"The Intouchables (Intouchables)" is an irreverent, uplifting French comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart, ex-con caretaker, the film depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. 3:50, 6:30 and 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through July 26. 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.
"Elles" stars Academy Award, Cesar Award and Cannes Best Actress Award-winner Juliette Binoche. Ms. Binoche stars as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment, though, quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women. In French with English subtitles. 9 p.m. Additional screenings through July 25. 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.
Actress-turned-director Sarah Polley brings "Take This Waltz" to the big screen. When Margot meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou, a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the Toronto summer, their attraction heightened by their restraint. 6:45 p.m. Additional screenings through July 25. 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.
OPERA IN CINEMA
Opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk" performed by Florence's Maggio Musicale screens. Conducted by James Conlon, directed by Lev Dodin and starring Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. The opera was condemned in the Soviet Union in 1936, two years after the first performance, and banned for almost thirty years. It tells the story of the unhappy Katerina, who is driven to murder so that she can pursue her romance with Sergei, one of her husband's workers. Noon on July 22. 7 p.m. on July 24. 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 $18. $22 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The Miami Jazz Society film series presents "State of Siege," set in early 1970s Uruguay as an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerillas. Also screening is "Streamers," which follows four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confronting their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. 6:15-8:15 p.m. "State of Siege." 8:30-10:30 p.m. "Streamers." Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.