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This Week at the RIO
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In the acclaimed new drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret), Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.
“A truly incredible piece of cinema from a filmmaker that has marked himself as one of the most important working today.”

From Fri 3 Feb

As well as being one of the most talked about films of the year, this groundbreaking tale of an ambitious young businesswoman and the unpredictable relationship with her eccentric, practical joke loving father has already featured in a poll of the top 100 films of the 21st Century. Not least of its achievements is to turn a sit-com scenario into something wholly original and affecting. Retired divorcee Winfried, an incorrigible (and painfully unfunny) prankster, pays a surprise visit to his daughter Ines, a high-ranking and repressed management consultant, and soon insinuates himself into every aspect of her professional life, turning each day into a non-stop parade of embarrassment. And writer-director Maren Ade’s movie is also full of surprises as it meanders along in its warm, touching, and frequently hilarious own sweet way.

From Fri 17 Feb
MOONLIGHT tells a story you may have seen and heard before, but not like this. Director Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life, is a striking and powerful revelation. Meet Little as an African-American boy in Miami who deals with his difficult home environment and his frequent victimisation at school by befriending local drug dealer Juan. Revisit him as teenager Chiron, who lashes out when he becomes unable to cope but his real battle isn’t on the streets but an internal one as he struggles with the realisation he is gay and his complex love for his best friend; and finally as Black, an adult whose hardened exterior belies his extreme vulnerability, dreaming of reconnecting with his childhood friend. MOONLIGHT is an unforgettable landmark achievement – a sensual, thrilling, impeccably written, directed and acted piece of cinema that has much to say about the moments that define us, the people who shape our lives, and the love that can last a lifetime.

Half Term Family Matinee – From Mon 13 Feb to Sun 19 Feb
A fiercely modern princess sets sail on an epic adventure accompanied by a demi-god in Disney’s spectacular new animated adventure. Hawaiian princess Moana lives on Motunni Island in Polynesia and hails from a long line of navigators. When her family is threatened by an evil lava witch, feisty and brave Moana takes to the high seas in order to discover the secrets that will help save them. Along the way she is accompanied by demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and very soon, a voyage of discovery begins during which time the plucky princess will learn to prove herself to her people.

Other Highlights coming soon…

Double Bill Sun 29 Jan
The Alternative Awards Season

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (15) at 1.45pm
SWISS ARMY MAN (15) at 3.45pm

This Dostoevsky in Minnesota tale is a wry, stylish and beguiling chiller, unexpectedly and pleasingly macabre. John Wayne Cleaver is a troubled teen living in a remote town in the American Midwest. Bullied for being a misfit, he struggles to suppress his homicidal thoughts. When a series of grisly murders occur in the town he decides to use his knowledge of serial killers to investigate, even though it means embracing his inner demons… A streak of macabre humour breaks up the chills and character insights and the wonderful Christopher Lloyd, intoning poetry over dying embers, is alone worth the price of admission.

SWISS ARMY MAN is a surreal original that is both outrageously funny and deeply moving, Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a desert island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. Suddenly everything changes when Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore and an epic adventure begins as the unlikely pair learn about life, love and masculinity. This debut feature from the two video directors collectively known as ‘Daniels,’ mixes highbrow ideas with lowbrow comedy – big questions, big laughs – and certainly stands high in the year’s most intriguing, imaginative and rewarding category.

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Sun 5 Feb at 1.45pm

An encore performance recorded live from the National Theatre on Thursday February 2. The performance lasts approximately 3 hours including interval.

Music. Power. Jealousy. Peter Shaffer’s multi award-winner premiered at the National Theatre in 1979 and went on to become the basis for Milos Forman’s memorable Academy Award winning movie.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

“Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival” Time Out

“A soaring song of genius and jealousy” Evening Standard

“Note-perfect. Fresh, vital and musically inventive” Daily Telegraph

Sun 12 Feb
Life/Art/Performance Double Bill
Jim Jarmusch’s cinematic offering to these punk gods traces the always raucous and frequently calamitous history of the Stooges from their beginnings to the present. Alongside contributions from animator James Kerr, and glimpses of Lucille Ball and a shirtless Yul Brynner, there’s a bonanza of archival performance footage, photos and interviews plus of course inimitable contributions from the outspoken, charismatic, improbable survivor and legend that is Iggy Pop.

The extraordinary story of “pretty weird” performance artist Bob Parks, who left 1970’s England to do his peculiar thing in Los Angeles. That journey ended with a collapsed career, a failed marriage, and a massive breakdown which found him walking through the L.A. Streets in a bikini. THE R&B FEELING is a rich and poignant, hilarious and heartbreaking, look at artistic endeavour, mental instability, tortured relationships and human kindness – and is certainly unlike anything you are ever likely to see.
With an introduction by Bob Parks himself – live on stage at the RIO

“If the purpose of conceptual or performance art is to make you think, then The R&B Feeling is a masterpiece…
The Time
“Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure: a film that is as inventive as its brilliant, troubled, subject.”

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