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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Women Dominate 8th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

April 18
By Beth Accomando

The Eighth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase opens Thursday with Mina Shum's "Meditation Park."

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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Podcast Episode 140: Hemlock Society And Right To Die Films

April 13
By Beth Accomando

Death. No one likes to talk about it and no one likes to think about how he or she might actually exit this world. But the Hemlock Society of San Diego has some film suggestions that might change your mind.

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'Rampage' Delivers Kaiju-Style Monsters

April 12
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes going into a film with low expectations can lead to pleasant surprises. Case in point: “Rampage.”

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Latest Ken Classics Week Looks Mainly To 1960s

April 11
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of classics, this time there’s an emphasis on films from the 1960s.

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Cinema Junkie Looks To A Trio Of New Films

April 6
By Beth Accomando

This week there is a diverse array of film choices from around the world and assorted genres. You can choose amongst the horror film “A Quiet Place,” the Israeli drama “Foxtrot,” and “Tehran Taboo” by a German-Iranian animator.

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San Diego Museum Of Art Hosts Screening Of 'All Night Long'

April 5
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Museum of Art may not be the first place you think of for a movie, but it has an ongoing film series and Thursday night's film, "All Night Long," mixes jazz and Shakespeare.

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'Pandas' Invade Fleet Science Center

April 4
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

On an adorability scale of one to 10, pandas are an 11. But the new IMAX documentary "Pandas" (opening at the Fleet Science Center) looks past their fluffy appeal to the hard work that goes into saving the species.

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Steven Spielberg Delivers Pop Culture Sensory Overload With 'Ready Player One'

March 30
By Beth Accomando

Steven Spielberg, hot off of Oscar nominations for last year’s "The Post," already has a new movie out. It's the eagerly anticipated "Ready Player One."

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Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Offers Enchanting Stop Motion Animation

March 30
By Beth Accomando

It's the Year of the Dog and Wes Anderson’s animated "Isle of Dogs" serves up a fitting tribute to the lovable canines.

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Podcast Episode 139: Comic-Con Museum And More

March 30
By Beth Accomando

If you are a geek like I am, then the news that Comic-Con is going to open a museum was something to be excited about. Cinema Junkie sits down with executive director Adam Smith to discuss what the museum might be like and if the term is even appropriate to describe what's coming.

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The Artist Odyssey Documentary 'From Haarlem To Harlem' Premieres Wednesday

March 28
By Beth Accomando

As executive producers of The Artist Odyssey, David and Barbarella Fokos bring audiences into artists’ studio. Their new documentary “From Haarlem to Harlem” premieres Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Jeff Goldblum Talks About Voicing A Dog For Wes Anderson

March 26
By Beth Accomando

Wes Anderson returns to the stop motion animation style of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" for "Isle of Dogs," a tale of a pack of canines helping a young boy reunite with his dog Spots.

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Armando Iannucci Finds Humor In 'The Death Of Stalin'

March 22
By Beth Accomando

Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s “Veep” and the BBC series “Thick of It,” has a new film called “The Death of Stalin,” and it’s a comedy to die for.

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Sixth Annual DNA New Works Project Kicks Off Thursday

March 22
By Beth Accomando

For the sixth year, La Jolla Playhouse serves up its DNA New Works Project, part of its new play development initiative. They will hold readings of four new works beginning Thursday.

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Comic-Con's Sister Convention WonderCon Kicks Off Friday In Anaheim

March 21
By Beth Accomando

Silicone Vs. Foam Vs. Gelatin … That’s not the next superhero film from Hollywood, but it is a panel on makeup effects that you can find this weekend at WonderCon.

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San Diego Opera Journeys Down River With 'Florencia En El Amazonas'

March 16
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera opens the Gabriel Garcia Marquez inspired "Florencia en el Amazonas" this weekend. Go behind the scenes to find out what role a conductor plays in bringing an opera to life.

