An experience you can't download

Genre: Fantasy

White Snake

White Snake

The legend begins.

Produced by Light Chaser Animation, GKIDS’WHITE SNAKE” is a mythic epic conceived as the prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories of Chinese folk lore — full of demons, deadly beasts, wuxia action and star-crossed romance.

One day, a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, high-flying action, and the promise of eternal love.

“The background animation proves spectacular throughout, often resembling traditional Chinese ink paintings and providing a surreal feel to the imaginative proceedings… Packed with exciting adventure!” (Variety)

“A superior effort that should find enthusiastic audiences on our shores.” (Hollywood Reporter)

“The level of detail in the film is staggering, with loving attention given to the vibrant environments and the surreal experimental sequences that look like traditional Chinese calligraphy paintings brought to life in eye-popping 3D animation.” (SlashFilm)

“Glistens as a finely cut and polished CG gem.” (The Wrap)

Saturday, December 28
Doors 3:15 pm | Movie 3:45 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Thursday, January 2
Doors 12:50 pm | Movie 1:20 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 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.

WHITE SNAKE (Jiakang Huang & Ji Zhao, 2019 / 100 mins / 14A / English subs) A love story between a snake spirit and a snake hunter.

 

 

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

DOCTOR SLEEP is the continuation of Danny Torrance’s story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King‘s “The Shining.” Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present Labyrinth

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present Labyrinth

“In 9 hours and 23 minutes… You’ll be mine.” The Gentlemen Hecklers (Eric Fell, K.C. Novak, Patrick Maliha) provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad, cheesy, or so bad-they’re-good in a cheesy-kinda-way films! Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing (with special guest Harris Anderson), make your favourite “guilty pleasure” movies even better… By talking you… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Gentlemen Hecklers (Eric Fell, K.C. Novak, and Patrick Maliha Raconteur) provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies! Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing (with special guest Harris Anderson), making so-bad-they’re-good movies even better by talking you through them. Wednesday, December 4 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm Advance tickets $12 advance HERE… Continue Reading

In Fabric

In Fabric

From acclaimed cult British filmmaker Peter Strickland (THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) comes IN FABRIC, a highly stylized, gauzy giallo that might best be described as, “a surreal sartorial horror yarn.” In this darkly comic tale about a possessed dressed, Oscar-nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (SECRETS & LIES) plays Sheila, a lonely bank clerk looking for… Continue Reading

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece THE VVITCH, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. “Seeps into your bones with the chill of the sea wind…You’d have to search hard to find a movie this hypnotic and… Continue Reading

Yesterday

Yesterday

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the… Continue Reading

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

“It’s showtime.” After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success.… Continue Reading

VIFF: Extra Ordinary.

VIFF: Extra Ordinary.

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for The Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe… Continue Reading

VIFF: Paradise Hills

VIFF: Paradise Hills

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for The Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe… Continue Reading