KCET's thrice-yearly screening series is back for Spring! Join us as we preview eight major new films prior to their first run local release.
Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema series allows you to review the best of Hollywood, independent and foreign films Tuesday nights at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. A lively Q & A follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent.
May 31 was our opening night, featuring Beginners, by the talented writer and director Mike Mills. This delightful film examines how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. The film stars Academy Award nominated actor Christopher Plummer, Golden Globe Award nominee Ewan McGregor, and Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds.
BEGINNERS (Focus Features)
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent star in this touching comedy/drama about a son who must learn to deal with this father who suddenly comes out of the closet after 45 years of marriage. Q&A follows with Writer-Director Mike Mills.
A BETTER LIFE (Summit Entertainment)
The film follows the struggles of a gardener in East L.A. as he strives to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners. Mexican actor Demián Bichir (Weeds), José Julián and Nancy Lenehan star. Directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Twilight:New Moon). Q&A immediately follows with director Chris Weitz.
THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (IFC Films)
A poignant and revealing story of four young teens from Detroit who learn life lessons in the waning days of summer. A terrific coming of age story featuring a wonderful cast of newcomers that became the only American film chosen to compete in the prestigious Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. "The limits of a low budget don't mean much when they've crafted something this emotionally authentic. Myth of the American Sleepover is both intimate and joyous. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell absolutely nails it in a film filled with true moments"--- Cinematical. Q&A follows with writer/director David Robert Mitchell.
PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (Magnolia Pictures/Participant Films)
LARRY CROWNE (Universal Pictures)
Tom Hanks directs, co-writes and stars opposite Julia Roberts in the major studio adult comedy event of the summer. Larry Crowne was a superstar employee at a big box company until he was downsized. Now struggling to pay his mortgage and unsure of what lies ahead he learns to start again by enrolling in college where he finds a brand new life in many ways. Q&A follows with Oscar nominated co-writer Nia Vardalos (writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the most successful romantic comedy of all time).
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A Little Help (Freestyle Releasing)
Set shortly after 9/11, Jenna Fischer (The Office) stars as a dental hygienist whose marriage is falling apart and gets entangled in a lot of bizarre lies in order to take care of herself and her 12 year old son. A terrific comedy/drama, with a superb performance from Fischer.Q&A immediately follows with Jenna Fischer, co-stars Rob Benedict, Daniel Yelsky and writer/director Michael J. Weithorn (Family Ties)
Johnny Mercer Movie Night: Daddy Long Legs
Back on the big screen where it belongs, Johnny Mercer wrote music and lyrics for this 1955 Oscar nominated Color by Deluxe and Cinemascope musical classic which features the irresistible standards "Something's Gotta Give" and "Dream" in addition to many others on its soundtrack. The incomparable Fred Astaire stars in one of his most memorable roles as a millionaire who becomes infatuated with an 18 year old French girl (Leslie Caron) while in France and secretly finances her education but then romance eventually rears its beautiful head. Oscar nominated actress Terry Moore co-stars as Fred's daughter along with Thelma Ritter. Q&A follows with special guest co-star Terry Moore.
THE HELP (DreamWorks Studio and Participant Media)
Set in Mississippi during the 1960's, Skeeter portrayed by actress, Emma Stone is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, who turns her friends' lives and a small town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. A look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. Q & A with writer/director Tate Taylor.
The Whistleblower (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
A riveting true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the United Nations for covering up a sex scandal. Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) stars along with Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Straithairn and Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock: A Study in Pink). Q&A immediately follows with director Larysa Kondracki and co-writer Eislis Kirwan
Some films may have security checks. All films and guests are subject to change. Please check back on this page for further screening updates. More information on films this series will be added to this page as it arrives.
Please don't delay in purchasing your membership for the Summer KCET Cinema Series, which runs Tuesday evenings, June 7, 14 & 28; July 12, 19 & 26; and August 2. Screenings start at 7:00 pm.
For reservations and to charge your reservation by phone, call 747.201-5800.