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This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO

Now Showing
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, 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 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 – Now showing until 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.

Sun 19 Feb at 3.15pm

The Donmar Warehouse’s radical updating to the world of big business of Shaw’ electrifying masterpiece with a mesmerising performance from Gemma Arterton. Even in a contemporary  board room full of bankers setting, she’s very much the Joan of Arc of history –  daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman and revolutionary.

This NT Live Encore! is a recording of the performance on Thursday February 19 transmitted from the Donmar Warehouse.

The performance runs 165 mins (including interval)

Sun 26 Feb at 12 noon
THE SALESMAN (12A) – Preview and then a March BOOK TICKETS

The story so far: The Iranian Oscar winning director of A SEPARATION in 2012, Asghar Farhadi, has again been nominated for an an Academy Award this year for his latest film THE SALESMAN. The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is attempting to bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the USA. Asghar Farhadi has said he would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26 even if he were offered dispensation by the US government. A protest rally is taking place in Trafalgar Square on February 26 which will include a showing of the film.
This lunchtime screening provides the opportunity to see the Cannes award winning film before heading down to Trafalgar Square for the speeches and readings.

When their apartment literally starts falling apart, actor couple Rana and Emad must find a new place to stay. Consumed by work on a theatre production of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman, they take up the offer of a fellow actor of an empty apartment. But the former occupants have left more than just furniture behind and this legacy proves highly dangerous for Rana. Dealing with the aftermath of trauma, the couple find that a hunger for justice creates its own fissures.

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 finally gets her big break. 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.

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. Featuring the fabulous Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Rosary carriers and lobster lovers should probably stay well away from this bad taste masterwork from The Pope of Trash.

2 degenerate movies for the price of 1 – The Double Bill discount will automatically apply at the checkout!

Wed 1 Mar at 6.30pm
TRESPASS AGAINST US (15) + Q&A BOOK TICKETSTRESPASS AGAINST US is a dynamic mix of crime thriller and offbeat family drama with powerhouse performances from Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. Three generations of the Cutler family live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of the West Country in a world where speed and strength settle scores and the law does not apply. Chad Cutler (Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Gleeson), and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting authority. But with his own son coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When tensions both internal and external finally come to a head, loyalties are put to the ultimate test. As daring as it is heartfelt, music-video director Adam Smith’s feature debut brings the life of an outsider community to the screen in all its texture and detail. A pulsating original score by The Chemical Brothers adds to the emotional intensity.

We are delighted to welcome director Adam Smith for a post-screening Q&A.

Film and Live Performance on stage at the RIO – Sunday 18 Mar at 2pm

Mo’ Better Blues, Spike Lee’s love letter to jazz, will be shown as part of the wider “Spike is 60” film festival celebrating the director’s 60th birthday.
It tells the story of renowned jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) as he chooses between teacher Indigo and aspiring singer Clarke whilst trying to take his band to the next level.
This screening will include an immersive jazz performance by musicians who will play improvised music throughout the screening.

RIO Exclusive – proceeds go towards our fund raising campaign

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Limited Edition Toni Erdmann Risograph print by Rob Flower

3 Colour A3 print on 300 gsm acid free paper. Dimensions
A3 297 x 420mm

Edition of 50, signed by the artist.

Print £20 or £15 with a an online ticket purchase.

Rob Flower is an illustrator who’s work has been used by clients as diverse as The British Museum / House of Holland / Terry de Havilland / Anorak Magazine / The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic / BBC Radio One / Nike and Children in Need.  With a distinctively bold style defined by crayon bright palettes, play forms and eccentric characters. Stationed in his Flowers Towers, studio, Rob is a Keen collector of kitsch ephemera and historical miscellany, counting 80s gross-out toys, 70s cartoons and early McDonald’s advertising memorabilia amongst his treasury. His Work draws on his fondness for mythology, combining whimsical imagery with symbolism and folkloric elements.

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