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'The Cured' Asks, Once A Zombie Always A Zombie?

March 16
By Beth Accomando

"The Cured" (which closes today at Landmark's Ken Cinema) serves up zombies of the infected kind, and as with most films of this kind, the horror is used to reflect social issues.

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Podcast Episode 138: Armando Iannucci, Political Comedy In The Age Of Trump

March 16
By Beth Accomando

Writer-director Armando Iannucci tackled British politics in "Thick of It," American politics in "Veep," and now he aims his satiric sites on Russian politics of the 1950s with "The Death of Stalin."

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San Diego Latino Film Festival At 25

March 13
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary season on Thursday. Founder and executive director Ethan Van Thillo looks back on the festival's history.

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Chile Takes Home First Foreign Film Oscar For 'A Fantastic Woman'

March 7
By Beth Accomando

Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” just won the Academy Award for best foreign film on Sunday and actress Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender presenter at the Oscars.

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Oscars Serve Up Predictable Night With 'Shape Of Water' Taking Top Prize

March 5
By Beth Accomando

The 90th Academy Awards took place last night and the correct best picture winner was announced by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, unlike what happened last year.

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'Shape Of Water,' 'Get Out' Highlight Diverse Academy Awards Ballot

March 1
By Beth Accomando

This Sunday will mark the 90th Academy Awards. After battling #OscarSoWhite for the past few years, the Academy is serving up what may be its most diverse pool of nominees ever, but who will actually take home the gold?

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Podcast 137: ACE Editors Talk About Their Oscar-Nominated Films

March 1
By Beth Accomando

The 90th Academy Awards are Sunday and one of the most misunderstood and least appreciated of the craft categories is film editing. So here is a trio of brilliant film editors to talk about their work on this year's Oscar-nominated films and to provide insights into just what film editors do.

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'Bombshell' Reveals The Genius Of Hedy Lamarr

March 1
By Beth Accomando

Actress Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty in the 1930s and '40s. The new documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” explores the woman behind the Hollywood star.

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The Challenges Behind Staging San Diego Opera's 'Turandot'

Feb. 26
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Any opera is a challenge to produce. But the director of San Diego Opera’s "Turandot" had to cope with a heroine she didn’t initially understand as well as sets and costumes coming from two other productions. Find out how all these elements came together to make a beautiful show.

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Celebrating ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Returning For Third Season

Feb. 23
By Beth Accomando

In 1981, Detroit buddies Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert had raised enough money to make the indie splatter horror film “The Evil Dead.” They never expected that more than three decades later they would be continuing the storyline with an original Starz series. The third season of "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" premieres this Sunday.

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‘The Party’ Skewers Guests In Deliciously Nasty Satire

Feb. 22
By Beth Accomando

Experimental filmmaker Sally Potter delivers her most accessible and wickedly entertaining work with “The Party.”

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Ryan Coogler Helms A Smart, Entertaining 'Black Panther'

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando

The day has finally come. Marvel’s eagerly anticipated “Black Panther” has opened.

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Inaugural Black Comix Day Celebrates Independent Black Artists And Creators

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

With Marvel’s "Black Panther" poised to take over the box office this weekend, it’s the perfect time to shine the spotlight on independent black artists and creators.

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Filmmaker Larry Cohen To Present 'The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover'

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

This Sunday veteran independent filmmaker Larry Cohen, director of "It's Alive" and "The Stuff," will be at the Museum of Photographic Arts to present his 1977 film "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover."

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Podcast Episode 136: A Valentine To The Rapturous Romanticism Of Wong Kar-Wai

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

My idea of a good date movie is "Shaun of the Dead." So maybe I'm not the best person to be making Valentine's Day recommendations. But there's one contemporary filmmaker who consistently tackles love with such lush romanticism that even I swoon at his movies. That filmmaker is Wong Kar-Wai. So as much as I hate Cupid's silly holiday, here's a Valentine to Wong Kar-Wai.

