Rush

Ron Howard directs a classy, engrossing biographical action film which tells the true story of the infamous rivalry between F1 stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

There are some confident performances from the two leading men, Chris Hemsworth portrays a ‘live for the moment’ James Hunt, who parties off the track and who uses his gut instinct on the track.

Contrasting this, is Daneil Bruhl, who plays Niki Lauda, an F1 driver who worked hard to get to where he was, serious, determined and who’s crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring could have killed him. His fight for survival and recovery is excellently portrayed, it’s his steely determination which enables him to fight for the F1 title after his accident.

The supporting cast do their part, but it is Ron Howard who brings to life the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, with brilliantly choreographed driving sequences and nuanced scenes off the track. Howard brings these legends to life.

A must see.

Naomi Jeffreys

Summer Releases Part 6

If there is one good thing about the this summer’s film season it is definitely variety, this summer we are clearly spoiled for choice with the huge array of cinematic productions set to hit our local theatres. I had previously mentioned that I believed 2011 was going to be the “ugly friend” of 2012. Meaning the movies last year (but a few) were so bad that by comparison those produced this year would seem incredible. This effect has been evident by some of the releases earlier this year being received more kindly than they should have been. But it looks as though the big studios were just timing their best for the sunny months of 2012 which brings us to the sixth installment of what to expect this summer.

Summer Releases Part 6

Prometheus

This is the new Ridley Scott film which looks amazing, gripping and exciting. The talent of the cast on paper seems epic. I hope this will be a smash. Ridley has been associated with some of the finest films that have graced our screens and I hope his direction has led this film to the level greatness we know he is capable of.

That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler is in it, that’s reason enough not to see it. If you want another reason he talks with an annoying voice the whole way through the film. If you need another reason, it’s because he is not f***ing funny anymore.

Cabin in the Woods

This film looks like it has a great cast and action sequences which hopefully proves to be an exciting and entertaining film. Joss Whedon who also penned The Avengers and writer/director Drew Goddard team up to produce this thrilling story about five unlucky teenagers. Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford star in this mind blowing horror, if you think you know this story then think again.

You can expect multiple layers which will unravel to a huge climax. This will be exhilarating ride into all things terrible that uses all weapons available in the horror arsenal, which will hit out on all fronts.

The Three Stooges

While trying to save their orphanage Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble on to a murder plot and wind up on a reality TV show. From the trailer it looks like the stooges have truly had the 2012 treatment.

The Farrelly Brothers seemed to have put a lot of love into this film and stayed as true to the original as possible. This is classic slap stick and fart humour, and according to fans of the original series it is done well. Personally I don’t think they could ever match up to the original but it seems they have made a good attempt at bringing The Three Stooges into the modern times.