BLADE RUNNER: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Final Cut’

Saturday, May 23 at 9:45pm

In 2007 director Ridley Scott released BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut, the “definitive” edition – the workprint feature version – which has now been remastered for theatrical release. It will be screened in all its director approved, futurtastic, sci-fi glory.

BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut
(117 mins / DCP)
Saturday, May 23
Movie 9:45
$10 advance / $12 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
(14A) *All ages welcome in the balcony
*Groupons and passes accepted for this screening. Please redeem at the door.

“Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.”

Flirting With Madness

Sunday, May 24 at 9:30pm

Coming to The Rio May 24th and 25th, Flirting with Madness

What starts out as a harmless prank blog takes a dark turn for 17-year-old Avery when her friends, Mandy and Kaley, create a fake profile for an international dating site and begin to communicate with a lonely, socially inept computer programmer named John. Having lived a life of isolation and bullying, the humiliation he feels when he realizes he’s been duped unleashes a wrath that no one would have expected.

Doors 9:00pm/ Movie 9:30pm

Tickets$8 in advance /$10 at the door
+19 with ID for bar service. All Ages welcome on the balcomy

Synopsis:
17 year old Avery and her two best friends, Mandy and Kaley, are enjoying their senior year of high school. Unbeknownst to the other students, they are the minds behind a successful prank blog in which the girls set up jokes and then secretly film them as they play out. Kaley has begun to take the blog too far and the jokes have become increasingly mean. When Kaley creates a fake blog on an international dating site to see what kind of “losers” will contact them, she meets (virtually) John—a lonely computer programmer looking for love. Kaley decides to see how far she can take the prank and convinces John to buy his online lover “Diwata” a plane ticket to LA from the Philippines. When John shows up at the airport to pick her up, Kaley makes sure all three girls are there ready to film with their phones. Avery, duped into going along, gets angry and ends her friendship with Kaley right then and there. Unfortunately, it’s too late. John discovers who is behind his humiliation and the unstable hermit decides to teach the three girls a lesson in humiliation and isolation that they’ll be lucky to survive…

Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief

Monday, May 25 at 6:30pm

Based on journalist Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief,” Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s (THE ARMSTRONG LIE) explosive new documentary on the inner-workings of Scientology is an unflinching look at the organization, deconstructing everything from the “cult” of charismatic leader L. Ron Hubbard to his organization’s dubious and far-reaching impact on American government, Hollywood, and the often tragic impact on the personal lives of its own followers. Co-written by author Lawrence Wright, the film features many candid interviews with former Scientologists, including Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, who very publicly disavowed the organization he was a devoted member of for decades. Join us for a panel and Q&A following the screening, featuring author and activist Jamie DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson and an outspoken critic of the group), as well as other special guests.

Monday, May 25
Doors 6:00 / Film 6:30 (sharp)
Tuesday, May 26
Doors 6:00 / Film 6:30 (sharp)
Tickets $10 / $12 at the door
Minors welcome in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

GOING CLEAR (Alex Gibney, 2015 / 119 mins / 14A) | An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Flirting With Madness

Monday, May 25 at 9:30pm

Coming to The Rio May 24th and 25th, Flirting with Madness

What starts out as a harmless prank blog takes a dark turn for 17-year-old Avery when her friends, Mandy and Kaley, create a fake profile for an international dating site and begin to communicate with a lonely, socially inept computer programmer named John. Having lived a life of isolation and bullying, the humiliation he feels when he realizes he’s been duped unleashes a wrath that no one would have expected.

Doors 9:00pm/ Movie 9:30pm

Tickets$8 in advance /$10 at the door
+19 with ID for bar service. All Ages welcome on the balcomy

Synopsis:
17 year old Avery and her two best friends, Mandy and Kaley, are enjoying their senior year of high school. Unbeknownst to the other students, they are the minds behind a successful prank blog in which the girls set up jokes and then secretly film them as they play out. Kaley has begun to take the blog too far and the jokes have become increasingly mean. When Kaley creates a fake blog on an international dating site to see what kind of “losers” will contact them, she meets (virtually) John—a lonely computer programmer looking for love. Kaley decides to see how far she can take the prank and convinces John to buy his online lover “Diwata” a plane ticket to LA from the Philippines. When John shows up at the airport to pick her up, Kaley makes sure all three girls are there ready to film with their phones. Avery, duped into going along, gets angry and ends her friendship with Kaley right then and there. Unfortunately, it’s too late. John discovers who is behind his humiliation and the unstable hermit decides to teach the three girls a lesson in humiliation and isolation that they’ll be lucky to survive…

