Reel Late Midnight Movie Series. The Tivoli Theatre presents a series of classic and destined to be classic films. This week features Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (2001). As emotionally rich as it is intellectually demanding, Kelly's feature directorial debut is an eerie, heartbreaking portrait of a deeply troubled, perhaps psychotic adolescent. Jake Gyllenhaal (The Good Girl) gives one of the year's best performances as a contemporary Holden Caulfield whose increasingly hostile behavior toward others masks a deep despair about life and his place in it. After experiencing a near-death experience, he begins to see strange, inexplicable sights that suggest he has acquired supernatural abilities. Straddling the line between drama and fantasy, the story is open to numerous interpretations, but viewers who read the film as a sci-fi exploration of time travel will have sorely missed the film's point -- as well as its beauty and strength. Working in perfect synch with director Kelly is cameraman Steven Poster, whose cinematography captures the mystery and darkness -- both literal and metaphorical -- that pervade this exceptional film. Like gathering storm clouds, Donnie Darko creates an atmosphere of eerie calm and mounting menace. One of last year's best films. Also playing is Flesh Gordon. Donnie Darko plays at midnight September 13, noon and midnight September 14 and noon September 15. Flesh Gordon plays at midnight September 13-14. (JO)
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