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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

The late director Sydney Pollack‘s behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin‘s best-selling album Amazing Grace finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot.

“I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person.” (Guardian)

“Even for those who do not believe that God’s grace is amazing, it is hard not to see Franklin in her prime as something near miraculous, with a long-buried film serving as a witness in 16mm.” (Globe and Mail)

Sunday, May 26
Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

Tuesday, May 28
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

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

AMAZING GRACE (Alan Elliot, Sydney Pollack / 2019 / 87 mins / G) Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

Green Book

Green Book

Director Peter Farrelly‘s GREEN BOOK (which took home Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor Mahershala Ali) is inspired by the true story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx named Tony Lipp, who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist, Don Shirley, on a tour of venues from Manhattan to the American… Continue Reading

Her Smell

Her Smell

Writer-director Alex Ross Perry (CHRISTOPHER ROBIN) re-unites with his QUEEN OF EARTH and LISTEN UP PHILIP star Elisabeth Moss (TV’s Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale) to tell the story of toxic punk-rocker Becky Something, the talented but self-destructive frontwoman of the riot girl-esque Something She, who seems determined to alienate everyone around her — even… Continue Reading

Bohemian Rhapsody (Sing-Along Version!)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Sing-Along Version!)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek, in his Oscar-winning, career-defining performance). Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and… Continue Reading

A Star Is Born (1976)

A Star Is Born (1976)

“You can trash your life but you’re not going to trash mine!” We’re going back in time, swimming away from the shallow and heading instead into the evergreen with the third remake of A STAR IS BORN, set in the mid 1970’s, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson as, perhaps, cinema’s favourite ill-fated lovers. Kristofferson… Continue Reading

Cold War

Cold War

Writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski follows up his 2015 Oscar-winner IDA with an equally moving, visually stark, black and white dramatic period piece set in Poland. COLD WAR is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched… Continue Reading

A Star Is Born (Extended Edition!)

A Star Is Born (Extended Edition!)

In A STAR IS BORN, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new… Continue Reading

Big and Small Rescue Society Presents Heartland Reggae

Big and Small Rescue Society Presents Heartland Reggae

Did you know dogs prefer Reggae? It’s a fact. Big and Small Rescue Society is hosting a viewing of HEARTLAND REGGAE. This indie documentary classic was directed by Jim Lewis and  explores the heyday of Bob Marley and the many other reggae talent of his era. Enjoy the fabulous music and often hilarious interviews. All… Continue Reading

Climax (Final Screening!)

Climax (Final Screening!)

From visionary writer-director Gaspar Noé (IRREVERSIBLE, ENTER THE VOID, LOVE) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night, when a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by… Continue Reading

Amadeus

“This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing… It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.” Join us at the Rio Theatre as we toast, honour and celebrate the late, great auteur Miloš Forman with director’s cut screenings of one of the 1980’s most acclaimed films,… Continue Reading