(Sept. 27, 2013; Universal Pictures)

Summary: A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best Supporting ActorBest Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and HairstylingBest Original ScoreBest Sound Editing

Runner Up: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing

Long Shots: Best ActorBest Production Design, Best Visual Effects


Status: After being screened to some high praise, particular of Daniel Bruhl’s performance, it’s hard to see Ron Howard’s “Rush” not making it. Though critics are giving it out-of-the-park reviews, they are still all-around positive. It may be all this film needs if it has a successful box-office. Universal doesn’t have many other films in the mix this year.

Projected MetaCritic: 76 (Currently 86)

The Players

Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer
Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle
Production Designer: Mark Digby
Editor: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Original Music: Hans Zimmer