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Donnie Darko

A limited release of a sparkling new 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult 2002 thriller, which has been supervised by the director and cinematographer Steven Poster. Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a deeply troubled teenager, who lives with his parents (Holmes Osborne, Mary McDonnell) and two sisters, Elizabeth (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Samantha (Daveigh Chase). Poor Donnie needs medication and regular visits to a psychiatrist to hold onto his sanity, but when he decides to stop taking his tablets, the lad is plagued by visions of a giant rabbit called Frank, who foretells the end of the world. Soon after, a 747 jet engine crashes into the family home, setting off a chain reaction which will alter the course of the Darkos' lives forever. Donnie Darko is directed with brio and an offbeat eye for detail. Gyllenhaal's hypnotic lead performance anchors the picture, and provides us with an endearing guide to a world of extra-terrestrial visitors and invisible life forces, that may just be a product of Donnie's feverish imagination. The resolution to the film's many intrigues is perplexing and delightfully quixotic, and guarantees Donnie Darko a place in the pantheon of cult movies.