At the Rio

Now Showing
and Coming Soon…
Friday Oct 28 to Thursday Nov 3
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (12A) BOOK TICKETS

The first message sent on the Internet in 1969 was meant to be “login,” but after “lo” the system crashed. That’s the jumping off point (and an explanation of the film’s title) for the latest of the inimitable explorations of the world around us by legendary director Werner Herzog. From revealing interviews with a strange collection of 1960s and 1970s computer scientists the boundlessly curious Herzog moves on from the internet to visions of the future that include the possibility of human telepathy and “Terminator”-style robot apocalypses. Along the way he shows how the astonishing revolution that is the all-encompassing online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, and that includes personal relationships. LO AND BEHOLD explores the good, the bad, the weird and the wondrous and the result could be either existential dread or hope for the future. It’s your world – or is it?

Herzog’s wild ride through the web… whether it’s the characters – who could walk off the pages of a Jon Ronson book – or Herzog’s deadpan delivery, it’s a homage to the outsiders who make the web and tech what it is – something ridiculous and brilliant.
Guardian 4/5 stars

Now showing until Thursday Nov 3
American Honey (15) BOOK TICKETS

The Cannes award-winning first American film from Andrea Arnold, writer-director of FISH TANK and WUTHERING HEIGHTS, is a road movie like no other – an epic, visionary, hypnotic odyssey into an unfamiliar America that is an unforgiving landscape of strip malls, chain hotels and suburban sprawl as seen through the eyes of its outcasts, underdogs and strivers. When the parent-less teenager Star (hypnotizing newcomer Sasha Lane), saddled with the responsibility of caring for two pre-teen siblings in Nowheresville, Middle America, sees a chance to escape her situation, she seizes it: she joins forces with a young, itinerant and rowdy door-to-door sales gang led by the shifty Jake (Shia LeBeouf, a force to be reckoned with) and his untrusting girlfriend Krystal (Riley Keough), and so a journey of self-discovery begins. Newcomer Lane and LaBeouf are an electric pairing and their story is propelled by a dynamic soundtrack that mixes country, Southern hip-hop “trap” music and American radio classics ranging from E-40 to Rihanna to Bruce Springsteen.

“this is Arnold’s best work since her 2006 feature debut Red Road, an electrifying odyssey which mixes the vérité grit of Ken Loach’s sociopolitical parables with the awestruck natural beauty of Terrence Malick’s rural cinematic dreams, all filtered through the eyes of an irrepressible heroine whose experiences are at once singular yet universal”
Mark Kermode – Observer 4/5 stars

Halloween Late Show – Saturday Oct 29 at 11.30pm
Poltergeist (15) BOOK TICKETS

They’re here for Halloween! Horror Meister Tobe Hooper’s original modern horror classic returns for a night of ghoulish terror. When strange things begin to happen in the suburban home of the Freelings, curiosity quickly turns to fear as the first friendly and playful spirits who make contact through the family TV set turn unexpectedly menacing. The non-stop creepshow that follows, often imitated (clowns and all) but rarely equalled, makes POLTEGEIST a compelling and creepy journey to the Dark Side. As psychic medium Tangina says of the supernatural intruder “it knows what scares you” and equally the movie certainly knows how to scare you!

Other Highlights now showing and coming soon…

Family Matinee for Half-Term

Pete’s Dragon (PG) BOOK TICKETS
Thursday Oct 27 to Saturday Oct 29 at 10.15AM

Forest Ranger Grace does not believe in dragons and laughs off the stories that her father tells about a dangerous monster that lives deep amongst the trees… then ten-year-old, orphan Pete is found living in the woods and claims to have survived only with the help of Elliot. The fact that Elliot is a big, green dragon causes unease among the townspeople and there could be trouble ahead. Will Pete be able to save his friend before it’s too late? An awesome tale, beautifully told.

Friday Nov 4 to Thur Nov 17
Nocturnal Animals (15) BOOK TICKETS

As sleek as a panther, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is director/fashion designer Tom Ford’s second feature after his striking and acclaimed first feature A SINGLE MAN. Equally stylish and gorgeous to look at, but much more than an exercise in aesthetics, this is a bold and complex portrait of a woman whose world is about to be turned upside down. Susan (the superb Amy Adams), already troubled by the frequent absences of her second husband is further rattled by the arrival of a manuscript written by her long-estranged first husband which forces her to examine her own past. The deftly handled mix of reality and story within a story racks up all the suspense there is to get from an escalating nightmare but whether as classic thriller or psychological study, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a delight from start to finish.

Tuesday Nov 15 to Sunday Nov 20

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2016 BOOK TICKETS

Fringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2016 is hosting a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With a signature blend of eye opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs.

RIO events
Tuesday Nov 15 – Viva – Opening Night Gala 8.30PM – tickets selling fast, book now !!

Friday Nov 18 – Death Becomes Her – Hosted By Holestar 11.30PM

Saturday Nov 19 – Utopians 1.30PM

Saturday Nov 19 – AWOL3.30PM

Sunday Nov 20 – You’ll Never Be Alone 1PM

Sunday Nov 20 – Strike A Pose 3.30PM


We are shortlisted in the TIME OUT LOVE LONDON awards, please vote for us – click on the Local Love image above to go to the Time Out Stokey page.

Please note – we are listed under Stoke Newington (not Hackney)


Tell a friend about the amazing RIO Membership deal

With some great films like our current indie sensation AMERICAN HONEY from director Andrea Arnold and starring Shai La Beouf, and Werner Herzog’s excellent new doc on the impact of the internet LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLDand on November 4 Tom Ford’s hotly anticipated NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (pictured) and then sci-fi epic ARRIVAL – 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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