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Cinema Junkie Episode 216: Asians On Screen, From Yellow Peril To Superhero

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando

In part two of this month's focus on Asian representation in Hollywood, Cinema Junkie speaks with PacArts' Brian Hu about how Hollywood has moved from negative Asian stereotypes to the heroics of Bruce Lee and Shang-Chi.

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Would You Take A Class Called 'Sex, Drugs, And Rock 'N' Roll'?

Sept. 16
By Beth Accomando

San Diego State University is using comics to teach students about critical thinking at a time when such skills are most needed.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 215: Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Director Destin Cretton

Sept. 9
By Beth Accomando

Two decades ago I met Destin Cretton at a student festival I ran and now he's directing Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." Here's Destin's origin story.

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FilmOut Kicks Off Thursday In-Person With 'Firebird'

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego’s LGBTQ Film Festival returns to an in-person event Thursday night with the British-Estonian co-production "Firebird."

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San Diego Rep Latinx Playwright Profile: Nicolas Valdez

Sept. 3
By Beth Accomando

The fifth annual San Diego Repertory Theatre Latinx New Play Festival is Friday to Sunday and Midday Edition is highlighting three of the playwrights. This week: Nicolas Valdez.

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San Diego Rep's Latinx New Play Festival Runs Friday Through Sunday

Sept. 1
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Rep’s Latinx New Play Festival celebrates giving voice to underrepresented communities this weekend.

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Afro-Con Is Coming This Weekend

Aug. 30
By Beth Accomando

The first Afro-Con or Afrofuturism Convention will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

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'Candyman' Has A Lot To Unpack

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando

Candyman began in a story by Clive Barker, was brought to vivid life by Tony Todd in a 1992 film, and is now reimagined by filmmaker Nia Da Costa. The new "Candyman" film opens Friday.

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Digital Gym Cinema Will Reopen At New Downtown Location

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando

Media Arts Center’s Digital Gym Cinema left its space on El Cajon Boulevard last August and moved all its film programming online because of COVID-19. But during this down time they have been prepping a new space that will open in late fall.

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San Diego Rep Latinx Playwright Profile: Rachel Lynett

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

The fifth annual San Diego Repertory Theatre Latinx New Play Festival is next month and Midday Edition is highlighting three of the playwrights. This week: Rachel Lynett.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 214: Hooray For Bollywood, Part 2

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie continues its month-long tribute to Indian film with Hooray For Bollywood, Part Two in which we explore contemporary Bollywood cinema.

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The Studio Door Celebrates The Art, Activism Of Drag

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

The Studio Door is celebrating its seventh anniversary in style with the exhibit San Diego Drag Icons. This Saturday there will be a reception, fundraiser and food drive at the gallery.

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The Return Of Halloween Haunts

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

Looks like Halloween will be happening this year. Spirit Halloween stores are coming back. So too is the Haunted Trail and an immersive haunt experience called "Delusion."

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SD Rep Latinx Playwright Profile: Daniella DeJesus

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

The annual San Diego Repertory Theatre's Latinx New Play Festival is next month and Midday Edition is highlighting three of the playwrights. This week: Daniella De Jesús.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 213: Hooray For Bollywood, Part 1

Aug. 11
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie goes to India this month to explore Bollywood Cinema. Part one looks to the golden age of Bollywood.

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The Globe Returns To Live Performances With 'Hair'

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe Theatre returns to live performances this week with "Hair" on the Festival stage.

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Athenaeum’s Flicks On The Bricks Returns With Screwball Comedy

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando

The Athenaeum’s Flicks on the Bricks returns this month for its 15th year with the best Screwball Sparring Matches. The outdoor film series is hosted by KPBS film critic Beth Accomando.

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'The Suicide Squad' Delivers Super Anti-Hero, R-Rated Fun

Aug. 6
By Beth Accomando

"The Suicide Squad" has reassembled for a new movie and DC finally got everything right.

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New Book By CSUSM Professor Looks To Haitian Revolution On Film

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Cal State University San Marcos history professor Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall has written a book called "Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games."

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After The Pandemic Pause, Tiki Oasis Returns To Celebrate 20 Years

July 30
By Beth Accomando

Tiki Oasis returns from quarantine to celebrate its 20th year — at a new location — the recently renovated Town and Country Resort.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 212: Crew Call — Stunt Performers Edition

July 28
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie pays tribute to the men and women who risk their lives as Hollywood stunt performers. Check out Cinema Junkie's Crew Call: Stunt Performer Edition.

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'Old' Serves Up Stale Shyamalan Formula

July 23
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has a new movie called "Old" and guess what? It has a twist ending, but the director’s surprise endings have now become a familiar trope.

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Cinema Junkie Relaunches With Episode On Marvel And Party On YouTube

July 21
By Beth Accomando

Since Marvel's "Black Widow" just opened and Comic-Con starts this week, the latest Cinema Junkie episode celebrates pop culture by looking at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check out this excerpt and register for the relaunch party.

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Comic-Con Is Virtual For One More Show

July 19
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con International, the massive summertime celebration of pop culture, has once again been forced to substitute an online version of the show for an in person one. It runs Friday through Sunday.

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'Summertime' Dazzles With Spoken Word Poetry Musical

July 16
By Beth Accomando

San Diego native Kelly Marie Tran is a producer on the new film "Summertime." She hosts a quartet of local screenings this weekend.

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Cinema Junkie Episode 211: Critical Thinking And The Marvel Cinematic Universe

July 14
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie returns from quarantine break with an episode that celebrates pop culture, Since July is the month of Comic-Con we talk about comic book movies focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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'Cinema Junkie' Podcast Relaunches July 14

July 12
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie podcast has been on a quarantine break but returns July 14 will new and improved episodes to satisfy your celluloid addiction.

