The Rio Theatre is serving up a strong lineup for November featuring some definite fan favourites. These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door for $8 or $6 if you come in costume.
Late Night Movies at the Rio
Friday, November 7, 2014
(Tim Burton, 1989) Actor Michael Keaton is experiencing something of a renaissance of late thanks to his turn in Birdman, which inspired us to revisit one of his best known performances as the original Dark Knight of Gotham, Bruce Wayne, in Tim Burton’s Batman. Jack Nicholson chews scenery as The Joker, Kim Basinger chooses screamery as Vicky Vale, and Prince provides a soundtrack that will make you want to Batdance in your Electric Chair until the wee small hours of the morning. Also starring Robert Wuhl, Bill Dee Williams, Jack Palance.
Friday, November 14, 2014
(‘Batoru rowaiaru’, Kinji Fukasaku, 2000) A mesmerizing modern cult classic depicting, perhaps, the most severe instance of ninth grade initiation ever, Kinji Fukasaku’s dystopian thriller (based on the best-selling novel by Koushun Takami) imagines a Japanese government that pits students against one another in an epically chilling, three-day long isolated desert island battle – to the death. Part Clockwork Orange, part Lord of the Flies, and part The Hunger Games, Battle Royale is thrillingly good on the big screen. Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto.
Friday, November 21, 2014
(Gerald Potterton, 1981) It goes without saying that Heavy Metal stands as the best animated science fiction fantasy film ever to come out of Canada (the vocal talents featured reads like a who’s who of Canadian comedy greats – including John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, and Jo Flaherty). Produced by the legendary Ivan Reitman, Heavy Metal is an anthology film inspired by the magazine of the same name and is notable for its graphic violence, sexuality, and nudity. Also of note: the killer soundtrack, a veritable time capsule that includes the likes of Sammy Hagar (singing the eponymous title track), Devo, Journey, Stevie Nicks, Blue Öyster Cult, and more.
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Princess Bride
(Rob Reiner, 1987) Based on author William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride has taken on a life of its own as one of the most beloved (and infinitely quotable) fairy tales to ever hit the big screen, enchanting audiences of all ages since its release in 1987. A kindly grandfather (Peter Falk) reads his oft-protesting grandson (Fred Savage) a story about giants, wizards, swordplay, Rodents of Unusual Size, true love, and perfect breasts. (And yes…There’s even some kissing.) Starring Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, André the Giant, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Peter Cooke, Carol Kane, and more.
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