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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Review: 'A Single Shot'

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If crime thrillers teach you anything it’s this: If you find stolen money don’t take it. It only leads to bad things. “A Single Shot” (opening September 20 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters) explores what happens when you don't follow this advice.

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Behind The Scenes: 'Logan Heights'

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Last weekend, playwright Josefina Lopez had two plays running in San Diego, the politically charged "Detained in the Desert" at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Shank Theater and the highly personal "Logan Heights" at Onstage Playhouse. The productions reveal the role community theater plays in telling these stories.

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Is San Diego Craft Beer Creating A Beer Culture?

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San Diego is something of a beer mecca drawing people from around the world with nearly 70 licensed breweries making an exceptionally diverse array of craft beers. So the question I explored for KPBS Arts Spectrum is, are San Diego craft breweries creating a beer culture?

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Interview: Voice Actor Billy West

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Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation continues this weekend and talented voice actor Billy West of “Futurama” will be on hand for autographs, photos and Q&A.

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Rants And Raves: Cinema Under the Stars

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Cinema Under the Stars is celebrating two decades of outdoor movies in Mission Hills. Check out my video of this cozy alternate movie venue where you can watch classic movies every week through November.

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Review: 'Short Term 12'

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SDSU grad Destin Cretton proves that you can go from film school to indie success. His new film "Short Term 12" (opening September 13 at Arclight and Landmark Theaters) arrives after garnering the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW.

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Review: 'Men In Suits'

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Most people can rattle off the names of movie monsters from Godzilla to Predator but very few can name the suit actors who play them. The documentary “Men in Suits" (playing Saturday, September 14 at the Digital Gym Cinema) tries to set that right.

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New On Blu-ray: The Bava Collection

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Mario Bava is a highly influential director from Italy’s golden age of horror and thankfully Kino Classics is re-releasing his films on Blu-ray for a new generation to appreciate.

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Review: 'Some Like It Hot'

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Trying to beat the heat? There’s no better way than with "Some Like It Hot" at the Cinema Under the Stars (screening tonight through Saturday).

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Midday Movies: 'Short Term 12'

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On this month’s edition of the Midday Movies, KPBS arts and culture reporter Beth Accomando looks to an indie hit with San Diego ties — "Short Term 12" (opening in San Diego on September 13).

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Preview: 'Woman in the Mirror'

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Yesterday was the late pop star Michael Jackson’s birthday and MJ impersonator Devra Gregory celebrated with a dance class teaching his signature moves. She continues the celebration with a revival of her one woman show “Woman in the Mirror” at White Box Live Arts at Liberty Station tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00pm.

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Review: 'Una Noche'

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Art imitates life with the Cuban film “Una Noche” (opening August 30 for one week only at The Digital Gym Cinema). Last year two of its actors defected to the U.S. en route to the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Review: 'Drug War'

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Johnnie To may be Hong Kong’s best kept secret. His new film “Drug War” is currently playing at AMC Mission Valley. Go before it leaves.

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Review: 'The World's End'

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Cornetto is a brand of ice cream in England. The Cornetto Trilogy is a trio of films by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. It began with "Shaun of the Dead," continued with "Hot Fuzz," and comes to a conclusion with "The World’s End" (opening August 23 throughout San Diego).

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Spike And Mike's 20th Anniversary Sick And Twisted Festival of Animation

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Spike and Mike’s various festivals of animation are a homegrown San Diego treasure. This Saturday (at 5:30pm and 7:30pm at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at La Jolla) meet “Ren and Stimpy” creator John K at the latest edition of Spike and Mike's 20th Anniversary Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.

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Preview: Éxitos Del Cine Latino

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The San Diego Latino Film Festival expands its programming with a new mini-festival called Éxitos Del Cine Latino. The festival kicks off this Friday with an eclectic collection of films.

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Silent Movie Night Presents 'The Eagle'

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The 26th Annual Summer International Organ Festival continues tonight with a screening of “The Eagle,” starring Rudolph Valentino. It's Silent Movie Night outdoors at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.

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Review: 'Kick-Ass 2'

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“Kick-Ass 2” (opening August 16 throughout San Diego) does not equal or surpass its predecessor but it’s a solid follow up that continues the story in a logical manner.

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Review: 'In A World...'

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When you watch a movie trailer you probably recognize the stars and even the director. But do you ever think about the person doing the voiceover? "In A World..." (opening August 16 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) does.

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Old Globe Gives 'Double Indemnity' Its San Diego Premiere

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James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel "Double Indemnity" was made into a film in 1944 and into a play in 2011. The play gets its San Diego premiere this summer at the Old Globe Theatre.

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Preview: New Play Cafe's Simply Sci-Fi

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The Big Kitchen Cafe is known for its home-style cooking and desserts but starting tonight you may get a close encounter along with your strawberry shortcake thanks to the New Play Café’s Simply Sci-Fi.

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Review: 'Berberian Sound Studio'

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Film is a visual medium yet "Berberian Sound Studio" (playing Friday and Saturday night at 10pm at the Digital Gym Cinema) asks us to listen as much as we watch.

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Review: 'Blackfish'

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In 2010, a Sea World trainer was killed by a killer whale. That incident sparked the documentary “Blackfish” (opening July 26 at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Theaters). Watch Evening Edition tonight at 5:00pm for more on the film and Sea World's reaction to it.

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Rants And Raves: 'The Wolverine'

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Hollywood loves to advertise its product but the marketing campaigns for many films fall flat or fail to inspire. Not the case with "The Wolverine" (opening July 26 throughout San Diego).

