Opera House Cinema Series to screen film ‘Rush’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series roster of films for November contains four fall releases that have generated significant Oscar buzz! The line-up starts with Director Ron Howard’s latest – and some say, his best – film about Formula 1 race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Two-time Academy Award winner Howard presents “Rush,” a spectacular big-screen recreation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing, “Rush” portrays the exhilarating true story of the charismatic Hunt and the methodically brilliant Lauda, two of the greatest rivals the world of sports has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives and clashes on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, “Rush” follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara costar in this epic action-drama as, respectively, Suzy Miller and Marlene Lauda, the loves of Hunt’s and Lauda’s lives who watched and feared as the men repeatedly rocketed toward possible death.

Peter Debruge, in Variety, calls the film “not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year’s most compelling performances.” Rene Rodriguez, in the Miami Herald, calls it “smart, exciting, R-rated entertainment for grown-ups that quickens your pulse and puts on a great show.” Bill Goodykoontz, in the Arizona Republic, says “Hemsworth and Bruhl are outstanding. Their story is what drives the movie, two men different in every way except for their unyielding desire to win.” Tony Hicks, in the San Jose Mercury News, says “you spend at least half the movie on the edge of your seat, and not just because you’re rooting for someone to win or lose.” Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use, “Rush” runs 123 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Series continues with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, the comic romp on sexual delusion, “Don Jon,” on Nov. 9 and 12; “Captain Phillips,” the true story of the Somali pirate capture of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, starring Tom Hanks, on Nov. 16 and 19; and “Enough Said,” featuring James Gandolfini’s final performance, on Nov. 23 and 26.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in village hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.