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
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Take a trip back in time and immerse yourself in this glorious film. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow serves up an uneven but fun ride with the action keeping the pace mostly breathless. Florence Pugh, however, steals the show. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
59% F9 (2021) I can't say F9 is a good film but it certainly is an entertaining spectacle of extreme stunts that could put the pandemic in the rearview mirror for at least 145 minutes. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) Despite some shortcomings, In the Heights proves appealing and brings the play to the screen with vibrancy and great joy, plus it gives voice to characters that too rarely get center stage. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Please, refrain from giving these films your money, or filmmakers will be encouraged to keep making lame and ultimately boringly bland movies. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) ...just glum. It's a revenge tale, but we're not that engaged in the outcome because it feels so diluted. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) See this if you are a Saw fan or Rock fan. Otherwise, there's nothing of interest. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
61% Profile (2021) Profile hooks you with its fast-paced narrative that doesn't leave you any time to think but even at its fast pace, you still feel like there's a lot of stupid stuff going down... - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
98% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) There Is No Evil is both specifically Iranian and universally accessible. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) The film is a beautiful and healing meditation on grief, loss and the creative process. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Personally, I don't find computer effects quite as compelling as the old Godzilla suit acting or Kong's original stop motion animation. I never feel convinced of the weight of these CGI versions of these creatures. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) The film is worth seeing, though, so that we can pay tribute to a pair of rather ordinary men who showed extraordinary courage because they had a genuine sense of human decency and desire to keep the world safe. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
70% Land (2021) The performances are honest and compelling, and the journey feels intimately rendered even if the script falls into some tropes about the city person trying to make it on her own in the wilds. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) Mauritanian is a reminder not only of the horrific injustices the U.S. government has committed in its war on terrorism but also that there are still men being held at Guantánamo to this day. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) This documentary is as rare and delicious as the white gold these men seek. Oh, and did I mention there is a doggie cam in this film too? - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is horror for the adventurous soul because it challenges you. And make sure you don't blink at the end because the final image is a gut punch that proves how bold and original Glass is as a filmmaker. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
97% Atlantis (2019) Vasyanovych has a unique cinematic voice that is mesmerizing. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman has some frustrating inconsistencies but it presents a fresh female perspective and marks a very promising debut for Fennell. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The main problem was that Wonder Woman did not seem in control of her own sequel. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
87% Swallow (2020) An exquisitely crafted film with an unconventional and unexpected heroine driving the story. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
88% News of the World (2020) Directed and co-written by Paul Greengrass, "News of the World" is not a bad film but it is a film of missed opportunities and a kind of ho-hum familiarity. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) The film is an amazing document of how health workers coped with the coronavirus pandemic in those 76 days of lockdown in Wuhan. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a film well worth listening to and the benefit of viewing it from home is that you can watch with headphones on to fully appreciate the audio. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Collective is a thoroughly engrossing and superbly crafted film that explores one country's specific problems while also resonating universally in terms of addressing issues that affect people everywhere. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
92% Leap of Faith (2019) Friedkin, at 85, is still razor sharp and compelling to listen to. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
84% Let Him Go (2020) These two women give the film its formidable backbone and chief interest. Sadly the rest of the film isn't quite as compelling or as fully realized. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Landon isn't quite as clever riffing on horror cliches in Freaky as in the Death Day films. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
86% Martin Eden (2020) Martin Eden is a film full of passion and politics, romance and tragedy, intimacy and epic sweep. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
98% Time (2020) Time wants us to understand that injustice is not just about innocent people wrongfully imprisoned but also about guilty people whose punishments do not fit their crimes. Time states it case with compassion and a stunning sense of artistry. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) The film has wonderful flights of creative fancy. Taymor captures the times she depicts well and reminds us what that surge of protest for women's rights felt like. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The film looks to the role of protest and the government's reaction to it in a way that is enlightening as we face new protests now. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) That's really my idea of a great film, one that inspires you to think about it and one that you just want to see again so you can discuss all its possibilities. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) While there are some striking moments in the narrative, director Antonio Campos just doesn't seem to try that hard to give depth to the characters... - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
75% Spiral (2019) It manages to be both decidedly dark yet with a hope for humanity. I was pleasantly surprised by the film. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
29% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum is so aggravatingly disappointing because it misses such a great opportunity to use the horror genre for pointed social commentary... - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
78% The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010) Llosa, in only her second feature, reveals a maturity and confidence of a more experienced filmmaker. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) All In vigorously and passionately presents its case and assembles an article group of people to argue its points. It connects the dots through history, shines a light on how voter suppression can impact elections, and urges activism. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield is a streamlined and lively adaptation of Dickens' beloved classic that can bring joy at a time when I feel like we need it. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) It may not be reach viewers whose minds it wants to change. But to those willing to listen, it offers a terrifying warning. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
90% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) Nomad is amazing, inspiring, and just beautiful to look at and listen to. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
88% Desert One (2020) Desert One is a compellingly told, surprisingly intimate, and meticulously researched documentary but I wish it also looked for deeper insights. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
93% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) León's film has a deep sadness at its core yet it does not abandon all hope for change. It's a haunting first feature that engages more as a visual poem than conventional narrative but it proves deeply affecting. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
94% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) ...one of the best zombie films ever... - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
89% Zombie for Sale (2019) The film riffs on a lot of previous zombie films from "Land of the Dead" to "Warm Bodies" to "Zombieland," yet director Lee Min-jae manages to somehow keep it all fresh and decidedly funny. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
10/10 100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) Harvey takes advantage of the access he has to Trejo's life and crafts an insightful, thoughtful and beautifully executed portrait of this amazing person. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) No matter what complaints I might have about certain aspects of the film, the emotional impact of Paul's final confrontation with his past is so powerful, so heartbreaking and so well realized that it makes up for any of the film's shortcomings. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) It's a clever and refreshing approaching to telling a rather familiar sci-fi tale of aliens living above us. The film's smartly crafted to embrace its limitations and turn them into advantages. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) ...kudos to filmmaker Jeff Barnaby for tweaking genre expectations to deliver something entertaining and clever but not quite in the genius realm... - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
75% The Wretched (2020) ...a formulaic horror tale that fails to develop an interesting mythology for its witchy creature but it is a showcase for practical effects and boasts solid production values. It just needed a better script. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) I'm sure that the story will resonate more fully with those who are more familiar with Guatemala's history but "Nuestras Madres" is also a personal story that will connect with anyone. - KPBS.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020