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Genre: Thriller

POSTPONED Possessor Uncut

POSTPONED Possessor Uncut

Dearest Rio Friends & Movie-Lovers: As per the government’s latest directive on November 23, 2020, we will be suspending operations until December 8, 2020 (barring any further changes). Screenings will be re-scheduled, and ticket-holders will be contacted shortly. In the meantime, we thank-you for your endless generosity and boundless support. Don’t worry – we’ll be firing up the projector as soon as we can! In the meantime, keep calm, stay kind, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe out there. – The Rio Theatre

 

In writer-director Brandon Cronenberg‘s POSSESSOR UNCUT, Andrea Riseborough (last seen in the gonzo, gore-fest sleeper hit MANDY) stars as elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos, who uses brain-implant technology to take control of other people’s bodies to terminate high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her. With Christopher Abbott, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton.

“The first great sci-fi horror movie of the decade.” (Film Threat)

The assassin in this film by Brandon Cronenberg weaponizes the human mind and body of an unsuspecting stranger who has access to her target.” (The New York Times)

“The role’s a perfect fit for Riseborough, a consummate character actor who slides so skillfully into a part that you’d swear you’re seeing someone brand new each time she appears on screen.” (AV Club)

“Cronenberg has a lot of high-minded ideas, but he grounds them in human behavior and has found the right humans to tell his story.” (LA Times)

“Further refining his provocative vision, writer-director Brandon Cronenberg uses ‘Possessor’s potentially over-the-top premise as a delivery mechanism for stylishly disturbing thrills.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Tuesday, December 1
Doors 8:40 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Thursday, December 3
Doors 9:10 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Saturday, December 5
Doors 10:10 pm | Movie 10:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

POSSESSOR UNCUT (Brandon Cronenberg, 2020 / 104 mins / 18A) Tasya Vos is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company. While she has a special gift for the work, her experiences on these jobs have caused a dramatic change in her, and in her own life she struggles to suppress violent memories and urges. As her mental strain intensifies, she begins to lose control, and soon she finds herself trapped in the mind of a man whose identity threatens to obliterate her own.

 

POSTPONED: The Conjuring

POSTPONED: The Conjuring

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