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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman turn in career-high performances as two men who forge a profound, lifelong bond while searching for humanity and moral decency against the backdrop of an American prison in director Frank Darabont‘s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.

Adapted from Stephen King‘s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of upstanding banker Andy Dufresne (Robbins), framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover. As Andy begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. Over the course of his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates — including an older prisoner named Red (Freeman) — for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Considered something of a box-office “flop” upon its release in 1994, the film nevertheless garnered seven Oscar nominations (the most for any film adapted from Stephen King‘s canon), and has grown into its cult status, while being widely considered one of the top films of the 1990s.

“In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“Simply marvelous entertainment.” (Gene Siskel)

If you don’t love SHAWSHANK, chances are you’re beyond redemption.” (Empire Magazine)

Friday, March 24
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *SHARP

Single tickets $10 in advance HERE | $12 at the door

*All ages welcome in the balcony! (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Frank Darabont, 1994 / 142 mins / 18A) Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Ms. 45

Ms. 45

Abel Ferrara’s (BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK) 1981 revenge thriller classic MS. 45 was remastered in HD from the original negatives in 2014, and she is (finally) blowing up the Rio’s screen as part of our Friday Late Night Movie series on March 10. The film follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by… Continue Reading

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

“This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Get in to the Valentine’s Day mood with a Friday Late Night screening of David Lynch’s cult-classic WILD AT HEART, starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as  young lovers Sailor and Lula who are forced to go on the run from the variety of weirdos… Continue Reading

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Russ Meyer‘s “turbo-charged” exploitative skin-flick and “ode to the violence in women” FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! is one of the all-time classic late night movie titles – a deliciously subversive mix of sex, action, and cheese – which makes it purrrrfect for a Friday Late Night Movie viewing at the Rio Theatre on Friday, January… Continue Reading

The Big Lebowski BZZR Garden

The Big Lebowski BZZR Garden

Hey, MAN!!! Come out to the Rio Sunday December 4 for FilmSoc’s annual BIG LEBOWSKI BZZR Garden!!! It’s totally FREE (except the bzzr and other beverages) and wear a costume to maybe win a prize??? Doors are at 6:00 and the movie will start at 6:30pm 19+ event!   Continue Reading

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

John McNaughton‘s masterful horror drama HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER has been remastered especially for its 30th Anniversary. Widely regarded as one of the most frightening films ever made, the twisted and sordid  tale focuses in on a pair of murderers whose story continues to provoke, fascinate, and repel decades later. Upon its release… Continue Reading

Tower

Tower

For so many, August 1st 1966 was the day American innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the… Continue Reading

Multiple Maniacs (Newly Restored!)

Multiple Maniacs (Newly Restored!)

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature Multiple Maniacs comes to theaters (fully restored!) at long last, replete with all manner of depravity – from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of… Continue Reading

The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2: Berandal

Join us at the Rio Theatre for back-to-back screenings of one of the most exciting, critically acclaimed, impressively balls-to-the-wall and brutally insane action crime movie franchises in decades – writer-director Gareth Evans’ THE RAID: REDEMPTION followed by THE RAID 2: BERANDAL. See them together and on the big screen, the way nature intended… If you… Continue Reading

The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

Join us at the Rio Theatre for back-to-back screenings of one of the most exciting, critically acclaimed, impressively balls-to-the-wall and brutally insane action crime movie franchises in decades – writer-director Gareth Evans‘ THE RAID: REDEMPTION followed by THE RAID 2: BERANDAL. See them together and on the big screen, the way nature intended… If you… Continue Reading

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