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Genre: Drama

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.

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit‘s gorgeously animated, transcendent parable THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones, loneliness, and hope in the life of a human being. Perfect for film lovers of all ages, this mostly dialogue-less film… Continue Reading

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

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

Germany’s Best Foreign Language nominee in this year’s Oscar race, TONI ERDMANN, is a one-of-a-kind father-daughter story that hits all the right notes – raw, painful, awkward, and laugh-out-loud funny – and is one of 2016’s the most memorable films. The Germans are funny? It turns out they are, and the long-awaited third film from… Continue Reading

Silence

Silence

SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo‘s 1966 acclaimed… Continue Reading

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

To mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, the Rio Theatre will be screening director Volker Schlöndorff’s (THE TIN DRUM) adaptation of Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood‘s chilling of dystopian thriller THE HANDMAID’S TALE. In a futuristic, theocratic and dystopian United States, Offred (Natasha Richardson) is forced to become a handmaid — a sexual slave that… Continue Reading

Elle

Elle

Michèle (Best Actress Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious… Continue Reading

Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves

Rarely seen outside of Japan, OCEAN WAVES is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student… Continue Reading

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, BLUE VALENTINE tells the story of David (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), a couple who have been together for several years but who are at an impasse in their relationship. While Cindy has blossomed into a woman with opportunities and options, David is still the same… Continue Reading

Y tu mamá también

Y tu mamá también

Before breaking into Hollywood with films like CHILDREN OF MEN and GRAVITY, director Alfonso Cuarón made his name with arthouse audiences thanks to the sexy roadtrip movie Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (which he also co-wrote). Gael Garcia Bernal (NERUDA, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) and Diego Luna (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY) star as two Mexican teenagers… Continue Reading

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