Summer Cinema Series 2010 Schedule

KCET's thrice-yearly screening series is back! 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.

June 15 is our opening night, featuring Cyrus. This series will also include Love Ranch, based on the real life story of Grace and Charlie Bontempo, who opened the first brothel in Nevada. We'll also be showing Get Low, based on the life of a hermit who lived for forty years in the Tennessee woods.

We have added two new ways you can sign-up for the series and reserve your seats. We've included limited "reserve seating," so you don't have to rush to the theatre to get a good seat. You can also reserve the Academy's private "Green Room" for the entire series.

Please check back on this page for further screening updates. More information on films this series will be added below.

Please don't delay in purchasing your membership for the Summer KCET Cinema Series, which runs Tuesday evenings, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3. Screenings start at 7:00 pm.

For reservations and to charge your reservation by phone, call 747.201-5800.


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Series Information:


Cost Levels:

$168 per person for current KCET Members Only

$185 per person non-members


June 15 - August 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM


Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 260-1528


All films and guests are subject to change.

Q & A's are immediately following the screenings.

Security checks might occur at any of the screening without prior notice to members.

You may be required to leave all cell phones with camera capabilities or cameras in your car.

For KCET Cinema Series information call 747.201.5800.


Series Films:



JUN 15


Cyrus Fox Searchlight

Cyrus is the story of a lonely divorcee John played by John C. Reilly, who upon finding out about his ex-wife's (Catherine Keener) impending nuptials has the unlikely fortune of meeting the enchanting Molly (Marisa Tomei). Their chemistry is immediate, but her best friend and the man in her life is her 21 year old son. Soon John and the son are locked in battle for Molly's love and attention.

— Q&A: writers/directors Jay and Mark Duplass




JUN 22


Love Ranch El Entertainment

A fictional story loosely based on the real life account of Grace and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who opened the first brothel in Nevada. The film stars, Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as the Botempos, and is directed by Mirren's husband, award-winning director Taylor Hackford. A film with lots of romance, sizzle, passion and murder.

— Q&A: Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford




JUN 29


Casino Jack Metropolitan Inc.

The incredible true and surprisingly funny story of Washington superstar lobbyist Jack Abramoff whose schemes to peddle influence in the highest corridors of power lead to corruption, murder and his downfall. Stars two time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey in a tour-de-force performance and co-stars Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz. Certain to be one of this fall's major awards contenders.

— Q&A: director George Hickenlooper






The Kids are All Right Focus Features

A smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival and opening night film of the Los Angeles Film Festival. This terrific comedy/drama charts the ups and downs of the relationship of a married couple played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore whose lives are disrupted when their teenage kids decide to seek out their previously unknown birth father (Mark Ruffalo) and bring him into their lives.

— Q&A: co-writer and director Lisa Cholodenko ("Laurel Canyon", and "High Art")




JUL 13


Get Low Sony Pictures Classics

The film stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black and marks the feature film debut of director Aaron Schneider. A true story based on the life of an eccentric hermit who lived forty years in the backwoods of Tennessee. Duvall's character Felix, wants to have a "living funeral" in which anyone whoever heard a story about him will come to tell their version of it. A hit at film festivals from Sundance to Cannes. The film is already being talked about as one of this year's great independent films audiences will love to embrace.

— Q&A: producer Dean Zanuck (Road To Perdition), and screenwriters Charlie Mitchell and Chris Provenzano




JUL 20


Flipped Warner Bros.From acclaimed author Wendelin Van Draanen's best seller, it's a beautiful coming of age story set in 1963 about a two young adults who see their budding romantic relationship from two distinctly different points of view. This charming film will make you laugh, cry and remember what it's like to fall in love for the first time. From Rob Reiner in the tradition of his award winner and Best Picture Oscar nominated film "Stand By Me" (1986).

— Q&A: co-writer, producer and director Rob Reiner






JUL 27


Mao's Last Dancer Samuel Goldwyn Films

The remarkable true story of Li Cunxin, a poor Chinese boy who is taken from his village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to become transformed into a ballet star. In 1979 during a cultural exchange to Texas Li fell in love with an American woman, later to defect to the USA and became a major figure in the Houston Ballet. Stars Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Amanda Schull, Joan Chen and Chi Cao. Directed by Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy", "Breaker Morant", "Tender Mercies").

— Q&A: TBD






Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Part 1) Music Box Films

In the dazzling spirit of Cagney, Robinson, Bogart and the film Scarface, this winner of three Cesar Awards (French Academy Awards) including Best Actor and Director, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Part I)" is the first of two epic films (think "Godfather I and II") that charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine, the legendary French gangster of the 60's and 70's who came to be known as France's Public Enemy "Number One" and the Man Of A Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a vivid criminal career that spanned continents. Stars a Who's Who of current French cinema including Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu and Cecile de France."A killer showcase

for the gifts of Vincent Cassel who, in the title role of the rapacious, deadly and oddly gallant criminal is compelling, extraordinary and award worthy. In French with English subtitles.

"Mesrine is two of the best movies of the year. To miss it - or Cassel's brilliant performance - would be criminal."—Stephen Rebello

— Q&A: star Vincent Cassel



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