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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Big Trouble In Little Cinema: The Films Of John Carpenter

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This Sunday, Jan. 22, Film Geeks San Diego launches its second year-long film series. Big Trouble in Little Cinema: The Films of John Carpenter kicks off at Digital Gym Cinema with the director's theatrically released student film, "Dark Star."

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Cinema Under The Stars Has You Covered No Matter What The Weather

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With rains predicted for later this week you may not think an outdoor movie theater would be your best bet for weekend entertainment. But Cinema Under the Stars can be your perfect stormy weather venue.

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'Julieta' Is Spain's Official Entry For Best Foreign Film Oscar

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The Spanish film "Julieta" (opening Jan. 13 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, AMC La Jolla, and Angelika Carmel Mountain) has been selected as the official entry from Spain for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Podcast Episode 105: Famous Film Firsts

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Who was the first woman in the Directors Guild of America? What was the first X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar? What was the first film Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro worked on? Get the answers with a discussion of famous film firsts.

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New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

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This Friday, Jan. 13, Film Geeks San Diego kick off a year-long program of Famous Firsts at the Museum of Photographic Arts with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless."

Podcast Episode 104: Real Scientists Talk About Reel Science

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Cinema Junkie Podcast is back from holiday break with a show all about real scientists talking about reel science.

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'A Monster Calls' On A Young Boy

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Liam Neeson plays the title character in “A Monster Calls" (opening Friday in select San Diego theaters), a children’s film adults can enjoy.

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San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

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For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.

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'Hidden Figures' Reveals Work Of African-American Women At NASA In 1960s

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"Hidden Figures," opening Jan. 6 in San Diego, looks to a trio of African-American women who served as human computers at NASA in the early 1960s. Their story was essentially untold until the book "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly, and now the film, shined a spotlight on their efforts.

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'Reel Science' Provides The Real Science Behind The Fiction

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theNAT is partnering with Digital Gym Cinema for a month-long series called Reel Science: Cult Sci-Fi Films Meet Real Science.

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Nerd Nite San Diego: Be There And Be Square

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Start the new year with something smart, Nerd Nite. The first Nerd Nite San Diego of 2017 takes place Jan. 3 at Liberty Public Market.

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Staying Home New Year's Eve? Here's What To Watch

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If you're planning a movie marathon or TV binge on New Year's Eve, we have some ideas about what to watch.

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Denzel Washington Brings August Wilson's 'Fences' To Screen With Care

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Denzel Washington directs and stars in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Saturday Is Deadline For San Diego Film Awards Submissions

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Film Consortium San Diego is seeking entries for its fourth annual San Diego Film Awards.

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Cinema Junkie Awards: The Best And Worst Of 2016

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From sequels we never asked for to genre films that upped their game, here's what stood out at the cineplex this year.

Podcast Episode 103: Drunk Reindeer, Severed Heads And Christmas Smackdown

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Cinema Junkie closes out 2016 with a tribute to the irreverent and hilarious musical revue "Christmas Smackdown." Warning: What follows pushes the boundaries of good taste to the breaking point ... and beyond.

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Spoiler-Free Review Of 'Rogue One' From A Geeky Fan

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the first of the Star Wars standalone anthology films, and it made this geek girl grin from ear to ear (and each ear had a Death Star earring dangling from it).

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Isabelle Huppert Shines In 'Things To Come'

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The film, which opens Dec. 9 at Landmark's Ken Cinema, uses the title of a famous sci-fi flick. But it’s as far from science fiction as you can get. The down-to-earth French film is about meeting change head on.

Podcast Episode 102: New Documentary Looks At The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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"1948: Creation and Catastrophe" looks to the pivotal year that David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel and how that impacted the Middle East.

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Actor Val Kilmer To Introduce His 'Citizen Twain' Film At Ken Cinema

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Actor Val Kilmer will be in San Diego on Dec. 8 to introduce his filmed one-man show "Citizen Twain" at Landmark's Ken Cinema.

Podcast Episode 101: Remembering Drive-Ins

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Celebrate the allure of the American drive-in with this Cinema Junkie archive edition.

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Award-winning 'Manchester By The Sea' Opens In San Diego

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Kenneth Lonergan impressed audiences with his debut film "You Can Count on Me." His latest film "Manchester by the Sea" has been racking up awards, including a quartet from the National Board of Review earlier this week.

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UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

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UCSD informed 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance on Nov. 9 that their jobs would end in January.

Podcast Episode 100: Films To Be Thankful For

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It’s Thanksgiving and I have a special holiday episode all about the films people are thankful for. I speak to some famous people and some who are just diehard cinephiles.

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'Nocturnal Animals' And 'Arrival' Offer Something For The Grown-Ups

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Amy Adams deserves kudos for taking on a pair of films that challenge viewers to not just sit passively and watch but to think.

