At the Rio

From Friday

Victoria (15)

For one week only – VICTORIA is an astonishing achievement – a throbbing romantic thriller that is over two hours of dazzling, adrenaline filled movie-making but filmed in one continuous take. and a breakneck sequence of events – drug-fuelled raves, rooftop reveries, bullet-strewn set pieces, and clammy getaways – develop through the night. VICTORIA is an unforgettable immersive triumph.
“extraordinary thriller” 5/5 stars THE GUARDIAN

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (U)

Family matinee for Easter, showing daily. Everybody’s favourite squeaky, misbehaving singing chipmunks and their long-suffering human companion, Dave are back for another fun-packed adventure. Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend Samantha in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

RoboCop (1987) (18)

Saturday late show at 11.30pm

“YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY” Back on the big screen at The Rio – the 1987 cyberpunk cult classic from Paul Verhoeven. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, in the near future, RoboCop centres on police officer Alex Murphy who is brutally murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorp – Omni Consumer Products (OCP)as a cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop.
Way ahead of its time RoboCop’s themes include media influence, gentrification, corruption, authoritarianism, greed, privatisation, capitalism, identity theft and dystopian futures – sound familiar?

Hou Hsiao-Hsien Double Bill
Sunday 3 April

Sunday 3 April at 1pm

Three Times (12A)

Taiwan 2006. Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien. 132 mins. Subtitled.
Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Mei Di, Su-jen Liao, Fang Mei

A lyrical exploration of the ever-repeating pattern of love with three separate stories set at three different times: 1911, 1966 and 2005 but featuring the same two actors, the outstanding Chang Chen and Shu Qi. In the first episode ‘A Time for Love,’ Chen, a young man about to embark on his national service, falls in love with May, who works at the pool hall he frequents.  Director Jim Jarmusch has called it ‘one of the most perfect pieces of cinema I’ve ever seen.’ Episode two, ‘A Time for Freedom’, finds a beautiful young courtesan caught between the attentions of a tea plantation owner and his son. The third tale, ‘A Time for Youth,’ is set in modern Taipei. Singer Jong becomes an object of attraction for photographer Zhen. Three stories, three kinds of love: unfulfilled, mercenary, meaningless.

For the double bill discount to apply, please book together with film 2: THE ASSASSIN at 15.30

Sunday 27 March at 3.15pm

The Assassin (12A)

Taiwan 2015. Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien. 106 mins. Subtitled.
Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Shao-Huai Chang, Hsieh Hsin-Ying, Juan Ching-Tian.

A Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a mesmerising visual feast and a martial arts movie like no other – shimmeringly subversive and sublimely beautiful. Set in 9th-century China and based on a famous legend, THE ASSASSIN is the story of a young woman, daughter of an important general, who was abducted in childhood and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill an important political figure who is also her former lover. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

For the double bill discount to apply, please book together with film 1: THREE TIMES at 13.00

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From Friday 8 April – for one week only

Dheepan (15)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Festival, DHEEPAN from Jacques Audiard , director of A PROPHET, and RUST AND BONE, is packed with dramatic power and relevance, and indeed current headlines and debates have made it even more compelling and essential viewing with a story that unfolds at the heart of the immigrant experience. Fleeing Sri Lanka, Tamil soldier Dheepan convinces two fellow refugees to pose as members of his family, which allows the trio to fool aid workers and win a passage to France. Once settled in a Paris suburb, they face the challenges not only of living as a family but the potentially explosive mix of past violence and present threats, DHEEPAN is a cinematically rich and piercingly observed piece of moving, passionate filmmaking.

Sunday 10 April at 2pm

The Seven Samurai (PG)

The complete version of Kurosawa’s epic masterpiece, a band of professional warriors comes together to defend a village against marauding bandits. Among the samurai is swordsman Kikuchiyo, a peasant farmer’s son, desperately seeking glory and revenge against those who destroyed his family. Katshushiro is the youngster who wants to learn from the masters. Led by the calmly strategic Kambei, the group form mutual bonds of honour and respect with the villagers, but remain distant from them, knowing that everything may end in disaster. The movie was remade as THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, but with its breathtaking action sequences, the original remains unsurpassed, a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Saturday 16 April 6pm

My Nazi Legacy + Q&A (PG)

While researching East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, writer Philippe Sands came to know two men whose fathers were high-ranking Nazi officials, responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. This powerful award-winning documentary, charts the tensions between the sons as they explore their very different relationships with their fathers and their crimes. In a series of remarkable conversations and encounters, all three men journey to western Ukraine, where most members of Sands’s Jewish family were murdered during the war. The result is a fascinating and personal meditation on family, morality and the truth.

After the screening, Philippe Sands will discuss the film with acclaimed novelist Adam Thirlwell

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