Calendar Of Events Movies
Written by Miami Today on August 9, 2012
Brickell World Plaza hosts an outdoor screening of "The Muppets." When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary and Mary discover the wicked plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage "The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever" and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater. 8 p.m. 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami. Free. Details: email@example.com.
Documentary "Unfinished Spaces" tells of how in 1961 three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. 6:35 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 16. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $8 for MDC students and staff, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $10 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.
Chinese film "Sacrifice (Zhao shiguer)" tells of a newborn prince whose entire family, the Zhao clan, is wiped out by a rival general who ruthlessly seizes the throne. An ordinary man, the doctor who delivers the baby, gives up everything to save the last young survivor in the bloodline of the noble Zhao, and secretly raises the child as his own. But the doctor has devised his own plot for revenge and makes the cold-blooded general the boy’s godfather, allowing the would-be-king to infiltrate the royal palace as a guest. When the boy becomes a man, he must choose between two fathers, while the destiny of a nation rests with his decision. 3:50 and 9:05 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 16. In Mandarin with English subtitles. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $8 for MDC students and staff, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $10 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.
RICHES TO RAGS
"The Queen of Versailles" is directed by filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, winner of the US Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film. The story follows a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film begins with the family constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000-square-foot palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 14. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. Seniors, UM Alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff $7. $9 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Dark comedy "Dark Horse" tells of a thirty-something guy with arrested development falling for a thirty-something girl with arrested development; but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much and tragedy ensues. Featuring Selma Blair, Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken. 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 15. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. Seniors, UM Alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff $7. $9 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The Miami Jazz Society Film Series screens "Mississippi Masala" and "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner." Romantic comedy "Mississippi Masala" tells of an Indian family who movies to Mississippi after being expelled from Uganda. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" tells of Joey Drayton bringing her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice, he’s black. 6:15-8:15 p.m. "Mississippi Masala." 8:30-10:30 p.m. "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner." Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
The Miami Beach Cinematheque hosts "Marilyn: 50 Years Later," a retrospective and exhibition, along with a screening of "Niagara." In the film, Marilyn is Rose Loomis, honeymooning with her husband George in the popular honeymoon location, Niagara Falls. So popular, in fact, that another couple checks into their room, and they find themselves soon entangled in more than that mess. In typical film noir fashion, betrayal leads to much more, and a master plan goes astray and gets complicated. 8-10:30 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members, $9 students and seniors, $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.