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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Review: San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño

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The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off it’s 21st season tonight. But while it’s easy to fill the house with opening and closing night crowd pleasers, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and checking out the bizarre world of Un Mundo Extraño.

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Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'A Masked Ball'

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Verdi’s "A Masked Ball" is an opera famous for its finale and -- SPOILER ALERT -- I'm going to tell you how it ends.

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Preview: Film Forward

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It’s a blessing and a curse to say that there is just too much good film stuff going on right now. In addition to Crispin Glover coming to town and a new film from Godfrey Reggio, there’s also Film Forward that kicked off last week and runs through March 9.

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Review: 'Visitors'

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Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio made a name for himself partnering with composer Philip Glass on a trio of wordless documentaries beginning with “Koyaaniqatsi” 30 years ago. "Visitors" (opening March 7 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is his latest film and there would be more films to his credit if they weren't so hard to finance.

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Interview: Actor And Filmmaker Crispin Glover

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Crispin Glover’s film “What Is It?” wants audiences to ask precisely that question. And what better way to ask that question than in person with the filmmaker. That's precisely what you'll get this weekend with "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Shows" at the La Paloma Theater (March 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m.).

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Preview: Wes Anderson Film Retrospective

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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (opening March 14 in San Diego) is Wes Anderson's latest film and he taps many of his favorite actors. To prepare audiences for the film Fox Searchlight is hosting a retrospective of his films at The Digital Gym Cinema.

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Rants And Raves: The 86th Annual Academy Awards

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Well we made it through another Oscar ceremony. Here are some thoughts on Hollywood's spotlight on itself, plus some candid Oscar photo moments.

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Review: 'Almost Human'

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Ever since the success of the movie “Scream,” horror films have had a hard time taking themselves seriously. "Almost Human" (screening Friday and Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema) is different. Actor Graham Skipper will field questions at the Friday screening.

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Oscars 2014: Pick Your Winners, San Diego

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and if the winners tend to leave you scratching your head and yelling at the TV then here’s your chance to cast your own vote and choose your own winners.

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Review: 'Raze'

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Stuntwoman Zoe Bell (who doubled for Lucy Lawless as Xena and Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill") gets to showcase her skills in "Raze" (having its San Diego premiere Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema).

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Rants And Raves: Marilyn Monroe

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Get out the firehose! It's a half-day marathon of classic Marilyn Monroe films courtesy of FilmOut (screening Saturday Feb. 22 starting at noon).

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Behind The Scenes: DNA New Works Series

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Developing new works is in the La Jolla Playhouse’s blood. Perhaps that’s why its DNA New Works Series is so appropriately named. Last year's inaugural series was a success and now begins the second season of this innovative play development program. 

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Review: 'The Wind Rises'

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Because of deteriorating eyesight, legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced that "The Wind Rises" will be his last film. The Oscar-nominated film (opening Feb. 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) will be available in both English dubbed and subtitled versions.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Omar' Opens Friday In San Diego

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Palestinian actor Waleed Zuaiter stopped by the KPBS studios to talk about the Oscar-nominated film "Omar" that opens Friday at Landmark La Jolla Village.

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Opera Profile: Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti

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San Diego Opera’s “The Elixir of Love” opened this past weekend. The opera is all about love but the behind the scenes story about its tenor was almost a tragedy.

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San Diego Opera's 'The Elixir Of Love'

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It’s Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, and San Diego Opera has love for sale with Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” (opening Saturday at the San Diego Civic Theater) American bass Kevin Burdette tells us all about l’amore.

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Review/Interview: 'We Are What We Are'

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“We Are What We Are” made my 10 Best List for 2013. But the only way to get the film screened in San Diego was to track it down and get the Digital Gym Cinema to run it for one night (screening once only at 9 p.m. on Feb. 15).

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Review: 'The Monuments Men'

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If you like George Clooney and friends in the “Ocean's” films then you will enjoy “The Monuments Men” (opened February 7 throughout San Diego). But if you liked the documentary “The Rape of Europa,” then this Hollywood fluff will leave you annoyed.

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Behind The Scenes: The Globe's 'The Winter's Tale'

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Barry Edelstein assumed the artistic directorship of the Old Globe at the end of 2012. But tonight marks the opening of the first play he has directed for The Globe, Shakespeare’s"'The Winter’s Tale."

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Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

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The 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicked off Thursday night to a full house. Here's a preview of what's to come.

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Cartoonists At The Opera

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San Diego Opera kicked off its 2014 season with “Pagliacci” (playing Friday and Sunday matinee) and at the dress rehearsal there were cartoonists on hand to sketch the action.

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Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'Pagliacci'

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San Diego Opera kicks off its 2014 season this weekend with “Pagliacci" (at the Civic Theater) and the story plays out like a classic horror film.

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Preview: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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Human Rights Watch wants to use film to make a difference in the world. The organization’s film festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts tonight for the fourth year.  

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Review: 'The Great Beauty' ('La Grande Bellezza')

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Italy’s "The Great Beauty” ("La Grande Bellezza") just received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. It begins a one-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Jan. 17.

