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Pop Culture, Neuroscience, And COVID-19

March 26
By Beth Accomando

Many people are turning to movies as distraction while sheltering at home. Neuroscientist Eric Leonardis suggests a couple of films that can be used to look at the coronavirus pandemic from a social dimension.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 190: Using 'Contagion' And Pop Culture As Teaching Tools

March 25
By Beth Accomando

The film "Contagion" and the book "World War Z" are fictional accounts of global pandemics but can they teach us something about the real coronavirus pandemic that we are currently facing.

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UC San Diego Professor Uses 'Contagion' Film To Teach Epidemiology

March 23
By Beth Accomando

Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film "Contagion" was so accurate in depicting a pandemic that UC San Diego professor Joel Wertheim uses it to teach a class on epidemiology.

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Saying Good-Bye To The Ken Cinema

March 20
By Beth Accomando

With California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a statewide order to shelter in place Thursday night to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the closing of the Ken Cinema as a Landmark Theatre may seem trivial. But for San Diego cinephiles it marks the end of an era.

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Coronavirus Forces Cancellation Of San Diego Film Festivals

March 16
By Beth Accomando

On March 12, what was to be the opening day of the 27th annual Latino Film Festival, organizers announced that the festival would not be taking place following Gov. Gavin Newsom placing a ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people.

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'The Hunt' Finally Hits Theaters And Asks You To Decide

March 12
By Beth Accomando

Last September, Universal pulled "The Hunt" from release amid a series of deadly shootings and right-wing criticism led in part by President Trump's tweets. But the film opens on lucky Friday the 13th and asks audience to decide for themselves whether it's good or bad or dangerous.

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'Wendy' Wildly Re-Imagines 'Peter Pan'

March 12
By Beth Accomando

James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" was written more than a century ago, yet its tale of a boy who never wants to grow up still captures our imaginations. In addition to La Jolla Playhouse's "Fly," there is a new film called "Wendy" that uses "Peter Pan" as a source of inspiration.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 189: Telling 'Peter Pan' Through Wendy's Eyes

March 12
By Beth Accomando

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin gives us a modern re-imagining of James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" with "Wendy."

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Art In The Time Of COVID-19

March 12
By Julia Dixon Evans

Cancellations from San Diego Opera, the La Jolla Symphony and more, plus organizations that are embracing "the show must go on" in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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San Diego Comic Fest Returns For 8th Year

March 5
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Comic Fest bills itself as the "friendly, intimate comic convention experience." The convention kicks off its 8th year Thursday night with a reception party at the Four Points By Sheraton on Aero Drive and then runs through Sunday.

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Reading Grossmont Cinemas Holding A 'Marty Party'

March 3
By Beth Accomando

Reading's Grossmont Cinema is hosting a "Marty Party" and screening films by Martin Scorsese every Wednesday night in March.

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Landmark Theatres Not Renewing Lease At Ken Cinema

Feb. 25
By Beth Accomando

Landmark Theatres will cease running the Ken Cinema next month.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 188: Celebrating Women In Horror Month With Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 21
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and Canadian filmmaking twins Jen and Sylvia Soska are the perfect ambassadors.

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Black Comix Day Moves To WorldBeat Center For Third Year

Feb. 19
By Beth Accomando

Black Comix Day 2020: Heroes Rise III takes place this weekend at WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park.

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Women Filmmakers Shine In New Releases

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

Oscar may have had a hard time finding women to include in its nominations but female filmmakers shine in a pair of films opening this week: Céline Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" and Kitty Green's "The Assistant," both opening at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and Angelika Film Center.

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