Rush

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The Movie: Rush

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). On and off the track, the two drivers as push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s not likely that you’ll hear Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush mentioned in the conversation of the greatest sports dramas of all time. But thanks to the performances of Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl as Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the movie features one of the most intense, playful, and rousing rivalries that the big screen has ever seen. The movie not only makes great use of Hemsworth’s natural movie star looks and charisma, but it utilizes Brühl’s impressive skills as a chameleon of a character actor, making for the best of enemies on the track. Read More »

hillbilly elegy reviews

In 2016, J.D. Vance published his memoir Hillbilly Elegy, which became a nationwide sensation after the election of Donald Trump, with media pundits scrambling to understand Trump’s influence over the rust belt states, or “Trump country,” as it was dubbed. Four years and one Trump presidential election loss later, Ron Howard‘s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy hits Netflix and the Oscar contender circuit, complete with transformative scenery-chewing performances from Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Maybe it was the ill timing, or the blatant Oscar bait, but Hillbilly Elegy has not been well-received by critics in their recently released reviews.

See our round-up of Hillbilly Elegy reviews and early buzz below.

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willow tv series Disney+

We’ve heard rumblings of a Willow TV series, and now it’s official. Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights, is set to direct a Willow TV series for Disney+, with Willow star Warwick Davis returning as Willow Ufgood. Ron Howard, who directed the film, is also on board as executive producer. Released in 1988, the fantasy epic Willow came from a story by George Lucas, and while it was not the huge blockbuster Lucasfilm was hoping for, it turned a profit – and developed a strong following thanks to home video.

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hillbilly elegy trailer

In the fallout of the 2016 election, J. D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy became a nationwide hit, as media pundits sought to understood President Trump’s victory and influence over the rust belt states. The notion of the “Real America” became a hot-button topic, and one that Vance’s memoir supposedly captured in all of its depictions of economic anxiety and white working class poverty. Which means it was ripe for a sentimental adaptation by Ron Howard, with none other than Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams chewing the scenery and donning bad wigs and old-age make-up to earn their long-awaited trophies. Watch the Hillbilly Elegy trailer below.

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lang lang biopic

Ron Howard will direct a biopic about Lang Lang, the acclaimed Chinese concert pianist. The movie will be based on Lang’s autobiography Journey of a Thousand Miles, with Michelle Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney handling the screenplay. Howard plans to start work on the film after he finishes the Thai Cave Rescue movie Thirteen Lives.

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This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we help hide a dead body, rebuild what was destroyed by flames, fly to Japan for some Yakuza fun, spy on some ladies in a nursing home, and give the zombie genre another fresh look.

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solo deleted scene

There have been recent rumblings about some kind of follow-up to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Though disappointing box office returns had pretty much already solidified the fact that the Star Wars origin story of Han Solo wouldn’t be getting its own new franchise, rumors have been sparking in recent weeks about some kind of continuation of the plot threads established in the movie. But when it comes to rumors of an official sequel getting traction, director Ron Howard has officially debunked them. Read More »

Dads Trailer

Father’s Day is next week, and Apple TV+ will be shining a light on six different fathers around the world with a new documentary called Dads, marking the feature directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and in addition to the stories of various fathers around the world, there’s a collection of talking heads from famous fathers such as Will Smith, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Hasan Minaj, Kenan Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and more. Read More »

thirteen lives

Ron Howard is set to direct the latest feature film inspired by the 2018 rescue of a Thai soccer team from a flooded Tham Luang cave. The Solo director will helm Thirteen Lives, penned by William Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated writer of Gladiator.

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the day they stole the mona lisa

Two filmmakers have just lined-up some new projects for themselves. Jodie Foster, who hasn’t directed a movie since 2016’s Money Monster (remember that?), is set to make a film based on the Seymour Reit book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa. Meanwhile, Ron Howard already has a new project in the works as well. He’s going to helm The Fixer, about a disgraced FBI agent who teams up with the mob and the CIA to kill Fidel Castro.

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