Beth Accomando

Beth Accomando

"No matter where you go, there you are. Buckaroo Banzai"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
I've been a film critic for more than 20 years, in addition to reviews I freelance for NPR and Public Radio International, and I edited the sequels to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I am a past president of the San Diego Film Critics Society and I help program 2 film festivals in San Diego.
Favorites:
Recent favorites: Shaun of the Dead, Mysterious Skin, Irreversible, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Millennium Mambo, In the Mood for Love... Old faves: Anything with Monty Python or the Marx Brothers, The Godfather, Hard-Boiled, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Raging Bull, Trust, Police Story, Full Contact, Adam's Rib...oh there's too many.
Publications:
KPBS.org , NPR.org
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, San Diego Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
603
Total QuickRatings:
75
Location:
San Diego CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
73% Dark Touch (2013) " Dark Touch employs the sensational trappings of a horror film to explore the real world horrors of child abuse." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 11, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " This is not agitprop. Moore is not promoting a political agenda with Disney as his target. Instead, this is a filmmaker exploring the discrepancy between reality and the fantasy world Disney represents. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 11, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity is what cinema at its best should be - an experience that makes you grip the armrests tightly and slide to the edge of your seat as you become completely consumed by the story on the screen." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 11, 2013
94% I Am Divine (2013) " This documentary reminds us of Divine's audacious and unique impact on both film and American culture. It's also a great way to celebrate the talented actor who gave us Divine." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 27, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 is graced by an elegant simplicity and honesty that makes it one of the best films of the year." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 12, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " To's film is solidly directed, and brutal and unflinching in its depiction of the drug world at the center of the story." — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 30, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " But even with its flaws, The World's End serves up a wild plot, a boisterously engaging ensemble, and a sincere exploration of what friendship is. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 30, 2013
81% Una noche (One Night) (2013) " Molloy captures the Cuban spirit of energy, resiliency, resourcefulness, and passion. She does an impressive job of blending an intimate story of friends with a meticulously observed portrait of Havana." — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 30, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) " Bell's character may be stressed and a bit awkward but her direction is smooth and confident. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 16, 2013
5/10 68% Elysium (2013) " Copley's scenes (as well as the ones with Finchtner) are the only moments when the film has any fire in its belly and can hold our interest. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 9, 2013
48% Maniac (2013) " Khalfoun gives us an unflinchingly brutal film that places the viewer in the role of accomplice with disturbingly effective results. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 5, 2013
44% Gut (2012) " This is a smart horror film that employs a carefully calibrated and low key style to turn the screws on both the characters and the audience." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 20, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " So let me be up front and clear -- I read and loved Max Brooks' World War Z, and the film opening this weekend should be renamed Brad Pitt Saves the World." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 20, 2013
45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " Having the adorable Dee Wallace teamed with Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn as the revived coven of witches was great. If the film had been about them, the film might have been good." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 20, 2013
9/10 65% Antiviral (2013) " Originality is a rare commodity in art, so when something fresh and unexpected comes my way, it's cause for celebration. Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral is cause for celebration. " — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 20, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " Evil Deadis a good old-fashioned gorefest that maintains a sense of fun, tension, and the all important "ew" factor." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 4, 2013
61% John Dies at the End (2013) " John Dies at the End should carry a drug label warning: caution consumption of this film may induce hallucinations, impair your ability to see the world as you once did, and cause outbursts of uncontrollable laughter." — KPBS.org
Posted Feb 15, 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " The Moore is less approach announced itself early in an excruciatingly uninventive car chase and then reaffirmed itself with a supreme lack of humor that permeated almost every scene." — KPBS.org
Posted Feb 15, 2013
8/10 65% Mama (2013) " Mama is not a gross out horror film and it's not trying to terrorize you. But it does deliver an elegantly creepy ghost tale that might subtly insinuate itself into your nightmares." — KPBS.org
Posted Jan 19, 2013
5/10 60% The Last Stand (2013) " The Last Stand is a respectable American debut for Kim Je-Woon but I hope he doesn't get sucked into the Hollywood mill. He's far too good a filmmaker to make strictly formula films." — KPBS.org
Posted Jan 19, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " I hope Django Unchained will be appreciated for being a complex film delivered under the guise of simple pop entertainment. " — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 31, 2012
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " There are so few directors who can convincingly create a fantasy world that I applaud Jackson for continuing to make Middle Earth a travel destination we still love to visit -- even if the journey is becoming less direct." — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 14, 2012
