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Stories by Beth Accomando

Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

July 14
By Beth Accomando

The first Comic-Con, held in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel, drew about 300 people. Now it has almost 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracts more than 130,000 attendees.

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

June 23
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Cinema Junkie’s Top 10 Baseball Movies

Cinema Junkie’s Top 10 Baseball Movies

July 8
By Beth Accomando

As San Diego gets ready to host the All-Star Game on Tuesday, KPBS film critic Beth Accomando — aka the "Cinema Junkie" — gives us 10 baseball movies worth watching.

Summer Movies: When Nothing New Looks Good, Return To A Classic

Summer Movies: When Nothing New Looks Good, Return To A Classic

July 7
By Beth Accomando

Looking for other options in this season of sequels and remakes no one asked for? Classics by Alfred Hitchcock and Errol Flynn are coming to a big screen near you.

'Attack the Block' Serves Up John Boyega's Film Debut

'Attack the Block' Serves Up John Boyega's Film Debut

July 7
By Beth Accomando

"Attack the Block" (screening Saturday at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is getting a second lease on theatrical life thanks to the fact that its teenage star John Boyega just catapulted to stardom last year with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Podcast Episode 83: Celebrating 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'

Podcast Episode 83: Celebrating 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'

July 7
By Beth Accomando

Olivia de Havilland, the loveliest of all Maid Marians, turns 100 years old this month and that's reason enough to screen "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and celebrate this 1938 Technicolor classic.

Old Globe's 'Macbeth' Is Bloody, Bold, Resolute

Old Globe's 'Macbeth' Is Bloody, Bold, Resolute

June 29
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Shakespearean tragedy might not have existed if it weren't for the First Folio. So it's fitting that the Old Globe is offering a bold new production of "Macbeth" while a copy of the book is in San Diego during its national tour.

San Diego International Fringe Wraps Up With Awards Show

San Diego International Fringe Wraps Up With Awards Show

July 4
By Beth Accomando

This year’s San Diego Fringe boasted more than a hundred artists from 10 different countries and the diversity of their work was reflected in the awards handed out Sunday night.

Survival Guide To San Diego International Fringe

Survival Guide To San Diego International Fringe

June 23
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival serves up 11 days of what it calls “eyeball bursting shows” Thursday night through July 3.

'Swiss Army Man' Makes The Absurd Sweetly Endearing

'Swiss Army Man' Makes The Absurd Sweetly Endearing

July 1
By Beth Accomando

The movie “Swiss Army Man” (opening in select San Diego area theaters on July 1) provoked walkouts when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Those people missed out on one of the year's most highly original films.

Podcast Episode 82: Paying Homage To Josephine Baker

Podcast Episode 82: Paying Homage To Josephine Baker

June 29
By Beth Accomando

Since she was 17 years old, Tymisha Harris has idolized legendary dancer, singer and activist Josephine Baker. Now she pays tribute to the first international black superstar in a one-woman show called "Josephine" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

'The Neon Demon' Serves Up A Cinematic Seduction

'The Neon Demon' Serves Up A Cinematic Seduction

June 24
By Beth Accomando

The film, which opens June 24 at select San Diego area theaters, was booed at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. That puts it in good company with “Taxi Driver” and “Pulp Fiction.”

Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

June 22
By Beth Accomando

June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday. That's cause for celebration and I am calling this podcast Hail to the King, Bruce Campbell in his honor.

Fringe Festival Brings 'Eyeball Bursting' Shows To San Diego

Fringe Festival Brings 'Eyeball Bursting' Shows To San Diego

June 21
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego International Fringe Festival returns to San Diego for the fourth year with 11 days of theater performances beginning June 23.

Podcast Episode 80: 'Macbeth' And The Curse Of The Scottish Play

Podcast Episode 80: 'Macbeth' And The Curse Of The Scottish Play

June 20
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

With the first folio in San Diego this month, Cinema Junkie returns to the Bard for an episode all about "Macbeth."

The 'Genius' Of Editor Max Perkins

The 'Genius' Of Editor Max Perkins

June 17
By Beth Accomando

While most people know names like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, they might not know Max Perkins. The film "Genius" (opening June 17 in select San Diego theaters) sets out to remedy that.

Documentary 'De Palma' Lets The Bad Boy Of The American New Wave Ha...

Documentary 'De Palma' Lets The Bad Boy Of The American New Wave Have His Say

June 17
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Brian De Palma rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with “Carrie,” “Scarface” and “The Untouchables.” A new documentary that sets him in front of the camera opens June 17 at Landmark's Ken Cinema.

The Film's The Thing With The First Folio Film Series

The Film's The Thing With The First Folio Film Series

June 16
By Beth Accomando

D.J. Hopkins of San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film has curated a First Folio film series at the downtown library, and it offers a diverse range of Shakespeare film adaptations.

