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Showing From Today

Showing from today for one week only
Under The Shadow (15)

The first feature film from Iran born, now London based, award-winning writer-director Babak Anvari combines allegory, social critique and classic psychological horror to make a rich and insightful little gem.
Infused with autobiographical elements, UNDER THE SHADOW is set in 1980’s Tehran and focuses on Shideh whose attempts to rejoin medical school after getting married and having daughter Dorsa are thwarted as a consequence of her politically active history. Her husband is sent off to serve in the Iran-Iraq War but while Iraqi air raids are a constant threat, it is her daughter’s increasingly disturbed behaviour which becomes her greatest worry. Narges Rashidi is outstanding as Shideh, a strong, defiant woman frustrated by a society that has consistently admonished her for her independence. Her single-handed battle against a multitude of dangers from both the physical and supernatural worlds in order to save herself and her child is a compelling tale that is as smart as it is scary.

“Unmissable… one of the very best movies of the year”
Den-Of-Geek
5/5 stars

Bargain Mondays – super cheap tickets – £6 or £4 for members

Hackney Library Tuesdays – if you have a Hackney Library Card its only £4 adults
Just show your library card when you buy your ticket

Showing from today for one week only
Hell Or High Water (15)

The heist thriller meets the modern-day western in this sharply scripted and magnificently acted tale of hard times – Customers and Bankers not Cowboys and Indians.
Chris Pine and Ben Foster are two brothers who need cash in a hurry and can think of just one way to get it: rob the bank that is threatening to foreclose on their family ranch. Thus begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a soon-to-be-retired Texas ranger played by the ever-wonderful Jeff Bridges. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms. British director David Mackenzie and SICARIO writer Taylor Sheridan have produced a film that is rich in detail and atmosphere, morally ambiguous, and as funny as it is tense. HELL OR HIGH WATER is undoubtedly one of the films of the year and it comes with the added bonus of a powerful score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
“Part heist, part western for the Occupy generation, this sharply plotted thriller is a triumph for both director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan (Sicario)” Wendy Ide – Observer
4/5 stars
Bargain Mondays – super cheap tickets – £6 or £4 for members

Hackney Library Tuesdays – if you have a Hackney Library Card its only £4 adults
Just show your library card when you buy your ticket

Adapting Miss Highsmith Season – Sunday Double Bill
The Glass Cell (PG) at 1.45pm + The American Friend (15) at 3.45pm

The Glass Cell (PG) (1978)

Director Hans W. Geissendörfer’s adaptation of Highsmith’s The Glass Cell shifts the action to Frankfurt, Philip (Helmut Griem) is an architect who’s released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Struggling to find work and troubled by his wife’s relationship with his lawyer, he soon finds that – like many a Highsmithian protagonist – his life is tumbling dangerously out of control.

 The American Friend (15) (1977)

A fascinating and stylish multi-layered adaptation of Ripley’s Game, the third of Highsmith’s five Ripley novels. Wim Wenders’ masterpiece incorporates strands of the earlier Ripley as a terminally ill picture framer Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz) becomes involved in an underworld murder plot. The broodingly iconic Dennis Hopper is perfectly cast as Ripley and appearances by Hollywood auteurs Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray add to the atmosphere and the intrigue.

Rio Double Bills – You can book for a single film, or both for the price of one ticket !

Thursday Oct 6

Lights, Camera, Action: Protest In Film – panel event (6.30PM)

followed by a screening of Generation Revolution (8.45PM)

October 2016 will mark the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, when the people of the East End, across different communities, joined forces to stop Oswald Moseley and his British Union of Fascists from marching through their streets. part of a series of events being held by JW3 to commemorate this important moment in British-Jewish history and the history of protest, meet a panel of flim-makers who have harnessed the medium to document protest and affect political and social change.

Yoav Segal (The Battle of Cable Street), Isis Thompson (The Real Social Network) and Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless (Generation Revolution) discuss their work and experience with Charlie Phillips, the Guardian’s Head of Documentaries at the Rio, itself an East London institution with a long history of protest and radicalism.

Get a combined ticket for both events for £15 (£12 for members)

What Did She See??? – Tickets now on sale for shows from Fri Oct 7 to Thur Oct 20

The Girl On The Train (15)

The film adaptation of Paula Hawkin’s psychological thriller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is certainly one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
The setting for director Tate Taylor and writer Erin Cressida Wilson’s adaptation is now New York, not London but a tense, twisting mystery remains. Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, a woman devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One day she witnesses something shocking and so begins a labyrinthine search to discover the truth about what she saw but also the truth about herself…

Other Highlights coming soon…

Wednesday Oct 5 at 2.30pm Classic Matinee

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15)

Eddy and Patsy finally make their riotous big-screen debut – older but certainly none the wiser!
Growing old disgracefully, self-obsessed PR agent Edina ‘Eddy’ Monsoon and her even more grotesque magazine editor friend Patsy Stone are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around in their never-ending quest to stay young and relevant. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!
Adapting Miss Highsmith – Sunday Double Bills in October

Fear, jealousy, guilt and violence bubble under the surface of the outwardly civilised characters in Patricia Highsmith’s trademark tightly-plotted thrillers, many of which have made for compelling cinema. This season showcases the very best of them.

In additon to this weeks double bill, we have:

Sunday Oct 9 – A Mighty Nice Man (2014) & Strangers On A Train (1951)

Sunday Oct 16 – Deep Water (1981) & Plein Soleil (1960)

Sunday Oct 23 – The Cry Of The Owl (1987), Annabel & This Sweet Sickness (1977)

Monday Oct 10 + Saturday Oct 15

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (15)

Our satellite Q&A on Monday is now completely SOLD OUT(check for returns on the day), and so we have added a second screening on Saturday at 1.15pm (no Q&A).

“I find that the most inexplicable behaviour is motivated by very relatable human impulses,” comments Louis Theroux as he heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary debut with ‘the Holy Grail of stories’ and a confrontation with one of the world’s most mysterious, powerful modern-day religions, Scientology. Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down. In a bizarre twist, it subsequently becomes clear that the Church appears to be making their own film about Louis…? Both hilarious and disturbing, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is as outlandish as it is revealing.

Whats New In The Rio Bar and Cafe

We are always looking for new and delicious items for our cafe.
Discover our new range of Ciders:

Turners Elderflower Cider and Gasping Goose Organic Cider

And, we are still stocking the locally made HAPPY ENDINGS ice cream sandwiches, as well as our legendary Samosas!

Our £4 Cake and Coffee deal includes a wheat-free Chocolate & Almond Brownie or an organic Apple & Walnut cinnamon Muffin + a coffee from Climpson & Sons – the best coffee in Hackney!

Become a Rio Member, and take advantage of some of the cheapest cinema ticket deals in London!

With some great films like the acclaimed HELL OR HIGH WATER and the Sundance sensation UNDER THE SHADOW plus upcoming hotly anticipated thriller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN there’s been no better time to treat yourself, a friend, or a loved one to a Rio Membership. 

You’ll be supporting Hackney’s only independent community cinema and you’ll save money with up to £3 off tickets, and 10% off food and drinks at the café bar.

Plus we will be bringing you monthly offers from business and cultural partners in Hackney, and free member previews of some of the great films coming up at the Rio, for only £30 for single and £45 for joint annual membership.

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