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'Promising Young Woman' Marks Promising Feature Debut Of Director Emerald Fennell

Jan. 20
By Beth Accomando

"Promising Young Woman" marks the feature directing debut of Emerald Fennell and it has already garnered praise and awards. The film is playing at the South Bay Drive-In and is now streaming on platforms like Amazon.

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SD Rep Debuts 'Vamos!' Monday Night

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Rep and its playwright-in-residence Herbert Siguenza are launching a new online program called "Vamos!" Monday night. The series comes out on the second Monday of each month on the Rep's social media and will highlight a different Latin country in each episode.

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Pandemic Profile: San Diego Opera

Dec. 22, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Arts organizations have been hit hard by the pandemic. But San Diego Opera discovered that some of the lessons it learned from an earlier financial crisis have proven useful during these current challenging times.

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Jeff Daniels Does Live Stream Concert Saturday For Poway OnStage

Jan. 8
By Beth Accomando

This Saturday night Poway OnStage presents award-winning actor and musician Jeff Daniels in a live-streaming concert.

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'Swallow' Is An Exquisite Indie Gem

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando

"Wonder Woman 1984" and "Mulan" were films designed to showcase strong women. But these big budget, heavily promoted studio pictures proved disappointing. The indie gem "Swallow," however, offers a quiet and unexpected tale of female empowerment.

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Enter 'The World Of Wong Kar-Wai'

Dec. 29, 2020
By Beth Accomando

On Christmas Day "The World of Wong Kar Wai" was released. It is a collection of seven restored films by the Hong Kong director and will be available through Digital Gym Cinema for the next month.

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Pandemic Profile: The Studio Door

Dec. 21, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The Studio Door has been pivoting since long before the pandemic. But with COVID-19 restrictions changing as cases rise and fall, arts organizations like the Studio Door have to find creative ways to stay operational.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 208: Giving Thanks To Film Editors, Part 3

Dec. 19, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Oscar-nominated Paul Machliss concludes Cinema Junkie's three-part tribute to film editors.

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Brings August Wilson To The Screen With Class

Dec. 18, 2020
By Beth Accomando

August Wilson has chronicled African American life in his 20th Century Cycle of 10 plays, each focusing on a different decade. Now Denzel Washington wants to ensure that those plays make it to the screen. "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" is now available on Netflix.

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San Diego Opera Presents Drive-In Screening Of 'All Is Calm'

Dec. 11, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Opera is planning a drive-in screening of its 2018 production of “All Is Calm” on Dec. 21. But it’s hard to plan with pandemic guidelines in flux as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

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'News Of The World' Banks On Tom Hanks' Appeal

Dec. 14, 2020
By Beth Accomando

"News of the World" stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran. The film arrives for Christmas and is being packaged as an Oscar hopeful in this pandemic awards season.

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'Sound Of Metal' And '76 Days' Best Streaming Options This Weekend

Dec. 5, 2020
By Beth Accomando

During the holidays, Hollywood sometimes forces holiday cheer or family films, but here are some streaming options with more challenging content: "Sound of Metal" and "76 Days."

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 207: Giving Thanks To Film Editors, Part 2

Dec. 4, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie continues its three-part tribute to film editors with Oscar-winning editor Stephen Mirrione.

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Shudder Offers A Holly 'Gialli' Christmas

Dec. 3, 2020
By Beth Accomando

If you have already had your fill of holiday cheer then check out Shudder’s month-long Holly Gialli Christmas programming featuring Italian thrillers. The first collection came out Tuesday and more titles will be added in the coming weeks.

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'Collective' Plays Like Romanian 'All The President's Men'

Nov. 27, 2020
By Beth Accomando

"Collective," now streaming through Digital Gym Cinema's DGC@Home, is the official Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It is rare for a documentary to be submitted in this category but then this is not your typical documentary.

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Movies To Be Thankful For

Nov. 27, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Since this is the month for giving thanks, our Midday Edition movie critics have come up with films and shows they are thankful for.

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'Leap Of Faith' Takes A Deep Dive Into 'The Exorcist'

Nov. 20, 2020
By Beth Accomando

"The Exorcist" movie is nearly 50 years old yet it still ranks as one of the films that most scares audiences. "Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on 'The Exorcist,'" is a new documentary that explores the making of the film with its director.

