Donnie Darko

It’s 1988 as the Darko family worries about middle child Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal), who’s apparently a paranoid schizophrenic. The teen hears the voices of an imaginary friend, Frank, whom he credits with saving his life. But where is Frank leading him? Increasingly belligerent Donnie begins to look like one of those Columbine kids as he Xs off 28 days on his calendar till Halloween. Writer-director Richard Kelly has some crude scores to settle in the 2001 Darko, which partially blames Donnie’s madness—if that’s what it is—on conservative, Reagan-era middle-American society and a hellish high school. Still, Darko is a powerfully dystopic remix of John Hughes movies and Stephen King novels. It’s a dark mirror to the tortures of adolescence, when every kid feels the tug of insanity and the urge to right the world. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Sun., April 4, 9:30 p.m.; April 6-March 8, 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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