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American Animals

American Animals

AMERICAN ANIMALS is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists – suffering. His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the same town, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college Library. Enlisting two more friends, accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (THE IMPOSTER) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.

AMERICAN ANIMALS tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

AMERICAN ANIMALS is fascinating, funny and, in the end, deep.” (Washington Post)

Sunday, July 15 *Please arrive on time!
Doors 6:25 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE |$12 at the door

Monday, July 16
Doors 8:30 pm | 9:00 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE |$12 at the door

Wednesday, July 18
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE |$12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

AMERICAN ANIMALS (Bart Layton, 2018 / 116 mins / 18A) The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own.

You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

When an unfinished version of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay‘s (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) neo-noirish adaptation of writer Jonathan Ames‘ suspenseful crime thriller YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, it netted awards for both Best Screenplay (Ramsay) and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). In another dark, powerful performance,… Continue Reading

Cinderella the Cat

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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Yeah, baby! This third installment of Mike Myers‘ iconic Austin Powers (Myers) franchise finds the world’s most shag-adelic spy continuing his fight against his arch nemesis, the aptly named Dr. Evil (also Myers).  This time, the diabolical doctor and his tiny clone, Mini-Me, team up with a new foe — the mysterious yet peculiar 70’s… Continue Reading

Game Night

Game Night

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the most talked about films from this year’s Academy Awards (who could ever forget Frances McDormand‘s Best Actress acceptance speech?!) is finally coming to the Rio Theatre, starting April 23. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit… Continue Reading

Lowlife

Lowlife

What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los… Continue Reading

Delinquent (Vancouver Premiere!)

Delinquent (Vancouver Premiere!)

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Ichi the Killer – 4K Restoration!

Ichi the Killer – 4K Restoration!

Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new 4k restoration – approved by Miike himself. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search… Continue Reading

Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

The Coen Brothers tell the story of an absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date. With Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Trey… Continue Reading