Irish Filmmaker Looks To Drag Queens In Cuba For 'Viva'

Irish Filmmaker Looks To Drag Queens In Cuba For 'Viva'

June 10
By Beth Accomando

"Viva" had its San Diego premiere at the San Diego Latino Film Festival this past March. Now it returns for a week-long engagement at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Podcast Episode 79: 'Last Dance In Kaloleni' Will Show Kenya In New...

Podcast Episode 79: 'Last Dance In Kaloleni' Will Show Kenya In New Light

June 10
By Beth Accomando

When you think of Africa on film, what comes to mind? Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in "Out of Africa"? Leonardo DiCaprio in "Blood Diamond"? If so, then here's a fresh take on Africa from a first-time filmmaker from Kenya.

Bodhi Tree Concert Presents 'Brundibar,' A Children's Opera With A ...

Bodhi Tree Concert Presents 'Brundibar,' A Children's Opera With A Devastating History

June 10
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Bodhi Tree Concerts is a nonprofit organization that performs “random acts of kindness” through music and art. It will be presenting "Brundibar," a charming children’s opera with a devastating history Saturday.

'Bigoted Messages' Found In SDSU Campus Restroom

'Bigoted Messages' Found In SDSU Campus Restroom

June 7
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

SDSU President Elliot Hirshman sent out an email Tuesday morning in response to "hateful and bigoted messages" found in an Adams Humanities building restroom.

'Weiner' Documentary Chronicles A Campaign Meltdown

'Weiner' Documentary Chronicles A Campaign Meltdown

June 6
By Beth Accomando

The documentary 'Weiner' opened in San Diego theaters over the weekend (Landmark Hillcrest and Arclight La Jolla) and it chronicles the mayoral campaign of Anthony Weiner.

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

May 19
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Antony and Cleopatra" and other Shakespearean plays might not exist today.

Podcast Episode 78: Dark Gem 'Downriver' Screens At FilmOut

Podcast Episode 78: Dark Gem 'Downriver' Screens At FilmOut

June 3
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’ LGBT film festival, kicks off its 18th year Friday and will showcase some 40 films in three days. Cinema Junkie highlights one dark gem, “Downriver.”

USCD's Art Gallery Remains Open (For Now)

USCD's Art Gallery Remains Open (For Now)

June 2
By Beth Accomando

UC San Diego’s 50-year-old University Art Gallery was scheduled to permanently close Thursday night. But protests have prompted a campus notice stating the chancellor has "removed the UAG from consideration for redevelopment at this time."

FilmOut, San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, Kicks Off Friday

FilmOut, San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, Kicks Off Friday

May 31
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut had nearly 900 film submissions that had to be pared down to a mere three days of programming, beginning June 3.

Podcast Episode 77: The First Folio And Shakespearemania

Podcast Episode 77: The First Folio And Shakespearemania

May 27
By Beth Accomando

The First Folio — the book that gave us Shakespeare — is touring the U.S. so what better time to talk about Shakespeare on film.

'The Lobster' Is Daring, Bold And Original

'The Lobster' Is Daring, Bold And Original

May 27
By Beth Accomando

"The Lobster" (opening May 27 in select San Diego theaters) imagines a future where being single is not allowed.

'Camp David' Play Goes Behind The Scenes Of Historic Peace Negotiat...

'Camp David' Play Goes Behind The Scenes Of Historic Peace Negotiations

May 24
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Old Globe stages a new play about the 13 days of intense negotiations that led to the signing of the Camp David Accords.

'Circustantial Evidence: The Crimson Canary' Serves Up A New Noir C...

'Circustantial Evidence: The Crimson Canary' Serves Up A New Noir Circus Whodunit

May 25
By Beth Accomando

Circus is no longer found only under a big top. The Circus Collective of San Diego serves up the circus noir, "Circustantial Evidence: The Crimson Canary," this Memorial Day weekend at the Lyceum Space.

Podcast Episode 76: Khaled El Nabawy And Egyptian Cinema

Podcast Episode 76: Khaled El Nabawy And Egyptian Cinema

May 20
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie travels to Egypt by way of an actor described as the "Egyptian Brad Pitt." In other words, he’s a big star even though most Americans don’t know his name, Khaled El Nabawy.

King Hu's 'Dragon Inn' Gets Gorgeous 4K Restoration

King Hu's 'Dragon Inn' Gets Gorgeous 4K Restoration

May 19
By Beth Accomando

The 1967 classic had major influence on the martial arts genre. A stunning restoration showcases Taiwanese cinema in all its glory.

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

May 13
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie serves up two archive interviews featuring Steve Martin and George Takai, both of whom have musicals currently on Broadway that premiered at the Old Globe Theatre.

Turkish Horror Film 'Baskin' Takes You To Hell

Turkish Horror Film 'Baskin' Takes You To Hell

May 13
By Beth Accomando

Last year the Turkish film "Mustang" garnered an Academy Award nomination. This year the Turkish film "Baskin" (opening May 13 at Digital Gym Cinema) is getting a lot of attention. It’s unlikely to catch Oscar’s eye but it’s winning over midnight movie crowds.