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Sandbox VR Lets You Fight Zombies, Alien Bugs, Pirates

July 7
By Beth Accomando

Sandbox VR opened shortly before the pandemic hit and has now fully reopened. Located in Mission Valley Shopping Center, the virtual reality gaming facility allows groups of up to six players fight zombies, alien bugs or each other.

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After More Than A Year Delay 'Black Widow' Hits Theaters, Disney+ Friday

July 6
By Beth Accomando

COVID-19 delayed the release of Marvel’s “Black Widow” for more than a year. But this Friday the wait is over and Natasha Romanoff finally gets her own film on the big screen.

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Harlem Cultural Festival Of 1969 Fuels 'Summer Of Soul'

July 2
By Beth Accomando

Most people have heard of Woodstock but most have never heard of the Harlem Cultural Festival that happened that same summer. The new film "Summer of Soul" accesses a treasure trove of never before seen footage to create a new documentary.

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'Comic-Con Begins' Looks To Origin Story Of Pop Culture Convention

June 28
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con had humble origins as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel. The new podcast "Comic-Con Begins" looks to the people who laid the groundwork for what Comic-Con is today.

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'F9' Delivers Big, Dumb, Fun Escapism

June 24
By Beth Accomando

Vin Diesel and "F9: The Fast Saga" arrive just in time for Cinema Week and may be exactly what's needed to rescue movie theaters.

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Facebook Posts Turn Into Book For Walter Meyer

June 22
By Beth Accomando

The pandemic prompted many people to reflect on their lives as they quarantined at home. Author Walter Meyer did that and ended up with a book, "If You Weren't Here, This Would Not Be Happening: plogs from my life."

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Get The Popcorn Popping: Cinemas Are Now Fully Open

June 17
By Beth Accomando

Angelika Film Center at Carmel Mountain, like all cinemas, reopened Wednesday at full capacity under the new relaxed pandemic guidelines from the state. Here's what to expect.

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Can 'In The Heights' Change The Hollywood Landscape?

June 16
By Beth Accomando

“In the Heights” opened last week. It serves up a rare commodity: a big budget Hollywood musical created by a Puerto Rican American, directed by an Asian American and featuring a racially diverse cast. Could this herald a change in Hollywood?

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OnStage Playhouse Returns To Live Performances With 'Sheepdog'

June 11
By Beth Accomando

OnStage Playhouse reopened last week for in person performances. The play the Chula Vista-based theater company chose for its first live performance in more than a year is "Sheepdog."

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'In The Heights' Makes Some Noise, Spreads Joy On The Big Screen

June 10
By Beth Accomando

Before "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda created "In the Heights," a musical about the largely Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Now "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu brings it to the screen.

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San Diego Arab Film Festival Opens, Closes With Palestinian Films

June 3
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Arab Film Festival kicks off in-person and online events this Saturday. It opens with Najwa Najjar's Palestinian drama "Between Heaven and Earth" at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Fans Celebrate The Day 'Star Wars' Opened In 1977

May 25
By Beth Accomando

"Star Wars" fans recount memories to celebrate May 25, the day George Lucas' "Star Wars" opened in 1977 and changed the movie landscape forever.

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'There Is No Evil' Tops List Of New Releases

May 14
By Beth Accomando

Cinemas are open again but the best film available this weekend is only streaming. Here’s what to see and what to avoid.

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Local Filmmakers Showcased At San Diego International Film Festival

May 12
By Beth Accomando

48HR Film Project and the San Diego International Film Festival have been partnering for years to highlight short films made by local filmmakers. This Friday 48HR short films will be available in a virtual Shorts Fest.

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'Mythic Quest' Season Two Puts Pandemic In Rear View Mirror

May 7
By Beth Accomando

The Apple TV+ series "Mythic Quest" now returns for its second season and faced challenges shooting during the pandemic.

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TCM Classic Film Festival's Second Home Edition Runs Through Sunday

May 3
By Beth Accomando

TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off its second home edition of the pandemic. Charles Tabesh, senior vice president in charge of programming at Turner Classic Movies and a programmer for the festival, previews the event.

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Turnkey Theatre Debuts Interactive Audio Play 'Homecoming'

April 26
By Beth Accomando

Over the weekend, the recently formed Turnkey Theatre released its first interactive audio production called "Homecoming: A Meditation on the Natural World."

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Low Key Pandemic Oscars Yields Some Positive Results

April 26
By Beth Accomando

The 93rd Academy Awards aired Sunday night on ABC and a lot of things were different in this time of pandemic awards shows. Here are the highs and lows.

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San Diego Opera Brings 'Barber Of Seville' To Drive-In

April 13
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Opera is staging two outdoor drive-in shows this month: the first is its annual One Amazing Night concert and the second is the comic opera "The Barber of Seville."

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Before the Oscars On Sunday Check Out This Top 10 List

April 23
By Beth Accomando

Before you watch the 93rd Academy Awards, check out Cinema Junkie's Top 10 of 2020.

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Midday Movies: Pandemic Oscars Sees Format Shakeup And Push For Inclusivity

April 23
By Beth Accomando, Jade Hindmon

After a year of pandemic lockdown, the Oscars will go ahead this Sunday — this time with a much different format.

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FilmOut Presents 'Tu Me Manques' For April Monthly Screening

April 21
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBTQ film festival, continues with its monthly film screenings online. April's selection is "Tu Me Manques."

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Check Out Full Line Up Of Pac-Arts' Spring Showcase

April 8
By Beth Accomando

The full line up for Pac-Arts 10th Spring Showcase has been unveiled. Check out some highlights.

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