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Stories by Beth Accomando

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'Wilson' Sketches Portrait Of Prickly Character

March 24, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“Wilson” (opening March 24 in select San Diego theaters) is not the Oscar-winning film about our 28th president. But it is a portrait of a prickly character named Wilson played by Woody Harrelson.

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Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

March 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

For the third year the Women’s Museum is hosting a film festival and this year it is expanding to a new location.

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'Red Velvet' Marks A Pivotal Moment In Theater History

March 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The Old Globe Theatre's production of "Red Velvet" transports audiences to the world of London's Theatre Royal at the beginning of the 19th century to mark the historic moment when Ira Aldridge became the first African American actor to play Othello on the British stage.

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New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwell's Classic '1984'

March 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

George Orwell wrote his novel "1984" more than six decades ago. But his cautionary tale about Big Brother, Newspeak and historical revisionism is striking a fresh chord today and will be performed this Monday.

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Podcast Episode 112: Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Latin Cinema, So Good It's Scary

March 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

This week, the 24th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off, and that is a perfect excuse to look at Latin cinema — so good it’s scary.

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City Opera Commissions Work On A Modern St. Francis

March 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando

City Opera champions new and contemporary works in English and Spanish with an emphasis on community building. It just commissioned its first opera, "St. Francis de los Barrios."

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Diversity Through Latin Cinema

March 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival returns to Fashion Valley for a celebration of diversity through Latin cinema.

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Podcast Episode 111: The Voice Behind 'Samurai Jack'

March 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The wait is finally over. After 13 years "Samurai Jack" is back for his fifth and final season and I speak with Phil LaMarr, the voice actor who has brought Jack to life since his debut in 2001.

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Finally! 'Samurai Jack' Returns

March 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

When “Samurai Jack” went off the air in 2004, it left fans hanging in regards to the fate of their time traveling hero. But Jack is back this Saturday, March 11, to launch a long-awaited season five on Adult Swim.

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Carmen Gets A Modern Makeover At San Diego Opera

March 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

San Diego Opera's Shiley dētour Series strives to present innovative opera in intimate spaces. This weekend it delivers a contemporary re-imagining of "The Tragedy of Carmen" at the Balboa Theater.

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Kong Proves He Still Has The Star Power To Carry A Movie

March 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

King Kong made his screen debut back in 1933, and this week he is poised to make a comeback as “Kong: Skull Island” hits screens.

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Finally, They Get A Wolverine Film Right

March 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“Logan,” the designated final chapter in the Wolverine film franchise, opens this weekend and seems poised to set some records for R-rated action films.

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'My Life As A Zucchini' May Have Lost The Oscar But Will Win You Over

March 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The French-Swiss co-production “My Life as a Zucchini” lost Best Animated Film to "Zootopia" at this year’s Oscars. But it is a far more complex and rewarding film.

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Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and just before the month closes I want to pay tribute to some wickedly talented filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska and their second feature, "American Mary."

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Ultimate Dinosaurs Stomp Into theNAT

Feb. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Something big is coming to theNAT, it is Ultimate Dinosaurs, but you will not find the dinosaurs you learned about as a kid. Instead, it is a whole new crop of dinos from the Southern Hemisphere that you may not have seen before.

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The 89th Annual Oscars End With More Drama Than A Hollywood Movie

Feb. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 89th Academy Awards concluded last night with a dramatic mix-up that initially awarded the Best Picture Oscar to "La La Land" and moments later took it back to give it to "Moonlight."

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'A United Kingdom' Looks To The True Story Of An African King And His British Bride

Feb. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The new film “A United Kingdom” (opening Feb. 24 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla) turns to a true story about an African king and his British bride. Director Amma Asante talks about the appeal of using history as source material.

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Politics And The Academy Awards

Feb. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and politics of one sort or another are likely to be on display as are the most diverse group of acting nominees.

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

Feb. 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

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

Feb. 17, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Feb. 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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'

Feb. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

Feb. 11, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Feb. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Feb. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Feb. 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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.”

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San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off 27th Year

Feb. 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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.

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

Feb. 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Feb. 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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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Podcast Episode 107: ACE Editors Discuss The Art Of Editing

Jan. 31, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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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Christopher Ashley Celebrates 10th Anniversary At La Jolla Playhouse

Jan. 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

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'Autopsy Of Jane Doe' Reveals Killer Talent

Jan. 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“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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Podcast Episode 106: Paying Tribute To John Carpenter

Jan. 20, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Jan. 20, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Jan. 19, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Jan. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Jan. 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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.

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Podcast Episode 105: Famous Film Firsts

Jan. 12, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Jan. 12, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

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."

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Podcast Episode 104: Real Scientists Talk About Reel Science

Jan. 6, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Jan. 6, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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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'Reel Science' Provides The Real Science Behind The Fiction

Jan. 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

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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San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

Jan. 4, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

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

Jan. 4, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"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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Nerd Nite San Diego: Be There And Be Square

Jan. 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando

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

Dec. 30, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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

Dec. 29, 2016
By Beth Accomando

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

Dec. 29, 2016
By Beth Accomando

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

Dec. 23, 2016
By Beth Accomando

From sequels we never asked for to genre films that upped their game, here's what stood out at the cineplex this year.

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Podcast Episode 103: Drunk Reindeer, Severed Heads And Christmas Smackdown

Dec. 15, 2016
By Beth Accomando

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.