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

Showing 51 - 100 of 603
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
72% Let the Bullets Fly (2012) " The real pleasure is seeing Chow and Jiang square off. Chow mugs for the camera with the same finesse as he handles guns in Woo's films. " — KPBS.org
Posted Mar 9, 2012
5/10 25% Act of Valor (2012) " So is it great filmmaking? No. Is it effectively and even beautifully shot action with an eye for authentic detail? Yes." — KPBS.org
Posted Feb 25, 2012
43% The Theatre Bizarre (2012) " The Theatre Bizarre is a delicious horror buffet with some gore-geous treats and gruesome confections. " — KPBS.org
Posted Feb 21, 2012
94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " There may not be a frenzy of action and fast cuts but each scene has meticulous details about how the borrowers live, how they make use of the things in their environment to survive. " — KPBS.org
Posted Feb 21, 2012
72% The Dead (2011) " The Dead is not the great zombie film I was hoping for but it does deliver a more grown-up horror film that eschews gimmicky shakycam and CGI to try and tell a real story, and for that I am appreciative." — KPBS.org
Posted Jan 21, 2012
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " It's a great mix that feeds an action junkie's need for death defying stunts but reminds us how dangerous it all really is so that we remain engaged in the tension of the scene. " — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 24, 2011
80% Young Adult (2011) " Cody once again reveals herself as a talented writer with a flair for sharp humor and a keen sense of originality." — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 16, 2011
82% The Way (2011) " The film does make a nice travelogue as Tom walks The Way and takes in the scenery. It's not a badly made film but it does aim for very low hanging sentimental fruit." — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 16, 2011
5/10 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " But where the film does succeed is in giving us an insight into what has always been a baffling film. The Prince and the Showgirl seemed as odd an onscreen pairing as it was off screen. " — KPBS.org
Posted Dec 4, 2011
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " A cartoonist who created a graphic novel about Gainsbourg's life and who has now adapted it to the screen. The result is a film that's as playful as its subject matter although not nearly as provocative or complex." — KPBS.org
Posted Nov 18, 2011
71% OKA! (2011) " Despite some missteps and awkwardness, Oka! proves compelling and engaging. Currier captures the beauty of the African landscape, and she takes the time to document the Bayaka culture with care and compassion." — KPBS.org
Posted Nov 18, 2011
24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " It's not even fun bad like the trashy Vampire's Kiss. It's just bland, slow, and boring to those of us not on Team Edward or Team Jacob." — KPBS.org
Posted Nov 18, 2011
69% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) " This latest installment in the pot comedy franchise is not as good as White Castle but still provides enough laughs and raunchiness to keep fans happy." — KPBS.org
Posted Nov 4, 2011
75% Blackthorn (2011) " With Blackthorn, director Mateo Gil and writer Miguel Barros deliver a solid western that's as simple, straightforward, and unadorned as its title character. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 14, 2011
35% The Thing (2011) " The film is not so much badly made as it is just uninspired and brings nothing new or clever to the table. It's bland and that's pretty deadly for a sci-fi, horror thriller." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 14, 2011
85% The Ides of March (2011) " Skip this one and rent The Candidate, which still feels sharper and more contemporary than The Ides of March."" — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 7, 2011
30% The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) " The fact that he designed a pair of films with careful thought as to how the violence and visual storytelling of each would work reveals a dedication to the genre that is too rare today." — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 7, 2011
84% Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011) " This is a horror comedy designed to tickle horror fans who have grown frustrated with the often predictable formula of the genre they love. " — KPBS.org
Posted Oct 1, 2011
84% Contagion (2011) " If Hollywood and B-horror films sensationalize the problem of a global outbreak of a lethal virus, Contagion brings a calm reasoned voice to the subject. " — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 18, 2011
93% Drive (2011) " Refn's film is by no means a remake of Hill's The Driver but it's a definite kindred soul. Refn is like a jazz artist riffing on a colleague's composition and delivering a product that still manages to be totally his own." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 18, 2011
83% Warrior (2011) " Tom Hardy's riveting performance as a Tommy Conlon in Warrior plays like a teaser of things to come when he takes on the role of Bane in the next Batman movie." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 10, 2011
74% Bellflower (2011) " Bellflower has some admirable qualities but just not enough." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 9, 2011
9/10 90% Attack the Block (2011) " So if you only go see one movie this weekend, please make it Attack the Block. See it twice in fact. Let's encourage good filmmaking." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 3, 2011
17% Shark Night 3D (2011) " If I felt guilty I'd call this a guilty pleasure but since I don't I'll just call it trash I enjoy. So if you decide to go don't complain to me that the film was crap. I warned you." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 2, 2011