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm

Based on journalist Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer prize-winning book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief," Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney's (THE ARMSTRONG LIE) explosive new documentary on the inner-workings of Scientology is an unflinching look at the organization, deconstructing everything from the "cult" of charismatic leader L. Ron Hubbard to his organization's dubious and far-reaching impact on American government, Hollywood, and the often tragic impact on the personal lives of its own followers. Co-written by author Lawrence Wright, the film features many candid interviews with former Scientologists, including Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, who very publicly disavowed the organization he was a devoted member of for decades. Join us for a panel and Q&A following the screening, featuring author and activist Jamie DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard's great-grandson and an outspoken critic of the group), as well as other special guests.

Tuesday, May 26
Doors 6:00 / Film 6:30 (sharp)
Tickets $10 / $12 door
Minors welcome in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

GOING CLEAR (Alex Gibney, 2015 / 119 mins / 14A) | An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Banksy Does New York

Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30pm

Director Chris Moukarbel’s look at the sensational (not to mention notoriously mysterious) artist known around the world as Banksy and his electrifying “31 works of art in 31 days” project in New York City. The film is comprised of footage cobbled together from various sources, including material crowd-sourced from mobile phones and Banksy’s own narrative animation, resulting in a visual structure that complements one of the central conceits of both the artist’s work and the film itself; the larger questions of ownership and authorship in the era of social media.

Tuesday, May 26
Doors 9:00 / Movie 9:30
$10 advanced / $12 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK (Chris Moukarbel, 2014 | Blu Ray, 78 mins) | Documentary chronicling the famed street artist’s “31 works of art in 31 days” in New York city.

The Critical Hit Show: A Live D&D Comedy Experience

Wednesday, May 27 at 8pm

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for more medieval merriment on Wednesday, May 27th...

Join Vancouver's best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre as they quest for glory and snacks in this live, improvised spectacular inspired by the world's most popular role playing game! For two years, The Critical Hit Show has been playing to massive audiences month after month, and the epic adventure continues! And remember, you don't need to know anything about gaming to have a great time. All you need is to know how to have fun!

THE ADVENTURERS
Eric Fell as The Dungeon Master
Ian Boothby as Benoit the Anointed, the Half-Elf Cleric
Joanna Gaskell as Edda, the Elf Barbarian
Barbara Beall as Ingrid, the Halfling Fighter
Allen Morrison as Spitz Luben, the Human Wizard
Shaun Stewart as Brask Hellbeard, the Dwarf Bard

More monsters! More Magic! More Mayhem! More Off-Brand soda!

Wednesday, May 27th
Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Advance Tickets $8 / $10 at the door
19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.

@critshow
http://www.criticalhitshow.com/
http://www.facebook.com/dndlive

EVIL DEAD Trilogy Marathon

Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm

"Gimme some sugar, baby."

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a Friday night triple bill featuring Sam Raimi's glorious EVIL DEAD trilogy: ARMY OF DARKNESS (aka, "The Medieval Dead"). Starring Bruce Campbell.

Friday, May 29

THE EVIL DEAD
Doors 7:00 / Movie 7:30
THE EVIL DEAD 2
9:30
Tickets $8 in advance / $10 at the door
ARMY OF DARKNESS
11:30
$6 in advance / $8 at the door
*Online Sales end at 5:30pm May 29th

See all three for $13 advance / $15 door!
*Minors welcome in the balcony.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service
***Groupons and passes accepted for single film ONLY. Please redeem at the door.

THE EVIL DEAD (Sam Raimi, 1981/14A) Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

THE EVIL DEAD !! (Sam Raimi, 1987/14A) | The lone survivor 1of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

ARMY OF DARKNESS (Sam Raimi, 1992/14A) | In the third and final installment of Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD trilogy, intrepid hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. He must quest for the Necronomicon, a book of evil which can return him to his time. Unfortunately, he releases the evil trapped inside the book and unleashes an "army of the dead."