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How 'The Grinch' Moved To Radio

Nov. 18, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe Theatre has made its production of "Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas" a holiday tradition. Now it is transforming the stage production into a made-for-radio musical.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 206: Giving Thanks To Film Editors, Part 1

Nov. 18, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie begins a three-part tribute to the art and craft of film editing with Tatiana S. Riegel, Oscar-nominated editor for "I, Tonya."

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Celebrate Friday The 13th With 'Freaky'

Nov. 13, 2020
By Beth Accomando

It’s Friday the 13th so celebrate with a horror comedy set on that unlucky day. "Freaky," the latest from the director of "Happy Death Day" opens Friday at South Bay Drive-In.

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The Poet's Tree Serves Up Weekly Interviews, Performance, Activities

Nov. 10, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The Poet’s Tree is an online weekly event hosted by Old Globe Teaching Artist and spoken word poet Gill Sotu. It takes a deep dive into the world of modern poetry and offers interviews as well as interactive prompts with the audience.

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'Let Him Go' Tweaks Genre Expectations

Nov. 6, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Larry Watson’s novel "Let Him Go" makes it to the screen in actual cinemas this week with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in the lead roles.

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10 Political Films To Help You Through 2020

Nov. 5, 2020
By Beth Accomando

With a pandemic, political unrest and a contentious presidential election that may not be fully decided for days if not longer, perhaps you need some escape. Here is a list of the 10 best Hollywood films about politics.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 205: Halloween Double Dare

Oct. 31, 2020
By Beth Accomando

When writer, choreographer and fellow horror fan Michael Mizerany asked me if I'd like to record a pair of original horror plays he'd written, I said absolutely.

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Jack London's 'Martin Eden' Gets An Italian Film Adaptation

Oct. 16, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Jack London’s 1909 semi-autobiographical novel "Martin Eden" inspires a new Italian film that starts streaming Friday through Kino Lorber and Digital Gym Cinema.

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Bodhi Tree Concerts Stages Online Encore Of '8 Songs For A Mad King' On Friday

Oct. 29, 2020
By Beth Accomando

In 2017 Bodhi Tree Concerts performed "Eight Songs for a Mad King" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. The Mad King of the title was meant to be George III but in its production he bore a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. Now Bodhi Tree Concerts offers a single, virtual encore performance of the show this Friday at 6 p.m.

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San Diego Opera Stages Drive-In 'La Bohème' This Weekend

Oct. 15, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Live opera is back but with a twist. San Diego Opera will be staging "La Bohème" in the parking lot of Pechanga Arena San Diego next week. Here's what you can expect.

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What The Rise Of Fascism In 1930s Italy Can Teach Us Today

Oct. 22, 2020
By Beth Accomando

CSUSM history professor wrote an article in 2016 titled "Donald Trump Is No Mussolini But Liberal Democracy Could Still Be In Danger." Now, as Trump is up for re-election, she revisits the potential threats she sees to democracy.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Innovates With VOD, Twitch, Drive-In

Oct. 20, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Pacific Arts Movement, or Pac-Arts, had to cancel its Spring Showcase earlier this year because of COVID-19. But Friday it kicks off its annual San Diego Asian Film Festival with a mix of online and outdoor events.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 204: Fascism Through The Lens Of Italian Cinema

Oct. 16, 2020
By Beth Accomando

The writer-philosopher George Santayana is credited with the phrase: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Cinema Junkie takes a look at Italian films that explore the history of fascism in Italy in the 1930s and '40s in order to see if there are any lessons to be learned.

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Welcome To The Blumhouse Anthology Film Series Launches Online And In Theaters

Oct. 10, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Welcome to the Blumhouse is an anthology series from Blumhouse Productions offering feature length films in theaters as well as online. The first two offerings are "Black Box" and "The Lie."

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New Documentary 'Time' Argues For More Just, Compassionate Future

Oct. 9, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Garrett Bradley's documentary "Time" (now playing at newly reopened Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to one woman’s fight for the release of her husband who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.

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San Diego Filmmaker Gets World Premiere At Screamfest LA

Oct. 5, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Screamfest LA kicks off a season of horror-themed film festivals Tuesday night. San Diego Filmmaker Pia Thrasher will see her short vampire comedy "Things We Dig" have its world premiere on Oct. 13 at the festival's COVID-safe drive-in venue.

