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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Larger Than Life 'Falstaff' Takes Center Stage At San Diego Opera

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William Shakespeare's character of Sir John Falstaff had a larger than life presence in the "Henry IV" historical plays and in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Those plays provide the inspiration for Verdi's opera "Falstaff" that San Diego Opera premieres Feb. 18 at the Civic Theatre.

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Comic Fest Moves To New Location For Fifth Year

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Comic Fest bills itself as the “friendly, intimate Comic-Con experience," and it is back for a fifth year at the new location of Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive.

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Pickwick Players Stage 'To Kill A Mockingbird' In Santee

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Back in August Pickwick Players decided that they would put on “To Kill A Mockingbird” in February during Black History Month. The play proves even more resonant now in light of how polarizing politics have become.

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Celebrating Women In Horror Month With 'The Monster'

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February is Women in Horror Month, and I want to highlight a recent film that might have gotten lost in the shuffle: “The Monster.” It is not directed by a woman, but it features two strong female leads and key women crew.

Podcast Episode 109: Chad Stahelski And 'John Wick 2' Raise The Bar On American Action

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With "John Wick: Chapter 2," stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski proves that he knows what's best for American action films.

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'John Wick: Chapter 2' Raises The Bar On American Action

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In 2014 Keanu Reeves scored a surprise hit with "John Wick." Now he’s back with "John Wick: Chapter 2" (opening throughout San Diego on Feb. 10), a sequel that ups the ante on the action.

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Oscar-Nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro' Opens In San Diego

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Raoul Peck’s "I Am Not Your Negro" just received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary and it opens at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas Friday.

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off 27th Year

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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 27th year Thursday night with the San Diego Premiere of "On the Map," about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that became “the team of the nation” when they brought the first European Cup to Israel by beating the four-time defending champions, the Soviet Red Army team.

Podcast Episode 108: James Baldwin And 'I Am Not Your Negro'

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Cinema Junkie podcast celebrates Black History Month by speaking with filmmaker Raoul Peck about his Oscar-nominated documentary, "I Am Not Your Negro" (opening Feb. 10 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), based on the writings of James Baldwin.

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New Documentary Pays Tribute To Japanese Actor Toshiro Mifune

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The documentary "Mifune: The Last Samurai" played at the San Diego Asian Film Festival last year. Now it gets a theatrical engagement at Landmark's Ken Cinema.

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Playhouse's 'Freaky Friday' Adds Musical Spin To Tale Of Swapping Identities

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Christopher Ashley is celebrating his 10th year as artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse, and he is kicking off the new year by directing a musical adaptation of “Freaky Friday.”

Podcast Episode 107: ACE Editors Discuss The Art Of Editing

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Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Emmy-winning editor Janet Ashikaga received Career Achievement Honors at the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards. They talk about the art of editing.

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'Autopsy Of Jane Doe' Reveals Killer Talent

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“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” made my 2016 Top 10 List so I’m thrilled it will now open in San Diego on Jan. 27 at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Christopher Ashley Celebrates 10th Anniversary At La Jolla Playhouse

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La Jolla Playhouse's Christopher Ashley reflects back on his 10 years as artistic director and looks forward to an exciting year of productions.

Podcast Episode 106: Paying Tribute To John Carpenter

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John Carpenter celebrated his 69th birthday on Jan. 16 so it is the perfect time to pay tribute to the filmmaker and launch a film series dedicated to his work.

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'The Ardennes' Is Belgium's Official Entry For Best Foreign Film

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Belgium's official submission for this year's Best Foreign Film Academy Award is "The Ardennes," and it opens Jan. 20 at Digital Gym Cinema.

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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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