RIGHT & WRONG
The Miami Short Film Festival screens films from France, India, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Peru and Serbia, in which characters take on an exploration of responsibility, duty, what is right and wrong, and the question of "what is that which has to be done?" 9-10:30 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.
"Movies on the Plaza" screens "The Phantom of the Opera" starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. Phantom of the Opera is the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents. 8 p.m. Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 384-7170 or www.brickellworldplaza.com.
Documentary "Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock" screens in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's birth. Hendrix's infamous August 1969 Woodstock concert has been adapted to a special edition theatrical presentation from the extensive archive of film footage helmed by director Michael Wadleigh and support personnel under the auspices of Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix-family-owned company. 6:40 p.m. Additional screenings through Dec. 2. 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.
"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" portrays Diana Vreeland's 50-year reign in the fashion world, where she saw the launch of Twiggy, the advising of Jackie Onassis, and establishing of trends. She was the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, where she worked 25 years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. 4:10 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Dec. 6. 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.
"Starlet" explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane and 85-year-old Sadie in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the two, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to befriend the older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows. 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with producer Blake Ashman. Additional screenings through Dec. 5. 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.
"The Dark Knight Rises" screens telling of Batman taking the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. But everything changes with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce Wayne out of his self-imposed exile. Will Batman be a match for Bane? 10 p.m. Dec. 1. and 8 p.m. Dec. 2. 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.
OPERA IN CINEMA
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" screens as performed on a floating stage in the Sydney Harbour under the stars by Opera Australia. The famous Sydney Opera House is the backdrop in this dramatic new staging, which features a nearly 30-foot chandelier suspended over the stage. Noon Dec. 2. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $22 others. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The Miami Jazz Society film series screens documentary "Unforgivable Blackness: Parts One and Two," telling of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. 5-6 p.m. reception. 6:15 p.m. film screens. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.