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Comic-Con Wrap Up

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The 43rd Comic-Con came to a close last night, and as usual there was far too much to do in four days.

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Not Guilty By Reason Of Zombification?

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While an "Assassin's Creed" pirate ship docks behind Comic-Con, a panel on the zombie apocalypse takes place inside. Check out the video.

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Comic-Con Invades San Diego

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Just ahead of Comic-Con day one, KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh talks with KPBS arts reporter — and longtime Comic-Con attendee — Beth Accomando.

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Gam3rCon: An Alternative Choice To Comic-Con?

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If you are not one of the 130,000 lucky enough to get into Comic-Con, then you might want to check out Gam3rCon. Now in its fourth year, this alternate con is designed specifically for gamers and still has tickets.

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Interview: 'The Way, Way Back'

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The title for "The Way, Way Back" (opening July 12 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) refers to how far back in the station wagon 14-year-old Duncan has to sit.

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Video: Exhibitors Talk About Comic-Con

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Comic-Con has capped attendance at 130,000 for the last few years. It also has to limit the number of dealers and artists who have booths on the exhibit floor to about a thousand with at least a 3-year waiting period to get in. I spoke with exhibitors last year to get their perspective on Comic-Con and how it’s changed.

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Review: 'The Body' ('El Cuerpo')

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"The Body (El Cuerpo)" screened earlier this year at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and thankfully it gets a full week run at the Digital Gym Cinema (2921 ElCajon Blvd.) starting today.

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Midday Movies: What Is Kaiju?

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Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" opens on Friday and serves up a Western take on kaiju or giant monsters. But kaiju has a long history in Japan.

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Review: 'Maniac'

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Horror films, and slasher films in particular, are often condemned for their gore and lack of substance, but I defend the genre and “Maniac" (screening July 5 and 6 at 10:00pm at the Digital Gym Cinema), a remake of the 1980 cult classic.

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Midday Movies: Shakespeare On Film

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If the Globe's Summer Shakespeare season has whet your appetite for the Bard, then check out these film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays.

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Preview: San Diego Fringe

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Today marks the start of San Diego’s first Fringe Festival. Hundreds of performers from San Diego and abroad will come together for an intense week of innovative theater.

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Review: 'Byzantium'

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Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan has a flair for spinning contemporary fairy tales inspired by things like werewolves and mermaids. For his latest film, "Byzantium" (opening June 28 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema), he returns to vampires.

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The Central Library Moves Hidden Treasures Out Into The Public Eye

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As the San Diego Central Library empties five floors of its shelves and moves to a new nine-floor building, many hidden items will become available.

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The Globe Makes Shakespeare More Accessible

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The Old Globe Theater's new artistic director Barry Edelstein is on a mission to make William Shakespeare more accessible to more people.

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Rants And Raves: Is Dirty Harry Getting His Way?

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A recent Supreme Court ruling suggests we are moving closer to Dirty Harry’s point of view than Serpico’s.

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Artist In Residence: Robert Brill

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From hunting Moby Dick on the high seas to battling Pink Robots, designer Robert Brill has been creating breathtaking work for San Diego audiences for decades. Now he’s the La Jolla Playhouse’s new Artist in Residence.

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Rants And Raves: Max Brooks And 'World War Z'

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Hollywood’s version of the zombie apocalypse invades theaters this weekend with Brad Pitt and “World War Z” (opening June 21 throughout San Diego). But the film uses little more than the title of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel.

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Midday Movies: 'Dirty Wars'

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Journalist Jeremy Scahill wrote the bestseller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army." Now his book "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield," opening June 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, hits theaters as a documentary feature.

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Review/Interview: 'The East'

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Corporations that refuse to be held accountable for their actions are taken to task by an anarchist group in the new indie film, “The East," which opened June 14 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and AMC La Jolla.

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Review: 'Gut'

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The indie film “Gut” won the Audience Choice Award at last year’s Horrible Imaginings Film Festival last year. Now it’s back for a pair of encore, late night screenings this Friday and Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema. Check out my review and interview.

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Comic-Con Badge Resale Now Open

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Comic-Con badges sold out in less than two hours on February 16 but anyone who registered for passes but failed to get any will have one more chance to get into the largest pop culture convention in America.

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Behind The Scenes: 'His Girl Friday'

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When the La Jolla Playhouse decided to stage “His Girl Friday,” they had to ask how could they make a play about reporters in 1939 Chicago connect with an audience in San Diego today? The solution involves a clever set design and plenty of doors.

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Video: 'American Mary' Q&A

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Over the weekend, The Film Geeks kicked off a late night film series at The Digital Gym Cinema with "American Mary." Here is a video of the post-film Q&A with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska.

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San Diego's Food Network Star Stacey Poon-Kinney

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Running The Trails Eatery is tough work but being a finalist in a reality TV show can be even more challenging. Stacey Poon-Kinney prepares for her Sunday debut as one of 12 finalists for Food Network Star.

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Preview: 'American Mary'

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A new late night film series kicks off this Friday at the Digital Gym’s micro cinema. It’s being presented by a group of programmers and myself and we call ourselves the Film Geeks. The first film is “American Mary” (screening May 31 and June 1 at 10pm) and represents tour dedication to genre films that push the envelope.

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Midday Movies: FilmOut

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FilmOut, San Diego's LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 15th year tonight with the teen comedy "BGF" at the Birch North Park Theater.