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Genre: War

CANCELLED Come and See (2020 Restoration)

CANCELLED Come and See (2020 Restoration)

Dearest Friends and Rio Family: Effective immediately. we will be temporarily dimming our lights and powering down the projector. Some events are being postponed, and others canceled – we will do our best to connect with ticket-holders and advise them of future plans as soon as they are made clear to us. In the meantime, stay safe out there! We’ll let you know when we’re able to start buttering your popcorn again, and we look forward to seeing you then. We’re gonna get through this, people! Until then, lots of love from everyone at the Rio. xoxox


This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camerawork and expressionistic sound design. Nearly suppressed by Soviet censors who took eight years to approve its script, COME AND SEE is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made. Originally released as “Idi i Smorti,” COME AND SEE was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 1985 Moscow Film Festival.

“As effectively anti-war as movies can be, ‘Come and See’ is a harrowing odyssey through the worst that humanity is capable of, directed with bravura intensity by Elem Klimov.” (Rotten Tomaotes)

“I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in its depiction of human evil.” (Roger Ebert)

“‘Come and See’ is a paradox: a visceral freefall into barbarism, but also a controlled, sometimes contemplative descent.” (Los Angeles Times)

“A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare.” (Time Out)

Sunday, March 22
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Additional showtimes TBD.

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

COME AND SEE (Elem Klimov, 1985 / 142 mins / 18A / Russian with English subs) The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family’s wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

CANCELLED: Jojo Rabbit

CANCELLED: Jojo Rabbit

Dearest Friends and Rio Family: Starting tonight, we will be temporarily dimming our lights and powering down the projector. Some events are being postponed, and others canceled – we will do our best to connect with ticket-holders and advise them of future plans as soon as they are made clear to us. In the meantime,… Continue Reading

Ayla: The Daughter of War

In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army… Continue Reading

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

“The horror … The horror…” Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s visionary Vietnam War epic at the Rio Theatre as the newly restored, remastered and re-cut APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT returns to our screen for encores on September 10 and September 15. It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S.… Continue Reading

They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

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Phoenix Cultural Society Presents ‘Bomb: A Love Story’

Phoenix Cultural Society Presents ‘Bomb: A Love Story’

BOMB: A LOVE STORY is the second feature film directed by international superstar, Payman Maadi, following the success of Snow on the Pines. For this film, a romance set in the urban milieu of Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, Maadi, who plays the lead role, has reunited with his A Separation co-star, Leila Hatami. A… Continue Reading

Overlord

Overlord

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But,… Continue Reading

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick‘s lush (if not quietly satirical) adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray‘s Victorian-era novel features a career-high performance from Ryan O’Neal as the titular protagonist in a complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society that, ultimately, has no use for him. Set in a rural Irish village in the… Continue Reading

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Sunday, November 11 for a Remembrance Day screening of acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan‘s 2018 Oscar-winner, DUNKIRK. Told in three parts, this thrilling World War II drama takes a bold and innovative look at the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut… Continue Reading