The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.
The series continues with Donnie Darko (2001) on Friday, August 21, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Considered the quintessential 21st century cult film, Donnie Darko follows a psychologically troubled teen whose antisocial behavior progressively worsens as he contemplates time travel, a giant bunny stalker named Frank, and the doomsday clock in his head that gives him a month to live. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, and Drew Barrymore. Rated R. (113 min.)
Admission is free. Click here  or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
The New Cult Canon film reviews are authored by A.V. Club film editor Scott Tobias, whose weekly articles focus on obscure films kept alive by devout followers, popular movies with special replay value, flawed gems, and movies fashioned for the niche audiences who love them. Tobias describes Donnie Darko as "a dense and wonderfully stylized amalgam of genres and influences [that] resists any clear definition, which is perhaps its most appealing quality."
The Off-the-Wall Film Series advances its New Cult Canon theme on the third Friday of every month through September. The series concludes next month with Battle Royale (2000) on September 18. Film-goers are welcome to bring pillows and blankets or any preferred seating for this outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.