The Young Victoria (PG
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: jemma@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 £6 and £5 Concessions.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON• TUE 10 Feb 12.30

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (12A)

(US 2008) dir. David Fincher 166m. Digital.
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas.

This critically acclaimed and award-laden adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story finds the director of FIGHT CLUB and ZODIAC at his most original, dynamic and thought-provoking. This beautiful and moving journey through the 20th century is the tale of a man born old and growing younger. Brad Pitt is Benjamin Button whose ongoing love story with Daisy (Cate Blanchett) is constantly thwarted by his curious condition. It's a captivating and moving performance that both embodies a sense of innocence and wonder and a formidable passion for this world and beyond. Truly a masterpiece.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON• THUR 12 Feb 1.00

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (12A)

(US 2008) dir. David Fincher 166m. Digital.
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas.

CHE: PART TWO• TUE 24 Feb 12.15

CHE: PART TWO (15)

(Spain/France/US 2008) dir. Steven Soderbergh 131m. Digital.
Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir, Santiago Caberra, Elvira Minguez, Jorge Perugorria, Edgar Ramirez.

Benicio Del Toro masterfully reprises his role as revolutionary Guevara in this, the darker half of Soderbergh's superb biopic. Following the Cuban Revolution, Che disappears at the height of his fame and power, re-emerging in Bolivia as he attempts to bring his ideas of freedom to the rest of Latin America. But unable to drum up the levels of support that led to success in Cuba the attempt fails, bringing forth Che's downfall. This is a much more painful tale of determination and sacrifice, bringing Che's story and life to a close but offering an understanding of his legacy, and why he became, and remains, a symbol of idealism to millions around the world.

CHE: PART TWO• THUR 26 Feb 12.15

CHE: PART TWO (15)

(Spain/France/US 2008) dir. Steven Soderbergh 131m. Digital.
Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir, Santiago Caberra, Elvira Minguez, Jorge Perugorria, Edgar Ramirez.

CHANGELING• TUE 3 Mar 12.15

CHANGELING (15)

(US 2008) dir. Clint Eastwood 142m.
Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan.

Clint Eastwood’s mastery as a director continues and Angelina Jolie gives an Oscar worthy performance in this gripping true story set in 1920s Los Angeles. A mother’s prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn’t take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers. A tale of abduction, serial murder, and official corruption ensues.

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED • THUR 5 Mar 12.30

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (15)

(US 2008) dir. Jonathan Demme 114m.
Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith.

The quirky but perceptive tale of a young woman with a troubled past (a superb Hathaway) returning home for her sister’s wedding. Personal pain and guilt are set against a backdrop of ever-complicated but ever-loving familial relationships. The speeches are funny, the music is ace and the mood falls just the right side of sentimental mushiness.

THE CLASS• TUE 10 Mar 12.30

THE CLASS (15)

(France 2008) dir. Laurent Cantet 130m. Subtitles. Digital.
Francois Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi, Juliette Demaille, Dalla Doucoure.

The powerful and often surprising Palme d'Or-winning hit of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Set in one of Paris's poorest and most multicultural neighbourhoods, the film follows a year in one high school classroom. The characters are played by real students and teachers – including writer François Bégaudeau, on whose original novel the film is based. Not a documentary, but also a long way from the typical classroom drama. Uplifting clichés and dramatic transformations are avoided and something much more poignant and elusive is revealed.

THREE MONKEYS• THUR 12 Mar 12.45

THREE MONKEYS (15)

(Turkey/France/Italy 2008) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan 109m. Subtitles. Digital.
Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ercan Kesal, Ahmet Rifat Sungar.

The thriller that won Nuri Bilge Ceylan the best director prize at Cannes last year is a tale of the proverbial three monkeys: one who refuses to hear, one who refuses to see, and one who refuses to speak. It's an examination of deceit and avarice, a quietly devastating contemporary tale of how three essentially good people – a husband and wife and their son – are drawn into a web of lies when the husband is asked to take a hit-and-run rap for for his politician employer. Ceylan infuses this noirish psychological drama with a painterly hue and images that resonate in the mind long after the film has ended.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE• TUE 17 Mar 12.30

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (15)

(UK/US 2008) dir. Danny Boyle 120m.
Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, Mia Drake, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan.

Raved about by critics from every corner of the globe, the universal appeal of this both heartbreaking and heartwarming hit follows the fortunes of 20-year-old Jamal, a poor boy from the slums of Mumbai who finds fame and fortune on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. A masterful and original piece of filmmaking.

GRAN TORINO• THUR 19 Mar 12.30

GRAN TORINO (15)

(US/ 2008) dir. Clint Eastwood 117m. Digital.
Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley. Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes.

For his declared final screen appearance, Clint Eastwood is Walt Kowalski, a cantankerous and bigoted Korean war veteran. Now a retired autoworker, he spends much of his time railing against the world in general and his new neighbours, the Hmong family, in particular. Their worlds collide when the youngest Hmong is caught attempting to steal Kowalski's prized 1972 Gran Torino. As an apology, his sister offers Thao's service for any odd jobs their neighbour might need doing. Digging deep into the root of American racism, Eastwood triumphs as both director and actor and confirms his unwavering status as a cinematic icon after a career spanning over half a century.

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD• TUE 24 Mar 12.30

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (15)

(US/UK 2008) dir. Sam Mendes 119m.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour.

The American Dream turns into a nightmare for young couple Frank and April Wheeler, when they realise their creation of a ‘perfect’ life has left them with an imperfect relationship. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Richard Yates, DiCaprio and Winslet shine in their roles while director Mendes once again dissects American suburbia with the same mesmerising acuity he brought to AMERICAN BEAUTY.

THE READER • THUR 26 Mar 12.30

THE READER (15)

(US/Germany 2008) dir. Stephen Daldry 124m.
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz.

In postwar Berlin, 30-something Hanna and 15 year old Michael embark on a passionate and secretive affair. And eight years later when the two encounter each other again, secrets both revealed and hidden will affect both of their lives. Driven by Kate Winslet’s critically acclaimed performance, this is a thought-provoking adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s controversial novel.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA• TUE 31 Mar 12.45

The Young Victoria (PG)

(UK/US 2009) dir. Jean-Marc Vallée 105m. Digital.
Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent.

A revisionist slice of British history from Julian Fellowes, Oscar winning writer of GOSFORD PARK. It portrays Victoria during the early years of her reign as a charming, dynamic and passionate woman, far removed from the traditional frumpy image of 60 years later. There's even a touch of controversy involving Victoria's mother and her attempt to block her daughter's path to the throne. Also revealed is the real reason why Victoria married Albert. Emily Blunt shines as the young royal charged with leading the country through one of its greatest periods of industrial, political, and military change. An outstanding supporting cast that includes Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany and Rupert Friend, brings to life a turbulent age of romance and intrigue.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA• THUR 2 Apr 12.45

The Young Victoria (PG)

(UK/US 2009) dir. Jean-Marc Vallée 105m. Digital.
Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent.


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