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Midday Movies: Bringing The Skywalker Saga To An End

Dec. 20, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Jade Hindmon hosts a "Star Wars" edition of Midday Movies as KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala recall how they got introduced to George Lucas' franchise and how they think "The Rise of Skywalker" wraps it all up.

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The Quiet Storms of ‘Little Women’

Dec. 19, 2019
By Julia Dixon Evans

Greta Gerwig's new adaptation loudly insists that stories about women are important to tell because they’re stories about women, not despite it.

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Spoiler-Free Review Of 'Rise Of Skywalker'

Dec. 18, 2019
By Beth Accomando

As a card-carrying member of the original "Star Wars" fan club, KPBS' Beth Accomando knows what it means to give a spoiler-free review of the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 184: Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults

Dec. 13, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Trey Edward Shults has a new film in theaters, "Waves," but I became aware of him in 2017 when he released "It Comes at Night." So from the archives, here is my interview with Shults from 2017.

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'Waves' Uses Bold, Fresh Cinematic Language

Dec. 6, 2019
By Beth Accomando

This is the time of year when Hollywood studios serve up their Oscar hopefuls. But a small indie film called "Waves" outshines most of these bigger releases.

Roundtable: KPBS Podcasts

Nov. 29, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A special episode of KPBS Roundtable features a discussion with several KPBS podcast hosts about their shows and the growth of the podcast platform.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 183: Giving Thanks For Cinematic Memories

Nov. 27, 2019
By Beth Accomando

My dad died on Aug. 23 of this year and I miss him every day, so for my Thanksgiving Cinema Junkie podcast I am paying tribute to him by giving thanks for the films he introduced me to.

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Disembodied Brains Are Scary Or How Sci-Fi Influences Science

Nov. 22, 2019
By Beth Accomando

I wanted to visit a scientist in his lab in order to explore how science and science fiction inspire each other. The person I decided to visit was UCSD professor and neuroscientist Alysson Muotri who uses stem cells to study the brain.

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'Cambodian Rock Band' Revisits A Country's Music And Political Past

Nov. 21, 2019
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse just opened the play "Cambodian Rock Band" by UC San Diego graduate Lauren Yee. The play serves up a redemptive tale of a father and daughter finding each other amidst decades-old secrets and against the backdrop of Cambodian rock 'n' roll.

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Cinema Junkie Separates The Good From The Bad At Cinemas

Nov. 15, 2019
By Beth Accomando

There are a number of new films besides Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman" in theaters and here's the best and the worst of them.

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Midday Movies: Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 15, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Thanksgiving is around the corner so Midday Movies turned to its film critics to ask what films they are thankful for.

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'The Irishman' Is A Return To Form For Martin Scorsese

Nov. 15, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Netflix is once again setting its sights on an Oscar with the release of Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman." The film was produced for the streaming service and begins a theatrical release before airing on Netflix. It continues at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and begins streaming on Netflix on Nov. 27.

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City Heights Mortuary Featured In San Diego's Asian Film Festival

Nov. 8, 2019
By Ebone Monet

A documentary set in a Vietnamese mortuary in San Diego's City Heights explores the themes of culture, identity and grief.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 182: Ford, Ferrari And An Asian American Film Canon

Nov. 8, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Director James Mangold discusses making history as he looks to the story of "Ford v Ferrari;" while San Diego Asian Film Festival artistic director and programmer Brian Hu talks about the list he helped create for the L.A. Times of the 20 Best Asian American Films of the Past 20 Years.

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'Heathers: The Musical' Enters Final Weeks At OB Playhouse

Nov. 8, 2019
By Beth Accomando

If you missed catching OB Playhouse's "Heathers: The Musical" during the Halloween season, the good news is you have three more weekends to enjoy girls being deliciously mean.