Beth Accomando

Beth Accomando
Tomatometer-approved critic
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.
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.
Location: San Diego CA
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T-Meter Title | Year
73% Harriet (2019) This story has taken too long to be told on screen but Lemmons and Erivo do it justice. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's a film I can't help thinking about so now I'm itching to see it again and willing to put myself through this exquisitely well-crafted ringer one more time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) I loved Gerwig's Ladybird where the characters felt more real and more interestingly flawed, but "Little Women" has too much homespun sweetness and feel-good cheeriness for my taste. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If Star Wars has been a part of your life like it has been mine then you have to see The Rise of Skywalker. The good news is that you will also be happy you did. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Indie director Trey Edward Shults delivers visual poetry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) While I am glad it opened my eyes to this warrior woman of the 1800s who dared defy the British, I'm frustrated that the filmmakers failed to find a way to bring the story to life with more artistry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
82% The Report (2019) It's a film that preaches to the converted and will not change any minds on the topic but it is good to have a film like this to remind us how fragile truth can be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An entertaining film that captures the corporate world better than the racing one. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) It's fascinating to see how Scorsese revisits flourishes from his past films but with this sense of an old man's weariness. But it reflects the weariness and age of the character not of Scorsese as a filmmaker -- he is as vigorous as ever. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) A brutal, intense story with a riveting performance by Noe Hernandez... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
88% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Mesmerizing from its first frame... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Dulce familia (2019) Comedy with a little more on its mind...Dulce Familia that delivers a message of body positivity with humor. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
69% Joker (2019) One of the main problems I have with the film is its inability to decide what it wants to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is gorgeous to look at with Pitt's gracefully aging face and a magnificently rendered galaxy to swoon over but it's emotionally hollow and ultimately disappointing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) It's still a good film just not a great one. Kent has talent and is fearless in tackling emotionally difficult terrain so I look forward to what she does next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark delivers a fun horror tale that is visually seductive but it's not something that I am likely to add to my film collection or seek out for multiple viewings. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's hard to imagine how anyone could fail at such low hanging fruit, but the creative team behind Hobbs and Shaw do. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [The film] weaves a bittersweet tale of Hollywood as a place where dreams can come true, careers can crash and burn, people can be resurrected, and history can even be rewritten. I don't think a Tarantino film has ever moved me emotionally before. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Filmmaker Pamela B. Green has an obvious passion for her subject and did an amazing job uncovering new material about Alice Guy Blaché. Yet the film itself suffers from some serious flaws. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was enjoyable enough to watch but I don't feel any desire to revisit it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Joe Talbot displays an assurance of style as he meticulously orchestrates gorgeous visuals, a haunting score and deeply felt performances. The film works a kind of alchemy as it holds you rapt from the first frame to last. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
31% Shaft (2019) This latest Shaft never quite figures out how to view its Blaxploitation roots in an era of millennials and political correctness. But at least it has some fun dialogue as well as great chemistry between Roundtree, Jackson and Usher. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) It makes us think about how we consume the written word in this 21st century. It also allows us to enjoy the company of a quartet of characters trying to deal with change in their lives. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) I enjoyed this film and found some of the monsters impressive in scale but I just haven't quite fallen in love with this American cousin of my beloved Japanese kaiju. I do recommend seeing this in IMAX so you can appreciate the epic scale. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a funny, smart and sweet-natured comedy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick 3 is not a great film in terms of the ideas it explores but it is a work that features absolute perfection in the execution of its action scenes and the way it pushes the envelope in terms of what stunt performers can do. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) The film's fictional character of Joan Stanley ultimately proves to be less interesting and complex than her real counterpart of Melita Norwood. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) The result is a thoughtful, humane, and passionate look at a chapter in British history that still resonates for contemporary audiences as it considers political strategies and questions of what ends justify what means. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Overall Endgame"delivers what it needs to. Although three hours long, it never felt slow or draggy thanks to a narrative that is constantly cross-cutting between multiple storylines. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93% Us (2019) 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. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is one of the best films in the Marvel Comics franchise. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Treat yourself to this enlightening documentary and then go watch some horror films with new eyes. And kudos to Shudder for backing a documentary like this. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
19% Polar (2019) Polar benefits from Mikkelsen in the lead. He is just riveting and when he finally gears up for revenge the film steps into high gear and delivers grueling action and a surprise punch at the end. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) The film has actor Mikkelson as its lead and he is a force of nature and we cannot resist watching him at work. Arctic serves up a grueling tale of survival - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita builds to a climax and takes us within striking distance of a confrontation but then walks away to begin a whole other story. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If this film happens to be on, pay attention whenever Elliott comes on screen and savor his gravelly voice and well-worn features. Everything else is completely forgettable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
88% The Golem (2019) The Golem is a promising first effort from Dread and makes me interested in what the Paz brothers may do next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw ends up being as slick and beautiful and shallow as most of the people it's about, but like them, it is also entertaining. I just hope Gilroy's next film aims for a bit more. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson's film provides an amazing experience. Hopefully, it can also share the message these men tried to share a century ago about the cost of war in human lives and asking if it's worth it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) [Cold War] was one of the best films of last year and it is easy to fall in love with. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins delivers a cinematic poem that gives you goosebumps. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice does what shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver do - they tackle real issues and real events as entertainment and dig in with a ferocious sense of humor as well as a sense of political outrage. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake doesn't work as well as The Wave but it has some impressive effects to entertain us. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Saoirse Ronan delivers an impassioned performance as the doomed queen but the film puts her up on a pedestal and shortchanges Margot Robbie's Elizabeth in the process. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The animation style is fresh and innovative but the real surprise is that the script is exceedingly well-crafted. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% Snowflake (Schneeflöckchen) (2017) Snowflake serves up a Molotov cocktail of Tarantino audacity, Coen brothers cleverness, and meta-textual self-awareness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
96% Roma (2018) I urge you to enjoy it on a big screen and more importantly as part of the communal experience that film - and especially this film - is meant to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Cosmatos never delivers the over-the-top crazy Cage that I was hoping for, or at least not in the satisfying, crescendo building manner I craved. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) [Director Steven Caple Jr.] acquits himself well and delivers the formula with confidence. But the sequel can't deliver the same energetic freshness of Creed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
72% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett excels in the role and proves to be an effective writer and director who knows his subject well and knows how he wants to portray Wilde's final years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018