⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars
When: 7 & 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue.; 7 p.m. Wed. Where: Trylon.
Fans of ’90s alt-soul star Jeff Buckley already know the sad story line told in this biopic. The folk-star absentee father (Tim Buckley) dies young, and so does the son, who — just before his death — becomes an even more revered singer than his dad. Brooding “Gossip Girl” hunk Penn Badgley delivers a pivotal performance as the younger Buckley, coming off with just enough pretentiousness and attitude. The film’s barely-there plot centers around a 1991 tribute concert to Tim in New York where Jeff reluctantly performed (inadvertently sparking his own career as a result). You feel the music here better than in many similar biopics, with Tim’s recordings used intermittently alongside flashbacks that star Ben Rosenfield as the shadowy ’60s folkie, who turned more experimental and jazzy over the course of nine albums. Badgley also pulls off a convincing if not fully formed imitation of Jeff’s warbling, falsetto-enlightened style of singing — which, three years prior to his one and only album, “Grace,” truly was still in its formative stage. This quiet little movie offers a surprisingly powerful depiction of what was behind that mysterious voice. (Unrated.) CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER