At the RIO

Now Showing
and Coming Soon…
Now showing until Thursday Dec 1
Arrival (12A) BOOK TICKETS
From Denis Villeneuve, the director of PRISONERS and SICARIO, ARRIVAL is a compelling tense science fiction thriller in the classic mould – but an alien movie that is fundamentally human.

ARRIVAL is a beautiful and haunting experience. From its arresting cinematography, captivating score and minimalist production design to another superb performance from Amy Adams, this is innovative and unique film-making of the very best kind.

“At a time when some of us, appalled by events on Earth, are looking to the stars for reassurance that love can indeed trump tragedy, Arrival may be just the poem we need; a departure from the dystopian visions which now appear all too real, a memory of a future in which light still shines in the darkness.”
4/5 stars – The Guardian
Friday Nov 25 to Thur Dec 1

Paterson (15)  BOOK TICKETS

Jim Jarmusch, one of the most audacious and pleasurable of modern film-makers, is in top form with a wonderfully funny and warm meditation on everyday life.
Adam Driver is Paterson, a bus driver and poet in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, which was home to the poet William Carlos Williams, one of whose most famous poems is titled Paterson… Paterson gets up each day and drives his bus, while drawing inspiration for the poetry he shyly loves to write from the ostensibly mundane things that occur while he is on his route. His wife Laura stays at home, where she paints, designs, learns the guitar and ponders career options, overseen by the couple’s English bulldog (Cannes Palm Dog award winner Nellie, R.I.P.) From these seemingly inauspicious minutiae Jarmusch weaves a tapestry of honest, hopeful small-town life that is rich in comic detail and genuine warmth.

In Response to Recent Events…Double Bill 
The Election of President Donald Trump + The Death of Leonard Cohen

“You can’t fight here! This is the war room!” Kubrick’s cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age and still the perfect spoof of political and military insanity. When General Jack D. Ripper orders a squadron of US bombers to attack the Soviet Union the future of the world is in the hands of President Merkin Muffley, Captain Mandrake (R.A.F.) and mad scientist Dr. Strangelove, all the brilliant creations of the great Peter Sellers.


Charismatic gambler John McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives in a mining community and decides to open a brothel. The local residents are impressed by his confident demeanor and fast talk, but prostitute Constance Miller (Julie Christie) sees through McCabe and decides he isn’t as sharp as he seems. Then big business arrives… “That’s what the film’s about” said Robert Altman, “the fact that almost everyone’s on the make but the bigger fish eat the smaller ones. America has been like that from the beginning, and it will remain that way for the foreseeable future.”

The songs of Leonard Cohen featured in many movies but were never so perfectly, or hauntingly, integrated than in Robert Altman’s revisionist western. “The Stranger Song”, “Sisters of Mercy” and “Winter Lady” are not simply heard on the soundtrack, they are used to set the rhythm of the film. As Altman later said “I think the reason they worked was because those lyrics were etched in my subconscious, so when I shot the scenes I fitted them to the songs, as if they were written for them.”

Saturday Nov 26 at 11.30am
As If There Was Nothing Else – Como Se Não Existisse Nada   BOOK TICKETS
“Como se não existisse nada” is a documentary by Sibila Lind in partnership with PÚBLICO, a portuguese newspaper.

Querubim Lapa was already known as the “Master” in the halls of António Arroio School when Susana appeared in one of his pottery classes. He was 53 years old, she was 17. They stayed together, split and remained apart for 17 years until they reunited. Querubim, known as the most important Portuguese ceramist of the 20th century, found in Susana his main source of inspiration. In their house, the paintings, notebooks and tiles that fill the rooms have all one thing in common: a portrait.

The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the Director and Susana Lapa.

Other Highlights coming soon…

Thursday Dec 1 at 9pm
Nick Cave – One More Time With Feeling (15) BOOK TICKETS

For one showing only, the return of the Nick Cave/Andrew Dominik collaboration which in September spectacularly marked the release of ‘Skeleton Tree’, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Originally a performance based concept, ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination.

Filmed in black-and-white, colour, and 3D, the result is fragile, raw and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.

Sunday Dec 11 is Blue Velvet day at the RIO
Blue Velvet (18)BOOK TICKETS
At 2pm
Whether as one of the all-time greats, as one of the standout films of the 1980s, as one of the best examples of American surrealism or as one of the finest of David Lynch movies, it is time to celebrate BLUE VELVET’s 30th anniversary. Here’s an opportunity to see, or see again, a landmark movie which has inspired countless tributes, cultural references and parodies but still remains as subversive, surreal and shocking as it did in 1986.

Blue Velvet Revisited – The Documentary (15)BOOK TICKETS

At 4.30pm
Based on hours of footage exclusively filmed and photographed on the set of the film, Peter Braatz’s documentary is a stunning and evocative record of the making of an iconic cult classic. With an all-new soundtrack by veteran experimental rockers Tuxedomoon, among others, BLUE VELVET REVISITED is an unmissable and inspirational homage to movie-making.
Friday Dec 2 to Thursday Dec 8

Time for an update of Aristophanes’ 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy “Lysistrata” – the one in which the wives withhold sex from their husbands – and Spike Lee’s bold, blistering, imaginative, incendiary updating could not be more contemporarily relevant.
Set against a background of street gang warfare in present day Chicago, CHI-RAQ is a State of the Nation report like no other. Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is in love with aspiring rapper Demetrius “Chi-Raq” Dupree (Nick Cannon), but detests the bloody war between his Spartan gang and the rival Trojans, led by Cyclops (Wesley Snipes), and organises that famous ultimatum in an attempt to stop the fighting: “No peace, no pussy.”
Scorching social satire and farce with a deadly serious core meets raunchy entertainment in a real spellbinder of a movie. Aristophanes would have approved.

This Christmas give the gift of RIO membership !

With some great films like sci-fi epic ARRIVAL, Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON and upcoming Spike Lee treat CHI-RAQ (pictured)- 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 an annual membership and £45 for joint annual membership.

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