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Real Life Protests Fuel 'The Glorias' And 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'

Oct. 3, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Julie Taymor tackles Gloria Steinem's life in "The Glorias" and Aaron Sorkin looks to the legal fallout from protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

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'Possessor Uncut' Combines Cerebral Sci-Fi, Visceral Horror

Oct. 2, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Brandon Cronenberg is the son of Canadian director David Cronenberg, the man who gave us "Videodrome" and "The Fly" remake. You can definitely see the family resemblance in Brandon’s sophomore feature “Possessor Uncut”

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Shares An Activist Perspective

Sept. 30, 2020
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Italian Film Festival will spread out this year's festival across the month of October with films and discussions every week.

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GI Film Festival Goes Online Thursday, Friday

Sept. 29, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego showcases films by, for and about military service members and veterans. It launches its Virtual Film Showcase this Thursday and Friday featuring six documentaries about military experiences.

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Streaming Options Go From The Ridiculous To The Sublime

Sept. 25, 2020
By Beth Accomando

With cinemas slowly opening but lacking much exciting fare to draw people out of quarantine, streaming services still offer some of the best — and some of the worst — movie options.

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'Native Son' Newly Restored, Uncensored Now Streaming

Sept. 25, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Richard Wright’s book "Native Son" was published in 1940 and made into a film in 1951. Now you have the opportunity to see the fully restored and uncensored film of "Native Son" through Kino Marquee.

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'Society Of Wonder' Uses Puppetry To Deliver Social Commentary

Sept. 23, 2020
By Beth Accomando

"The Society of Wonder" suggests that every backyard contains a secret portal to an underground kingdom of inspiration and hope. The six-part series of videos from Animal Cracker Conspiracy just premiered online as the latest entry in La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls, or Digital Wow Festival.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 203: SDLFF Pushing The Envelope

Sept. 18, 2020
By Beth Accomando

It's easy to program crowd pleasing films but the San Diego Latino Film Festival dares to ask audiences to step out of their comfort zone.

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SD Rep Turns 'A Weekend With Pablo Picasso' Into A Film

Sept. 15, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Since the age of 7, Herbert Siguenza has been obsessed with artist Pablo Picasso. Now, because the pandemic has forced The San Diego REP to present its plays online, Siguenza has had the opportunity to turn his play "A Weekend With Pablo Picasso" into a film.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Kicks Off Virtual Edition

Sept. 17, 2020
By Beth Accomando

This year’s San Diego Latino Film Festival was set to launch on March 12, but the festival had to cancel on its opening day due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the festival relaunches today with 140 films online.

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'All In' Documentary Examines Voter Suppression

Sept. 15, 2020
By Beth Accomando

“All In: The Fight For Democracy” is a new documentary that looks at the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and current activism to fight against it.

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Comic-Con Museum Reveals What Its Building Will Look Like

Sept. 10, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Balboa Park’s South Palisades is undergoing a lot of changes and the Comic-Con Museum hopes to be a big part of that. At a press conference Thursday morning they revealed what the renovated building will look like.

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Dickens' 'David Copperfield' Comes To Vivid Life In New Film

Sept. 10, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” published in 1850, has a lively new film adaptation currently playing in theaters.

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'Portaleza' Reimagines What An Online Experience Can Be

Sept. 9, 2020
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW, or Without Walls, Festival was forced online by COVID-19. But as a site-specific event, the restrictions of quarantine have simply become a creative challenge. The latest Digital WOW work to debut is "Portaleza" and displays an innovative approach to creating a virtual experience.

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Movie Theaters Reading, AMC, Regal, The Lot Reopen

Sept. 5, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Indoor movie theaters are reopening at reduced capacity and with new safety guidelines. But Reading Grossmont Cinemas hopes that screening Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" on 70mm will lure cinephiles out of quarantine to its venue.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 202: The Role Of Horror In A Scary World

Sept. 2, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival's Miguel Rodriguez discusses the role of horror in a scary world.

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New Documentary States Its Case For Trump Being A Malignant Narcissist In '#Unfit'

Sept. 2, 2020
By Beth Accomando

"#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump" just became available on demand. The new documentary wants audiences to consider the mental health of President Trump before they mark their ballots in the November election.

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