9/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " So Skyfall may not be the film you are expecting from the franchise but it's a film that will prove more satisfying with each viewing." — KPBS.org
Posted Nov 9, 2012
100% Masquerade (2012) " Director Choo Chang-min delivers a familiar tale with elegant skill and assurance. He proves that if you have a good story, there's no need to gild the lily. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 20, 2012
5/10 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " And although disappointed by this first part of the trilogy, there was enough to hold my interest to make me at least willing to give part 2 a chance." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 19, 2012
83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " I would pay to see this film again if only to hear Walken utter that pivotal "no" at the end of the film." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 15, 2012
14% Grave Encounters 2 (2012) " Grave Encounters 2 disappoints because it cops out to so many current horror clich├ęs and can't seem to come up with anything fresh or original. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 13, 2012
18% Smiley (2012) " It's nice to see that Gallagher may be trying to tap into something that will talk specifically to his generation but at the same time he's not willing to cop out to all the current horror trends in making his film. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 13, 2012
63% Sinister (2012) " Sinister does falter but it does so early on and finishes strong so that you leave the theater with the best bits fresh in your mind and the disappointing ones starting to fade. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 12, 2012
—— Flamenco, Flamenco " For Flamenco, Flamenco he kicks up the style and visual luster to deliver a film that is so vivid that it stands out in bold relief in ways digital 3D can never compete." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 5, 2012
87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Frankenweenie is like catnip for old school horror fans, we get a whiff of homage and pick up the scent of all the horror references and we go crazy with delight. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 5, 2012
79% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012) " Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike. " — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 2, 2012
40% The Possession (2012) " Bornedal can't find anything to make his story unique. It could have been the dybbuk box but whatever potential for originality lay in that detail has been exorcised out." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 2, 2012
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " His willingness to speak out despite severe consequences is inspiring, and his recent silence speaks almost as loudly as his work in calling attention to China's repressive tactics. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 10, 2012
30% Total Recall (2012) " I would suggest that Original Films change their name to Deja Vu Productions. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 4, 2012
82% Pink Flamingos (1972) " But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 28, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " In The Dark Knight Rises, one character talks about revenge and a slow knife that is patient for satisfaction. That describes Nolan as well. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 19, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Trying to describe Beasts of the Southern Wild seems fruitless, like trying to describe the quality of moonlight -- suffice it to say that it's lovely to behold and somehow magical. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 17, 2012
68% Ted (2012) " Ted is raunchy and funny as you might expect but it's also surprisingly sweet natured. Quite a fun and satisfying first feature from MacFarlane." — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 3, 2012
6/10 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " The Amazing Spider-Man reminds me a lot of Let Me In (the American remake of the exquisite Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In) -- neither one's a bad movie yet both are rather unnecessary." — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 3, 2012
78% Brave (2012) " Macdonald is a delight to listen to. She is completely engaging and creates a character that's passionate, determined, and smart but also occasionally selfish and short-sighted. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 23, 2012
5/10 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " The result is a film that feels more like the ridiculous Will Smith Wild Wild West and less like Bekmambetov's clever Night Watch." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 21, 2012
73% Prometheus (2012) " In a nutshell, the best thing about Prometheus can be summed up in two words: Michael Fassbender. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 9, 2012
62% Lymelife (2008) " Lymelife captures the look and feel of a very specific era in American life." — KPBS.org
Posted May 14, 2012
38% Dark Shadows (2012) " There really isn't acting to speak of because there is no attempt at character development, just character design. Characters only exist as gags, and cheap gags at that." — KPBS.org
Posted May 12, 2012
74% Sound of My Voice (2012) " Sound of My Voice is a subtle, low key but smart and provocative work. I am looking forward to what Marling comes up with next since her films always leave you craving more." — KPBS.org
Posted May 9, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Whedon's The Avengers does what the best films of this genre do: create a fantasy world that you accept as totally real. And then provides a kick-ass good time as well." — KPBS.org
Posted May 5, 2012
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " What follows is what could be described as a clever and wildly fun deconstruction and reassembly of the standard Hollywood horror flick." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 16, 2012
—— Nameless Gangster (2012) " Nameless Gangster does what a number of recent Korean films manage to do so well, mix genre elements with serious social and political realities. This mix makes the films richer in their themes and emotional impact." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 6, 2012
10/10 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " The Raid: Redemption is crack cocaine for action junkies like myself. It delivers an intense euphoric high that just makes you want to immediately go out and experience it again." — KPBS.org
Posted Mar 31, 2012
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