NEED TO CREATE
"Beauty is Embarrassing" chronicles the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Whether he's parading a twenty foot tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his puppet suit, relaxing in his studio playing his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White always seems to have a youthful grin and a drive to create art and objects. 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 21. O Cinema 90 NW 29th St., Miami. $7.50 members. $9 seniors and students. $10.50 others. Details: (305) 571-9970 or www.o-cinema.org.
"Detropia" exposes Detroit's near dissolution—as houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at all of it. However, the film's characters strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. 7 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.
Comedy "All Together" tells of five aging friends who decide to move in together. Starring Jane Fonda, Geraldine Chaplin and Claude Rich. Comfortably retired, they hire a handsome graduate student as a live-in caretaker and rediscover the joys of communal living; but when old secrets and jealousies emerge, discord among the group begins to grow. In French and German with English subtitles. 4:20, 6:50 and 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 25. 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.
TIMES OF WAR
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" tells of well-digger Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia returns home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. In French with English subtitles. 4:15 and 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through Oct. 25. 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 comedy/drama "Stranger than Paradise" and comedy "Broadway Danny Rose." "Stranger than Paradise" tells of a self-styled New York hipster who is paid an unwelcome visit by his pretty sixteen-year-old Hungarian cousin. A strange affection grows between the two exiles. Due to boredom, they visit their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and proceed to sunny Florida where they lose all their money and unwittingly gain a fortune. Ironically, they go back to where they began. In "Broadway Danny Rose," Danny Rose is an unsuccessful manager of artists, but nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him and entangles himself in more trouble he bargained for. 6:15 p.m. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or email@example.com or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
Movies on the Plaza screens "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" directed by Steven Spielberg. A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. 8 p.m. Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami. Free. Chair rentals are available. Bring dinner. Bring snacks. Coolers are allowed, but no glass or bottles. Details: (305) 384-7170 or www.brickellworldplaza.com.
The second annual Environmental Film Festival of Miami & The Beaches screens "The Island President" by John Shenk. This is the story of president Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man faced with the life-threatening rise of three feet in sea level—capable of submerging the 1200 islands of the Maldives. 7 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.
"Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle" screens as part of the second annual Environmental Film Festival of Miami & The Beaches. The film tells the story of the strange alliances that formed to battle a controversial clean energy project: Cape Wind—the first would-be offshore wind farm in the US. 9 p.m. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 members. $9 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.