La Jolla Playhouse Hosts World Premiere Of 'Hollywood,' A Tinseltow...

La Jolla Playhouse Hosts World Premiere Of 'Hollywood,' A Tinseltown Murder Tale

May 11
By Beth Accomando

After collaborating for the acclaimed "Memphis," playwright Joe Di Pietro and director Christopher Ashley are teaming up again for a play about a scandalous 1920s Tinseltown murder.

'Great Scott' Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

'Great Scott' Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

May 9
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Jake Heggie's new work explores what goes into producing an opera, poking fun at the genre with a wink at technical challenges and backstage melodrama.

Podcast Episode 74: Saints, Cinemas And The TCM Film Festival

Podcast Episode 74: Saints, Cinemas And The TCM Film Festival

May 6
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie takes you on a pilgrimage to mecca, also known as the TCM Film Festival.

'Civil War' Gets Right What 'Batman V Superman' Got Wrong

'Civil War' Gets Right What 'Batman V Superman' Got Wrong

May 5
By Beth Accomando

First it was “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” now it’s Avengers fighting Avengers as Marvel serves up “Captain America: Civil War” (opening May 6 throughout San Diego). But what DC got wrong Marvel gets right.

'Green Room' Serves Up Claustrophobic Horror

'Green Room' Serves Up Claustrophobic Horror

April 29
By Beth Accomando

Hollywood knows the fascination inherent in casting against type. So seeing Patrick Stewart go from Starfleet captain to neo-Nazi is a key attraction in the new film "Green Room" (opening April 29 in select San Diego theaters).

Podcast Episode 73: Monsterpalooza 2016

Podcast Episode 73: Monsterpalooza 2016

April 29
By Beth Accomando

Monsterpalooza, a convention celebrating the art of movie monsters, has grown so big that it has moved from the Burbank Marriott to the Pasadena Convention Center. Cinema Junkie checks in with some of the people at the convention.

LanDiego State 5 Expected To Bring Hundreds Of Gamers To SDSU For T...

LanDiego State 5 Expected To Bring Hundreds Of Gamers To SDSU For Tournament

April 29
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

San Diego State will play host Saturday to hundreds of gamers for LanDiego State 5. But San Diego is also host to a growing fighting game community.

San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Starts On Positive ...

San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Starts On Positive Note

April 28
By Beth Accomando

Pac-Arts and the San Diego Asian Film Festival host the annual Spring Showcase April 28 through May 5 at the UltraStar Mission Valley. Here's a preview.

Podcast Episode 72: Hollywood, Scandal And Will Hays

Podcast Episode 72: Hollywood, Scandal And Will Hays

April 22
By Beth Accomando

The 1922 murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor inspired playwright Joe DiPietro to write "Hollywood," which has its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in May. Cinema Junkie gets an early behind the scenes look at the play in progress.

'The Messenger' Documents Threats To Songbird Population

'The Messenger' Documents Threats To Songbird Population

April 22
By Beth Accomando

The documentary "The Messenger" (opening April 22 at the Digital Gym Cinema) states that once we believed birds were messengers between humans and the supernatural or divine — and birds still have something to tell us.

Podcast Episode 71: Crew Call With Film Editor Alan Heim

Podcast Episode 71: Crew Call With Film Editor Alan Heim

April 20
By Beth Accomando

Academy Award-winning film editor Alan Heim was at Groovy Like a Movie for a San Diego Filmmakers event on April 12. Cinema Junkie sits down with the veteran craftsman for a master class in how to cut a film.

San Diego Opera Makes 'Madama Butterfly' Fresh

San Diego Opera Makes 'Madama Butterfly' Fresh

April 14
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" is one of the most popular and most often performed operas. San Diego Opera's production promises to bring something new to the classic.

'Brave New Wild' Explores Lifestyle Choices Of Rock Climbers

'Brave New Wild' Explores Lifestyle Choices Of Rock Climbers

April 15
By Beth Accomando

UCSD grads Oakley Anderson-Moore and Alexander Reinhard hold the San Diego premiere of their new documentary "Brave New Wild" at the Ken Cinema on April 19. It's all about what makes people want to climb seemingly unscalable rocks.

It's 'Mr. Right' But Ms. Wrong

It's 'Mr. Right' But Ms. Wrong

April 8
By Beth Accomando

In “Mr. Right,” which opened Friday at Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla, Sam Rockwell plays a hit man who develops a conscience and starts to kill the people who hire him. What could possibly go wrong … go wrong … go wrong?

Podcast Episode 70: The Trash Cinema Of John Waters

Podcast Episode 70: The Trash Cinema Of John Waters

April 8
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego is screening John Waters' 1977 film "Desperate Living" at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The perfect excuse to dust off a 1997 archive interview.