Pass The Popcorn! Our 5 Must-See Movies At The Miami Film Festival

Spotlighting Miami films and beyond, the Miami International Film Festival is not only a local priority, but it also draws cinema fans from all over the world. With an exciting lineup and some even more thrilling guest appearances, this year’s selection offers everything from fashion documentaries to up your style cred to a heartwarming story by legit A-Listers, setting up the festival as a definite addition in next week’s agenda. All the different options can get a bit overwhelming, so we opted to condense the list for you and present our top five picks of next week’s screenings. If we missed one of your personal faves, let us know! Who needs Sundance (and all those weird winter boots) when you've got MIFF right here?
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About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now

What happens when the It girl grows old? With plastic surgery so prevalent in Miami, this film provides perspective on youth and beauty through the eyes of some of the most legendary supermodels and fashion icons, including Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, and Beverly Johnson. Miami native Timothy Greenfield-Sanders explores the opinions of these women through nostalgic personal interviews. He'll also be present for Q&A after both screenings, but only the first night will Carol Alt hang out to provide a further look into the film’s issues.

About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now, Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. O Cinema, 90 Northwest 29th Street, 305-571-9970. $12.

Photo: Courtesy of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

As one of the world’s most passionate activists and China’s most famous international artist, Ai Weiwei has created a political movement exposing the Chinese government through art and social media. Introducing first-time director Alison Klayman, her film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry gives an inside look into the inspirational journey of China’s powerful public figure. Klayman will be present following each screening to discuss the film.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. O Cinema, 90 Northwest 29th Street, 305-571-9970. $12.

Photo: Courtesy of Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry.
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Jeff, Who Lives at Home
In this story of family ties, Jeff, played by the hilarious Jason Segal, is living what may represent anyone’s worst nightmare at 30-years old: with mom and unemployed. Jeff’s mother, portrayed by Susan Sarandon, has had enough, so she calls her other son Pat (Ed Helms) to help Jeff out of his rut. While ultimately trying to motivate Jeff, the brothers discover Pat’s wife may be having an affair. A chance to catch comedy stars Jason Segal and Ed Helms with the amazing Susan Sarandon sounds like a sure hit to us. We’re predicting that sweet mix of laughter and tears.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Sunday, March 4, 9:15 p.m. Regal Cinema, 1120 Lincoln Road, 305-673-6766. $12.

Photo: Courtesy of the Miami International Film Festival
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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

A tribute to acclaimed fashion leader Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has to Travel delves into Vreeland’s personal and professional life through her journey through some of the world’s most distinguished fashion publications, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Presented by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Diana Vreeland’s granddaughter-in-law, the film contains a variety of in-depth material on Vreeland’s powerful character that made her the essence of all that is fashion editorial. Get prepared for interviews with designers like Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik, classic models like Lauren Hutton and Veruschka, and photographers Richard Avedon and David Bailey. And you thought the Bill Cunningham movie was moving...

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. O Cinema, 90 Northwest 29th Street, 305-571-9970. $12.


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Magic City: The Year of the Fin

It’s always interesting to wonder what it would have been like to live in Miami back when the magic was just getting started. Now, with the screening of the pilot for Magic City: The Year of the Fin, we can glimpse the glitz of the past. Created by Miami native Mitch Glazer, the show is entirely filmed on the streets of Miami. Set in late 1950’s, it centers on Miami Beach’s most luxurious entertainment source, the Miramar Hotel, as the hotel’s visionary Ike Evans, played by Grey's Anatomy stud Jeffrey Dean Morgan, deals with every obstacle that the city throws at him. Don’t be fooled by the luxurious presentation and sheen, because as we all know, in Miami the freaks come out at night. Back in a less structured time, things got hotter, quicker.
Following the screening, get the opportunity to meet Mitch Glazer and the cast of the show to discuss your thoughts on the pilot.

Magic City: The Year of the Fin, Sunday, March 4, 5:00 p.m. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, 305-674-1040. $12.

Photo: Courtesy of the Miami International Film Festival.
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