Podcast Episode 99: Stuntman Pays Tribute To His Idol Jackie Chan

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Cinema Junkie Podcast pays tribute to Jackie Chan by way of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a stuntman who grew up worshipping the Hong Kong Action star.

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'Two Films On Photography' Plus Live Reading At MOPA

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The Museum of Photographic Arts hosts a night of experimental film and performance as Wolfgang Hastert presents Two Films On Photography, an event screening and voice performance on Nov. 18.

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Celebrate Veterans Day With San Diego Opera's 'Soldier Songs'

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San Diego Opera kicks off its new Shiley dētour Series with David T. Little's contemporary "Soldier Songs."

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Benedict Cumberbatch Impressively Dons The Cape Of 'Doctor Strange'

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Marvel Studios expands its franchise this week with the debut of “Doctor Strange.”

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San Diego Asian Film Festival In Full Swing

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off its 17th season Thursday night.

Podcast Episode 97: San Diego Asian Film Festival — Extreme And Overachieving

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The 17th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival runs through Nov. 12 at multiple venues with its home base at the UltraStar Mission Valley.

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TCM Spotlight On Political Films

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Politics is inherently filled with drama so with the presidential election about to come to an end, Turner Classic Movies has launched a spotlight on political films. The films range from screwball comedies to serious documentaries.

Podcast Episode 98: TCM Political Films With Ben Mankiewicz

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With the presidential election just around the corner, Turner Classic Movies is programming a political film series that highlights the best and worst in American politics.

Podcast Episode 96: Zombies For Humanity

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It's time for my annual check up with the Doctor of the Dead. Last year he diagnosed the self-aware zombie, this year he talks about Zombies for Humanity or zombies whose hearts have grown bigger than their brains.

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REI Offers Zombie Preparedness Class

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In the case of a zombie apocalypse you will need to know more than just aim for the head. That’s where a Zombie Preparedness Class at the Encinitas REI comes in.

Podcast Episode 95: Godzilla 101 — The Monster Is The Message

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"Shin Godzilla" is the first Japanese film in 12 years to feature Toho's famous monster icon. On this podcast, I speak with professor Ramie Tateishi about the legacy of Big G and how this new film revisits the past and defines a potential new future.

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San Diego Opera's 'Cinderella' Is Darker But Still Charming

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If you think of the Disney animated film any time someone mentions "Cinderella" then think again. The new San Diego Opera production of Rossini’s "Cinderella" is darker and more complex but just as charming.

Podcast Episode 94: Horrible Imaginings 'Horror Lit' Primer

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Another podcast from Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, this time checking in with horror authors about how to translate books to film and on what the written word can do that movies can't.

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Playing Cat And Mouse In 'Desierto'

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"Desierto" serves up Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in a cat and mouse thriller at the border.

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Toho Studios Delivers First Godzilla Film In 12 Years

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Godzilla returns to his birthplace to wreak havoc on Japan once again in a film from Toho Studios, where the monster was born in 1954.

Podcast Episode 93: Celebrating Clive Barker's 'Nightbreed'

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FilmOut screens Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" on Oct. 12 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas. So for this podcast I spoke with Mark Alan Miller, who produced the Director's Cut and was key in locating footage that had been thought lost.

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A New 'The Birth Of A Nation' Tells Nat Turner's Story

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The film opening this weekend at Landmark Theatres is not a remake of the 1915 D.W. Griffith silent film. Instead, it’s a response and challenge to it.

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'Lizard Boy,' A Coming-Of-Age Comic Book Superhero Musical

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It started as a one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre and has since evolved into a three-person comic book rock musical now on stage at Diversionary Theatre.

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Auguri! San Diego Italian Film Festival Turns 10

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The festival throws a 10th anniversary birthday bash with some intriguing new films. It runs through Oct. 16 with screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

Podcast Episode 92: Frizzi, Fulci And The Fever Dream Of Italian Horror

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I'm in the mood for Italian horror thanks to composer Fabio Frizzi coming to San Diego to perform scores from his films. So let's talk about Frizzi, Fulci and the fever dream of Italian horror.

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Hitchcocktober Film Series Kicks Off At Angelika Carmel Mountain

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What better way to celebrate Halloween month than with the Master of Suspense?

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Myth Of The Dubbyk Gets New Take in 'Demon'

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In Jewish mythology a dybbuk is a dislocated soul of someone long dead that maliciously seeks a living person to possess. The Polish film "Demon" (opening Sept. 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) looks at the old folk tale in a new light.

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Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

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Fabio Frizzi may not be a household name in the U.S., but he has created some of the most memorable scores for Italian horror and Western films. He will be performing in San Diego Thursday night at Brick By Brick.

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Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

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The San Diego Film Festival is going through some changes this year — both planned and unplanned. Here's a preview of the festival that runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

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'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

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The line between real and fake gets severely blurred in the new film "Operation Avalanche" (opening Sept. 23 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). It’s a mockumentary about a fake lunar landing. But the filmmakers infiltrated NASA to shoot footage for their film.

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