Four Seasons of Film!
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Nine weeks of great films, thought provoking stories on the big screen, and engaging dialogue with top movie talent. Don’t miss the most anticipated new films of the season prior to their theatrical release, along with a special screening of a classic James Coburn film in tribute to our series sponsor. Recently screened films and talent included: "Sicario" with Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, and "The Walk" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Preview for September 15, 2015: "The Intern" at the Aero

Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in 'The Intern'

Academy Award®-winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Silver Linings Playbook) and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Devil Wears Prada) star together in Warner Bros. Pictures' The Intern, our next film for the fall KCET Cinema Series. Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, Something's Gotta Give, Private Benjamin) is directing the comedy from her own screenplay. A Q&A between film expert and KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond, and director, writer and co-producer Nancy Meyers will immediately follow the screening.

Audio Q&A for September 8, 2015: "Sicario" With Actors Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro

del Toro, Blunt and Hammond

By Michele Garza

The screening of Sicario at the KCET Cinema Series on Tuesday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica offered the audience an insightful look into the raging world of the inter-American drug trade. Read below more about this not to be missed film, and the engaging conversation with actors Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro.

Preview for September 8, 2015: "Sicario" at the Aero

Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, right), Dave Jennings, (Victor Garber, center right), Phil Coopers (Hank Rogerson, center left) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya, left) in SICARIO. Photo Credit: Richard Foreman

Next in the fall KCET Cinema Series is Sicario, a suspenseful thriller from Lionsgate starring Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Into the Woods), Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro (Best Supporting Actor, Traffic), Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, The Wolf Of Wall Street). A Q&A with actors Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro will immediately follow the screening.

Audio Q&A for September 1, 2015: "99 Homes" With Director/Co-Writer Ramin Bahrani

KCET Cinema Series Host Pete Hammond and Director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani

99 Homes, the upcoming intense true-to-life thriller based on actual events from the unfortunate 2008 housing crisis, offered the audience a sneak preview screening of the film on Tuesday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The film stars Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield as single father Dennis Nash, Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon, who portrays self-made real estate magnate Rick Carver, and Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern as Nash's mother. An insightful Q&A followed the screening with director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani and KCET Cinema Series host/film expert Pete Hammond, that was as intense and eye opening as the film.

Warning: Spoilers below and in the audio!

Preview for September 1, 2015: "99 Homes" at the Aero

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

Next up in the fall KCET Cinema Series is 99 Homes, presented by Broad Green Pictures, which received rave reviews out of Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival last year. This timely thriller set in Florida was inspired by true life events of the 2008 housing market crisis and features performances from Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, "Boardwalk Empire"), Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman, The Social Network) and Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern (Wild, "Enlightened"). A Q&A with director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani will immediately follow the screening.

Recap for August 25, 2015: "Pawn Sacrifice" Q&A With Actor Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice, the latest release from indie film distributor Bleecker Street, offered a special preview screening to a packed theater of cinephiles and avid chess players on Tuesday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Members from the LA Chess Club and Metro Chess LA were in attendance and even managed to play a few flash matches with guests prior to the screening. But even non-chess enthusiasts couldn't help but be captivated by the riveting biographical thiriller and the brilliant performances by stars Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber. Keep reading below to learn more about the film from an engaging Q&A that followed the screening with actor producer Tobey Maguire and film critic Pete Hammond.

Preview for August 25, 2015: "Pawn Sacrifice" at the Aero

Presented by Bleecker Street Films, Pawn Sacrifice is a dramatic biopic about Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and his 1972 chess match with reigning World Chess Champion Boris Spassky of Russia. Q&A with actor Tobey Maguire will immediately follow the screening.

Audio Q&A for August 18, 2015: "A Walk In The Woods" With the Filmmakers

Ken Kwapis, Pete Hammond, Bill Holderman and Chip Diggins

Broad Green Pictures' "A Walk In The Woods" played to a full house on opening night of the KCET Cinema Series. The theater was filled with movie enthusiasts and organizations such as Pacific Crest Trail Association, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

A big thank you goes out to Whole Foods 5th & Wilshire who generously sponsored the wine reception prior to the screening.

Preview for August 18, 2015: "A Walk in the Woods" at the Aero

Grab your hiking boots and your best friend! The 2015 fall KCET Cinema Series kicks off with the adventure comedy, A Walk in the Woods, presented by Broad Green Pictures and adapted from celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson's memoir A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. The film stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

Join us for an opening night wine toast, generously sponsored by Whole Foods 5th & Wilshire, prior to the film at 6 p.m. A Q&A with director Ken Kwapis, producer/screenwriter Bill Holderman and producer Chip Diggins will directly follow the film. If you have not already purchased a KCET Cinema Series subscription, it's not too late! Sign up here today and take a look at the current film schedule. Single admissions will also be available to purchase for $25 at the door.

In the featured clip above, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) and his wife Catherine Bryson (Emma Thompson) greet Bill's long-lost and former friend, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) at the airport before the two reunited pals set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Robert Redford and Emma Thompson in 'A Walk in the Woods'

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