5/10 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) " Don't Be Afraid of the Dark doesn't fully exploit its R rating and leaves you a bit frustrated. But there is enough promise and lush style on display to make me seek out Nixey's next film." — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 1, 2011
5/10 77% The Debt (2011) " The strength of the film really lies in the performances of the two women: Chastain and Mirren. " — KPBS.org
Posted Sep 1, 2011
62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " There are moments of pure magic when we actually feel ourselves letting go of the limitations of the real world and find ourselves -- if only for a fleeting moment -- believing in Griff's world." — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 27, 2011
24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " The best I can say about "Conan the Barbarian" is that it's not as bad as I was expecting. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 19, 2011
74% The Whistleblower (2011) " The Whistleblower is one of those issue films that is more passionate and sincere than artistic but it has such a compelling story that it demands being seen despite its flaws. " — KPBS.org
Posted Aug 15, 2011
5/10 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " Favreau handles it with efficiency if not innovation or inspiration. It's fun but in a ho-hum kind of way." — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 31, 2011
85% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) " The Man Who Fell to Earth reminds us of the truly independent and challenging films of the 70s. " — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 29, 2011
92% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " Le Quattro Volte is cinematic slow food. It takes its time, is meticulous in its presentation, carefully considers the experience it provides, and then serves up a satisfying and nourishing feast." — KPBS.org
Posted Jul 2, 2011
36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " I have to say that I think the robot effects are better here but maybe since they got rid of Megan Fox the effects team no longer had to spend all that time CGI-ing out her toe thumbs and could spend all their efforts on rendering the robots instead." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 28, 2011
76% 3 Backyards (2011) " And although Mendelsohn maintains a certain cool detachment, he also allows the film to occasionally soar in unexpected ways." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 24, 2011
87% Submarine (2011) " Somewhere in the space between Gregory's Girl and Rushmore lies Submarine, a charming coming of age romantic comedy." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 24, 2011
96% 13 Assassins (2011) " If you love action or samurai movies you cannot miss this film. To adapt Spinal Tap's line, this one turns it up to 13." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 4, 2011
5/10 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " But McAvoy and especially Fassbender do make the film worth seeing. Maybe the more accurate and descriptive title might be X-Men: Special Ed or Remedial Mutant Class so you don't go in with high expectations." — KPBS.org
Posted Jun 3, 2011
50% Last Night (2011) " Yet both mumblecore and Tadjedin share a certain narcissistic self-reflection that immediately assumes audiences are interested in the lives of their characters." — KPBS.org
Posted May 27, 2011
5/10 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " It delivers what you'd expect from the team that brought you the first film but nothing new... unless you think a monkey smoking and Thai trannies are something new and exciting." — KPBS.org
Posted May 27, 2011
83% The Double Hour (2011) " First-time feature director Giuseppe Capotondi handles the twists and turns of the plot with an assurance that makes us feel that we are in capable hands." — KPBS.org
Posted May 23, 2011
6/10 68% Rubber (2011) " The result is something akin to Luis Bunuel or Samuel Beckett making a 70s exploitation film." — KPBS.org
Posted May 21, 2011
66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " The film is a wild, over-the-top, jaw-dropping homage to 70s exploitation cinema. The colors pop like neon signs and the blood flows by the bucket loads." — KPBS.org
Posted May 20, 2011
16% Priest (2011) " Priest's shortcomings should not really come as a surprise. Previously, Stewart directed the equally lame Legion, which also mixed religion and demonic creatures." — KPBS.org
Posted May 13, 2011
41% Ceremony (2011) " In the end, Ceremony shows occasional promise but mostly pretense. But at least it knows when to wrap up the party and go home." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 20, 2011
83% Potiche (2011) " Potiche like its main character, is a charming delight masking a sly and surprising substance. But maybe that's what French farce is -- a sitcom with a brain." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 19, 2011
58% Scream 4 (2011) " But in the end it makes a lot of noise about challenging genre stereotypes and clich├ęs but then is too lazy and simple-minded to do anything but fall victim to them." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 16, 2011
55% La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010) KPBS.org
Posted Apr 12, 2011
62% The Joneses (2010) " Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism." — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 12, 2011
72% Hanna (2011) " Wright delivers an electric mash up of genres and styles, a kind of action fairy tale in which the princess is a highly trained killer, the wicked stepmother is a ruthless government agent, and there is no handsome prince or happy ending. " — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 8, 2011
94% Win Win (2011) " So it's a win win for audiences, and it's a reminder that there are fresh ideas and compelling stories out there. Thank you, Mr. McCarthy!" — KPBS.org
Posted Apr 2, 2011
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