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Genre: Science Fiction

Frankenstein (1931)

An obsessed scientist creates a living being from body parts, not realizing it has a madman’s brain.

Dr Henry Frankenstein is obsessed with assembling a living being from parts of several exhumed corpses.

Total Recall (30th Anniversary Restoration)

Total Recall (30th Anniversary Restoration)

Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seems to have it pretty good in 2084 A.D. A heavily muscled construction worker, he boasts a beautiful wife, Lori (Sharon Stone), good friends, and a technologically advanced home featuring video phones and even video walls. But he is haunted by dreams of a mysterious brunette woman and the red wastelands… Continue Reading

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Rio Theatre continues its dive into classic monster movies of the past with a screening of director James Whale’s pre-code science fiction horror thriller, THE INVISIBLE MAN, based on H.G. Wells‘ 1897 novel. The film remains something of a visual effects landmark, boasting awe-striking special effects that still seem remarkably trailblazing some 80 years… Continue Reading

Cagefest 2020: Face/Off

Cagefest 2020: Face/Off

Cagefest – our (unofficial) Nicolas Cage Film Fest (aka, NIFF), a solid 5 days’ worth of our fave performances from one of our all-time favourite contemporary actors – continues with a title that while often requested, has remained elusive on our big screen… Until now. Prepare yourselves accordingly, Vancouver, as we’ll be offering up a… Continue Reading

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

In this classic Universal monster movie (originally released in 3D), a scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom… Continue Reading

Tron

Tron

As Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is ‘digitalized’ by a laser and finds himself inside ‘The Grid’, where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program (MCP). With the help of a security program called ‘TRON’, Flynn seeks to free The Grid… Continue Reading

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face the Music

The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan. Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life… Continue Reading

The Fly

The Fly

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. In 1986, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg cemented his iconic status thanks to this bold remake of THE FLY, a wildly imaginative work of poignant, weirdly romantic body horror that perfectly showcases his darkest sensibilities, dry humour, and a masterful understanding of the devastating potential of practical VFX. In what is… Continue Reading

Inception

Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan‘s INCEPTION, a psychological sci-fi action thriller  set “within the architecture of the mind.” DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others – he doesn’t steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets,… Continue Reading

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954)

Director Ishirō Honda‘s original 1954 Kaiju classic GODZILLA (a.k.a. “Gojira”) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an… Continue Reading