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Oscar Nominations Announced For 86th Awards

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The 86th Academy Award nominations have just been announced with “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” topping the list.

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Rants And Raves: "Dr. Strangelove"

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's brilliant "Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb." You can see it Thursday as part of the Whistle Stop's Shot by Shot film series.

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Rants And Raves: The Golden Globes 2014

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Last night’s Golden Globes were made more exciting by a power outage in my neighborhood; not a lot of surprises and no one film dominated.

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Review: 'Birth Of The Living Dead'

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George A. Romero didn’t invent zombies but he defined them for the modern age in 1968 with his low-budget film “Night of the Living Dead.” Now a new documentary, "Birth of the Living Dead" (playing Thursday and Friday night at the Digital Gym Cinema) looks at the making of this cult classic.

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Behind The Scenes: 'Hot Guys Dancing'

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Diversionary Theater wanted dance on its program but couldn’t risk losing money. That’s when organizers came up with "Hot Guys Dancing" (the latest edition opens tonight and runs through Sunday).

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Rants And Raves: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ridiculously talented. Check out his latest achievement, a new TV show called "HITRECORD on TV."

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Midday Movies: Cinema Junkie Awards

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Awards season is in full swing with “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” leading the nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Online Film Critics Society. Oscar nominations are due out on January 16 but you won't find those titles topping the Cinema Junkie Awards.

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Review: 'Contracted'

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“Contracted” (playing tonight and Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema) is the perfect post-Christmas gift for horror fans courtesy of The Film Geeks.

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Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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The new Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis” (opening December 20 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) is meticulously made, but is that enough?

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Rants And Raves: Peter O'Toole

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Peter O’Toole passed away over the weekend. He will be dearly missed but thankfully film will forever preserve his electric talent.

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How To Make An Orc Sword

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The second installment of the Hobbit Trilogy opened last night reigniting interest in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth with its hobbits, orcs, elves, and dwarves. I visited the Grossmont College Foundry where one student decided to try and forge an orc sword.

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Review: 'The Last Days On Mars' and "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug'

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This weekend at the movies you can travel to Middle Earth by way of “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” (opened at midnight last night throughout San Diego) or to Mars courtesy of the indie film “The Last Days on Mars” (playing one week only at Landmark's Ken Cinema December 13 to 19).

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'Tis The Season For Christmas Plays

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Tis the season for holiday theater fare and two San Diego standards are back. The Globe presents "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" for its 16th year, and Cygnet stages the classic "A Christmas Carol" for the second time.

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Review: 'The Punk Singer'

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“The Punk Singer” (opening Dec. 6 at the Digital Gym Cinema) is a documentary focusing on Kathleen Hanna, the dynamic lead singer of Bikini Kill. She was a feminist and activist who mysteriously stopped singing in 2005.

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Behind The Scenes: 'Sideshow'

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The musical “Sideshow” just opened at La Jolla Playhouse. It takes its inspiration from the 1932 film "Freaks" and the real life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.

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Review: 'Nebraska'

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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and ”The Hobbit 2" might be getting most of the media attention but little films like Alexander Payne's “Nebraska” refuse to be eclipsed by these Hollywood behemoths.

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Rants And Raves: Doctor Who Turns 50

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Sonic screwdrivers, weeping angels, a flying TARDIS… enter the world of "Doctor Who," the wildly popular BBC sci-fi series that turns 50 this year.

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Return Of Schlockfest

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The dictionary defines schlock as something inferior, shoddy or cheap. But the folks behind the San Diego Library’s Schlockfest Film Series would disagree.

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Preview: Malashock/RAW4

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A trio of dynamic choreographers team up to shock and amaze audiences with the fourth installment of Malashock/RAW4. Guest choreographer Michael Mizerany talks about pushing the envelope in dance.

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Rants and Raves: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

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Take a tour inside London's famous Hoxton Street Monster Supplies: Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind.

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Behind The Scenes: 'She-Rantulas From Outer Space In 3D'

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Diversionary Theater opened “She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D” on Halloween. But don’t be tricked by it’s B-movie trappings.

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'Evil Dead The Musical' Reanimates For Halloween

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The dead don’t always like to stay dead, which is why “Evil Dead The Musical” has reanimated itself for the Terror on Tenth program at the Tenth Avenue Theater downtown through November 2.

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Midday Movies: Horror So Bad, It's Good

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This Thursday, the 4th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival kicks off. Festival director Miguel Rodriguez has designated Friday as "camp night" with a revival screening of "The Killer Shrews" and its brand new sequel, which raise the question: "What makes a bad film good?"

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Review: 'Carrie'

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The remakes keep rolling in. This month we get a new version of Brian DePalma’s “Carrie” (opened October 18 throughout San Diego).

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Armored Knights Face Off In Poway At Tournament Of The Phoenix

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Dust off your armor and pick your finest steed because beginning Friday, the Tournament of the Phoenix kicks off three days of jousting, equestrian display and pollaxe combat at the Poway Rodeo.

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Preview: Love Gone Wrong Marathon

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This Saturday starting at 11:45 a.m. at the Birch North Park Theater, FilmOut holds its latest quarterly film marathon. This time it's all about "Love Gone Wrong."