"Meek's Cutoff" chronicles the physical and psychological hardships of three families on the Oregon Trail in 1845. The film features Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams and is directed by Miami native independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. Times vary. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Adults $10. Members $6. Students $8. Details: (786) 385-9689 or email@example.com or www.gablescinema.com.
In 1976 the Argentine military staged a coup and began a seven-year campaign known as the "Dirty War" against dissidents. Torture, death and disappearances were rampant. "Kamchatka" tells the story of a middle-class family forced to hide from military persecution during this time and how their two children are able to find hope in a special board game. 6:30 p.m. Miami Dade College Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Little Havana. $7 Miami Dade College students, faculty and seniors. $8 others. Cash only. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.htm.
Set in 1970s Brooklyn, "White Irish Drinkers" follows the lives of an Irish family wrought by alcoholism, abuse and crime. Times vary. Additional showings through June 5. University of Miami Bill Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. $9 adults. $7 seniors. Students free. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
"A GOOD MAN"
The unique story of Australian sheep farmers Chris and Rachel Rohrlach is chronicled in documentary "A Good Man." After a stroke leaves Rachel a quadriplegic, Chris must tend to their farm alone. When business proves insufficient to pay the bills, he turns to a controversial yet legal brothel business to support his family. Times vary. Additional showings through June 5. University of Miami Bill Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. $9 adults. $7 seniors. Students free. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Plastic permeates the planet from major cities to the Moroccan Sahara to even within the human body. "Plastic Planet" director Werner Boote documents the widespread existence of plastic alongside its health and environmental effects. 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $10.50. Details: (305) 571-9970 or www.o-cinema.org.
A STEINBECK CLASSIC
"East of Eden" is a drama based on John Steinbeck's World War I period piece by the same title. The film features James Dean as Cal Trask, a man distraught by his family, the war and his career. 5-6 p.m. reception. 6 p.m. screening. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: www.miamijazzsociety.com.