Miami Beach Cinematheque's Great Director series presents Buster Keaton in "The Navigator," starring Keaton as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced, wealthy lad who finds himself adrift on the Navigator with no one else on board excerpt an equally naive girl. After discovering each other's presence, the couple fashions a home for themselves aboard the derelict boat. A series of misadventures ensue: on the high seas, on the ocean floor, and in the face of a fleet of angry head-hunters. Presented with a live electronic score by Gabó. 8 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $10 members. $11 students and seniors. $12 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.
"The Big Picture" tells of Paul Exben, a man with a great job, a beautiful wife and two sons. However, he has sacrificed his artistic passions to provide for his family. One action forces Paul to assume a new identity for the chance to pursue his dreams, but with the consequence of never seeing his family and living life on the run. In French with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through Dec. 11. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $7 seniors, UM alumni, faculty, students and staff. $9 others. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
BRAZILIAN BAD BOY
"Heleno" depicts the life of gifted athlete Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas, who conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs threatened his career. The biographical drama stars Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro as Heleno and Madrid-based Angie Cepeda, and is based on a book by Marcos Eduardo Neves. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 4:05 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Dec. 11. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $7 MDC students and faculty, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $8 others. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.towertheatermiami.com.
LIVING A LIE
"Off-White Lies (Orhim le-rega)" tells of witty introvert Libby, who after years of living apart from her dad is sent to live with him in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libby discovers that her dad, Shaul, is homeless. Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads by posing as refugees from the bombarded Northern region of Israel, and they are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a normal household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can't last forever, especially as Libby unleashes her anger towards the lies permeating her life. 4:10, 6:50 and 9:05 p.m. Additional screenings through Dec. 13. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $7 MDC students and faculty, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $8 others. Details: (305) 643-8706 or www.towertheatermiami.com.
Filmed during the lead-up to Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, "Rising Tide" is a story about the visual artists who live and work in Miami. Featuring Jen Stark, the TM Sisters, Venessa Monokian, Funner Projects, Brookhart Jonquil and gallery owner Brook Dorsch, this documentary takes you inside the working worlds of these creative talents and serves as the introduction to the history and trajectory of Miami's creative development. 5 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.
The Miami Jazz Society film series screens documentary "Black Magic" and action film "Red Tails." "Black Magic" examines civil rights-era America through basketball at historically black colleges and universities. "Red Tails" tells of the 332nd Fighter Group, an all-black World War II unit made up of the best escort pilots and known as the Red Tails. This drama tells of the men who fought racism at home while fighting Nazis abroad and is based on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. 5-6 p.m. reception. 6:15 p.m. films begin. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
In 1927 comedy "College," Buster Keaton stars as Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College searching for higher learning, but instead finds himself in athletics as he fights for the heart of Mary (Anne Cornwall). 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.