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Nicole Kidman Goes Dark For 'Destroyer'

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Actress Nicole Kidman is stirring Oscar talk with her performance in Karyn Kusama's "Destroyer," which opens Friday in San Diego.

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Podcast Episode 159: Women Editors Discuss The Art, Craft Of Editing

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Oscar nominations come out Jan. 22 and, since many people may not know a lot about what a film editor does, here is an archive edition of Cinema Junkie that will enlighten you about the art and craft of film editing.

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'Relics Of The Hypnotist War' Offers An Allegory For Our Times

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

Art is a means by which we can filter the real world but sometimes what art says about the real world is not always obvious. That’s why the mysteries of "Relics of the Hypnotist War" at Space4Art is so intriguing.

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Visions Of Science Fiction Launches At Digital Gym Cinema

Jan. 7
By Beth Accomando

Film Geeks SD launches Visions of Science Fiction, a new year-long film series tonight at Digital Gym Cinema.

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South Korea's Foreign Film Oscar Entry 'Burning' Opens

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando

“Burning” is South Korea’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The film opens at Digital Gym Cinema Friday.

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Podcast Episode 158: Cinema Junkie Awards And Reel Science Revisited

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie is technically on holiday break but here's something old and something new to start the year: an archive of my Reel Science episode plus my picks for the best films of 2018.

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'One Man Bond' Returns

Jan. 3
By Beth Accomando

If you are a fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond then "Bond on Third" is the perfect show for you this weekend.

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Picking The Best Movies Of 2018

Jan. 3
By Beth Accomando

Here's a list of the best films and some of the worst of 2018.

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New Film Geeks Series Focuses On Pre-Code Hollywood

Jan. 2
By Beth Accomando

Film Geeks SD continues its year-long film series called Breaking the Commandments: Pre-Code Hollywood at Digital Gym Cinema. Here's what Pre-Code Hollywood is all about.

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'If Beale Street Could Talk' Is One Of The Best Of 2018

Dec. 31, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Forget about the effects-driven worlds of "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Aquaman" and experience the true cinematic magic of Barry Jenkins’ "If Beale Street Could Talk."

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'La Ronde' Provides Inspiration For The New Dance Cabaret Show 'Tryst'

Dec. 28, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

The controversial 1897 play "La Ronde" provides the inspiration for the dance anthology show "Tryst" that opens Jan. 10 at Diversionary Theatre.

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Finding The Virtues Of "Vice"

Dec. 27, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Hollywood doesn’t always leave treats under the tree on Christmas but this year we got a pair of cinematic gifts: “Vice” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Here’s my review of “Vice.”

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Podcast Episode 157: Holy Archives Batman

Dec. 26, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Holy archives! Cinema Junkie is on holiday break but enjoy this popular episode dedicated to the 1960s Batman TV show and movie, which are the subject of The Hollywood Museum's exhibit that runs through the end of the year.

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Animated 'Spider-Man' Leads Weekend Releases

Dec. 14, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Holiday gifts come early at the movie theaters. Unwrap a few of the treats you can find this weekend at cinemas.

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Only At Digital Gym Cinema: 'Roma' And 'Snowflake'

Dec. 13, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Digital Gym Cinema will be the only place in San Diego to see Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" — which just garnered an armload of awards nominations — and the crazy German import "Snowflake."

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'The Favourite' Nabs Five Golden Globe Nominations And Opens In San Diego

Dec. 7, 2018
By Beth Accomando

"The Favourite" just nabbed five Golden Globe nominations and now the film opens in San Diego. It is the latest from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.

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Podcast Episode 156: Revisiting 'Christmas Smackdown'

Dec. 7, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie is taking a holiday break and will be re-posting popular podcasts in the interim. This week I pull up an archive show appropriate for the Christmas season but with some perverse holiday cheer and that means revisiting "Christmas Smackdown" with Mark Nutter and Cynthia Carle. Proceed with caution.

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San Diego Opera's 'All Is Calm' Looks To Christmas Truce Of 1914

Dec. 6, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

In 1914, in the midst of a violent war, British, French and German soldiers engaged in an unofficial ceasefire to celebrate Christmas. San Diego Opera’s production of "All Is Calm" looks to the role song may have played in creating this moment of peace.

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Diamond Dogs Teases Audiences With Male Burlesque

Nov. 30, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Earlier this week Diamond Dogs held its first ever audition to find new performers for its male burlesque show. Find out what it takes to tease an audience.

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'Mandy' Delivers A Small Dose Of Cage Rage

Nov. 29, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Actor Nicolas Cage is known for over-the-top performances in films such as “Wild at Heart” and “Raising Arizona.” His latest film “Mandy” comes to San Diego for a midnight show at the Ken Cinema this weekend. But does it live up to its hype?

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Podcast 155: Stunt Driver Picks Best Car Movies

Nov. 27, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Stunt driver Steve Lepper picks his favorite car movies as well as the best car chases ever put on film.

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Director's Cut Of Lars Von Trier's 'House That Jack Built' Screens One Night Only

Nov. 26, 2018
By Beth Accomando

IFC Films is holding a special one-night screening of the unrated director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s controversial "The House That Jack Built" on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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'Creed II' Respectably Goes The Distance

Nov. 21, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Three years ago, Ryan Coogler reinvigorated the Rocky franchise with "Creed." Now he hands over the sequel to another young African American director for "Creed 2."

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Sculptor Tim Shaw Serves Up Immersive Installation 'Beyond Reason'

Oct. 26, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

Northern Irish sculptor Tim Shaw has the first U.S. exhibit of his immersive installation "Beyond Reason" at San Diego Museum of Art. His psychologically charged environments raise questions about terrorism and abuse of power.

