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The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from writer-director Armando Iannucci (VEEP, IN THE LOOP). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev, and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Rupert Friend, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, and Rupert Friend.

“This film’s grave, absurd, brilliant, and brutal historical context has a way of making the future look, if not hopeful, then at least familiar.” (The Stranger)

“Who’d have thought the demise of a kill-happy Russian dictator could leave you laughing helplessly? That’s THE DEATH OF STALIN for you, a slapstick tragedy, for you – the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year… It olds up a dark comic mirror to a world that’s not hard to recognize as our own. “ (Rolling Stone)

Sunday, June 23
Doors 1:15 pm | Movie 1:45 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.

THE DEATH OF STALIN (Armando Ianucci, 2018 / 106 mins / 14A) Joseph Stalin’s core team of ministers tussle for control following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1953.

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman took home a well-deserved Oscar for his career-high performance in the role of a lifetime, as Winston Churchill, in director Joe Wright‘s (ATONEMENT, PRIDE & PREJUDICE) DARKEST HOUR (which was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, including Best picture). This thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World… Continue Reading

Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

From the directors of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE comes the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs – which became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Golden Globe nominees Emma Stone and Steve Carell shine as, two legends trapped in one of the biggest news stories… Continue Reading

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

If behind every great man is a great woman, then Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston has the good fortune of having two — his wife Elizabeth and their mutual lover Olive Byrne. In addition to helping him perfect the lie detector test, the two women also inspire him to create one of… Continue Reading

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller – now nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Original Score – about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Told in three parts, the film takes a bold and… Continue Reading

The Disaster Artist (#Save the Rio Fundraiser)

The Disaster Artist (#Save the Rio Fundraiser)

Oh hai, Doggy. In November of 2013, while filming THE INTERVIEW in Vancouver, James Franco saw THE ROOM for the very first time at the Rio Theatre. That screening was hosted by actor Greg Sestero (aka as “Mark” in Tommy Wiseau‘s pop-culture phenomenon), who was discussing his recently released memoir, “The Disaster Artist.” The rest,… Continue Reading

The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass‘ allegorical work of magic realism about the rise of Nazi Germany in the 20th century, director Volker Schlöndorff ‘s notorious film THE TIN DRUM took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 1979. In the free city of Danzig, young Oskar Matzerath, son of a local… Continue Reading

Ran

Ran

When one of the greatest filmmakers of all time adapts one of the greatest literary works of all time, the result can only be described as epic. In 1985, iconic director Akira Kurosawa adapted William Shakespeare‘s ‘King Lear’ and crafted one of – if not the – best cinematic representations of the Bard’s canon with… Continue Reading

Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Italy, 1209, surrounded by convinced and devoted friends, Francis of Assisi seeks purity and innocence among the poor. The Church and Pope Innocent III don’t trust him and become very suspicious. The intrusion of the high authority will create divisions within the order. Francis is summoned by the Church to rewrite the founding text of… Continue Reading

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Charlton Heston leads an all-star cast in one of Hollywood’s greatest “golden age” biblical epics – and legendary director Cecil B. DeMille‘s final film – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. A landmark title even upon release in 1956, it was the most expensive cinematic extravaganza ever made at the time; it won seven Oscars (including Best Picture)… Continue Reading