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Start with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Remove Jeffrey Jones and insert an oversized demonic rabbit. Stir in some time travel, add a town full of middle-class nutsos, and you’ve almost got Donnie Darko. Through the eyes of its titular antihero, Darko pokes at the squishy heart of such modern weirdalities as infomercials, inspirational speakers, suburbia, and psychotherapy. Like many debuting directors, Darko’s Richard Kelly sets his aspirations high, often leaving viewers unsure whether they’re watching a sci-fi flick, a black comedy, or an extended music video. In any case, this 2001 film is a multilayered, richly symbolic work that’s already become a cult classic. So get yourself a cold one and prepare for a lesson in life as delivered by the strange journey of an immensely troubled and completely wise young man. Donnie Darko screens at midnight (see Showtimes for other dates) at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $10. (202) 667-0090. (Kelly Manion)