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Ken Film Classics Go From Buster To Michael Keaton

Nov. 9, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of classic tonight with Andrei Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev."

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Podcast Episode 154: From Raymond Chow To Current Asian Cinema

Nov. 8, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Legendary Hong Kong producer Raymond Chow died earlier this month. This podcast pays tribute to his legacy with San Diego Asian Film Festival artistic director Brian Hu. Plus we get a preview of the 19th annual festival.

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San Diego Symphony Launches New Season Of Fox Theater Film Series

Nov. 8, 2018
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Symphony kicks off a new season of its Fox Theater Film Series Thursday night with the Buster Keaton classic, "Steamboat Bill, Jr."

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Kicks Off 19th Year

Nov. 8, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The 19th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival serves up a delicious pair of films followed by food for its opening and closing nights.

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'The Happy Prince' Looks To Oscar Wilde's Final Years

Oct. 19, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Actor Rupert Everett makes his feature directing debut with "The Happy Prince," which looks to Oscar Wilde's final years in exile.

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' And 'Suspiria' Remake Now Playing

Nov. 5, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Two new films look to the past for material: "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Suspiria."

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Poe Scary Story Winners For Halloween

Oct. 29, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this month San Diego Writers, Ink held its annual Edgar Allan Poe Scary Story contest and now the winning authors read their stories as a Halloween treat.

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Podcast Episode 153: Witches In History And On Film

Oct. 30, 2018
By Beth Accomando

A discussion of witches through history and on film from ancient Rome to "Rosemary's Baby" and Monty Python.

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Critics Recommend Movies For Halloween Season

Oct. 23, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Brooke Ruth

The new “Halloween” movie just set a box office record for the franchise over the weekend. Find out what other films provide tasty treats for the month of October.

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Behind The Scenes Of San Diego Opera's 'The Marriage Of Figaro'

Oct. 19, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is a comic opera with some serious overtones. It has also inspired both revolution and Bugs Bunny.

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New 'Halloween' Lets Michael Myers Escape For One More Killing Spree

Oct. 18, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Forty years ago John Carpenter made “Halloween” and helped define the modern slasher film. Now he has produced a sequel that erases all the other films that have come in between.

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'The Rocky Horror Show' Gets Raunchy Production At OB Playhouse

Oct. 11, 2018
By Beth Accomando

It’s the month of Halloween, so what better time to do “The Rocky Horror Show” live on stage at the OB Playhouse?

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An Old Classic And A Trio Of New Films For This Weekend

Oct. 12, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival wraps up this weekend, TCM Big Screen Classics hosts a screening of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” and a trio of new Hollywood releases hit theaters.

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Podcast 152: Remembering Your First Scary Movie

Oct. 12, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie asks people about the first film they remember scaring them. Listen to memories from horror fans and some famous horror celebrities.

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New 'A Star Is Born' Features Lady Gaga

Oct. 5, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Bradley Cooper has chosen to remake "A Star is Born" for his feature directorial debut.

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Fern Street Circus Tackles Health Care In New Touring Show 'Pre-Existing Condition'

Oct. 4, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Fern Street Circus is coming up on three decades of performing and will be launching its 2018 Neighborhood Tour tomorrow. Here's a look back on its past and what fuels its social purpose.

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Opens With Mafia Musical

Oct. 3, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its 12th year with a Mafia musical called "Ammore e malavita" ("Love and Bullets") at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Hitchcocktober Returns To The Angelika Film Center

Oct. 2, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Angelika Film Center at Carmel Mountain kicks off its annual Hitchcocktober weekly film series on Thursday with "Rear Window."

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'I Am Not A Witch' Announces A Bold New Talent

Sept. 28, 2018
By Beth Accomando

We do not get many films from Africa but what’s even more rare is a debut work as assured and beguiling as “I Am Not a Witch.” It opens this weekend at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Fall In San Diego Is For Film Festivals

Sept. 25, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Fall in San Diego means it’s time for film festivals of all kinds. Here’s a preview to help you plan.

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Take A Tour Of Hillcrest With Lambda Archives

Sept. 21, 2018
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this year I joined Walter Meyer of Lambda Archives for a walking tour of Hillcrest and its LGBTQ history. Here’s a video postcard I made with highlights of the tour.

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Chloe Sevigny Brings Lizzie Borden To Life

Sept. 21, 2018
By Beth Accomando

In 1892 Lizzie Borden gained notoriety when she was accused of hacking her parents to death. A new film entitled "Lizzie" looks to the infamous case.

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Celebrate Art House Theater Day This Sunday At Digital Gym Cinema

Sept. 20, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The Art House Convergence is holding its third annual Art House Theater Day on Sunday, Sept. 23 and Digital Gym Cinema is representing San Diego with the noir classic “Pitfall.”

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San Diego Museum Of Art Features Mexican Sculptor Javier Marin

Sept. 14, 2018
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

The Internet can provide a virtual gallery of almost anyone’s art. But seeing art such as Javier Marin’s striking sculptures up close is a completely different experience.

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Podcast Episode 151: Teaching Zombies

Sept. 14, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The Doctor of the Dead, Arnold T. Blumberg, uses zombies to teach media literacy and critical thinking. He has also just written a geeky, well-researched history of the zombie, "Journey of the Living Dead."

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'White Boy Rick' Looks To True Story Of Michigan's Longest Serving Juvenile Drug Offender

Sept. 13, 2018
By Beth Accomando

The poster for the new film “White Boy Rick” proclaims: “In 1980s Detroit, Rick Wershe, Jr. was a street hustler, FBI informant and drug kingpin, all before he turned 16.” It's a compelling story but the question is, why this story now?

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