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Genre: War

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata‘s poignant animated drama GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is a devastating meditation on the human cost of war, a tale of survival as heartbreaking as it is true to life. Set in the port city of Kobe in the waning days of World War II, this emotional film follows the story of young Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi), a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi), after an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents. Against all odds, the orphaned siblings must rely completely on each other and struggle to stay together and alive.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation… This film proves, if it needs proving, that animation produces emotional effects not by reproducing reality, but by heightening and simplifying it, so that many of the sequences are about ideas, not experiences. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.” (Roger Ebert)

Saturday, August 12
Doors 2:00 pm | Movie 2:30 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.
*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES “Hotaru no Haka” (Isao Takahata, 1988 / 90 mins / PG / In Japanese with English subs) In the latter part of World War II, a boy and his sister, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The plot follows this boy and his sister as they do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.

At War with Love (‘In guerra per amore’)

At War with Love (‘In guerra per amore’)

Italian writer and television personality Pierfrancesco Diliberto (better known to his fans as Pif, whose previous effort includes THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER) directs and stars in AT WAR FOR LOVE, a dramatic comedy set at the end of the Second World War. Pif plays Arturo, a waiter who wants to marry his true love,… Continue Reading

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

“Now, that’s a bingo!” Ring in the New Year (and nurse your hangover) with our Holiday Hangover Triple Bill! We’re gonna scalp us some Nazis and go down speaking the King’s before burning down the cinema with writer-director Quentin Tarantino‘s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. Set in a fantasy universe that can only ever really exist in the… Continue Reading

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

“He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.” The epic of all epics, British director David Lean‘s triumphant masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia nobly retains its status in the pantheon of cinema as one of, if not the greatest films ever made – and for good reason. Based on the life of English archaeologist, military… Continue Reading

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

Join us for a Friday Late Night Movie screening of Gullermo del Toro’s phantasmagorical PAN’S LABYRINTH on Friday, May 27. Set just after the Spanish Civil War in 1944, del Toro’s protagonist is bookish young Ofelia, whose forthcoming adventure recalls a more hauntind, daunting Alice in her Wonderland. As Ofelia’s mother lays pregnant and bedridden… Continue Reading

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

“Let me see your war face.” Stanley Kubrick’s under-seen (and under-appreciated) FULL METAL JACKET is an unflinching two-act stunner, and deserves its rightful place among the top films ever made about America’s involvement in Vietnam. Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel ‘The Short Timers,’ the story unfolds from the perspective of a young marine (Matthew Modine),… Continue Reading

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

“The horror…. the horror….” Since its release in 1979, Francis Ford Coppola’s astounding APOCALYPSE NOW remains one of the most important and influential war films ever made. Set during the Vietnam war, APOCALYPSE NOW is loosely adapted from Joseph Conrad’s seminal novella ‘Heart of Darkness.’ Coppola’s masterpiece walks the line between light and dark, with… Continue Reading

Studio Ghibli Night: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Studio Ghibli Night: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Join us at the Rio Theatre for an evening celebrating two classic animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, including Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1988) and Isao Takahata’s hauntingly beautiful GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988). We will be screening both films in Japanese with subtitles. Wednesday, May 6 MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (G) Doors 5:30… Continue Reading

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Behind every code is an enigma. Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, THE IMITATION GAME portrays the nail-biting race against time by quiet genius Alan Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the darkest days of World War… Continue Reading

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