Cruel Intentions

Friday, September 18 at 11:30pm

What you can’t have, you can’t resist.

Proving that a good plot and strong characters make for timeless storytelling in any era, CRUEL INTENTIONS is a 90s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses,” that was released on the heels of both Stephen Frears’ DANGEROUS LIAISIONS (John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman) and Milos Forman’s VALMONT (Annette Benning, Colin Firth, Meg Tilly). Set among uber-privileged teens in New York City, CRUEL INTENTIONS made stars out of Ryan Phillipe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Friday, September 18
Doors 11:00 | Movie 11:30

Tickets $6 advance or $8 at the door

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

CRUEL INTENTIONS (Roger Kumble, 1999 / 97 mins) Two wealthy step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to de-flower the new headmaster’s daughter before the start of term. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Swoosie Kurtz, Christin Baranski, Sean Patrick Thomas.

Listening: Canadian Premier With Director Q&A

Sunday, September 20 at 6:30pm

For years, we have tried to harness the power of the human mind… and failed. Now, one breakthrough will change everything. Beyond technology. Beyond humanity. Beyond control.

LISTENING, the award-winning debut feature from visionary director Khalil Sullins, is a psychological thriller about penniless grad students who invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives. David, Ryan, and Jordan hope the telepathy invention will solve all their problems, but the bleeding-edge technology opens a Pandora’s box of new dangers, as the team discovers that when they open their minds, there is nowhere to hide their thoughts. Secrets and betrayals surface, and the technology is stolen by a covert government agency with a hidden agenda. With no one left to trust, David is forced against his friends in a life-or-death battle over not only the privacy of the human mind, but the future of free will itself. Starring Thomas Stroppel, Artie Ahr, Amber Marie Bollinger, Christine Haeberman and Steve Hanks.

Writer/director Khalil Sullins & producer Pardis Sullins will be joining us LIVE for a Q&A following the film.

Sunday, September 20
Doors 6:00 | Movie 6:30

Tickets $10 advance / $12 door


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

LISTENING (Khalil Sullins, 2015 / 100 mins) A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.

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

Tuesday, September 22 at 8pm

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for more medieval merriment on Tuesday, September 22 …

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 over three 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!

Eric Fell as The Dungeon Master
Ian Boothby as Benoit the Anointed, the Half-Elf Cleric
Joanna Gaskell as Freya, the Elf Warlock
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!

Tuesday, September 22
Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00

Advance Tickets $10 / $12 at the door

19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.