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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Friendly, Intimate San Diego Comic Fest Takes Over President's Day Weekend

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San Diego Comic Fest touts itself as “the friendly intimate comic-con experience.” This year they moved the event from October to President’s Day weekend.

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The Angelika Film Center Launches Series To Showcase Hollywood Epics

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San Diego's most recently opened luxury cinema, Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain, kicks off a new film series called “Movies Off the Wall” and features films from its poster wall. It will take place Monday nights in February.

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'Ragtime The Musical' Delivers A Message That's Still Relevant

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E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel “Ragtime” has inspired a feature film and a stage musical. San Diego Musical Theatre presents their production of “Ragtime The Musical” at the Spreckels Theater through Feb. 21.

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'Hail, Caesar!' Delivers Screwball Comedy And More

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A Coen Brothers film is always something to look forward to and "Hail, Caesar!" (opening this weekend in select theaters) is no exception.

Podcast Episode 59: The Self-Aware Zombie

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With "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" reanimating on screens this weekend, the time seems ripe to speak with Doctor of the Dead Arnold T. Blumberg about a recent strain of the undead — the self-aware zombie.

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Launches 26th Year With South African Drama

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The 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Thursday night with the U.S. premiere of the South African drama "The Price of Sugar." Here are some highlights.

Podcast Episode 58: Under-Appreciated Black Directors

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On the heels of Oscar snubbing black actors and filmmakers again, and on the eve of Black History Month, Cinema Junkie sits down with a pair of black San Diego independent filmmakers to talk about some under-appreciated African-American directors whose works are worth seeking out.

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'45 Years' Looks To Marriage On The Rocks

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Charlotte Rampling received a best actress Oscar nomination for "45 Years" (opening Jan. 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla, and Angelika Center). The performance is award-worthy but the actress’ response to the outcry over the all-white nominees may have killed her chances of winning.

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Preview: San Diego Black Film Festival

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This year’s San Diego Black Film Festival arrives amidst public outcry over another year of very white Academy Award nominations. But the festival highlights the diversity of black filmmaking.

Podcast Episode 57: San Diego Black Film Festival

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The San Diego Black Film Festival reveals the diversity of contemporary black filmmaking.

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Dame Maggie Smith Finds 'Vagabond Nobility' In 'Lady In The Van'

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“Lady in the Van” tells the “mostly true story” of playwright Alan Bennett’s odd relationship with a homeless woman who camped out on his driveway for 15 years.

Podcast Episode 56: The Black Panthers And Oscar Boycott

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The screening of a documentary about the Black Panthers at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this weekend seems oddly appropriate on the heels of the very white Academy Award nominations. Would the Black Panthers be boycotting the Oscars?

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Uses Documentaries To Stir Awareness

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off its sixth year and four days of films at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Jan. 21.

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Comics Give 'Terminator 2' Live Table Read

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Are you in the mood for a movie? How about an action film that’s free but in a bar and with the roles read by comedians? Get ready for "Tabled: Terminator 2."

Podcast Episode 55: Oscar Rants And Raves

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Cinema Junkie Podcast is back from a holiday break with a three-part show all about the Oscars.

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Animated 'Anomalisa' Proves Achingly Human

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“Anomalisa” (opening Jan. 15 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) just nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Animated film.

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'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Lead In Academy Award Nominations

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The 88th annual Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning with "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" leading a predictable list of nominations. Here's what they got right and wrong.

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FilmOut San Diego Screens 'My Own Private Idaho'

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FilmOut San Diego is hosting a 25th anniversary screening of Gus Van Sant’s innovative take on the Bard, "My Own Private Idaho,” on Wednesday.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Hungers For An Oscar In 'The Revenant'

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Real life frontiersman Hugh Glass gained fame for being attacked by a grizzly and living to tell about it. That legendary tale provides the starting point for the film “The Revenant.”

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Kensington Video Kicks Off Film Series With Leiser Brothers

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Kensington Video has reopened and is launching a film program to highlight student and experimental work. Owner Guy Hanford is expanding the role his store plays in San Diego’s film community.

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The Art Of The Tease At Diversionary Theatre

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Diversionary Theatre is committed to showcasing dance as well as theater. This weekend they reveal something naughty for the New Year, "In the Va Va Voom Room," a burlesque show that explores the art of the tease.

Podcast Episode 54: The Cinema Junkie Awards

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Awards season is in full swing so it must be time to make a Ten Best List and hand out some awards.

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Cinema Junkie Picks 10 Best Films Of 2015

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This past year saw a new "Star Wars" movie shatter every box office record imaginable. It also saw 70 millimeter film back in cinemas courtesy of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," plus a surprisingly diverse array of roles for women. Here are KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando's picks for the best of 2015.

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'Carol' Does Not Have A Hair Out Of Place

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If you are looking for the perfect cinematic gift this Christmas, may I suggest unwrapping “Carol” at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas.

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Some Things To Love About 'The Hateful Eight'

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Quentin Tarantino’s new western "The Hateful Eight" opens on Christmas Day in 70mm. But it’s the performances and not a resurrected format that make this film worth seeing.

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'The Hateful Eight:' What Is A Roadshow?

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Quentin Tarantino is single-handedly trying bring film — actual projected film — back into cinemas this Christmas with his 70mm roadshow presentation of “The Hateful Eight.” Find out what a roadshow is and where to find it in San Diego.

