remember.

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Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre

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Landmark Theaters has confirmed that it will cease to run the Ken Cinema at the end of the month, but the venue owners say it change doesn't mean the location would stop showing movies.

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Rants And Raves: TCM Film Festival

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Over the weekend I attended my first Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood. Pure ecstasy.

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Screening: 'Ride With Larry'

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In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, there will be two screenings of the documentary "Ride with Larry" (April 13 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas).

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Rants And Raves: 'Taste'

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Filmmaker and stage director Stuart Gordon loves cooking shows so naturally he was drawn to a play about people who eat each other. See what he’s serving up with “Taste” (opening April 11 at Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood).

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Review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

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Two years ago “The Raid Redemption” gave action junkies the kind of fix they dream about. Now the sequel, “The Raid 2: Berandal” (opening April 11 in select theaters) arrives on the scene.

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Review: 'Alan Partridge'

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British comedian Steve Coogan was just nominated for a writing Oscar for last year’s "Philomena." But he’s more in his element in the comedy "Alan Partridge" (opening April 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) where he reprises a role he created in the early 1990s for BBC TV.

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Rants And Raves: Opera

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San Diego Opera's "Don Quixote" may be the last opera produced by the company. I saw a performance Tuesday night that made me think about opera in history.

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