Beth Accomando

Beth Accomando
Tomatometer-approved critic
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
Location: San Diego CA
Official Websites: kpbs.org

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
26% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
88% 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 - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
59% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
74% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
94% The Golem (2019) The Golem is a promising first effort from Dread and makes me interested in what the Paz brothers may do next. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
65% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins delivers a cinematic poem that gives you goosebumps. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake doesn't work as well as The Wave but it has some impressive effects to entertain us. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
62% 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. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
70% 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. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Green's film doesn't innovate in any way but he pays a nice homage to the original film with some fun casting and visual references. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) I'll give Goddard props for having ambitious goals and occasionally delivering scenes that play out with an artful flair. But the end result is something not very satisfying. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) What The Hate U Give succeeds in doing is conveying a point of view clearly and with the calculated goal of trying to inspire a sense of action and personal responsibility. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) It's Capra's genuine sense of hope that buoys the film and leaves the audience invigorated to go out and fight a good fight no matter what the odds. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) We don't get genuine character development or insight into the industry or kitschy fun. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni's ability to craft such a multi-layered film and complex film is simply spellbinding. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) There are interesting elements in the film and Sevigny's acting anchors the film with a compelling portrait. But the film as a whole never builds any real dramatic tension. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) [I[ feel a bit concerned about how the film doesn't reflect the bigger picture of reality here in the U.S. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
69% Summer of '84 (2018) Delivers a sense of nostalgia as it spins a tale that mixes equal parts comedy and real-world horror. A small film like this is such an artistic pleasure and a refreshing relief from the empty-headed, big-budget fare. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) I wish they had a punching bag outside the theater because when I left the press screening of Mile 22 I wanted to hit something. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) How can you mess up Jason Statham versus a giant shark? Seriously, how? By giving it too much plot and pretending you're making a real movie. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) [Director Casey Wilder] Mott's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" does not put Shakespeare on a pedestal... but rather pulls him down to join the ribald fun as mistaken identities, rebellious youth, unrequited love and fairy spells. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Go see "BlacKkKlansman" because you'll get a smartly entertaining mainstream film that also packs a provocative commentary on America past and present. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
90% The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) (2017) Serves up a compelling and provocative look at modern Serbia and allows American audiences some insight into a country they may not be that familiar with. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Plot is irrelevant here, and made overly complicated, but what carries it is great fight choreography, chases and pacing and a ridiculous sense of fun. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
63% Ideal Home (2018) The film succeeds because Rudd and Coogan work so well together as a bickering couple that learns to grow up just a bit in the presence of their young ward. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This focus on family and extended family gives Ant-Man and The Wasp a little more heart than most superhero films. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) "How To Talk To Girls"...serves up a fun, occasionally touching film that shows Mitchell has style to burn and a compassionate sensibility. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) [Deadpool 2] seems more relaxed and comfortable in the way it both skewers the superhero formula and then completely succumbs to it. Then has no trouble pointing out what a sellout it is. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Filmmakers Cohen and West provide a broad overview of Bader Ginsberg's life and work but without any real insights or passion. Fortunately, the film's subject is more than capable of holding our attention. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
68% Wildling (2018) A clever reimagining of werewolf lore using a present-day setting and female twist. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Clocking in at more than two-and-a-half hours, Infinity War never drags. Having multiple characters and storylines to cut back and forth between helps build a sense of pace. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Rampage is by no means great filmmaking, but it does tap into the kaiju-inspired source of the video game to deliver what the 12-year-old in me loves: crazy big monsters destroying everything in their path. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
95% Foxtrot (2018) On one level it is bleak and full of despair and on another, it pulses with magic realism and a sardonic humor that is critical of the state of affairs in Israel today. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) And for a film where sound is so important to the lives of the characters, Krasinski doesn't really pay all that much heed to the sound design of his film. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% Tehran Taboo (2018) "Tehran Taboo" is enlightening and engaging. It manages to be both tragic and wryly funny as it explores social, cultural and political issues of modern Iran. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
100% The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017) [Erik] Ljung's willingness to let the film breath, to let those gunshots play out in real time, and to hold on interviewees for a few moments after they have stopped talking gives the film a sense of reflection amidst all the heated emotions. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) I have to confess I am enamored with the animation style of Isle of Dogs that I almost don't care about anything else because it completely transports me to another world. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
67% The Cured (2018) David Freyne creates a thoughtful and provocative zombie film. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) [Alexandra] Dean doesn't break new ground in terms of the documentary format but she proves to be a dogged researcher who uncovers some great archived material about Lamarr. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is the superhero film we need now, one that mixes entertainment with social awareness. It serves up a powerful but flawed hero, a villain we sympathize with and strong female characters. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Wicked fun and a provocative look at what feels like modern human foibles. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018