The winter KCET Cinema Series is back at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks! The series previews new Hollywood and independent films prior to their theatrical release. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, each film is followed by a lively Q&A with the talent or filmmaker. Films screen October 20 - December 15 on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. Click 'Read More' to check out the 2015 winter schedule.
Tuesday, August 18
A Walk In The Woods
In this comedy adventure, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson) and large happy family, celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. Q&A with director Ken Kwapis, producer/screenwriter Bill Holderman and producer Chip Diggins.
Presented by Broad Green Pictures
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal and Mary Steenburgen
Rated R | 104 minutes
Tuesday, August 25
From Academy Award-winning director Edward Zwick, a riveting true story set in 1972 during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers for the greatest chess match ever played. Q&A with actor Tobey Maguire
Presented by Bleecker Street Films
Directed by Edward Zwick
Written by Steven Knight
Starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Shreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Aiden Lovekamp
Rated PG-13 | 116 minutes
Tuesday, September 1
From American indie director, Ramin Bahrani and award-winning screenwriter, Amir Naderi, a timely thriller inspired by the true life events of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, and the greed of many financial institutions that preyed on the innocent victims of the home foreclosure game. Starring Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon. The film opened at the 71st Venice Film Festival and 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Q&A with director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani.
Presented by Broad Green Pictures
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee and Clancy Brown
Rated R | 112 minutes
Tuesday, September 8
An action-packed crime thriller from award-winning director Denis Villeneuve, the film is a powerful depiction of the violence of the inter-American drug trade, and the U.S. led task force assigned to bring down a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. The film stars Emily Blunt, as FBI agent Kate Macy, who teams up with a lethal mercenary, portrayed by Benicio del Toro to accomplish the mission. Villeneuve's latest film is as intense and disturbing as his previous films, Prisoners and Incendies, but with a strong message about the politics of vengeance and the value of human life. Q&A with actors Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro.
Presented by Lionsgate
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal
Rated R | 121 minutes
Tuesday, September 15
Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star together in this dramatic comedy from Oscar nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers. A 70-year-old widower, Ben Whittaker (De Niro) who has discovered retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing the opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by Jules Ostin, played by Hathaway. Q&A with director, writer and co-producer Nancy Meyers.
Presented by Warner Bros Pictures
Directed, written and produced by Nancy Meyers
Starring Rene Russo (Thor), Anders Holm ("Workaholics"), Andrew Rannells ("Girls"), Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect), Celia Weston (No Reservations), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Linda Lavin (Wanderlust), Zack Pearlman (The Inbetweeners), newcomer Jason Orley and Christina Scherer ("Living with Uncle Charlie").
Rated PG-13 | 121 minutes
Monday, September 21
The Facts of Life
*The September 21 screening is a Monday night due to the Yom Kippur holiday on Tuesday.
The Facts of Life is a 1960 romantic comedy starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as married people who have an affair. Written, directed, and produced by the longtime Hope associates Melvin Frank and Norman Panama; it was more serious than many other contemporary Hope vehicles. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Costume Design (for Edith Head and Edward Stevenson). For her performance, Lucille Ball was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Comedy. The film features an opening animated title sequence created by Saul Bass. Johnny Mercer received the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Q&A with lyricist and songwriter Alan Bergman.
Presented by United Artists
Directed and written by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama
Starring Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ruth Hussey and Don DeFore
Not rated | 103 minutes
Tuesday, September 29
A biographical drama from award-winning director Robert Zemeckis, and screenplay by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne. In 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) attempts to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. Q&A with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Presented by TriStar Pictures
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Screenplay by Christopher Browne and Robert Zemeckis
Based on "To Reach the Clouds" by Philippe Petit
Starring Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, and Steve Valentine
Rated PG | 123 minutes