Stories by Beth Accomando
For almost two decades, starting in the late 1950s, you could count on Hammer Films for breathtakingly lurid Gothic horror tales that served up vampires, werewolves, monsters and luscious ladies. British author Antony Earnshaw talks about the studio and it legacy for the launch of a yearlong film series Get Hammered at the Digital Gym Cinema.
Charlotte Rampling received a best actress Oscar nomination for "45 Years" (opening Jan. 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, Arclight La Jolla, and Angelika Center). The performance is award-worthy but the actress’ response to the outcry over the all-white nominees may have killed her chances of winning.
This past year saw a new "Star Wars" movie shatter every box office record imaginable. It also saw 70 millimeter film back in cinemas courtesy of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," plus a surprisingly diverse array of roles for women. Here are KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando's picks for the best of 2015.