Kurt Cobain; Montage Of Heck

Saturday, May 30 at 6:45pm

“The most intimate rock doc ever.” – Rolling Stone

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the acclaimed new documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

Saturday, May 30 | Doors 6:15 / Movie 6:45
All Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door
*This film is rated 14A. Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service
**Groupons and passes OK; please redeem at the door.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (Brett Morgen, 2015 / DCP / 145 mins, 14A) | This authorized documentary (Executive Produced by Frances Bean Cobain) on Kurt Cobain chronicles the musician’s life from the early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Director Brett Morgan (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, CROSSFIRE HURRICANE) was granted total and unrestricted access to Cobain’s own archives, and over the course of several years has crafted an astonishingly intimate, revealing, and deeply personal film that many believe will serve as the “definitive” documentary on the late musician. Many of Cobain’s own relatives including his mother and sister appear in the film to offer their perspective, as do others including Dave Grohl, Kris Novaselic, and Courtney Love.

QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL (Live in 1981)

Saturday, May 30 at 10pm

We. Will. Rock. You.

Recorded at the Montreal Forum on November 24-25 1981, ten years to the date before lead singer Freddie Mercury died, QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL marked the first time a band had filmed an entire show in 35mm. The recently restored and remastered digital transfer showcases Queen in all their majestic glory, with surround sound to showcase a theatrical and brilliantly entertaining performance in its full pixel-sharp glory.

Saturday, May 30
Doors 9:30 / Movie 10:00 pm
Tickets $10 in advance/ $12 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service
*Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL came at the end of an extraordinary year for the band when they had topped both the US singles and album charts for the first time, had become the first band ever to top the UK singles, albums and video charts simultaneously, and on their legendary tour of Latin America had broken the world attendance record for a single paying concert when 131,000 Brazilians saw the band play Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium. The concert movie features many of their favourite hits including We Will Rock You, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Full Frontal Nerdity II: A Comic Strip

Wednesday, June 3 at 8pm

Join Geekenders as they revisit their popular nerdy cabaret 'Full Frontal Nerdity', combining the irreverence of the Muppets and the polish and showmanship of a Vegas showgirl revue with all of your favourite fandoms.

June 3rd

Doors at 7pm/ show at 8pm

Tickets are $9 in advance/$12 at the door
Strictly 19+!
riotheatretickets.ca

Called a "cult sensation" by Vancity Buzz, Geekenders Theatrical Nerdlesque has taken the Canadian burlesque scene by storm. Since their debut in 2012, Geekenders Nerdlesque has been in high demand, performing to packed audiences in Vancouver's most fabulous venues, wowing over 14,000 people in British Columbia with their tightly-choreographed Vegas-style nerdlesque spectaculars. Today, Geekenders Nerdlesque is well-known for seamlessly integrating the worlds of burlesque, geekery, drag, queerlesque, dance, and theatre into their productions, incorporating well-known burlesque stars with passionate newcomers to create shows full of good humour, love for their source material, and a unique, whimsical style all their own.

This production of Full Frontal Nerdity is unique in that it's bringing back the most oft-requested numbers from some of Geekenders hit shows, including Reveal of the Jedi, Weird Al Burlesque, Holy Geekenders Batman, Labyrinth: A Spectacular Burlesque Adventure, A Nude Hope, the Empire Strips Back, Doctor Who Burlesque, and lots of others.

Featuring some of Vancouver's biggest nerdlesque names, this show showcases glamourous geekery from:

MISS DEE TWENTY!
COMMANDER HOTPANTS!
TRIXIE HOBBITSES!
ROE BUTTS!
GRAEME THOMPSON!
RAEL LINFORD!
STEPHEN BLAKLEY!
LOTTIE LIBIDO!
JULIA SLEAZER!
LACE CADET!
ANDREW WADE!
ANDROSIA WILDE!

With your hosts, CAPTAIN HAMMER and DOCTOR HORRIBLE!

Here's what the media has to say about Geekenders productions:

"...Absolutely hilarious. The Geekenders did a fabulous job with lovingly skewering the source material."
-Livevancouver.ca

"...local impresarios Geekenders, who spare no imagination with their programming. A geek and queer-friendly collective that turns the nerdiest of fantasies into realities..."
-Vancity Buzz on Geekenders

"...Geekenders are taking the ropes and giving opportunities for females to be cast in non-traditional, male-dominated spaces. In doing so, they’re changing the fandom for the better while remaining true to its roots."
-Cecilia Lu in Living Myth Magazine

Like Geekenders on Facebook for more information on their variety shows, dances, theatrical endeavours and burlesque tributes!

