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Rush September 29, 2013
Studio: Imagine Entertainment
Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use.

There is no denying Ron Howard is one of the great directors of our day. His resume' includes such fantastic films as "Apollo 13", "A Beautiful Mind", "Cinderella Man" and "The Da Vinci Code."

He has crafted another masterpiece with "Rush".

Set mostly during the 1976 Formula One Racing season, "Rush" focuses on the rivalry between English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), who battles the precise and methodical Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

As the two wage war on the track we see how they are polar opposites who have been brought together because they both seek the same prize.

The danger of auto racing is hammered home in "Rush." During an era in which safety isn't regarded like it is today, the drivers were putting their lives on the line every time they took the green flag.

"Rush" is a thrill ride that's boosted by the performances of its stars, the fullness of its story and the sure hand of its director.

Howard creates tense and violent racing scenes that put you behind the wheel as the cars speed around the track. Hemsworth just drips with movie star charisma. You are drawn to his performance because of its energy and passion. Bruhl is more mechanical but no less brilliant as he tries to stem the challenge of his more flamboyant rival.

Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lane are the driver's romantic interests. They humanize the larger-than-life characters and allow us to connect with them on a more personal level.

This may be the best racing movie ever. It has action, excitement and a compelling story.

On my rating scale, "Rush" earns a HOME RUN.

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