The Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts "Taking Root," an 80-minute film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater that tells of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. 7-9 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $8 for members of sponsoring organizations Environmental Coalition of Miami and Beaches, Greenspace/Tree Advisory Group and the Green Book Club. $10 others. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive," featuring Ryan Gosling, tells of a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists at night. After a heist spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves. 6:40 p.m. Additional screenings through Jan. 25. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 students and seniors. $10 others. Details: www.mbcinema.com.
Documentary "The Look," written and directed by Angelina Maccarone, is a biographical study of actress Charlotte Rampling, told through her own conversations with artist friends and collaborators, including Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster and Juergen Teller. Intercut with footage from some of Ms. Rampling's most famous films. 9 p.m. Additional screenings Jan. 21 at 1 and 5 p.m. 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. Others $9. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" follows a director (played by Woody Allen) experiencing an existential crisis at a retrospective of his work held at the Stardust Hotel. Reflective of his own life, the director is harassed by complaints from his fans, critics and even space aliens that his earlier comedies are superior to his dramatic work. At the same time, he struggles to juggle a trio of women in his private life. Inspired by Federico Fellini's "8½." 7 p.m. Additional screenings Jan. 21 at 3 and 7 p.m. 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. Others $9. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
"Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times)" is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goat herder's soul as it passes from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. Director Michelangelo Frammartino was inspired by Pythagoras' belief in "four-fold transmigration" of souls, but his film is far more physical than philosophical. 4 p.m. Additional screenings through Jan. 25. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 students and seniors. $10 others. Details: www.mbcinema.com.
The nine-day Miami Jewish Film Festival showcases award-winning international filmmakers, intense dramas, thought-provoking documentaries and heart-warming tales that range from exposing family truths to discovering love in wrong places. Following the screening of "Music of Remembrance: The Boys of Terezin," a choir performs a piece from the film, and the sole survivor who saved all of the Terezin writings and illustrations makes a guest appearance. Festival through Jan. 29. Times vary. Venues include Intracoastal 8 Cinema, 3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables and Regal Cinema South Beach 18, 1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $9-$136. Details: (888) 585-3456 or www.miamijewishfilmfestival.com.