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'A Civil War Christmas' Offers Alternative To Traditional Holiday Theater

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If you’ve had your fill of traditional holiday fare such as "The Grinch," "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" then Diversionary Theatre has something for you -- Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas."

Podcast Episode 53: Star Wars Road Trip

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For some, "Star Wars" is a way of life and the arrival of a new movie set in a galaxy far, far away is cause for both great excitement and great concern. A group of "Star Wars" fans rent a van and drive up to Los Angeles for the opening night of "Episode VII: The Force Awakens."

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'Youth' Showcases Veteran Stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda

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Believe it or not, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is not the only film opening this weekend. There's not likely to be lines for “Youth” (opening Dec. 18 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla and the new Angelika Center) but there should be.

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Tickets Still Available For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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The most anticipated film of the year opens on Friday but some people could care less about reading a film review. All they want to know is: Can they still buy tickets for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? Fandango says there is hope.

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Spoiler-Free Review Of 'The Force Awakens'

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on Friday but with early shows starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Podcast Episode 52: Spoiler-Free Review Of 'The Force Awakens'

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After much anticipation and build up, J.J. Abrams "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has finally screened and fans can breathe a big sigh of relief.

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Comickaze Opens New Store In Liberty Station

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Brick-and-mortar bookstores face a lot of challenges starting with Amazon’s low-priced online offerings to the instant gratification of digital downloads and e-books. While megastores like Borders have closed, one San Diego comic book store is expanding.

Episode 51: Director Kent Jones On Making 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'

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Kent Jones dropped out of film school but then started working in Martin Scorsese's office. That led to a series of documentaries on movies. Now Jones talks about "Hitchcock/Truffaut" (opening at Landmark's Ken Cinema).

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'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Documentary Will Make You Fall In Love With Cinema

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The new documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (opening Dec. 11 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) brings to vivid life the famous week-long interview between the Master of Suspense and the young French New Wave director.

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IDW Comic Art Gallery Highlights The Art of Marvel's 'Star Wars'

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18 and tickets for opening weekend have been sold out for weeks. With fan excitement peaking, IDW Publishing thought it was a perfect opportunity to showcase The Art of Marvel’s Star Wars Comics at its new Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

Podcast Episode 50: Cynthia Nixon On Acting And 'James White'

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This year is turning out to be a good one for older actresses. Cynthia Nixon talks about her role in the new independent film “James White” (opened Dec. 4 at Arclight La Jolla).

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Indie Film 'James White' Showcases Strong Acting

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This year is turning out to be a good one for older actresses. Cynthia Nixon talks about her role in the new independent film “James White” (opening Dec. 4 at Arclight La Jolla).

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A John Waters Christmas Promises To Be Naughty

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John Waters – the self-proclaimed "Pope of Trash" and "People’s Pervert" – returns to San Diego (Nov. 30 at The Observatory North Park) for the John Waters Christmas Tour 2015.

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'Creed' Does More Than Go The Distance

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Rocky Balboa is a film franchise that continues to go the distance, and now the story continues by turning its focus away from Sylvester Stallone’s Italian Stallion and toward Apollo Creed’s son in the new film "Creed."

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Podcast Episode 48: Abertoir's Patron Saint Vincent Price

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Vincent Price is listed as the official patron saint of Abertoir: The International Horror Festival of Wales. The horror icon's daughter Victoria Price was in Wales last week to celebrate her dad and the festival's tenth anniversary.

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Podcast Episode 47: Frizzi 2 Fulci

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Italian film composer Fabio Frizzi made his first tour of the U.S. this year with a tribute concert to director Lucio Fulci called Frizzi 2 Fulci. I saw the concert in L.A. last month and caught up with Frizzi in Wales for my first overseas Cinema Junkie podcast.

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Podcast Episode 46: Revisiting The Hollywood Blacklist With 'Trumbo'

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In a year when I was breathlessly awaiting a new Bond film and a promising "Star Wars" installment, "Trumbo" (opening Friday throughout San Diego) was the film that in some ways I was most excited about because it combined so many elements I love.

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Podcast Episode 45: 'SPECTRE' And James Bond Geekiness

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Bond. James Bond. My obsession with 007 began as a child and I continue to thrill at the new films, including the latest "SPECTRE" (opening Friday throughout San Diego).

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Podcast Episode 44: San Diego Asian Film Festival Celebrates Its Sweet 16

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival celebrates its sweet 16 this year. Artistic director Brian Hu talked about programming the festival and highlights some festival offerings.

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Podcast Episode 43: What Was The First Film To Scare You?

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Last week I gave you a tease of my Cinema Junkie podcast about the first film people remember scaring them, now listen to more memories including some horror celebrities.

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Podcast Episode 42: Feminist Western And Horror Film List

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Feminist western barely qualifies as a subgenre since there are so few entries but "The Keeping Room" (opening Oct. 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) offers a strong entry.

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Podcast Episode 41: Tribute To 'Re-Animator The Musical'

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This week's horror-themed October Cinema Junkie podcast pays tribute to "Re-Animator The Musical."

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Podcast Episode 40: Obedience And Madness

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It's all about obedience and madness with reviews of "The Experimenter" (opening Oct. 23 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) and National Theatre Live's "Hamlet" with Benedict Cumberbatch (screening next week).

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What Was The First Film To Scare You?

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it got KPBS film critic Beth Accomando thinking about the first film to scare her.

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