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'The 15:17 To Paris' Film Uses Real Life Heroes To Play Themselves

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando

On Aug. 21, 2015, three young American men thwarted a terrorist attack on a European train. That act of heroism is the center of Clint Eastwood's new film "The 15:17 to Paris." The novelty of the film is that the three real heroes play themselves.

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Begins Thursday, Closes Feb. 18 With 'Jungle'

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Feb. 8 with a documentary on Sammy Davis, Jr., "I Gotta Be Me" and closes with Greg McLean's "Jungle," about the true story of a young Israeli man's adventure in the Bolivian jungle.

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'The Blood Is At The Doorstep' Closes Human Rights Watch Film Festival On Sunday

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opened last night at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The festival closes on Sunday with Erik Ljung's documentary "The Blood is at the Doorstep."

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Podcast Episode 135: Batman '66 Exhibit

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

Fifty-two years ago ABC launched the TV show "Batman" and forever changed the pop culture landscape.

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Ken Cinema Mixes It Up For A Week Of Classics

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando

Landmark's Ken Cinema is serving up another week of classics and that is always cause for celebration.

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Tango Pulses Through San Diego Opera's 'Maria De Buenos Aires'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera’s second dētour production of the season, "Maria de Buenos Aires," is almost sold out for its four-performance run. Here's why this tango opera is generating so much interest.

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Noir On The Boulevard Kicks Off With 'The Maltese Falcon'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando

Femme fatales, private dicks, gumshoes, and Mickey Finns — welcome to the world of film noir. Starting this Sunday at Digital Gym Cinema you can enjoy classic noir every month courtesy of Film Geeks SD.

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Horrors! Oscar Gives Well-Deserved Attention To Genre Films

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. See what made the list and what didn't.

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Holy Nostalgia! Batman '66 Exhibit Brings Back Great Memories

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando

In 1966 ABC launched the "Batman" TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Caped Crusaders. Although it was canceled after three seasons, the show has remained a fan favorite.

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'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis claims that once again he plans to retire from acting. If that’s true then “Phantom Thread” is a beautiful film to end a career on.

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Spielberg's 'The Post' Tells The Story Of The Pentagon Papers

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando

“The Post” opened this weekend in San Diego. The new Steven Spielberg film looks to the story of Katherine Graham, the first female newspaper publisher, and the Washington Post as it attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers. Actor Bob Odenkirk talks about playing Ben Bagdikian, a reporter who was key in breaking the story.

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Podcast Episode 134: TCM's Eddie Muller On All Things Noir

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando

Noirchaelogist, Czar of noir, host of TCM's Noir Alley, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation... whatever title you want to refer to him by, Eddie Muller is simply the man to go to when you want to know anything about film noir.

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Vantage Theater Stages World Premiere Of 'The Color Of Light'

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Vantage Theater is committed to producing new works that have something to say. Its latest production is a world premiere called "The Color of Light" about artist Henri Matisse.

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A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Two very different but wonderfully compelling and entertaining documentaries are available to watch this weekend.

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Stay Strange Presents Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival On Sunday

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Start the New Year with something challenging. Check out Stay Strange's first event of 2018, Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Helmuth Projects.

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'Molly's Game' Deals A Winning Hand

Dec. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Aaron Sorkin created TV’s "West Wing" and "The Newsroom," and won an Oscar for his script for "The Social Network." Now he makes his feature film directing debut with "Molly’s Game."

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Little Fish Holds Comic Savvy On Friday

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Little Fish Comic Book Studio on El Cajon Boulevard likes to think of itself as an ambassador for comic books. You can find out what that means on Friday when the studio holds a Comic Savvy.

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Top Ten Films Of 2017

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The year is coming to a close and award nominations are rolling in. Some films like "Dunkirk," "The Post" and "Call Me By Your Name" are already looking like clear contenders for an Oscar nod. KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando has her own choices for the best of 2017.

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