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Kaboom 

Orgasm and nuclear holocaust are the controlling factors in this horny, delirious fantasy by the talented Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin).

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Orgasm and nuclear holocaust are the controlling factors in this horny, delirious fantasy by the talented Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin). The hero (Thomas Dekker) is a hip college freshman longing for gay sex but also open to the physical ministrations of a British party girl (Juno Temple); meanwhile, his best pal (Haley Bennett) has gotten into a hot-and-heavy lesbian romance with a fellow student (Roxane Mesquida) who turns out to be a witch. Araki captures the fever of bisexual exploration with his hot color palette and nubile actors, but at the same time he spins a bizarre sci-fi intrigue—complete with cryptic messages and fearsome nightmare sequences—that recalls Richard Kelly's teen cult masterpiece Donnie Darko (2001). Funny, scary, and exuberant, Kaboom delivers the goods as both a generational marker and a tale of things to, uh, come. 86 min. Fri-Sun 2/18-2/20, 1:40, 3:40, 5:40, 7:40, and 9:40 PM, and Mon-Thu 2/21-2/24, 5:40, 7:40, and 9:40 PM. Music Box —J.R. Jones

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    • Kaboom

      Kaboom

      • Rated NR - Comedy drama, Science fiction

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