At the RIO

This Week at the RIO

Now showing until 16 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.

Now showing – must end Thursday

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.”

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

From Fri 10 Feb
Oscar nominated Natalie Portman gives a flawless, deeply intelligent performance as the woman at the heart of an event which would come to define a generation – the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.  Jackie Kennedy was as romantic a public figure as her handsome, charismatic husband, an outwardly assured partner constantly under media and public gaze but one who continued to play her role with consummate grace. Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s kaleidoscopic and utterly absorbing film builds a moving portrait of a grieving woman — a widow and mother haunted by the past as she struggles with an overwhelming tragedy in the glare of the spotlight. An outstanding supporting cast, including one of John Hurt’s final screen roles, plus a great score by composer Mica Lev all come together to make JACKIE a unique and alluring portrait of an icon.

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.

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.

Other Highlights coming soon…

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.”

Valentines Day Special – 30th Anniversary Screening
DIRTY DANCING (12A) at 6.15pm
BOOK TICKETSWhether it’s called Araw ng mga Puso, El Día de los Enamorados, Ystävänpäivä, or Valentinsdag, in most of the world February 14 is the day for cards, flowers, chocolates…and some of the best loved movies of all time. So, it’s back to 1963 when drama, music and romance are the order of the day for Baby. She’s busy at Summer Camp falling in love with dance instructor Johnny. As college boys battle dancing hunks, relive all the magic moments and have the time of your life as DIRTY DANCING celebrates it’s 30th Birthday: boo rotten Robbie, hiss tarty Vivian and shout “creep” at Neil, but don’t forget “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

PLUS – after the film hang out for some retro cocktail fun in Little Nan’s bar in our fabulous basement space with 2 for 1 cocktails between 7.30 and 9pm

Sun 26 Feb at 1.45pm John Waters Double Bill
HAIRSPRAY (PG)at 2.30pm
at 4.15pm
 BOOK TICKETSHAIRSPRAY was the moment when underground movies’ most purposeful provocateur, John Waters, finally broke through to the mainstream with depth and charm but with his madcap, camp-heavy sensibilities still amazingly intact. 1960s Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) finally gets her big break and lands Corny Collins Dance Show. As a girl of noble ideals, Tracy soon forces the issue of integrated dancing on the previously all white program, much to the horror of her square parents (Waters’ longtime muse Divine and comedian Jerry Stiller). HAIRSPRAY is the perfect mix of Waters’ bad taste genius and a traditional 1960’s coming-of-age tale and there’s the added bonus of a crackin’ good soundtrack.

Multiple Maniacs is an apocalyptic, surrealist rant against 60s peace and love, which unsurprisingly, with its depictions of all manner of depravity plus one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments, is only now getting a UK release. Made on a shoestring budget in the director’s native Baltimore, features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a travelling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Rosary carriers and lobster lovers should probably stay well away from this anarchic bad taste masterwork from The Pope of Trash.

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