"Mao's Last Dancer" is the inspirational story of a young boy taken from his peasant home by the Chinese government and selected to study ballet in Beijing. Thanks to aid from a kind teacher and a trip to the US, Li rises to international stardom as a world-class dancer, discovering his true passion was dance all along. 4:10 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
In the 2009 German film "Soul Kitchen," a young restaurant owner's luck in building a hip eatery spirals downward as he gambles away the restaurant in a shady deal and finds his long-distance love has met someone else. His only chance to get the restaurant back: to stop arguing and work as a team with his brother. In German with English subtitles. 4:20 and 9:10 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
In "Cairo Time," Juliette, a fashion-magazine editor in her 40s, travels to Cairo, Egypt for a three-week vacation with her husband, Mark, who is a United Nations official working in Gaza. When he is unexpectedly detained, he sends his friend and longtime security officer Tareq in his stead. What happens next is a brief, unexpected love affair that no one saw coming. 6:45 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
An ordinary man is thrust into the biggest Cold War theft of Soviet information in the 2009 French film "Farewell." In French, Russian and English with English subtitles. 6:50 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
Tamra Davis's documentary "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" follows the rise and fall of the young artist, who battled heroin addiction and forged a close bond with fellow painter Andy Warhol. Presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque. 8 p.m. Additional showings Oct. 15 and 16. The Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $10 others. Details: www.mbcinema.com.
The ho-hum life of a Miami radio personality takes a dramatic turn in "Paraiso" as he receives a shocking phone call: the son he has never met is waiting for him at an immigration office. Romance, desperation and thrills unfold as the young immigrant discovers the generational and class divides within the Cuban-exile community. 9:15 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
The much-anticipated Coral Gables Art Cinema opens its doors with a fundraising reception and screening of "Freakonomics." Based on the book of the same name, "Freakonomics" examines human nature through provocative and at times hilarious case studies. 7 and 10 p.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $100. Details: (786) 385-9689 or www.cinematheque.org.