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World

Friday, June 5 at 6:30pm

“Giger’s work shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we’re going.” – Timothy Leary
Join us at the Rio Theatre for Brenda Sallin’s remarkable new documentary, DARK STAR: H.R. Giger’s World. Sallin’s film delves deep into the life and art of famed surrealist H.R. Giger, whose dark creations (including designing Ridley Scott’s ALIEN) have a far-reaching influence in film, music, body art and more.

Friday, June 5 (Additional dates TBD!)
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30
Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door
*All tickets 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

Where others flee, he makes his home. What others dread, he makes his habitat. What others fight to suppress, he drags back to the surface. Throughout his life, HR Giger inhabited the world of the uncanny: a dark universe on the brink of many an abyss.

He did not create this world because he held it dear, but rather because he had no other option. It was the only way this amiable, modest and humorous man was able to keep his fears in check. Giger was merely the bearer of dark messages, charting our nightmares, drafting maps of our subconscious and moulding our primal fears.

HR Giger lived in the heart of Zurich in a virtually self-contained, parallel world. It is a separate universe with a dark star, the “Dark Star” HR Giger at the centre, and everything else revolving around him. In this space, plucked out of time and behind closed shutters, day blurs into night. Only his family, closest friends and a few assistants are privy to his realm, and they have their work cut out for them. The growing number of exhibitions in important European art galleries are testament to the return of Giger’s art to the established art world.

The extent to which Giger stands between the genres manifests itself within the art world. Due to his depth-psychological, unsettling motifs he’s automatically placed in the categories of Surrealism and Fantastic Realism, yet his proximity to pop culture is undeniable – he always made use of its tools such as film, comics, advertising and design – and undermined it with his pessimism.
He turned advertising-consumer-department store aesthetics on its head, transforming it into its antithesis. Giger’s messages are apocalyptic and mysterious. They stand in direct contradiction to the megalomaniacal fantasies of our era, and his monsters ultimately force us to take a good look in the mirror.

In the last year of his life, Giger rarely ventured out into the other world. Tired and exhausted, he slowly withdrew from the public sphere and looked back at his life, which was packed with surprises, cruel twists of fate and great achievements, not least of which he was winning an Oscar for “Alien”.

In the film, Giger reminisces about holding a skull in his hands for the first time as a 6-year-old boy, as if it were only yesterday. It was a gift from his father, who was the town chemist in Chur. The boy managed to overcome a fear for the first time, and he demonstrated this by tying a string to the skull and dragging it behind him through the alleys of his hometown: It was a formative experience, and that skull is the foundation of his world. A world in which the insignia, horrors and mysteries of death should remain omnipresent.

At the age of 73, Hansruedi Giger regarded his oldest skull with gratitude, almost affection. It was his impetus, he said. The impetus to embark on a lifelong journey into the depths and nuances of every kind of darkness. A journey that would soon come to an end, he added calmly. He’d lived long enough. It was almost as if he anticipated his rapidly approaching death. Hansruedi Giger died a short time later in May of 2014, at the age of 74.

JAWS 40th Anniversary Screening

Friday, June 5 at 8:45pm

Steven Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster, JAWS, is celebrating 40 years of maritime terror! Based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, Spielberg’s JAWS forever changed the cinematic landscape, setting a whole new bar for mainstream horror. Masterfully directed with artful yet thrilling cinematography and a truly iconic score, JAWS retains its rightful place in movie history as a true classic four decades after its release. Best enjoyed on the big screen (if you dare!).

Join us for a prime time screening on Friday, June 5. All ages welcome in the balcony!

Doors 8:15 / Movie 8:45
Advance tickets $10/ $12 at the door
All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

JAWS (Steven Spielberg, 1975 / DCP / 124 mins / PG) | When an unusually large great white shark decides to terrorizes the inhabitants of Amity Island, three unlikely heroes – a police chief, a marine scientist, and a grizzled fisherman – set out to catch it. Starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw.

Fight Club

Friday, June 5 at 11:30pm

Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.

Chuck Palahniuk’s blockbuster novel about a bored office worker and his soap-making friend, FIGHT CLUB, was turned into an equally blockbuster film thanks to standout direction from David Fincher and memorable performances from Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Jared Leto, and…. Meatloaf.

