The Indie Cinema Weekend Roundup is a weekly preview of the movies playing at Miami’s small film houses. This week’s roundup was compiled by Denise Castillon.
Title: ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ (United Kingdom, drama/psychological thriller, 112 minutes, rated R)
Synopsis: Based on Lionel Shriver’s novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a dark thriller inspired by the Columbine High School massacre. Eva (Tilda Swinton) is a mother trying desperately to bond with her disconnected son, Kevin (Erza Miller), who in turn is hell-bent on tormenting his mother. The film also stars John C. Reilly.
Where: O Cinema
Showtimes: Thursday @ 8pm; Friday @ 7:45pm and 10pm; Saturday @ 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm and 10pm; Sunday @ 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, and 7:45pm
Tickets: $10.50, $9 (student/senior), $7.50 (member)
Title: ‘Porfirio’ (Colombia, comedy/drama, 101 minutes, not rated)
Synopsis: Director Alejandro Landes loosely based the tragic comedy Porfirio on a headline-grabbing true story set against the backdrop of Colombia’s civil war. Confined to a universe that stretches only from bed to wheelchair, Porfirio — a man in diapers who sells call time on his cell phone in a faraway city on the outskirts of the Colombian Amazon — dreams he can fly. This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday @ 8:45pm
Tickets: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)
Title: ‘Juan of the Dead’ (Cuba/Spain, comedy/horror/political satire, 100 minutes, not rated)
Synopsis: Recent winner of MIFF’s Lexus Audience Award, this low-brow comedy centers on Juan, a 40-year-old who has spent most of his life in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. It’s his way of life, and he’s prepared to defend it at any cost, with his pal Lázaro, who is just as lazy and twice as dumb, at his side. Their sedate lives come to a sudden change when people start turning violent, and attacking one other. At first, Juan is convinced it’s just another stage of the Revolution. Official media refer to the attacks as isolated incidents provoked by Cuban dissidents paid by the US government. But little by little Juan and his friends start to realize that the attackers are not mere dissidents, and that killing them is quite a difficult task. Juan sees a business opportunity in helping people get rid of the infected ones — for a price. This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Where: Tower Theater
Showtimes: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday @ 6:30pm, 8:50pm, and
Tickets: $8, $7 (student)
Title: ‘Chico and Rita’ (Spain, animation/music/romance, 94 minutes, not rated)
Synopsis: This Oscar-nominated animated love story from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) is set in Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey — in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero — brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. The film features an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban jazz composer Bebo Valdes and music by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, and Freddy Cole. Trueba will be in attendance on opening night and Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz musician Federico Britos will perform with his trio. Chico and Rita is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema
Showtimes: Friday @ 7:00pm and 10:00pm, Saturday @ 3:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:30pm; Sunday @ 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, and 8:30pm
Tickets: $25 (opening night); $11, $9 (student/senior), $7 (member)
Title: ‘The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust’ (USA, documentary, 94 minutes, not rated)
Synopsis: This documentary traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps. While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil.
Where: Cosford Theater
Showtimes: Friday @ 9:15pm; Saturday @ 2pm and 6:30pm; Sunday @ 6pm
Tickets: $9, $7 (student/senior)