R I O   P A R E N T S   &  B A B I E S   C L U B

The Parents and Babies Club gives parents with babies a chance to visit the cinema, without having to find a baby sitter or worry about their babies causing a disturbance. The auditorium is lighter than usual, and there is a secure space for pushchairs. The Club is exclusively for parents with babies under one year old. Membership is free but you do need to sign up and receive a membership card to come to these screenings. You may join on the day, or email us: sara@riocinema.org.uk with your name, address, contact telephone number, your baby's name and date of birth. Tickets are at the normal matinee price of £7 and £5.50 Concessions.

Film Still• THUR 11 Aug 10.30am

SARAH'S KEY (12A)

(France 2010) dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner 110m. Subtitles. Digital.
Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot, Aidan Quinn.

As a journalist investigates a hidden story of wartime occupied Paris, SARAH'S KEY moves compulsively and with effortless intensity through events, characters, secrets and lies set seventy years apart. It's a riveting story of a woman who must must come to terms with unimaginable guilt told alongside the poignant but unsentimental tale of a young girl confronted by the madness of history. Kristin Scott Thomas gives yet another absorbing performance as the journalist who discovers an uncomfortable link to the events of 1942 close to home. Equally remarkable is 10-year-old Mélusine Mayance as Sarah whose incredible story from the past resonates so strongly with the present.top

Film Still• THUR 18 Aug 11.00am

PROJECT NIM (12A)

(UK 2011) dir. James Marsh 99m. Digital.
Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie Lafarge, Herbert Terrace, Bob Angelini, Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard.

Chimps versus Chumps. Nature versus Nurture. The director of the brilliant Oscar winning MAN ON WIRE tells the equally absorbing story of Nim plucked from his mother at birth, raised as part of an extended hippy family on New York's Upper West side and then thrust into a succession of experiments that ranged from the pseudo-scientific to something altogether more disturbing. Interviews, archival footage and reconstructions create an epic drama that spans 26 years and reveals the failings and foibles of both man and beast: adorable, playful, stubborn, vulnerable and possessive. But which is which?top

Film Still• THUR 25 Aug 10.45am

THE GUARD (15)

(Ireland 2011) dir. John Michael McDonagh 96m. Digital.
Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Kiernan, Mark Strong.

THE GUARD is the ultimate fish-out-of-water/odd couple/cop comedy/buddy movie and much more besides. Confrontational, vulgar, hooker-frequenting, heavy-drinking, contraband pill-popping policeman Sgt. Gerry Boyle clearly does not take his job very seriously. But then along comes the complete opposite FBI Agent Wendell Everett, on the unlikely trail of some international drug dealers on Boyle's quiet coastal beat in the West of Ireland. Outstanding performances from Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle deliver a script that blends melancholy sweetness with a caustic wit that's as black as Guinness.top

Film Still• TUE 6 Sep 12.30

THE SKIN I LIVE IN (15)

(Spain 2011) dir. Pedro Almodóvar 120m. Subtitles. Digital.
Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet.

Pedro Almodóvar is a master of the edgy suspense thriller and THE SKIN I LIVE IN, based on Thierry Jonquet's novel 'Mygale' (Tarantula), exquisitely opens another vein of obsessional intensity. Antonio Banderas is the Madrid plastic surgeon who is haunted by the death of his wife and the controversial advocate of heretical skin creation techniques. The mysterious human subject of his experiments is seemingly a prisoner in his palatial mansion. The best of the director's sleek, stylish and sensual trademarks, including flashbacks that reveal the family secrets, are on hypnotic display as Almodóvar reveals the identities and passions that chronicle a descent into violence and madness. Quite simply superb.top

Film Still• THUR 8 Sep 12.30

THE SKIN I LIVE IN (15)

(Spain 2011) dir. Pedro Almodóvar 120m. Subtitles. Digital.
Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet.top

Film Still• TUE 13 Sep 12.45

GILDA (PG)

(US 1946) dir. Charles Vidor 110m. Digital.
Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia.

Rita Hayworth shimmers in this film noir classic as Gilda, devil-may-care femme fatale but also the vulnerable wife of crooked Argentinian casino owner George Macready. Glenn Ford is her husband's new employee and someone who shares Gilda's secret past. Deceit, betrayal and classic hard as diamonds dialogue are all as expected but Hayworth's slinky striptease to 'Put the Blame on Mame' is in a class of its own.top

Film Still• THUR 15 Sep 12.15

JANE EYRE (PG)

(UK/US 2011) dir. Cary Fukunaga 121m. Digital.
Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins.

The world of the Gothic novel is one of repressed passions, chaste heroines, brooding heroes, wild landscapes, nightmarish shadows and buried secrets. Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' is one of the greatest of Gothic novels and SIN NOMBRE director Cary Fukunaga's fiery, elegant, atmospheric and bold new adaptation of the Victorian page turner is the best yet. The tale of young governess Jane and Mr Rochester, the moody master of Thornfield Hall, combines voluptuous visuals and ambitious art direction but remembers that the emotional intensity between the characters is the key to the story and the dark secret that lurks beneath all the propriety. Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska lead a pitch perfect ensemble cast and when all is said and done dear reader, it's a veritable triumph.top

Film Still• TUE 20 Sep 12.30

JANE EYRE (PG)

(UK/US 2011) dir. Cary Fukunaga 121m. Digital.
Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins.top

Film Still• THUR 22 Sep 12.30

JANE EYRE (PG)

(UK/US 2011) dir. Cary Fukunaga 121m. Digital.
Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins.top

Film Still• THUR 29 Sep 12.45

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC (12A)

(France 2010) dir. Luc Besson 107m. Subtitles. Digital.
Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gillies Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Phillipe Nahon.

The madcap adventures of Jacques Tardi's comic-book heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, a feisty young writer in early 20th-century Paris, who embarks on impossible missions to find exciting material for her book and a cure for her sick sister. In Egypt she faces an army of resurrected mummies and back in France she finds more chaos after a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg mysteriously hatches. Un grand divertissement, as the French would say.top

Film Still• TUE 4 Oct 12.15

MELANCHOLIA (15)

(2011) dir. Lars Von Trier 136m. Digital.
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård.

The End of the World or the End of Lars von Trier? Which ever disaster is impending, there's still a film-making talent like no other at work and an astonishing ensemble cast lining up to tell his tale of two sisters, their relationship with each other and the rest of the world as the Earth moves ever closer to complete destruction from Planet Melancholia. Cannes Best Actress Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who should have won) are more than a match for veterans Charlotte Rampling and John Hurt as they play out some of von Triers's most audacious hyper-real set-pieces. Mad masterpiece or cosmic catastrophe? You decide.top

Film Still• THUR 6 Oct 12.15

MELANCHOLIA (15)

(2011) dir. Lars Von Trier 136m. Digital.
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård.top


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