FIGHT CLUB
Friday, June 5
Doors 11:00 / Movie 11:30
Advance tickets $6 / $8 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

FIGHT CLUB (David Fincher, 1999 / DCP / 139 mins) | A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Italian Nights Rio Film Pass (All Italian Screenings)

Saturday, June 6 at 10:15am

We couldn't think of a better way to mark Italian Day on the Drive (Sunday, June 14) than with a film festival showcasing some of our favourite Italian films. Join us at the Rio for four nights dedicated to a fantastic selection of classic films spanning decades and genres. Special thanks to our partners, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day on The Drive 2015.

Here you can buy the Italian Nights at the Rio film pass - good for every film - for just $50!

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June 6th:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (PG)
*(All ages welcome in balcony!)
Doors 6:30 / Movie 7:00

BLACK SABBATH (14A)
Movie 10:15

June 9th:

THE BICYCLE THIEF (PG)
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30

CINEMA PARADISO (PG)
Movie 8:30

June 12th:

LA DOLCE VITA
Doors 7:00 / Movie 7:30pm

THE NIGHT PORTER (Friday Late Night Movie!)
Movie 11:00pm

June 13:
8 1/2
Doors 6:30 / Movie 7:00

LAST TANGO IN PARIS
Movie 9:45

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly & Black Sabbath: Italian Nights

Saturday, June 6 at 7pm

We couldn't think of a better way to mark Italian Day on the Drive (Sunday, June 14) than with a film festival showcasing some of our favourite Italian films. Join us at the Rio for four nights dedicated to a fantastic selection of classic films spanning decades and genres. Special thanks to our partners,Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day on The Drive 2015.

Saturday, June 6
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Doors 6:30 / Movie 7:00

BLACK SABBATH
10:15pm

*Single ticket price $10 advance / $12 at the door.
*See both features for $12 advance / $14 door!
*Groupons and passes OK for any single screening. Please redeem at the door.
**All ages welcome in the balcony for THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

PRE SALES END AT 5PM ON JUNE 6TH!

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo" (Sergio Leone, 1966 | 161 mins) | Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef star in Sergio Leone's masterpiece, a "spaghetti Western" that is generally considered to be the most influential (if not thoroughly entertaining!) in the genre. "A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery."

BLACK SABBATH "I tre volti della paura" (Mario Bava, 1963 | 92 mins) | Mario Bava's stylistic influence on cinema can not be understated, and BLACK SABBATH is a prime example of how his visual and structural aesthetic permeated the horror genre specifically. BLACK SABBATH is one of the most influential anthology films of the 20th Century, composed of a "trio of terror" whose narrative is held together via the powerful and very colourful narrator, Boris Karloff. Quentin Tarantino cited the structural style of the film as one of his influences on PULP FICTION and the title of the film was, quite famously, lifted by English metal band Black Sabbath.

THE BICYCLE THIEF + CINEMA PARADISO: Italian Nights

We couldn't think of a better way to mark Italian Day on the Drive (Sunday, June 14) than with a film festival showcasing some of our favourite Italian films. Join us at the Rio for four nights dedicated to a fantastic selection of classic films spanning decades and genres, including Vittorio De Sica'a THE BICYCLE THIEF ("Ladri di biciclette") and CINEMA PARADISO on Tuesday, June 9. Special thanks to our partners, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day on The Drive 2015.

Tuesday, June 9
THE BICYCLE THIEF
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30

CINEMA PARADISO
Movie: 8:30

********PRE-SALES END AT 4:30PM June 9th*********

Single ticket price $10 advance $12 door.
See both features for $12 advance / $14 door!
*Buy an Italian Nights at the Rio film pass - good for every film - for just $50 at

*Groupons and passes OK for any single screening. Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

THE BICYCLE THIEF "Ladri di biciclette" (Vittorio De Sica, 1948 / 93 mins) | In spite of Vittorio De Sica's THE BICYCLE THIEF being, at its core, a simple story of a father and his young son searching for a stolen bicycle [vital to the father's] job, the film is frequently cited as one of the best films ever made. De Sica opted to cast his film with amateurs, their honest performances as fresh and natural today as they were upon release in 1948.CINEMA PARADISO "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 / 155 mins) | With sweeping cinematography, gorgeous performances, and a heart-tugging nostalgic storyline about childhood and coming-of-age, CINEMA PARADISO remains one of Italy's most beloved cinematic exports. Loosely based on writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore's own life, the story follows a prominent filmmaker recalling the days of his magical boyhood, when he fell in love with movies and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist at his village's theatre.

Studio Ghibli Nights: MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS + SPIRITED AWAY

Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm

Join us for another night celebrating classics from Japan's Studio Ghibli, featuring Isao Takahata's MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS and Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY. Both films will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles.

