Five Best Films to See at the Miami International Film Festival's Final Days

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Juan of the Dead
Three more days, 45 more screenings of films from around the globe. It's time to kick our Miami movie madness into high gear. Five MIFF-tastic theaters, distributed across several Miami neighborhoods for your viewing convenience, are offering British-born, star-studded thrillers, Cuban zombie flicks, culture clashing comedies, and reels of down-home Americana. Saturday is also the night for the awards party at Miami Dade College's Freedom Tower. There's still plenty of MIFF action to sate your indie film hankerings - but hurry, because Monday will be too late.

The Woman in the Fifth
Ethan Hawke stars as Tom Ricks, a troubled, recently unemployed university professor lost in Paris. He lands in France with the mission of trying to reconnect with his young daughter and reconcile with his ex-wife, who is terrified of him. There's something a bit off-kilter with Tom, and soon the man forgets about trying to make things right with his ex, instead falling face first into a passionate affair with an intriguing woman (Kristin Scott Thomas). The tension builds as Tom's world spins into chaos despite his best attempts to control it. Hanks gives one of the greatest performances of his career in this film from director Pawel Pawlikowski, shot in the UK, France, and Poland. Showtime 9 p.m. Saturday at Regal South Beach Cinemas.

Juan of the Dead
Any good Miamian should be dying to see this much-anticipated Cuban zombie comedy. Directed by Argentine director Alejandro Brugues, this film starts half a century after Castro's revolution, in a time when Havana's residents have been turned into dead-eyed, mindless zombies - and only Jual (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) and his motley crew seem to notice. They set up shop as "zombie busters," and answer phones with this inviting greeting: "Juan of the Dead, we kill your beloved ones." Politically-charged and hilarious, this is one the good citizens of Miami are obligated to see. Showtime 7 p.m. at the& Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center.

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