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VIFF: Paradox

VIFF: Paradox

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for
The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available at The Vancity Theatre
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to info@viff.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456

Doors open half hour before doors


Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

Ace director Wilson Yip, dashing leading man Louis Koo and one of cinema’s greatest action choreographers Sammo Hung team up for this gritty crime thriller, part of the successful SPL action franchise. Koo plays a detective who travels to Thailand in search of his missing daughter; there he finds corruption, sleaze and plenty of danger. Yip and screenwriter Jill Leung weave a story of intrigue with colourful characters, an exotic setting and, of course, plenty of violence. The action is masterfully executed and quite brutal, too, with meat hooks the weapon of choice in the climactic showdown. Thai martial artist Tony Jaa features in a small but memorable role, displaying his skills in a chase-and-fight scene that ranks with the best. As far as drama goes, let’s just say the film has a lot of heart.

Asian action films beat their Hollywood competitors on many scores: they’re smarter, the violence is more creative and, best of all, their makers know how to tell a good story. Paradox succeeds as a mystery, a stomp-fest and, yes, a poetic reflection on grief, power and sacrifice. Come for the action, stay for the humanity.

“[A]n efficiently sleek actioner… Surprising as often as it is conventional.”—Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter


VIFF: Have a Nice Day

VIFF: Have a Nice Day

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

VIFF: Lowlife

VIFF: Lowlife

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

VIFF: At the End of the Tunnel

VIFF: At the End of the Tunnel

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

VIFF: Loving Vincent

VIFF: Loving Vincent

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

Good Time

Good Time

The Safdie Brothers‘ (Ben and Joshua) much-deserved rapturous reception for their dazzling crime heist thriller GOOD TIME at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where it was in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or) makes it must-see viewing – in addition to being one of this summer’s most stylish sleepers, it also affords Robert Pattinson a… Continue Reading

Rashomon

Rashomon

Long before Quentin Tarantino was filing away endless VHS tapes as a video store clerk while dreaming up his signature approach to unconventional cinematic story logic that twists narrative structure and messes with an audience’s response to time – there was Akira Kurosawa‘s indelibly awesome (not to mention monumentally influential) RASHOMON. Brimming with action while… Continue Reading

Zodiac

Zodiac

The American Genre Film Archive‘s new remaster of director Tom Hanson‘s exploitative cinematic oddity THE ZODIAC KILLER, is getting some big screen time at the Rio Theatre as part of a double bill with David Fincher‘s cult-classic ZODIAC (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) on Sunday, August 13. Tom Hanson – who… Continue Reading

The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The Zodiac Killer (1971)

The American Genre Film Archive‘s new remaster of director Tom Hanson‘s exploitative cinematic oddity THE ZODIAC KILLER, is getting some big screen time at the Rio Theatre as part of a double bill with David Fincher‘s cult-classic ZODIAC (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) on Sunday, August 13. Tom Hanson – who… Continue Reading

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Kaaapowie! Holy feature film, Batman … This one based on the tongue-in-cheek, campy 1960’s television series which helped form the basis of so many of the modern super hero films that are such a staple in pop-culture and movideom. The late, great Adam West‘s portrayal of Gotham’s mysterious Dark Knight will undoubtedly always be a… Continue Reading

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