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The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield

A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, set in 1840s Britain, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

Emmy® winners and Oscar® nominees Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP, THE DEATH OF STALIN, HBO’S VEEP) and Simon Blackwell (IN THE LOOP, HBO’S SUCCESSION) lend their wry, yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens’ iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. Starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw , Gwendoline Christie.

“A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Crafting a don’t-miss movie out of Charles Dickens’ 1850 doorstop of a novel, Amando Inannicci and a sublime cast, led by a never-better Dev Patel, add a blast of mad, modern irreverence that is totally irresistible.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“Nimble, appealing and attuned to the nuances of Dickens’ spirit, Patel is a good Copperfield for today, a bright young man who’s able to overcome adversity and go far.” (TIME Magazine)

Monday, November 2
Doors 5:55 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Saturday, November 7
Doors 12:40 pm | Movie 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (Armando Iannucci, 2020 / PG / 119 mins) re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers— giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world.

The Nest

The Nest

Writer-director Sean Durkin follows up 2011’s phenomenal cult-thriller MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE with another nightmarish scenario with THE NEST. Jude Law stars as Rory, an ambitious entrepreneur who brings his American wife (Carrie Coon) and kids to his native country, England, to explore new business opportunities. After abandoning the sanctuary of their safe American suburban… Continue Reading

Frankenstein (1931)

“It’s alive….!” The Rio Theatre‘s series of Halloween favourites continues this month as we venture ever deeper and darker into classic “creature features” of yore with a screening of James Whale‘s stylish, bold, and nuanced FRANKENSTEIN on Wednesday, October 28. This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he… Continue Reading

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

Director Neil Jordan assembled a cast of serious A-list talent for the long-awaited adaptation of author Anne Rice‘s lush, goth pop-culture juggernaut INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, released in 1994. Set against the backdrop of modern, gloomy San Francisco, 18th-century-born Spanish Lord Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), a bicentennial vampire, relays his remarkable life… Continue Reading

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931)

The Rio Theatre continues its dive into classic monster movies of the past with a screening of director Todd Browning’s pre-code work of “romantic horror”, DRACULA, based on the 1924 stage play “Dracula,” which in turn was adapted from the 1897 novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. The film stars Bela Lugosi as… Continue Reading

Ganja & Hess (Restoration)

Ganja & Hess (Restoration)

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – screening at the Rio on October 8) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with… Continue Reading

Ed Wood

Ed Wood

Known for his singular, stylish visual aesthetic, visionary director Tim Burton was the perfect choice to fete iconic “best worst filmmaker of all time” Ed Wood (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), with this masterful ode to movie-making and the horror genre. Johnny Depp stars as the ambitious but troubled cult filmmaker, a man who tries… Continue Reading

Marshall – CANCELLED

Marshall – CANCELLED

Live hard. Fight harder. Join us at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, October 13 as we tip our cinematic hat to the late, great Chadwick Boseman with a screening of the 2017 film MARSHALL, in which he starred as civil rights icon and the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Boseman’s confident performance at… Continue Reading

The Road

The Road

Viggo Mortensen delivers a powerful performance in THE ROAD, a dystopian, post-apocalyptic survival film based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name. Set in a bleak, American wasteland of the future, what’s left of the USA is a grim, gray shadow of itself following a catastrophe. A man (Mortensen) and his… Continue Reading

Memories of Murder (2020 Remaster)

Memories of Murder (2020 Remaster)

Bong Joon Ho‘s brilliant crime drama MEMORIES OF MURDER recounts the true story of the hunt for a serial rapist and murderer who terrorised a small province in 1980s South Korea. This 2003 film from the PARASITE Oscar-winner marks the first of many successful collaborations between Bong Joon Ho and leading man Song Kang Ho.… Continue Reading