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Genre: Science Fiction

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

FANTASTIC PLANET tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt.

“Surreal and wonderful.” (Empire Magazine)

“A beautiful mixture of art, theme, story, and symbolism.” (Nerdist)

“An animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“It’s not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it’s not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day.” (Village Voice)

Sunday, September 2
Doors 11:15 pm | Movie 11:45 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.

FANTASTIC PLANET La Planète sauvage(René Laloux, 1973, 72 mins / PG / French with English subs)  This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.

Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius’ career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Johnny Mnemonic

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Johnny Mnemonic

Come see folks who wrote jokes for Mystery Science Theater 3000 provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies! On Wednesday August 8, Vancouver’s favorite movie riffers The Gentlemen Hecklers (comedians Eric Fell and Gina Harms, joined by special guest riffer Mister Nickel) are set to crack wise at the 1995 Keanu Reeves masterpiece… Continue Reading

Altered States

Altered States

In this 1980 sci-fi horror film, William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind’s true role in the universe. To this end, he submits himself to a series of mind-expanding experiments. By enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but… Continue Reading

Earth Girls Are Easy

Earth Girls Are Easy

“Cuz I’m a blonde, B-L-O-N-D. Cuz I’m a blonde, Don’t you wish you were me?” In this out-of-this-world 80’s musical comedy adventure that revels in its own 80’s-era So-Cal chic, Geena Davis plays Valerie, a manicurist living in the valley with her cold fiancé, Dr. Ted Gallagher. At the Curl Up and Dye beauty salon… Continue Reading

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

In celebration of the cult-classic anime TV series’ 20th Anniversary, we’re tipping our cinematic hat to the crew of our favourite bounty hunting spaceship with a screening of Shinichirō Watanabe‘s complex, genre-blending and aesthetically rich COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series’ story line just prior to… Continue Reading

Upgrade

Upgrade

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and… Continue Reading

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (78)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (78)

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they… Continue Reading

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

When the old and decrepit (if not entirely demonic) scientists Krank loses his capacity for dreaming, he attempts to fight death – by stealing the dreams of children. Krank’s cadre of cloned henchmen snatch 5-year-old Denree to subject him to the horrific dream-retrieval process. The boy‘s father, One, the hulking strongman of a traveling circus,… Continue Reading

The Unseen (Cast & Crew in Attendance!)

The Unseen (Cast & Crew in Attendance!)

Join us at the Rio Theatre for director Geoff Redknap‘s gripping debut, the dramatic sci-fi thriller THE UNSEEN. Shot in BC, the story follows a man, who years earlier, mysteriously abandoned his family and isolated himself in a small northern town who returns for one last chance to reconnect with his troubled daughter. When she… Continue Reading