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'Hedwig' Celebrates A 20th Anniversary At Diversionary

March 21
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Twenty years ago John Cameron Mitchell debuted his queer rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Diversionary Theatre tackles the play for the first time and finds the outcast turned rock star has something to say to a new generation.

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Jordan Peele's 'Us' Is Scary Good

March 21
By Beth Accomando

Jordan Peele’s “Us” serves up a very different kind of horror from his debut feature “Get Out” but it is scary good in its own way.

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Podcast Episode 163: Guillermo Del Toro And San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 15
By Beth Accomando

With Alfonso Cuaron’s recent multiple Oscar win and San Diego Latino Film Festival entering its second quarter century, I felt it was the perfect time to pull up an archive interview I did with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Wants To Build Bridges Not Walls

March 13
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its 26th year with a stellar line up of shorts, features and documentaries from around the world.

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San Diego Opera Presents 'Three Decembers' At Patrick Henry

March 7
By Beth Accomando, Roland Lizarondo

San Diego Opera will be staging its dētour series chamber opera "Three Decembers" at Patrick Henry’s new PHAME auditorium.

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San Diego Comic Fest Marks Its 7th Year

March 6
By Beth Accomando

Most San Diegans probably know Comic-Con but not as many may be familiar with San Diego Comic Fest, which also focuses on comics and pop culture.

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'Captain Marvel' Has The Right Stuff

March 5
By Beth Accomando

Marvel’s first female-led superhero film lights up the screen this week and Brie Larson shines brightest as "Captain Marvel."

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The Studio Door Re-Opens In Hillcrest

March 1
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Four years ago Patric Stillman opened The Studio Door in North Park as a place where art and commerce could intersect. Some setbacks forced him to close the business. But The Studio Door had its grand reopening early last month in Hillcrest.

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Podcast Episode 162: The Lady From The Black Lagoon

March 1
By Beth Accomando

You may not know Milicent Patrick's name and that's precisely why filmmaker, monster lover, and author Mallory O'Meara decided to write "The Lady From the Black Lagoon." It reveals the lost legacy of this woman who created one of Hollywood's most iconic monsters.

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Centering The Margins Conference Looks To Writers of Color

March 1
By Beth Accomando

Centering the Margins: Conversations with Writers of Color is a three-day conference starting Friday that responds to the need for minority writers to construct spaces for creating, critiquing, and publishing their work.

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91st Oscars Serve Up Record Firsts

Feb. 25
By Beth Accomando

The 91st Academy Awards are over and the satisfying awards are overshadowed by some aggravating wins.

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'Horror Noire' Explores History Of Black Horror

Feb. 21
By Beth Accomando

Black History Month is almost over but it’s not too late to enjoy the Shudder original documentary “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.”

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'Roma' And 'The Favourite' Score Big But Oscar Still Mostly White, Male

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando

The 91st Academy Awards are this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5:00 pm. Check out the nominations and get your printable ballot.

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Black Comix Day: Heroes Rise II

Feb. 13
By Beth Accomando

Last year the Malcolm X Library hosted San Diego's first ever Black Comix Day. The event returns this Saturday for the Heroes Rise II edition.

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Podcast Episode 161: Black Comix And 'Scary Black Folks'

Feb. 15
By Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie celebrates Black History Month by speaking with Keithan Jones, founder of Black Comix Day, about black comics and movies, and professor John Jennings about a new collective called Scary Black Folks.

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Mads Mikkelsen Stars In Two Glacially Titled Films: 'Arctic,' 'Polar'

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

Actor Mads Mikkelsen can be seen in two films with glacially themed titles: “Arctic” (opening this weekend at Landmark) and “Polar” (streaming on Netflix). But the films are worlds apart in terms of style and content.

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Critics Pick Very Different Movies For Valentine's Day

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

It's Valentine's Day and since I have unconventional picks for romantic movies I decided to ask Moviewallas' Yazdi Pithavala for some contrasting suggestions for films to watch on this holiday.

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Right To Die Film Series Presents 'The Leisure Seeker'

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando

The Hemlock Society of San Diego continues its Right to Die Film Series this Sunday at the Mission Valley Library with "The Leisure Seeker."

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San Diego's Jewish Film Festival Rebrands But Mission Stays The Same

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando

This year the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival added "International" to its title to emphasize its global perspective. The festival continues through Feb. 17 at multiple venues.

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Robert Rodriguez And James Cameron Team For 'Alita'

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando

Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez team up to bring the 1990 Japanese comic "Alita" (opening Feb. 13) to the screen.

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The Globe Theatre Delivers Shakespeare Behind Bars

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Old Globe Theatre is using a pair of programs highlighting William Shakespeare to help rehabilitate prisoners and show how theater matters. This month its Globe for All program returns to Centinela State Prison to perform the Bard for inmates.

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'Velvet Buzzsaw' Leads Streaming Choices

Feb. 5
By Beth Accomando

Last week San Diego filmgoers had so many choices for going out to the cinema that I didn’t have time to highlight some streaming movies that are also available.

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Not All The Drama Is On Stage In San Diego Opera's 'Rigoletto'

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

San Diego Opera is staging a production of Verdi’s "Rigoletto." But while you might be familiar with the classic tale of love and revenge taking place on stage, you may not know what is going on in the orchestra pit below.

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Podcast Episode 160: Breaking The Commandments With Pre-Code Hollywood

Feb. 1
By Beth Accomando

Films made between 1930 and 1934 have come to be known as pre-Code and display defiance of the self-censorship rules Hollywood laid down for itself. I will talk about the delicious naughtiness and sensational social realism of these films with Danny Reid of Pre-Code.com.

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Ken Classics, Two Film Fests Return This Week

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes there is just too much to choose from at the movies and this is one of those weeks. Ken classics, San Diego Black Film Festival and Human Rights Watch are just a few of the choices.

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Peter Jackson Brings WWI Footage To Life For 'They Shall Not Grow Old'

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando

Peter Jackson, the director behind the "Lord of the Rings" films, has created a documentary from 100-year-old footage about World War I called "They Shall Not Grow Old."

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Oscar-Nominated 'Cold War' Opens At Hillcrest Cinemas

Jan. 24
By Beth Accomando

Poland’s "Cold War" just received a trio of Academy Award nominations including Best Foreign Language Film. The film opens this weekend at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas.

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Visions Of Science Fiction Continues At Digital Gym Cinema

Jan. 7
By Beth Accomando

As part of Film Geeks San Diego, a group of volunteer programmers at the Digital Gym Cinema, I will be co-presenting a film series called Visions of Science Fiction one Monday night a month. My co-programmer is Miguel Rodriguez of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

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San Diego Museum Of Art Screens 'Bloody Sunday'

Jan. 21
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Museum of Art is screening "Bloody Sunday" in conjunction with its Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason exhibit. The film looks to the 1972 incident in which British soldiers shot at unarmed Irish protesters. I interviewed the filmmakers and some of the people involved in the protest back in 2002 when the film was released.

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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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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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