Visionary American-British director Terry Gilliam has made some of the most visually fascinating films of the past three decades. From his early association with the Monty Python comedy crew, Gilliam went on to churn out the bizarre narratives of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King and his most recent film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In the middle of all those, he made 12 Monkeys, a strange fantasy tale of a post-apocalyptic future in which the world has been wiped out by a virus. Bruce Willis is a criminal who is given a chance at being pardoned by going back in time to prevent the virus from happening. Along the way, he crosses paths with a raving lunatic played by Brad Pitt, who may have the key to preventing the spread of the virus. Pitt was nominated for an Academy Award for the role, which is one of his oddest to this day.—Finn Cohen
12 Monkeys (1995)
Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18
Midnight (both nights)
Main Art Theatre
118 North Main Street, Royal Oak, Mich.