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Stories by Beth Accomando

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

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

Dec. 2
By Beth Accomando

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.

UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

UCSD Lays Off 21 People From Department of Theater, Dance

Nov. 25
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

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

Podcast Episode 100: Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

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

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando

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

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

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando

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.

'Two Films On Photography' Plus Live Reading At MOPA

'Two Films On Photography' Plus Live Reading At MOPA

Nov. 17
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

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

Nov. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

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

Benedict Cumberbatch Impressively Dons The Cape Of 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch Impressively Dons The Cape Of 'Doctor Strange'

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando

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

TCM Spotlight On Political Films

TCM Spotlight On Political Films

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando

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.

San Diego Asian Film Festival In Full Swing

San Diego Asian Film Festival In Full Swing

Nov. 4
By Beth Accomando

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

Podcast Episode 98: TCM Political Films With Ben Mankiewicz

Podcast Episode 98: TCM Political Films With Ben Mankiewicz

Nov. 1
By Beth Accomando

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 97: San Diego Asian Film Festival — Extreme And Ove...

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

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando

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

Podcast Episode 96: Zombies For Humanity

Podcast Episode 96: Zombies For Humanity

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

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

Oct. 21
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

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.

REI Offers Zombie Preparedness Class

REI Offers Zombie Preparedness Class

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando

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

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

Oct. 25
By Beth Accomando

"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.

Playing Cat And Mouse In 'Desierto'

Playing Cat And Mouse In 'Desierto'

Oct. 14
By Beth Accomando

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

Podcast Episode 94: Horrible Imaginings 'Horror Lit' Primer

Podcast Episode 94: Horrible Imaginings 'Horror Lit' Primer

Oct. 17
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

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

Oct. 6
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

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.

Toho Studios Delivers First Godzilla Film In 12 Years

Toho Studios Delivers First Godzilla Film In 12 Years

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando

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'

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

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

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

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando

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.

Auguri! San Diego Italian Film Festival Turns 10

Auguri! San Diego Italian Film Festival Turns 10

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando, Rebecca Romani

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 Ho...

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

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

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.

Hitchcocktober Film Series Kicks Off At Angelika Carmel Mountain

Hitchcocktober Film Series Kicks Off At Angelika Carmel Mountain

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

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

Myth Of The Dubbyk Gets New Take in 'Demon'

Myth Of The Dubbyk Gets New Take in 'Demon'

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando

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.

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

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.

Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Ton...

Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

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.

'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

Sept. 23
By Beth Accomando

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.

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

Jewish Film Fest Hosts San Diego Premiere Of 'For The Love Of Spock'

Jewish Film Fest Hosts San Diego Premiere Of 'For The Love Of Spock'

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is hosting the San Diego premiere of the documentary "For the Love of Spock" with screenings on Sept. 21 and 22. Adam Nimoy will be at both screenings to talk about making a film about his famous father Leonard Nimoy.

Podcast Episode 91: Spock, NASA, And A Real Documentary Versus A Fa...

Podcast Episode 91: Spock, NASA, And A Real Documentary Versus A Fake One

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes there’s just too much good stuff to cover so this week I am going to talk with a pair of filmmakers from wildly divergent films but what makes them fun to combine into one podcast is that one is a real documentary — "For the Love of Spock" — and one is a fake documentary — "Operation Avalanche."

Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexpl...

Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexploitation Cinema

Sept. 16
By Beth Accomando

The seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday. Here are interviews with filmmakers from around the globe who came.

Restored International Classics Screen At Ken Cinema

Restored International Classics Screen At Ken Cinema

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

Landmark's Ken Cinema hosts a pair of restored classics this week: Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” and Carol Reed’s “The Fallen Idol.”

Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Kicks Off At MOPA Wednesday Night

Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Kicks Off At MOPA Wednesday Night

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando

The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival kicks off its seventh year on Wednesday with the California premiere of Sion Sono's "Tag!" at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

Sept. 6
By Beth Accomando

On Aug. 21, San Diego production teams submitted the results from their 48 Hour Film Project competition. Now you can see the finished films.

Podcast Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Preview

Podcast Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Preview

Sept. 5
By Beth Accomando

Something wicked this way comes! It is time for the seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, which runs Sept. 7 through 11 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' Shows Promise, But Doesn't Quite Satisfy

Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' Shows Promise, But Doesn't Quite Satisfy

Sept. 2
By Beth Accomando

The feature film debut of "Alien" director Ridley Scott's son features top-notch talent and enticing early scenes. But for Luke Scott, it's tough having a lot to live up to — especially when working in the same genre.

New Book By Finest City Improv's Founder Puts Improvisation Skills ...

New Book By Finest City Improv's Founder Puts Improvisation Skills To Daily Use

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando

Amy Lisewski, the founder and artistic director of Finest City Improv, just released "Relax, We're All Just Making This Stuff Up!"

Podcast Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About ...

Podcast Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About Comedy

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The comic-turned-playwright's latest work, "Meteor Shower," has its world premiere at the Old Globe.

'Don't Breathe' Serves Up Home Invasion Formula With A Twist

'Don't Breathe' Serves Up Home Invasion Formula With A Twist

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando

A blind man turns the tables on three invaders in this new film by "Evil Dead" director Fede Alvarez.

Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

The three-day event, which caters to the geek and cosplay community, takes over 12 acres of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend.

Exitos Del Cine Latino Extends San Diego Latino Film Fest Into Summer

Exitos Del Cine Latino Extends San Diego Latino Film Fest Into Summer

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Latino Film Festival runs every March but sometimes there’s just not enough room to showcase all that’s good. Exitos del Cine Latino provides a summer showcase for the overflow.

Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' Reimagined In The Era Of 'Mad Men'

Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' Reimagined In The Era Of 'Mad Men'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando

The Bard was a great writer, but some of his work can be problematic for contemporary audiences. A new production frames one character as a budding feminist dealing with chauvinistic attitudes in the 1960s.

Podcast Episode 87: 'Hell Or High Water' And The Indie Spirit

Podcast Episode 87: 'Hell Or High Water' And The Indie Spirit

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

"Hell or High Water" is a throwback to 1970s indie films. Director David Mackenzie and actor Gil Birmingham talk about making a contemporary Western that delivers social commentary.

Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' Has World Premiere At Old Globe

Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' Has World Premiere At Old Globe

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Old Globe Theatre would like Steve Martin to view its stage as a home for anything he writes. Two years ago it hosted his musical "Bright Star." Now comes the world premiere of his play "Meteor Shower."

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

There are less than three months until Halloween. Spirit stores are already posting signs looking for employees and I am still trying to track down tentacles for my Lovecraft haunt this year. So basically it’s panic mode. Fortunately, I spent this past weekend at ScareLA where my sense of panic was understood by fellow Halloween enthusiasts.

'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Hell or High Water" (opening Aug. 12 in select San Diego theaters) looks to a pair of Texas brothers on a crime spree. But it’s about a lot more than bank robbers on the run.

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Aug. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Kris Arciaga

The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Preston Sturges classic screwball comedy "The Lady Eve" screens Friday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Special guest Jamy Ian Swiss will be on hand to offer close-up magic as well as to discuss the art of the con.