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American Psycho

American Psycho

“Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?”

Author Bret Easton Ellis‘ highly controversial AMERICAN PSYCHO was, for years, considered too outrageous and gratuitous to make the bloody leap to the big screen. But in 2000, it did, courtesy of visionary Vancouver-based director Mary Harron (who memorably blends gore, violence and social satire with a killer 80s soundtrack), and its star-making performance from the pitch-perfect Christian Bale. AMERICAN PSYCHO is a biting black comedy that examines the elements that make a man a monster – and is a perfectly fitting title to end 2017’s Friday Late Night Movie series at the Rio Theatre.

Set in New York City in 1987, Bale shines as 27 year-old Patrick Bateman, a handsome and highly-privileged (before there was such a thing!)  Ivy League-grade narcissist living the quintessential young urban professionals’ American dream, working on Wall Street and earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. He does, however, harbour an unusual secret: He’s a total psychopath who moonlights as a gruesome serial killer by night, descending into fits of madness as he experiments with fear and violence. The all-stat cast is filled out by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny).

“The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won’t be able to hear yourself laughing with him.” (Chicago Reader)

AMERICAN PSYCHO is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?” (Slate)

“It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.” (TIME Magazine)

Friday, December 29
Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm

Tickets $8 in costume or advance HERE | $10 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

AMERICAN PSYCHO (Mary Harron, 2000 / 18A / 102 mins) A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

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