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San Diego Underground Film Festival Strives To 'Deviate From The Norm'

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Underground Film Festival celebrates its fifth year with continued expansion.

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Moxie Theatre Celebrates 15th Season With 'Dance Nation'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

Moxie Theatre is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and this weekend it is opening a new play by Clare Barron called “Dance Nation.”

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'The Nightingale' Explores Themes Of Violence And Revenge

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

Five years ago Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent won acclaim for her first feature “The Babadook.” She now delivers her second film, “The Nightingale.”

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Thumbprint Presents Hitchcock Group Art Show

Aug. 14
By Beth Accomando

Director Alfred Hitchcock is known as the Master of Suspense and his films still inspire artists today, decades after his death. This weekend Thumbprint Gallery presents the Hitchcock Group Art Show at Subterranean Coffee Boutique.

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California Innocence Project Co-Founder Discusses The Making Of 'Brian Banks' Film

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exoneration story of Brian Banks is one of the notable achievements of the work of the San Diego-based California Innocence Project and now it's being told in a motion picture playing in theaters nationwide.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 176: Radio Silence's 'Ready Or Not'

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando

Radio Silence’s "Ready or Not" opens in theaters on Aug. 21. But, KPBS reporter Beth Accomando got to speak with the trio of filmmakers and pranksters about their new film.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Beethoven To Toni Morrison

Aug. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about celebrating the classics. From an exploration of Beethoven’s string quartets, to the history of L.A.’s Gold Star Recording Studios. Plus a popular alternative band returns.

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Oceanside Film Festival Runs Wednesday Through Sunday

Aug. 1
By Andi Dukleth, Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Since 2009 the Oceanside International Film Festival has been bringing unique screening experiences to North County. The festival runs Aug. 7 through 11 at the Sunshine Brooks Theater.

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'Hobbs And Shaw' Coasts On Charisma Of Its Stars

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

"Fast and the Furious" is expanding its movie franchise by presenting a new film spinning off some supporting characters in lead roles. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham star in "Hobbs and Shaw."

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Midsummer Scream Ushers In Halloween Season

July 31
By Beth Accomando

It is 92 days until Halloween. I know this because I am eagerly counting the days. One sign that Halloween season is in full swing is the arrival of Midsummer Scream, a Halloween and haunt convention in Long Beach.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 175: Celebrate National Whistleblowers Day With 'Official Secrets'

July 30
By Beth Accomando

Tuesday is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day and there will be a special screening of the new film "Official Secrets," which opens nationwide next month. Cinema Junkie celebrates with an interview with the film’s director Gavin Hood.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 174: Reflecting On Comic-Con 50

July 26
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con celebrated its 50th show and I celebrated my 41st. I have collected some old archive interviews, plus spoke with longtime attendees and newbies at this year's convention to create a portrait of the pop culture convention over the decades.

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'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Is Great But Not What You Might Expect From Tarantino

July 26
By Beth Accomando

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” is in some ways his most conventionally structured film. Its title references the epic spaghetti western of Sergio Leone as it looks to a year of upheaval and change in Hollywood, 1969.

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Comic-Con 50: Pop Culture Convention Is Ever Changing But Still A Blast

July 22
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con wrapped up its 50th show Sunday night and KPBS Arts and Culture Reporter Beth Accomando has the highlights.

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Portman Is Thor, Ali Is Blade And More From Marvel's Phase 4

July 22
By Associated Press

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presentation at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night, announcing plans for the first two years of "Phase Four," which will include Natalie Portman taking up the hammer as Thor, making Angelina Jolie an immortal for "The Eternals" and rebooting "Blade" with Mahershala Ali.

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