Calendar Of Events Movies
Written by Miami Today on August 30, 2012
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" screens as part of a "Marilyn: 50 Years Later" retrospective. Two girls, Loreli Lee and Dorothy Shaw, work and gold-dig a cruise ship on their way to Paris. The result, aided by miles of campy and risqué double entendres and legendary routines like "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend," have made this film an all-time beloved musical. 8 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.
Spike Lee directs "Red Hook Summer," telling the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster — until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined. 7 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Sept. 2. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $10.50. Details: (305) 571-9970 or www.o-cinema.org.
ROBOT & FRANK
In "Robot & Frank," Langella, an aging "retired" jewel thief, is losing his memory, so his grown-up and very responsible son, played by James Marsden, installs an advanced caretaker robot in his home, though his daughter, played by Liv Tyler, is adamantly against it. One part Star Wars droid, one part The Biggest Loser trainer, the robot proves itself to be more than a machine or appliance with sophisticated programming and a dry wit. Sarandon, who presides over the now-outmoded town library, is Langella’s somewhat mysterious only friend, until his robot sidekick comes along, and all three get drawn into Langella’s half cocked schemes. Langella makes acting — acting with a robot, no less — look effortless, and his relationship with the machine is filled with poignant exchanges and amusing adventures, in a film of memory and identity, family and friendship. 7 and 10 p.m. opening reception. Additional screenings through Sept. 6. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $20 opening reception. $11 other screenings. Details: (786) 385-9689 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gablescinema.com.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" tells of Celeste, owner of her own media consulting firm, and her husband Jesse—unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go. 3:30, 6:20 and 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through Sept. 6. 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.
Swedish crime thriller "Easy Money" is based on the international best-selling novel by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite. To keep up the façade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death. 3:20, 6:10 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Sept. 6. 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.
The Miami Jazz Society film series screens "Death in Venice" and "The Miracle Worker." "Death in Venice," an adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, tells of avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach traveling to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. He finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio. However, the onset of a deadly pestilence threatens them both physically and threatens their ideals. "The Miracle Worker" tells of young blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller, whose inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Death in Venice. 8:30-10:30 p.m. The Miracle Worker. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or email@example.com or www.miamijazzsociety.com.