Thursday, June 11
MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS
Doors 5:30 / Movie 6:30

SPIRITED AWAY
Movie 8:45

Single ticket $10 in advance / $12 at the door
See both for $12 in advance / $14 at the door

*All ages are welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**These shows sell out quickly, so please consider buying in advance! Please note that we have limited balcony seating available for minors, so please show up on time to guarantee a seat.
***Groupons and passes OK for any single screening. Please redeem at the door. First come, first served.
-->Online ticket sales end at 4:30pm on June 11th

MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (Isao Takahata, 1999 / DCP / Subtitled 104 mins / PG) | The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 DCP / Subtitled, 125 mins) | During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters, and where humans are changed into beasts.

LA DOLCE VITA + THE NIGHT PORTER: Italian Nights

Friday, June 12 at 7:30pm

We couldn't think of a better way to mark Italian Day on The Drive 2015 than with a film festival showcasing some of our favourite Italian films! Join us at the Rio for four nights dedicated to a fantastic selection of classics, including Federico Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA (1960) and Liliana Cavani's THE NIGHT PORTER ("Il portiere di notte", 1974).

LA DOLCE VITA
Doors 7:00 / Movie 7:30

Tickets $10 in advance / $12 at the door

THE NIGHT PORTER (Friday Late Night Movie!)
Movie: 11:00

Tickets $6 in advance / $8 at the door

*See both for $12 advance / $14 at the door
*Groupons and passes OK for any single screening. Please redeem at the door.
*Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini, 1960 / DCP, 174 mins, 18A) Marcello Marstroianni and Anita Ekberg star in LA DOLCE VITA - one of the best from one of the best, Federico Fellini. A dazzling film that weaves elements of the surreal and magical to humbly expose honest elements of the human condition via a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist (Mastroianni, in one of his most memorable performances), living in Rome.

THE NIGHT PORTER "Il portiere di notte" (Lilliana Cavani, 1974 / Blu Ray, 118 mins, 18A) | After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor (the exquisite Charlotte Rampling) and the Nazi officer (Dirk Bogarde) who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship, which threatens them both. Liliana Cavani's THE NIGHT PORTER continues to divide audiences over its controversial themes and moral ambiguity; the far-reaching impact of its fetishistic aesthetic as influential today as it was upon its release in 1974.

8 1/2 (Fellini) + LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Bertolucci): Italian Night

Saturday, June 13 at 7pm

We couldn’t think of a better way to mark Italian Day on the Drive (Sunday, June 14) than with a film festival showcasing some of our favourite Italian films. Join us at the Rio for four nights dedicated to a fantastic selection of classic films spanning decades and genres, including Federico Fellini’s iconic 8 1/2 and Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterful LAST TANGO IN PARIS. Special thanks to our partners, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre and Italian Day on The Drive 2015

Saturday, June 13
8 1/2 – Doors 6:30 / Movie 7:00

LAST TANGO IN PARIS: Movie: 9:45

*Single ticket price $10 in advance / $12 at the door.

See both features for $12 in advance / $14 at the door!

*Buy an Italian Nights at the Rio film pass – good for every film in the series – for just $50 at www.riotheatretickets.ca.
*Groupons and passes OK for any single screening. Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963 / Blu-Ray, 138 mins / 18A) | A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele. Guido is a film director, trying to relax after his last big hit. He can’t get a moment’s peace, however, with the people who have worked with him in the past constantly looking for more work. He wrestles with his conscience, but is unable to come up with a new idea. While thinking, he starts to recall major happenings in his life, and all the women he has loved and left. An autobiographical film of Fellini, about the trials and tribulations of film making. Often cited by Federico Fellini himself as one of his favorite films ever, even considering other directors’ works.

LAST TANGO IN PARIS “Ultimo tango a Parigi” (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1974 / Blu Ray, 128 mins, 18A) | Passionate, sexual, and entirely unforgettable, Bernardo Bertolucci’s LAST TANGO IN PARIS is an exotic, erotic masterpiece about an engaged Parisian woman (Maria Schneider) and her clandestine affair with a recently widowed, middle-aged American businessman (Marlon Brando). Upon its release in 1974, the film received worldwide attention for its unflinching sex scenes (it originally received an “X” rating and was banned in many countries) as well as its raw, naturalistic portrayal of a very adult relationship*

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